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Accommodation twin-share basis with private bathroom
You can choose to start your tour on any date of the year. You will travel independently, making this option super budget friendly. You also have the option to add days or substitute towns for specific areas you want to explore. The choice is up to you!
You are free to choose your own activities and add-on tours. Please click on the following link to view all add on tours from base towns: Add-on tours
Economy class pre-booked train tickets
Milan to Venice to Florence to Rome
Rome to Naples to Bari
Within easy walking distance of train stations
Choose your own add-on activities and day tours from your base city according to your interests and budget.
Be your own tour leader. You will receive a comprehensive printable booklet of what to see and do in all the towns that you visit.
Afternoon check-in into your night’s accommodation on day 1. Capital of the Lombardy region of Italy – Milan: The city of big fashion names, the Italian stock exchange and home to two of the biggest Italian football teams, AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Hop on Hop off sightseeing bus – there are 3 routes to choose from.
Train to the beautiful Lake Como and it’s small waterside villages. 30 minute trip one way.
For day trip ideas in and around Milan – click on the ‘see add-on tours’ button under optional activities to book.
Duomo di Milano | Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II | Sforzesco Castle | The Last Supper | Teatro alla Scala | Santa Maria delle Grazie | Pinacoteca di Brera | Sempione Park | Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
Take note that most museums are closed on Mondays. There is however more than enough to explore in and around Milan should your tour be in Milan over the weekend. The Italian Lakes (Como and Maggiore) is easily reachable by train and takes approx. 30 minutes – perfect as a day trip from Milan.
It is advisable to pre-book tickets to the Duomo and the roof of the Duomo if you don’t want to spend your whole day waiting in line.
Afternoon check-in into your night’s accommodation. Capital of the Veneto region of Italy – Venice: The city of 118 small islands. Linked by over 400 bridges – some of them private – Venice is any photographer’s dream!
Travel via water taxi to see the beautiful islands of Murano (glass blowing) and Burano (colourful houses, lace-making). Demonstrations of both glass blowing and lace-making are free and you are welcome to watch. Do watch out for fake Chinese lace in Burano though – if it’s cheap, it’s most likely fake!
For day trip ideas in and around Venice – click on the ‘see add-on tours’ button under optional activities to book.
Saint Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) | Grand Canal | Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) | Teatro La Fenice | Campanile di San Marco | St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) | Bridge of Sighs | Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
Venice is almost everyone’s favourite city in Italy. With tourist numbers increasing month on month, Venice will, from January 2019, impose a tourist tax on visitors entering the city (approx between 5 and 10 Euro) to assist with keeping the city free of rubbish. Pre-plan your visit to Venice in order to see all your favourites.
Verona (Juliet’s balcony) can be done as an easy day trip from Venice. Train tickets cost about Euro10 one way.
Afternoon check-in into your night’s accommodation. Capital of the Tuscan region of Italy – Florence: The heart of art and architecture masterpieces. Florence will be your base for the next 3 nights.
Half day trip to the town of Pisa (leaning tower of Pisa) via train.
Day trip to Cinque Terre via train.
For day trip ideas in and around Florence – click on the ‘see add-on tours’ button under optional activities to book.
Ponte Vecchio | Galleria Degli Uffizi | Piazza della Signoria | Roma Duomo | Piazza della Repubblica | Pitti Palace | The Boboli Gardens | Piazza Santo Spirito | St Trinity Bridge
As with all main tourist towns in Italy, Florence is always busy. We recommend that you pre-book your Uffizi museum tickets asap as the queue is normally about 5 hours long.
Avoid spending your free time standing in a queue – pre book!
Afternoon check-in into your night’s accommodation – welcome to the Eternal City! Rome will be your base for the next two nights.
Should you wish to visit Pompeii as a day trip from Rome – click on the ‘see add-on tours’ button under optional activities to book. For Rome itself, it is advisable to pre-book entrance tickets to the Colosseum and the Vatican as queues can get very long during busy periods.
Colosseum | Arch of Constantine | Forum | Victor Emmanuel Monument | Pantheon | Spanish Steps | Via Dei Condotti | Piazza Venezia | Piazza Navona | Trevi Fountain | Vatican City | Sistine Chapel | Pantheon
Backpacks are banned at almost most museums/art galleries/historic sights with security check-ins. Rather invest in a cross-body bag that can fit your phone, water bottle, sunblock and glasses to avoid turning back once you’ve (finally!) reached the front of the queue.
Museums are open and free to all on the last Sunday of the month (very busy). Check opening times for the Vatican (vatican.va) before you visit. Note that the Vatican museum is closed on most Sundays
When visiting Rome it’s always best to start early in the morning to allow enough time to navigate the large crowds around the main sights.
Afternoon check-in into your night’s accommodation – Naples: The 3rd largest city in Itay, after Rome and Milan. The historic city centre is a UNESCO world heritage site and also the largest in Europe. Put on your walking shoes and explore!
The world’s first pizzeria was opened in Naples in 1830 and still remains open today – a must see on your list.
Recommended day trips:
Naples to Pompeii
Naples to Sorrento/Positano and Amalfi via ferry
Naples to the island of Ischia (less tourists)
Naples Harbor | National Archeological Museum | Capodimonte Royal Palace and Museum | Cathedral | San Martino Monastery and Museum | Catacombs of San Gennaro | Castel Nuovo | San Domenico Maggiore.
Naples have hills! Armed with your local map, be prepared to go either downhill or uphill to your desired landmark. That said, most tourist activities and sights are located within the old city center which is fairly flat. It’s up to you to either have a very active walking day or to rather kick-back with a coffee at a sidewalk cafe and take in the local day to day activities of this beautiful old city.
Afternoon check-in into your night’s accommodation – capital of the Puglia region, Bari: The port town of Bari will be your base for the next 3 nights. Explore the historic town center with promenade and pedestrian shopping area.
It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples, and is well known as a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas.
Recommended day trips:
Visit the town of Alberobello with the beautiful and unique white washed houses with cone shaped roofs.
Travel to the town of Polignano a Mare, known for breathtaking views of sea caves and cliffs.
Note: Your tour will end in Bari. Should you like to book extra days in the Puglia region, or any other town in Italy, please consult your booking agent.
The Basilica of San Nicola | The Church of San Sabino | Bari Castle | Lungomare Nazario Sauro | Bari old town | Piazza Mercantile | Via Sparano (shopping)
South Italy is not as clean as the more tourist friendly towns up north. Be prepared to see a lot of uncollected dustbins in the back streets and have more of a ‘normal’ view of people going about their daily activities. Southern Italy is however a paradise for foodies and you will find some of the friendliest people in the world here. As in any big town, hold on to your purse for any pickpockets and do not leave your luggage unattended!