Day 01: U.S. - Rome
Depart the U.S. for your overnight flight to Rome. Dinner served on board. Tours purchased on a land only basis begin on Day 02.
Day 02: Arrive Rome
Arrival into Rome, Italy! Transfer from Airport to your Hotel: VICTORIA or similar. The afternoon will be at leisure and tonight you will enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant, at walking distance from the Hotel, to celebrate your first day in Italy tasting the Roman cuisine. Overnight.
Day 03: Rome - Imperial Rome and Gladiator Class
Today it’s time to jump in the past: the Imperial Rome is waiting for you! Guided tour of Coliseum (skip the line) and Roman Forum.
Then you will learn the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a gladiator school on the ancient Appian Way. You'll discover the secrets of Imperial Rome's gladiator games get hands-on with ancient Roman history and have the best fun you can imagine! You will be welcomed by the Gladiator and wear the tunics. The first part of the activity will be a lesson about the real life style of the gladiators and all the equipment they used to fight. Then you will be trained with wooden sword before trying the Gladiators complete equipment and have a competition! Return to the Hotel, free time for dinner and overnight.
Day 04: Rome - Vatican Tour - Espresso and Gelato Tour
Today enjoy a skip the line shared tour of the Vatican: a professional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica to see some of the most important masterpieces in the world. In the afternoon Espresso and Gelato tour: it’s time to visit the city off the beaten path and enjoy a special tour in a small group. Walk, taste, and experience the best Roman food traditions with a small group of fifteen (15) people: renowned coffee shops, gelaterias, and, the grand finale, the most famous tiramis?? shop in town. The tour will end in Spanish Steps area, you can spend there the rest of the day at leisure and overnight.
Day 05: Rome - Florence by train - Pizza and Gelato Making
After breakfast, private transfer to Rome Rail Station to catch your train (around 11.00 am) that in 1 hour and half will bring you to Florence! Private transfer and accommodation at your Hotel: ATLANTIC PALACE or similar. Later in the afternoon you will learn to make pizza and gelato Italian style!!! A professional but friendly chef will be happy to introduce you to the history of these Italian glorious creations! Make pizza in the oven with our professional pizza chef, called pizzaiolo. You will learn how to make tender, flexible yeast dough that stretches to almost paper-thinness, even the trick for a flavorful yet light tomato sauce. Even if you bake pizza in your own oven, these techniques are universal and using them really makes a difference. With the pizzaiolo, you’ll make your very own pizza, you’ll stretch it, sauce it, bake it, slice it.
After Pizza it’s time for Gelato! You will get to know the basic raw ingredients, how to select the best products available according to specific principles and you will have a presentation and tasting of some of the flavors used in gelato making. You will learn about the development and application of natural colors, the heating and freezing techniques and how they have different effects on ingredients. It is always a great day to discover the recipe of the world most loved dessert! Overnight in Florence.
Day 06: Florence City Tour
This morning shared guided tour of the Cradle of Renaissance, starting from Piazzale Michelangelo to admire the breathtaking view of the city. The tour continues down into the center with a walking tour of the oldest part of the town: Ponte Vecchio, Signoria Square (an open air museum!), Duomo with the Bell Tower and Baptistry and the Accademia (skip the line). In the afternoon you can enjoy some time at leisure to explore this enchanting town where all the monuments are at walking distance as well as the many typical shops.
Day 07: Florence - Venice by Train
After breakfast, private transfer to Florence Rail Station and depart by train (around 11.00 am) for a 2-hour journey to reach Venice! Once arrived you’ll be transferred to your Hotel: AMADEUS or similar. The rest of the day will be at your leisure, to start exploring the lovely “city of water”.
Day 08: Venice - Walking Tour - Mask Making
Today partake a shared walking tour through the most characteristic and important places for the history of Venice from Piazza San Marco with the Basilica, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie; then Santa Maria Formosa ; Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo - The "Pantheon" of Venice; Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theatre.
In the afternoon enjoy the exclusive and unforgettable experience of a Mask Making class! Decorate two (2) masks (among 45 different models all hand-made out of papier-mâché), learning about ancient technique of making a Venetian papier-mâché mask. You will be provided with important historical information on the use of masks in Venice during past centuries and freely decorate two papier-mâché masks with our expert guidance. It will be great to leave Venice with those unique masterpieces made by you!
Rest of the day at leisure and overnight.
Day 09: Venice - U.S.
ARRIVEDERCI! Private transfer to Venice Airport for your departure flight.