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Italy Vacation

Viva Italia - 9 Days / 8 Nights
Rome, Florence, Venice & Tuscany


The Italy family vacation from Adventures by Disney revels in the cultures of Rome, Florence and Venice. Travel through time as you explore Italy from ancient Rome to medieval villages and the Venetian Renaissance. Explore the Venice canals by gondola and marvel at the beauty of the Sistine Chapel. It's an experience for all ages!

 

Trip Highlights Include:

 

  • Tuscan Pasta-Making Class

    Get the family together for a private pasta-making lesson at a Tuscan cooking school. Afterwards, delight in an al fresco picnic lunch and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

  • Create a Venetian Mask

    Meet a renowned mask-maker who showcases her dazzling disguises for Carnivale in an exclusive event. Then, construct a masquerade masterpiece of your own!

  • The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

    Travel through 50 generations of art and civilization at the Vatican City Museum. This privately guided visit includes the wondrous Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo's great masterpiece rises heavenward.

  • Private Gondola Ride in Venice

    Explore the "sinking" city as you and your family are treated to an enchanting experience of exploring the canals from a gondola.

  • Tour the Coliseum

    Learn the legends and relive the majesty of Rome's glorious past! Walk through history at the ancient Coliseum, the Forum and the Pantheon on a timeless journey.

Adventure Dates

  • 2014
    • Apr 11-Apr 19, 2014
    • Apr 18-Apr 26, 2014
    • May 15-May 23, 2014
    • May 18-May 26, 2014: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
    • May 22-May 30, 2014
    • May 26-June 3, 2014
    • June 1-June 9, 2014
    • June 5-June 13, 2014
    • June 8-June 16, 2014
    • June 12-June 20, 2014
    • June 16-June 24, 2014
    • June 19-June 27, 2014
    • June 22-June 30, 2014
    • June 26-July 4, 2014
    • June 29-July 7, 2014
    • July 3-July 11, 2014
    • July 7-July 15, 2014
    • July 10-July 18, 2014
    • July 13-July 21, 2014
    • July 18-July 25, 2014
    • July 20-July 28, 2014
    • July 27-Aug 4, 2014
    • July 31-Aug 8, 2014
    • Aug 4-Aug 12, 2014
    • Aug 7-Aug 15, 2014
    • Aug 10-Aug 18, 2014
    • Aug 14-Aug 22, 2014
    • Aug 17-Aug 25, 2014
    • Aug 24-Sep 1, 2014
    • Sep 14-Sep 22, 2014: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
    • Oct 5-Oct 13, 2014
    • Oct 12-Oct 20, 2014
    • Dec 21-Dec 29, 2014

Adventure Daily Itinerary

Day One

2013

Arrive in Rome
Upon exiting customs, you will be met by an Adventures by Disney representative who will escort you to your transfer vehicle. Relax as the driver assists with your luggage and escorts you to the Hotel Bernini Bristol.

Check into Hotel Bernini Bristol
Located in the heart of Rome, this gracious hotel was once visited by European royalty! Across the way is the Triton Fountain, created by the sculptor Bernini, and you are just steps away from the world-famous Via Veneto.

Welcome Reception and Dinner at Hotel
Meet the other families that will share the adventure! After a festive cocktail reception, gather together and enjoy your first of many mouthwatering Italian feasts.

Meal Included: Dinner

2014

Arrive in Rome
Benvenuto! Welcome to Italy. Upon exiting customs, you will be met by an Adventures by Disney representative who will escort you to your transfer vehicle. Relax as the driver assists with your luggage and transports you to the Gran Meliá Rome Hotel.

Check into the Gran Meliá Rome Hotel
Experience traditional luxury at this stunning hotel that is enveloped in the scenic beauty of ancient Rome, offering spectacular views of St. Peter's Basilica and Castel St. Angelo. Located on the banks of the River Tiber you'll find yourself in the heart of the cultural and entertainment attractions of the bustling city, just a short walk from the Vatican. With modern amenities, a magnificent pool and lush gardens, your experience will be truly unique.

Welcome Reception and Poolside Dinner at Hotel
Gather together and meet the other families that will share the adventure! After a festive cocktail reception, feast on the first of many mouthwatering Italian meals.

Meal Included: Dinner

 


Day Two

2013

Breakfast at Hotel
Enjoy a full American-style buffet breakfast to start the day.

Privately-Guided Tour of Rome

Learn the legends and relive the majesty of Rome's glorious past! Walk through history at the ancient Coliseum, the Forum and the Pantheon on a timeless journey your family will treasure forever.

Lunch at ReCafé
Fuel up with a delicious meal of pizza and salad before continuing your tour.

Sights of Rome Tour
Continue your walking tour of the best sites in Rome with visits to the spectacular destinations of this historic city that you've always dreamed of seeing. You'll explore the city center, home to the famed Spanish Steps, the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, where you can, as the legend dictates, ensure your return to Rome by tossing a coin into its waters.

Dinner On Your Own in Rome
When in Rome… the city — and its outstanding restaurants — is yours to explore. Be sure to ask your Adventure Guides to make recommendations for a memorable meal.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

2014

Breakfast at Hotel
Enjoy a full American-style buffet breakfast to start the day.

Private Tour of St. Peter's Basilica
Approach the Basilica via St. Peter's Square and marvel at this renowned example of Renaissance architecture that remains the largest church in the world. The burial place of St. Peter and many popes since, this site was originally constructed in the 4th century. The iconic dome dominates the skyline of Rome.

Private Tour of Castel Sant'Angelo*
Traverse the towering cylindrical building, once the tallest in Rome, initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum and later used as a fortress by the popes. *Please note that tours of Castel San' Angelo are subject to short-notice cancellations due to usage by the Vatican for Papal events.

Lunch on Your Own
Discover the flavors of Italy on your own. And be sure to ask your Adventure Guides to make recommendations for a memorable meal.

Afternoon on Your Own
Explore the sites of Rome, such as the Baths of Diocletian, Palatine Hill, the home of emperors and aristocrats, or relax at a local café and enjoy some of the marvelous shops this wonderful city.

Private Vatican Museum
Visit Experience an amazing visit to the Vatican Museum on an exclusive after-hours tour. The collection spans 5 centuries and is home to masterpieces by the greatest artists in history. Your guide will also escort you into the Sistine Chapel for an intimate look at Michelangelo's magnificent achievement. This is a truly rare opportunity that is not to be missed.

Dinner on Your Own
Savor the dishes that give Rome its unique flavors that are unlike any other. Your Adventures Guides can recommend a place to eat, or discover one on your own. Either way, it is sure to become a favorite.

 


Day Three

2013

Breakfast at Hotel
Enjoy a full American-style buffet breakfast to start the day.

Vatican City Museum and Sistine Chapel

Guided by an entertaining expert, travel through 50 generations of art and civilization at the Vatican City Museum. Our privately-guided visit includes the wondrous Sistine Chapel — a sight your family will never forget.

Lunch at a Local Trattoria in Rome
It's your Roman holiday! Join your fellow adventurers for tasty lunch at a local trattoria. Then browse chic shops along the Via del Corso, discover priceless treasures in a museum or trek through time in the ancient city. This afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish.

Dinner On Your Own
Dine tonight in one of the culinary capitals of the world! Ask your Adventure Guides to make recommendations for a memorable meal.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

2014

Breakfast at Hotel
Enjoy a full American-style buffet breakfast to start the day.

Private Tour of St. Peter's Basilica
Approach the Basilica via St. Peter's Square and marvel at this renowned example of Renaissance architecture that remains the largest church in the world. The burial place of St. Peter and many popes since, this site was originally constructed in the 4th century. The iconic dome dominates the skyline of Rome.

Private Tour of Castel Sant'Angelo*
Traverse the towering cylindrical building, once the tallest in Rome, initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum and later used as a fortress by the popes. *Please note that tours of Castel San' Angelo are subject to short-notice cancellations due to usage by the Vatican for Papal events.

Lunch on Your Own
Discover the flavors of Italy on your own. And be sure to ask your Adventure Guides to make recommendations for a memorable meal.

Afternoon on Your Own
Explore the sites of Rome, such as the Baths of Diocletian, Palatine Hill, the home of emperors and aristocrats, or relax at a local café and enjoy some of the marvelous shops this wonderful city.

Private Vatican Museum Visit
Experience an amazing visit to the Vatican Museum on an exclusive after-hours tour. The collection spans 5 centuries and is home to masterpieces by the greatest artists in history. Your guide will also escort you into the Sistine Chapel for an intimate look at Michelangelo's magnificent achievement. This is a truly rare opportunity that is not to be missed.

Dinner on Your Own
Savor the dishes that give Rome its unique flavors that are unlike any other. Your Adventures Guides can recommend a place to eat, or discover one on your own. Either way, it is sure to become a favorite.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day Four

2013

Travel to Orvieto, Umbria
Travel in a motor coach to the glorious Umbrian and Tuscan countryside. Along the way, take an illuminating excursion to Orvieto, a medieval settlement crowned with a glorious Gothic cathedral!

Lunch and Shopping On Your Own in Orvieto
Explore this charming village that seems frozen in time! Your Adventure Guides will be happy to make recommendations for a fabulous family afternoon.

Arrive at the Hotel Paggeria Medicea in Artimino
Welcome to the enchanting Tuscan estate that will be your home for the next few days. Explore the grounds and take a swim—there's magic at every turn!

Junior Adventurers' Dinner
At the villa, kids cut loose at their own dinner party with their favorite foods. In the meantime, adults can enjoy a quiet evening dining at the hotel restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

2014

Travel to Orvieto, Umbria
Journey via motor coach to the glorious Umbrian and Tuscan countryside. Along the way, take an illuminating excursion to Orvieto, a medieval settlement crowned with the magnificent Cathedral of St John.

Lunch at Relais Gli Ulivi
Revel in the quintessential Italian experience as you visit this family-owned private estate, Relais Gli Ulivi—that translates to "The Olive Orchard"—to feast on an authentic Tuscan repast featuring local food, olive oil and wine. You'll feel like part of the family as you learn to make a traditional dessert known as Torta Della Nonna—"Grandmother's Cake."

Junior Adventurers – Lawn Games & Swimming*
Fun and frolic is the order of the afternoon for kids as Adventure Guides teach them classic Italian lawn games. Swimming is also available for the kids. *Please note that pool is only open during the warm summer months.

Dinner at Hotel – Borgo di Cortefreda
Sample excellent Tuscan cuisine made with the finest local and regional products. Enjoy a lovely evening dining on the terrace, under the Tuscan sky.

Junior Adventurers – Dinner & Disney Movie
Following an evening of lawn games and an Italian soda tasting activity, Junior Adventurers will enjoy a kids-only dinner, followed by a Disney movie.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

 


Day Five

2013

Tuscan Pasta-Making Class
Learn the long-held secrets of this mouth-watering region. Get the family together for a private pasta-making lesson.

Al Fresco Lunch
After your lesson, feast on the fruits of your labor at a delicious picnic in the heart of Tuscany.

Afternoon at the Villa
Live "la dolce vita" at your villa's estate. Get the family together for a swim or lawn games.

Tuscan Barbeque Dinner
Tonight, celebrate with a traditional Tuscan barbeque dinner overlooking the gorgeous sunset countryside.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 


 

2014

Castello Vicchiomaggio – Pasta-Making Activity
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you'll travel by coach to this historic estate — complete with an ancient wine cellar. You'll be welcomed by the chef, who will then lead you in a fun pasta-making activity.

Adult Wine Tasting in Cellar
Tour the magnificent winery and then adjourn to the wine cellar where you will participate in a wine tasting.

Kids Olive Oil Flavoring
After a walk in the garden to collect ingredients, Junior Adventurers will learn how to flavor their own olive oil — which they will make as a gift for their parents.

Lunch at Vicchiomaggio

Enjoy a beautiful pasta lunch in the Lorenzo Il Magnifico room.

On Your Own in Cortefreda
Transfer back to the charming hotel and regenerate as you enjoy the many amenities such as the beautiful pool surrounded by the rolling Tuscan landscape. You can also stroll into the nearby town of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa to explore the quaint shops and cafés.

Dinner in Certaldo Monastery
Indulge yourself at a Medieval-themed banquet from the time of Boccaccio. You'll have exclusive access to a private dining area in this stunning 13th-century monastery high on the historic hilltop city of Certaldo. Costumed servers enhance the remarkable atmosphere of this truly unforgettable meal served in the courtyard of the cloisters.

Gli Amici di Chianti
Delight in the simple joys of life as this popular folk group sing, dance and entertain you in the old Florentine tradition.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Day Six

2013

Travel to Florence
After breakfast at the villa, board a luxury motor coach for a picturesque ride to the breathtaking city of Florence.

Florence Exploration
Share the timeless treasures of the Renaissance on a privately-guided exploration designed to enchant travelers of all ages. Marvel at Michelangelo's "David" and the city's famed Duomo.

Lunch in Florence
Enjoy a pleasant family lunch at a local trattoria in Florence.

Afternoon and Dinner in Florence
Walk through the pages of history and discover the beauty of this magical metropolis. Shop for treasures at a bustling marketplace or marvel at great works of art in magnificent museums. For dinner, discover tantalizing dishes. Indulge your senses tonight with a fantastic meal on your own in Florence!

Meal Included: Breakfast and Lunch

2014

Travel to Florence
After breakfast at the hotel, board a motor coach for a picturesque ride to the breathtaking city of Florence.

Florence Exploration
Share the timeless treasures of the Renaissance on a privately guided exploration designed to enchant travelers of all ages. Enjoy reserved entry and access to Michelangelo's "David" followed by a tour of the city's famed Duomo.

Lunch in Florence
Enjoy a pleasant family lunch at a local trattoria in Florence.

Private Tour of Palazzo Vecchio
Explore the spectacular town hall of Florence with a special VIP tour of this magnificent structure that remains one of the most impressive in Tuscany. Walk through the hallowed halls, decorated with works by the masters, including Michelangelo, Botticelli and Vasari. You'll also walk through the secret passages once used by the Medici family, famed patrons of the arts.

Afternoon and Dinner in Florence
Walk through the pages of history and discover the beauty of this magical metropolis. Shop for treasures at a bustling marketplace or marvel at great works of art in magnificent museums. For dinner, discover tantalizing dishes. Indulge your senses tonight with a meal on your own in Florence! Ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations.

Meal Included: Breakfast and Lunch

 


Day Seven

2013

Italo Train to Venice*
After a delightful breakfast at the villa, bid farewell to the countryside and climb aboard an Italo High Speed bullet train that features the most advanced technology and onboard conveniences. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, snack areas, and food and drink service. *Please note that food and drink service is not complimentary.

Private Gondola Tour
Upon your arrival in Venice, explore this "sinking" city where you travel by boat instead of car! You and your family are treated to an enchanting experience of exploring the canals from a gondola.

Piazza San Marco and Basilica
Bring history to life on a privately guided, story-filled walking tour that illuminates the city's architectural treasures. Plus, you'll find a few surprises along the way!

Arrive at Hotel Dei Dogi
This comfortable hotel has majestic chandeliers, enchanting frescoes and a courtyard garden!

Dinner on Your Own
Tonight, decide how your family would like to share a Venetian dinner on your own. Choose between gourmet restaurants, tempting trattorias or local favorites.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

2014

Italo Train to Venice*
After a delightful breakfast at the villa, bid farewell to the countryside and climb aboard an Italo High Speed bullet train that features the most advanced technology and onboard conveniences. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, snack areas, and food and drink service. *Please note that food and drink service is not complimentary.

Private Gondola Tour
Upon your arrival in Venice you and your fellow adventurers will explore the City of Canals via gondola, the traditional mode of Venetian transportation. Travel under the Rialto Bridge as you glide along the famed Grand Canal on you private tour of this floating city.

Piazza San Marco and Basilica
Bring history to life on a privately guided, story-filled walking tour that illuminates the city's architectural treasures. Plus, you'll find a few surprises along the way!

Arrive at Luna Hotel Baglionii
This comfortable hotel has majestic chandeliers, enchanting frescoes, a private canal entrance, and is home to the world-famous Harry's Bar!

Dinner on Your Own
Tonight, decide how your family would like to share a Venetian dinner on your own. Choose between gourmet restaurants, tempting trattorias or local favorites.

Meal Included: Breakfast and Lunch

 


Day Eight

2013

Walking Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, journey through this labyrinthine landscape on foot. Learn all the enchanting secrets and discover timeless treasures around every corner.

Venetian Carnevale Mask-Making
Meet a renowned mask-maker who showcases her dazzling disguises in a special experience for Adventures by Disney Guests! Then, get in touch with your creative side and construct a masquerade masterpiece of your own!

Afternoon in Venice
Now is the time to share a Venetian afternoon with your family. Shop in dazzling boutiques, browse through treasures at a museum or just delight in getting lost in the charming winding streets of this enchanting city.

Farewell Dinner
Toast to the magnificent adventure you've shared with your family and newfound friends. With delectable Italian dishes, lively entertainment and a few Disney surprises, this party celebrates the adventure of a lifetime!

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

2014

Venetian Carnevale Mask-Making
After breakfast at the hotel, take a scenic walk through town and head to Tragicomica, where you will get a private, hands-on workshop in the art of mask-making — and you'll construct a masquerade masterpiece of your own!

Lunch On Your Own in Venice
Share a Venetian lunch with your fellow adventurers before heading out to Doges Palace!

Guided Tour of the Doges Palace & Detective Game
Get a close-up look at this monumental palace built in Venetian Gothic style. Now a museum, this landmark was once the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice. Junior Adventurers will get to play sleuths as they participate in a special Adventures by Disney art detective game designed by Disney, exclusively for kids.

On Your Own in Venice
Dazzling boutiques await as you continue your on-your-own exploration of Venice.

Farewell Dinner at Salone Marco Polo
Toast your magnificent adventure and newfound friends during a farewell dinner in true Venetian style. Don the Carnavale masks you made and revel amid the lively Venetian-themed entertainment, featuring traditional dancers and musicians who will regale you with song, dance and live musical performances.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

 


Day Nine

Breakfast at the Hotel

Bid farewell to all your fellow adventurers, and enjoy one last meal on the shores of Venice.

Transfers to Airport or Train Station
Relax and enjoy your final moments in Italy, as we handle your luggage and arrange for transportation to the airport. Say "arrivederci" to your fellow adventurers until you return again!

Meal Included: Breakfast


     


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