The Heart of Italy: Venezia, Firenze & Roma

2014 Prices From $4,590 for 8 Days - Culturious

Travels off beaten paths experience an Italy most visitors seldom see, behind the scenes in three of its most beguiling cities... in Venice, at a glassblower's studio in Murano, unlocking the ancient secrets of Venetian glass, finding masterpieces in the bohemian backstreets of San Polo, lunching with a contessa at her private palazzo, and viewing Baroque villas that line the Brenta Canal ... on a Florence tour, get a rare look at Renaissance art restoration, wine and dine at a hilltop fortress that shelters the wine cellars of the Frescobaldi family (vintners since the 14th century), visit the palazzo of a concert pianist in the heart of the city for an intimate evening of music, aperitifs, and an insider's look at local history and politics... in Rome, wind your way around the tourist crowds to Trastevere (a medieval town within the city) for a walking tour of an open-air food market with a food & wine expert followed by a cooking demonstration on Roman cuisine, and a visit to the Vatican Museum, off-hours, including halls and rooms seldom open to the public. Discover Italy the Culturious way, close and personal, outside the lines.


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  1. Day 1

    Arrive Venice



    Day 2

    Glass art of Murano


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    Day 3

    The Renaissance by way of Padua


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    Day 4

    The Uffizi and the Frescobaldi family wine cellars


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    Day 5

    Insider art, politics and music in Firenze



    Day 6

    Rome... and the Vatican seldom seen


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    Day 7

    Seeing the sights in Rome, an Italian food experience with a culinary expert, and a special farewell dinner


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    Day 8

    Journey Home



    Note: The Vatican is unavailable for the after-hours visit on the April 20 and May 4 departures; we have arranged priority early morning entry (ahead of regular visitors).

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I was totally amazed by Castello di Nipozzano. Owned by the Frescobaldi family, we were hosted by Giacomo and Stefania at this beautiful estate; we enjoyed a wine and olive oil tasting and a superb lunch in a very private setting, surrounded by vineyards – as if we were guests of the Marchesi himself!

– Kathy Georgette, Tour Architect

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