Italy to France: Venice, Florence, Rome & Paris

See three of Italy's most famous cities, then hop over to Paris to conclude the tour in Europe's romantic cultural capital on the River Seine.

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Arrival in Venezia

15 km | 18 minutes


Inspiration for artists, musicians and writers

This centuries-old city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Count­less churches and palaces bear witness to the power and unsurpassed wealth of this small republic.

The lagoon city was founded in northern Italy during the trou­bled times of the decline of the Roman Empire. The remains of the evan­gelist Mark were trans­ferred to Venice in 829. The streams of pilgrims that followed gave the city much added importance. Since then the sacred symbol of the lion has been the city's coat of arms. Vene­tian troops later occu­pied eastern Italy and, in 1204, even Constantinople. At the height of its power Venice ruled the Mediterranean. The demise of the “serrenis­sima repub­blica” began with the fall of Constantinople and the opening of the Western Hemi­sphere by Spain, Portugal and Holland. Venice's polit­ical importance declined after the Congress of Vienna and it was given to Austria. Returned to Italy in 1866, Venice has inspired gener­a­tions of artists, writers and musi­cians. More than a city, it is a symbol of wealth and beauty as well as death and decay.

Accommodation: A former school of painting near Saint Mark's Square

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The palace from the 17th Century is located behind SaintMark's Square, where the most elegant streets of Venice run. Once the seat ofthe Vene­tian school of painting, the building now houses a charming hotel with43 rooms, furnished by the Romanelli family with antiques from the 17th Century.

A green oasis in the city and valu­able retreat after busysightseeing is the court­yard with lots of shaded seating areas and a fountain.The inside features a bar in a retro style. The rich Breakfast (for Ital­ian­standards) is served in in the café or in the adja­cent garden. The staff makeyou feel at home and lift your spirits.

Guided tour (OPTIONAL)

Guided City Tour Venice (2 hours, german)

The art histo­rian Dr. Susanne Kunz-Saponaro has lived in Venice for many years. The indi­vidual tour through her adopted home-town is more intense and inter­esting than a group tour could ever be. With your existing knowl­edge, ques­tions and special inter­ests, you deter­mine the pace and loca­tions to be visited. 

The two-hour walking tour includes:
- St. Mark's Square
- St. Mark's Basilica
- Doge's Palace
- The Bridge of Sighs
- A a walk through the maze of narrow alleyways into the heart of authentic Venice
- Rialto Market: learn about the merchants who made Venice one of the richest cities in Europe


Cultural landscape between Dolomites and Adri­atic Sea
The region in the north­east of Italy stretches from the Dolomites to the Adri­atic Sea. It includes a wide low mountain range and a lowland with rivers and canals. Lagoons are also typical for Veneto. The city that gave the region its name, Venice, also lies in such a lagoon. But also beyond the lagoon city there is much to discover: art treasures in cities that are unjustly over­shad­owed by Venice, above all Verona, Padua and Vicenza. They are situ­ated in a magnif­i­cent natural setting, where first-class wines grow. Not to forget the many thermal springs around which spas such as Abano, Montegrotto and Teolo have formed.


Glorious univer­sity, market square in the lake
According to Homer, the town 30 kilome­ters west of Venice was founded by sailors after the destruc­tion of Troy. Thus it would be one of the oldest in Italy and during the times of the Roman Empire it was certainly one of the richest cities in the world. Devasta­tion during the barbarian inva­sions, however, had left very little of it. In the late Middle Ages the city, which is connected by a channel system with the main rivers of the Po Valley, managed to rise once again. In part thanks to the glorious univer­sity, where Albertus Magnus and Galileo Galilei have taught. Worth seeing is the old market square, which is surrounded by water, and the Scrovegni Chapel, with frescoes of Mary and Jesus. The father of the builder, the noto­rious extor­tioner Reginaldo Scrovegni, is said to have met Dante in hell.

Interpreti Veneziani

Vene­tian music in the church San Vidal
Music from Venice has been an integral part of Euro­pean cultural history since the 16th century. Monteverdi and Vivaldi are the most famous names. The Vene­tian multiple choir gave deci­sive impulses for inno­va­tions in vocal and instru­mental music. Under the name “Violins in Venice” the chamber music ensemble Interpreti Veneziani gives concerts more than 200 days a year. They take place in the former church San Vidal. In addi­tion to Vene­tian music, the programme also includes works by Bach.

From Venezia to Florenz by rail

Your train tickets will not be booked by Umfu­lana. You have several options to book them online. The two offi­cial websites of the local providers are and

Alterna­tively you can book on www.ital­ or www.raileu­, where prices will be displayed in most currencies, but tend to be more expen­sive. Another option is to purchase your ticket on arrival at the station.



World capital of Renaissance

The capital of Tuscany lies on the banks of the Arno between the Adri­atic and Tyrrhe­nian seas, near the center of the Italian peninsula.

It is a city that bustles with industry and crafts, commerce and culture, art and science. The Chianti region between Florence and Siena is one of the most beau­tiful landscapes in Italy and a famous wine produc­tion area. Founded by the Romans in the first century B.C., Florence reached its pinnacle between the 11th and 15th centuries, when it was a free city balancing the authority of the Emperor with that of the Pope. In the 15th century it came under the rule of the Medici family, who later became the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. The city is consid­ered the cradle of the Renais­sance and humanism and was a leading center of art, culture, politics and economic power during this period. The universal geniuses Leon­ardo da Vinci and Miche­lan­gelo thrived here. Their works, along with those of many gener­a­tions of artists up to the masters of the present century, are gathered in the city's many museums.

Accommodation: A Palazzo near the Duomo

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The hotel is located just a few steps from the Duomo, in a beau­tifully restored building dating back to the 17th century.

In the suites you can admire the orig­inal frescoes that have painstakingly been exposed by the owners who are also happy to help with advice of what to do and see. Nearby are some restau­rants that offer value for money and are not overrun with tourists. There you can get tradi­tional, rustic Tuscan dishes. At the end of the day relax on the stylish balcony over­looking the court­yard while enjoying a glass of wine. Breakfast is good for Italian standards and is served in the former kitchen with massive beams dating from the 16th century.

Guided tour (OPTIONAL)

Guided City Tour Florence (3 hours, german)

Tour guide Juliane has lived in Florence since she began studying art history there in 1987. In 1990 the native of Germany began offering guided tours of Florence util­izing her profound knowl­edge of art history. Her two-hour walking tour includes many sites missed by the majority of tourists. Included in the standard tour are:
- the Cathedral (inside and out) and baptis­tery
- a stroll through the narrow medieval streets of Old Florence to the house where Dante was born
- Palazzo del Bargello
- Piazza della Signoria (town hall square)
- Palazzo Vecchio, Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo degli Uffizi
- Ponte Vecchio
- Straw Market and Piazza della Repub­blica

Indi­vidual routes and sites can be arranged upon request.


Histor­ical city republics in enchanting landscapes
The central Italian region has a special vibe – not only with us Euro­peans. The city republics of Florence and Siena are the epitome of beauty, science and grace – but also of greed for power and unscrupu­lous­ness. Modern capitalism was invented in Tuscany. This is where the Middle Ages came to an end, where banking was invented. This is where da Vinci researched, Miche­lan­gelo painted and Galileo created a new world view. In the cities you will come across this glorious past every step of the way. But also the landscapes between the Maremma in the south, the Chianti area between Florence and Siena and the Etruscan Riviera are among the most beau­tiful in Italy.

Catt­edrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Work of art with a striking dome
The Cathedral of Florence is the fourth largest church in Europe. The huge building emerges visibly from the cityscape. Espe­cially promi­nent is the dome with a total height of 114 meters. Begun in 1296 the struc­ture was always meant to be monu­mental, also in order to outdo Pisa or Venice, the competitors at the time. The works however quickly stalled and weren't fully completed until 1887. Besides the dome the free­standing bell tower with twelve bells and a height of 85 meters is espe­cially striking. Also the inte­rior is monu­mental. A masterly achieve­ment is the orna­mental painting of the dome: an area of 4000 square meters. Apart from the cathedral, visitors can see the dome, the bell tower and the Baptis­tery of San Giovanni.

Palazzo Vecchio

Murals by da Vinci and Miche­lan­gelo
The head­quar­ters of the secular power in Florence was completed in 1314 and served the repre­senta­tives of the Republic as a resi­den­tial and confer­ence building. For secu­rity reasons it was designed like a forti­fied tower with battle­ments and small windows. Next to the building the tower rises up 94 meters. After the govern­ment seized power the Medici palace was completely rebuilt, lined with gold and deco­rated with wall paint­ings from the great da Vinci and Miche­lan­gelo. Today the palace serves as the Town Hall.

Stroll through Florence

From the cathedral to the Centro Storico to the Giardino di Boboli
This is our suggested route if you want to get to know Florence on your own. From the train station, it will take you to the cathedral, the historic center of town and then across the Arno over the Ponte Vecchio. The Boboli Gardens on the other side of the river offer the most beau­tiful view of the city. (3 hrs, 6 km, eleva­tion change: 90 m)

From Florenz to Roma by rail

The journey will take you through Tuscany and Lazio.
Your train tickets will not be booked by Umfu­lana. You have several options to book them online.

The two offi­cial websites of the local providers are and Alterna­tively you can book on www.ital­ or www.raileu­, where prices will be displayed in most currencies, but tend to be more expen­sive. Another option is to purchase your ticket on arrival at the station.



Contemporary life in the Eternal City

The western world was ruled from the city built on the legendary seven hills for 1,500 years. Rome was the stage for many historic events of worldwide signif­icance during that era.

After the collapse of the Roman Empire the city became the seat of the Catholic Church. During the zenith of its power (the second century A.D.) Rome's popu­la­tion numbered more than a million, making it the world's first metropolis. However, only 25,000 people lived among the city's ruins at the close of the Roman Empire. Regrowth didn't begin until the return of the Pope from Avignon in the fifteenth century. Today the Italian capital ranks amongst the premiere cities of Europe with regard to art, culture and a fast-paced lifestyle. Millions of tourists visit Rome annu­ally to take in the sights, shop and enjoy the cuisine.

Accommodation: A hotel in the heart of Old Rome

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

This centuries-old building is located in the city centre, between the Spanish steps and the Via Veneto. Marco and Giulia, the enterprising propri­etors who have roots in the hotel busi­ness, have completely restored the prop­erty and now offer modern, comfort­able accommo­d­a­tion in a histor­ical building.

Marco can suggest the best sites to see – he is an accredited Rome tour guide. The building offers many practical conve­niences. An elevator takes guests to the air-condi­tioned rooms on the three upper stories. The upstairs suites have a view extending over the roofs of the old city to the dome of St Peters. You're guar­an­teed a good night's rest here (a valu­able commodity in Rome), as the guest­house is next door to a convent! The subway station Barberini is only a few steps away.

Guided Tour (OPTIONAL)

Vatican (4 hours, english/german)

Only a few guides are allowed to show guests to the Vatican. One of them is Agnieszka Berlin, who is priv­i­leged to have a license for herself and her team. Each and every single tour must be requested indi­vid­u­ally. The time is agreed with the Vatican. 
You will visit: part of the Vatican Museums – Sixtine Chapel – St. Peter's Basilica.

Important informa­tion: Guests who have claus­tro­phobia or walking prob­lems are not recom­mended to visit the Vatican Museums. Due to a signif­icant increase in the number of visitors from 30,000 to 40,000 people per day, unhin­dered progress within the build­ings is not possible. Seating is not avai­l­able. In spite of the advance reser­va­tion, long queues can also be expected at the entrance; the total dura­tion of the tour will be extended to approx. 4 hours.

Guided tour (OPTIONAL)

Roma (3 hours)

You are guided by an English speaking art histo­rian to the most important histor­ical sites of Rome. This is an indi­vidual tour, so it is much more intense and inter­esting than a group tour can be.

You decide on both, the places you want to see and the time you want to spend in each loca­tion.
The following sites are usually part of the program: Piazza Navona – Pantheon – Trevi Fountain - Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola – Piazza Colonna and the Column of Marcus Aure­lius

Guided tour (OPTIONAL)

Forum Romanum, Colosseum (3 hoursa, german/english))

The most important ancient sites in Rome are the Roman Forum and the Colos­seum. The Forum is a collec­tion of lavish govern­ment build­ings mainly built by Caesar from which the Roman Empire was ruled.

They thus repre­sented the center of world power. The tour is conducted by a licensed tour guide and art histo­rian. It is much more inten­sive than a group tour because you can ask ques­tions and set the pace your­self.
Note: There are about 3,000 people in the Colos­seum at all times, which is why access to the inside of the amphithe­ater is repeat­edly stopped due to overcrowding. Despite advance reser­va­tion, the dura­tion of the tour increases to approx. 4 hours.


Nucleus of Europe
The gentle hilly landscape halfway up the Italian boot is consid­ered the nucleus of Europe. Already since the 6th century B.C. the Latins settled between the Tyrrhe­nian Sea and the Tiber. Their language, Latin, was to become the fore­runner of all Roman languages today. At the latest in 340 B.C., when the region was subdued by Rome, it became the core of the Roman Empire. Besides Rome, the Alba­nian mountains, the volcanic lakes in the triangle of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio as well as the southern Lazio are consid­ered to be partic­u­larly attrac­tive, here in partic­ular for example the monastery Monte Cassino, which was completely destroyed in the Second World War, but was rebuilt afterwards.

Villa Borghese

Green Lung of Rome
Villa Borghese is not a building, but a green area in the middle of Rome. It was built at the end of the 16th century on the vine­yard of the Borghese noble family. In 1901 the state bought the estate and opened it to the public. Today there are numerous museums on the site, including the Galleria Borghese and the Museum of Etruscan Art. On the north side lies Bioparco, the Roman zoo with over 200 animal species. Villa Borghese is also a popular place for joggers and walkers; on a small lake you can rent rowing boats and watch the ducks. A beau­tiful place to rest after stren­uous sightseeing.


Temple for all gods and archetype of all dome build­ings
The impres­sive rotunda with its columned façade was erected 25 B.C. as a temple for all gods and converted into a church over 600 years later. The dome is partic­u­larly impres­sive: it symbol­izes the sky, the opening in the middle stands for the sun and the contact with the stars. With a diam­eter of 43 metres, the dome of the Pantheon was the largest in the world for 1700 years until St Peter's Basilica was built. Visitors to the Pantheon enjoy the medi­ta­tive atmo­sphere inside and the delightful play of sunlight that falls through the open­ings in the roof and “wanders” along the floor. The Pantheon became the archi­tectural model for domed build­ings worldwide, such as the Capitol in Wash­ington DC, the Berlin Cathedral or the Invalid Cathedral in Paris.

A stroll through Rome

Discover the old city on your own
If you would like to explore Rome on your own, our recom­mended route starts at the Roma Termini train station and takes you to the key sights in the Eternal City. On your way past the opera house, you will come to the Palazzo Berberini, the Fontana di Trevi, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and finally the Colos­seum and the Forum Romanum. (4 hrs, 8 km, eleva­tion change: 70m)

Flight (Not included in price)

To Paris
The flight is not included in the package price. We recom­mend to book flights directly with the airline.
You can get a good overview e.g. at


Glamorous metropolis

Paris is more than just a city – the name itself is legend. From the late Middle Ages to the nine­teenth century the focus of the entire country was on Paris, the center of western culture and a major influ­ence on western history.

The city's layout and build­ings reflect its cultural and polit­ical signif­icance: the Champ-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, Place de la Concorde and Notre Dame. Paris is also consid­ered by many to be the most beau­tiful city in the world. The museums of the French capital are unpar­al­leled. From the Louvre to the Orsay, from the Centre Pompidou to the Rodin to the Cité des Sciences, each museum offers a unique aesthetic expe­r­i­ence. More­over, names like Faubourg, Saint Honoré and the Avenue Montaigne are remin­ders that Paris is famous for fashion. A shopping excur­sion with a stop for pastries at a picturesque street café is a must in Paris. Whether you prefer the opera, a ballet, clas­sical music, jazz, a night club or a dance revue, the word Paris is synony­mous with night-life. In the surrounding local­i­ties you can expe­r­i­ences aristo­cratic Paris: Versailles, Fontainebleau, Saint-Germain and Vaux-le-Vicomte. Here trav­elers are invited to escape to the glitter of the Louis XIV era.

Accommodation: A small inn near the Louvre

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

This enchanting little hotel is situ­ated in the heart of Paris, in the shadow of the Louvre. It is so close to St. Germain l'Auxerrois that you can hear the hymns from the former “King's Church” and see the Gothic windows from your bedroom.

In the cellar there is an old printing press that was used to print illegal leaflets during the French Revo­lu­tion. It is said that the recep­tion area was once the Café Momus (a debating club of the revo­lu­tion­aries) and it was here that Puccini allowed parts of his opera “La Boheme” to be played. Breakfast, true to Parisian custom, is served in your suite. The hotel is air condi­tioned. Sophie Aulnette has managed the hotel for the past 10 years and person­ally attends to her guests' comfort. Tickets to local museums and other attrac­tions can be purchased at a shop near the hotel.


Cradle of today's France
The metropol­itan area of Paris is like an island between the rivers Seine, Marne, Oise and Beuvronne. However, the name does not derive from the insular posi­tion, but from the Old Frankish name “Liddle Franke”, which means some­thing like “Little France”. The Île-de-France was the nucleus of today's France, as evidenced by magnif­i­cent castles, churches and gardens. The French language of today goes back to a dialect in this region. Today it is by far the most densely popu­lated region in France. Nearly 20 percent of all French resi­dents live in the “Paris agglom­er­a­tion”.


From a royal palace to the most visited museum in the world
For centuries, the Louvre served as the palace of the French kings and was the largest construc­tion site in France. Almost every king made changes to it. In the 12th century it was still a proud castle but was expanded over the course of the next two centuries to become a symbolic resi­dence. The four wings around the square court­yard are what remain of the orig­inal palace. When Louis XIV moved his resi­dence to Versailles, the building was left to dete­r­i­o­rate. The Louvre did not become a museum until after the French Revo­lu­tion when the National Assembly decided to use it to collect and exhibit the artistic treasures seized from the nobility. Today, the Louvre receives around ten million visitors every year and is the largest museum in the world. Its collec­tions include over 380,000 pieces, and only about a tenth of them are on display. Its most famous painting is prob­ably the Mona Lisa, which Leon­ardo da Vinci painted around the year 1503.

Quartier Latin

From a student district to a tourist center
The tradi­tional student district in Paris is located near Sorbonne Univer­sity and is known as the Quartier Latin, because Latin had been the language of scho­l­ar­ship for many centuries. Numerous writers lived in the area, including Honoré de Balzac, Gabriel García Márquez and Klaus Mann. During the student riots in 1968, the quarter became the scene of heavy fighting in the streets. Thou­sands of students were arrested and hundreds were seri­ously injured by the police during the “Night of the Barricades.” When the trade unions called for a national strike in support of the students, Pres­i­dent de Gaulle stepped down. Not many students live here today since the rent is unafford­able and they have given way to popular restau­rants and boutiques.



34 km | 37 minutes
9 days
from € 1,199.00
per person based on two people sharing a double room
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