Italy is an extraordinary feast of heart-thumping, soul-stirring art, food and landscapes rivalled by few and coveted by millions.

Luscious Landscapes

Italy’s fortes extend beyond its galleries, plates and wardrobes. The country is one of Mother Nature’s masterpieces, its geography offering extraordinary natural diversity. From the north’s icy Alps and glacial lakes to the south’s volcanic craters and turquoise grottoes, this is a place for doing as well as seeing. One day you’re tearing down Courmayeur’s powdery slopes, the next you could be riding cowboy-style across the marshes of the Maremma, or diving in coral-studded Campanian waters. Not bad for a country not much bigger than Arizona.

Bella Vita

In few places do art and life intermingle so effortlessly. This may be the land of Dante, Titian and Verdi, but it’s also the home of Prada, Gualtiero Marchesi and Renzo Piano. Beauty, style and flair furnish every aspect of daily life, from those immaculately knotted ties and perfect espressos, to the flirtatious smiles of striking strangers. The root of Italian psychology is a dedication to living life well and, effortless as it may seem, driving that dedication is a reverence for the finer things. So slow down, take note and indulge in a little bella vita.

Why I Love Italy

By Cristian Bonetto, Writer
Italy’s 20 regions feel more like 20 independent states, each with its own dialects, traditions, architecture and glorious food. From nibbling on knödel in an Alto Adige chalet to exploring souk-like market streets in Sicily, the choices are as diverse as they are seductive. Then there’s the country’s incomparable artistic treasures, which amount to more than the rest of the world put together. It’s hard not to feel a little envious sometimes, but it’s even harder not to fall madly in love.

Buon Appetito

It might look like a boot, but food-obsessed Italy feels more like a decadently stuffed Christmas stocking. From delicate tagliatelle al ragù to velvety cannoli, every bite feels like a revelation. The secret: superlative ingredients and strictly seasonal produce. And while Italy’s culinary soul might be earthy and rustic, it’s equally ingenious and sophisticated. Expect some of the world’s top fine-dining destinations, from San Pellegrino ‘World’s Best 50’ hotspots to Michelin-starred musts. So whether you’re on a degustation odyssey in Modena, truffle hunting in Piedmont or swilling powerhouse reds in the Valpolicella wine region, prepare to swoon.

Cultural Riches

Epicentre of the Roman Empire and birthplace of the Renaissance, this sun-kissed virtuoso groans under the weight of its cultural cachet: it’s here that you’ll stand in the presence of Michelangelo’s David and Sistine Chapel frescoes, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera and da Vinci’s The Last Supper. In fact, Italy has more Unesco World Heritage cultural sites than any other country on Earth. Should you walk in the footsteps of saints and emperors in Rome, revel in Ravenna’s glittering Byzantine treasures or get breathless over Giotto’s revolutionary frescoes in Padua? It’s a cultural conundrum as thrilling as it is overwhelming.
Source: Lonely Planet

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Arrival in Rome

Upon arrival at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, meet a Yatra representative and transfer to the hotel. Rome, the national capital of Italy, is the political and religious centre of the country. For many centuries, it was the seat of the Roman Empire, which controlled the fate of much of Europe. Various monuments that remain here are a testament to its glorious past. On reaching the hotel, check-in and enjoy an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Rome City Tour

Start your day with a healthy breakfast at the hotel, and then head out to explore the fascinating city of Rome. Take the 24-hour pass for the hop-on hop-off tour, which will take you to some of the biggest attractions in the Italian capital. The best thing about this tour is that you can explore the sites of your liking, and spend as much time as you want, at the places you want to. After touring the city, return to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Day 3 - Rome to Florence

After a filling meal in the morning, check-out from the hotel and move to the railway station to board the train to Florence. Located in Central Italy, about 230 km from the capital, Florence is noted all over the world for its art and craft. The historic centre of the city has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a major attraction for cultural enthusiasts. Owing to the various clothing brands that operate here, Florence has gained an important place in the Italian fashion scene and hosts a number of international shows every year. On reaching your destination, transfer to the hotel and check-in to rest.

Day 4 - Trip to Pisa

Following a delectable meal in the morning, travel to Pisa on Seat-in-coach (SIC) basis. About 80 km to the west of Florence, Pisa is noted for the various historical buildings located here. It is a peaceful university town, admired by all for its artistic and architectural treasures. The world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa or the freestanding bell tower of the cathedral is also here. On arrival here, explore it and later return to the hotel in Florence to rest.

Day 5 - Florence to Venice

After a mouth-watering breakfast at the hotel, check-out and board the train to Venice. Venice has always been a place of great significance for Italy and Europe. Whether for its commercial and cultural link with Asia in medieval times or as a major tourist destination in today's era, the city has always been famous. The city is situated on a group of islands, linked together by canals and bridges. On reaching the city, transfer to the hotel, check-in and relax.
In the evening, head out to enjoy a gondola ride (own arrangement), and after that retreat to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 6 - Sightseeing Excursion

Post a savoury breakfast, embark on an excursion (SIC basis) to explore the region.The tour will take you to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Founded between the 5th and 7th centuries, Murano is an island, northeast of Venice in the Veneto region of Italy. The place experienced rapid growth in the late 13th century when glass furnaces were brought here. It developed into a major manufacturer of Venetian glass and exported the item to the rest of Europe. Burano is a cluster of four islands, located in the north-eastern suburb of Venice. It is believed that it was founded in the 5th century by refugees, who came from Altino. The paths along the canals here are lined with bright houses that give it a unique identity.