When you think of Italy, you probably think of pizza or pasta. But there’s so much more to this boot-shaped country. Like gelato. Seriously though, Italy is more than things you can consume. Ramble through the 118 islands that make up the city of Venice, see world-famous art by Michelangelo in Florence and Rome, then take in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. Saying there’s a lot to do is an understatement; we’ve barely scratched the surface of this 16-day Italian immersion. And who says you can’t have it all? No one. No one says that.
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What are the top highlights?
- Wind through the organized, yet surprisingly confusing streets of Venice (word of advice: grab a map).
- Step into the Renaissance in Florence.
- Eat gelato until you can't eat any more. Than eat more.
- Visit the ruins of the Colosseum in Rome, where you can picture yourself as a gladiator (or one of the 80,000 spectators).
- Live lavishly as you cruise around the island of Capri, taking in the unparalleled coastal views and taking your Instagram to the next level.
- Go on a fascinating tour of Pompeii, the city devastated by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.
- Soak up the sun, and gawk at the crystal-clear water on the beaches in Sicily.
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers
- Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
- Private deluxe motorcoach
- Ferry from Naples to Palermo
- 15 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- Welcome Dinner with drinks
- Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
- Metro passes in each major city
- Entrance to select attractions
You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.
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Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:
- Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
- Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
- Flights are booked with major airlines
- 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
- One checked bag included on most flights
- Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure
Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.
- Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight, bound for Italy! Fresh gelato and homemade pasta will soon be yours. So, so soon.
- Day 2: Arrive in Venice + Welcome Dinner
Welcome to the Venice Region! While you'll be staying on the mainland, the heart of Venice is a quick bus ride away. Situated on 118 islands, intersected by 175 canals and connected by more than 400 bridges, this city has had more praise showered upon it from travelers, writers and artists than any other city in the world.
- Meet an EF representative at the airport.
- Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
- Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
- Meet the other travelers as they arrive.
- Meet your Tour Director for a guided tour of some top sights around Venice.
In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!
- Day 3: Tour Venice
Get ready to see Venice through the eyes of a local Italian. Your guide will show you canals, an extraordinary basilica, and a staircase shaped like a snail. You definitely haven’t had enough pasta yet. Eat more pasta.
- Travel from mainland Venice to the island, catching sight of St. Mark's Basilica, plenty of gondolas, and the spectacular Venetian skyline.
- See several historic churches and lose yourself in the narrow streets of Venice.
- Follow the winding Grand Canal through the heart of Venice
- Play Marco polo from across the Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge in the city that connects San Marco and San Polo.
Free Time Suggestions
Book Worm: Check out Acqua Alta Library, a hidden bookstore where the books are piled from floor to ceiling, and kittens run around just waiting for some company.
300 Years Young: Opened in 1720, Caffè Florian is the oldest café in the world. And while the venue may be old, their beliefs have always been ahead of their time. They were the only café to serve women during the 18th century. Nicely done, Florian.
Go for Gondola: Make your dreams come true by floating down the Venetian canals aboard traditional gondolas.
- Day 4: Travel to Milan via Verona
Say goodbye to Venice; you’re on to Milan, the design, fashion, and commerce center of Italy. On your way, stop in Verona, the setting for three of William Shakespeare’s plays. Visit Juliet’s balcony where you can harness you inner Romeo by saying, “But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?”
- Travel by bus to Milan with a pit stop in Verona.
- Pay a visit to Juliet’s famous balcony and get in touch with your inner romantic.
- Arrive in Milan and take an introductory walk of the area with your Tour Director.
- Take the evening by storm; Milan is a vibrant, fast-paced city that certainly won't slow down at night. Will you?
Free Time Suggestions
Mall Rats: One of the world’s oldest malls, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (who knew malls existed in 1877?), is the place to go if you want to window shop for Gucci or Louis Vuitton. Beware: the prices are as high as the vaulted ceilings. But the vaulted ceilings are beautiful.
Bar None: Head out on the town to any one of the dozens of bars throughout the city. And if you’re feeling even more adventurous, there are plenty of dance clubs calling your name.
- Day 5: Excursion to Lake Como + Free Day in Milan
Cruise Lake Como on a full-day excursion or enjoy a full free day in Milan to explore on your own. Either way, you're about to have a great day.
- Wake up and seize the day; you've got Milan at your fingertips.
- Explore the impressive gothic cathedral that offers stunning views of the city.
- Spend the day at Lake Como (if you choose), daydreaming about villa life and spotting celebrity homes.
Free Time Suggestions:
Stairway to Heaven: Visit Milan’s impressive gothic cathedral, as stunning on the outside as it is on the inside. Climb the stairs (or take the elevator) to the top for sweeping views of the city’s skyline.
Gol!!!: If you’re a soccer fan, take some time to visit the San Siro Stadium and museum, home to AC Milan, one of the top soccer clubs in Italy.
Drinks After Work: Like many people, the Milanese like to take the edge off after a day at work. Do as the Italians do, and find a café for a drink (aperetivo) and snack.
A Day in Lake Como (extra cost)
Cruise serene Lake Como, where views of the Alps, villas and small medieval towns line the shore. Then, explore two of Italy's most beautiful celeb hotspots: Como and Bellagio.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
- Day 6: Travel to Florence via Optional Cinque Terre
Board your private coach for Florence via Cinque Terre, the five colorful fishing villages that will make for the best photo op of the entire trip. Scratch that. Best photos ever. Instagrammers, this is your moment.
- Explore Cinque Terre and travel by train through the dazzling villages.
- Stop in Manarola, the tranquil and unspoiled village that is too beautiful for its own good.
- Catch some rays (of the sun variety) at the beach in Montesrosso, and relax after a long day of exploration.
- Arrive in Florence in the evening, settle in, and take an introductory walk with your Tour Director.
- Day 7: Tour Florence
You’ve got a full day in Florence, the compact capital of the Tuscany region known for its famous Renaissance artwork. Throw on some comfortable shoes and join a local guide for a walking tour of the city. By the end of it, you’ll be looking up how to live in Italy forever.
- Cross the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, home to many of Florence’s jewelers and art merchants. Ready to get some bling?
- Stroll the Piazza della Signoria, home to the Uffizi Gallery and that famous naked guy (also known as Michelangelo’s David).
- Visit the Duomo Cathedral. Return during your free time and challenge yourself to climb the 463 steps to the top for stunning views of the city.
Free Time Suggestions
Get Some Fresh Air: Loggia dei Lanzi is an open air sculpture museum, with a number of Renaissance statues. It’s beautiful, it’s in the open, and it’s free.
Leather-Bound Books: Florence is known for its p