The Best of Italy

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Discover the tastes, culture, and the iconic architecture of Italy. Visit the playground of the Gladiators, explore the birthplace of the Renaissance, the scenic Tuscan countryside and drift through the canals of Venice. Learn the art of talking with your hands, experience the delight of perfectly cooked pasta and live the passion of Renaissance Art in the home of one of history's most renowned empires.


  • Round trip transport
  • 3-Star City Center Hotel and top rated Hostel accommodation with your friends
  • Breakfast
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Walking tours
  • Cathedral tour of Rome
  • Entrance ticket to the Vatican
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Bus2alps Trip Leader

Please note: Flights are not included in this trip. This tour meets at 9:00 directly at the accommodation detailed by your Tour Leader on Sunday and departs from Milan at anytime the following Sunday. If you would like to arrive on Saturday please contact for details and pricing for a Saturday Arrival.

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Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1 

Your trip leader will meet you at the accommodation. Plan flights to arrive in Rome in the late morning. After check-in, we will spend the afternoon on an entertaining walking tour of the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, and Colosseum. Entrance to the Colosseum will be an optional cost.

We will start the evening with a ‘Welcome to Italy’ dinner at Miscellanea, located right near The Pantheon. Afterwards we will head to Trastevere and Campo de Fiori, two of Rome’s most popular areas for nightlife.

Day 2

We will start Monday at the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. We will depart from our accommodation for the tour.  Afterwards you will have time to further explore Rome, the capital of history’s most influential empire. Consult your Bus2alps trip leader for suggestions as to where to go and how to see it. Other sights in Rome include The Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese, and Piazza Navona.

That night you are free to explore the culinary treats Rome has to offer. Ask your Bus2alps Trip Leader for the best recommendations for food and nightlife depending on your taste!

Day 3

In the morning we will depart Rome for Florence. After we check into our accommodation, your trip leader will give you a walking tour of Florence. We will see the Duomo, the historic Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza Repubblica, Piazza Signoria, and more! We will finish the tour in Piazza Signoria and your trip leader will direct you to some delicious lunch spots.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Florence. Friday night there will be an optional family-style dinner at our favorite restaurant Il Gatto e la Volpe. The dinner includes several courses of Tuscan specialties and pastas. Afterwards we will head to one of Florence’s best bars and show you the local nightlife.

Day 4

You will have all day Wednesday free to explore more of Florence’s endless beauty. Today you will be able to check out Florence’s great museums and galleries, like the Uffizi, Bargello, Accademia (home of the David), Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, and more. Refer to your trip leader for recommendations and how to visit. You can also head to Tuscany to visit the medieval city of Siena, San Gimignano (the medieval New York City), go wine tasting in the Chianti region, push over the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or other beautiful cities in the region.

On Wednesday evening your trip leader will take you to Piazzale Michelangelo for sunset, which offers the best view of the city, and great gelato.

Day 5

In the morning we depart Florence for Venice. You will have time to explore the intricate canal system of this city built on water. From the Venice center, we will organize a trip to the glass blowing island of Murano, the colorful houses on the island of Burano, and head to St. Mark’s Square via the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. Some great places to eat lunch are Alfredo’s Fresh Pasta, Arte della Pizza, and Quanto Basta.There will be an optional group dinner which will depart from your accommodation.

Day 6

After spending the morning in Venice, we will depart for Verona, known as the home of Romeo and Juliet, in addition to its picturesque Arena. We will eat lunch at Corte Forina and have time to explore the historic city. We will stay the night in Verona. Your trip leader will give recommendation for dinner and nightlife. 

Day 7

On Saturday morning we will depart Veron to travel to Milan. We will check into our accommodation and then depart on a walking tour of Milan’s city center, including the stunning Duomo of Milan, Sempione Park, Castello Sforzesco, and highlighting the main sights of Italy’s fashion capital. You will have time afterwards to visit the Santa Maria della Grazie, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, ‘The Last Supper’. To view ‘The Last Supper’ you will need to purchase tickets ahead of time. You can also go into the Teatro della Scala (arguable one of the most famous opera theatres in the world) - 6 euros for student entrance into museum/opera house. You will also have the option to pre-book a ticket to the Milan Expo to view exhibitions on food and culture of countries all around the world. 

Day 8

In the morning we check out of our accommodation. All flights should be booked to depart from a Milan Airport.

Included Activities

Cathedral Tour and Vatican Entry Ticket: See the gems of the Vatican City, the world’s smallest country, and the head of the Catholic Church. Learn about the popes, the history of the Church, and visit the incredible art that the Vatican has collected.

Walking Tours: The Roman Forum and historical centers of Florence and Milan are easily accessible on foot. Your walking tour will cover all major sites in these locations.

Welcome Dinner: Kick off your break in Italy and get to know your fellow travelers with a traditional chow down of fine Italian specialties. 

Optional Activities

Florence Family Style Dinner: Sit down in an old Tuscan building and feast on traditional Tuscan appetizers, several different pasta dishes, and unlimited wine and water.

Milan Expo: A modern day world fair, the Expo in Milan brings together exhibits from around the world displaying the culture, food, and goods of countries based on this year's theme of "'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". 

Tours, Museums, Day Trip: Italy is known for its Renaissance Art, Ancient History, and amazing sights. Consult you trip leader or informational guide for information on how to join any optional tours and day trips. Museum, gallery, and day trip prices vary.


Highlights include:

  • The Colosseum in Rome
  • The Vatican
  • Leather Markets
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • The Duomo
  • Gondola Rides
  • Saint Mark’s Square
  • Milan’s Fashion District
  • and much more!

Detailed information


  1. Rome
  2. Florence
  3. Venice
  4. Milan