Faculty-Led: Highlights of Italy - 9 Days

Rome and Florence w/Assisi

Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • Visit the Basilicas of St. Francis & St. Clare
  • Visit the Piazza del Comune
  • Free time in Florence
  • Guided walking tour of Florence
  • Visit the Duomo
  • Visit the Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Visit the Piazza della Signoria
  • Visit the Ponte Vecchio
  • Admission to the Uffizi Gallery
  • Visit the Boboli Gardens & Pitti Palace
  • Guided city tour of Rome
  • Visit the Roman Forum
  • Admission to the Coliseum
  • Visit Piazza Navona
  • Visit the Pantheon
  • Free time in Rome
  • Free time in Trastevere along the Tiber River
  • Admission to the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
  • Visit the Trevi Fountain & the Spanish Steps


Daily Itinerary

Day 1 – Departure

Depart for your overnight flight to Rome.

Day 2 – Arrival, Rome, Florence

You’ll arrive in Rome and then board your bus for the drive to Florence with a stop in Assisi to visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare and the Piazza del Comune. After your stop in Assisi you’ll continue the drive to Florence. When you arrive you will check into you hotel and then have a welcome dinner.

Overnight in Florence.

Day 3 – Florence 

Today you’ll take a walking tour in Florence, a city famous for its art and architecture. The city was the center of the Florentine Republic founded in 1115 AD and is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance during the Middle Ages. It was also home to the Medici, one of history’s most important noble families. During your tour you’ll see the famous Florence Cathedral and Baptistery known as the Duomo. This magnificent gothic structure built in the 1300’s includes art work by Giotto and engineering by Brunelleschi. The impressive brick dome was the largest ever constructed. You’ll also see Baslilca of Santa Croce which is the burial place of famous Italians including Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. You’ll also visit the Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio and other sites during your tour. After the tour you’ll take a break for lunch and then have the afternoon free. In the evening you’ll participate in a hands on cooking class and dinner and then return to your hotel.

Overnight in Florence

Day 4 – Florence 

This morning you will visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous museums of the western world and home to famous works by Michelangelo and Da Vinci. Next, you’ll continue to the Boboli Gardens, one of the largest and most elegant Italian style gardens. Located behind Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens offers a welcome respite for travelers looking to escape from urban life. You’ll have the afternoon free and in the evening you’ll have dinner and then return to your hotel.

Overnight in Florence.

Day 5 – Florence 

Today you’ll have a free day. If you wish we can arrange an excursion in advance. Options include a day trip to the Cinque Terre, Pisa or Lucca or a trip to one of the charming Tuscan hilltop towns of Siena, San Gimignano, or Volterra. Dinner is not included this evening.

Overnight in Florence.

Day 6 – Rome

This morning you’ll check out of your hotel and head to Rome by train. When you arrive you’ll store your luggage or check in to your rooms and then head out for the afternoon. Here you’ll learn about the history of a thriving civilization that began as early as the 8th century BC and grew to become one of the largest empires in the ancient word. Your first stop will be the Roman Forum which served for centuries as the center of Roman public life. Throughout the years it served as a venue for public speeches and criminal trials, a market place and as the site for ancient government buildings. You’ll tour the site and then continue to the Coliseum, an elliptical amphitheater in the center of Rome and the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. Its construction was completed in 80 AD and is a 50,000 seat stadium used for gladiator battles and other public performances. After your tour you’ll head to Piazza Navona where you’ll take a break for lunch. After lunch you’ll see the Pantheon and then have some free time before dinner. In the evening you’ll have dinner and then take a walk along the Tiber River in the trendy area of Rome known as Trastevere. Then you’ll head to your hotel.

Overnight in Rome.

Day 7 – Rome 

Today you will have a free day. If you wish we can arrange an excursion in advance. Options include a visit to the Catacombs in Rome, the Borghese Gallery or other museums. A day trip to Pompeii is also an option. Today you’ll have dinner on your own.

Overnight in Rome.

Day 8 – Rome 

Today you'll visit the Vatican. Usually referred to as a City State and often called "The Holy See", Vatican City is home to about 800 residents. And it's the world’s smallest country.   A unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces lie within its boundaries. At its center is St Peter's Basilica, with its double colonnade and a circular piazza in front and bordered by palaces and gardens. The basilica, erected over the tomb of St Peter the Apostle, is the largest religious building in the world. Today you’ll see the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. You’ll have the afternoon free and then have dinner in the evening. After dinner you’ll see the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

Overnight in Rome

Day 9 – Departure

This morning you’ll check out of your hotel and head to the airport for your return flight home.





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