18206
Italy

The Best of Italy: Rome, Florence and Venice

Learn about three great Italian cities as you visit Rome’s preserved ruins, explore Renaissance architecture in Florence and discover renowned cathedrals and cuisine of Venice.
Rating (4.89)
Program No. 18206RJ
Length
14 days
Starts at
4,699
Flights start at
775
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4.89 Average
Diane
(5)

The Road Scholar experience is first-rate!The tours are well-organized, the tour guides are personable, helpful, knowledgeable. The trips are full of activities, yet allow ample time to explore on one's own. I have traveled with two other companies and Road Scholar is outstanding! can't imagine a better experience with any other company.

Deb
(2)

History of the Catholic Church in Italy

Paul
(5)

Great Program for solo travelers. Best of Italy: Rome, Florence and Venice was a truly great bucket-list experience for me. The group I was with seemed to have an immediate bond from our first dinner in Rome to our farewell dinner in Venice. The field trips, museums and meals were seamlessly planned and executed so well, that our only job was to enjoy each and every moment. Well done R.S. A+

Carole
(5)

If you've ever wanted to see Rome, Florence and Venice, you cannot do better than seeing it with Road Scholar. The lecturers are outstanding, the tour leaders excellent and the sites are amazing. Just Do It!!

Kimberly
(5)

Rome was crowded and this wasn't the high season. Florence was easily walkable. Venice was cold and rainy and the public transportation system was crowded. Make sure you pack in layers because the weather was unpredictable (October). In your free time if you plan to eat with other Road Scholar tourists, consider paying for your meals in Euros. The restaurants don't like doing separate checks and this will get you out of the restaurant quicker. If you are a coffee lover, consider ordering cappuccino. The coffee was bitter. The best feature of the hotels is their location. Compare your hotels to other European hotels and you'll be happy. Don't expect the showers or room size to be like a hotel in the U.S. Bring your own hair dryer. All hotels provided hair dryers but not everyone had a highly functional hair dryer in their room. The dryers are built into the wall so you can't just ask for another dryer. You'll have plenty of time to shop. .The best place to shop in Rome was at the Vatican. At the end of the museum tours you have free time in a museum shop. Don't forget to go upstairs. Florence was the best place to buy leather. Don't limit your shopping to the market. Also go to the main bridge in Venice. Many people purchased jewelry in Florence. Venice was the best place to buy masks and glass. Wait to buy glass until you go to Murano. The glass blowing factory we visited was expensive but there is plenty of affordable glass on the island. Don't buy the made in China glass you'll find in the rest of Venice. You may also visit Burano. Don't miss the chance to go this island if you are interested in beautiful lace. There is just the right amount of free time. One thing that was not listed but is doable from Florence is taking a half day tour to Chianti for wine tasting. Book that before your trip if you plan to go.

Charles
(5)

An outstanding introduction to Italy: the ancient cultures of Rome, the amazing Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peters Basilica; the best of Florence museums; and the best of Venice museums and sites. Rome was a lot of bus trips to/from museums and sites; Florence was only walking; Venice was a combination of of walking and ferries. Our group leaders and lecturers were marvelous. Road Scholar worked miracles in ushering us quickly in lines -- never a long wait, but lots of metal detectors to slow everyone down. Weather in mid-October was spectacular: only one brief period of rain as we scrambled across St Peters Square in Rome. Otherwise, sunny and warm (weather and people, of course!) Crowds were there of course (probably less than August; probably more crowded than November). Be careful: the walking is slightly technical with a lot of cobblestones and uneven pavements. Highly recommended for adventurous go-go-go-travelers. Art, architecture, religious developments, city planning, archaeology.

John
(4)

Excellent lectures and local guides. Really understood the impact of history on the art, culture, and architecture of Rome, Florence and Venice. Able to look at and appreciate art in a whole new way.

Judith
(5)

Wonderful trip! Close up and personal experience with 3 major Italian cities. Excellent organization, leadership and accommodations.

Nancy
(5)

I have never been on a tour before always preferring to do my research and make the arrangements myself. But Road Scholar came so highly recommended by friends that I thought I would try it. I'm so glad I did. This was an experience I couldn't have designed on my own. It was exceptional in every way. And I enthusiastically look forward to my next Road Scholar tour. And the next. And the next.

Andrea
(5)

This program is both a fabulous introduction and then a deep dive into the culture and history of these dazzling cities! The pace is great and all that walking helped me work off those great desserts and gelati!

Linda
(5)

I just returned from the Best of Italy trip. It was amazing, way beyond my expectations. The sites, activities, and lectures were exceptional. Group leader Nancy B was awesome. She is highly organized, informative, experienced, with an awesome sense of humor. Likely everyone in our group will be saying, "Andiamo" to family, friends, pets in the future. I wasn't sure what to expect physically. I would say we walked 3-5 miles per day. The pace was not excessive and everyone appeared comfortable. I envisioned racing through the streets of Italy and that was not the case at all. There was, however, a lot of standing in galleries, museums, churches, etc. Good walking shoes are a must. Our group was awesome and we truly enjoyed each other's company. Italy truly came alive for me and I highly recommend the trip. Ciao!

Deepak
(5)

For those interested in learning about Italy from the Roman period, renaissance to today this program is like Goldilocks: Just Right.

Charles
(5)

The Best of Italy is a great way to learn about and see the art and architecture of Italy.

Thomas
(5)

A well planned and executed program that provides a great overview of Italy's main cities and their history and art.

Penny
(5)

If you're looking to hit the 3 big cities in Italy, this program is absolutely made for you.

Michael
(5)

For our first trip 'across the pond' Road Scholar was perfect! All the details were handled professionally, and our transportation and luggage handling were provided for. Highly recommend for even seasoned travelers. We will book another trip soon!

Cathy
(5)

This was a fabulous trip. The instructors were wonderful. My husband and I went to a museum on our own in Venice and missed the docent. I want to go back.

Jain
(5)

The Best of Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice) was an amazing trip! I highly recommend it for anyone. Our group had so much fun, we learned so much, and ate wonderful food, (even for the vegetarians in the group)! We all loved Fabio. He was a wonderful leader! If you want to go see Italy, take this tour!!

Janet
(5)

This trip was a dream come true! Road Scholar makes all the arrangements, so you can focus your attention on the glorious art and architecture of these wonderful cities.

Ron
(5)

This tour was an excellent introduction to Italy. You will learn a lot and be continually fascinated.

Sandra
(5)

If you seek new learning experiences, then a Road Scholar tour needs to be on your bucket list. Their instructors are top notch sharing with you their expertise to make your tour more enjoyable. You certainly get your money’s worth.

Karen
(4)

I thought the program was well-organized and met all my needs in relation to services and our tour guides were the best!

Karen
(5)

This was a Trip-of-a-Lifetime for me. I loved the educational component and how that helped to make the museum visits have so much more meaning. The leaders were informed, organized and supportive. The pace was lively, and the other participants were interesting and interested.

James
(5)

The tour of Italy with Marco and Lara was fabulous. I choose Road Scholar’s travel company so from my home airport and back to my home airport RS took care of 100% of my needs except when we had free time and then our leaders gave idea and directions! Great trip!

Richard
(5)

NO FAT...ALL LEAN PROGRAMMING

Leslie
(5)

This trip was truly fantastic. The intellectual curiosity of the leaders, faculty and participants was invigorating, and the activities and experiences well-exceeded my expectations.

Treva
(5)

This was a wonderful trip! The guides were great. I had new adventures in the cities. We were always on the go doing interesting things. I met many new friends!

Anatoliy
(5)

An outstanding program. Fast paced and exciting. You would see and learn a lot. Beautiful cities, famous museums, historical monuments, great food, etc. Group leaders were great.

Carole
(5)

Great experience! I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Nancy
(5)

This is a busy program with a lot of walking and activity. Hotels were at their usual Road-Scholar-best. I highly recommend it! (But I do warn confirmed meat-eaters: the meats we were served were well-done.)

Sara
(5)

This program was sufficiently in depth so that we feel familiar with the cities we visited.

William
(5)

Rhode Scholar solves the problems of the tsunami of tourism in Italy today. The guides are insiders and know the way to avoid the lines, legally and ethically, and get you inside while ordinary tourists are still on the outside. .They prepared me for the great art, architecture and history that I was witnessing. It is travel without worry. Someone else is taking care of you. I added up the costs and I could not have done it for less money, and I could not have covered everything on my own. If you are not a Medici, Road Scholar will make you feel like one, Bill in Boston

Fred
(5)

Website was pretty easy to use. It took about 20 minutes for me to complete the questions.

Philip
(5)

Be sure to have good walking shoes as there are many paving stones that you have to walk on in all three cities, especially when it's wet.

Wayne
(5)

The quintessential "first trip to Italy" experience. It hits the big three cities with the right mix of education, sight seeing and free time.

Betty
(5)

The program was wonderful and the experience was somewhat of a dream come true!!

Mary
(5)

You will get the most from your travels with Roaad Scholar!

Teede
(5)

Great way for senior adults to travel safely while getting an education.

Susan
(5)

This program exceeded my expectations and I am really happy that I chose it. It was a bit expensive, but I got a great value for the money. First class leaders and program.

Judy
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

My first trip with Road Scholar, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Kristina and Domenico were the best guides ever! And all the lecturers were engaging and informative. I will definitely look for more Road Scholar tours in the future.

William
(5)

This was a wonderful program. For my wife, in particular, it was a dream come true. We took advantage of the advance reading list and it enhanced our experience. The lecturers and tour guides were superb.

Randy
(5)

This program hits all the highlights...and goes into many in depth. Accommodations and transportation provided are top notch. The tour leaders were great. We enjoyed this trip immensely.

Thomas
(5)

Fabio and Laura were great guides. The program provided a rich exposure to Italian art and culture. The Uffizi and the Borghese museums blew me away.

Susan
(5)

Throughly enjoyed my trip to Italy with RS , would highly recommend RS to anyone who has Italy on their bucket list . The guides and instructors were top notch. This was my 4th trip with RS and as usual it was beyond my expectations.

Karen
(5)

This was a great educational and fun way to learn about the three great cities in Italy. Pay attention to the Let's Go activity designation because it accurately describes the physical activity involved. Don't forget to try the gelato.

John
(5)

This program was advertised as "best of Italy" and it could hardly be any better. If you've never been to Italy, this is the trip for you to get started in this country with so much history plus great art and architecture. Highly recommended!

Harmon
(5)

You probably won't appreciate the importance of having Road Scholar make your logistical arrangements, particularly in transferring between cities & hotels, until you get there & realize you just don't have to worry about it.

Betty
(5)

highly recommend this program and trip!