Imagine booking your vacation to Italy then having to choose between the cities of Venice, Florence and Rome. We’re talking Judgment of Paris stuff here. According to legend he, of course, was the young prince of Troy forced to say who was the fairest from the three goddesses, Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. He picked the latter because she promised him the world’s most beautiful women, Helen of Greece. And we all know what happened next.
Heaven forbid another Greek-Trojan dust-up – have you heard how much Brad Pitt and Eric Bana charge per hour? Instead we’ve devised a terrific independent tour package that divides your time equally between all three of these fabulous Italian cities over eight or ten days.
What’s more, you get to travel by train between them (first class and standard options) passing through all that bellissima campagna then arriving at the heart of each destination, booked into a hotel of your choice that meets Virgin’s specific standards. Optional excursions that allow you to see even more and save time and money? We’ve got that covered too.
It starts in Venice. La Serenissima, the most serene one. A shimmering, once-in-a-lifetime experience where getting a little lost in the warren of narrow streets is a must. Explore incredible museums and churches. Re-emerge alongside the Grand Canal for a people-watching coffee or perhaps something stronger.
It continues in Florence. Birthplace of the Renaissance itself, and 19th century magnet for American writers and artists like Henry James and John Singer Sargeant, both smitten with its special light and sheer good looks. For a preview see A Room with a View, the Merchant Ivory movie starring Helena Bonham Carter, and prepare to fall in love.
It concludes in Rome. Modern, vibrant, ancient and enigmatic. Favourite hang-out for Kidmans, Connerys, Clooneys and Beckhams. Fashion central for haute couture and indie labels. City of courtyards and caffes, fountains and frescoes, and architecture that will take your breath away. Take a break with a torte di fragoline (cake with chantilly cream and wild strawberries). You’ll have earned it.
The package’s optional tours – Venice gondola ride, walking tours of all three cities plus the Vatican’s museums – are true to our belief that independent travel should be flexible, affordable and tailored to personal tastes. Book before you go (between January and October) to feel the benefit.
Your Italian vacation, experienced your way. And we’ll let you be the judge of that.