Italy Family Highlights

8 days from $4,260 pp based on a family of 4*
  • Discover Rome and Florence on privately walking tours with knowledgeable guides.
  • Visit Rome’s amazing Colosseum and take a bike ride to explore its Catacombs.
  • Explore Venice on foot and by private gondola.
  • Make glass artwork in Venice and delicious food in Florence at private expert-led workshops.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium family-friendly accommodations.
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With its fascinating ruins, magical art, open spaces, and abundance of tasty treats, Italy seems almost tailor-made for kids (not to mention their accompanying adults). Got a fussy eater? The homeland of pizza and gelato will turn them into a gourmet overnight. Got a sourpuss who thinks history is just boring old stuff? Fill their head with stories of gladiators and secret tunnels and watch how quickly the past comes to life. This family-focused itinerary blends discovery, sightseeing, and plenty of hands-on action in Rome, Florence, and Venice into a transformative experience they’ll remember forever.

Naturally, it all starts in Rome where you’ll have the chance to stretch your legs and refuel after your flight on a privately guided walking tour that takes in the city’s delightful atmosphere and delicious food. (Think pizza blanca, mortadella, and ice cream galore.) Next, take the kids back in time to the days of Ancient Rome on a private tour of the Colosseum, the ruins of the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill where, according to legend, Romulus first settled what would later become the seat of an empire. Later, spend a pleasant half-day biking out to Rome’s famous Catacombs, a vast network of underground tunnels where early Christians buried their dead (don’t worry; all the bones are long gone!) before biking back along the ancient Appian Way with refreshments along the route. Next stop: Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Here, you’ll step out on a family walking tour of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities accompanied by a private guide who will explain the significance of oft-photographed landmarks like Piazza della Signoria, Piazza del Duomo, and Giotto's Campanile (bell tower). Florence’s food is as famous as its art, and the whole family will have the chance to try their hand at making some under the guidance of an expert chef at a half-day cooking class. (Save room for tiramisu!) The experience winds up in Venice, which you’ll explore on a private walking tour and gondola cruise before having a go at making glass artwork in an artists workshop on the island of Murano. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Rome
    Rome
    • Private Transfer - Airport (Fiumicino/Ciampino) with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Italy - Welcome Package
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Taste of Italy Walking Tour (2 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 2 Rome
    Rome
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Colosseum & Ancient Rome Walking Tour (2.5 hrs) - Guide
    • Optional: Glorious Gelato
  • Day 3 Rome
    Rome
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Cycling Through the Catacombs (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Rome to Florence
    Rome to Florence
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Rome - Florence [1.5 hrs ] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver (8)
    • Private Tour - Family Walking Tour (2 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Florence
    Florence
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Cooking Class for the Family (with Lunch, 3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Chef
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Florence to Venice
    Florence to Venice
    • Private Transfer - Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver (8)
    • Train - Florence - Venice [2 hrs] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station with Meet & Greet - WaterTaxi/Assistant/Driver
    • Private Tour - Gondola & Walking Tour (2 hrs) - Gondola/Guide
  • Day 7 Venice
    Venice
    • Private Tour - Become a Murano Glass Artist (3 hrs) - Instructor/Assistant
  • Day 8 Venice
    Venice
    • Private Transfer - Airport (Venice Island) Departure with Assistant - WaterTaxi/Assistant/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Day 1: Rome

Meet your private English-speaking assistant outside of airport customs. Waiting with a sign with your name on it, they will direct you to your awaiting private transfer, and accompany you to your hotel for check-in.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Meet your private guide, a local food connoisseur, and depart on foot for a 2-hour walking tour through Rome, discovering the famous delights of Italian delicatessen, from pizza bianca to mortadella and ice cream. Stroll through Rome's enchanting squares and neighborhoods while tasting your way through some of the city's best shops, restaurants, and markets. Your passionate guide will help you discover the secrets of world-renowned Italian cuisine, bringing you around to a number of included tastings, as you follow your nose and let your stomach lead the way on this delicious gastronomic journey with the family.

Accommodation: The Inn at Spanish Steps

Formerly a stately 18th century home, The Inn at the Spanish Steps has been fully renovated with modern comforts, offering a boutique hideaway in the very heart of Rome. The unbeatable location of this charming hotel allows guests to walk to world famous sites such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon within minutes, not to mention the Spanish Steps that practically lead to the hotel's front door. With designer fashion houses as neighbors, and uniquely styled guestrooms and family rooms, guests will live in style while visiting Rome. Listed as a national monument, this boutique hotel will only enhance your historic experience in the Eternal City.

Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cafe in Rome
Cafe in Rome
Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona

Day 2: Rome

Departing on foot with a private guide, take a step back in time and discover the fascinating world of ancient Rome. Your children will be given a highly entertaining game booklet as your family learns everything about gladiators' life and their fighting techniques with a visit to the historic Colosseum, one of the world's most celebrated buildings. Built 2,000 years ago, this epic stadium formerly held gladiatorial contests and other public spectacles. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and gaze out across the stadium floor imagining the roar of 80,000 boisterous spectators from ancient Rome! Learn of the power of senators end emperors of Ancient Rome, continuing through the Roman Forum, the center of Imperial Rome. Stroll the ancient Forum, passing the rostrum where Mark Anthony made his impassioned speech over the body of Julius Caesar. With history dating back well over two millennia, picture yourself as a citizen of ancient Rome, walking the site of triumphal processions, political and social debate, criminal trials and more. Your guide will maintain a perfect balance of fact and fun, to keep everyone interested!

Optional (Not Included):
With some time at leisure, why not set out to independently explore Rome's gelato scene for some gourmet Italian ice cream. Discover unique artisanal flavors like chili and chocolate, black sesame, or pear and gorgonzola. While new shops are always opening, and others drifting out of popularity, old favorites include 'San Crispino' near Trevi Fountain, or 'Ci gusta!' just steps away from the Pantheon.

Accommodation: The Inn at Spanish Steps
Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Colosseum
Colosseum
Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gelato
Gelato

Day 3: Rome

A private English-speaking driver will take you from your hotel, bringing you to the south of Rome where you'll meet up with your private guide, get outfitted with helmets and electric-assisted mountain bikes, and head out with the aim to go deep underground to visit Rome's famous Catacombs. Over 2,000 years ago, thousands of people were buried underground in the Catacombs. All bones have been removed, but you'll learn of countless amazing and creepy stories about this sacred burial place. Ride out on cycling paths for a safer and more comfortable cycling tour, where you can enjoy being outside of the city and away from the dense traffic of Rome. Once you reach the Catacombs, you'll join others and enter as a group, as private visits of this protected site are not possible. Explore the narrow, cavernous subterranean passageways, seeing the various burial chambers dug into the rock, lit just enough to maintain its spooky aura. After your visit, you'll ride back to central Rome along the ancient Appian Way, stopping for a cheese and wine break (soft drinks for children) in the Caffarella Park, a great way to finish your cycling adventure, before meeting your driver for a return transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: The Inn at Spanish Steps
Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cycling the Appian Way
Cycling the Appian Way

Day 4: Rome - Florence

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Depart by train from Rome to Florence. Approximate travel time is 1.5 hours.

A private vehicle and driver will escort you to the train station today in Florence. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer, this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.

Walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci on an orientation walking tour of Florence with a private guide. After meeting your guide at your hotel, you'll be led through the small pedestrian streets of the city, spotting the many artistic masterpieces and exciting discoveries that can be found around each corner. Discover the city’s highlights, including the sculptures of Piazza Della Signoria, and the 14th century jewel bridge, Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s oldest bridge. In Cathedral Square, gaze up at the massive 13th-15th century Florence Cathedral (or Duomo) and 277-foot Giotto's Bell Tower, which dominate the skyline, as well as the nearby 11th century Romanesque Baptistery with its Paradise Door. To keep all members of the family happy and engaged, a fun-packed game booklet including challenges and riddles will be provided for your children. They’ll just have to listen to the exciting fun facts and stories told by the guide to complete their mission!

Accommodation: Villa Cora

Villa Cora is located inside a centuries-old park that overlooks the Boboli Gardens, on the hills just outside of Florence. Throughout the years, the villa has become one of the major cultural and cosmopolitan symbols of Florence, by hosting internationally famous guests. At Villa Cora, every room is designed to create unique surroundings where luxury and elegance are combined harmoniously, and aesthetic taste is accompanied by high quality comfort. Experience the authentic flavors of Italian traditional cuisine in the villa’s restaurant and enjoy a relaxing break in the villa’s spa and the many amenities it has to offer. Sip wine by the outdoor pool, and take an inspiring walk in the enchanting garden park surrounding the villa.

Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Discover Florence
Discover Florence
Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Michelangelo's Statue of David
Michelangelo's Statue of David

Day 5: Florence

Enjoy delicious Italian cuisine prepared by your family under the guidance of an experienced local chef during a private half-day cooking class. Prepare pasta, pizza, or a typical Florentine meal, a picture-perfect way to get everyone interested in Italian food! Meet your private English-speaking driver at your hotel and depart for a private kitchen in the heart of Florence where you'll meet your entertaining expert chef. It's now time to get your hands deliciously dirty. So what’s on the menu? A traditional child-friendly Florentine meal, such as gnocchi with pesto sauce (starter), veal with zucchini soufflé (main) and tiramisu (dessert). Every member of your family will participate in the preparation of this child-friendly meal, and have fun while doing so! And once everything is ready, why not sit down, relax and enjoy what you prepared. Nothing tastes better than home made cuisine, especially when you have help from an expert chef.

Accommodation: Villa Cora
Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cooking Class
Cooking Class

Day 6: Florence - Venice

A private vehicle and driver will escort you to the train station today in Florence. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer, this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.

Depart by train from Florence to Venice. Approximate travel time is 2 hours.

Meet your private English-speaking assistant who will be waiting for you on the arrivals platform with a sign with your name on it. They will locate your awaiting private water taxi, and accompany you to your hotel for check-in.

The best way to leap into the heart of Venice is by enjoying a traditional gondola ride. At your hotel, meet up with your private guide who will show you to your private gondola and gondolier. Glide relaxingly through Venice's inner canals, the Grand Canal, and under the Rialto Bridge, hearing fascinating stories as you venture through Venice's classic waterways for 40 minutes. From there, you'll step back onto land where your children, with the help of their entertaining game booklet and your guide, will bring you from Rialto Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs, passing more of the city's highlights and curiosities, like the Bovolo Staircase for an amazing view of the city, the iconic Teatro La Fenice, and, last but not least, Saint Mark’s Square with the iconic Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. 

Accommodation: Hotel L`Orologio Venezia

Housed in the San Polo district, Hotel L'Orologio Venezia sits quietly on the world famous Grand Canal, attracting beautiful views all around the hotel. In each moment, guests can recognize Venice's iconic gondolas floating down the canal, and see the local way of life taking place, adding an authentic essence to the stay. The hotel's decor holds a traditional Venetian style, adding rich hues in every room. On the ground floor, the large space containing the reception, bar and lounge area is conjoined by quartz concrete flooring in a warm sepia, red tone. The walls feature original wall tapestries restored and modernized with a red lime wash, and the original wooden ceilings have been restored and maintained. The rooms are spacious and feature views of the canal or the inner courtyard.

Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gondola Ride
Gondola Ride
Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gondola on the Grand Canal
Gondola on the Grand Canal

Day 7: Venice

When it comes to glass, there's just no better place in the world than Murano, an island in the Venetian lagoon that has been creating extraordinary works of glass for many centuries. Today you'll discover the excitement and joy of creating your own 2-hour Murano-style glass decoration in glass workshop in Venice, with a private glass making instructor. A private English-speaking assistant will walk you through scenic Venice, from your hotel to the South San Marco neighborhood where the workshop is held. After a few instructions and safety tips from your instructor, it will be your turn to create colorful glass tiles. You can do what you want, but for a perfect Venetian souvenir, you might want to recreate an iconic Venetian element such as St. Mark’s Campanile or a winged lion! During this workshop, your expert glass maker will teach you all the techniques, but will also perform a demonstration of glass blowing. Because glass has to cook for at least 24 hours, your creation will be delivered to your hotel in Venice in the following days. Shipment directly to your home can also be arranged at an additional charge. Return to your hotel on foot with the guidance of your private assistant.

Accommodation: Hotel L`Orologio Venezia
Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Glass Workshop
Glass Workshop

Day 8: Venice

Meet your private English-speaking assistant who will accompany you on your transfer to Marco Polo Airport by private water taxi.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

The Inn at Spanish Steps: Rome

Formerly a stately 18th century home, The Inn at the Spanish Steps has been fully renovated with modern comforts, offering a boutique hideaway in the very heart of Rome. The unbeatable location of this charming hotel allows guests to walk to world famous sites such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon within minutes, not to mention the Spanish Steps that practically lead to the hotel's front door. With designer fashion houses as neighbors, and uniquely styled guestrooms and family rooms, guests will live in style while visiting Rome. Listed as a national monument, this boutique hotel will only enhance your historic experience in the Eternal City.

Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Inn at the Spanish Steps
The Inn at the Spanish Steps

Villa Cora : Florence

Villa Cora is located inside a centuries-old park that overlooks the Boboli Gardens, on the hills just outside of Florence. Throughout the years, the villa has become one of the major cultural and cosmopolitan symbols of Florence, by hosting internationally famous guests. At Villa Cora, every room is designed to create unique surroundings where luxury and elegance are combined harmoniously, and aesthetic taste is accompanied by high quality comfort. Experience the authentic flavors of Italian traditional cuisine in the villa’s restaurant and enjoy a relaxing break in the villa’s spa and the many amenities it has to offer. Sip wine by the outdoor pool, and take an inspiring walk in the enchanting garden park surrounding the villa.

Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Villa Cora
Villa Cora
Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lounge
Lounge

Hotel L`Orologio Venezia : Venice

Housed in the San Polo district, Hotel L'Orologio Venezia sits quietly on the world famous Grand Canal, attracting beautiful views all around the hotel. In each moment, guests can recognize Venice's iconic gondolas floating down the canal, and see the local way of life taking place, adding an authentic essence to the stay. The hotel's decor holds a traditional Venetian style, adding rich hues in every room. On the ground floor, the large space containing the reception, bar and lounge area is conjoined by quartz concrete flooring in a warm sepia, red tone. The walls feature original wall tapestries restored and modernized with a red lime wash, and the original wooden ceilings have been restored and maintained. The rooms are spacious and feature views of the canal or the inner courtyard.

Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel L'Orologio Venezia
Hotel L'Orologio Venezia
Italy Family Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -   Hotel L'Orologio Venezia Lobby
Hotel L'Orologio Venezia Lobby

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • John H. — December 27, 2018 — Europe

    Outstanding tour. The guides were all great. Everything was top notch.

  • Anthony D. — October 24, 2018 — Europe

    We loved it all!

  • Bianca M. — December 26, 2018 — Europe

    The tour guides were exceptional - especially Michael, the guide for Versailles!

  • Howard K. — September 11, 2018 — Europe

    Edita Kara was outstanding! She was patient through all our changes, accommodating us and providing her professional experience at all times. The hotels as well as the tours were exceptional. We were very pleased with the Kensington package and would use them - and Edita as well - in a heartbeat.

  • Carol W. — October 09, 2018 — Europe

    Every part of the trip was perfectly planned and orchestrated. The drivers and tour guides were wonderful and so informed regarding the sites that we saw. Fabulous trip.

  • Donna Z. — October 19, 2018 — Europe

    The trips into Tuscany were lovely, the cars were clean and the drivers were accommodating. Everything went smoothly and the cooking class in Florence was so much fun. I am looking forward to my next adventure with Kensington.

  • Indira M. — November 24, 2018 — Europe

    Chantal Gouveia has done an excellent job in booking our trip. Chantal was on the top of the local contacts and made our trip as smooth as possible. Local contacts and guides were very knowledgeable and courteous.

  • Susan C. — October 11, 2018 — Europe

    Working with Danny Shanahan was a real pleasure. He was lovely, very professional and knowledgeable. Our trip was just so enjoyable and stress free. The hotels were perfect, the restaurants booked by Kensington were authentic and food was excellent. The flamenco show was so much fun and the venue was relaxing and intimate. Our guides were prompt, smart and passionate about their country. A really wonderful group of individuals. It was very reassuring to know we always had a person on the ground to call if necessary. This was an A-plus trip and we will always have wonderful memories of a beautiful country and it’s warm and welcoming citizens.

  • Marsha H. — August 29, 2018 — Europe

    Kensington gave us exactly the vacation we asked for and more. The hotels were the BEST - centrally located with all the amenities, complimentary breakfast and accommodating staff. The guides were prompt, knowledgeable and willing to bend with our requests. The Welcome Packages held everything we needed for each country.

  • James J. — October 17, 2018 — Europe

    We are very satisfied with the overall tour experience. The tours were very well organized and the guides were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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