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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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Venezia

Venezia

14 km | 18 minutes
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Venezia

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 friendly B&B in the heart of Venice

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The 15th century palazzo, former resi­dence of a wealthy Vene­tian family, is located in the maze of narrow streets in the heart of Venice near the Rialto Bridge.

Today it houses a B&B. Each room is tastefully deco­rated in an indi­vidual design and partly furnished with antiques. The idyllic, green inner court­yard with the ancient well was once open and led to the canal. Here you can enjoy Breakfast in the morning or the peace and quiet, reviewing the impres­sions gained after a stren­uous day of sightseeing. All major sites are within easy walking distance.

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

Do Mori

Venice's oldest Bacaro
Bacaro – the name is derived from the wine god Bacchus – is the name given to the simple taverns in Venice. There are few chairs, but a long bar and a large selec­tion of wines with a few snacks. Do Mori not far from the fish market is the oldest Bacaro of Venice and already over 500 years old. Count­less pots and copper kettles hang from the ceiling, more than 100 excel­lent wines await you in the bar. There are also many different tramezzini.

Ponte di Rialto

Busi­ness centre of the commer­cial metropolis
More than 400 bridges cross about 150 canals and connect 100 islands. Some are name­less or incon­spic­uous. Some are of partic­ular importance from a traffic or cultural-histor­ical point of view. The Rialto Bridge, which has connected the districts of San Marco and San Polo since the 16th century, is world-famous and most frequently photographed. Busi­ness flour­ished here for many centuries: merchants and seafarers unloaded their goods at the quay behind which the banks and trading houses were located. Bridge archi­tect was a certain Antonio da Ponte, who was able to assert himself against star archi­tect Miche­lan­gelo with his practical design because he left enough space for shipping traffic.

Frari

Outside plain and common, inside splendour and wealth
The Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is the great Gothic Franciscan church of the city. On the outside it is modest and simple, as is the mendicant order itself. Inside, however, it docu­ments the power and wealth to which the disciples of Saint Francis have come. The Frari turns out to be an art shrine of the very first order. The tomb pyramid of the sculptor Antonio Canova imme­di­ately catches the eye in the enor­mous nave. Oppo­site is the tomb of Titian with his Pesaro Madonna. Precious altar leaves by Bartolomeo Vivarini and Giovanni Bellini hang in the choir chapels. A sculp­ture of St. John by Donatello stands where the composer Claudio Monteverdi is buried. Every­thing, however, is surpassed by Assunta, the sky-driving Mary, who floats freely above the high altar. Titian created it and, at the end of the Renais­sance, already antic­ipated the Baroque era with it.

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 www.italotreno.it and www.trenitalia.com.

Alterna­tively you can book on www.ital­iarail.com or www.raileu­rope.com, 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.

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Firenze

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.

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.

Piazza della Signoria

Power center of Florence
In the 14th and 15th centuries the strings of power converged here. The largest piazza of Florence was lined with important build­ings, most notably the Palazzo Vecchio. Still a major attrac­tion and meeting point is Neptune's Fountain by Bartolomeo Ammannati. All attrac­tions of the city can be reached on foot from the Piazza della Signoria. On the square itself there are several signif­icant copies of statues, most notably the replica of David by Miche­lan­gelo.

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 www.italotreno.it and www.trenitalia.com. Alterna­tively you can book on www.ital­iarail.com or www.raileu­rope.com, 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.

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Rome

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)

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.

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

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.

Pantheon

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.

Piazza Navona

From the arena to an urban square
A closer look at the huge square in the heart of the city reveals much about its origin: the long, almost oval surface resem­bles a track in the stadium. In fact, Piazza Navona was orig­inally an arena. Emperor Domi­tian had it built. More than 30,000 people found a place here. In the Middle Ages the spectator stands were grad­u­ally converted into houses. In the 15th century, the stadium first became a park and then a square by paving. The most important monu­ments are the church of Sant Agnese, built in honour of the martyr Agnes, and the 17th-century four-stream fountain: On it four male sculp­tures symbolize the four conti­nents known at that time in the form of the rivers Danube, Nile, Ganges and Río de la Plata.

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 www.flights.idealo.com.
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Paris

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.

Louvre

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.

Notre Dame

A French Gothic master­piece
This church for the archbishop of Paris took nearly 200 years to build. Yet when it was completed in 1345, it had become a marvel the likes of which the world had never seen. Although it is one of the earliest Gothic cathedrals, it remained the crowning achieve­ment of Gothic archi­tec­ture. Notre Dame rises over the Seine like a jewel. Its two towers are 69 meters high and its ridge turrets reach 96 meters in height. The nave, which provides room for up to 10,000 people, is 130 meters long, 48 meters wide, and 35 meters high. The cathedral was unprece­dented in its day, and this was inten­tional. It was supposed to outshine the Louvre, which was the royal palace. Notre Dame is a testi­mony to the fact that Paris has not only been the center of France, but also the most important city in the Chris­tian West from the Late Middle Ages until the 19th century and has had a deci­sive impact on its history.

Paris

Paris

34 km | 37 minutes
9 days
from € 1,145.00
per person based on two people sharing a double room
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