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Europe | The Flavors of Italy : Rome, Florence & Venice Culinary Delights

Sample Itinerary

Destinations

Italy, Rome, Florence, Venice

Trip Duration

10 days/9 nights

Indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of Italy as you savor the fusion of simplest of ingredients with 3,000 years of urban evolution in the Eternal City of Rome, the iconic Tuscan flavors of Florence and the wealth of seafood in Venice, all paired with wines from the oldest regions in the world. Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below, or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.

Itinerary

Day 1: USA / Rome, Italy |

Arrive in Rome and meet your private transfer to The St. Regis Rome to settle in for three delicious nights in sophisticated elegance. A supremely luxurious and artful hotel located on one of the city's most impressive palazzos, delight in high-ceilings with bespoke interiors and amenities, luminous spaces, enchanting dining experiences and signature service amid the ruins of Rome.

Dating back to the battles of Napoleon Bonaparte, welcome the evening with a traditional champagne sabering ceremony. Raise a glass to your first night in Italy, and indulge in the hallmarks of Roman cuisine, including an authentic carbonara dish at Lumen, Cocktails & Cuisine.

Day 2: Rome |

This morning, enjoy picturesque countryside views from a high-speed train on your journey to Salerno on the Amalfi Coast: Limoncello & Cruise Excursion. Experience the highlights of the Amalfi Coast, with time to visit a seaside cafe for lunch before exploring cliffside villages and charming seaside towns from a scenic ferry cruise, including a limoncello tasting at a cliff-top lemon orchard.

Day 3: Rome |

Start your morning with a cappuccino before experiencing Rome at your leisure. Stroll the Villa Borghese Gardens, see the Piazza Navona, admiring the Fountain of Rivers or visit the Parthenon where Raphel is buried. Marvel at the Trevi Fountain or discover the ancient Colosseum.

In the afternoon, head out for a hands-on cooking lesson on a Pasta Making Class with Chef Experience. Nibble on the perfect appertivo of light appetizers and bubbly prosecco as your learn how to make pasta from scratch from an expert Italian chef. Then, sip wine and sit family-style as your indulge in your own creations on a rooftop terrace, savoring the flavors, fellow cooks and the views of the city.

Day 4: Rome / Florence |

Board your private transfer to the train station for your high-speed rail journey to Florence. Upon arrival, meet your private transfer who will whisk you to the The St. Regis, Florence, where you will stay for three tranquil nights along the Arno River. Discreet opulence and lavish sophistication await with sparkling chandeliers, rich colors and custom frescoes, along with distinguished butler service and amenities, signature therapies from Irdium Suites Spa and a Michelin star dining venue.

Sip and savor high tea this afternoon before reveling in a favorite aperitif during the evening's spectacular champagne sabering ritual in the hotel's Winter Garden Bar. The evening continues with Tuscany's renowned epicurean creations of Executive Chef Gentian Shehi, in collaboration with Chef Valeria Piccini, along with a professional sommelier, for an unforgettable culinary experience in Winter Garden by Caino.

Day 5: Florence |

As the center of the Italian Renaissance, discover the many artistic treasures of Florence at leisure. Spend your day exploring the many priceless masterpieces, from Michelangelo's David to Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, the inspiring churches and cathedrals, as well as the many shops and cafe's in this enchanting, walking city. Be sure to try a favorite slice of pizza, a schiacciata sandwich or creamy gelato.

Extol the symphony of flavors, food and friends tonight on the Dine Around Florence Excursion. Indulge in regional cuisine and tastings at local wine cellars as you hop around to restaurants and bar dine-arounds, devouring a full meal including appetizers, soups and two courses with a grand sweet dessert finale, all accompanied by wine and good cheer as you discover the appetizing allure of Tuscan cuisine.

Day 6:  Florence / Venice |

Discover the best of Tuscany today as you travel the country roads on a Tuscany Day Trip Experience. Enjoy the well-preserved medieval town of Siena, its extraordinary architecture, narrow lanes and breathtaking cathedral. Continue to an authentic farm in Chianti for a behind-the-scene visit of its vineyard and wine cellars, including a specially prepared lunch made from seasonal ingredients and paired with the finest wine. Conclude with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Gimignano, its rustic streets and tower houses for a full day of exploration.

Day 7: Florence / Venice |

Board your private transfer to the train station for your high-speed rail journey to Venice. Upon arrival, meet your private boat transfer to The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice. A national treasure overlooking the Grand Canal, this noble 15th-century luxury palace offers guests restored Venetian grandeur adorned with real artworks and illuminating elegance, with spectacular lagoon views and magnificent culinary experiences.

Immerse in true Venetian culinary prowess at The Gritti Epicurean School in the hotel. Visit markets, witness demonstrations and learn how to create authentic Venetian recipes utilizing seasonal ingredients, headed by Executive Chef Daniele Turco. Or, make a reservation for a Chef's Table-style dinner, delightful wine and food tastings for an informal private dinner.

Day 8: Venice |

Admire passing gondolas as you savor a delicious American buffet or Italian specialties for breakfast on the hotel's exclusive terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. Following a relaxing morning, stroll to St. Mark's Square at leisure. Be amazed at the famous cathedral and its brick bell tower, Doge's Palace, the iconic clock tower, and the Bridge of Sighs. Or, explore the lagoon upon the hotel's private Riva yacht for spectacular views from the water.

Later, indulge in gastronomic delight on the Venice Food, Markets & Tastings Experience. Explore the Rialto Fish Market, its history and how Venetians still catch the freshest fish from the Mediterranean. Sample local delicacies and sip premium wines or prosecco before a short gondola ride across the Grand Canal to the Jewish Ghetto. Discover its celebrated food scene, alluring streets and piazzas.

Day 9: Venice |

Immerse in an astounding final day in Italy as you journey to the countryside on the Prosecco Hills Strada del Vino Della Marca Gioiosa Excursion. Experience the ancient magic allure of the Castle of Conegliano, its medieval gates, artworks and gardens. Continue to the Saint Maria Maggiore Church, marveling at its facade and bell tower before visiting the ancient mill and waterfall of Molinetto della Croda. Your day concludes in the luxuriant hillsides of Solighetto for an exquisite wine tasting.

This evening, savor enchanting canal views as your dine on the terrace or in the palatial interiors at Club del Doge Restaurant. Delight in gastronomic enlightenment with an innovative interpretation of popular traditional dishes including a seasonal la carte menu and preset tasting menus, plus delectable desserts for the ultimate finale to a grand culinary journey.

Day 10: Venice / USA |

After your relaxing breakfast, board your transfer to the airport and your homebound flight. Bid arrivederci to beautiful Italy as you make plans for your next culinary journey.

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