Classical Italy for Solo Travellers

8 days from only £949pp

Italy has it all, from world-class art and architecture to stunning scenery, not to mention some of the world’s finest food and wine.  It’s ideal for the single traveller, especially if it’s your first time seeing the world on your own. 

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

Selected departures April to October 2017

  • Seven nights in excellent quality four-star hotels with breakfast and four dinners, including a welcome dinner on the first night to get to know your travelling companions
  • Guided tour of historic Rome, home to the Colosseum, the Forum, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish steps – discover 2,500 years of history
  • 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
  • Guided tour of Arezzo, one of Tuscany’s most stunningly unspoilt medieval cities, noted for its exquisite tapestries
  • Guided tour of the medieval gem, Arezzo
  • Visit to Assisi, birthplace of St Francis
  • Discover Tuscany’s stunning countryside
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager
  • Return flights and transfers
Fact File
  Flight Time 2 hrs 25 mins
  Time Zone GMT+1
  Deposit £100 per person

Your Itinerary

ARRIVAL IN ROME

You’ll be met at the airport by a member of the team for our flight to Rome.  On arrival, a coach will transfer us to the delightful medieval city of Arezzo in Tuscany, where we stay at the four-star Minerva Hotel for the next four nights.  The hotel started out life as a restaurant fifty years ago, and we will dine there tonight on some traditional Tuscan fare.

SIENA

After breakfast we set off for another of Tuscany’s medieval cities, Siena.  Formerly one of the world’s largest cities, Siena still exudes style and class, especially around the crescent-shaped main square.  We will have plenty of time to enjoy the many palaces, piazzas and the stunning black-and-white marble cathedral.  Later today we journey past classic, scenic Tuscan landscapes to Arezzo for our evening meal and a chance to share stories of today’s visit with like-minded people also travelling alone.

FLORENCE & THE UFFIZI

Florence is a city on many people’s ‘must-visit’ list due to its fairy-tale, riverside location, monumental art collections and typical Italian buzz.  We’ll enjoy a guided tour of the important sights of the city before our timed entry into the incomparable Uffizi Gallery.  Containing works by the likes of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Raphael and numerous other artists, it houses one of the best art collections the world has to offer.  Away from the gallery are wonderful markets and shops to discover, interspersed with an essential coffee at a pavement café.

AREZZO

After breakfast in our hotel, our tour takes you to the main town of Arezzo for a guided walk around this city that boasts a kaleidoscope of architectural styles.  The cathedral is home to some of the world’s most detailed and best-preserved tapestries.  The main square is a masterpiece, one of Europe’s most stunning.  The afternoon is free for you to explore Arezzo at leisure before heading back to the hotel for our final dinner at the Minerva.

ASSISI

We leave Tuscany behind as we venture into Umbria and visit the delightful town of Assisi.  You’ll immediately warm to the town with its piazzas bursting with fountains, flower-hung streets, and wonderful views of the surround Umbrian.  Its most famous son was the much-revered St Francis, who is buried at the basilica.  The Franciscan principles still live on today, and the brown-robed monks maintaining their respectful silence are a reminder of this.  We continue later today to Italy’s capital city, Rome, where we will stay at the four-star Grand Hotel Beverly Hills, located in the prestigious Parioli residential district, a stone’s throw from the Villa Borghese gardens.

ROME

One of the most captivating cities in the world, Rome is the perfect blend of ancient history and modern times.  This morning, we enjoy a guided tour of the city, where we will take in many of the best-known sights, such as St Peter’s, Palatine Hill, the Colosseum, the Forum and so much more.  The beautiful Eternal City owes its majesty to the Roman Empire that commanded much of the world for nigh on 500 years, and also to the Papacy, which for much of its existence, held great political as well as religious influence. This afternoon, you are free to explore as you wish, be it on your own or with new-found friends.  May we suggest a visit to the Vatican Museum?  Or enjoy a wander through the maze of streets and welcoming piazzas.

FREE DAY IN ROME

Rome’s attractions are vast and diverse, so you have a full free day to explore Rome exactly how you choose to.  Ancient ruins, grand churches, relaxed cafes, upmarket shopping – there will be ample time to make the most of your visit.  And don’t forget that according to local lore, throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain guarantees a return to the Eternal City.  Or perhaps it’s the everlasting allure of this most magnificent of cities that brings people back time and time again.

RETURN FLIGHT

After breakfast, our coach will return us to Rome airport for our flight home, after an exhilarating journey into the very heart of Italy.

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Overview

Few places on earth can compete with the sheer wealth of Italy’s culture.  Art, architecture, music, design, scenery, food and wine – it has something for everyone.  This solo tour focuses on two of the most popular parts of this fascinating country – Rome and Tuscany. 

Tuscany is perhaps best known for its rolling hills, stately cypress trees and isolated farmhouses.  But the region is also blessed with some of the most stunning towns and cities in the country; Florence, Siena and Arezzo to name just three.  You’ll be able to enjoy all of them before we head to the eternal city of Rome.  Nowhere else can quite compare with Rome’s rich history, and so much of it is still visible and tangible as you walk around the city with other solo travellers.  You will have the opportunity to visit some of the iconic sites that make this one of the most exciting cities in the world.

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

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on one person in a double/twin room for sole occupancy. The price includes seven nights accommodation breakfast and four dinners (on the first four nights), all tours as mentioned, guided tour of Siena, guided tour of Arezzo, guided tour of Florence, guided tour of Rome, timed entrance to the Uffizi gallery (reservation and entrance fees included), return flights as detailed, airport departure taxes and transfers and the services of a Riviera tour manager.

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