ITALY AUGUST 2023

A$9,190
GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
A$9,190
GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Antiquity, culture & cuisine…

Travelling to Italy to discover its 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. From the canals of Venice to the historic streets of Rome, Italy is constantly familiar and endlessly surprising. Catch the top-tier sights – Venice’s bridges, Pisa’s Leaning Tower and Rome’s Colosseum – and combine them with the humble delights of the fine food of Tuscany, natural vistas and unearthed cultural treasures. Travel the winding waterways of Venice in a traghetto and lose yourself in the town’s myriad of alleyways. Discover the abundance of art and culture in Florence, Italy’s outdoor museum – famous for its rolling, sun-drenched hills dotted with quaint villages and scored by manicured rows of vineyards will be sure to impress. Set on the shores of the sparkling Mediterranean, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. Feast your eyes on the spectacular sparkling Mediterranean horizon before immersing yourself in the stunning vistas of Sorrento. The ancient Roman town of Pompeii has been frozen in time under the shadow of the very volcano which destroyed it, Mount Vesuvius. Explore the vast ruins and medieval monasteries, eat a pizza and then descend below the city streets of Naples to discover the extraordinary catacombs. This journey will have you living la bella vita in no time.

Will you join us?

DAY 1 Friday 11th Aug 2023

ROME ARRIVAL DAY (D)

Upon arrival we will be met at the airport for our group transfer to the hotel. Unpack and settle in before meeting your Two’s a Crowd Host and fellow travellers at this evening’s welcome dinner. Enjoy a typical Roman dinner at a local trattoria.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Eliseo or similar


DAY 2 Saturday 12th Aug

ROME (B)

From incredible ancient monuments to glamorous restaurants and boutiques, Rome is a city of great beauty and diversity. Today you will be taken on a walking tour of the city. You’ll see such marvels as the Roman Forum, Victor Emmanuel Monument, Pantheon, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Venezia, Spanish Steps and Via Dei Condotti. As you wander the city, perhaps stop in at a bar for a quick coffee, or indulge in some gelato. Rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Roman food is world-renowned, and the trattorias that line the streets are the perfect place to sample the local pasta and pizza delights. A taste or two of the (very well-priced) local wine is also a must.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Eliseo or similar


DAY 3 Sunday 13th Aug

ROME (B)

This morning we head to Vatican City for a guided tour of Europe’s smallest country (less than half a square kilometre) and the epicentre of the Catholic Church. Vatican City has its own telephone system, post office, gardens, astronomical observatory, radio station, banking system, and pharmacy, as well as a contingent of Swiss Guards responsible for the personal safety of the pope since 1506. The Vatican palace is the residence of the Pope within the city walls. The Holy See is the name given to the government of the Roman Catholic Church, which is led by the Pope as the Bishop of Rome.

Your tour will include St Peter’s Basilica dating back to the 4th century and the Vatican Museums including the famous Sistine Chapel which features the legendary frescoes painted by Michelangelo.

Afternoon is free to enjoy the Eternal City at leisure.

 

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Eliseo or similar


DAY 4 Monday 14th Aug  

ROME – NAPLES – POMPEII (B)

Today we travel by train to Naples (approx. 3 hrs), a raucous city that overflows with passion, tradition and gastronomy. Naples was carved out by many empires from the past and by merchants and pirates from across the world: Romans, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Venetians, Spaniards, Normans and Africans have all called this historic city their home. Its evocative, historical old centre is a World Heritage listed area and the famous Spanish Quarter is still one of the most densely populated residential areas in Europe. Naples is the birthplace of the pizza, so why not head to one of the many pizzerias and taste what’s truly some of the best that Italy has to offer. We’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of this famous city. Later in the afternoon, travel by private vehicle to the time capsule of Pompeii, in the shadow of Mt Vesuvius (approx. 1 hr).

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Maiuri or similar


DAY 5 Tuesday 15th Aug

POMPEII (B)

The small picturesque town of modern Pompeii has a wonderful old town square—the perfect place to while away some time with the locals, drinking true Italian coffee and watching the world go by. Most of today will be spent exploring the ruins of ancient Pompeii on a guided tour. Until 79 AD, Pompeii was a thriving Roman trading centre, where ordinary people went about their everyday business, but it was frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted, trapping 2,000 people and their homes under a layer of volcanic ash. The city was never rebuilt and largely disappeared from people’s minds until the 18th century, when the ruins were re-discovered. Now you can take an unparalleled look back into the lives of ancient Romans and discover how they lived, worked and interacted 2,000 years ago. The finely preserved ruins include villas, temples, theatres and bustling markets. Walk along the chariot-marked streets, visit the magnificent amphitheatre and the ‘Villa of Mysteries’. You can also see the Roman Forum and basilica, temples, public baths, and the Odeon created for music recitals. The rest of the day is free, but if the ruins piqued your interest, head to nearby Herculaneum, which also holds a wealth of fossilised archaeological finds even closer to the base of Vesuvius.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Maiuri or similar


DAY 6 Wednesday 16th Aug

POMPEII – MT VESUVIUS – SORRENTO (B)

This morning we take a private coach transfer up the mighty Mt Vesuvius, where you’ll meet a local volcanology guide. Ascend to the summit of Mt Vesuvius for staggering 360 degree views over the Bay of Naples and into the steaming crater. Although Mt Vesuvius is still considered to be an active volcano. The last eruption was in 1944. See first-hand the awesome power of the volcano that engulfed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79AD. In the afternoon, travel by private vehicle to the picturesque resort town of Sorrento (approx. 1 hr). People have been coming to the peninsula and islands of the Sorrento region for at least 2,000 years, set invitingly atop dramatic cliffs over sparkling, blue waters. There are many options in this small seaside town with its fine piazzas, maze of old streets, sidewalk cafes and glamorous shops. The area is also famous for its lemon groves, producing the famous limoncello liqueur. In the evening head out to try some of the best limoncello on offer in Sorrento.

Special Information:
The final ascent of the volcano can only be done on foot, up a steep but well-made trail of volcanic ash and gravel. The ascent takes around 45 minutes, and comfortable closed shoes are essential. Sufferers of vertigo may prefer to opt out.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Hilton Sorrento or similar


DAY 7 Thursday 17th Aug

SORRENTO (B)

After breakfast you have a free day to explore this delightful area and the museums, galleries and piazzas of Sorrento. Perhaps stroll along the marina or cool off in the waters of the local small beaches. They’re not big on sandy beaches here, so swimming Sorrento style is via wooden or stone bathing platforms beneath the cliffs. Taking a trip to Capri is also a great option, with a hydrofoil taking you across to the island that was once home to the magnificent holiday palaces of Roman emperors. Capri’s dramatic rocky coastline is pierced by natural grottoes, while in the interior, narrow roads wind through fragrant citrus groves, past villages of flat-roofed white cubist-looking houses with flower-filled gardens, and manicured towns. Here you can take a boat trip to the fairy-tale Blue Grotto (La Grotta Azzurra), where the water shines with an extraordinary blue translucence, the result of refraction of the sunlight outside. Your tour leader will have plenty of suggestions of what to do and see today. End the day in a very Italian way with a demonstration of Gelato making and feast on your own delicious creations.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Hilton Sorrento or similar


DAY 8 Friday 18th Aug

SORRENTO – RADDA IN CHIANTI (B)

After breakfast we will be transferred back to Naples station for your onward train journey to Rome. On arrival in Rome we’ll transfer to a private coach for our transfer to the next part of our adventure—Tuscany. On arrival in Radda you have the remainder of the day free to explore this beautiful medieval village. Set on a hilltop amongst a sea of vines, the medieval town of Radda in Chianti is typically Tuscan. Small cobblestone lanes meander up past quaint buildings, which sit stacked atop each other. Around each corner you’ll find panoramic views allowing you to take in the surrounding scenery. Grapes have been grown in the region for more than a thousand years, so it’s unsurprising that Radda is home to some of Chianti’s most elegant wines. Evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel CDH Radda or similar


DAY 9 Saturday 19th Aug

CHIANTI REGION – SIENA – MONTERIGGIONI (B/D)

Begin the day with a short drive to the medieval city of Siena. It is best known for the Piazza del Campo, the site of the twice annual Palio (a horse race around the edge of the oval square). A two hour guided tour of this beautiful city is included before we continue on to Monteriggioni, another Tuscan hill town that was built by the Sienese to defend their territory against the Florentines in the 13th century. Learn a little more about the circular walls and 14 towers which played a significant role in the attacks staged by the Bishop of Volterra. We’ll have some free time in Monteriggioni before returning to the hotel where will have a group dinner together this evening.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel CDH Radda or similar


DAY 10 Sunday 20th Aug

RADDA – SAN GIMIGNANO – FLORENCE (B)

This morning we make our way to the Florence, the capital of Tuscany. On the way, we visit San Gimignano, the ‘Town of Fine Towers.’ This medieval walled town is famous for its well-preserved tower houses which are now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There will be time for you to explore the old town centre and its fine Gothic and Romanesque architecture. This region is renowned for its ancient Vernaccia grapes, which are the basis for one of Tuscany’s finest white wines. Relax in a local family’s garden surrounded by olive trees and vineyards and enjoy the local organic wine varieties produced by this family for centuries.

Florence is one of the most culturally rich and beautiful cities in Italy, known to many as the beating heart of Tuscany. The Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Donatello and Michelangelo all lived in Florence at the height of their creative reign. On arrival, we’ll enjoy a two hour walking tour including the Piazzale Michelangelo to take in beautiful views of the city. Evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Ambasciatori or similar


DAY 11 Monday 21st Aug

FLORENCE (B/D)

While in Florence, there will be plenty of time to explore the city and its museums and galleries. It is impossible to see everything in this Renaissance wonderland, however, today we’ll visit two of the city’s highlights: the Uffizi, one of the oldest galleries in the world and Galleria dell’Accademia, where you can see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. Tonight the group will enjoy a typical Florentina ‘Apperitivo and tour’.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Ambasciatori or similar


DAY 12 Tuesday 22nd Aug

FLORENCE – PISA – LUCCA – CINQUE TERRE (B)

This morning we make our way towards the dramatic coast of the Cinque Terre, and visit Pisa and Lucca on the way. Due to the precarious state of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Torre Pendente, it is not always possible to climb it, but you will definitely have the opportunity to photograph it from the ground. Your trip leader can assist with the purchase of tickets to the Cathedral, Baptistry, Museums and Campo Santo, should you wish to visit them. Your next stop is Lucca, where you can explore the bustling streets or perhaps take a walk along the famous city walls. We then continue to your accommodation in La Spezia. This is the gateway to the gorgeous Cinque Terre.

Accommodation: Your own room at CDH La Spezia Hotel or similar


DAY 13 Wednesday 23rd Aug

CINQUE TERRE (B)

Cinque Terre (Five Lands or Five Villages in Italian) is a region of Italy famed for its rugged coastline and the colourful villages that cling to it. The footpaths that run between the villages were once the only way to travel in the region. You can choose to walk just a few sections, which will still unveil a great amount of majestic scenery. There is a train that connects the villages as well, so if you prefer to enjoy a more relaxing day, you are welcome to take this option. Join a local shop-keeper for a Pesto making class in Levanto. Make your own pesto and enjoy it with a glass of wine afterwards. In the evening there’s no better way to refuel than indulging in a delicious Mediterranean feast. Be sure to try the local pesto and focaccia, both specialties of the area.


Special Information:
Today’s walking distance: 9 km; approx. 4 hrs. Due to recent landslides in the area it is currently not possible to walk the Via dell’Amore from Riomaggiore to Manarola and the coastal section between Manarola and Corniglia. The train instead will be used for these sections. Please also note that due to safety reasons some sections of any path can be closed at short notice.

Accommodation: Your own room at CDH La Spezia Hotel or similar


DAY 14 Thursday 24th Aug

FLORENCE – MONTAGNANA – VENICE (B/L)

After breakfast we depart Florence by private coach and head to the charming town of Montagnana. This medieval walled city and its fortifications are still intact and the façade is still original over 600 years on. In fact it is said that the medieval walls of Montagnana are some of the most well preserved in Europe. We enjoy lunch, and also have some free time to explore ‘Castle of San Zeno,’ ‘Rocca degli Alberi Castle’ and ‘Montagnana Cathedral,’ which was built in 1431 and is a marvel of gothic architecture. On arrival in Venice, check in to your hotel and then your are free to explore this iconic city.

Few cities can claim such a priceless art and history heritage as Venice. This unique city with its magical, spectacular scenery is not just beautiful; it is a real miracle of creative genius: a city built on mud, sand and the slime of a difficult, inhospitable landscape.
The biggest attraction in the gorgeous city of Venice is the architecture—which is enhanced by the ancient canals that surround it. As well as Piazza San Marco and St. Mark’s Basilica, the city is home to the Gothic masterpiece Doge’s Palace. This pink and white marble buildings has to be seen in the flesh to be fully appreciated. Not only is it a breathtaking example of Italian architecture, it is also the centre of Venice Carnival celebrations every year. Tomorrow we begin our Venetian adventure.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Theatro Palace or similar


DAY 15 Friday 25th Aug

VENICE (B)

Today you will take an orientation walk in the morning. During the walking tour we visit the interior of the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica. Board a vaporetto (water bus) to the island of San Giorgio where we will climb the bell tower and witness breathtaking views of Venice. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. You might like to visit some museums or take a trip to some of the outlying islands. The Grand Canal, the quaint shopfronts that line the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco are all worthy sights to visit. It is equally satisfying to simply meander around the tiny cobbled streets and discover the beautiful markets, cafes, galleries and churches. A Venetian gondola ride down the canals is a must, as is a taste of the region’s speciality dessert, tiramisu.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Theatro Palace or similar


DAY 16 Saturday 26th Aug

TRADITIONAL CRUISE TO MURANO, BURANO & TORCELLO (B/L)

After breakfast at our hotel, we board a traditional Italian boat called a bragozzo (private charter just for us) 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. Tonight your guide and Two’s a Crowd tour host will host a farewell dinner at a local trattoria.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Theatro Palace or similar


DAY 17 Sunday 27th Aug

VENICE DEPARTURE DAY (B)

There are no activities planned for the final day of the tour. After enjoying breakfast, we have a group departure transfer via private vaporetto to the airport. Alternatively, you may wish to continue your stay in Venice to further explore this fabulous city, or travel on to experience another great adventure with Two’s a Crowd.

TOUR DATES: 11TH – 27TH AUGUST 2023

TOUR PRICING: A$9,190 PLUS AIRFARES/TAXES

Hotel Eliseo

Experience an elegant and comfortable stay in the very heart of Rome. The 4-star Hotel Eliseo features a marvellous location in the city centre, excellent services and facilities and a beautiful design throughout the accommodation. The Hotel can be found can be found at the top of the prestigious Via Veneto with spectacular views of the Borghese Villa and its gardens. The hotel is also only a stone’s throw from a number of Rome’s most prestigious monuments including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, the perfect base for your holiday to explore the Eternal City, whilst it is located close to the Termini Station for easy access to business clients.

In addition to its elegant design and classic furnishings, the hotel boasts a delightful rooftop terrace with beautiful panoramic views of the city, a welcoming bar where guests can relax and a wide range of well-equipped comfortable rooms.

Hotel Maiuri

Feel welcomed in Pompeii a few steps away from the Pompeii Archeological Area, UNESCO world heritage. Hotel Maiuri is in a prominent position, an ideal starting point for exploring the major highlights of our area. The Amalfi coast, Sorrento, Naples, Herculaneum are all at a stone’s throw from here.

Experience the welcoming feel of our customized service. All the staff will take care of each single detail of your stay with us. We will be glad to help you plan excursions, guided tours, transfers and dining-out. Breakfast is always a good idea! Start the day with continental breakfast which includes a selection of healthy food, homemade cakes, fresh fruit and pastries. No rushing and relax on the open terrace or indoors from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m.. We are keen to satisfy any special request such as a gluten-free breakfast or other. Please remind us in advance.

Hotel Hilton Sorrento

We are a 15-minute walk from the historic heart of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples and the dramatic Sorrento Coast. Bagni Regina Giovanna is a 10-minute drive and we’re an hour from the UNESCO heritage site of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Surrounded by our citrus garden, the hotel has six outdoor seasonal pools, an indoor heated pool, and a private Executive Club Lounge.

Hotel CDH Radda

CDH Hotel Radda born in the heart of Chianti, in Radda, original place of Chianti Classico Consortium.
Chianti is not only good wine, Chianti is also gaiety, Tuscanity, semplicity, naturalness, is combination of past and present, art, story and nature. And CDH Hotel Radda has all these features, thanks to its structure built with Siena brick, the typical terracotta floor and typical stone.

CDH Hotel Radda has a Restaurant with typical Tuscan cuisine, a Wine Bar, a SPA with massage cabins, outdoor swimming pool with view over the Chianti hills, free outdoor parking reserved to the Guests.

Buffet breakfast serves local, fresh and home made products, as cakes, bisquits, marmelade, to give a great awakening to each Guest.

Free wi-fi internet connection throughout the hotel.

Hotel Ambasciatori

The exclusive position of the Five Star Grand Hotel Ambasciatori guarantees its guests to be close to the city center even though enjoying a quiet location. The hotel is a prominent 5-star Luxury rating Hotel, surrounded by the greenery of a luxuriant old-aged park, directly facing a stunning cliff overlooking the sea, with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius.

CDH La Spezia Hotel

CDH Hotel La Spezia is a 4-star establishment located within the vibrant city centre, near the shopping area as well as the ferries to the magnificent Cinque Terre.

This luxury hotel offers modern, affordable yet comfortable accommodation. Guests can relax in their spacious rooms and enjoy outstanding modern facilities such as internet access.

The friendly staff of CDH Hotel La Spezia is on hand 24 hours a day to assist with requests. In addition, guests can easily access Portovenere, Lerici, and the Cinque Terre within just 10 minutes by train.

Hotel Theatro Palace

Situated in the centre of Venice, in the same piazza as the Gran Teatro La Fenice and just 250 meters from St. Mark’s Square, Al Theatro Palace is destined to become a point of reference for all those who love art and music and choose to visit Venice.

The four-star hotel is a perfect combination of elegance and excellent customer service. Recently renovated, it boasts the comfort and services of an extremely modern hotel, the timeless charm of its rooms, the strategic and prestigious location and the proximity to one of the most famous theatres in the world. The impressive entrance, next to the Theatre, welcomes guests to the Hotel, whose rooms and suites ensure an unforgettable stay in Venice.

 

Rome

Rome, the Eternal City, is the capital and largest city of Italy and of the Lazio region. It is famous for being the home of the ancient Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life), the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain. Rome, as a millennia-long center of power, culture (having been the cradle of one of the globe’s greatest civilisations ever) and religion, has exerted a huge influence over the world in its roughly 2800 years of existence.

The historic centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With wonderful palaces, thousand-year-old churches, grand Romantic ruins, opulent monuments, ornate statues and graceful fountains, Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it one of Europe’s and the world’s most visited, famous, influential and beautiful capitals. Today, Rome has a growing nightlife scene and is also seen as a shopping heaven, being regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world (some of Italy’s oldest jewelry and clothing establishments were founded in the city).

Pompeii

Pompeii was a settlement since the Bronze Age. Romans took control of Pompeii around 200 BC and it grew to become a large town. On October 24, 79 AD, Vesuvius erupted, burying the nearby town of Pompeii in ash and pumice, killing around 3,000 people, the rest of the population of 20,000 people having already fled, and preserving the city in its state from that fateful day. Pompeii is an excavation (Italian: scavo) site and outdoor museum of the ancient Roman settlement. This site is considered to be one of the few sites where an ancient city has been preserved in detail – everything from jars and tables, to paintings and people were frozen in time, yielding, together with neighbouring Herculaneum which suffered the same fate, an unprecedented opportunity to see how the people lived two thousand years ago.

Florence

Florence is filled with many other churches stuffed with some of the finest art in the world: San Miniato al Monte, San Lorenzo, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Trinita, the Brancacci Chapel at Santa Maria della Carmine, Santa Croce, Santo Spirito, SS Annunziata, Ognissanti, and more.

Then there are the art galleries. The Uffizi and the Pitti Palace are two of the most famous picture galleries in the world. But the heart and soul of Florence are in the two superb collections of sculpture, the Bargello and the Museum of the Works of the Duomo. They are filled with the brilliant, revolutionary creations of Donatello, Verrochio, Desiderio da Settignano, Michelangelo, and so many other masterpieces that create a body of work unique in the world. And, of course, there is the Accademia, with Michelangelo’s David, perhaps the most well-known work of art anywhere, plus the superb, unfinished prisoners and slaves Michelangelo worked on for the tomb of Pope Julius II.

In all, Florence has something over 80 museums. Among those at the top of most lists are the City hall, the Palazzo della Signoria (aka Palazzo Vecchio), a wonderful building with magnificent rooms and some great art; the Archeological Museum, the Museum of the History of Science, the Palazzo Davanzatti, the Stibbert Museum, St. Marks, the Medici Chapels, the Museum of the Works of Santa Croce, the Museum of the Cloister of Santa Maria Novella, the Zoological Museum (“La Specola”), the Bardini, and the Museo Horne. There is also a wonderful collection of works by the modern sculptor, Marino Marini, in a museum named after him. If you are interested in photography, you should not miss the superb collection of works by the early photographers, the Alinari brothers. The magnificent Strozzi Palace is the site of many special exhibits.

To get a great overview of the city, you have plenty of choices: climb the dome of the Cathedral or Giotto’s Bell Tower which is much easier or head for Piazzale Michelangelo a large parking lot on the hillside just south of the center of town, or climb a bit further to the church of San Miniato al Monte, a sublime 11th century masterpiece, with superb Renaissance sculptures. At vespers, the monks add to the beauty with chants.
Bridges over the Arno

There are also a few places to buy things, from the high-end jewelry stores lining the Ponte Vecchio to some of the most famous shops in the world; Gucci, Pucci, Ferragamo, Valentino, Prada, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Buccellati, Frette, as well as many more wonderful shops that aren’t yet world famous. It is increasingly difficult to find bargains, but keen-eyed shoppers can still find good deals on smaller, side streets running off of those above and elsewhere in the center of town. The San Lorenzo market is now largely for tourists. There are also a couple of collections of “outlets” in the suburbs.

Venice

The city is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has decayed since its heyday and is heavily touristed (there are 56000 residents and 20 million tourists per year). Venice, the world’s only pedestrian city, is easily walkable, and the absence of cars makes this a particularly pleasant experience. However, walking and standing all day can also be exhausting, so it is best to pace yourself. The Rialtine islands – the ‘main’ part of Venice – are small enough to walk from one end to the other in about an hour, provided you don’t get lost (a common occurrence). If you want to get around a bit more quickly, there are numerous vaporetti (water buses, sing.: vaporetto) serving the Canal Grande, the larger canals through Venice and the surrounding islands (Lido, La Guidecca, Murano, Burano, and so on).

Tour Inclusions:

  • English speaking tour manager for the duration of your tour
  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host accompanies group throughout
  • Accommodation at listed hotels (or similar) in your own room with daily breakfasts
  • All transport as mentioned by comfortable, airconditioned vehicles and trains
  • Group airport transfers with English speaking drivers (water taxi in Venice and mini-bus in Rome)
  • All meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
  • All entrance fees as per detailed itinerary, including the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Vatican Museum, and the Colosseum
  • All hotel city taxes (worth €120 per person)
  • Tips and gratuities (worth AU$110 per person)
  • Maximum group size of 15 (plus guide and Two’s a Crowd Tour Host) – all solo travellers
  • Solo room – always!

 

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Airport transfers, if arriving separate from the designated “group” flights
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as laundry, telephone calls, taxis and souvenirs
  • Visas (not required for Australian or NZ passport holders)
  • Any services, meals and drinks if not detailed as “included” in the itinerary
  • Services and meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Porterage

Antiquity, culture & cuisine…

Travelling to Italy to discover its 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. From the canals of Venice to the historic streets of Rome, Italy is constantly familiar and endlessly surprising. Catch the top-tier sights – Venice’s bridges, Pisa’s Leaning Tower and Rome’s Colosseum – and combine them with the humble delights of the fine food of Tuscany, natural vistas and unearthed cultural treasures. Travel the winding waterways of Venice in a traghetto and lose yourself in the town’s myriad of alleyways. Discover the abundance of art and culture in Florence, Italy’s outdoor museum – famous for its rolling, sun-drenched hills dotted with quaint villages and scored by manicured rows of vineyards will be sure to impress. Set on the shores of the sparkling Mediterranean, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. Feast your eyes on the spectacular sparkling Mediterranean horizon before immersing yourself in the stunning vistas of Sorrento. The ancient Roman town of Pompeii has been frozen in time under the shadow of the very volcano which destroyed it, Mount Vesuvius. Explore the vast ruins and medieval monasteries, eat a pizza and then descend below the city streets of Naples to discover the extraordinary catacombs. This journey will have you living la bella vita in no time.

Will you join us?

DAY 1 Friday 11th Aug 2023

ROME ARRIVAL DAY (D)

Upon arrival we will be met at the airport for our group transfer to the hotel. Unpack and settle in before meeting your Two’s a Crowd Host and fellow travellers at this evening’s welcome dinner. Enjoy a typical Roman dinner at a local trattoria.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Eliseo or similar


DAY 2 Saturday 12th Aug

ROME (B)

From incredible ancient monuments to glamorous restaurants and boutiques, Rome is a city of great beauty and diversity. Today you will be taken on a walking tour of the city. You’ll see such marvels as the Roman Forum, Victor Emmanuel Monument, Pantheon, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Venezia, Spanish Steps and Via Dei Condotti. As you wander the city, perhaps stop in at a bar for a quick coffee, or indulge in some gelato. Rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Roman food is world-renowned, and the trattorias that line the streets are the perfect place to sample the local pasta and pizza delights. A taste or two of the (very well-priced) local wine is also a must.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Eliseo or similar


DAY 3 Sunday 13th Aug

ROME (B)

This morning we head to Vatican City for a guided tour of Europe’s smallest country (less than half a square kilometre) and the epicentre of the Catholic Church. Vatican City has its own telephone system, post office, gardens, astronomical observatory, radio station, banking system, and pharmacy, as well as a contingent of Swiss Guards responsible for the personal safety of the pope since 1506. The Vatican palace is the residence of the Pope within the city walls. The Holy See is the name given to the government of the Roman Catholic Church, which is led by the Pope as the Bishop of Rome.

Your tour will include St Peter’s Basilica dating back to the 4th century and the Vatican Museums including the famous Sistine Chapel which features the legendary frescoes painted by Michelangelo.

Afternoon is free to enjoy the Eternal City at leisure.

 

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Eliseo or similar


DAY 4 Monday 14th Aug  

ROME – NAPLES – POMPEII (B)

Today we travel by train to Naples (approx. 3 hrs), a raucous city that overflows with passion, tradition and gastronomy. Naples was carved out by many empires from the past and by merchants and pirates from across the world: Romans, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Venetians, Spaniards, Normans and Africans have all called this historic city their home. Its evocative, historical old centre is a World Heritage listed area and the famous Spanish Quarter is still one of the most densely populated residential areas in Europe. Naples is the birthplace of the pizza, so why not head to one of the many pizzerias and taste what’s truly some of the best that Italy has to offer. We’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of this famous city. Later in the afternoon, travel by private vehicle to the time capsule of Pompeii, in the shadow of Mt Vesuvius (approx. 1 hr).

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Maiuri or similar


DAY 5 Tuesday 15th Aug

POMPEII (B)

The small picturesque town of modern Pompeii has a wonderful old town square—the perfect place to while away some time with the locals, drinking true Italian coffee and watching the world go by. Most of today will be spent exploring the ruins of ancient Pompeii on a guided tour. Until 79 AD, Pompeii was a thriving Roman trading centre, where ordinary people went about their everyday business, but it was frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted, trapping 2,000 people and their homes under a layer of volcanic ash. The city was never rebuilt and largely disappeared from people’s minds until the 18th century, when the ruins were re-discovered. Now you can take an unparalleled look back into the lives of ancient Romans and discover how they lived, worked and interacted 2,000 years ago. The finely preserved ruins include villas, temples, theatres and bustling markets. Walk along the chariot-marked streets, visit the magnificent amphitheatre and the ‘Villa of Mysteries’. You can also see the Roman Forum and basilica, temples, public baths, and the Odeon created for music recitals. The rest of the day is free, but if the ruins piqued your interest, head to nearby Herculaneum, which also holds a wealth of fossilised archaeological finds even closer to the base of Vesuvius.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Maiuri or similar


DAY 6 Wednesday 16th Aug

POMPEII – MT VESUVIUS – SORRENTO (B)

This morning we take a private coach transfer up the mighty Mt Vesuvius, where you’ll meet a local volcanology guide. Ascend to the summit of Mt Vesuvius for staggering 360 degree views over the Bay of Naples and into the steaming crater. Although Mt Vesuvius is still considered to be an active volcano. The last eruption was in 1944. See first-hand the awesome power of the volcano that engulfed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79AD. In the afternoon, travel by private vehicle to the picturesque resort town of Sorrento (approx. 1 hr). People have been coming to the peninsula and islands of the Sorrento region for at least 2,000 years, set invitingly atop dramatic cliffs over sparkling, blue waters. There are many options in this small seaside town with its fine piazzas, maze of old streets, sidewalk cafes and glamorous shops. The area is also famous for its lemon groves, producing the famous limoncello liqueur. In the evening head out to try some of the best limoncello on offer in Sorrento.

Special Information:
The final ascent of the volcano can only be done on foot, up a steep but well-made trail of volcanic ash and gravel. The ascent takes around 45 minutes, and comfortable closed shoes are essential. Sufferers of vertigo may prefer to opt out.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Hilton Sorrento or similar


DAY 7 Thursday 17th Aug

SORRENTO (B)

After breakfast you have a free day to explore this delightful area and the museums, galleries and piazzas of Sorrento. Perhaps stroll along the marina or cool off in the waters of the local small beaches. They’re not big on sandy beaches here, so swimming Sorrento style is via wooden or stone bathing platforms beneath the cliffs. Taking a trip to Capri is also a great option, with a hydrofoil taking you across to the island that was once home to the magnificent holiday palaces of Roman emperors. Capri’s dramatic rocky coastline is pierced by natural grottoes, while in the interior, narrow roads wind through fragrant citrus groves, past villages of flat-roofed white cubist-looking houses with flower-filled gardens, and manicured towns. Here you can take a boat trip to the fairy-tale Blue Grotto (La Grotta Azzurra), where the water shines with an extraordinary blue translucence, the result of refraction of the sunlight outside. Your tour leader will have plenty of suggestions of what to do and see today. End the day in a very Italian way with a demonstration of Gelato making and feast on your own delicious creations.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Hilton Sorrento or similar


DAY 8 Friday 18th Aug

SORRENTO – RADDA IN CHIANTI (B)

After breakfast we will be transferred back to Naples station for your onward train journey to Rome. On arrival in Rome we’ll transfer to a private coach for our transfer to the next part of our adventure—Tuscany. On arrival in Radda you have the remainder of the day free to explore this beautiful medieval village. Set on a hilltop amongst a sea of vines, the medieval town of Radda in Chianti is typically Tuscan. Small cobblestone lanes meander up past quaint buildings, which sit stacked atop each other. Around each corner you’ll find panoramic views allowing you to take in the surrounding scenery. Grapes have been grown in the region for more than a thousand years, so it’s unsurprising that Radda is home to some of Chianti’s most elegant wines. Evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel CDH Radda or similar


DAY 9 Saturday 19th Aug

CHIANTI REGION – SIENA – MONTERIGGIONI (B/D)

Begin the day with a short drive to the medieval city of Siena. It is best known for the Piazza del Campo, the site of the twice annual Palio (a horse race around the edge of the oval square). A two hour guided tour of this beautiful city is included before we continue on to Monteriggioni, another Tuscan hill town that was built by the Sienese to defend their territory against the Florentines in the 13th century. Learn a little more about the circular walls and 14 towers which played a significant role in the attacks staged by the Bishop of Volterra. We’ll have some free time in Monteriggioni before returning to the hotel where will have a group dinner together this evening.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel CDH Radda or similar


DAY 10 Sunday 20th Aug

RADDA – SAN GIMIGNANO – FLORENCE (B)

This morning we make our way to the Florence, the capital of Tuscany. On the way, we visit San Gimignano, the ‘Town of Fine Towers.’ This medieval walled town is famous for its well-preserved tower houses which are now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There will be time for you to explore the old town centre and its fine Gothic and Romanesque architecture. This region is renowned for its ancient Vernaccia grapes, which are the basis for one of Tuscany’s finest white wines. Relax in a local family’s garden surrounded by olive trees and vineyards and enjoy the local organic wine varieties produced by this family for centuries.

Florence is one of the most culturally rich and beautiful cities in Italy, known to many as the beating heart of Tuscany. The Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Donatello and Michelangelo all lived in Florence at the height of their creative reign. On arrival, we’ll enjoy a two hour walking tour including the Piazzale Michelangelo to take in beautiful views of the city. Evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Ambasciatori or similar


DAY 11 Monday 21st Aug

FLORENCE (B/D)

While in Florence, there will be plenty of time to explore the city and its museums and galleries. It is impossible to see everything in this Renaissance wonderland, however, today we’ll visit two of the city’s highlights: the Uffizi, one of the oldest galleries in the world and Galleria dell’Accademia, where you can see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. Tonight the group will enjoy a typical Florentina ‘Apperitivo and tour’.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Ambasciatori or similar


DAY 12 Tuesday 22nd Aug

FLORENCE – PISA – LUCCA – CINQUE TERRE (B)

This morning we make our way towards the dramatic coast of the Cinque Terre, and visit Pisa and Lucca on the way. Due to the precarious state of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Torre Pendente, it is not always possible to climb it, but you will definitely have the opportunity to photograph it from the ground. Your trip leader can assist with the purchase of tickets to the Cathedral, Baptistry, Museums and Campo Santo, should you wish to visit them. Your next stop is Lucca, where you can explore the bustling streets or perhaps take a walk along the famous city walls. We then continue to your accommodation in La Spezia. This is the gateway to the gorgeous Cinque Terre.

Accommodation: Your own room at CDH La Spezia Hotel or similar


DAY 13 Wednesday 23rd Aug

CINQUE TERRE (B)

Cinque Terre (Five Lands or Five Villages in Italian) is a region of Italy famed for its rugged coastline and the colourful villages that cling to it. The footpaths that run between the villages were once the only way to travel in the region. You can choose to walk just a few sections, which will still unveil a great amount of majestic scenery. There is a train that connects the villages as well, so if you prefer to enjoy a more relaxing day, you are welcome to take this option. Join a local shop-keeper for a Pesto making class in Levanto. Make your own pesto and enjoy it with a glass of wine afterwards. In the evening there’s no better way to refuel than indulging in a delicious Mediterranean feast. Be sure to try the local pesto and focaccia, both specialties of the area.


Special Information:
Today’s walking distance: 9 km; approx. 4 hrs. Due to recent landslides in the area it is currently not possible to walk the Via dell’Amore from Riomaggiore to Manarola and the coastal section between Manarola and Corniglia. The train instead will be used for these sections. Please also note that due to safety reasons some sections of any path can be closed at short notice.

Accommodation: Your own room at CDH La Spezia Hotel or similar


DAY 14 Thursday 24th Aug

FLORENCE – MONTAGNANA – VENICE (B/L)

After breakfast we depart Florence by private coach and head to the charming town of Montagnana. This medieval walled city and its fortifications are still intact and the façade is still original over 600 years on. In fact it is said that the medieval walls of Montagnana are some of the most well preserved in Europe. We enjoy lunch, and also have some free time to explore ‘Castle of San Zeno,’ ‘Rocca degli Alberi Castle’ and ‘Montagnana Cathedral,’ which was built in 1431 and is a marvel of gothic architecture. On arrival in Venice, check in to your hotel and then your are free to explore this iconic city.

Few cities can claim such a priceless art and history heritage as Venice. This unique city with its magical, spectacular scenery is not just beautiful; it is a real miracle of creative genius: a city built on mud, sand and the slime of a difficult, inhospitable landscape.
The biggest attraction in the gorgeous city of Venice is the architecture—which is enhanced by the ancient canals that surround it. As well as Piazza San Marco and St. Mark’s Basilica, the city is home to the Gothic masterpiece Doge’s Palace. This pink and white marble buildings has to be seen in the flesh to be fully appreciated. Not only is it a breathtaking example of Italian architecture, it is also the centre of Venice Carnival celebrations every year. Tomorrow we begin our Venetian adventure.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Theatro Palace or similar


DAY 15 Friday 25th Aug

VENICE (B)

Today you will take an orientation walk in the morning. During the walking tour we visit the interior of the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica. Board a vaporetto (water bus) to the island of San Giorgio where we will climb the bell tower and witness breathtaking views of Venice. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. You might like to visit some museums or take a trip to some of the outlying islands. The Grand Canal, the quaint shopfronts that line the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco are all worthy sights to visit. It is equally satisfying to simply meander around the tiny cobbled streets and discover the beautiful markets, cafes, galleries and churches. A Venetian gondola ride down the canals is a must, as is a taste of the region’s speciality dessert, tiramisu.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Theatro Palace or similar


DAY 16 Saturday 26th Aug

TRADITIONAL CRUISE TO MURANO, BURANO & TORCELLO (B/L)

After breakfast at our hotel, we board a traditional Italian boat called a bragozzo (private charter just for us) 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. Tonight your guide and Two’s a Crowd tour host will host a farewell dinner at a local trattoria.

Accommodation: Your own room at Hotel Theatro Palace or similar


DAY 17 Sunday 27th Aug

VENICE DEPARTURE DAY (B)

There are no activities planned for the final day of the tour. After enjoying breakfast, we have a group departure transfer via private vaporetto to the airport. Alternatively, you may wish to continue your stay in Venice to further explore this fabulous city, or travel on to experience another great adventure with Two’s a Crowd.

TOUR DATES: 11TH – 27TH AUGUST 2023

TOUR PRICING: A$9,190 PLUS AIRFARES/TAXES

Hotel Eliseo

Experience an elegant and comfortable stay in the very heart of Rome. The 4-star Hotel Eliseo features a marvellous location in the city centre, excellent services and facilities and a beautiful design throughout the accommodation. The Hotel can be found can be found at the top of the prestigious Via Veneto with spectacular views of the Borghese Villa and its gardens. The hotel is also only a stone’s throw from a number of Rome’s most prestigious monuments including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, the perfect base for your holiday to explore the Eternal City, whilst it is located close to the Termini Station for easy access to business clients.

In addition to its elegant design and classic furnishings, the hotel boasts a delightful rooftop terrace with beautiful panoramic views of the city, a welcoming bar where guests can relax and a wide range of well-equipped comfortable rooms.

Hotel Maiuri

Feel welcomed in Pompeii a few steps away from the Pompeii Archeological Area, UNESCO world heritage. Hotel Maiuri is in a prominent position, an ideal starting point for exploring the major highlights of our area. The Amalfi coast, Sorrento, Naples, Herculaneum are all at a stone’s throw from here.

Experience the welcoming feel of our customized service. All the staff will take care of each single detail of your stay with us. We will be glad to help you plan excursions, guided tours, transfers and dining-out. Breakfast is always a good idea! Start the day with continental breakfast which includes a selection of healthy food, homemade cakes, fresh fruit and pastries. No rushing and relax on the open terrace or indoors from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m.. We are keen to satisfy any special request such as a gluten-free breakfast or other. Please remind us in advance.

Hotel Hilton Sorrento

We are a 15-minute walk from the historic heart of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples and the dramatic Sorrento Coast. Bagni Regina Giovanna is a 10-minute drive and we’re an hour from the UNESCO heritage site of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Surrounded by our citrus garden, the hotel has six outdoor seasonal pools, an indoor heated pool, and a private Executive Club Lounge.

Hotel CDH Radda

CDH Hotel Radda born in the heart of Chianti, in Radda, original place of Chianti Classico Consortium.
Chianti is not only good wine, Chianti is also gaiety, Tuscanity, semplicity, naturalness, is combination of past and present, art, story and nature. And CDH Hotel Radda has all these features, thanks to its structure built with Siena brick, the typical terracotta floor and typical stone.

CDH Hotel Radda has a Restaurant with typical Tuscan cuisine, a Wine Bar, a SPA with massage cabins, outdoor swimming pool with view over the Chianti hills, free outdoor parking reserved to the Guests.

Buffet breakfast serves local, fresh and home made products, as cakes, bisquits, marmelade, to give a great awakening to each Guest.

Free wi-fi internet connection throughout the hotel.

Hotel Ambasciatori

The exclusive position of the Five Star Grand Hotel Ambasciatori guarantees its guests to be close to the city center even though enjoying a quiet location. The hotel is a prominent 5-star Luxury rating Hotel, surrounded by the greenery of a luxuriant old-aged park, directly facing a stunning cliff overlooking the sea, with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius.

CDH La Spezia Hotel

CDH Hotel La Spezia is a 4-star establishment located within the vibrant city centre, near the shopping area as well as the ferries to the magnificent Cinque Terre.

This luxury hotel offers modern, affordable yet comfortable accommodation. Guests can relax in their spacious rooms and enjoy outstanding modern facilities such as internet access.

The friendly staff of CDH Hotel La Spezia is on hand 24 hours a day to assist with requests. In addition, guests can easily access Portovenere, Lerici, and the Cinque Terre within just 10 minutes by train.

Hotel Theatro Palace

Situated in the centre of Venice, in the same piazza as the Gran Teatro La Fenice and just 250 meters from St. Mark’s Square, Al Theatro Palace is destined to become a point of reference for all those who love art and music and choose to visit Venice.

The four-star hotel is a perfect combination of elegance and excellent customer service. Recently renovated, it boasts the comfort and services of an extremely modern hotel, the timeless charm of its rooms, the strategic and prestigious location and the proximity to one of the most famous theatres in the world. The impressive entrance, next to the Theatre, welcomes guests to the Hotel, whose rooms and suites ensure an unforgettable stay in Venice.

 

Rome

Rome, the Eternal City, is the capital and largest city of Italy and of the Lazio region. It is famous for being the home of the ancient Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life), the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain. Rome, as a millennia-long center of power, culture (having been the cradle of one of the globe’s greatest civilisations ever) and religion, has exerted a huge influence over the world in its roughly 2800 years of existence.

The historic centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With wonderful palaces, thousand-year-old churches, grand Romantic ruins, opulent monuments, ornate statues and graceful fountains, Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it one of Europe’s and the world’s most visited, famous, influential and beautiful capitals. Today, Rome has a growing nightlife scene and is also seen as a shopping heaven, being regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world (some of Italy’s oldest jewelry and clothing establishments were founded in the city).

Pompeii

Pompeii was a settlement since the Bronze Age. Romans took control of Pompeii around 200 BC and it grew to become a large town. On October 24, 79 AD, Vesuvius erupted, burying the nearby town of Pompeii in ash and pumice, killing around 3,000 people, the rest of the population of 20,000 people having already fled, and preserving the city in its state from that fateful day. Pompeii is an excavation (Italian: scavo) site and outdoor museum of the ancient Roman settlement. This site is considered to be one of the few sites where an ancient city has been preserved in detail – everything from jars and tables, to paintings and people were frozen in time, yielding, together with neighbouring Herculaneum which suffered the same fate, an unprecedented opportunity to see how the people lived two thousand years ago.

Florence

Florence is filled with many other churches stuffed with some of the finest art in the world: San Miniato al Monte, San Lorenzo, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Trinita, the Brancacci Chapel at Santa Maria della Carmine, Santa Croce, Santo Spirito, SS Annunziata, Ognissanti, and more.

Then there are the art galleries. The Uffizi and the Pitti Palace are two of the most famous picture galleries in the world. But the heart and soul of Florence are in the two superb collections of sculpture, the Bargello and the Museum of the Works of the Duomo. They are filled with the brilliant, revolutionary creations of Donatello, Verrochio, Desiderio da Settignano, Michelangelo, and so many other masterpieces that create a body of work unique in the world. And, of course, there is the Accademia, with Michelangelo’s David, perhaps the most well-known work of art anywhere, plus the superb, unfinished prisoners and slaves Michelangelo worked on for the tomb of Pope Julius II.

In all, Florence has something over 80 museums. Among those at the top of most lists are the City hall, the Palazzo della Signoria (aka Palazzo Vecchio), a wonderful building with magnificent rooms and some great art; the Archeological Museum, the Museum of the History of Science, the Palazzo Davanzatti, the Stibbert Museum, St. Marks, the Medici Chapels, the Museum of the Works of Santa Croce, the Museum of the Cloister of Santa Maria Novella, the Zoological Museum (“La Specola”), the Bardini, and the Museo Horne. There is also a wonderful collection of works by the modern sculptor, Marino Marini, in a museum named after him. If you are interested in photography, you should not miss the superb collection of works by the early photographers, the Alinari brothers. The magnificent Strozzi Palace is the site of many special exhibits.

To get a great overview of the city, you have plenty of choices: climb the dome of the Cathedral or Giotto’s Bell Tower which is much easier or head for Piazzale Michelangelo a large parking lot on the hillside just south of the center of town, or climb a bit further to the church of San Miniato al Monte, a sublime 11th century masterpiece, with superb Renaissance sculptures. At vespers, the monks add to the beauty with chants.
Bridges over the Arno

There are also a few places to buy things, from the high-end jewelry stores lining the Ponte Vecchio to some of the most famous shops in the world; Gucci, Pucci, Ferragamo, Valentino, Prada, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Buccellati, Frette, as well as many more wonderful shops that aren’t yet world famous. It is increasingly difficult to find bargains, but keen-eyed shoppers can still find good deals on smaller, side streets running off of those above and elsewhere in the center of town. The San Lorenzo market is now largely for tourists. There are also a couple of collections of “outlets” in the suburbs.

Venice

The city is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has decayed since its heyday and is heavily touristed (there are 56000 residents and 20 million tourists per year). Venice, the world’s only pedestrian city, is easily walkable, and the absence of cars makes this a particularly pleasant experience. However, walking and standing all day can also be exhausting, so it is best to pace yourself. The Rialtine islands – the ‘main’ part of Venice – are small enough to walk from one end to the other in about an hour, provided you don’t get lost (a common occurrence). If you want to get around a bit more quickly, there are numerous vaporetti (water buses, sing.: vaporetto) serving the Canal Grande, the larger canals through Venice and the surrounding islands (Lido, La Guidecca, Murano, Burano, and so on).

Tour Inclusions:

  • English speaking tour manager for the duration of your tour
  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host accompanies group throughout
  • Accommodation at listed hotels (or similar) in your own room with daily breakfasts
  • All transport as mentioned by comfortable, airconditioned vehicles and trains
  • Group airport transfers with English speaking drivers (water taxi in Venice and mini-bus in Rome)
  • All meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
  • All entrance fees as per detailed itinerary, including the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Vatican Museum, and the Colosseum
  • All hotel city taxes (worth €120 per person)
  • Tips and gratuities (worth AU$110 per person)
  • Maximum group size of 15 (plus guide and Two’s a Crowd Tour Host) – all solo travellers
  • Solo room – always!

 

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Airport transfers, if arriving separate from the designated “group” flights
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as laundry, telephone calls, taxis and souvenirs
  • Visas (not required for Australian or NZ passport holders)
  • Any services, meals and drinks if not detailed as “included” in the itinerary
  • Services and meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Porterage
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“I saw your ad in the local paper and could have phoned but I wanted to come in and congratulate you on starting this great business. I really wanted to meet the people behind it.”

Two’s a Crowd on the internet was definitely meant to be!

I’m really enthusiastic about the niche you are determined to cover in the market, and have the feeling stumbling on Two’s a Crowd on the internet was definitely meant to be.

I find them inspirational

Thanks for sending these emails as I find them inspirational and will sit dreaming for the next hour or so.

Thank you for providing a service for people like me

“I am very excited to read about your area of speciality, and look forward to devouring all information that might come my way. Thank you for providing a service for people like me.”

Excellent throughout.

The entire 14 days ran so smoothly from Two's a Crowd booking my flights to  airport transfers and then the 12 days camping in the Kimberley. Excellent throughout. Congratulations. Marjorie

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