Heart of Italy

Discover what lies at the heart of Italy as your small group travels from Rome into Tuscany

Vacation Code: STTHI0607
Rome & Tuscany
6 nights | 7 days
3 nights in Rome, 3 nights in Florence
Pre and Post Mini tours available

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Our Heart of Italy tour begins in Rome and takes you further into the heart of Italy as you travel through the Tuscany countryside. If you are looking for an escorted small group tour that will show you and your companions the heart of Italy, this is definitely the tour that was designed especially for you.

When it comes to arranging travel for friends, family, work colleagues or club members, you need to know you can trust the company you choose to book with. Tour Italy Now is one of the most experienced small group travel companies specializing in travel to Italy. We’ve been designing and delivering outstanding Italian tour experiences for small groups since 2002. In fact, we love arranging small group travel in Italy so much, we’ve made a point of designing a range of tours in Italy that are specifically designed to suit group travelers. The Heart of Italy tour is one of these.

What makes the Heart of Italy tour especially suitable for small groups? Accommodation and meal stops have been chosen to accommodate small groups; vehicles provided for travel and transfers are suitable for small group travel; and you are free to take advantage of the best travel and transfer options to bring you to your hotel in Rome on day one.

Our Heart of Italy tour has one more special feature that makes it perfect for those wanting to travel together – a full day tour of the world famous Chianti wine region with wine and cheese tastings along the way! Let’s face it, tasting amazing food and wine is much more fun when you do it with friends and family, so Day 6 of the tour is sure to be a standout for everyone!

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Day 1: Rome
Day 2: Rome, Vatican City
Day 3: Rome
Day 4: Siena, San Gimignano, Florence
Day 5: Florence
Day 6: Sorrento
Day 7: Depart

Day 1: Friday

Welcome to Italy!

When you arrive at the airport in Rome, you will need to proceed through Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area, then meet your driver at the gate to make your way to the hotel. You have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city of Rome. Return to your hotel in time to meet with your tour Host. This is your opportunity to find out about each of the activities arranged for your enjoyment. Your Tour Host will provide destination literature and information about the tour program. Ask any questions you may have and get to know your Tour Host and travel companions. Overnight in Rome.

Day 2: Saturday

After breakfast, meet for your transfer to the Vatican City where you’ll be fascinated by a guided visit that includes the Vatican Museum. The art and history of the Vatican are unforgettable and invariably make a profound impression on visitors to Rome. As you explore the city you’ll discover the masterpieces of the ancient Greeks and Romans. See the classic works of such masters as Michelangelo, Raphael, and Caravaggio. Experience for yourself the beauty of the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, then return to your hotel by private coach. We’ve left the afternoon free so you can explore the city – Discover the nearby Piazzas, shop and taste the food. There is a little something for everyone in Rome! In the evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious Italian dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Rome.

Day 3: Sunday

Spend your free morning discovering Rome’s Piazzas or just walking around the city. Meet your guide in the afternoon to discover the history of ancient Rome. Your itinerary gives you the opportunity to learn about its mythical origins. You will hear about the thousands years of history and the legendary heroes who made Rome “Caput Mundi during your visit to the Colosseum.

Once inside, take in the atmosphere of the amphitheatre’s bloody past, as you are lead by expert guides with a passion for the Colosseum and its history. Return to your hotel for a short rest before transfer to a traditional Roman trattoria for dinner. You’ll feel at home amongst the locals and appreciate the relaxed atmosphere away from all the standard tourist haunts. Overnight in Rome.

Day 4: Monday

Meet with your driver ready for departure to Siena. The drive will take you on a magnificent path along the picturesque roads of Tuscany. Take in expansive views of Tuscan hills covered by vineyards, olive trees and small villages along the way.

On arrival in Siena, meet with your local guide at the hotel and depart for a walking tour of the city. Siena is probably Italy’s loveliest medieval city. At its heart is the square known as Il Campo, where the famous horse race Il Palio is conducted twice each summer. Enjoy a relaxed lunch, served at a typical farm house outside the town, where you’ll dine against a backdrop of rolling hills covered by vineyards and olive trees. Siena offers a mix of magnificent masterpieces and incredible views. After lunch, continue your journey to Florence, with a stop en route at San Gimignano. The town is listed as a World Heritage site and you will have plenty of free time to explore its fascinating medieval architecture and unique skyline. Wander the village on your own before rejoining your driver to continue the journey. You will arrive in Florence in the late afternoon. Overnight in Florence.

Day 5: Tuesday

In the morning, enjoy a walking tour of the city with your guide. Florence is known as the cradle of the Renaissance. It is the place where Lorenzo de Medici brought together the best artists, architects and writers of the time. Naturally this included the masters – Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli. Your walking tour will take you to Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce. Spend your free time in the afternoon exploring more of Florence on your own. You might like to visit the Uffizi or the Accademia before returning to your hotel. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant where you’ll be treated to delicious Tuscan cuisine. Overnight in Florence.

Day 6: Wednesday

After breakfast, depart your hotel for a full day visit to the Chianti wine region where you’ll enjoy local wine and cheese tastings along more of Tuscany’s scenic roads. There is no better way to enjoy this amazing part of Italy than with outstanding food and wine! We know today will be a highlight of your tour. Celebrate your last night on tour with a Farewell dinner at a wonderul local restaurant in Florence. Overnight in Florence.

Day 7: Thursday

Rise early and enjoy a hearty Tuscan breakfast before departing your hotel for transfer to the Airport or Railway Station in time to connect with your flight or train departure.

Featured Properties

Hotel in Rome: Ponte Sisto 4*S, Empire 4*S
Hotel in Florence: Berchielli 4*S, Brunelleschi 4*S, Ca’ De Conti 4*
Hotel may be substituted with similar according to availability

Additional Information :

What is included

  • Transfer to and from airports in Rome and Florence
  • Bus as per itinerary
  • Tour Escort/Host
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 3 nights in Rome
  • 3 nights in Florence
  • 1 lunch, wine included
  • 4 dinners, wine included
  • Wine and Olive oil tasting in Chianti
  • Visit to the Vatican, entrance fee included
  • Walking tour of the Colosseum & Ancient Rome
  • Visit to Siena
  • Walking tour of Florence
  • Luggage handling at your hotel
  • Discover Italy Book
  • Full Day visit to Chianti
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