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Italian Interlude (15 Days) - June 2017 - ON REQUEST

Price A$7,998


Destination

RomeGreveFlorencePisaSienaMontagnanaVenice


Category
Unpublished

Duration
15 days 14 nights
Tour Details

Italian Interlude: 10 - 24 June 2017 AU$7,998 plus airfares

Travelling to Italy to discover it’s rich culture, ancient ruins, impressive art collection, iconic architecture, show stopping cities and of course the scrumptious food and stylish fashion is an experience not to be missed.

Your introduction to Italy begins in Rome. You will be instantly immersed within the historic landscape and around every corner will be a masterpiece of art or architecture for you to marvel at. No trip to Rome would be complete without experiencing the religious icons of Vatican City and Sistine Chapel or discovering the ancient glories of the Roman Empire with a guided tour of the Flavian Amphitheatre, commonly known as the Colosseum. You will have plenty of time to lap up the lifestyle and mingle with the locals in the busy city squares whilst savouring the glorious Italian cuisine.

From Rome we will make the picturesque journey through the Italian countryside to Tuscany. The historic agriturismo Terre di Baccio, right near Greve in Chianti and nestled within vineyards and olive groves, will be your home for six nights as you explore riverside Florence and get swept up in its history and culture. You will have the opportunity to wander the quaint streets of Siena, see iconic Pisa, become an authentic truffle hunter, enjoy an adventure across the countryside on a Vespa and marvel at the world-class art. Plus plenty of fine food and wine and time beside the pool under the Tuscan sun.

The final leg of our journey takes us to one of the country’s most seductive cities, Venice - the famous floating city where marble palaces and lavish buildings perch atop of the water’s surface. We have scheduled in a walking tour of the unique city for you to soak up the floating landscape and explore the ancient sights down cobbled laneways. You will have the opportunity to embark on a cruise of the nearby Islands before having free time to discover and fall in love with Venice’s soul.

Our stay will be capped off with an impressive dinner and an eerie ghost tour of hidden Venice where you will hear stories of the dead and the historic legends that have haunted the city’s inhabitants for years.

After 15 days of exploring one of the world’s most beautiful countries, you will find it hard not to fall madly in love and long to go back. So are you on board with us? 

 

ON REQUEST

Day 1: Rome

Upon arrival we’ll be met at the airport for our group transfer to the hotel. Unpack and settle in before our group meets for a welcome cocktail and tour briefing on the terrace overlooking ancient Rome.

Accommodation: Hotel Eliseo - standard room

Day 2: Rome Walking Tour

Let the Eternal City enchant you! With this walking tour you'll get a panoramic view of ancient Rome as you stroll through its picturesque alleyways and discover some of the most important sights in the historical centre including the Pantheon,  Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Raphael's tomb and one of the most beautiful squares in the world, Piazza Navona.  The tour ends in Campo del Fiori, a favourite hangout among locals, where we’ll have lunch in a typical Roman trattoria. Balance of day at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Eliseo - standard room

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour

Enjoy this fascinating Vatican tour through the treasures of the Catholic Church: Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica, visited by over 5 million people per year.

Our guide will show us  all the highlights Vatican city: the Papal palaces, the Greek statues of the Lacoon, the ancient sculptures, tapestries and paintings to the magnificent Raphael Rooms and, of course,  the Sistine Chapel, one of the greatest and most famous examples of Michelangelo's artistic genius. Our visit will conclude  with  a visit to  St. Peter's Basilica, one of the largest and ornate churches in the world.

After the tour we’ll enjoy lunch at a local pizzeria.  Balance of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Eliseo - standard room

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Walking in the footsteps of Gladiators

No visit to Rome would be complete without a visit to the famous Colosseum. 

In addition to the ring and the arena you will visit an area recently restoredthe Hypogeum. This is a fascinating place, where gladiators and beasts waited to be hoisted up to the arena to fight for the entertainment of the locals. The tour ends with a climb to the third ring which offers a privileged view of the arena and the surrounding urban landscape.

Our stay in Rome concludes with a lovely dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Elysseo - standard room

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Transfer from Rome to Tuscany via Orvieto

After breakfast we bid farewell to Roma and make our way to Tuscany. On the way, we’ll stop at Orvieto, one of the most amazing hillside Umbrian towns.

Here you’ll enjoy a lunch in a traditional trattoria, very close to Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire one of Italy’s greatest cathedrals, a jewel of painting, mosaics and sculpture. Following a typical lunch in Orvieto we’ll continue to Tuscany and our home for the next 7 nights...Terre di Baccio Agriturismo near Greve-in-Chianti.

The Terre di Baccio agricultural estate is situated on a pleasant hill in a panoramic position close to the little town of Greve in the heart of Chianti; an area steeped in history, art, culture, food & wine traditions. In the midst of a 50-acre estate planted with vineyards and olive groves, a group of 16th-century buildings called Casale di Baccio has been recently renovated and converted into a delightful country residence for guests. The vineyard, the olive grove and the beautifully-tended gardens merge to create a magnificent backdrop to the farmstead, the barn and the panoramic swimming pool overlooking the Chianti hills. The centre of the town is a 10 minute walk through the olive grove.

The owners with their ancient Florentine and Guatemalan origins have deliberately retained the original architectural features of the farmstead: stone, terracotta and old wooden beams which are superbly set off by furnishings and crafts typical of Guatemala. Thus the souls of the two families come together, generating a truly unique and captivating atmosphere.

Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at the Agriturismo.

Accommodation: Hotel Agriturismo - standard room

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Walking Tour of Florence

After breakfast we’ll learn about the city from its foundation to modern times and we will see the marvels given to the town by the public commission and from private patronage. The tour will encompass Santa Maria del Fiore and the magnificent Brunelleschi Dome, the picturesque medieval narrow streets of the city centre, Piazza Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, and the iconic Ponte Vecchio and many other wonders.

Lunch will take place at the Old Market, where our guide will suggest typical foods, and the bravest among you will have the opportunity to taste lampredotto tripe, the famous Florentine street food.

Tonight we’ll enjoy wood fired pizzas made on site at Terre di Baccio accompanied by local wine and beer.

Accommodation: Hotel Agriturismo - standard room

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Florence

Today we have two activity options from which to choose.*

Option 1: Vintage Vespa Tour
Take a ride in the surrounding Florence countryroads on the back of  a vintage Vespa! After  a safety briefing  we head off for this exhilarating ride through the city and the countryside.

During the tour you will have the opportunity to pose for photos with your Vespa and driver and the amazing skyline at Piazzale Michelangelo.

After exploring the city you will leave Florence enjoying the freedom of the hills, through ancient olive groves and vineyards. There will be time for a break tasting typical ham and cheese with a glass of Chianti wine before we head back to the city. This is one amazing way to discover Italy and the Italian life style!

Option 2: Uffizi Gallery Tour with Italian "Aperitivo"
With over 1.5 million of visitors every year, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence is one of the most visited museums in Italy.

This guided tour leads you through the most important masterpieces, a wonderful journey through the history of painting which starts from the 13th century, through the innovations of Giotto, towards the splendour of the Italian Renaissance with Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelll and Michelangelo.

Enjoy their beauty, importance, meaning and style!  The tour will conclude  with an Italian "aperitivo", enjoying a beautiful view  over Florence, from the Uffizi terrace. If you’re an art lover don’t miss this one.

* Please advise your preferred activity at the time of booking.

Accommodation: Hotel Agriturismo - standard room

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Free day at Terre di Baccio

After a relaxing day at Terre di Baccio we are transferred into Florence in the late afternoon for a steak dinner at a very traditional Florentine restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Agriturismo - standard room

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Pisa & Truffle Hunting

Our first stop today is Pisa. Our  guide will lead us to the famous Miracles Square, explaining its history. You’ll have time to admire the Leaning Tower, Baptistery and other beautiful monuments before entering the Cathedral. At the end of the visit we’ll have free time for photos and, if you wish, to climb the tower.**

Before leaving, we’ll enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch.

After lunch we head to the  beautiful  Fattoria Collebrunacchi  in the hills surrounding San Miniato to enjoy an authentic "truffle hunt"  through a typical Tuscan wood, accompanied by an expert truffle hunter and  their clever dogs.

Entering the wood is an exciting ritual, an indescribable mix of emotions and impressions: the scent of nature, the silence interrupted only by the sound of the wind rustling the leaves. During the truffle hunting, your guide will tell you about the traditions, history and legends of this precious tuber.

After the “hunt” we’ll have a special truffle tasting including cured meats, crostini, local cheeses and marmalades, pasta with raw truffle and desert. Tasty! All served with wines produced at the fattoria. This will be a very special day.

**Entrance Fees to Leaning Tower (€18.00) are not included and payable on the day.

Accommodation: Hotel Agriturismo - standard room

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10: Medieval Tuscany - Siena & San Gimignano

First stop today is iconic Siena. We’ll discover the  incredible architectural style of the Cathedral, Palazzo Communale and Piazza del Campo. The walk will immerse you in the medieval atmosphere of the "Contrade" who still compete against each other twice a year in the famous Palio horse race.

From Siena we head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of San Gimignano. This splendid medieval town is known as the Manhattan of the 16th century and is like stepping back in time. We’ll have time to taste their world famous ice cream too.  We return to Terre di Baccio in late afternoon and tonight we’ll have a poolside barbeque to say arrivederci to this beautiful agriturismo.

Entrance fees payable on the day (Siena Cathedral: € 7,00)

Accommodation: Hotel Agriturismo - standard room

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Transfer to Venice from Tuscany via Montagnana

On the way from Venice we’ll stop in Montagnana, a small and elegant town, surrounded by perfectly preserved medieval walls. You will admire palaces in Venetian Gothic style and the Duomo, a masterpiece of the sixteenth century.

Here you will enjoy the splendid Montagnana Prosciutto DOP accompanied by the best wines of the area.

On arrival in Venice we are transferred by private water taxi to our hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Gabrielli - standard room

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12: Venice Walking Tour with Gondola Ride

Today we’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of one of Europe’s most unique cities. Your tour will start from St. Mark’s Square and then to the Basilica, Clock Tower and Doge’s Palace.

You will then proceed towards Marco Polo’s house, the world-Famous Fenice Theatre, completely restored inside after the disastrous fire of 1996 and Venice’s main shopping street, the Mercerie.

The walking tour will end near the sublime Rialto Bridge, where we’ll have lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Gabrielli - standard room

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13: Venice - Traditional cruise to Murano, Burano & Torcello

After breakfast at our hotel we board  a traditional Italian boat called a bragozzo and cruise to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello in the Venetian Lagoon. Enjoy this amazing private  trip across Saint Mark's Basin, towards the Lido, cruising to the three most famous Venetian islands with their picturesque scenery, handicraft traditions and unique histories . Your first stop will be at the island of Murano, known as the "Island of Glass". You will visit one of its famous factories and see glass blowers at work.

The tour continues to Burano, a typical fishing island with colourful contrasts and chocolate-box painted houses. Here we'll have a delicious fish lunch. The final stop is at the island of Torcello, the most ancient inhabited island, which has a population of only 100 people.

We return to our hotel in the late afternoon. Evening at leisure. Plenty of local dinner options just steps from our hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Gabrielli - standard room

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14: Venice Ghost Walking Tour & Farewell to Venice dinner

Departing from the Rialto Bridge we’ll have the opportunity to discover the hidden and mysterious side of Venice with its legends, stories and popular tales of old ghosts, devils and vampires. You’ll cross labyrinths of the hidden Venice, exploring sleeping canals, abandoned piazzas and ancient cemeteries hidden beneath the modern streets. You will hear intriguing ghost stories, legends about sea monsters, including the tale of Marco Polo’s wife, stories of rat infested prison cells that flooded during high tide. Strolling along the “Calle degli Assassins” you’ll enjoy this particular walking tour with many surprises along the way. The tour ends close to the Rialto Bridge.

At the end of the tour we are transferred to our restaurant for our farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Gabrielli - standard room

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Depart Venice

Our group is transferred from the hotel to the airport for our flight home or onto further adventures.

Meals : Breakfast

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"I can't speak highly enough of the organisation, professionalism and experience shown by everyone at Two's a Crowd in making my recent Italian holiday so memorable. We were a small, but friendly group, which made it even more enjoyable. Working closely with Ken, our tour director, the friendly and knowledgeable local guides made sure we experienced the best features of their country - unique experiences like a truffle hunt in the woods, riding a Vespa through the hills above Florence or a grand dinner in Venice, hosted by a family whose ancestors can be traced back to the 13th century. The overall pace of the holiday was just right for me, I really appreciated staying several nights in each place, which gave us the chance to explore and relax with minimal packing and unpacking. Definitely keeping my eye on their travel calendar for 2016!" Ruth, South, Australia

Rome

Hotel Eliseo (4 star) This  hotel in the Ludovisi district is a 3-minute walk from the gardens of Villa Borghese and a 7-minute walk from the Barberini metro station. The elegant rooms with antique-style furnishings feature free Wi-Fi, TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Awesome roof terrace which overlooks the Eternal City.

Tuscany 

Terri di Baccio Agriturismo (4 star) The Terre di Baccio agricultural estate is situated  in a panoramic position close to the town of Greve in the heart of Chianti, an area steeped in history, art, culture and food & wine traditions. In the midst of a 50-acre estate planted with vineyards and olive groves, a group of 16th-century buildings called Casale di Baccio has been recently renovated and converted into a delightful country residence for guests. The vineyard, the olive grove and the beautifully-tended garden merge to create a magnificent backdrop to the farmstead, the barn and the panoramic swimming pool overlooking the Chianti hills. The centre of the town is within walking distance.

The owners, of ancient Florentine and Guatemalan origins, have deliberately retained the original architectural features of the farmstead: stone, terracotta and old wooden beams are superbly set off by furnishings and crafts typical of Guatemala. Thus the souls of the two families come together, generating a truly unique and captivating atmosphere.

Venice

Hotel Gabrielli (4 star) The 150 year old 4-star Hotel Gabrielli is  located in a Venetian Palazzo from the 14th century and overlooks the Venetian Lagoon. Only a few minutes walk from Saint Mark’s square, the Doge’s Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark and  the Arsenale.  The hotel also has a fantastic roof terrace overlooking the city and lagoon. Great spot for a cocktail. Free WIFI throughout the hotel.

 

Where does one begin with Italy? Italy is the land of mouthwatering meals that last all night, heady wines to drink underneath olive trees, pastel villas built into sheer cliffs above the crystal blue Tyrrhenian Sea, and Renaissance paintings and marble sculptures that leave you awestruck and inspired. It is everyone’s dream to travel to Italy, and for good reason. Whether you are heading to the beach or to the mountains, to the vineyards or to the cities, there are endless possibilities for exciting Italy travel.

Weather

Italy’s Mediterranean climate makes it a year-round destination with thrilling activities for every season. In general, the summers are hot and dry, and the winters are cold and damp. In general, the best months to visit Italy are April to June and September to October when the weather is comfortably warm. July and August can be stiflingly hot and muggy, and most Italians go on holiday in August, shuttering many shops and restaurants.

Currency

In Italy, as in most of  Western Europe, the official currency is the Euro (€).   The Euro is divided into 100 cents (centimes, centesimi), with two decimals after the comma. So, a price will often be displayed as €10,00 (ten euros); or €2,14 (two euro and 14 cents), etc. 

Major establishments accept credit cards whose logos are posted in their front windows. You should check with your bank to see if they charge you an international transaction fee or foreign transaction fee.  Visa and MasterCard charge a processing fee on international transactions, and most card-issuing banks add their own fees on top of that.  They equal to generally a percentage of your overall purchase price, sometimes as high as 3% extra.

ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) in Italy are known as Bancomat, and can be found anywhere in large cities as well as in small towns. The machine operates just as ATMs do anywhere else; at the beginning of the transaction, it prompts the user for the preferred language.

Using a credit card, or even better, a debit card or your local bank (ATM) card is very easy. One must first locate either the Cirrus, Plus, VPay, or BankMate symbol (on the Bancomat and on your card), to ensure the card is usable at that particular unit.

Passport & Visas

Passport and Visas Australians seeking to enter countries that are parties to the Schengen Convention such as Italy are advised that only the country you plan to visit can provide up-to-date and accurate information about its specific visa requirements. Travellers should contact the nearest High Commission, Embassy or Consulate of the countries they plan to visit well in advance of travel.

Generally, Australian tourists planning to spend less than a total of 90 days within a 180 day period in the 'Schengen area' do not require visas for countries which are parties to the Schengen Convention.

The following countries are parties to the Schengen Convention: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Australians who are likely to exceed the cumulative 90 day limit, or who are visiting the Schengen area for other than tourist or business purposes, should contact the High Commission, Embassy or Consulate of the country or countries concerned to obtain an appropriate visa. Visa rules relating to work and business visits are governed by the individual countries.

Passports must have 6 months validity from the date of arrival back in Australia and at least 2 blank pages.

Electricity

Electricity is supplied at 220 to 230V 50Hz. Outlets are CEE7/5 (protruding male earth pin) and accept either CEE 7/5 (Grounded), CEE 7/7 (Grounded) or CEE 7/16 (non-grounded) plugs. Older German-type CEE 7/4 plugs are not compatible as they do not accommodate the earth pin found on this type of outlet. However, most modern European appliances are fitted with the hybrid CEE 7/7 plug which fits both CEE 7/5 (Belgium & France) and CEE 7/4 (Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and most of Europe) outlets.

Plugs Travellers from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland and other countries using 230V 50Hz which use different plugs simply require a plug adaptor to use their appliances in France. Plug adaptors for plugs from the US and UK are available from electrical and "do-it-yourself" stores such as Bricorama.

Voltage: Travellers from the US, Canada, Japan and other countries using 110V, 60Hz may need a voltage converter. However, some laptops, mobile phone chargers and other devices can accept either 110V or 230V so only require a simple plug adaptor. Check the voltage rating plates on your appliances before connecting them.

Let us handle your travel arrangements

Two's a Crowd is a full service travel business. We are happy to provide very competitive quotes on all international airfares from your nearest capital city. 

 

Tour includes:

  • 8 nights accommodation in centrally located 3 star hotels in Rome and Venice in a single room with private facilities
  • 6 nights at Terre di Baccio Agriturismo in Greve in your own room with private facilities
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance with CHI Australia (underwritten by Allianz). Additional premium will apply on age and pre-existing conditions. Please refer to the CHI PDS for policy terms and conditions.
  • All transport as per itinerary by air-conditioned private coach
  • All tours and activities as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure group airport transfers
  • Meal as stated: 14 breakfasts; 7 lunches; 6 dinners
  • All entrance fees (except those noted on itinerary)
  • English speaking tour guides throughout
  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host From Australia

Tour excludes:

  • International flights - Two’s a Crowd can quote and book for you
  • Services and meals if not mentioned in itinerary
  • All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursions
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities


Pricing correct as at 23 August 2016 and is subject to change until paid in full.

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