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

Hold on to your helmet for this family expedition marching through the Eternal City of Rome, illustrious Florence and the historic lagoon of Venice. Experience life as a Roman gladiator and learn the basics of sword-fighting, toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain and create your own Venetian Carnival mask before devouring the pizza you've just learnt to make.

Trip type: Family Experience

Trip code: FGIC

9 Nights


14 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 5 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

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

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 enjoy a slice or two.

Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

Optional Experiences

The Pope's Castle And Pantheon

Castel Sant' Angelo has passages, stairways, cannon and ramparts that are just waiting to be explored. The castle has many ancient secrets and wonderful views over the River Tiber, and you’ll also visit the incredible Pantheon which was built by the Emperor Hadrian in 126 AD.

Adult Price: €41.00

Roman Evening

Enjoy this evening by visiting the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and other unique sites of the eternal city! A light dinner accompanied by music will top off the experience.

Adult Price: €50.00

4. Rome – Florence (3 Nights)

After a leisurely start this morning drive north through picturesque scenery to the Renaissance city of Florence for a three-night stay.

Buffet Breakfast
Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

Optional Experiences

An Introduction To Florence

Enjoy a drive up to one of the highest points that overlooks the city of Florence. Afterwards, you'll join our Local Specialist at the River Arno to take a walk over the Ponte Vecchio, see the new market, admire Piazza della Republica, the Bargello Museum and Dante's House. Then we will finish off with a Carousel Ride for the younger participants (if available).

Adult Price: €34.00

5. Florence Sightseeing

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 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. The villa has featured as a film location in numerous films including 'A Room with a View' by James Ivory. You will be hosted by the family and enjoy local specialities.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

6. Florence – Excursion to Pisa

Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa. In the UNESCO World Heritage Site Piazza del Duomo 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

Optional Experiences

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of the local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.

Adult Price: €64.00

Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’ of Tuscany. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vineyards and olive groves, this is Italy’s best preserved medieval city and will give you a taste of day-to-day life in Italy during the Middle Ages.

Adult Price: €35.00

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

Optional Experiences

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.

Adult Price: €70.00

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

Optional Experiences

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

Adult Price: €70.00

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 Small Group Sightseeing walking tour. Later join your fellow travellers for a delicious Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in Mestre.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Accompanied by a Local Specialist, you'll visit the magnificent Doge's Palace and its elegant courtyards, which are home to the rulers of the Venetian republic. After, you'll get to explore the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist, patron saint of Venice.

Adult Price: €42.00

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

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy local Tuscan cuisine with Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th century organic olive oil estate in the Tuscan hills, used as a location for many famous films like ‘Room with a View’ and ‘Tea with Mussolini’

  • Cultural Insights
    Experience life as a gladiator with an included visit to a Gladiator School in Rome. Learn how to make authentic pizza in Rome and then savour the taste of your creation. Indulge in an Italian gelato at a local 'gelateria' in Florence. Learn about the Venetian tradition of carnival masks and paint your own to take home and visit a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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

  • Small Group Sightseeing
    A guided walking tour of 'Secret Venice' to the Rialto food market with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience

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Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice

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

    • Orientation of Pisa

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

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

What's Included


    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Imagine the thundering applause of a crowded amphitheatre as you learn about life as a Roman gladiator and the basics of sword fighting.

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • 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

    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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