From Rome's ancient center to the stunning caldera of Santorini, this 21-day highlights itinerary explores everything from Renaissance history to famed Greek beaches. See Michelangelo's "David" in Florence, visit Tuscany's quiet hilltop villages, and explore ancient Greek archaeological sites in Athens. You'll sample Aperol Spritzes in Venice, eat spelt pie in Santorini, and more on this three-week adventure around the Mediterranean.
Explore outside of Venice’s bustling center and enjoy a half-day tour of Murano and Burano, two scenic islands in the Venetian Lagoon. After boarding your boat, your guide will introduce you to the magical lagoon formed by a cluster of islets. Your first stop is Burano, a fishing island famous for its lacemaking industry and colorful pastel houses. It’s believed that fishers painted the houses in such vivid colors so that they could recognize them while out at sea. Today, about 3,000 residents still live on Burano, many continuing the lacemaking tradition.
After some free time to explore Burano on your own, you'll make your way to Murano, the most famous of the Venetian islands. The "island" is a small archipelago of various islets connected by bridges and inhabited by around 4,500 people. Murano has a long history of glassmaking, dating back to 1291 CE when glassmakers moved from Venice proper to Murano. The local Venetian council decided that the furnaces used to make glass were causing too many fires in Venice’s wooden buildings, and the artisans had to relocate.
As part of your tour, you'll visit a glass factory and watch a glassblowing demonstration. Before returning to Venice’s city center, you’ll also explore the factory's showroom and admire the high-quality glass produced on the island.
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Itineraries with Half-Day Tour to Murano & Burano Islands in Venice
Start your trip in Rome and visit the legendary Colosseum. Admire the Sistine Chapel and stroll through the streets of its buzzing nightlife. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, meander through piazzas and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge before exploring the colorful, seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Finish off in Venice, shopping for carnival masks and handblown art.
From the canals of Venice to Rome's buzzing nightlife, this incredible trip through the highlights of Italy is perfect for travelers who want to see it all, making your way across the country with a mix of trains and rental car. Start in Venice to see the famed Grand Canal, then head to Florence for its famed cathedrals and da Vinci's art. From here, start the self-drive portion of your trip exploring the stunning region of Tuscany to its fullest before ending in Rome, where ancient history, eclectic neighborhoods, and a vibrant food scene await.
Your trip to Rome and Florence starts with guided tours through Rome's historical core, Vatican City, and the Roman Forum, with walks through the Colosseum and to the top of Palatine Hill. Head to Florence to experience its historic squares, cathedrals, and museums. End your trip in Verona, visiting the famous romantic setting of Shakespeare's classic love story and the floating city of Venice.