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A Week In Italy:
Rome, Florence & Venice
7 Days, 6 Nights


Trip Overview

Story's A Week In Italy features Rome, Florence & Venice and includes:

  • No Large Groups. Ever.
    This is a Frommer recognized True Small Group
  • Experience.
  • Boutique Hotels in the Heart of the Cities
  • Special Access Admissions & Entrances
  • Skip-the-Line Sightseeing with our Expert Italian Guides
  • Services of our Tour Captain who is with you throughout your journey, handling all the logistics while you enjoy Italy.
  • Land transportation during the tour
  • Customary Gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage and drivers

"This was the perfect trip with the perfect amount of time. Grazie!"
Lou & Sandy Ombert


ITALY'S 3 BIG NAME CITIES WITH A SPECIAL WINERY ESTATE EXPERIENCE IN TUSCANY

One week in Italy can change you forever: experience Story's Italian journey and walk where Emperors ruled, where Michelangelo created, and where the alleys and canals of Venice invite you to explore.

Rome —  Many speak of the electricity in the air that makes Rome what it is: A place you want to return again and again. Enjoy 3 days and 2 nights in the heart of Rome.

Florence —  Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Medici...Florence delights. Enjoy 2 days and 2 nights in Florence.

Venice —  Ah...Venice! No other city in the world is like Venice. Enjoy 2 days and 2 nights in Venice.

A specially designed itinerary for a special experience: A Week In Italy! It's the right amount of art, culture, history and yes, vino! 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 Rome and the ancient seat of its Empire. Walk the same streets Michelangelo did during the Renaissance in Florence. Cruise on a Gondola along the canals of Venice. All of this without the stress of planning your trip! We've taken the work out of the equation and now you can simply enjoy A Week In Italy!

 

Your Tour Captain meets you in Rome and is right there with you all along the journey to help you discover...like a local — We've made it easy for you with included guides, hotels, transportation and sightseeing.

I WANT MORE ITALY! A quick note: yes, you can add a pre-tour overnight (extra hotel night before the trip begins) and you can also add on extensions to wonderful places like the Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast, Lake Como, and more. Just inquire with our trip specialists: Call 1 877 865-6711 orCHAT with us by clicking here.


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

 

IT'S ALL SET: Your Tour Captain will see you at the hotel upon check-in!

Upon arrival to Rome FCO Airport and if you have opted for our Rome Arrival Transfer, you will be met by our chauffeur once you have exited the secure customs hall. Just look for the Story sign/placard and your transfer to Story's Heart of Rome hotel kicks off your Italian vacation.

ROME ORIENTATION WALK: Your Tour Captain 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 in Rome.

Tuscan Sunset

Walking Level: Leisurely pace; Volume: Medium.

WELCOME DINNER: Join your Tour Captain for an included welcome dinner in the eternal city tonight.

About Story Way® Dining: 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: Grand Hotel de la Minerve is our home in Rome. Enjoy 2 nights in our Superior Category rooms with breakfast included.
 




EMPIRE OF ROME

Monday –  Day 2: Special Access Admission to the Colosseum & Roman Forum

Begin our walking tour of Rome with our Expert Guide featuring both history and modernity in Rome. You will see how ancient elements are intertwined with present-day apartment buildings, and discover how the modern Romans enjoy life to the fullest.

Our sights of import today are immersion experiences in the Colosseum and the Foro Romano or Roman Forum. This was the original town center of the Roman Empire - truly the heart of the Empire. Venture back in time as our Expert Guide walks you through the archaeological dig of the Roman Forum. There once was a dream that was Rome...it shall be realized. — The character Marcus Aurelius from the movie Gladiator

Tuscan Sunset

After our world-class touring experience of Imperial Rome, the balance of the day is free. 

Today ENJOY ADMISSION & SIGHTSEEING WITH OUR EXPERT GUIDE:

  • Roman Colosseum
  • Roman Forum - Walk through archaeological dig and enjoy unique perspectives of Capitoline Hill, Palatine Hill and the Forum. 

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

JOIN OPTIONALLY THE TOUR CAPTAIN FOR DINNER TONIGHT: Exploring and discovering a new restaurant can be a wonderful experience or join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight.

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VATICAN CITY –  ON TO FLORENCE

Tuesday –  Day 3: Special Access Admission: Vatican City, St. Peters and Sistine Chapel

Vatican City springs to life as we explore with our special Skip-the-Line tickets a visit of the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica and Square.

Tuscan Sunset

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 desiqned 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: Home of Michelangelo & the Medici

We then transfer to the train station for our included high-speed train to Florence Santa Maria Novella station. Arriving only about 5 minutes walk from our hotel located in the very heart of the city, we make our way, check-in, drop bags and begin our walking tour of this magnificient medieval city.

FLORENCE & THE RENAISSANCE

 


Welcome to Florence.

ENJOY ADMISSION & SIGHTSEEING WITH EXPERT GUIDE:

Meet our Expert Guide for our walking tour of Florence with our special access to the Accademia Gallery to visit one of the icons of Florence, Michelangelo's David.

  • 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

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

After the tour, check-in to your room and freshen up for a special welcome dinner tonight.

WELCOME DINNER IN FLORENCE: Join your Tour Captain for an included Welcome Dinner to one of our favorite cities in all of Italy.

Accommodation in the Heart of Florence: Hotel L'Orologio is our home in Florence. Enjoy 2 nights with breakfast included.

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TUSCAN SUN

Wednesday –  Day 4: Story's Winery Estate Experience

Tuscany is known for beautiful landscapes, its people and its wine.

Tuscan Sunset
Story Exclusive: Enjoy this special experience at our winery estate in the heart of Tuscany. Enjoy a tour of the production facilities and cellars before a delightful wine-tasting paired with perfect morsels for lunch. Buon Appetito!

After our day in Tuscany's countryside we return to Florence for a free evening.

WHERE TO DINE IN FLORENCE TONIGHT? Enjoy your exploration of Florence or join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight.

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ONWARD TO VENICE

Thursday –  Day 5: Zip along to Venice in the High-Speed Train: Ah! Venice!

We have a love affair with Venice. The romance is apparent every step of the way, from the fine Venetian hand-blown glass in the traditional style to the amazing gondola experience.

Upon arrival, we board our water taxi to check-in and drop bags at our hotel. Meet our Expert Guide and enjoy our special walking tour of Venice.

Tuscan Sunset

SIGHTSEEING TOUR WITH OUR EXPERT 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.

VENETIAN WELCOME DINNER: Join your Tour Captain tonight for a delicious meal featuring the best cuisine and vino from the regions of Italy and especially the Veneto.

Accommodation in the Heart of Venice: Hotel Saturnia & International is our home in Venice with breakfast included, 2 Nights.

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VENICE AT LEISURE

Friday –  Day 6: Enjoy Enchanting Venice

Enjoy exploring Venice today at leisure until our Gondola Experience at dusk.

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

FAREWELL TO VENICE 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. 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

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VENICE DEPART

 

Saturday –  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 Tour Captain throughout your journey.
  • Arrival transfer from airport making your arrival easy.
  • Meet our Tour Captain and enjoy our private walking orientation to Rome
    • 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
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Air-conditioned guestrooms
    • Gratuities and Tourist Tax

FLORENCE

  • Included High-Speed Train Tickets to Florence
  • Meet our Tour Captain and enjoy a private walking orientation to Florence
  • Renaissance Florence Walking Tour with our Expert Guide including admission and tour of:
    • The Duomo
    • Piazza della Repubblica
    • Piazza Signoria
    • Admission to the Galleria dell' Accademia to see Michelangelo's David and the other magnificent works of art
  • Story Exclusive: Story Winery Estate Experience in Tuscany
  • Visit to hill town village of San Gimignano in Tuscany
  • Story Way® Dining: 1 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
  • Included transfer with our local Tour Captain on our Private Water Taxi
  • Enjoy a private walking orientation with our Tour Captain in Venice
  • 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: 2 Dinners in Venice
  • 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 our Tour Captain
The Tour Captain meets you upon arrival in Italy!

With Story's Family Vacation Series 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 your Tour Captain 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
A Week In Italy:
Rome, Florence & Venice
7 Days, 6 Nights

2017 Trip Dates & Prices

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures with official Story Tour Captain® or Story Local Host® for groups of 5 or less. Inquire for your departure.

Priced in US Dollars. Ready to book or have questions?
Call 1 877 865 6711
or chat with us here
Saturday to Sunday:
Rome, Florence & Venice
Trip Prices Single Supplement Triple Reduction
April 1 - 9
Rome Marathon is April 2
$4,279 $1289 $230
April 8 - 16
Easter is April 16
$4,979 $1689 $222
April 22 - 30
$4,279 $1289 $288
April 29 - May 7
$4,279 $1289 $288
May 6 - 14 $4,279 $1289 $288
May 13 - 21 $4,279 $1289 $288
May 20 - 28
$4,379 $1289 $288
June 3 - 11
$4,379 $1289 $288
June 17 - 25 $4,379 $1289 $288
June 24 - July 2 $4,379 $1289 $288
July 1 - 9
$4,279 $1289 $288
July 8 - 16
$4,279 $1289 $288
July 15 - 23 $4,279 $1289 $288
July 22 - 30 $4,279 $1289 $288
August 5 - 13
$4,379 $1289 $288
August 19 - 27
$4,279 $1379 $288
Sep 2 - 10 $4,379 $1379 $288
Sep 9 - 17 $4,379 $1379 $288
Sep 16 - 24
$4,379 $1379 $288
Sep 23 - Oct 1
$4,379 $1379 $288
Oct 7 - 15 $4,279 $1379 $288
Oct 14 - 22 $4,279 $1279 $288
Oct 21 - 29
$4,279 $1279 $288
Inquire for discounted rates for travel November through February!

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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