Bella Italia Trails
Rome & Italian cities at your own pace by rental car
- Spend 3 nights in Rome and discover the main attractions of the Eternal City.
- Explore the best of Italy at your leisure by hire car, enjoy its scenery and discover its secrets.
- Double nights in Florence and Venice, where you can take a break from driving and have plenty of time to take in the sights.
- Spend nights in Milan and Bologna, less touristy cities with unique hidden treasures.
- Discover gems en route like Assisi, Verona, Ferrara, Pisa, Siena, etc.
- 9 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 6 days car rental
Day 1Flight to Rome.
Arrive at your airport of origin 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight to Rome. Check-in, boarding and flight departure to Italy. On arrival, you’ll make your own way to your hotel in Rome (or this can be arranged for you). You’ll have the remainder of the day to discover the riches of Rome, the capital of Italy and centre of civilisations and religions. Not for nothing is it known as the Eternal City. Night in Rome.
A full day to continue taking in the sights of Rome. Rome is a multifaceted city that has a very beautiful historic Baroque centre with squares and splendid palaces. It is also where the Roman Empire began and many of its spectacular archaeological sites still remain, such as the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and the Colosseum. It is also the location of the Vatican City, the heart of Christianity, with its breathtaking St. Peter’s Square, Basilica and museums. And everything in a lively inviting atmosphere where you can enjoy the cafés and small restaurant terraces offering tasty cuisine. Night in Rome.
Pick up your hire car and head to northern Italy through the beautiful region of Umbria, where beautiful historic towns like Assisi and Perugia await you. Highly recommended is a stop-off in Assisi, a medieval walled town where the impressive Basilica of San Francisco particularly stands out. Afterwards, continue on to Bologna. Despite the fact it still remains one of the country’s leading cities, Bologna still has a perfectly preserved and enchanting mediaeval city centre. It is famous for its elegant and extensive porticoes and for its iconic towers. On top of that, many people swear it is the best place to eat in the whole country, so it’s the perfect place to stop off for dinner! Night in Bologna.
After a final stroll around Bologna, head off to Veneto, one of Italy’s regions with most personality. En route, we recommend stopping to see the beautiful historic city of Ferrara, which has one of Italy’s most outstanding Renaissance centres. It is full of the palaces of the merchants who gave the city its splendour. Another recommended stop is Padua, home to one of the city’s true treasures - the Giotto frescoes. At the end of the day, you’ll arrive in the incomparable city of Venice. Night in Venice.
Find a good place to leave the car as you won’t be needing it in this city which can really only be seen on foot or from the water in a gondola or boat. This magnificent city consists of several islands constructed in the middle of a lagoon and many of its “streets” are actually canals. The Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace and the Cathedral are just some of the outstanding monuments this unique city has to offer. Take a leisurely walk around the streets and discover something different around each corner. There’s no-where quite like Venice for just wandering the streets with no particular destination in mind. Night in Venice.
Verona, one of Italy’s most enchanting towns, is located on the 1-hour drive from Venice to Milan. Its streets and squares are ideal for strolling around and discovering spectacular monuments such as the Arena (ancient Roman amphitheatre) or magical places such as the balcony which inspired the famous story of “Romeo and Juliet”. Spend the day in the city and then complete your journey to Milan (which should take you just over an hour). Discover the capital of Lombardy, which stands out with its splendid cathedral, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the La Scala opera house and all the little streets bustling with Italian high fashion. Night in Milan.
Spend the morning seeing the sights of Milan before setting off on the journey south. En route to Florence, we recommend at least one stop-off: the must-see city of Pisa, not only famous for its leaning tower, but also other monuments of interest around the “Piazza dei Miracoli”. If you arrive in Florence before nightfall, we suggest you go up to the magnificent Piazzale Michelangelo viewpoint to enjoy a unique view of the city at sunset. Night in Florence.
You’ve got the whole day to enjoy Florence, the capital of Tuscany. If anywhere in the world is the centre of the history of art, it is Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. The whole city is like an enormous open-air museum full of famous works of art, palaces, churches, cathedrals and paintings and sculptures in its museums - including the most famous of them all: Michelangelo’s David. It’s also the perfect place to take a relaxing stroll, for example along the “Ponte Vecchio” over the river Arno. Night in Florence.
Our recommended route for day 9 is to head out into Chianti wine country and visit some of Tuscany’s most famous vineyards and rolling hills. A visit to the regions wouldn’t be complete without stopping off at the walled town of San Gimingnano, one of the most picturesque in the region, and the town of Siena with its mediaeval “Piazza del Campo” and the “Duomo” - one of Europe’s most famous cathedrals. Night in Rome.
Day 10Return flight.
We recommend you book the return flight for the evening. This will let you spend the remainder of the day to continue visiting Rome and do the last-minute shopping. When the time comes, you’ll return the hire car to the airport in Rome. Check in and fly to your destination airport. Arrival and end of the trip.
Our prices include return flight tickets and all the supplement taxes such as airpot taxes, fuel surcharge and credit card processing fees.
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