Explore "La Bella Italia" from the Eternal City to
Wow, Italy! Perhaps it’s your first time, or maybe you’ve been before, but it’s been a while, and now it’s time to share Italy with your family! Well, you’re in the right place because our sample itinerary is uniquely designed to give you the best chance for the overall experience of La Bella Italia! You and your family/friends will be able to embrace la dolce vita, immerse in cultural wonders, and uncover fascinating history associated with the main destinations while also getting a feel for the slower-paced (and beautiful) Tuscan countryside. This is our perfect introduction to Italy; We call it "Italy 101"!
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Since Bethesda Travel Center’s inception over 50 years ago, we have believed that “It All Starts with a Conversation!” This has served us and our many clients very well over the years! Only after a personalized consultation are we able to create an ideal summary proposal, and then make it come to life. Have peace of mind knowing we will passionately arrange every special experience for you; starting with carefully selected hotels, private transfers and all transport, private tours with our dynamic and experienced local guides, and recommendations for the most authentic restaurants. Our personally designed travel App will provide you with all of your itinerary details, and rest assured that we will work meticulously to ensure that you enjoy your very own custom tailored ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ in Italy.
Here follow some itinerary thoughts to visit Rome, Tuscany, Florence and Venice!
OUR SAMPLE ITINERARY
Arrive in Rome, and Discover the City
Benvenuti! Meet our driver for your private transfer to centrally located hotel with time to rest up before PM guided visit of the Eternal City, including the Colosseum, the Forum, St. Peter in Chains and more
Explore the Vatican Museums
Early morning guided pre-opening visit to the Vatican Museums to see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Free afternoon at leisure to explore the charms of Rome. Get excited to catch the special flavors of Rome on the evening foodie stroll!! Buon appetito!
Retrieve your Rental Car and Drive into the Beauty of Tuscany
You have the option of renting a car or using one of our personable private drivers. It’s time to hit the road and get your first taste of the alluring Tuscany. Consider a stop in Orvieto en route to your hotel in the Chianti wine region
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Free Days to Immerse in Tuscany’s Romantic Countryside
Two free days to enjoy the Tuscan countryside and the beautiful towns of Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, and Cortona. Consider an authentic cooking class with our master chef or a visit to a family-owned winery! Pisa, Lucca,,, The possibilities are endless!
On to Florence (Return Rental Car or by a Private Driver)
Fall in love with Renaissance Florence today. Return your car and check-in before a PM guided in-depth visit to experience the City of the Medici. We would love to share our favorite restaurant ideas with you!
Discover Florence In-Depth
Private sightseeing of the City of Medici in the morning to discover the secrets of Michelangelo’s treasures through the eyes of an art expert, including the David Statue and more. Free afternoon to visit Palazzo Pitti, the Bargello, or the Medici Chapels
Venture to Venice
Experience the Italian speed train to Venice and private boat transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, explore the hidden corners and secret alleys of Venezia with our expert local guide. We have good restaurant suggestions to share as well!
Glide through the Canals of Venice
Uncover the beauty of Venice by its rich history, the incredible maze of narrow streets and canals, the stunning architecture, and the colorful small islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello by public “Vaporetto” or private boat and guide,,, What’s not to love?
Meet your private boat for your airport transfer and home-bound flights. Same-day arrival in the USA. Welcome home!!
When should I go?
Central Italy is a year-round destination. Selected Umbria and Tuscany hotels do close for the season, but the winter months are very appealing due to lack of crowds, especially in the cities! Winter weather is mild, especially in Rome!
Please give us a call! Our professional and experienced travel team will eagerly listen to your interests and desires and craft a uniquely personalized itinerary for you and your family! Wanting a longer stay in Italy? Let’s continue the conversation and add a few days in Italy’s culinary region Emilia Romagna, the colorful Cinqueterre, Umbria, the Italian Riviera (Cinque Terre), the scenic Amalfi Coast and Capri or the beautiful Lake Region – all areas we know very well and will be happy to share with you! We will gladly tailor your vacation to your heart's desire! Remember! Our specialty is listening to YOU as we work together to craft the very best itinerary, pace and hotel selections for you and your family!
And now, Buon Viaggio! We are just a phone call or an email away!