Italian Journey: Florence, Umbria and Rome
Ideal Length:9 Days
Best Time To Go:April, June - November
Flight Time:LAX 14 Hours 20 Minutes, CHI 12 Hours 25 Minutes, NYC-All Airports 11 Hours 25 Minutes
AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):$9,500
Start your journey in Italy with a visit to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and home to world-class art museums, delicious Tuscan cuisine and more!
One of Vacation.com's expert travel agents can help plan your extended stay in Florence to visit well-known attractions and landmarks, including Michelangelo's David at the Galleria dell'Accademia.
While visiting Perugia, consider staying in this luxurious suite at the Nun Assisi Relais & Spa Museum, a brilliantly restored 1275 monastery.
Plan your trip during the right time of the year so you don't miss your chance to sample locally-made, decadent chocolate at the annual Eurochocolate Festival in Perugia.
Take a self-guided tour of Pienza, a beautiful, but small village, and birthplace of Pope Pius II.
Feeling adventurous? Consider an adrenaline-pumping excursion to go rafting near Marmore Waterfall in Norcia.
In Rome, visitors can explore Italy’s cosmopolitan capital and its nearly 3,000 years of world-renowned art, architecture and culture.
Take an immersive tour of Rome's Trastevere District for a unique food crawl to sample traditional Italian food with an Aperol spritz, followed by a scoop of gelato and or a cafe.
Florence Day 1
Welcome to the cradle of the Renaissance. Travelers converge on Florence to feast on world-class art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine. This charming city is adorned with world-class art museums, medieval candle-lit churches, reputable fashion houses and unforgettable culinary experiences.
Private Luxury Transfer to HotelShare This Activity
Upon your arrival to the airport in Florence, a porter will collect your luggage and you will be escorted by a personal assistant to your driver and luxury vehicle for transportation to Hotel Lungarno. Full luggage assistance provided.
Stay at the Luxurious Hotel LungarnoShare This Activity
Located in the heart of Florence, this chic and stylish hotel offers rooms and suites with large windows and great views of airy the Arno River and Ponte Vecchio. It features an excellent restaurant, a hip bar, and an astonishing collection of 20th-century art, including pieces by Picasso and Cocteau.
Explore the Sights in FlorenceShare This Activity
Take a private three-hour orientation tour of Florence with a local guide to see popular attractions, including Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David, Ponte Vecchio (for jewelry and antique shops), Piazza della Signora (fountain of Neptune), and Palazzo Pitt, the vast palace once home to the Grand Dukes of Tuscany.
Perugia-Assisi Day 2-4
Approximately a two-hour drive southeast of Florence, Perugia and Assisi are two Italian villages that highlight local traditions, such as wine and olive oil production, and showcase Italy’s rich history, including the birthplace of St. Francis Assisi and notable UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Choose a Luxury Hotel in Perugia or AssisiShare This Activity
During this leg of the trip, you can choose to stay at the Sina Brufani in Perugia with 94 rooms and suites, fine-dining restaurant, glass-bottom pool, gym and amazing views the Umbrian countryside. In nearby Assisi, you can arrange your 2-day stay at the Nun Assisi Relais & Spa Museum, the brilliant restoration of the former Santa Caterina Monastery, built in 1275.
Discovering the Val D’OrciaShare This Activity
With your private, English-speaking chauffeur, drive through the countryside of the Val D’Orcia arriving in Pienza, the birthplace of Pope Pius II. Step out and take a self-guided stroll through town to acquaint yourself with this pretty village.
Visit Podere il Casale Organic FarmShare This Activity
Owners, Sandro and Ulisse, provide an engaging tour of one of the most spectacular and authentic organic farms in Tuscany. During this unique food and wine experience, guests will see a variety of products produced here, including olive oil, wine and cheeses.
Wine Tasting in MontepulcianoShare This Activity
Continue your food and wine experience with a trip to Cantina de’ Redi Winery where you will enjoy tasting the estate’s notable wines of Montepulciano, including Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano.
Perugia Sightseeing TourShare This Activity
Take a tour of Umbria’s petite and immediately charming capital with an historic center of cobbled alleys, arched stairways and piazzas framed by jaw-dropping mansions. Visit the 14th-century University of Perugia, charming cafes, boutiques, eateries, historic buildings and bustling squares.
Decadent Chocolate ExperienceShare This Activity
Perugia is home to the annual Eurochocolate Festival. So, don’t miss stopping by the Perugina Chocolate Factory, where you can sample local confections and see how they’re made.
Traditional Umbrian Hand WeavingShare This Activity
In Perugia, we recommend a visit to the 13th-century church – where Saint Francis and his disciples lived and prayed – to witness a traditional Umbrian hand weaving demonstration. Meet a 4th-generation master weaver and the talented women who have kept this ancient craft alive.
Private Sightseeing Tour of AssisiShare This Activity
Take a three-hour tour of the serenely, quiet town where St. Francis of Assisi was born in 1181. The town’s beauty has been preserved, including the UNESCO-listed Franciscan structures. A local will guide you on this walking tour through the streets to reveal the its hidden secrets.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil TourShare This Activity
Our expert Italy specialists can arrange a tour of some of Umbria’s most prominent producers of extra virgin olive oil. Witness this centuries-old production process in person.
Norcia Day 5-6
Continue your amazing journey an hour and 15 minutes east of Perugia in Norcia with your private driver, who will provide local tips and recommendations for lunch. Norcia is known for its beautiful scenery as well as a base for mountaineering and hiking.
Visit Spoleto en route to NorciaShare This Activity
Visit this fascinating art town and take a two-hour guided tour that traces its Roman heritage. See popular monuments and sites, including the Arch of Drusus and Germanicus, Piazza del Mercato, Romanesque Church of Sant’Ansano, the Roman theater and the Basilica of San Salvatore.
Stay at the Palazzo Seneca Relais & ChateauxShare This Activity
Located walking distance from Norcia’s main square, this luxury hotel features spacious rooms (suite rooms to romantic accommodations), fine-dining at Vespasia Restaurant and the relaxing atmosphere of its Wellness Centre, which includes everything from hot tubs with chromo-therapy to herbal teas infused with herbs from Monti Sibillini National Park.
Outdoor Fun in Castelluccio di NorciaShare This Activity
This simple town is located inside Monti Sibillini National Park, just 17 miles from Norcia. In addition to its colorful flowers in bloom between May and July, this is the homeland for outdoor sports including hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, archery and horseback riding. A scenic drive across the National Park is recommended.
Rafting at Marmore WaterfallShare This Activity
A expert travel agent can help you plan this 6-hour rafting excursion for adventurous travelers who want adrenaline-pumping excitement combined with the beauty of Marmore Waterfall and its lush natural surroundings.
Cooking Class with Famous ChefShare This Activity
Discover the secrets of Norcia’s traditional cuisine. Prepare your own lunch or dinner with guidance from Chef Valentino Palmisano. This special cooking class also includes a wine pairing and participants walk away with a recipe book and a graduation certificate.
Truffle Hunting Experience & Luxury PicnicShare This Activity
Embark on a truffle hunt with a professional hunter and dogs. Your experience will include truffle tasting, ricotta making and a luxury outdoor picnic in the heart of Monti Sibillini National Park.
Rome Day 7-9
A helicopter will transport you to Rome’s Urbe Airport after your outdoor picnic in Norcia. In Rome, you will explore Italy’s cosmopolitan capital and its nearly 3,000 years of world-renowned influential art, architecture and culture. Your whirlwind trip ends with your private driver taking you to Rome’s international Airport (FCO).
Stay at the Hotel de RussieShare This Activity
This glamourous hotel is a captivating blend of modern design with classical architecture. Located on Via Del Babuino, close to the Spanish Steps, the Hotel de Russie has striking views Piazza del Popolo, located in the center of Rome. An exclusive Secret Garden, al fresco restaurant, serene spa and elegant rooms are fit for royalty.
Discover Rome via a Golf Cart TourShare This Activity
With a private guide and golf cart driver, explore the Eternal City and its amazing landmarks, piazzas, fountains and historical attractions. This three-hour, customized excursion also includes a stop to sit at a wine bar and or enjoy a scoop or two of delicious gelato. See what you want without the fatigue from walking for hours.
Private Visit to the VaticanShare This Activity
This three-hour walking tour includes visiting the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Cabinet of Masks room, and it allows you to skip the lines of the Vatican Museums to admire tapestries, antiquities and more, created by some of the world’s greatest artists.
Retrace the History of AncientShare This Activity
Take a four-hour walking tour to revisit Rome’s recorded history with a visit to the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater), the empire’s largest arena; and to the Roman Forum, filled with arches, columns, re-erected temples and markets. Palatine Hill and the ruins of the Roman Emperors’ official residences are also part of this this revealing tour.
Gandolfo Castle and The Pope’s FarmShare This Activity
Travel south of Rome into the beautiful Alban Hills for a full-day experience to tour Gandolfo Castle and the Papal Palace. End the day with a unique cooking class at the Pope’s 50-acre organic farm, where a professional chef will teach you to make fresh pasta by hand and to make a dessert from scratch, using fresh ingredients from the farm.
Explore the Jewish Trastevere QuartersShare This Activity
Go off the beaten path and away from the crowds to discover a different side of Rome and walk the winding narrow streets to explore the history of the Trastevere neighborhood and the Jewish Quarter – both filled with medieval architecture, quiet and picturesque alleys, cozy restaurants and bars.
Culinary Tour in the Trastevere DistrictShare This Activity
Start your unforgettable culinary tour by sampling traditional pizza in Campo de Fiori and famous artichokes in the Jewish Quarter. In Trastevere, taste traditional biscotti, savory cheeses, porchetta, salami, and suppli. This unique food crawl ends with your chance to try authentic Italian dishes along with gelato and a café.