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Venice, Florence & Rome for Solo Travelers

9 days |  11 days with Sorrento Peninsula extension
9 days |  11 days with Sorrento Peninsula extension
Group size1528 travelers

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From the art-filled streets of Florence to the ancient allure of Rome, experience the essence of Italy solo—but not alone.

Three iconic Italian destinations. Countless ways to experience them. On this trip to Venice, Florence, and Rome exclusively designed for solo travelers, you’ll discover each city’s rich history while sampling their distinctive (and delicious) dishes and drinks. A hearty bowl of ribollita soup in Florence to warm you up? A scoop or two of gelato in Rome to cool you down? Travel solo (but never alone!) as you and your fellow adventurers uncover the antique art and architecture at St. Mark’s Square, Florence Cathedral, and the Roman Forum. Add the extension to the Sorrento Peninsula and apply a postcard-perfect finish to this trip of a lifetime.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 cooking class
  • 4 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Florence culinary walk
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Navona
  • Pantheon
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Venice today.

Venice2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Venice
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Italy! Settle into your hotel. Then, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying a welcome dinner, served with beer or wine.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Venice
Included meal: Breakfast

Surrender to the beauty of Venice’s labyrinthine canals, elegant bridges, and ornate Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Close your eyes and let the sound of lapping water and the passing gondolas soothe you, but not for too long—there’s so much to see! You’ll meet up with your local guide and explore the heart of Venice on foot and (if you’d like) by vaporetto, or water taxi.

  • Feel the energy of St. Mark’s Square, with its thriving cafes and sumptuous buildings, and marvel at the domes, colorful mosaics, gothic adornments, and arches of St. Mark’s Basilica— one of the symbols of Venice.
  • See the windowed Bridge of Sighs, named after the legend that prisoners would sigh at their final view of their beloved Venice before being taken down to their cells in the New Prison.
  • Watch a Murano glassblowing demonstration, where artisans keep the Venetian glasswork tradition alive. Observe as they skillfully use the distinctive millefiori technique to create intricate patterns by fusing tiny glass rods.

Spend a free afternoon exploring Venice’s waterways or board a vaporetto and cruise down the city’s famous Grand Canal on today’s optional excursion.

Please note: Depending on ticket availability and timing, travelers on some departures may enter St. Mark’s Basilica after the sightseeing tour.

Venice Grand Canal Cruise

From $99 per person

Florence2 nights
Day 4: Transfer to Florence & food tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Cross through the Apennine Mountains as you make your way to Florence, whose Renaissance treasures and hidden piazzas bathe in the golden glow of Tuscan sunlight. Set off on a culinary-themed walking tour of the city with a local guide once you arrive.

  • Learn about the city’s art and history at Piazza di San Lorenzo, one of the oldest squares in Florence and home to the parish church of the famed Medici family.
  • Feast your eyes on Italian delicacies: Tuscan breads, Chianina beef, tripe, lampredotto (a traditional Florentine dish made from a cow’s fourth stomach), vegetables fresh off the vine, and ripe herbs for sale at local shops.
  • Admire the architectural masterpiece of Florence Cathedral, locally known as the Duomo. Its iconic dome is complemented by the Gothic beauty of Giotto’s Campanile—a freestanding bell tower adorned with colorful marble panels and detailed relief work.
  • Pass the Dante House, dedicated to the memory of Dante Alighieri (of Divine Comedy fame), then stop in the courtyard of the Pazzi Palace to try Tuscan croutons topped with chicken liver or olive pâté, paired with a glass of Chianti. As you savor your snack, take a moment to admire the graceful arches and columns that surround this Renaissance gem.
  • End with a stop at a local bistro for Italian necessities—coffee and gelato, that is.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening, served with beer or wine.

Day 5: Free day in Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

The day is yours! Enjoy a free day in Florence or add an excursion to the Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano, where you can admire its UNESCO-noted historic center and dramatic skyline punctuated by 14 soaring medieval towers.    

Need inspiration for your day in town? Escape the crowds and wander through the Boboli Gardens, located behind the grand Pitti Palace. Explore the extensive greenery, hidden pathways, and stunning sculptures of this peaceful oasis, then dive into the vibrant Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, which has served locals for more than 100 years. Smaller than its more famous counterpart, the Mercato Centrale, the market will give you an intimate and authentic appreciation for how Florentines live. Browse through stalls bursting with fresh produce, regional delicacies, and traditional wares. After, join the locals for a coffee or a bite to eat at the market’s lively cafes. 

San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors

From $115 per person

Rome3 nights
Day 6: Transfer to Rome & walking tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Depart Florence for Rome, where you’ll take a guided walk to discover the beautiful squares and fountains of the city center.

  • Stroll past the Spanish Steps, where Pietro Bernini’s Baroque-style Fontana della Barcaccia has stood since the 1600s, and head to the intricately carved Trevi Fountain. The latter, a romantic, Baroque beauty carved of Travertine marble, has served as the dreamy backdrop to La Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday. Legend says that if you throw one coin into the fountain, you’re bound to return to Rome.
  • Enjoy a gelato tasting before entering the Pantheon, home to the world’s largest unenforced concrete dome. There, you’ll learn about the engineering skills of the ancient Romans and how they created this well-preserved temple.
  • End at Piazza Navona and see Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, commissioned by Pope Innocent X in the 17th century. It symbolizes the four major rivers of the four continents where papal authority had spread at the time.
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Rome
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Lose yourself in a chaotic symphony of honking Vespas, busy markets, and secret alleyways. Join your Tour Director for a walking tour of Rome, a living tapestry of contradictions where age-old ruins coexist with a vibrant, modern spirit.

  • Soak up over 2,000 years of imperial history, viewing the Arch of Constantine and entering the awe-inspiring Colosseum—the monumental amphitheater that reverberated with the roar of ancient spectacles.
  • End your tour in the Jewish quarter, where you’ll stop at a local bakery to sample kosher delicacies. Pope Paul IV banished Rome’s Jewish residents to the area, which came to be known as the Roman Ghetto, by decree in 1555—a rule that remained in place until the 19th century. Today, the area is a vibrant neighborhood boasting must-try bites like carciofi alla Giudia (deep-fried artichokes) and ricotta and sour cherry pies.

You won’t want to skip the guided tour of St. Paul’s Basilica—one of Rome’s four major papal churches. Add it to your itinerary to view the final resting place of St. Paul, and to take a subterranean journey to Rome’s ancient catacombs.

Prefer to spend the afternoon on your own? Whether you want to take it easy over an Aperol spritz or take in the beauty of the Galleria Borghese’s art collection, the day belongs to you.

Please note: The Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs excursion may be offered on day 8, depending on the day of the week.

Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs

From $89 per person

Day 8: Free day in Rome & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

On your free day in Rome, you can discover the hidden gem of Trastevere, a bohemian and mostly car-free neighborhood filled with narrow streets and delectable trattorias. Need a moment of respite? Visit the picturesque Aventine Hill, home to the peaceful Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden) and the famous keyhole view of St. Peter’s Basilica—which you can visit by adding the guided tour of Vatican City to your day. Here, you’ll also experience the grandeur and serene beauty of the Vatican Museum, as well as the Sistine Chapel’s venerated ceiling fresco. The day is yours to seize.

This evening, enjoy a hands-on cooking class led by an experienced Italian chef. You’ll learn how to make traditional dishes such as fettuccine and enjoy eating the foods you cooked during a farewell dinner, served with beer or wine.

Please note: Iconic Sights: Vatican City excursion may be offered on day 7, depending on the day of the week.

Iconic Sights: Vatican City

From $125 per person

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to visit the magical, terraced cliffsides of the Sorrento Peninsula. 

Extension to Sorrento Peninsula
From its perch high above the Bay of Naples, Sorrento welcomes you with its candy-colored villas, turquoise seas, and the delicate citrus scent of its iconic lemon groves. Stay with your Tour Director to explore the peninsula’s infinitely picturesque towns and the excavated remains of Pompeii, all under the watchful eye of Mount Vesuvius.
Sorrento Peninsula2 nights
Day 9: Sorrento Peninsula via Pompeii
Included meal: Breakfast

En route to the Sorrento Peninsula, stop at Pompeii for a guided walking tour of the city’s ruins, frozen in time since the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The former port town lay buried under ash for 1,500 years before being rediscovered, and ongoing excavation continues to uncover remnants of everyday life before disaster struck.

Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago as you stroll through remarkably preserved temples, well-excavated amphitheaters, and the ruins of private villas and public baths. Then, continue to the Sorrento Peninsula, winding your way along the Costiera Amalfitana—the famed Amalfi Coast. You won’t want to close your eyes for even a moment as you drive past colorful villages that cascade down the limestone Lattari Mountains all the way to the Mediterranean.

Day 10: Free day on the Sorrento Peninsula
Included meal: Breakfast

If you choose to add a day on Capri to your itinerary today, you’ll sail across the Bay of Naples to the famed island. Known around the world as a playground for chic jetsetters, Capri’s dramatic coastline is dotted with colorful cliffside hotels and lavish villas. You’ll traverse crystalline waters by boat and spend time on the island before returning to the Sorrento Peninsula.  

Choosing to spend the day exploring on your own? Many towns on the Sorrento Peninsula are connected via public bus. Ask your Tour Director for a recommendation on what to see—and, more importantly, what to eat! 

This evening, sip a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members. 

Capri: A Day on the Iconic Island

From $125 per person

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Naples airport for your flight home.

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    5 out of 5 stars

    What an Experience !
    4/8/24 by 1st-time traveler Danielle

    Going from city to city was out of this world spectacular. I would recommend this tour.

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    2 out of 5 stars

    Good and unexpected
    5/11/24 by 1st-time traveler Lorraine

    The tour was fast paced but, very enjoyable. Then the last night in Italy the hotel had bed bugs. Very unsettling. I left all of my clothes, shoes, gifts in the hotel as I didn’t want to bring bugs home with me. Ef tours very unwilling to compensate for the new wardrobe I purchased to go on this tri...

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    4 out of 5 stars

    Great Experience however......
    5/11/24 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    Had a great trip overall, however, see room for improvement. Hotel beds....the only location where the bed was acceptable was at the hotel in Florence. That hotel was exceptional all around. Exactly as I would expect for my monetary investment. All others were the lowest grade mattress quality. Unac...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Leonardo Royal Hotel Venice Mestre
    Leonardo Royal Hotel Venice Mestre

    This contemporary hotel is located ten minutes away from Venice’s city center. Guests enjoy the fitness center, bar, and on-site coffee house. Nearby ...

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    Hotel Athenaeum
    Hotel Athenaeum

    This plush hotel is located in the center of Florence. Guests enjoy a gourmet restaurant, fitness room, and billiard room. Nearby, you’ll find the Duo...

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    Mercure Roma Piazza Bologna
    Mercure Roma Piazza Bologna

    This modern hotel is located in Rome’s Piazza Bologna. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a bar and lounge, and a fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find the 19th-c...

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    Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto
    Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto

    This cozy hotel is located in Sorrento’s city center. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Piazza Tasso, Marameo Bea...

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