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Gladiators Gondolas and Gold

10 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

Rome's savagery, Venice's decadence and Florence's romance merge on this Family Experiences tour of Italy.

"The experience was superb"


About this trip

Rome's savagery, Florence's romance and Venice's decadence – this family trip introduces the different characters of Italy, with three nights in three diverse cities.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… feeling the heavy weight of the sword in your hand, as an expert teaches your family age-old combat skills at a Gladiator training school, and shares tales of ancient Rome's gruesome battles.

Trip type: Family Experience

Trip code: FGIC

9 Nights


14 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch.

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Gladiators Gondolas and Gold

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

Welcome to Italy. After check-in take a wander through the city's ancient streets and soak up the amazing atmosphere. This afternoon meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kick-off Party.

Kick-Off Party
Crowne Plaza St. Peters

2. Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour starting with a guided visit of the Vatican Museums featuring Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Explore St. Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the world. Across the Tiber in ancient Rome, visit the Colosseum, former site of gladiatorial combat, and see the other ancient sites of Rome.

Buffet Breakfast

3. Rome – Visit a Gladiator School and Free Time

Today experience life as a Roman gladiator. After a short introduction to Roman history from your Local Specialist, you will learn the basics of gladiatorial sword fighting - an experience to remember forever. This afternoon explore the city on your own. Rome's rich history is apparent everywhere you look and there is so much to see and do. Perhaps take a trip to the Castel Sant'Angelo, relax in the Villa Borghese or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. This evening gain a Cultural Insight during an authentic Italian pizza cooking demonstration and eat it too.

Buffet Breakfast

4. Rome – Assisi – Florence (3 Nights)

With a Local Specialist discover Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, nestled on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Visit St. Francis' Basilica and the town where the saint founded the Order of Franciscans. Arrive later in the spectacular city of Florence.

Buffet Breakfast
Grand Mediterraneo

5. Florence Sightseeing and Free Time

See the sights of Florence during your walking tour with a Local Specialist including the magnificent Duomo and the famous Baptistery. Marvel at Michelangelo's statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. Afterwards your Travel Director will take you to indulge in a refreshing gelato a Cultural Insight in the city where it was invented. This evening join your companions for a special Be My Guest dinner at a magnificent Tuscan villa with beautiful views across olive groves and vineyards.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

6. Florence – Excursion to Pisa

Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa. In the Square of Miracles see the famous Leaning Tower as well as the beautiful sculpted marble cathedral. See the baptistery and the cemetery built on soil from Calvary in the Holy Land. Later arrive back to Florence to enjoy free time exploring the city.

Buffet Breakfast

7. Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)

Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains and stop in Bologna – the home of Bolognese sauce – for a wonderful sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Arrive later this afternoon in the magical island city of Venice – Queen of the Adriatic.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

8. Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation

Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and view the Bridge of Sighs where condemned prisoners caught their last glimpse of the city. View the exquisite Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile. Experience a Cultural Insight first hand during a glassblowing demonstration and learn about the Venetian tradition of Carnival masks with the chance to paint and decorate your own. Later perhaps take a ride on a gondola – it's a great way to see the city in all its glory.

Buffet Breakfast

9. Secret Venice Walking Tour and Visit to the Rialto Food Market

Glide along the canals to the Rialto Bridge. Gain a Cultural Insight on your visit to an ancient food market and see the hidden parts of Venice during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. Later join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Lunch at a local restaurant.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Lunch

10. Depart Venice

Say ‘ciao Italia' at the end of your successful Italian adventure as you prepare to return home with fantastic memories of your family holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice.

  • Local Specialists
    Enjoy a guided Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of ‘Secret Venice' to the Rialto Bridge and famous fish market.

  • Cultural Insights
    Experience life as a gladiator with an included visit to a Gladiator School in Rome.

  • Cultural Insights
    Learn how to make authentic pizza in Rome and then get to eat it too.

  • Cultural Insights
    Gelato tasting at a local gelateria in Florence to sample this delicious and refreshing local speciality.

  • Cultural Insights
    Learn about the Venetian tradition of carnival masks and paint your own to take home.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island.

  • Be My Guest
    Visit an organic olive oil estate dating back to the 15th century in the Tuscan hills. The villa has been used as a location for many famous films and it is here that you will be welcomed by the family and have a delicious dinner of local specialities.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice

    • Orientation of Pisa

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum in Rome, St. Francis' Basilica in Assisi and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence

    • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square

    • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice

What's Included


    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch.

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 23 Reviews

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    Great well rounded trip. Most meals were excellent. Tour guide was excellent as well. It was a very memorable tour.

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    Fantastic. Armando was a marvelous tour guide, very friendly, approachable, capable (we had two medical situations of some import which he dealt with with compassion and professionalism) and extremely knowledgable.

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    Service rating : Great experience. We'll planned.Product : Good family fun. KidsWere well entertained.

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    Service rating : Outstanding! All elements from start to finish were taken care of. There were many occasions ont eh trip where we saw "Hidden Treasures" and the "Be My Guest" dinning experiences were sensational.Product : Pizza making and Gladiators School in Rome were my 7 years old son's

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    Service rating : The service received by Driver and tour director were excellentProduct : The tour was ok but there is far to many hidden costs eg extra tours that we had no idea before doing the tour and when you take a family the extra expense is to prohibitive these tours should be included or

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