The Best of Italy

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Iconic landmarks. Glorious museums. Archaeological, historically significant and religious sites. Not to mention divine cuisine. This escorted Best of Italy tour package from the U.S. with airfare included encompasses exactly that: this incredible country’s most desired destinations. You’ll truly be living “la dolce vita” as you roam the postcard-perfect streets of its enchanting cities and towns. Plus, consider lingering a little longer with our spectacular Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension. As you surrender to Italy’s spell, allow your wise smarTours® guide to handle the details, including recommendations for your dining and free time sightseeing.

Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our Best of Italy with Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast tour visiting Italy’s highlights from Venice to the Amalfi Coast.

Itinerary at a Glance

2024 Tour Itinerary:

  • 2 nights in Venice
  • 2 nights in Florence
  • 3 nights in Rome

Tour Highlights

  • Murano boat tour
  • Venice walking tour – St. Mark’s Square, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Bridge of Sighs
  • Pisa – Square of Miracles, Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Tuscan wine tasting with local food specialties
  • Dinner at a Tuscan Villa
  • Florence city tour – Michelangelo Square, Galleria dell’Accademia with Michelangelo’s David, Signoria Square, Duomo, and Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”)
  • Assisi – Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Vatican tour – St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum
  • Ancient Rome tour – Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum
  • Culinary walking tour in Trastevere (Rome)

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 1 wine tasting with local food specialties
  • A glass of wine with included dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • All intra-Italy transportation via air-conditioned motor coach

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

2024 Tour Itinerary


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

Note: Flights are not available on departures.

You must book your own flights to the tour destination and you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Venice

Benvenuti to beautiful Italy! Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will be met and transferred by private boat taxi to our hotel on the Grand Canal. This evening our tour director hosts an orientation followed by a welcome dinner with wine.

Accommodations: Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Venice

Day 3: Venice – Pisa – Florence

Day 4: Florence

Day 5: Florence – Assisi – Rome

Day 6: Rome

Day 7: Vatican City

Day 8: Depart Rome

Guided Tour Pricing

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Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA.

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Sep 3–10
$3,449 $3,149
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Sep 17–24
$3,449 $3,149
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Oct 1–8
$3,449 $3,149
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Gondola Ride

Uffizi Gallery

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 2

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

New in 2025: ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Effective for travel in 2025, U.S. passport holders are required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

Due to local regulations, bus pick and drop off areas are not always directly in front of sites and sometimes walking is required (up to 900m) to reach the site of interest. Good balance is required in order to get on water taxis and boats. This tour has limited free time.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.


Laraine Y

1 week ago
I took my granddaughter (20 years old) and luckily, there were other young people in our tour group. Our tour group members were all congenial and fun to be with. I had some difficulty walking with my cane and several members of the tour took me by the hand to help me walk up and down the stairs or on the cobblestone streets. It was a wonderful tour and our tour director, Claudia was great!

Stacy S

1 week ago
I would recommend this tour to anyone. We definitely got to see and experience the "highlights" of Italy. The food and wine were amazing, the scenery was stunning, and the whole experience was life changing. We cannot get over how beautiful everything was and everything we got to see on this trip. Our tour director, Claudia, was outstanding and was the cherry on top.


4 weeks ago
Very good comprehensive tour. Loved the farm and winery dinners in Tuscany/Umbria. Good food all around. Lots more walking than expected, but a bit of free time to rest up on some days. Claudia's energy and passion is amazing! We didn't get the illuminated tour of Rome by night or entertainment listed in the itinerary, but the Roman diner was still good. The Limoncello Factory was basically a shoppertunity, as the local guide started the short tour before everyone was off the bus and the staff was giving a hard sell. Sorrento was lovely and a good ending to the tour.

Fred W

4 weeks ago
Excellent tour

Gerald K

7 months ago
I had a good time

Jay F

7 months ago
We enjoyed our tour. The tour director was terrific. Fellow travelers were very nice to be with. Very good value for the money. Would travel with SmarTours again.

Margaret J

1 year ago
The Best of Italy tour was absolutely wonderful. Great itinerary, meals, local guides and ground transportation. Our Tour Director, Claudia Zeni, was fantastic. The best Tour Director we have encountered in years of travel. She is a gem! Was always there for us and truly cared about all the tour participants. Always went above and beyond. We highly recommend this tour if this is your first trip to Italy as it covers much of Italy in a short time and allows you to decide where you would like to spend more time in the future. The Amalfi Coast extension was amazing and well worth the money. For us, the only negative was the connecting flights, which was quite stressful. But otherwise, this tour was awesome and would not hesitate to recommend. Great value for your money.

Mike G

1 year ago
Excellent trip would recommend it it to everyone

James C

1 year ago
This was a life changing experience. All the effort that Smartours covered for us made it nothing but relaxation and enjoyment. Our guide Claudia made it an unforgettable experience.


1 year ago
Amazon trip with awesome tour director and guides!!!!