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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Italy
Travel type Fly
Price range From £809
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 7 nights
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Classical Italy

For centuries Italy has drawn visitors in search of culture and romance with few countries comparing with its enormous Classical origins: its art, architecture, music, design, scenery, food or wine. Indeed Tuscany alone has more classified historical monuments than any other country, let alone province on earth. Italy's contribution to European painting and sculpture far surpasses that of any other nation being home to the most extensive ancient civilisation, the Renaissance, the Roman Catholic church and the Vatican.

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The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement of £189 per person . The price includes seven nights bed and breakfast accommodation (dinner is included on the first four nights), all tours as mentioned, return flights as detailed, airport departure taxes, timed entrance to the Uffizi gallery, (reservation fee included, entrance approximately €10 payable locally) and the services of a Riviera tour manager.

If you are 65 or over, or under 18, under current Italian law entrance to any state owned museum is free for EU citizens on production of your passport.

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights accommodation in four star hotels including breakfast and four dinners
  • Guided tour of Siena
  • Guided tour of Florence and visit to the Uffizi, one of the world’s finest art galleries
  • Guided tour of Arezzo
  • Visit to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis
  • Guided tour of Rome
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager
Day one

Scheduled flight to Rome. A coach will take you to medieval Arezzo, in the heart of Tuscany, where you will stay for the next four days in your four star hotel.

Day two

You have a guided tour of Siena, in medieval times one of the richest cities in the world. Its main square, the Campo, is home to the cathedral built from black and white marble with intricate carvings, some by Michelangelo. The journey to and from Siena reveals some of the Tuscan countryside with its rolling hillsides studded by tall cypress trees, shading isolated farmhouses and surrounded by vineyards.

Day three

Today you visit Florence, pearl of the Renaissance. Your guided tour includes the cathedral, the Pitti palace, the Baptistry, Ponte Vecchio – the bridge over the river Arno lined with jewellery shops. During the afternoon, you have a timed visit to the Uffizi gallery - one of the finest art collections in the world, housing works by masters such as Botticelli, Titian, Raphael and Caravaggio.

Day four

Arezzo is a walled medieval town and we have a walking tour taking in a variety of architectural styles, its Roman amphitheatre and the main square. With its raised pavements full of cafes, you can appreciate the tall multi-styled, typically Tuscan stone and terracotta coloured buildings opposite. Arezzo’s second claim to fame is its Renaissance frescoes housed in the cathedral. This afternoon you are free to explore the town as you wish. Arezzo is noted for its skilled jewellery industry. In traditional workshops, skilled artisans create original pieces from gold, silver and precious stones.

Day five

Today you drive to Assisi. This medieval town, full of winding streets with views over the Umbrian countryside, is famous for a single event – the birth of St Francis. Born an aristocrat, he lived the life of a pauper and founded the order of monks which bears his name, the Franciscans. The Basilica is one of the most beautiful shrines in Christendom and you have time to visit it before driving to Rome, where you stay for the next three nights at the four star Hotel Palazzo Carpegna, the four star Milton or the four star Ripa in the Trastevere district.

Day six

During your guided tour, you will see most of the principal monuments such as St. Peter’s, the Colosseum, Palantine Hill, the River Tiber, the Vatican - and many more. There is probably nowhere on earth where you can you experience so much history in such a small area, owing its grandeur to the 500-year rule of the Roman Empire, followed by the Papacy and the Renaissance.

Day seven

Free day to explore Rome at your leisure.

Day eight

Return flight home.
Arezzo - four star Hotel Minerva

Located about half a mile from the medieval city walls. The hotel was started as a restaurant fifty years ago by the present family owners and they are extremely proud of their restaurant which specialises in traditional Tuscan cuisine. All rooms are air conditioned and have a mini bar, telephone, TV, safe and hairdryer.

Rome - four star Hotel Oly

Situated only three miles from the Colosseum and near a metro station allowing you to explore the city with ease. Set in a quiet, residential area, approximately ten minutes walk from the Basilica St. Paolo, fully air-conditioned with restaurant and bar, the Oly is ideal for a comfortable stay. All rooms are air conditioned and have a mini bar , telephone, TV and safe. All hotel rooms, as you would expect of four star rated properties, have telephone, television, ensuite facilities and air-conditioning.

Rome - four star Hotel Palazzo Carpegna

Converted from a Renaissance-inspired palace which was once a monastery, and surrounded by seven acres of private garden overlooking the parks of the Villa Carpegna and Villa Pamphili. The hotel is less than a 10 minute walk from the metro, four stops from the Vatican, on a direct line to the Spanish steps and Trevi fountain making independent exploration very easy. All rooms are air-conditioned, decorated in a modern and elegant style with dark wood furniture and granite floors with the normal amenities you would expect from a four star property. The hotel has two restaurants serving typical Italian cuisine, a lounge and bar area.
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I would just like to thank you for a wonderful & memorable holiday in classical Italy. The tour guide Lucianna could not do enough for us. She even took us to excellent resturants on her evenings off. Well done Riveiera I am sure you will see us againin the future.
Sep 2011
Mr Parkin

I have just returned from Rome, part of your Classical Italy tour. I want to express my appreciation to your Tour Manager, Christopher. Without his local knowledge, his efficient style and continual efforts on our behalf my holiday would not have been so pleasant.
Jul 2011
Ms B Roberts

Just returned from our trip on your Classical Italy tour. We wanted to tell you how pleased we were with everything. Norman did a wonderful job as our guide, please pass on our thanks to him. We are already planning our next tour with you.
Oct 2010
Angela Sliwinski
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