DAY 1 Rome: Rome Arrival
Your Italy Family Adventure begins with your arrival in Rome, where our driver will welcome you at the airport and provide private transfer to your hotel in the city. You’ll have the rest of the day to yourself. If jet lag is an issue the best way to beat it is with some fresh air and a walk. Your hotel sits along a quiet cobbled street only a block from the Tiber River with everything from the Pantheon to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain within a 15-minute stroll. Tossing three coins into the beautiful baroque fountain is said to bring benefits that include the opportunity to return to Rome. You might stop at a gelateria to sample some of the world’s best gelato.
DAY 2 Rome: Rome for Kids Tour
Get ready for a memorable journey as you delve into the captivating wonders of Rome. Accompanied by our expert guide, you’ll undercover the secrets of the city’s symbol, the legendary Colosseum. Prepare to be transported back in time as you explore this ancient amphitheater while learning about its significant role in Roman society and the lives of the gladiators that fought here. Your guide will provide insight into the battles between man and beast, dramatic theatrical performances, and more. But that’s not all – younger adventurers in the family will have the chance to step into the shoes of gladiators themselves, discovering and imitating their fighting techniques for fun and educational immersion into Rome’s rich history, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions too.
DAY 3 Rome: Day of Leisure
With so many things to see and do in Rome, today is all yours. You’ll enjoy it at your leisure, discovering what interests you most. Aside from the headline attractions, there are underground treasures to discover that are sure to intrigue older kids in particular, like the Catacombs of San Callisto, founded in the late 2nd century, holding the tombs of seven popes and some half- million Christians who were martyred in the 3 rd century. Tours are available that will allow you to see drawings scratched into the rock that depict ancient Christian symbols like the dove and fish along with images telling some of the earliest popular Bible stories. Villa Borghese is another good spot, home to a zoo, a boating lake, and picnic spots.
DAY 4 Rome: Private Rome Uncovered by Electric Tuk-Tuk Tour
Give your feet a break on this three-hour tour that travels by electric tuk-tuk, exploring the highlights of Rome in comfort and style. You’ll get to see many of the landmarks, including another look at the grandeur of the Colosseum with a stop that provides the perfect opportunity for a family selfie. Continue to the Circus Maximus, an ancient chariot-racing stadium in the valley between the Palatine and Aventine hills, and the Roman Forum, which served as ancient Rome’s political, social, and religious center. You’ll see one of the city’s most famous squares, Piazza Navona with its famously magnificent fountains, and step into the world’s smallest independent state, Vatican City to marvel at St. Peter’s Basilica. Conclude by ascending Janiculum Hill for an unparalleled view.
DAY 5 Florence: Transfer from Rome to Florence
It’s time to travel to your next exciting destination, Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. Your driver will provide private transfer to Rome Termini Train Station so that you can catch the highspeed train bound for Florence. Upon arrival, another driver will transfer you to your hotel, set within a circa 1860 building on the banks of the Arno River, just 10 minutes on foot from Piazza della Signoria, with its renowned loggia featuring statues that recall events throughout the city’s history as well as important myths. After checking in, the rest of the day is yours. You might visit Mercato Centrale, a 12-minute walk away offering many vendors and stalls with everything from delicious eats like Neapolitan pizza to gelato along with gifts and souvenirs.
DAY 6 Florence: Private Artisans Uncovered
Today you’ll have ample time to explore Florence at your leisure, but one of the highlights is sure to be this three hour private tour. Follow your local guide for an off-the-beaten-path adventure, wandering hidden streets few tourists travel through. In this city that birthed the likes of da Vinci and Michelangelo, it’s no surprise that the arts and ancient traditions still thrive. During the Middle Ages, the city achieved widespread fame for its artisan workshops where many magnificent creations were made, from fine paper and leather goods to jewelry and colorful, intricate mosaics. Many still exist today, allowing you to delve into the city’s heritage by visiting one of the artisans who will provide instructions that allow you to make your own unique masterpiece.
DAY 7 Florence: Pizza-Making Class
Even the pickiest kids love pizza and today the whole family will get to learn how to make it in a hands-on culinary experience. Led by a passionate, professional chef with all the skills, you’ll learn the art of making authentic Italian pizza in the country it was birthed. Everyone can get in on the fun and get their hands dirty, including kneading the dough. You’ll get to choose your toppings and learn all of the special techniques along with insight into the history of pizza and how it’s evolved. Your new skills are one of the best souvenirs to take home, allowing you to share what you enjoyed in Italy with friends and family back home. Eating the results of your efforts is included.
DAY 8 Venice: Transfer from Florence to Venice
Today you’ll travel to the final destination on your unforgettable trip, Venice, one of the world’s most popular destinations with its picturesque canals and spectacular landmarks like St. Mark’s Basilica and the Rialto Bridge. Nothing can prepare you for seeing the Floating City in person, which often causes the jaws of even the most seasoned travelers to drop. To get there, you’ll take private transfer to Santa Maria Novella Train Station where you’ll ride the highspeed train for 2.5 hours to Venice. Another driver will be there to greet you and provide private transfer to your hotel that’s just over a 5-minute walk from the world-famous St. Mark’s Square. The rest of the day is at your leisure, providing plenty of time to capture photos.
DAY 9 Venice: Traditional Mask Making Tour
The tradition of masks started in the 13th century when Venetians would hold parties and celebrations from December 26 until Lent began, wearing them to conceal their identity. These events were the only time when the upper and lower classes mingled. You’ve probably seen the elaborate masks worn at Carnival and now it’s your turn. This tour will take you on a fascinating journey into Venetian Carnival traditions, learning all about aristocratic attire and the masks. You’ll start by walking through a traditional campo, or square, and along a street to a historic atelier where skilled Venetians known as mascareri make some of the most creative masks. With the help of a master, you’ll make your own, using quills, India ink, macramé, and gold leaf.
DAY 10 Venice: Departure
Your family adventure through the enchanting cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice soon comes to an end, but we hope you’ve made many memories of a lifetime and have plenty of photos to bring home. Be sure your bags are packed and ready this morning as your driver will meet you at your hotel upon checkout for the private transfer to Venice’s airport. From here, you’ll begin your journey home or head out on further travels. With so many enticing destinations, the options are practically endless.
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