10-Days Italy Pizza & Pasta

Milan,  Riomaggiore, Pisa, Rome, Florence, Venice, & Verona

Get ready for an awesome journey through the epic scenery of Italy! 🚄🇮🇹 Travel your way through this ultimate northern giro d’Italia on this 10-day Italian escapade. We’ll hug the beautiful Ligurian coastline, make a pit stop in the super picturesque fishing village of Riomaggiore, and then journey down to Rome, where we immerse ourselves in the historical epicentre of the first superpower, stopping on the way to check out the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa!

From Florence we explore the incredible sun-baked Tuscan hills, and our grand finale? Venice! Get ready to get gloriously lost in the labyrinth of winding streets and canals between Santa Lucia and Piazza San Marco!

You’ll feast on local seafood, engage in pasta and pizza showdowns, learn to cook like an Italian, see out of this world architecture, maybe dress like an Italian in Florence, cradle a calico of chianti in the rolling Tuscan hills, serenade Juliet in Verona, and chase the shadows with a Spritz Aperol as the sun sets over Venice Lagoon. 🍕🚆🍝😂🌟🍾🌆🌅 🚤

At a glance

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South from Milan to Riomaggiore and Rome

Our journey kicks off in the fashion-forward vibrant city of Milan and takes a delightful dip south to the Ligurian coastline as we train to the Insta-famous Riomaggiore. Imagine sipping vino on the pier as the sun does its epic grand finale! 📸

Then, drumroll, you are hanging with ancient superpowers in Rome.  A city where history and culture high-five you at every corner, sometimes literally, thanks to all those colosseums and ancient ruins. Plus, there’s more pizza and pasta than you can shake a breadstick at. 🍕🍷 So get ready for a journey that’s a mix of glam, sea breeze, and ancient wonders – the ultimate Italian remix! 😂🇮🇹🌅

North to Florence, Venice, Verona and Milan

Stroll through the same streets that inspired Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Galileo Galilei in Florence. Then, while you’re in Tuscany, sip Chianti like it’s your job and nibble on exquisite platters of goodies in vineyards that look like they’ve been plucked right out of a movie scene.

Prepare to get gloriously lost (and eventually found) in Venice – it’s like a real-life labyrinth, but with way better photo ops. You’ll also get a lesson in glass blowing on Murano Island (caution: things might get hot), and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be serenaded on a Venetian Gondola or under Juliet’s balcony, because Italy wouldn’t be Italy without a bit of amore in the air. 🍕🍝🍷🚤😂❤️

Ciao, Connect with your U.Guide and group – and let the Pizza feast begin

Buongiorno e Benvenuto to Milan where we kick off our northern journey of the boot-shaped wonderland, Italy! Get ready for a passionate love affair with food, wine, larger than life local characters, and stunning architecture set in equally stunning landscapes.

Your Italian escapade starts in Milan, the fashion capital of the world, where even the pigeons strut their stuff on the side walks. Meet your U.Guide and fellow explorers to answer any burning questions.

After our introductions, we hit the cobbled streets around the Piazza del Duomo in search of a local pizzeria, because why wait until tomorrow when you can have pizza now? Luigi, if you’re listening, step aside, because us U. Travellers take our pizza very seriously! 🇮🇹 🍝🍷 🍕 😄 🕺

Included activities: Meet & Greet with your U.Guide and fellow travellers.  Evening tour of Milan central with a vino in the cobbled Piazza del Duomo
Accomodation: Twins and triples in Milan hotel

Day 1: Milan

Village life on the Ligurian Coast

Get ready to kick off this adventure in style! Our first stop? The oh-so-pretty coastal town of Riomaggiore! Riomaggiore is like that charming friend who always knows how to strike a pose for Instagram. It’s part of the famous Cinque Terre, where five interconnected villages of colourful buildings stack up amongst the rocky cliffs like lego, separated by steep narrow lanes crammed with bars full of wonderful seafood goodies, specialty pastries, and… oh, it might be a good time to mention the thick black hot scrumptious syrup the Italians called cafe.

Framed by dramatic seaside vistas, this is a  memorable way to dive into your Italian dream tour! We’ll stroll along the cliff tops, poke our heads into local shops and explore the historical centre cut into the rocks, immersing ourselves in the laid-back coastal vibes.

As day turns into night, we’re in for a real treat. We’ll snag a bottle of vino, and maybe even some local bruschetta, and watch the sun do a graceful swan dive into the Ligurian Sea from the Riomaggiore harbour. It’s an Insta-moment you won’t want to miss to capture the village’s unique charm. So, get ready for some mesmerising sights, both in your camera and on your plate!

Included activities: Hiking the historical villages of Cinque Terra

Accomodation: Twins and triples at a Riomaggiore hotel

Day 2: Milan - Riomaggiore

We are being amazing people in a beautiful city

Rise and shine! The talented Mr. Ripley is bidding adieu to Riomaggiore (the movie was filmed here in case the reference didn’t quite ring a bell) and leading us southward to the grand Italian capital. But not without a planned pit stop mid-journey, to check out the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Prepare yourselves for an iconic and absolute must-do tourist action: that must have photo of you truly attempting to hold up the tower!!

We roll into the ‘Eternal City’, with its spectacular architecture this afternoon.. After checking into our cool inner city hostel, we’ll embark on a culinary adventure in a private cooking class. Get ready to unravel the secrets of crafting outstanding fettuccine and that devilishly moreish Italian dessert – tiramisu with a localRoman chef.

After whipping up both meals, it’s time to kick back, relax, savour the company, and sip on a glass of local red wine while your pasta is lovingly drenched in a sauce of your choosing. Then, your meal culminates with a sweet finale – your homemade tiramisu, all of this happening in the cozy home of our incredible local Italian hosts! So get ready for a day of travel that’s as delicious as it is enthralling, all in the name of becoming honorary Italian chefs! 😄👩‍🍳🇮🇹 🍝🍰🍷 🏛️

Included activities: Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italian cooking class
Accomodation: Triple and quad share in a funky Roman hostel

Day 3: Riomaggiore - Rome

A lesson in incredible history

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but hey, we’ll give it our best shot to see it all in one day! So, lace up those sneakers, stash that spare charger (you’ll need it), and brace yourself for a day of epic exploration in this time-traveling city. Rome, the city that’ll leave you breathless, with its bustling urban vibe and more monuments than you can shake a gladiator’s sword at, not to mention a gazillion churches, jaw-dropping fountains, and a mind-blowing archaeological heritage! 🏰

From the Colosseum to the Vatican, from the Trevi Fountain to cozy local trattorias – today is all about larger-than-life experiences and getting lost in the sea of culture.

We’ll explore from the crack of dawn until the stars come out, and then we’ll seek refuge in a local restaurant to devour a truly Italian pizza and wash it down with a brewski. Just remember, Rome wasn’t conquered in a day either, so get ready for an unforgettable whirlwind of history, art, and a fair share of gelato-induced happiness! 🇮🇹🍕🎨 🍦😂 😅

Included activities: Guided Rome walking tour
Accomodation: Triple and quad share funky Roman hostel

Day 4: Rome

From Roman Empire to Renaissance Revolution

Alright folks, we’re not exactly rising with the roosters today. We’re talking mid-morning exit here, as we bid arrivederci to the Italian capital of flare and set our sights northward to Florence, the powerhouse city of medieval Europe and ground zero for the Renaissance.

We’ll make our grand entrance early in the afternoon, leaving you plenty of time to tame your unruly backpacks and perhaps apply that much-needed splash of cologne or perfume (don’t worry, we won’t judge). Then, it’s time to hit the streets and explore Florence on foot.

Picture this: the old town of Florence is a bit like a charming maze of cobblestone streets that wind their way around famous spots like the Uffizi Gallery, the iconic Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo (you can’t miss it), and Piazzale Michelangelo (bring your camera and your best smize).

And for all you shopaholics out there, Florence is basically a retail therapy paradise, especially if you’re in the market for a leather jacket or bag. The leather markets here are some of the best in the world. So, get ready to stroll, shop, and soak in the city’s art, history, and seriously fashionable vibes! 🛍️🎨🇮🇹😂 📸

Included activities: Florence guided tour by your U.Guide
Accommodation: Superior triple rooms in boutique hostel

Day 5: Rome to Florence

Sunbaked villages and epic wine covered hillsides – under the Tuscan sun

When in Florence, you can’t just stick to the city streets, you’ve got to conquer those magnificent Tuscan hills like a boss! Under that Tuscan sun is some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes anywhere in the world.

We kick off the day at the crack of dawn because, you know, the early bird catches the worm, or in this case, the best grapes! Our mission? To uncover not one, but two totally rad wineries nestled in the jaw-dropping Chianti Hills on this half-day excursion.

Aside from being surrounded by the kind of pure Tuscan beauty that’ll make you want to break into song, we’re going to meet some of the coolest local winemakers who’ll spill the beans on their grapey secrets. We’ll amble through vineyards that are basically the definition of ‘Instagrammable’, and let’s not forget the best part – we get to taste some of the most delicious local wines and dine on mouthwatering, local produce. It’s a day spent deep in the heart of Italian wine and food, and that’s amore! 🍇🍷

We’ll roll back into Florence by mid-afternoon, where you’ll have the rest of the day to revisit all your favourite spots at your own leisurely pace. So whether it’s a rematch with David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, another flirty wink at the Ponte Vecchio, or maybe just maybe you have convinced yourself to look at that leather bag once more, you’ve got the time to make your Florentine fantasies come true! 🏛️ 🍇🍷🌿 😂🇮🇹

Included activities: Tuscan wine and food exploration
Accommodation: Accommodation: Superior triple rooms in boutique hostel

Day 6: Florence - Tuscan exploration

Onward to ‘la Serenissima’

Ladies and gentlemen, as we gear up for our later train to the jaw-dropping wonderland of Venice today, let me tell you, the morning is all yours for a blockbuster brunch and some last-minute shopping to bring back the quirkiest souvenirs for family and friends.

The journey to Venice is like something out of a travel magazine, and trust me, you want that window seat – the views of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna race by like picture perfect postcards!Venice, unlike any other place on Earth, is everything you could possibly dream up and then some!

Tonight, as soon as we drop our bags, we’ll navigate the labyrinth of narrow streets to find a truly local restaurant away from the tourist traps that’s as cozy as your grandma’s house, but with seafood to die for. Expect an Aperol Spritz🍹 to magically appear in your hand as you soak in the enchanting ambiance along one of those iconic canals.

It’s Venice, where we learn about chasing the shadow of the church tower (un’ombra di vino) and sink headfirst into this surreal, watery wonderland of love! 😮 🚤🍹🦐 🚆🏞️📸 💫😂🍽️🎉 👜

Included activities: Guided Venetian evening tour
Accommodation: Twin and triple hotel rooms on Grand Canal

Day 7: Florence to Venice

Blowing glass, canals and living like a local in Venice

Wakey-wakey, team! Today, you’re going all out – and by “all out,” we mean you’re going to walk, ferry, and gondola our way through the city of water, spending most of our time on the main island (had you realised we are on an island?) before we make a fashionably late Italian entrance to Murano.

As for sights, we’re not just ticking boxes, we’re basically emptying the entire checklist! We’ve got the Basilica San Marco, the Doges Palace (no actual doges, just fancy old dudes), the Canal Grande (you’ll feel like you’re in a Bond movie), the Ponti di Rialto, the Mercati di Rialto, and the Laguna di Venezia. Plus, we’ll throw in a few bonus surprises because, well, we are locals! And if, by some miracle, we still have legs that haven’t mutinied on us after lunch, we’re catching a ferry to Murano to witness the mind-boggling Venetian tradition of glass blowing at an artisan’s workshop. Expect the heat to be turned up, both literally and figuratively!

But wait, there’s more! Once we’re back on the main island, we’re going out with a bang – a sunset extravaganza over at Lido. After that, it’s a very local experience – a ‘giro di baccari’ back to our digs. What’s that? Think of it like a bar/food crawl – stopping at the local bars and cafes for a little finger food and an optional spritz, we wind our way through a maze of canals and streets nibbling like mice on the cheese trail. “I’m so full, but I can’t stop eating, it’s so nice!” 🍹🥂🎉🇮🇹😂 🔥

Included activities: Guided Venetian walking tour, glass blowing at an artisan workshop, giro di baccari
Optional activities: Gondola ride
Accommodation: Twin and triple hotel rooms

Day 8: Venice

The show’s not over until Juliet waves goodbye

Just because it’s the last day doesn’t mean we’re tuning out. After a sightseeing marathon yesterday that’d make even Usain Bolt break a sweat, we’re hitting the road (or tracks, rather) and making our way back to Milan mid-morning. But hold on to your gondolas, because we’re not leaving the train without a little pit stop in the incredible historical city of Verona! 🚂

Verona is home to the largest coliseum outside of Rome, and you guessed it, THE balcony that was made famous in Shakespears’ Romeo and Juilet. After exploring the stunning walled city of Verona, we’re back on the train, zooming through the rolling hills of the industrial north until we hit Milan late afternoon. 🏛️🍝🇮🇹

Its our last night of this epic Pizza & Pasta trip so lets hit town and celebrate in style!

Included activities: Verona walking tour
Accomodation: Twins and triples in a Milan hotel

Day 9: Venice to Milan

Arrivederci e buon viaggio

And, then just like that, ten-days have gone and unfortunately for those leaving us today it’s ‘arrivederci!’ Until we meet again, as they say Italian. And what a wonderful Italian trip it has been too. We have seen loads of old stuff, we tasted great wines, bad liquors, and interesting pizzas, we’ve laughed, your U. Guide has cried, but we all agree – we lurve Italy! 🌍✌️

But, for those continuing north with us into the Swiss Alps, there is time to sleep in, smash the Insta feed with all your wonderful Italian photos, phone home (yeah… nah) and if you’ve been too busy piling in the pasta, time to catch on on your washing. As this afternoon your next adventure begins! 📸🍝🎉

Day 10: Depart Milan

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This itinerary is a guide only. Given the spontaneous nature of our trips, our lack of control over the weather,
and many other factors that can effect a group, where we go and what we do each day may vary.

What if I’m allergic to Gluten?

Finding GF easily in Italy is an exception rather than the norm. Italian cuisine will always have a meat or fish dish so there is always food available. Your U.Guide will know how to ask for a GF option so stick close to them and remind them early!

How common is access to ATMs?

There will be ATMs at every destination on this trip. It can cost up to €5 euro per transaction to draw money out so

How much should I budget for meals and spending money?

If you are a strapping lad with a healthy appetite, you may need to budget on 40-60 € a day for food + (moderate) alcoholic drinks. You’ll get well fed for that as an average pasta dish costs, depending on the restaurant, between 8 and 14 euro a dish. Most travellers can travel for around 30 to 40 € per day.

Top tip: buy house wine by the ¼, ½ or 1 litre to save money – it’s always good!

How do we manage lunch if we are on the train

Nearly all trains have a food cart. But your U.Guide will factor in the timings of the trains and swing past an eatery or supermarket before boarding so you have the option to buy something more affordable before boarding.

On days where we get off the train for Pisa and Verona this is actually around lunch time so you are able to easily grab a cheap lunch then.

How do I get to Milan?

Talk to the U. crew as we can book you flights directly to Milan from almost any major city in the world. As well there is a lot of discount airlines in Europe such as Ryan Air, Easy Jet, German Wings and Volotea that fly to Milan.

Always included: 

  • Travel with a company dedicated to working towards 100% climate-neutral travel
  • Professional travel experts and local guides
  • We do all the planning for you
  • Your own personal travel profile with program, add-ons, flight tickets etc.
  • Packing list and advice
  • Advice and assistance with booking flights
  • Possibility of purchasing cancellation and travel insurance
  • All entrances and fees for experiences, as listed in the itinerary
  • All tour accommodation

 

Transport:

  • Train
  • Bus
  • Ferry
  • Feet

 

Experiences:

  • Amazing guided walking tours in Milan, Venice, Pisa, Rome, Florence and Verona
  • Tuscan wine and food explorer tour
  • Murano artisan glass blowing
  • Cocktails and spritzer tasting
  • learn to cook like a local in Rome
  • Leather markets in Florence
  • Cinque Terra village hike
  • Juliet’s balcony in Verona
  • Local giro do baccari in Venice
  • All accommodation in twins, triples and quads in awesome hotels and hostels

You will need a backpack – cobble streets and ancient stairways munch wheelie bags. We do a lot of walking on our European trip exploring the back streets and sometimes we will also with our luggage to get from the train station to our accommodation or jump off the train and grab some fresh food at a local market or grab a great photo of a falling down ancient building etc. You don’t need to be super fit but exploring on your feet all day can be tiring so bring good walking shoes too.

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Your expected footprint on this trip: 0.20 tons of CO2

(not including flights). Find out more about our commitment to net-zero travel and how you can lower your footprint.

Accommodation: 136 kgs Approx: 10 nights @ 13.6kg per night Transport (trains): 36 kgs Approx: 91g per passenger km Transport (Scooters & buses): 13.33 kgs Approx: 65kgs @ 20.5kg per 100km Food & Drinks: 6.07 Kgs Approx: 700g per day Included activities: 5 kgs Cooking classes, wine tasting, local transport, glass blowing

Your local investment on this trip: €1,559

The average expected amount our U.Traveller’s spend that goes directly into the local economy.

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