Italy with kids: from Rome to Venice

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This tour will take you along some of the most beautiful art cities of Italy, a real crab for culture and taste. But besides the iconic sites, we will make you discover also some hidden gems and most authentic sides of each city. You will visit local markets and shops, meeting producers of excellent “made in Italy” foods and wines, artisans and local people.

Type of tour: Private escorted
Min/max people: from 2 pax
Length of stay: 8 days/ 7 nights
Arrival/Departure: Rome/Venice
Dates 2019: All year long

Description

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Highlights

  • Discover the most beautiful Italian cities with activities specifically designed to involve the whole family
  • Enjoy a funny Ape Calessino tour along the most fascinating Baroque sites of Rome
  • Discover Imperial Rome and the Colisseum with a tour for families
  • Get fun while exploring Florence with our bike tour
  • Learn how to prepare your own pizza & gelato in a funny hands-on experience
  • Decorate your own Venetian mask in a traditional laboratory

Itinerary

Day 1: Rome, Ape Calessino tour 

Arrival at Rome airport. Private transfer to the hotel centrally located.

In the late afternoon, enjoy a welcome tour to Rome aboard a snappy Ape Calessino, “cousin” of the Vespa but more like a buggy, that was very popular among the youth and even became a protagonist of roman Dolce Vita in the 1960’s, still preserves its timeless charm. This vehicle, originally designed for the transport of goods and animals, turned into a comfortable mode of transport for passengers, will accompany you to discover the wonders of the Eternal City.  

You will see the most iconic sites of the city with its baroque squares.  From Piazza Barberini and its scenic Triton Fountain, you will walk through the Eternal City and visit its most picturesque squares. The Trevi Fountain, the Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the Old Boat) located in Piazza di Spagna, a meeting place for millions of tourists each year, and the Fountain of the Four Rivers in the famous Navona Square are some of the most famous attractions covered through this itinerary.

Dinner at leisure. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 2: Imperial Rome with Colosseum for kids & Trastevere Food Tour

After breakfast, you will discover the greatness of the ancient Rome thanks to our Imperial Rome tour visiting the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine hill with views over the Forum and Circus Maximum.

In the morning join a small-group Imperial tour of Colosseum where the guide will tell you the life of a gladiator and the rise and fall of Julius Caesar.

The only Colosseum tour designed by a childhood education specialist specifically for families with kids aged 7-12. Props, visual aids and re-enactments to bring the history and stories of the Colosseum and Roman Forum to life.

Day 3: Trastevere Food Tour & Local markets

After breakfast, enjoy a stroll through the charming neighborhood of Trastevere, one of Rome’s most authentic and vibrant areas. Thanks to our buddy guide you will really eat local, with locals!

In our tour we will show you that Italian cuisine is more than just pizza and pasta, there is so much variation and regional differences! We will try to give you an overview of the Roman cuisine and you will learn the ‘do’ and ‘don’ts’ of Eating in Italy. Our local buddy guide will tell you interesting stories about the food, regional recipes, and will introduce you to local vendors. Everything you will taste is very simple but made with high quality and locally sourced ingredients. Some of the tasting locations include a century old cheese shop, a cookies’ factory that dates back to 1920, a traditional wine cellar. As a backdrop to our walk, Trastevere will surprise you, especially because our tour does not exclusively visit the famous squares and streets known and visited by most, but we travel the intricate alleyways and hidden corners and go off the beaten paths.

The tour includes 10 food tastings and 2 wine tastings in 5 different locations.

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight.

Day 4: Florence Bike Tour with Gelato taste 

Breakfast, check out and departure by high-speed train to Florence. Arrival, accommodation in hotel 4*. Free time for lunch.

In the afternoon join a bike tour of Florence, the best way to discover the most of the “cradle of the Renaissance” in less time and in the funniest way!

In 2 and 1/2 hours you will visit all the major tourist attractions, under the experienced guidance of an entertaining and professional guide. You will ride through the narrow streets of the main center and the Oltrarno reaching the most amazing monuments of Florence and unknown spots from where to admire the city: Santa Maria Novella, the artisans district, Palazzo Pitti, San Frediano, Ponte Vecchio (the old bridge), the Uffizi square, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, the medieval district, the Duomo, and Piazza della Repubblica…
Along this pleasant stroll in Florence, you will stop at several locations for history explanations and fun facts about the city.
Relax, enjoy the tour and even taste a wonderful Gelato in the Oltrarno district! (included)

Enjoy some free time in town. Overnight.

Day 5: Pizza & Gelato making 

Breakfast. Morning at disposal to explore Florence by your own or for additional excursions (Uffizi Gallery, Pisa etc)

In the afternoon join a cooking experience that will involve the Whole family. Today make your own home-made pizza from scratch and learn how gelato (Italian ice-cream) is made with this funny hands-on experience. Followed by a delicious dinner with what you cooked!

Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 6: Venice walking tour & Gondola Ride

Breakfast. Check out and departure by train to Venice. Arrival and accommodation in hotel 3* centrally located.
In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the city discovering  iconic site as St Mark’s square, the Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, the House of Marco Polo, Rialto Bridge and but also most hiden corners. Our local guide designed a perfect itinerary suitable for families to make the tour even more interesting ! He will give you also some tips and suggest you where you can find the best places to eat.

End the tour with a private gondola ride, the best way to see Venice from another perspective!

Time at disposal for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Venetian Mask laboratory & Lagoon island tour  

After breakfast, in the morning participate to a very special laboratory… Decorate your own Venetian mask in a traditional mask studio! (the laboratory will last 2,5 hrs) A funny activity to share with all the family!

At the times of the Serenissima, people used to wear masks every day; this would allow them to do basically whatever they wanted without being recognized. As you will imagine, the thing became a problem up to the point the doges banned masks from the city, with the only exception of Carnival. Even if the purpose for using masks has changed over the centuries, the way to craft them han’t changed at all. Artisans still apply fabrics, lace, swarovski crystals, beads, sequins, trimming etc. on a paper mache base, according to their imagination. In a small studio near Piazza San Marco, our artisans will guide you through this experience. You will not just attend, but play an active role by crafting a mask yourself. Something unique to bring with you during the next Carnival, or used to adorn your home: your own creation!

In the afternoon join a small group tour to discover the enchanting islands of Murano and Burano and see why the arts of glassblowing and lacemaking made them so famous worldwide.

Rest of the day at leisure and overnight.

In the afternoon you will have some time at leisure, you can visit the Lagoon islands by boat or just get lost in the narrow streets of the city centre.

Day 8: Venice, departure

After breakfast, check out and transfer to Venice airport for departure.

Price per person: from 1280 euro in family room

The tour includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels centrally located with ensuite bathroom : hotel 4* in Rome, Florence and hotel 3* in Venice
  • Breakfasts
  • Private transfer from Rome airport to hotel
  • Transfer from hotel to Venice airport
  • Guided tours with English speaking guide as per programme:
  • Trastevere food tour (small Group max 8 pax)
  • Ape Calessino Tour (small Group max 8 pax)
  • Imperial Rome tour including entrance tickets to Coliseum, Roman forum and Palatine hill (group tour max 25 pax)
  • Florence bike tour (group tour  max 25 pax )
  • Florence Pizza & Gelato making (small group tour)
  • Venice private waking tour
  • Venice mask laboratory (small group tour)
  • Venetian Lagoon island tour (group tour)
  • Railway standard tickets to Highspeed trains Frecciarossa: Rome-Florence; Florence-Venice           

The tour does not include:

  • Local City tax (to pay on the spot)
  • Flights
  • Everything not mentioned under the item “the tour includes”
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