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Story Land & Sea®

8 Days Classic Italy - Northbound or Southbound
Rome, Florence & Venice


The Most Sought-After Itinerary to Italy

Story's Small Group Tour to Italy: Rome, Florence & Venice Tour includes:

  • No Large Groups, No Big Buses.
    Frommer recognized True Small Group
  • Hotels located in the Very Heart of the Cities
  • Special Access Admissions
  • Skip-the-Line Sightseeing with Expert Italian Guides
  • Story Local Host® who greets you in each new city and provides great, local insights!
  • All land transportation during the tour
  • Customary Gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage and drivers

"We have never enjoyed a trip as much as this one! We were so pleased with our decision to explore Italy with Story."
Mitch & Sandy Ames


ITALY'S 3 FAMOUS CITIES

One week in Italy changes you forever: experience a journey that shows you where Emperors plotted and planned and Gladiators fought, where Gondoliere have served for centuries, and where a 14' statue amazes.

Rome —  There's a magic in the air that makes Rome enchanting. Enjoy 3 days, 2 nights in Rome complete with the Coloseum and Vatican.

Florence —  David's home. And he's tall! Enjoy 2 days, 2 nights in Florence.

Venice —  Ah! Venice. There's a reason there's so much 'sighing' going on in this magical city. Enjoy 2 days and 2 nights in Venice.

A specially designed itinerary with just the right amount of art, history and cultural immersion.
Let your Italy Story begin.

Note: This itinerary may also run in reverse: Venice, Florence and Rome. Inquire for details.


Day-by-Day Itinerary

Discover the Empire of Rome, the Renaissance of Florence, and the Magic of Venice without the stress of planning the trip in a small group tour of Italy. We've taken the work out of the equation so you can simply enjoy the destination.

 


Your Story Local Host® meets you in Rome and helps you discover...like a local!

— We've made it easy for you with included expert guides, boutique hotels, easy train transportation and included, skip-the-line sightseeing.


WELCOME TO ROME
Sunday –  Day 1: Arrive the Rome FCO Airport today.

 

Arriving Rome: Make your way to the Rome hotel or opt for our chauffeur pick-up service: We will meet you upon clearing customs and our Story Local Host® will see you at the hotel upon check-in. Upon arrival to Rome Airport, you will be met by our driver once you have exited the secure customs hall. Just look for the Story sign/placard. Your transfer to Story's Heart of Rome hotel kicks off your Italian vacation.

INCLUDED ROME ORIENTATION WALK: Our Story Local Host® leads you on a walking orientation with a visit to Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiore and the Pantheon. Enjoy getting to know the digs around your home for the next 2 nights.

Walking Level: Leisurely pace; Volume: Medium.

Story Way® Dining: Join the Story Local Host® for your included Welcome Dinner tonight in Rome.

About the Story Way®: Slow Food: Locally grown, farm to table.
Our approach to dining is truly unique just like each of the regions of Italy. The Italian chefs and families are proud of their delicious dishes which hail from each of the regions in which Story travels.

Accommodation in the Heart of Rome, 2 Nights
We've made your hotel selection easy: Just pick from our award-winning 5-Star Deluxe, 4-Star Classic or 3-Star Savvy® hotels.
Deluxe:
Grand Hotel de la Minerve is our home for 5-Star accommodation in Rome. Our Deluxe hotels feature full, hot American breakfast.
Classic: Albergo Abruzzi on Piazza della Rotunda with continental breakfast included.
Savvy: Hotel Marco Polo with continental breakfast included.

All hotels feature air conditioned guestrooms, daily breakfast and other amenities.
 




THE ROMAN EMPIRE

Monday –  Day 2: Skip the Line: Colosseum & Roman Forum

After breakfast, we begin our walking tour with our Expert Guide through Rome with stops along the way to admire history and modernity in Rome: see ancient elements intertwined perfectly with present-day apartment buildings, and discover how the modern Romans have intertwined their vast history into present-day experience.

Group in Rome

We're making our way to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the town center of the Roman Empire, for our special access, in-depth touring experience, complete with admissions.

We venture back in time with our walk through the archaeological dig that is the Roman Forum. After our world-class touring experience of Imperial Rome, the balance of the day is free. 

INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING AND ADMISSION ~ Today ENJOY ADMISSION & SIGHTSEEING WITH EXPERT GUIDE:

  • Colosseum - Heart of The Empire
  • Roman Forum - Included admission and great views as you learn about the history of Rome from the unique perspective of the ancient town center. 
Rome GuideExpert guides work with all ages for a magical experience.


Walking Level: Strenuous, but leisurely Pace;
 Volume: Robust.

WHERE TO DINE IN ROME TONIGHT? Exploring and discovering a new restaurant can be a wonderful experience —  your Story Local Host® will recommend options for tonight's optional dinner.

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VATICANO: ST. PETERS & SISTINE CHAPEL
ANDIAMO! TO FLORENCE

Tuesday –  Day 3: Skip-the-Line: Vatican City, St. Peters and Sistine Chapel Experience

The majestic Vatican City comes to life as we explore up close. We Skip-the-Line with our special access tour. Enjoy a visit of the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica and Square.

INCLUDED EXCURSION: SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION OF VATICAN CITY WITH ADMISSION WITH EXPERT GUIDE:

  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Inside the Sistine Chapel you will view The Last Judgment. Painted by Michelangelo from 1535 to 1541. The work was designed on a grand scale, and spans the entire wall behind the altar of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Vatican Museums

    Walking Level: Strenuous, but leisurely Pace; Volume: Robust.

High-Speed Train to Florence: Birthplace of the Renaissance

Group in Rome

After time for optional lunch, you will transfer with your Story Local Host® to the train station for the included high-speed train journey to Florence. We arrive Florence and walk the very short distance to our hotel located in the very heart of the city (about 5 minutes from train station). We travel the way the Italians do on the high-speed train with self-portage of luggage.

INCLUDED FLORENCE ORIENTATION WALK: Your Story Local Host® leads you on a walking orientation with a visit through the heart of Florence pointing out sites including Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy getting to know the digs around your home for the next 2 nights.

Walking Level: Leisurely pace; Volume: Medium.

Story Way® Dining: Join your Story Local Host® for an included dinner tonight in Florence.

Accommodation in the Heart of Florence, 2 Nights
Deluxe:
Hotel L'Orologio is our home in Florence.
Classic: Hotel Rosso 23
Savvy: Hotel Arcadia, Hotel Mario's

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Story® Exclusive: Optional Experience.

Dine at the home of a professional chef and experience first-hand the chef's deep passion and regional tastes. Enjoy the fun and warm personalities as you enjoy the many courses that make up the dining experiences from generations of Italian families. Wine, water and Italian dessert included. Interested in being more hands-on and to learn how to prepare these dishes? Cooking classes also available. Please advise of any dietary restrictions or preferences.

Inquire for pricing

1-877-865-7111

 



RENAISSANCE FLORENCE

Wednesday –  Day 4: Florence Medieval City

This morning we enjoy our expertly-guided walking tour of Florence with special Skip-the-Line access to the Accademia Gallery to visit the legend of Florence: Michelangelo's David.

INCLUDED EXCURSION ~ Today ENJOY ADMISSION & SIGHTSEEING WITH LOCAL EXPERT GUIDE:

  • Skip-the-Line to see Michelangelo's DAVID in the Academy Gallery
  • Entry to Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore ~ The "Duomo." You will see Giotto's Bell Tower and the 'Gates of Paradise' on the Baptistery
  • Walking through Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Signoria and the heart of Florence

    Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace: Volume: Light
Tuscan Sunset

At Sunset: Why not make the optional trek to Piazzele Michelangelo to take in sunset over Florence —  Amazing! Your Story Local Host® can help you with directions.

Walking Level: Medium with uphill walk, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Medium

Your Story Local Host® will help you with suggestions for dinner in Florence tonight.

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Story® Exclusive: Optional Experience.

Dine at the home of a professional chef and experience first-hand the chef's deep passion and regional tastes. Enjoy the fun and warm personalities as you enjoy the many courses that make up the dining experiences from generations of Italian families. Wine, water and Italian dessert included. Interested in being more hands-on and to learn how to prepare these dishes? Cooking classes also available. Please advise of any dietary restrictions or preferences.

Inquire for pricing

1-877-865-7111

 



TO VENICE

Friday –  Day 5: High-Speed Train to Venice: Ah! Venice!

This morning, enjoy breakfast and make your way with the Story Local Host® to the Florence SMN Train Station and continue the journey to Venice –  Ah! Venice!

Enjoy high-speed train travel for the 2 hour and 10 minute journey. Upon arrival, we board our water taxi to check-in and drop bags at our hotel.

Grand Canal, Venice, Ital

INCLUDED VENICE ORIENTATION WALK: Your Story Local Host®  leads you on a walking orientation of Venice. You will learn about the notoriety of St. Mark's Square and see the major landmarks and lay of the land.

Walking Level: Leisurely pace; Volume: Medium.

Tonight: Your Story Local Host® will offer ideas for optional dining tonight in Venice.

Dinner in Venice
Accommodation in the Heart of Venice, 2 Nights
Deluxe:
Hotel Saturnia & International
Classic: Hotel do Pozzi
Savvy: Hotel Torino

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VENICE UP CLOSE

Saturday –  Day 6: Enjoy a morning tour and afternoon at leisure.

Meet our Expert Guide and enjoy our special walking tour of Venice. The romance of Venice is apparent every step of the way, from the fine Venetian hand-blown glass in the traditional style to the amazing gondola experience.

INCLUDED EXCURSION: SIGHTSEEING TOUR WITH LOCAL GUIDE:

  • Walking Tour of Venice. Our Expert Guide will show us Saint Mark's Square or Piazza San Marco where you will see the Campanile Tower, Basilica San Marco along with the Doges' Palace.
  • We will enjoy Admission to the Basilica San Marco. Our guide will take you inside to see the beautiful interior and you may notice what the lighting does to the frescoes!
  • Then you will see the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, and the Bridge of Sighs.

    Walking Level: Moderate, Leisurely Pace: Volume: Moderate

The balance of the day is at leisure.

Continue to enjoy exploring Venice today at leisure until our included Gondola Experience at dusk.

GONDOLA WITH MUSICIANS EXPERIENCE: Enjoy this quintessential Venetian experience on an authentic Gondola ride through the canals of Venice with our professional musicians.

Venice Gondola Ride

FAREWELL DINNER: After the Gondola, we celebrate the week long journey through Italy as we dine in one of our favorite ristorante in all of Italy for our farewell experience.

Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together. Until we meet again, Arrivederci

Group in Venice
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Story® Exclusive: Optional Experience.

Dine at the home of a professional chef and experience first-hand the chef's deep passion and regional tastes. Enjoy the fun and warm personalities as you enjoy the many courses that make up the dining experiences from generations of Italian families. Wine, water and Italian dessert included. Interested in being more hands-on and to learn how to prepare these dishes? Cooking classes also available. Please advise of any dietary restrictions or preferences.

Inquire for pricing

1-877-865-7111


VENICE DEPART

 

Sunday –  Day 7: Part Company at your Venice hotel.

Included breakfast this morning if your morning departure flight is not too early! Inquire about our optional departure transfer service.

Do you prefer to return to your home airport from Rome? Inquire for assistance.

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What's Included

ROME

  • Services of professional Story Local Host®. 
  • Private walking orientation to Rome with Story Local Host®
    • Go inside the Pantheon
    • Walk through and be amazed at the Piazza Navona
  • Rome Walking Tour with our Expert Guide including admission and tour of:
    • Roman Empire's Foro Romano: Roman Forum
    • Colosseum
    • Palantine Hill
  • Vatican City Walking Tour with our Expert Guide including admission and tour of:
    • St. Peter's Basilica
    • the Sistine Chapel
    • the Vatican Museums
  • Transfer to Train Station for onward journey to Florence
  • Story Way® Dining: Welcome Dinner in Rome
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in the Heart of Rome in Deluxe, Classic or Savvy Class
    • Daily Breakfast with Full, Hot American Breakfast in Deluxe. Continental in Classic and Savvy.
    • Air-conditioned guestrooms
    • Gratuities and Tourist Tax

FLORENCE

  • Included High-Speed Train Tickets to Florence with Story Local Host®
  • Private walking orientation to Florence with Story Local Host®
  • Renaissance Florence Walking Tour with our Expert Guide including admission and tour of:
    • The Duomo
    • Admission to the Galleria dell' Accademia to see Michelangelo's David and the other magnificent works of art
  • Story Way® Dining: Welcome Dinner in Florence
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in the Heart of Florence
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Air-conditioned guestrooms
    • Gratuities and Tourist Tax

VENICE

  • Included High-Speed Train Tickets to Venice with Story Local Host®
  • Included transfer with Story Local Host® on our Private Water Taxi
  • Private walking orientation with Story Local Host®
  • Hidden Venice Walking Tour with our Expert Guide including admission and tour of:
    • Piazza San Marco - St. Mark's Square
    • the Byzantine Basilica of San Marco
  • Special Gondola Experience on the Canals of Venice
  • Story Way® Dining: Farewell Dinner
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in the Heart of Venice on San Marco
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Air-conditioned guestrooms
    • Gratuities and Tourist Tax

Travel with us: You Skip the Lines! No waiting on big groups or big buses.

All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary

Services of Story Local Host®
The Story Local Host® meets you upon arrival in Italy.

With Story's Italy small group tours we've crafted unique experiences along with special surprises in every itinerary. Occasionally in Italy, the Italians will throw a festival, close a road, have an unexpected weather event, or close a venue with an unscheduled closing. When this happens we will arrange an alternate plan and modify the itinerary.

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Should a scheduled hotel not be available Story will accommodate guests in an alternate property comparable in quality and location. This is rare and Story will advise you of this occurrence as soon as we are notified.

PORTAGE SERVICES
Portage services included at our hotels throughout your journey. Self-portage by guests for transfers and train travel.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES
All departure taxes are included. 

INSURANCE
Story Land & Sea® highly recommends trip cancellation and interruption coverage. We recommend www.Travelex-Insurance.com.

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Dates & Prices for
Rome, Florence & Venice

2017 Trip Dates & Prices

Enjoy small group touring from 2 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures with official Story Local Host®. Priced in US dollars.

Saturday to Saturday
or Sunday to Sunday
Departures
Deluxe Hotels Classic Hotels Savvy Hotels
May 6 - 13 $4,279 $3,579 $2,579
May 20 - 27 $4,279 $3,579 $2,579
June 18 - 25 $4,279 $3,579 $2,579
June 25 - July 2 $4,279 $3,579 $2,579
July 2 - 9
$3,979 $3,379 $2,379
July 9 - 16
$3,979 $3,379 $2,379
September 17 - 24
$4,279 $3,579 $2,579
October 7 - 14
$4,279 $3,579 $2,579
November 4 - 11
$3,779 $3,179 $2,179
December 23 - 30
$3,979 $3,379 $2,379

Trip prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Single supplement will ensure a double occupancy room for solo use. Triple occupancy reduction will feature three guests in one room (2 or 3 total beds, eg., 1 Double Bed + 1 Twin Bed).

2018 Trip Dates & Prices

Enjoy small group touring from 2 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures with official Story Local Host®. Priced in US dollars.

Saturday to Saturday
or Sunday to Sunday
Departures
Deluxe Hotels Classic Hotels Savvy Hotels
May 5 - 12 $4,279 $3,579 $2,579
May 19 - 26 $4,279 $3,579 $2,579
June 16 - 23 $4,279 $3,579 $2,579
June 30 - July 7 $4,279 $3,579 $2,579
July 14 - 21
$3,979 $3,379 $2,379
September 15 - 22
$4,279 $3,579 $2,579
October 6 - 13
$4,279 $3,579 $2,579
November 4 - 11
$3,779 $3,179 $2,179
December 22 - 29
$3,979 $3,379 $2,379

Trip prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Single supplement will ensure a double occupancy room for solo use. Triple occupancy reduction will feature three guests in one room (2 or 3 total beds, eg., 1 Double Bed + 1 Twin Bed).

 


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