Secrets of Italy
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1-2: Venice
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Accommodation: Kosher House Giardino Dei Melograni or similar, Venice
- Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy.
- Your Italian adventure will begin with a welcome meeting. Check with the hotel reception or a nearby noticeboard for details.
- Keep in mind that you will need to bring your insurance details to this meeting.
- Other than this, there are no activities planned for Day 1, so you are welcome to arrive at your leisure.
- After the meeting, you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travel companions at a local restaurant.
- If you arrive early, we recommend that you get out and explore the winding canals and streets of beautiful Venice. Essentially a series of islands connected by over 400 bridges, Venice is a city like no other – it is a place known for its art and beautiful architecture and it can only be explored by foot or boat.
- The Grand Canal, the bustling tiny shops that line the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco are all worthy sights to visit, but simply meandering the tiny cobbled streets and discovering the beautiful markets, cafes, galleries and churches that line them is just as satisfying.
- You will take a vaporetto (water bus) to the island of San Giorgio, where you will climb the bell tour and enjoy expansive views of Venice. A Venetian gondola ride down the canals is a must, as is a taste of the region’s speciality, tiramisu. On Day 2 you take an orientation walk in the Morning with the afternoon free to visit museums or take a trip to outlying islands.
Day 3-4: Cinque Terre
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
Accommodation: Hotel Europa or similar, Levanto
- Cinque Terre (Five Lands) is a region of Italy famed for its rugged coastline and the colourful villages that seem to cling to it. The footpaths that run between the villages, were once the only way to travel in the region. Day 3 is spent travelling to Cinque Terre by train via Milan, then on Day 4 if you feel like an adventure, you can walk these well-trod paths and enjoy the majestic scenery of this beautiful area. The entire path is 12 kilometres and takes around 5 hours to walk, but you can also choose just to walk a few sections.
- There is a train that connects the villages as well, so if you would prefer to enjoy a more relaxing day, you are welcome to use this option as well.
- Indulging in a delicious Mediterranean feast is the perfect way to fuel you for the walks ahead. Pesto and Foccacia are local specialities. You will have some free time in the late afternoon.
Day 5-6: Pisa / Florence
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
Accommodation: Hotel Ester or sim, Pisa
- You will depart Cinque Terre today and catch a train to Pisa.
- Here you will visit the famed Leaning Tower, along with the Duomo and baptistery.
- Due to the precarious state of the tower, it is not always possible to climb it, but you will definitely have the opportunity to photograph it from the ground. Your tour leader will take you to the ticket office to purchase tickets to the Cathedral, Baptistry, Museums, Campo Santo and Torre Pendente, should they wish to visit them.
- From Pisa, you will take a two-hour train ride to Florence. Florence is one of the most culturally rich and beautiful cities in Italy, and is known as the heart of Tuscany.
- Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Donatello and Michelangelo all lived in Florence at the height of their creative reign.
- You should visit the Uffizi while you are here, which is one of the oldest galleries in the world, and a building of great beauty. Similarly, a visit to Galleria dell'Accademia where you can see Michelangelo's famous statue of David is a must. All of the Florentine State Museums require tickets and the queues can be long. We recommend booking online in advance (www.weekendafirenze.com), the earlier the better.
- A walk to Piazzale Michelangelo to take in beautiful views of the city is a lovely way to wile away the day.
- While you are in Florence, you will have plenty of time to explore the city and sample some of the culinary delicacies on offer from across Tuscany. Regional dishes are renowned for their simplicity and ingredient-driven quality. Olive oil, beans and fresh herbs are a feature here. Two standout dishes of the region are bistecca alla fiorentina, essentially a big t-bone steak that is shared between multiple diners, and ribollita, a simple hearty soup of bread, vegetables and beans. Panforte is the sweet delicacy of the area.
Day 7-8: Perugia/Spello
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
Accommodation: Hotel San Gallo Palace or similar, Spello
- You will leave beautiful Florence and travel by train to Perugia today (approximately 2.5 hours). Positioned atop a rocky hill and presiding over the Umbria region below, Perugia was once a Roman settlement. It is now a busy university town, with a vibrant nightlife.
- After a free morning in Florence you travel to Perugia, with an orientation walk of the City on arrival.
- The national Gallery of Umbria is worth a visit in your free time, as is the Palazzo dei Priori.
- You will visit the nearby medieval town of Spello by train, a pretty place known for its ancient Roman monuments, beautiful wine and rural charm. You will have the chance to sample the local wine and regional delicacies here (mushrooms like tartufo and porcini feature heavily, along with whole stuffed pig) when you lunch at a local enoteca before returning to Perugia in the late afternoon. On the way back there is the opportunity to visit Assis (no bookings necessary).
Day 9-10: Rome
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
Accommodation: Hotel Luce or similar, Rome
- From Perugia, you will travel by train on to the ancient heart of Italy, Rome today. From the incredible ancient monuments and religious structures that line the streets, to the beautiful fashion, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife, Rome is a city of great beauty and diversity.
- You will be taken on a walking tour of the city upon arrival, which encompasses iconic sights such as the Forum, the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Venezia, the Spanish Steps and Via Dei Condotti.
- As you wander the city, you can stop in at a bar for a quick coffee or indulge in some delicious gelati. The rest of the day if free from 14.00hrs.
- You will also have the opportunity to visit the majestic Vatican City and St Peter’s Basilica. The view from the dome of St Peter’s is breathtaking. You can pre-book tickets online, which we recommend to avoid the snaking queues (http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do).
- Roman food is world renowned, and the abundance of local trattorias that line the streets are the perfect place to sample the local pasta delights like Carbonara (egg, cheese and bacon) and amatriciana (tomato, bacon and chilli). Sampling the (very well priced) local wine is also a must here.
- You will enjoy a farewell dinner with your travel companions to end the trip.
- The tour will come to an end after breakfast on Day 10.
- • Welcome dinner
- • San Giorgio Bell Tower in Venice + Traghetto across the Grand Canal
- • Venice vaporetto
- • Cinque Terre hike
- • Pesto Making Class
- • Pisa half-day trip
- • Dinner in Florence
- • Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence
- • Enoteca wine tasting in Spello
- • Farewell dinner
Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.
- International flights
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Departure taxes
- Travel insurance (compulsory on all trips)
- Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary)
- Optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Items of a personal nature
- Daily budget
We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:
- Cinque Terre - Church of St Andrea
- Cinque Terre - Day Cruise
- Cinque Terre - Sea kayak hire
- Perugia/Spello - National Archaeological Museum of Umbria
- Perugia/Spello - National Gallery of Umbria
- Perugia/Spello - Palazzo dei Priori
- Pisa/Florence - Accademia
- Pisa/Florence - Baptistry
- Pisa/Florence - Duomo & Campanile climb
- Pisa/Florence - Entrance Leaning Tower
- Pisa/Florence - Medici Chapels
- Pisa/Florence - Museo dell'Opera di S.Maria del Fiore
- Pisa/Florence - Museum Bargello
- Pisa/Florence - Palazzo Vecchio
- Pisa/Florence - Pitti Palace
- Pisa/Florence - Siena bus ticket
- Pisa/Florence - Uffizi Gallery
- Rome - Imperial Fora
- Rome - Castel Sant'Angelo
- Rome - Christian catacombs
- Rome - Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
- Rome - Galleria Borghese
- Rome - Keats-Shelley Memorial House
- Rome - St Peter's dome climb
- Rome - St Peter's dome elevator
- Rome - Vatican museums
- Rome - Venezia Palace
- Venice - Accademia Gallery
- Venice - Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art
- Venice - Concerto
- Venice - Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs.
- Venice - Glass Museum Murano
- Venice - Gondola ride
EUR 80.00 per gondola
- Venice - Guggenheim Museum
- Venice - Museum of St Mark's Basilica
- Venice - Scuola Grande di San Rocco
- Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury.
- Venice - St Mark's Campanile
- Venice - Venezia Ca' d'Oro.
What to know
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.
Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Visas are currently not required for Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian or UK/EU passport holders wishing to visit Italy.
Some EU nationals may travel in Europe using only an identity card, however it is your responsibility to check with the relevant authorities if this applies to you.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
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Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
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About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
4 April 2014
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