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Classical Italy

Florence, Siena, Assisi and Rome

8 days from only £899pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Guided tour of historic Rome, home to the Colosseum, the Forum, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish steps and more
  • Guided tour of Siena, one of Europe’s finest medieval cities
  • Guided tour of Florence, 'Pearl of the Renaissance' with a timed visit to the Uffizi, one of the world’s finest art galleries - entrance fees included
  • Walking tour of Arezzo, one of Tuscany' most wonderfully unspoilt medieval cities
  • Visit Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis
  • Experience Tuscany’s stunning countryside
  • Return travel from a selection of regional airports, plus all hotel transfers
  • Seven nights in 4-star accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, plus breakfast and four dinners
  • Services of our experienced tour manager throughout

Selected departures from April to October 2019

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At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Daily breakfast & 4 dinners
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

For centuries Italy has drawn visitors in search of culture and romance with few countries comparing with its enormous Classical origins: its art, architecture, music, design, scenery, food or wine. Its contribution to art far surpasses that of any other nation being home to the most extensive ancient civilisation, the Renaissance, the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican. Blend this with the striking natural beauty of the Tuscan countryside, the vitality of Rome, the effervescence inside every Italian and you have unbeatable ingredients for a tour.

Firstly we visit Tuscany and its great cities of Florence, Siena and Arezzo, then Umbria and Assisi and finally, the Eternal City of Rome. Birthplace of Dante and the Renaissance, Florence has been described, since its ‘rediscovery’ early in the last century, as the most beautiful city in Italy. It owes its wealth to the explosion of commerce during the Middle Ages. Principally wool and other textile industries, backed by powerful banks turned Florence into one of the world’s richest cities. Political control moved to the nobility, especially the Medici who then married into the leading royal families of Europe. The city became the cultural and intellectual heart of Europe for 300 years. Artists and sculptors flocked to the city diverting some of this new wealth in their own direction by filling the palaces and churches to bursting point with some of the world’s most outstanding works. Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian amongst others, created many of the masterpieces now on display in the Uffizi gallery, an absolute must. Another struggling but brilliant thinker found finance here too: Galileo, inventor of the telescope who, on discovering the first four moons of Jupiter named one of them Medici in honour of his patron.

We also visit Siena, the other great city of Tuscany. Beautifully medieval and enclosed behind vast defensive walls, it has rural parts even within the city creating a unique atmosphere. Indeed it is more a collection of cities being split into a series of parishes whose rivalries are still in evidence during the twice yearly Palio, the famous horse race where anything goes. However the city is quite outstanding and has arguably the most gracious square in the world, the Campo, and to be fair, when you see it, backed by the soaring Campanile, it is hard to disagree.

Assisi is principally famous as the city of Francis, Patron Saint of animals and one of the most famous figures in Christian history. Every house seems to be adorned with window boxes crammed with geraniums adding a splash of colour to the centuries old walls. The basilica of St. Francis is, as you would expect, outstanding in all its breathtaking detail.

Of all Italy’s historic cities, it is perhaps Rome which exerts the most compelling fascination. There is probably more to see here than in any other city on earth. Upwards of 2000 years of civilisation has given it a unique atmosphere. The grandeur of the Colosseum, scene of some of the cruellest acts ever committed, the Appian Way where Spartacus was crucified, the magnificence of St. Peter’s, the grandeur of the Vatican, the sheer brilliance of the Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain and Baroque churches – the list is endless. Boasting one of the world’s great cuisines, far from being pizza and pasta, one of the first things which strikes you about visiting a restaurant, is how deeply embedded in the culture, food and drink really is. Fresh vegetables and salads, combined with succulent meats, seafood, a hint of garlic and the finest olive oil create simple, tasty, and healthy menus.

One of the greatest joys of visiting Italy is of course, being amongst the Italians themselves. Stylish, always ready to help and, if there is a single national characteristic – it is living life to the full, which creates the fantastic atmosphere so much in evidence.

Take a look at the Riviera Travel Blog here to read about 'A Walking Tour of Rome'

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and four dinners (on the first four nights), all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned, entrance to the Uffizi gallery and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Personalise Your Holiday

Close up of Michelangelo's art in the Sistine Chapel
 

Tour the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with an expert - from £42 per person

Skip the queues and discover some of the world’s greatest art collections on a reserved tour with an authorised guide. Marvel at the finest classical statuary, the frescoed chambers painted by Raphael himself, and galleries displaying remarkable candelabra, tapestries and 16th-century maps. Then there’s the beautiful Sistine Chapel, featuring astonishing masterpieces by Michelangelo.

Savour the flavours of Rome - from £82 per person

Enjoy more than 10 tastings at some of Rome's favourite foodie locations. On this 4-hour walking tour of the vibrant Trastevere region, sample the finest cheeses, the freshest pasta, wines in a cellar older than the Colosseum, and much more.

Please call us on 01283 742300 to book either of these experiences.

Useful Information

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Air-Conditioning

The use of air-conditioning in hotels in Italy is at the hotel’s discretion and is normally restricted to the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), depending on the temperature.

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins to 2 hrs 55 mins
  • Language: Italian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Italy

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Rome Fiumicino Airport Arezzo 3 hrs Rome Rome Fiumicino Airport 45 mins
Rome Ciampino Airport Rome Ciampino Airport


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