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A Grand Tour of Italy

Cities of intrigue and splendour
 
From Turin to Venice, and Bologna to Rome, this self-guided journey by rail is a treat. Italy’s magnificent art and architecture and other cultural riches will reveal themselves as you explore on foot following the self-guided walking tour that we provide for each city.
A Grand Tour of Italy . 14 nights
A Grand Tour of Italy . 14 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in Italy

Put yourself in the shoes of a ‘Grand Tourist’ from the 18th or early-19th centuries: fresh from a dalliance with Parisian high society and a spot of Swiss Alpinism, you arrive in northern Italy for the next stage of your adventure – an exposure to the astonishing cultural legacy (classical antiquity and marvels of the Renaissance) that only cities such as Turin, Venice, Florence and Rome can provide.
And now, as the modern-day traveller, you have all this and more spread before you: extraordinary Venetian palazzi, Brunelleschi’s Florentine duomo, and Bologna’s array of gastronomic delights – all discoverable in style and comfort from your train carriage and through our carefully compiled walking tours. The cultural notes we provide are your ‘bear-leader’ – the equivalent of the tutor or scholarly guide from yesteryear – and all you need to do is come along for the ride, allow Italy’s untold riches to reveal themselves, and soak up la bella vita for yourself as this rail journey across Italy unfolds.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Turin
    Night 1: at Grand Hotel Sitea (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Turin
    With echoes of Paris in its tree-lined boulevards (and of Vienna through its atmospheric, Art Nouveau cafés), Turin exudes a palpable sense of Grand Tour elegance. This Baroque city of arcades and squares will have you admiring its best museums – the Egyptian Museum, the Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento (charting the country’s political unification), and the Museum of Cinema – and craning your neck in wonder at the Mole Antonelliana. This idiosyncratic landmark is both multifarious and harmonious – and therefore a fitting expression of Italian unity.
  • Turin to Verona by train: 2.5hrs
    The first of your rail journeys whisks you to Verona, and you stay for two nights at the Grand Hotel, just a short distance from the Roman Arena.
  • Explore Verona
    Use our self-guided walking tour to take in Verona’s superbly preserved Roman monuments (including the impressive Arena), the elaborate Gothic tombs of the Scaliger family, and the magnificent Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. There’s also the architecturally star-studded Piazza delle Erbe, and the crowd-pleasing Casa di Giulietta. But our favourite corner is the diminutive Piazza dei Signori. One of Italy’s most enchanting squares, it offers a trio of exquisite 12th-century buildings: the striped Palazzo della Ragione; the Loggia del Consiglio, a Renaissance masterpiece; and the Palazzo del Governo, the former medieval seat of government. Don’t miss Antico Caffé Dante, either. Named after the square’s statue of the thoughtful-looking poet, it’s a lovely place to eat.
  • Verona to Venice by train: 1.5hrs
    Continue east to Venice, alighting at Santa Lucia station for a short vaporetto (water taxi) ride to the elegant Hotel Ca’ Nigra, where you spend two nights.
  • Explore Venice
    Allow our self-guided tours to guide you around Venice, or soak up the atmosphere of a particular area. Head to Dorsoduro, for example, if you wish to see Venetian masks being made (or even join a class) at the Ca’ Macana workshop. You could also take a boat trip onto the Venetian Lagoon: visit Murano to admire the hand-blown millefiori (multi-coloured) glassware; or continue to the colourful island of Burano, where there is a school and museum of lacemaking, and where you can still see women working this ornamental fabric as they sit and chatter on their doorsteps.
  • Venice to Bologna by train: 1.5hrs
    Head south to Bologna from Venice by train. You spend two nights at the centrally located Hotel Commercianti, a good base from which to explore the city, which is widely recognised as the gastronomic capital of Italy.
  • Explore Bologna
    Linger in Bologna’s famously foodie Quadrilatero district, admire the world’s oldest university, climb up the 500 steps of the 97-metre-high Torre degli Asinelli for great views, and take a stroll (via a portico made up of over 600 arches – one of the world’s longest) to the hill-top Sanctuary of San Luca to work up an appetite for dinner.
  • Bologna to Florence by train: 40mins
    Arrive in Florence, where you stay for two nights at the Guelfo Bianco, right in the heart of the city.
  • Explore Florence
    Florence is incontestably one of the world’s greatest museum cities. And amid its panoply of stellar antiquities, it is Michelangelo’s David – a symbol both of Renaissance artistic endeavour and of republican liberty – that has enraptured the world. Avoid Tuesdays (when the Accademia is at its busiest); even better, book a ticket online (better still, during the last couple of hours of the day), and allow yourself to be mesmerised like everyone else. You can take in some of Florence’s other artistic highlights on a self-guided tour of our favourite spots, then stroll across the Ponte Vecchio for late-afternoon views over the city and its iconic duomo  from Piazzale Michelangelo.
  • Florence to Rome by train: 1.5hrs
    The final leg of your journey brings you to Rome, where you stay three nights at the delightful Hotel Sant’Anna, in a pedestrianised street just a few steps from the Vatican.
  • Explore Rome
    Saunter and sway your way through the Eternal City, using yet another Inntravel walking tour as your guide; but allow time, too, to stumble on world-famous monuments and happen upon some more tranquil, hidden corners of your own. For example, you could take a walk over to Trastevere (literally ‘across the Tiber’) to discover a charming medieval neighbourhood that feels a world apart from the tourist hotspots. Here you will find a good number of bars and restaurants dotted among winding alleyways and crumbling palazzi; a lovely square – Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere – with its 12th-century basilica; and, a few streets to the east of here and strung out from apartments, some of the most photographed washing in the world!
 

Accommodation

The hotels are well placed for exploring, both on and off the beaten track.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Wherever you stay in Rome, we recommend adding an extra night, to give you more time to visit its large number of world-famous monuments and museums.

 
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 14 nights: 01 November 2019 - 22 December 2019 & 17 February 2020 - 23 December 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 5 Nov 2019 £1995 £895
    6 Nov - 8 Dec 2019 £1795 £715
    17 - 28 Feb 2020 £1895 £795
    29 Feb - 31 Mar 2020 £1995 £845
    1 - 13 Apr 2020 £2245 £945
    14 - 18 Apr 2020 not available not available
    19 - 30 Apr 2020 £2245 £945
    1 May - 9 Jun 2020 £2395 £1035
    10 - 25 Jun 2020 £2445 £1125
    26 Jun - 3 Jul 2020 £2245 £945
    4 Jul - 19 Aug 2020 £2095 £995
    20 - 29 Aug 2020 £2295 £1025
    30 Aug - 24 Sep 2020 £2445 £1125
    25 - 30 Sep 2020 not available not available
    1 - 19 Oct 2020 £2295 £1025
    20 - 29 Oct 2020 £2095 £995
    30 Oct - 23 Dec 2020 £1795 £715
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: Turin-Verona-Venice-Bologna-Florence-Rome by rail
    Pay locally for taxis to/from the airport and railway stations and accommodation
     

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Grand Hotel Sitea, Turin
    Deluxe: 01 Nov - 08 Dec 2019 £9
    Deluxe: 17 Feb - 23 Dec 2020 £8
    Junior suite: 01 Nov - 05 Dec 2019 £62
    Junior suite: 06 Dec - 08 Dec 2019 £54
    Junior suite: 17 Feb - 01 Mar 2020 £54
    Junior suite: 02 Mar - 02 Jul 2020 £62
    Junior suite: 03 Jul - 06 Sep 2020 £54
    Junior suite: 07 Sep - 07 Nov 2020 £62
    Junior suite: 08 Nov - 23 Dec 2020 £54
    Hotel Ca' Nigra, Venice
    Deluxe: 01 Nov - 02 Nov 2019 £38
    Deluxe: 03 Nov - 08 Dec 2019 £50
    Deluxe: 17 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 £25
    Deluxe: 21 Feb - 03 Nov 2020 £50
    Deluxe: 04 Nov - 23 Dec 2020 £25
    Superior: 01 Nov - 02 Nov 2019 £30
    Superior: 03 Nov - 08 Dec 2019 £10
    Superior: 17 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 £8
    Superior: 21 Feb - 03 Nov 2020 £22
    Superior: 04 Nov - 23 Dec 2020 £8
    Hotel Commercianti, Bologna
    Deluxe: 01 Nov - 08 Dec 2019 £8
    Deluxe: 17 Feb - 23 Dec 2020 £8
    Junior suite: 01 Nov - 08 Dec 2019 £28
    Junior suite: 17 Feb - 23 Dec 2020 £28
    Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco, Florence
    Junior suite: 01 Nov - 08 Dec 2019 £16
    Junior suite: 17 Feb - 23 Dec 2020 £15
    Larger deluxe: 01 Nov - 08 Dec 2019 £16
    Larger deluxe: 17 Feb - 23 Dec 2020 £15

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Grand Hotel Sitea, Turin (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Nov - 05 Dec 2019 £85 £119
    06 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £75 £105
    17 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £84 £118
    01 Mar - 02 Jul 2020 £95 £135
    03 Jul - 01 Aug 2020 £84 £118
    02 Aug - 29 Aug 2020 £70 £98
    30 Aug - 07 Nov 2020 £95 £135
    08 Nov - 23 Dec 2020 £84 £118
    Grand Hotel, Verona (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2019 § £60 £85
    01 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £65 £100
    17 Feb - 21 Feb 2020 £88 £158
    22 Feb - 28 Feb 2020 £62 £108
    29 Feb - 18 Mar 2020 £68 £120
    19 Mar - 24 Mar 2020 £100 £185
    25 Mar - 30 Mar 2020 £68 £120
    31 Mar - 16 Apr 2020 £85 £155
    17 Apr - 21 Apr 2020 not available not available
    22 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £85 £155
    01 May - 31 May 2020 £105 £194
    01 Jun - 11 Jun 2020 £100 £185
    12 Jun - 05 Sep 2020 £158 £300
    06 Sep - 20 Sep 2020 £105 £194
    21 Sep - 27 Sep 2020 £170 £322
    28 Sep - 02 Oct 2020 not available not available
    03 Oct - 04 Oct 2020 £170 £322
    05 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £85 £155
    01 Nov - 23 Dec 2020 £62 £108
    § Add £70pp/n (£140pn in a single room) if staying in Verona 6-9 Nov 2019
    Hotel Ca' Nigra, Venice (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Nov - 02 Nov 2019 † £114 £222
    03 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 £68 £130
    17 Feb - 09 Apr 2020 # £82 £158
    10 Apr - 04 Jul 2020 § £122 £240
    05 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 £82 £158
    28 Aug - 03 Nov 2020 § £122 £240
    04 Nov - 23 Dec 2020 £50 £96
    # Add £50pppn (£100pn in a single room) 21-25 Feb 2020
    § Add £28pppn (£56pn in a single room) if staying in Venice on Fri or Sat 10 Apr-4 Jul & 28 Aug-11 Nov 2020
    Hotel Commercianti, Bologna (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Nov - 10 Dec 2019 £110 £145
    11 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £100 £132
    17 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £105 £140
    01 Mar - 12 Jul 2020 £116 £152
    13 Jul - 31 Aug 2020 £105 £140
    01 Sep - 13 Dec 2020 £116 £152
    14 Dec - 23 Dec 2020 £105 £140
    Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco, Florence (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 £62 £104
    17 Feb - 08 Apr 2020 £64 £108
    09 Apr - 04 Jul 2020 £125 £155
    05 Jul - 05 Sep 2020 £64 £108
    06 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £125 £155
    01 Nov - 23 Dec 2020 £64 £108
    Hotel Sant'Anna, Rome (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Nov - 15 Nov 2019 £110 £150
    16 Nov - 17 Dec 2019 £88 £116
    17 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £84 £108
    01 Mar - 30 Jun 2020 £102 £130
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2020 £84 £108
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £102 £130
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2020 £84 £108
    01 Dec - 23 Dec 2020 £102 £130
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Turin (return from Rome)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Rome. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Turin (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Turin (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Turin (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Rome Fiumicino - Birmingham jet2 
    Naples - Birmingham jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Turin British Airways 
    Return route Airline
    Rome Fiumicino - Gatwick British Airways,  Norwegian,  Vueling 
    Naples - Gatwick British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Turin Blue Air 
    Return route Airline
    Rome Fiumicino - Luton easyJet 
    Naples - Luton easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Turin Ryanair 
    Return route Airline
    Rome Ciampino - Stansted Ryanair 
    Naples - Stansted easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Turin jet2 
    Manchester - Turin (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Manchester - Turin (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Turin (via Paris) Air France 
    Return route Airline
    Rome Ciampino - Manchester Ryanair 
    Rome Fiumicino - Manchester British Airways,  jet2 
    Naples - Manchester jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Naples - Manchester (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Turin (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Rome Fiumicino - Newcastle jet2 
    Rome Fiumicino - Newcastle (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Naples - Newcastle TUI 
    Naples - Newcastle (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Rome. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 14 nights
  • 14 breakfasts
  • city maps and notes for walking tours
  • detailed cultural information
  • rail travel between cities
 
Reviews

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FAQs

  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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