All roads lead to Rome... They wind toward the Eternal City from Venice, labyrinthine city of art, romance, and palazzo-lined waterways... or to Florence, hip center of fashion, finance and culture, where Gucci, da Vinci, the Renaissance, and gold currency were born... They are the backroads that embark on a sojourn through the vineyards of Tuscany, sampling wine and local cuisine... They arrive at the hub of the Ancient World, in the heart of the modern metropolis, close to the Colosseum, the Appian Way and the Vatican, to discover the glories of Rome... And in today’s modern Italy, the roads are joined by high-speed rail that closes the distance and makes the most of your time... a journey of timeless pleasures
First Class train rides from Venice to Florence and Rome reveal Italy’s history in just one week... scripted in golden mosaics inside St. Mark’s Basilica... etched into art in the Uffizi... poured in Tuscan wines aged in a 4th-century abbey cellar... sculpted in the arched walls of the Roman Colosseum, still echoing ancient roars... and frescoed with astonishing splendor in the Vatican Museums. Take a walking tour of Venice with a local guide introducing St. Mark’s Basilica and the 14th-century Doge’s Palace. Meet Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and other Renaissance artists at the Uffizi Gallery during a private after-hours visit. Attend a wine-pairing lunch, with a taste of locally produced olive oil and cellar-aged Sangiovese wines. In Rome, go to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after hours – no lines, no waiting...
TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS – Travel from Florence through the Chianti hills, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, on a day trip to Badia di Passignano; the hilly landscape, basking in golds and greens, is filled with vineyards and olive groves
TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Discover the art of Florence through the eyes of an art expert during a private, after-hours guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery with a local expert
TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – After-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, without the crowds; see the treasures of the Vatican unhurried, at your own pace
TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Special cellar tour and wine-pairing lunch featuring traditional Tuscan cuisine and local wine plus an olive-oil tasting at the osteria of a famed monastery in the Chianti hills
Enjoy a locally-guided visit to St. Marks Basilica and the 14th-century Doge's Palace
See historic landmarks sights of Imperial Rome through the eyes of a local guide including the seven hills, the Baths of Caracella, and the Forum with an inside guided visit of the Colosseum