Lake Como, Venice, Florence & Rome

Experience romantic landscapes that have inspired the imagination of poets, artists and writers for centuries... from Lake Como to the lush Tuscan countryside and the timeless treasures of Venice, Florence and Rome! A Tauck Exclusive - an after-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel!



When you think of Italy... you evoke thoughts of leisurely cruises on picturesque lakes lined with villas against the backdrop of the Italian Alps... the Byzantine grandeur of San Marco and serenades aboard gondolas in the age-old canals of Venice... Florentine art and architecture that sing of life in the Renaissance, and a stroll in the garden where opera was born... a glass of Chianti in a sidewalk cafe in hilltop Siena... the haunting ruins of Imperial Rome... hand-painted frescoes whose eloquence is most poignantly experienced in the Sistine Chapel, after the day's crowds depart... From Michelangelo's masterpieces to the glories of Ancient Rome, the art and drama of the ages inspire our journeys in Italy including Lake Como, Venice, Florence, Siena and Rome. View the inspiring treasures of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel during a special after-hours guided visit. Confirmed reservations provide an opportunity to view the original works of the masters at the Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence. In Venice, stay at a top award-winning hotel on a private island in the Venetian Lagoon, see St. Mark's Basilica and Square, and take a gondola ride on the canals complete with a serenade. Visit the medieval town of Siena in the Tuscan countryside. Take a high-speed train ride to Florence. And of course, you'll also have ample time to pursue what interests you most in Venice, Florence, and Rome...

When you think of Italy... you evoke thoughts of leisurely cruises on picturesque lakes lined with villas against the backdrop of the Italian Alps... the Byzantine grandeur of San Marco and serenades aboard gondolas in the age-old canals of Venice... Florentine art and architecture that sing of life in the Renaissance, and a stroll in the garden where opera was born... a glass of Chianti in a sidewalk cafe in hilltop Siena... the haunting ruins of Imperial Rome... hand-painted frescoes whose eloquence is most poignantly experienced in the Sistine Chapel, after the day's crowds depart... From Michelangelo's masterpieces to the glories of Ancient Rome, the art and drama of the ages inspire our journeys in Italy including Lake Como, Venice, Florence, Siena and Rome. View the inspiring treasures of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel during a special after-hours guided visit. Confirmed reservations provide an opportunity to view the original works of the masters at the Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence. In Venice, stay at a top award-winning hotel on a private island in the Venetian Lagoon, see St. Mark's Basilica and Square, and take a gondola ride on the canals complete with a serenade. Visit the medieval town of Siena in the Tuscan countryside. Take a high-speed train ride to Florence. And of course, you'll also have ample time to pursue what interests you most in Venice, Florence, and Rome...

Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCKS YELLOW ROADS - Traverse Lake Como's stunning shoreline and Lombardy's pastoral landscapes to Venice
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - An after-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, without the crowds and without being rushed... a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the treasures of the Vatican unhurried
  • Confirmed reservations at the Uffizi Gallery & Galleria dell'Accademia - discover the world's great art and architecture without waiting in long lines
  • High-speed train travel with first-class seating, from Venice to Florence
  • Lecture by an art historian in Florence, setting the stage for guided museum visits

  • Details

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 3/31/2020
    Duration
    10 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1BellagioArrive Milan and on to Bellagio

    Tour begins: 6:30 PM, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. A transfer is included from Milan's Malpensa Airport to Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio. As you travel Italy Tauck-style, you'll see the best of this ancient country, from great cities to countryside villages and towns that are off-the-beaten track! Begin by heading through the beautiful northern Italian countryside from Milan to your historic 19th-century grand hotel in beautiful Bellagio on the shores of bejeweled Lake Como. Meet your fellow traveling companions at a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at your hotel.



    Lodging:Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

    Meals: D
    Day 2BellagioA Villa on Fashionable Lake Como

    Your travels take you by private boat from Bellagio to visit Villa Del Balbianello; set on a wooded peninsula that juts into the lake, it was built in the late 18th century on the site of a Franciscan monastery. Noted for its exquisite landscaping and sculpture, the villa features spectacular terraced gardens ablaze with magnolias, cypresses, azaleas and more against dramatic views of the distant Alps and the famous shore of Lake Como, and appeared as a location in the James Bond film Casino Royale and in Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones. After lunch on Isola Comacina, return to Bellagio and enjoy the afternoon and evening to explore as you wish; enjoy dinner on your own tonight.



    Lodging:Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3VeniceFrom Lake Como to Venice

    Journey across northern Italy from the lakes to Venice, among the world's best-loved cities, designed along an intricate system of canals within a lagoon. Upon arrival, head to St. Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, for lunch at a local restaurant, followed by an iconic, must-do Venetian experience - gliding through the city's historic canals aboard a gondola as local musicians serenade you with traditional Italian songs. Then transfer by private boat to your home for the next two nights in Venice - the San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, named the #1 hotel in Venice as the winner of Conde Nast Traveler's 2018 Top Hotels in Italy/Venice Reader's Choice Award! Occupying its own private island in the Venetian Lagoon complete with a beautiful pool, grounds and gardens, this award-winning retreat is accessible only by private boat or water taxi. Enjoy free time this evening and dinner at your leisure at the hotel.



    Lodging:San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4VeniceSt. Mark's & Venice as you please

    Start the day in Venice with guided visits to Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) and St. Mark's Basilica, one of the greatest buildings in Europe with its exquisite mosaics and detailed carving. Spend the rest of the day and evening experiencing more of Venice at your leisure - perhaps exploring the small islands of the Venetian Lagoon; viewing one of the world's largest collections of Venetian art at the Galleria dell'Accademia; or visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a head-turning display of modern art housed in Guggenheim's former home on the Grand Canal, the 18th-century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni; your Tauck Director can offer recommendations. Your hotel provides private boat shuttles between its private dock at St. Mark's Square and the hotel on San Clemente Island throughout the afternoon and evening.



    Lodging:San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice

    Meals: B
    Day 5FlorenceHigh-speed rail to Florence

    Travel Italy by high-speed rail today from Venice to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Get an introduction to the city's architectural landmarks and great artists from a local art historian; view Lorenzo Ghiberti's bronze doors with detailed panels at the Baptistry, part of the Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiori complex. Your art lecture is a fitting prelude to today's visit to Galleria dell'Accademia, Europe's oldest art school and home to many of the world's most beloved paintings and sculpture, including Michelangelo's famed statue of David. Later, a walking tour explores the historical center of Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have dinner à la carte at your leisure this evening at your hotel in the heart of the city.



    Lodging:The St. Regis Florence

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6FlorenceThe Uffizi & time at leisure in Florence

    We've made reservations for you today at Florence's extraordinary Uffizi Gallery, Italy's largest art museum and one of the first art galleries in the world, where you'll gaze at some of the world's greatest art masterpieces on a guided tour with a local expert. Admire works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, and more; following your tour, you can spend as much time as you like looking at the art. The rest of the day is free to explore more of Florence as you please; perhaps you may want to visit the Pitti Palace, the Medici Chapels or stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the lovely Boboli Gardens; enjoy lunch and dinner on your own today.



    Lodging:The St. Regis Florence

    Meals: B
    Day 7SienaThrough Tuscany & Umbria via Siena to Rome

    Travel Italy through lush Tuscan landscapes this morning, featuring olive groves, cypress trees, and vineyards, including the region that produces Chianti wine. Stop in the medieval hill town of Siena, and wander through its narrow centuries-old streets. See the Piazza del Campo where the Palio bareback horse race is held, and visit the Duomo, one of Italy's great cathedrals, with scenes inlaid in the marble floors and sculpture by Michelangelo. Continue through scenic Umbria and Lazio to your final destination - Rome, the Eternal City that was the center of the once-powerful Roman Empire, and is today the capital of modern Italy - for a three-night stay at one of Europe's finest hotels. Indulge this evening with dinner at a Roman neighborhood restaurant known for its regional cuisine.



    Lodging:The St. Regis Rome

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8RomeSt. Peter's & after-hours at the Vatican Museums

    Your first full day in Rome begins with a visit to one of the world's most famous houses of worship, immense St. Peter's Basilica, and St. Peter's Square. The remainder of the day is free to explore Rome as you please before this evening's Tauck Exclusive! An after-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel (subject to availability; day and time of the visit may vary) gives you privileged access to the treasures of the Vatican, without the day's crowds. See the Candelabra Gallery, Map Gallery and the Tapestries; it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the world's great masterpieces, including Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes, without the usual crowds. Up close and unhurried, you'll have a chance to see firsthand why the chapel's floor is as famous as its celebrated ceiling!



    Lodging:The St. Regis Rome

    Meals: B
    Day 9RomeThe glories of Imperial Rome

    Get an insider's view of Imperial Rome from a local guide on a city sightseeing tour - view such can't-miss sights as the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Circus Maximus, the Colosseum and more. Opened in AD 80, the Colosseum once reigned supreme as an entertainment venue used by Roman emperors to maximize their popularity with the general public. Spend some more time this afternoon exploring the Eternal City as you wish prior to this evening's farewell cocktail party and dinner at your hotel in Rome - a fitting finale to your extraordinary adventure to three of Italy's greatest cities.



    Lodging:The St. Regis Rome

    Meals: B, D
    Day 10RomeJourney Home

    Tour ends: Rome. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The St. Regis Rome to Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino; allow 3 hours for check-in.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
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