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The Heart of Italy: Venezia, Firenze & Roma

2015 Prices From $4,890 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 and more


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    Day 3

    The Renaissance by way of Padua


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    Day 4

    Florence, 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

    A true taste of Trastevere in Rome


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    Day 8

    Journey Home



The Tauck Difference

I have traveled a fair amount; normally I made reservations on my own or with the help of friends and relatives. But on the recent Tauck tour, my friend had signed up and was describing the details of the trip. It was the best trip I have ever been on. There were so many memorable events. Lunch with the contessa at her villa on the canal in Venice; the private tour, wine tasting and dinner at the Frescobaldi mansion; dinners and lunches with endless food and wine, and all of the docent led tours were fabulous. All you had to do was show up for each terrific day of enjoyment.

– Tauck Traveler Review

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