Get to Italy at the right time of year to catch iconic Florence and Venice Carnevale in one weekend! With our knowledge and know-how, you’ll be VIP in the quintessential Tuscan city of Florence. See the David, get lost in the famous San Lorenzo leather markets, and indulge yourself with gelato. After visiting Florence’s iconic Renaissance masterpieces and getting hooked up at all the right clubs, you’ll be brought to the most recognizable of all European cities, Venice. This is the best time to visit the floating city. Carnevale brings the street excitement of Mardi Gras to every canal, bridge, and gondola – so grab your Venetian mask, and get ready for the party of a life time!
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The trip departs Rome from the Roma Termini train station. Meeting point is in front of the Nike Store. Please meet your trip leader 20 minutes prior to departure. Travel to Florence is by private, luxury coach bus with A/C, and DVD.
Once we arrive in Florence, your trip leader will give you a walking tour of Florence. We will see the Duomo, the historic Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza Republicca, Piazza Signoria, and more! We will finish the tour in Piazza Signoria and your trip leader will direct you to some delicious lunch spots. Florence is known for its cuisine, and you will not be disappointed.
The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Florence. Your trip leader will walk you to the top of Piazza Michaelangelo, which overlooks the city.
For dinner we will meet at Il Gatto e la Volpe, our favorite restaurant in Florence, and have an included group dinner. The meal includes an abundance of wine, antipasto, and three types of pasta, finished with a shot of limoncello.
Following dinner, we will take you to our favorite pubs and get VIP entrance to the top clubs in Florence.
In the morning, we will depart Florence for Venice. Once we arrive in Venice you are free to join in on the confetti throwing and mask wearing of the festival or explore the the intricate arrangement of canals and buildings on stilts. There is a market at our arrival location that sells masks. From here, it is easy to access the glass-blowing island of Murano, the colorful houses on the island of Burano, or head directly to the St. Mark’s Square, the center of the festival, by way of waterbus or on foot. Shortly after arrival, your trip leaders will organize departures to St. Mark’s Square by foot, and to Murano and Burano by way of water bus. We recommend purchasing a day pass for the water bus as this will allow you to explore all of Venice’s islands with ease.
Shortly after arrival, your trip leaders will organize departures to St. Mark’s Square by foot, and also to Murano & Burano by water bus, which you can utilize with a one way pass or a full day pass, which we recommend. You will have plenty of time to spend your day checking out Venice’s islands and experiencing the Carnival. Your Bus2alps Destination Guide will contain a list of times and events for Venice’s Carnival. You can get on the canals, take a ride in a gondola or opt for the inexpensive option of touring around by waterbus.
The bus will depart from Venice for Rome that night.