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Italian Extravaganza

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Experience the BEST of Italy on this 10-day whirlwind adventure across 5 destinations: Get lost in the canals of Venice, hike trails along the Cinque Terre, snap selfies in front of Pisa’s Leaning Tower and take in world-famous sights and flavors (pizza, pasta & gelato galore) of Florence, Venice and Rome.

Tour Features:

  • EXPLORE all the Italian icons: The Vatican, Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Pantheon, Ancient Roman Forum, Piazzale Michaelangelo, St. Mark's Cathedral
  • SIP Tuscan wine in Florence at sunset and learn what makes it so delicious
  • REVEL in the beauty of Michelangelo's David
  • CRUISE the canals in a gondola ride
  • SAVOR authentic Italian seafood, pasta, pizza, gelato, focaccia, and espresso- it doesn't get better than this
  • SHOP at local markets and purchase hand made Italian goods
  • HIKE along the scenic Cinque Terre and enjoy a picnic with breathtaking views
  • WATCH a glass blowing demonstration in Venice
  • 10 DAYS covering 5 destinations all intercity transportation included

Upcoming Dates:

If your date isn't included, email us
and we'll try to squeeze you in!

Cities:

  • Venice
  • Cinque Terre
  • Pisa
  • Florence
  • Rome

Meet Your Tour Guide:

Rhianne Taylor

Originally from England, I moved to Rome in 2011 because... well... it is the sexiest city in the world! With me you will have a very unique experience... Italy from a British perspective... and with a British accent!!!! I have experienced these cities as a tourist and as a student, so I understand exactly how you feel, and I aim to make this the best trip ever and help you make the most out of every second!

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Ready for an  your week break in Italy? Explore unforgettable cities in Italy and get the full experience in 10 amazing days.

For tours that start in Venice you can arrive anytime on Day 1.  For tours that start in Rome we highly recommend a Thursday night stay or early Friday morning arrival so you can start the tour with the group at 10am.  If you arrive late you may miss the group tour of the Vatican or the Colosseum which you will have the chance to make up on your own on Sunday.

You can depart any time on day 10 and even consider flying out Monday or from a nearby airport (Milan & Verona are both relatively near Venice).

 

ITALIAN EXTRAVAGANZA: 10 Days, 9 Nights
Show up in Venice on Thursday for an optional early arrival. Our hostel is located just opposite San Marco Square, the Generator Hostel.  The Rome-Venice itinerary will run in reverse- please double check which city your trips starts in and departs from.

 

Day 0 - Optional Early Arrival

Opt into an extra day and evening in the Serene City. You'll have the day to yourself to explore and get acquainted.

 

Day 1 - Welcome to Venice
Friday sees us checking into the hostel and meeting up in the afternoon for orientational walking tours through the tight alleyways and canals of Venice. Look forward to glassblowing demonstrations, delicious food and entry into the San Marco Cathedral, one of the richest churches of its time.

We'll meet up that evening for a welcome drink and a delicious dinner. Gondola ride anyone? Enjoy being serenaded by your gondolier as he navigates through the canals (1.5hrs).

 


Day 2 - Exploring the Lagoon
Today we'll strike out to Murano and Burano- the quieter islands across the Lagoon, famous for lacemaking and glassblowing (4.5hrs). Free afternoon and evening to explore.


Day 3 - Onto the Cinque Terre
This morning we'll catch a train West over to the beautiful Cinque Terre and check into our hostel later that afternoon (7 hrs). Take your time to freshen up, then we'll go into town for a delicious dinner of dish and pasta made from local produce. Don't forget to try the wine either (1.5 hrs)!

 

Day 4 - Free Day for Hiking!
The day is your to explore the Cinque Terre as you like: there are extensive hiking trails offering everything from casual strolls to intense, strenuous climbs. Hike or take the train from town to town to explore hidden beaches and dive into swimming coves. The group will meet up for an optional picnic dinner this evening (1.5 hrs).


Day 5 - Onto Pisa and Florence!
Morning departure on the train for Florence, with a pit stop for a photo op in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (1 hr). After we snap our selfies, we'll continue onto Florence to check into the hostel and dive into Italy's rich Tuscany region: home to some amazing olive oil, wine, breads, foccaccias, gelato and more. This evening, we'll have a wine tasting at sunset while overlooking the city, and enjoy a typical dinner at a family-run operation restaurants (2.5 hrs).


Day 6 - Exploring the Birthplace of the Renaissance
Today is our day to see Florence: Ogle at the architectural feat of the Duomo Cathedral, take in the beauty that is Michelangelo's David, check out Piazza della Signorina, see the Old Bridge, and climb up to Piazza Michelangelo to see a beautiful panorama over the city. The afternoon and evening are yours to explore, shop or climb the Duomo's dome.

Day 7 - Roma, Roma, Roma!
We'll have a late departure making our way over to Rome. Take the morning to do some solo exploring and hit up Florence's famous leather market, or visit more amazing Renaissance sights like the Uffizi. That afternoon, we'll catch the train and check into the hostel on arrival in Rome. This evening, we'll head into town for an evening stroll through one of our favorite neighborhoods in town. As always, an optional dinner will be arranged and you'll have a chance to sample some more amazing Roman cuisine (2 hrs).

Day 8 - Ancient Rome
This morning we'll meet up to head to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. This will be our day for Ancient Rome as we continue on for lunch and a free afternoon in the Pantheon neighborhood. That evening, we'll meet up at the Spanish steps for an evening walk across Rome to have a dinner party in the shadow of the Pantheon at one of our favorite places in town.

Day 9 - Papal Rome
Today we're headed over to St. Peter's and the Vatican Museums! Eat a big breakfast because these halls packed with the most priceless artwork in the world keeps you on your feet for hours (4hrs). We'll pit stop for pizza lunch of pizza by the slice and gelato. Take the afternoon the explore and wander back into the heart of Rome. This evening we'll meet and head into Trastevere for our farewell dinner in Rome's local hangouts.

Day 10 - Tearful Goodbyes
The tour ends after breakfast and students are welcome to depart at any time that suits them and their travel arrangements. Your WSA guide will make recommendations for those who have extra time in town. WSA recommends the Galleria Borghese for amazing Baroque art or the Porta Portese flea market.

Please Note: Some tours start in Venice and end in Rome while others begin in Rome and finish in Venice. Please refer to the details in your specific date to know which airports to fly into and out of. In the case of a Rome-Venice itinerary, the itinerary listed above is flipped and run in the reverse order.
 

EASTER ITALY: 10 Days, 9 Nights
Time your visit to Rome with the Easter celebrations with Papa Francesco. For seven years now, WSA has taken groups of students to Easter Mass with Pope Francis, and designed an itinerary that allows you to see all you possible can over these busy days in Italy. Every Easter package includes a ticket to Mass with Pope Francis on Easter morning! Two departures: March 23-April 1 (Ven-5t-Flo-Rome) and March 29-April 8 (Rome-Flor-5t-Venice- this trip has an extra Thursday night in Rome), both overlapping in Rome.  Additional inclusions are Easter Mass at the Vatican on Sunday, and 2 extra group lunches.

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Our DIY package lets you explore the best that Italy has to offer all at your own pace! Experience the highlights of Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre and Venice and skip the line into all the top sights!

Our WSA Detours give you all the insider info to help you connect the dots on your own. All you've got to do is pick up our recommended connections between each city. Read on for more info.

Tour Features:

  • Skip the line into the top sights in Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Visit the Doge's Palace in Venice and check out a glass blowing demonstration
  • Inside scoop on the best food, nightlife, sights, activities, viewpoints and more throughout the city
  • Tickets to see Michelangelo's David in Florence
  • Snap that classic shot with the tower of Pisa
  • Hike the Cinque Terre
  • 9 nights accommodation at our favorite hostels throughout Italy
  • All Intercity transportation

Cities:

  • Venice
  • Cinque Terre
  • Florence
  • Rome
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Taste the freshest pesto in the world in the Cinque Terre, in the region where it was invented. We recommend our favorite gelato spots in every city along the way. And get ready for some of the best cuisine, pizza, pasta and salads of your life. Get ready for the:

- Colosseum & Pantheon

- Vatican and Sistine Chapel

- Doge's Palace

- Glass blowing demonstration

- Academia to see Michelangelo's David

- Leaning Tower of Pisa

- Hiking Trails of the Cinque Terre

- The Canals of Venice

- All intercity transportation

And much more!

We've optimized a 10-day visit throughout Italy just for you. You've got two itineraries to choose from: Venice-Rome or Rome-Venice:

WSA's Italian Detour Venice-Rome Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 - Explore Venice and see the Doge's Palace

Days 3 & 4 - Connect over to the world famous Cinque Terre for a beautiful day of hiking through nature

Days 5 & 6 - Stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a selfie, and continue on to the Renaissance city of Florence.

Days 7, 8 & 9 - Head to Rome where you'll skip the line into the Colosseum, Forum, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel all included!

Day 10 - Our adventure is sadly over. We'll provide directions for connecting to the airport.

 

WSA's Italy Detour Rome-Venice Itinerary

Days 1, 2 & 3 - Arrive in Rome and skip the line into the Colosseum, Forum, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel!

Days 4 & 5 - Head to the Renaissance capital of Florence to dive into its student culture and nightlife

Days 6 & 7 - After a quick stop in Pisa for a selfie in front of the Leaning Tower, head to a breathtaking hike through the trails of the Cinque Terre

Days 8 & 9 - Connect over to Venice for the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Day 10 - Trip over :( We'll provide directions to the airport.

 

Flights & Transportation

Book flights into your starting city on day 1 and out of your finishing city on day 10. You can opt to extend your stay or arrive early. For early arrivals, remember that you'll then arrive on "day 0" and fly out on day 10.

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Mary Reagan, Saint Louis University ~ St. Louis University, Madrid, Spring 2015

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