8-Day Rome to Venice Essence of Italy Tour

Our Essence of Italy Vacation Packages are ideal tours of Italy for the first time visitor. Visit Rome, Florence & Venice. Stay at selected centrally located Hotels that offer you the best value for your money! Take our excellent small group Italy tours with skip the line tickets included, to tour the Vatican & Sistine Chapel, Ancient Rome & Colosseum, Renaissance Florence & David, and Venice. The itinerary can be extended to include also Verona and lake Garda for a perfect Italian experience

Highlights and what's included

Essence of Italy vacation packages include all the services listed below to ensure you stress free tours of Italy .

  • Seven-night’s stay in selected 4-Star Hotels in Venice, Florence & Rome with full American-style buffet breakfasts
  • Five-Private Transfers ( see itinerary below for details )
  • 1st-Class reserved seating on Hi- Speed Euro-Star Trains between Rome, Florence & Venice
  • 4-hr Small Group Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
  • 3-hr Small Group Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour
  • 3-hr Small Group Best of Rome mini-van and Trastevere walking Tour
  • 3-hr Small Group Florence & David Walking Tour
  • Small Group Grand Canal Boat Tour
  • 2-hr Small Group Venice & St. Marks Walking Tour
  • PRIVATE - 35-minute Venice Gondola Ride

Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast

Itinerary

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ROME – 3-nights with hotel included

Day 1 - ROME
Upon your arrival in Rome’s Airport you’ll be met by our representative for your Private Transfer to your centrally located hotel in Rome, where you will stay in a standard classic double room on bed ‘n breakfast basis for three-nights.
Rest of the Day at your leisure.

Day 2 - ROME
At 9 am join our 3-hrs Best of Rome tour by mini-van & on foot ( max 7 people per van) featuring the highlights of Rome and the Trastevere area, including a coffee break and a visit to the outstanding church of Santa Maria in Trastevere.
Pick up : between 8.30 am and 9 am from your Hotel

At 1.00 pm, take our 4-hour Small Group Tour of the Vatican (maximum 12-14 people) with one of our expert guides lasting four-hours and including tickets and reservations so you can avoid standing in line to see the Sistine Chapel & St. Peters Basilica as well as other must-see sights of the Vatican.

Day 3 - ROME
At 8.45 am, join our 3-hour Small Group Walking Tour of Ancient Rome (Maximum 12-14 people). One of our expert guides will lead you on a fascinating stroll through the ruins of the Ancient Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & the Colosseum where you’ll skip the long lines to enjoy a full tour of the interior of Rome’s most famous landmark.

*For some arrival dates the Small Group Ancient Rome & Vatican Tours in Rome will have to be taken on the same day

FLORENCE – 2-nights with hotel included

Day 4 - FLORENCE
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be met in the lobby of your Hotel by our representative for a Private Transfer to Rome’s Termini railway station from where you will depart for your next destination - Florence. Travelling in First-class reserved seats on a hi-speed Euro-star train departing Rome at 10.15 am arriving in Florence at 11.50 am (or the nearest time available).

Upon arrival in Florence you’ll be met by our representative for your Private Transfer to the centrally located Hotel where you will be staying for two-night in a standard double room on a bed ‘n breakfast basis. Rest of the Day at your leisure.

Day 5 - FLORENCE
At 10 am, join our Small Group Florence Walking Tour (Maximum 12-14 people) that will include all the must-see sights of the city. Then, with our skip the line tickets, enter the Accademia for an in-depth tour of Michelangelo’s David. Rest of the Day at your leisure.

VENICE – 2-nights with hotel included

Day 6 - VENICE
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be met in your hotel by our representative for your Private Car Transfer to the train station to travel to your next destination – Venice. Travelling in First-class reserved seats on a hi-speed Euro-star train departing Florence at 09.33 am arriving in Venice at 11.30 am (or the nearest time available).

Upon arrival in Venice you’ll be met by our representative for your Private Water-Taxi Transfer to your centrally located hotel in Venice where you will be staying in a standard Classic double room on a bed ‘n breakfast basis for two nights.


At 2.00 pm join our Small Group Walking Tour (Maximum 14-people) to explore the environs of St. Marks Square with skip the line reservations to enter St. Marks Basilica and an in-depth tour of the interior of the church. Then, discover the enchanting hidden Venice as you stroll through the labyrinth of narrow alleyways and side canals with one of our expert guides.

At 5 pm on our Small Group Grand Canal Boat Tour (Maximum 8-9 people). The perfect introduction to the city of Venice as you cruise down the grand canal and some of the small canals in the hidden Venice with one of our licensed expert guides.

Day 7 - VENICE
At 5 pm take a Private 35-minute Venice Gondola Ride to conclude your program of tours included in this vacation package.

Day 8 - VENICE / END OF THE VACATION PACKAGE
Most clients choose the cheaper option of taking a public water-bus to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. The water-buses leave from St. Marks, a couple of hundred meters from your hotel. And you can pre-purchase tickets for this service when you come to do our tours in Venice as our meeting point is a few meters from the ticket booth for water-buses. The water-buses start running at 3am in the morning and cost 11 Euro per person.

AT AN EXTRA COST THE ITINERARY CAN BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE ALSO VERONA AND LAKE GARDA.

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Reviewed by Tammy on
We recently traveled to Italy for your 8 day Rome to Venice tour. What an amazing experience we had! Every detail was perfect! From the drivers, to the hotels, to the tour guides- all was flawless. We especially enjoyed Francesca. Her tour at the Vatican was a highlight and we were extremely delighted to find that she would also be our tour guide at the Colosseum. The hotels were beautiful and in excellent locations. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly! Thank you for making this a trip of a lifetime! We are already looking forward to coming back
Reviewed by Jackie on
I recently went on the 8-day trip in Italy (Rome, Florence and Venice).

Simply put the trip was flawless. Every piece of the trip was well planned and executed. It started with someone meeting us at the airport (on time) in Rome. Delivered us to the hotel (D'Africa), of which was very courteous and had our room ready before the usual check-in time. Our FAVORITE tour guide was Luca at the Coliseum. Luca, self-proclaimed professional eater, was the most personal, interesting, fun and interactive tour guide we had. He kept us engaged, had us participate as a group - and even gave each of us Gladiator names. I was a little disappointed I didn't have Luca for every single tour. Not only was it a good time, we learned ALOT!

With that being said, all of our tour guides were well spoken and very knowledgeable. They all allowed us to ask questions and made sure we were as comfortable as possible.

Florence was my favorite place with the perfect hotel (Santa Maria Novella)...we actually got the room that was in the brochure! This hotel was in the perfect location, had wonderful ambiance and decor. We were late for the Florence walking tour, but your company actually called us to help us find the group and we were able to finally catch up to everyone, our tour guide was so amicable and pleasant (as well as knowledgeable) and accepted us (late) with open arms.

I would like to add the breakfast was great at all of the hotels - plus it was included.

Last stop was Venice and again - seamless transition executed perfectly. The Gondola ride wasn't as pleasant as the rest of the trip - the Gondola captain wasn't very nice (however, it is apparent that Avventure uses a third-party vendor) - nonetheless the experience was still amazing.

We have already told all of our friends, if they ever plan to travel to Italy - using Avventure Bellissime is the only way to go! I will do it again and again.

I don't mind if you place this on Facebook - you deserve all the recognition you can get. Using this company was worth every penny. Italy is so beautiful we will be going again (this time to visit the islands) and I won't be doing it without the assistance of Avventure Bellissime.

You now have a customer for life!
Reviewed by Anne M. on
My husband and I had a terrific time in Italy with your company. Everything was excellent, beginning with the driver who picked us up at the airport in Venice until we were dropped off at the airport in Rome on our last day. The hotels were very nice and all in excellent locations, and the tour guides (especially Francesca in Rome and Antonella in Florence) were extremely knowledgeable. Each tour was fantastic and allowed us to see the sights without having to stand in the long lines. Also, having transportation arranged for us from one city to the next was so very helpful, as had never traveled abroad before this trip. We would highly recommend your company to anyone who wants to have an amazing Italian vacation!
Reviewed by Brenda on
My husband and I took your trip, the small group tour of Rome, Florence and Venice. We traveled October 5th to October 15th. I must say we had a fabulous Italian vacation! All of the tour guides were so wonderful and informed which made the small group tours so interesting and informative.

Something that I didn't realize before actually getting to Italy was that on certain tours we had to actually get our own taxi or walk to the required destination. ... somehow I had in my mind that we would always be met at the hotel especially if the tour was to begin miles away. This is in no way a negative, I just wish an email had been sent with a few of these little extra instructions, even if they were on the website someplace. When a person is traveling to Europe for the very first time, as we were, you don't always realize exactly what is provided for you or expected of you.

The personal drivers that met us were all very professional and courteous. The fellow that met us in Rome was very nice, however, he had to park quite a distance from the airport. So we followed him with all of us pulling the luggage on rollers over very bumpy streets. I wish that he had met us and then returned with his car to pick us up. But of course did not realize until we were on the way or I would have asked him if he could come back and pick us up.

All 3 hotels were very lovely and the staff very accommodating. The only comment I have, and this is really of our own doing, at the hotel in Florence we were given a suite I believe she called it. The bedroom was nice, the living area was nice and the bathroom very clean and nice. The only problem was the bedroom was up two and a half flights of stairs... we should have asked for a room having the bedroom and the bathroom all on the same level... we still managed and enjoyed our stay.

Absolutely loved our 4 nights in Venice. Lovely hotel and such a beautiful city. The tours there were just wonderful even if we did do most of those in the rain! The only thing I would say was regarding the gondola ride, on our paper it said 35 minutes which we gave to the man that was operating there at the station and what we got was we feel like a rushed 20 minutes maximum. Still enjoyed but felt it should have been a little longer.

Gratzi for providing this tour for us, all in all it was a vacation of a lifetime. Francesca, Anabel, Laura, Rosesana and Christina were all exceptional and I hope I got their names correct. Francesca did the Coliseum and the Vatican, so wonderful. Plus Rosesana did the Doges Palace and was fantastic as was all the girls.

Thank you again for such a well planned out trip...I will definitely recommend your tour company to my friends!
Reviewed by Peggy on
All of our guides were good, especially Susan in Venice and Francesca in Rome. The drivers, Stephano in Rome and Christiano in Venice, went above and beyond to help us. I hope I have spelled their names correctly. Thank you for a very good experience.
Reviewed by Jean D. on
Hi Avventure Bellissime, for your feed back I wanted to let you know I loved the tour.

Having not travel overseas before I was a little nervous but everything went fine, I really appreciated being picked up at the train station to start the tour.

I loved Rome and the tours I did with Francesca, as I was doing both Rome tours in one day and she helped with getting from one to the other quickly and painlessly.

Pompeii was also a highlight, if I could make one suggestion it might be to split the Amalfi & Pompeii tours as I was not overly interested in Almafi. But the tour was great, just a long day.

The hotels were fine and everything went smoothly, I loved all of it.

Thank you for a wonderful holiday, Jean
Reviewed by Mike G. on
six people did a 10 day visit from Civitavecchia to Florence, Siena, Perugia and Rome. this was all organised through Avventura Bellisime.
Transportation, hotels and guides were first rate. Can highly recommend these travel people for anyone who wants a special vacation.
Reviewed by Michele Warren on
Absolutely EVERYTHING was perfect. I have no complaints at all. We loved the hotels, everyone who was a tour guide or a driver was on time, professional and very knowledgeable. I have recommended your company to everyone I have talked to about Italy! I meant to go onto Travel Advisor to tell them how wonderful everything was. I would be very happy to write a recommendation, as well. Thank you so much for the tremendous family vacation we had. I can not say enough good things about everyone who provided services to us!
Reviewed by DELIA XING on
All of us from Beijing, China has been back to home safely. We had great time in Italy in the past week. In addition to the wonderful tours, we also enjoyed hotel stays, great Italian foods, and beautiful weather in Venice, Florence and Rome. The tour guides (Antonella, Francesca, and Luca) who led the private tours in Florence and Rome were fantastic. They are knowledgeable, professional, patient, and humorous. Especially they interacted with kids very well and thus they played important roles to make this trip successful.

On behalf of 7 families who joined this trip to Italy, I would like to express our sincere THANKS to you and your agency who created this great itinerary! One week is short, and we will be back to Italy some time in the future!
Reviewed by KARIN GORGERAT on
I can’t say enough good things about our vacation in Italy with your company. Everything was excellent, starting with the driver that picked us up at the airport in Rome to our final destination in Venice. The hotels were all in excellent locations, and the tour guides (particularly Francesca in Rome) were extremely knowledgeable and the tours were great. There was great comfort in knowing that we were going to be well looked after from one destination to the next.

I will definitely be recommending your company to any friends and family that may be travelling to Italy in the future, and we will use your services again for our next trip to Italy.

Thank you very much.
Reviewed by Manuel Reyes on
Our vacation was wonderful. All of the hotels were of good quality in good locations and their staff were attentive and accommodating.

We enjoyed all the tours and found the guides excellent.

We all found our trip to Italy to be a truly memorable experience.

I found Avventure on the internet and based on reading the information on your website booked the vacation. I was excited before we left and pleasantly surprised by our experience. I have mentioned your company to more than one group of friends and would surely use you again on future trips to your wonderful country.
Reviewed by Michael Stewart on
We visited Venice, Florence and Rome, and had city walking tours in each of them. All of the tours were good, but the Venice tour was probably the best because of the excellence of the guide. All of the connections (at Venice airport, and rail between Venice and Florence and Rome) were satisfactory. The hotels were good and well-located. We really had no complaints.
Reviewed by Linette Gibbs on
The vacation was fanastic and it made it that more enjoyable to have booked the package through Avventure Bellissme! Having all the transportation, hotels, and tours already booked in advance allowed us to have a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoy each city with no worries.

Also, we were able to meet another couple doing a similar package through Avventure Bellissme, so it was nice to see familiar faces throughout the trip!

Thank you so much for all your help and we will definitely recommend your services to friends and family!!!
Reviewed by Leslie Lawrence on
My vacation in Italy was fabulous! My mother was my companion partner on this trip and we are both still telling friends and family members our wonderful experiences. I can definitely speak on behalf of my mother and state that we were more than pleased withAvventure Bellissime Travel agency and would definitely recommend this agency to others who would like to tour Italy!!

Again, overall, the rating for this trip is Excellent!!!
Thank you for all your help in making this a most memorable trip
Reviewed by Lynn and Mandy USA on
My college age daughter and I had a wonderful trip to Italy last week! We were so pleased with the coordination of services, the people involved and the quality of the accommodations. Having the private transfers and the train tickets in advance made transportation easy and efficient. The hotels were in good locations and easy to walk to the major sights. Finally the tours were really terrific. The tour guides were all very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and personable. We even added an extra evening tour in Venice on ghost stories and legends which was fantastic. We’d like to thank you and all of the tour guides and people providing the transfers for making our trip so pleasant.

We would highly recommend Avventure Bellissime to anyone considering a trip to Italy!
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