Peel back the mask and uncover the secrets of Venice during the legendary Carnival. From the marvels of St Mark’s Square to the exuberant crowds in full costume, Venice is a feast for the senses. Feel the pull of mystery at the Bridge of Sighs and visit the tiny fishermen’s island of Burano, known for its lace-making and painted houses. Explore Byzantine basilicas and the famous traditional glass-blowing studios of Murano. And of course, immerse yourself in the sounds and energy of the crowds on festival night. Add in the highlight cities of Rome and Florence and you have a trip you’ll never forget.
Day 1 Rome
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Rome (1B, 1D)
Take an orientation walk of the Eternal City before enjoying a free day to explore a myriad of options. Opt to tour Vatican City, cross the river to charming Trastevere, eat some gelato in Piazza Navona, or swing by the Colosseum and Forum. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal.
Day 3 Rome/Florence (1B)
Travel to Tuscany and settle into Florence for three days of exploring. Visit the leather markets, the stunning Duomo, or the famous Ponte Vecchio. Above all, be prepared to eat well.
Day 4 Florence (1B)
Opt to visit the city’s famous museums, such as the Uffizzi or the€cademia to see Michelangelo’s ’David’ statue.
Day 5 Florence (1B)
Take a day trip to Pisa to marvel at the leaning tower and beautiful church.
Day 6 Florence/Venice (1B)
Continue on to Venice, a unique and magical city that comes alive during ’carnevale’. Spend time getting to know its hidden streets and canals.
Days 7-8 Venice
Put on a traditional mask and join the other revellers in wandering the labyrinthine streets. Drink mulled wine and walk over bridges and canals until you reach the big party in St Mark’s Square.
Day 9 Venice (1B)
Depart at any time.
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