Europe, Italy

Indulge in La Dolce Vita

The Ultimate 8N/9D Italy Itinerary for Unforgettable Sightseeing, Tours, and Foodie Delights!

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Discover the best of Italy in just 8 nights and 9 days with this ultimate itinerary. From the historic landmarks of Rome and Florence to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre and the fashionable streets of Milan, this trip has it all. Indulge in traditional Italian cuisine, sample local wines, and explore the country’s most famous attractions, including the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, St. Mark’s Basilica, and more. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable journey through Italy.


This itinerary covers some of Italy’s most famous and beautiful cities and regions, each with its unique history, culture, and cuisine.

Rome, the Eternal City, is a living museum of ancient and modern art, architecture, and civilization. From the Colosseum and Roman Forum to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome has something for everyone, whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, or a foodie. The city is also famous for its local street food, such as supplì, pizza al taglio, and gelato.

Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, is a treasure trove of art, architecture, and craftsmanship. The Uffizi Gallery alone houses masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and many others. Florence’s historic center is also home to the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, and other landmarks. And let’s not forget the Tuscan cuisine, which is known for its simple yet flavorful dishes, such as ribollita, bistecca alla fiorentina, and cantucci.

Venice, the City of Canals, is a unique and romantic destination that captivates visitors with its picturesque bridges, palaces, and piazzas. St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, and the Rialto Bridge are just some of the must-see sights in Venice. A gondola ride through the canals is an iconic and unforgettable experience, especially at sunset. And when it comes to food, Venice offers a bounty of seafood dishes, such as risotto al nero di seppia, fritto misto, and sarde in saor.

Tuscany, the land of wine and olive oil, is a scenic and peaceful region that invites visitors to slow down and savor the good life. The rolling hills, vineyards, and medieval towns of Tuscany are a feast for the eyes and the soul. A visit to a local winery, such as Chianti or Brunello, is a great way to taste the best wines of the region, accompanied by some antipasti, pasta, and roasted meats. San Gimignano, with its famous towers, is one of the most picturesque towns in Tuscany.

Cinque Terre, a cluster of five colorful villages on the Ligurian coast, is a postcard-perfect destination that offers breathtaking views, hiking trails, and fresh seafood. Each village, such as Monterosso, Vernazza, and Manarola, has its charm and character, and all are connected by a scenic train ride or a coastal walk. The seafood dishes in Cinque Terre are as fresh as it gets, such as spaghetti alle vongole, branzino alla griglia, and trofie al pesto.

Bologna, the gastronomic capital of Italy, is a vibrant and historic city that prides itself on its rich culinary heritage. The food markets of Bologna, such as Mercato delle Erbe and Mercato di Mezzo, are a feast for the senses, with stalls selling fresh produce, cured meats, cheeses, and wines. Bologna’s signature dishes, such as tagliatelle al ragù, tortellini in brodo, and mortadella, are some of the most iconic and delicious dishes in Italy.

Milan, the fashion and design capital of Italy, is a cosmopolitan and stylish city that offers a mix of historic and contemporary attractions. The Duomo, with its spires and statues, dominates the city’s skyline, while La Scala, the opera house, is a temple of music and art. Milan’s shopping districts, such as Via Monten

Your Itinerary
  • Day 1 sets the stage as you arrive in Rome, where the enchantment begins. After settling into your lavish hotel, the city unveils its secrets, inviting you to wander at your leisure or join a captivating walking tour of Rome's historic center. As dusk falls, indulge in an exquisite dinner at a traditional Roman restaurant, savoring the flavors of Italy.
  • Day 2 beckons you to explore the grandeur of Rome. Immerse yourself in history as you embark on a tour of the iconic Colosseum and Roman Forum, marveling at the architectural wonders of ancient Rome. The day continues with a visit to the awe-inspiring Vatican Museums, where the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica await, adorned with masterpieces that transcend time. In between your adventures, relish in the delights of local street food, savoring delectable treats like supplì or pizza al taglio.
  • On Day 3, a romantic sojourn awaits as you journey by train to Florence. Arriving in this captivating city, you check into a sumptuous hotel, immersing yourself in luxury. A delightful walking tour unveils Florence's historic center, leading you through its charming streets and revealing hidden gems. The artistic treasures of Italy await you at the renowned Uffizi Gallery, where masterpieces of unfathomable beauty captivate your senses. For a truly authentic experience, dine at a traditional trattoria, where culinary indulgence awaits.
  • Day 4 takes you on an idyllic escape to the enchanting Tuscan countryside. A picturesque day trip leads you to a local winery, where the region's renowned wines await your palate. Savor the flavors of Tuscany as you enjoy a traditional lunch amidst the rolling vineyards. The medieval town of San Gimignano awaits, its ancient charm captivating your imagination. As the day draws to a close, return to Florence, cherishing the memories created in this idyllic region.
  • Venice beckons on Day 5, as you travel by train to the city of romance and splendor. Settle into a luxurious hotel and prepare to immerse yourself in the magic of Venice. Embark on a mesmerizing walking tour through the historic center, where tales of the city's rich history and architectural marvels unfold. A visit to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace allows you to witness the opulence and grandeur of Venetian art and culture. Indulge in a romantic gondola ride, gliding through the enchanting canals, and culminate the day with a delightful dinner at a local seafood restaurant.
  • Day 6 carries you to the captivating villages of Cinque Terre. Bask in the splendor of the coastal trails as you embark on a scenic hike, immersing yourself in breathtaking views of the azure sea and vibrant villages clinging to the cliffs. Sample the flavors of the region, indulging in exquisite seafood delicacies paired with local wines. As the sun sets, return to Venice, the city of dreams, where Venetian nights weave their spell.
  • Continuing your journey, Day 7 invites you to the vibrant city of Bologna. Board a train and arrive in this culinary paradise, where exquisite flavors await your discerning palate. Embark on a tantalizing food tour through the city's famous markets, savoring the finest local specialties. Admire the iconic Two Towers and explore the bustling Piazza Maggiore, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this vibrant city. An authentic dinner at a traditional trattoria completes your day, leaving you satiated and content.
  • Day 8 finds you in the cosmopolitan city of Milan, renowned for its fashion and sophistication. Immerse yourself in the city's historic center, guided by a walking tour that unveils Milan's architectural wonders. Visit the magnificent Duomo cathedral and revel in the grandeur of La Scala opera house. As you explore the fashionable shopping districts, indulge in the opulent delights that Milan offers. In the evening, dine at a trendy Milanese restaurant, where culinary artistry and sophistication converge.
  • On Day 9, it is time to bid farewell to Italy. Depart from Milan, carrying memories of a luxurious and romantic adventure that will forever remain etched in your heart. While this itinerary captures the essence of Italy's allure, remember that there are endless possibilities to customize your journey and create a truly unforgettable experience.
Major Highlights
  • 01Gondola Rides
  • 02Walking Tours
  • 03Coastal Hiking
  • 04Cuisine Tasting Menus

  • 01Historical Rome
  • 02Artistic Florence
  • 03Romantic Venice
  • 04Culinary Bologna

  • 01Luxury Boutique Hotels or likewise
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Other Information
  • Accommodation for 8 nights in hotels or similar properties
  • Breakfast at the hotel each morning
  • Transportation by train between cities (Rome to Florence, Florence to Venice, Venice to Bologna, Bologna to Milan)
  • Tours and activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Colosseum and Roman Forum tour, Vatican Museums tour, Uffizi Gallery tour
  • Tuscan winery visit, Cinque Terre day trip, Bologna food tour
  • Dinner at traditional restaurants in Rome, Florence, Venice, Bologna, and Milan, Tuscan lunch at winery, and local street food
  • Gondola ride in Venice
  • Local guides for some of the tours
  • Flights to and from Italy
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs and tips
  • Entry fees for attractions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional tours and activities not specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation to and from airports or train stations

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Europe, Italy

Indulge in La Dolce Vita

The Ultimate 8N/9D Italy Itinerary for Unforgettable Sightseeing, Tours, and Foodie Delights!

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