Italian Showcase

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Italian Showcase

Experience Italy's magical diversity on this journey rich in architectural delights, evocative scenery and cultural heritage.

All of Italy's most vibrant and well-loved cities are visited on this fascinating tour, with optional excursions to Tuscany's most enchanting towns. Enjoy a gondola ride in the romantic city of Venice, with its narrow canals, or visit the ancient monuments of Rome with its renaissance art and palaces. The choice is yours on the Italian Showcase tour.

15 days from


per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 29/10/2017 from London Luton Airport

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  • Gondolas and San Giorgio Island, Venice Gondolas and San Giorgio Island, Venice
  • Leaning Tower, Pisa Leaning Tower, Pisa
  • St Peter's Basilica & the Tiber River, Rome St Peter's Basilica & the Tiber River, Rome
  • St Peter's Basilica, Rome St Peter's Basilica, Rome
  • Pantheon, Piazza Della Rotonda, Rome Pantheon, Piazza Della Rotonda, Rome
  • The Colosseum, Rome The Colosseum, Rome
  • Rialto Bridge, Venice Rialto Bridge, Venice
  • Grand Canal, Venice Grand Canal, Venice
  • Pompeii Pompeii
  • Florence & the River Arno Florence & the River Arno
  • Castelvecchio Bridge, Verona, Italy Castelvecchio Bridge, Verona, Italy
  • Juliets balcony, Verona Juliets balcony, Verona
  • San Gimignano, Tuscany San Gimignano, Tuscany
  • Orvieto cathedral Orvieto cathedral
  • Sorrento Sorrento
  • Assisi Assisi

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Rome.

Fly to Rome where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for the night.

DAY 2 : Rome - Orvieto - Tuscan Hills.

Drink in the Umbrian countryside as you head for Orvieto, a winemaking town on a high volcanic outcrop. Admire its black and yellow 14th-century cathedral, which took 300 years to build and overflows with frescoes and works of art. Afterwards, drive through classic Tuscan landscapes past the hill towns of Chianti before arriving at your hotel for four nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 3 : Tuscan Hills at leisure.

Spend today relaxing at leisure or take our optional excursion to two of Tuscany's most enchanting towns. With its pepperpot-shaped towers, cobbled streets and tall townhouses, hilltop San Gimignano looks as if it has bypassed time itself. Another medieval masterpiece, Siena's narrow lanes and russet-painted mansions cluster around its famous Piazza del Campo. Shaped like a scallop, this café-lined square is the setting for its fabled Palio horse race. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 : Tuscan Hills - Florence - Tuscan Hills.

Brimming with artistic and architectural treasures, Renaissance Florence is heaven for culture vultures. Your full day excursion makes the most of this glorious city, ruled over for centuries by the Medici family. Enjoy a guided walk around its architectural treasures. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 : Tuscan Hills - Greve - Pisa - Tuscan Hills.

This morning we visit the Vicchiomaggio Wine Estate in Greve to see the magnificent environment in which the wine is created and where we enjoy a wonderful lunch. Afterwards, we drive to Pisa to see its world-famous Square of Miracles, home to the Leaning Tower. Building started in 1173, this extraordinary tower started to lean soon afterwards due to poor foundations, before being completed in the 14th century. Admire the nearby Duomo, Baptistry and Campo Santo cemetery. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Tuscan Hills - Verona - Venice area.

Travel through the Po Valley to Verona on the River Adige. Laid out in a grid by the Romans, this 'Pink City' serves up a wealth of sights, including 'Juliet's Balcony', which Shakespeare had Romeo climb to meet his lover. Take in all of the city's sights with a guided walking tour before continuing your travels to the Venice area. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Venice.

After a short drive and a boat trip along the Giudecca Canal, arrive in what is arguably the world's most beautiful city, Venice. An independent state and major maritime power during the Middle Ages, its narrow canals, ornate footbridges and exquisite architecture never fails to impress. Enjoy a simply unforgettable canal boat ride and a demonstration of the historic Venetian delicate art of glass blowing. Get to know this magical city at your will, exploring piazzas, palazzos and churches. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 : Venice area - Ravenna - San Marino.

This morning, depart the Venice area and begin your journey to San Marino. En-route make a stop in Ravenna, known for its domed churches before arriving in San Marino, Europe's third smallest independent state. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 : San Marino - Urbino - Gubbio - Assisi area.

Today the first stop is Urbino, the birthplace of Raphael. Nestling on a hillside, this walled town is dominated by a twin-towered Ducal Palace, the setting for 15th century Europe's most illustrious court. Next, carry on to medieval Gubbio, whose fairytale Palazzo Dei Consoli commands sweeping views over its rooftops and countryside beyond. Finally, drive towards Fuego, the birthplace of St Francis. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 : Assisi area - Naples.

Your day begins at the major Catholic pilgrimage site of Assisi. Admire Giotto's frescoes in its breathtaking 13th century Basilica, before crossing the Apennines to the Mediterranean coast for three nights in historic Naples. Includes Breakfast

DAY 11 : Naples - Capri by Ferry - Naples.

Depart Naples and cross into Capri by way of ferry. Stroll through this island's pretty piazza's and exclusive avenues studded with boutiques and restaurants. Return to Naples this evening for to overnight stays. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 : Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento - Naples.

Get to know bustling Naples on an orientation drive before heading for Pompeii. Walk with your guide to its astonishing archaeological sites before spending the evening in colour Sorrento. Includes Breakfast

DAY 13 : Naples - Montecassino - Rome.

This morning stop in Montecassino. This hilltop town boasts a massive Benedictine Abbey and is the site of a famous World War II battle. Continue to Rome, where you'll have free time to acquaint yourself with the 'Eternal City'. Alternatively, dig deeper into the city on one of our optional sightseeing tours. Includes Breakfast

DAY 14 : Rome.

With its ancient monuments, Renaissance art and grand fountains and palaces, Rome spans the millennia like no other city on earth. Today's included sightseeing takes in its greatest sights, from St Peter's Square to the Roman Forum and majestic Colosseum - the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. Afterwards, there's time to explore on your own or take one of our optional excursions - visiting the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, discovering Tivoli's Villa d'Este gardens or enjoying dinner and a scenic drive through the Roman hills. Includes Breakfast

DAY 15 : Rome - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Hotels on Tour

  • Assisi area:Holiday Inn Express at Foligno (3*)
  • Naples:M Gallery Palazzo Caracciolo or Holiday Inn (4*)
  • Rome:Buenos Aires or Holiday Inn S Giovanni (3*)
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard
  • Rome:Buenos Aires or Holiday Inn Express S Giovanni (3*)
  • Tuscan Hills:Aquaviva at Casole d'Elsa or Toscana Ambassador Poggibonsi (4*)
  • Venice area:Poppi at Mira or Holiday Inn at Marghera (4*)
  • San Marino:GHSM Group (4*)

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Return flights UK - Rome
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour - 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners
  • Services of a tour director on tour
  • Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
  • Individual Audio System You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option

Holiday Highlights

  • Orvieto Visit cathedral
  • Florence Walking tour with local guide
  • Pisa Visit the Square of Miracles
  • Verona City sightseeing with local guide
  • Venice Canal boat ride, orientation and glass-blowing demonstration
  • Assisi St Francis Basilica
  • Capri Boat trip
  • Naples Orientation drive
  • Pompeii Archaeological site visit with local guide
  • Rome City sightseeing with local guide

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Our Customers Rate this holiday 100% (18 reviews)

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Best holiday ever wonderful places and magical atmosphere


some of the hotels were to far from the centre and not up to Archers normal standards.


Optional extras expensive we spent over €800. Which makes the holiday expensive for OAPs


We really enjoyed the holiday and had a great time, however I have only scored it as Good because there were a few annoying issues which you should be aware of<br/>1.The very hard sell by Flora, the Tour Director in trying to sell the optional tours....


Some excursions were expensive and in some places if you didn't do an excursion you were limited to doing anything else due to the location of hotel e.g. at Hotel Aqua Viva.


one of the best tours I have done the tour director Guianluca the best ever in 30 years of traveling but Sienna should have been an included not an optional


Firstly, the tour guide, Guiseppi was terrific and really added to the holiday. A very clever young man with a vast knowledge of the country.<br/>Some parts of the itinerary were badly chosen. The visit to the leather shop in Florence and the glass b...


Not too bad value - excursions should be a lot though to be fair


The overall tour was excellent we really saw lots of Italy the tour director and driver were excellent the tour group all got on very well the extra excursions were good but we felt maybe too many the excursion to San Gimignano and Sienna we thought ...


The only comment that I would make is with regard to the hotel in Naples. The location is poor and we were advised, by the tour director, not to walk outside the hotel in the evening. Also the included dinner at this hotel was very poor and one of th...




We enjoyed the holiday although the food provided in the hotels was very poor to appalling, with one exception the evening meal in San Marino. The trip to San Gimignano and Siena should have been included in the scheduled itinerary rather than provid...


Good but too long a time at some places and a lot of standing around with local guides<br/>Some hotel food was poor and one meal was under cooked


Good guides and tour director. A good deal of easy walking. Lots of food !


Thoroughly enjoyable


Too many optional excursions which gave us less time in verona and other places because we had to get back to the hotel so those who chose to go on them had time to get ready for mainly evening meals , seems unnecessary and extra expense.


Again on the whole good but room for improvements. The food in the hotel in the Tuscany hills was not good at all. It would also be better to have one less night in Tuscany and have a night in Verona.<br/>We also felt there was no need to have an opt...


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Italian Showcase

D. Anderson 17/08/2014


Three weeks ago my family and I returned from holiday on the Italian Showcase Tour. I am writing this to say what a wonderful tour this was and made so much more that was expected by the excellent tour guide and our safe driver. Our tour director, Sabina, was very knowledgeable and passionate about the country and the commentaries whilst we were travelling to various destinations was very interesting and was not only given about the particular towns we visited but also about the surrounding areas. The excursions were always well organised and the local guides we had also were excellent, the whisper headsets were a great bonus as all were clearly heard even if you were at the back.


The hotels we stayed in were really nice and even those that were smaller were all very clean. The Hotel Aquaviva in Casole d’Elsa was such an oasis of calm and beauty, with such a view to wake up to, it was a favourite with us.


Our driver, Umberto, was also excellent, we felt very safe in his ability especially as he had to manoeuvre in some awkward spaces and roads. Umberto was always cheerful and ready to help. Sabina too was a cheerful, calm and helpful person. She was very good when she had to help sort out cancelling bank cards, etc.


I had been hoping that we would enjoy this trip as, many years ago, I had a similar tour with my mum and I had hoped that my children would have memorable moments to last a lifetime. I am glad to say that they do and especially when celebrating their birthdays on the tour in such wonderful places as Pisa and Venice. They each had a candle in their desserts on their respective birthday.


The tour was everything we hoped it would be and we just wanted to write to let you know what a good tour Cosmos provided and it has given us a taster of many towns and cities, some we may visit in the future. The smaller cities were also a delight and unexpected beauty surrounded us. It was a great addition on the tour.


We had a great holiday


Yours faithfully


D. Anderson

Denise, Ian, John and Mama Anderson

Italian Showcase

Stephen Gale 02/11/2012

This was our first organised tour as a couple of forty somethings, so I'd like to share with you some of the pros and cons.

Overall it was a superb 15 days. A nicely balanced mix of culture, history, sightseeing, great food and shopping. I would choose the Showcase over the 8 day tours because you spend less time on the coach and there's so much more to see! This is a touring holiday so expect to be on the coach by 8.30 prompt after breakfast!  Some days earlier. It didn't bother us but one or two grumbled. The hotels are of variable quality. Our favourite was the Tuscana Ambassador in Poggibonsi, with a lovely supermarket on the other side of the car park.

There were numerous highlights on the tour as you can imagine. The Capri chair lift is essential.Villa D'Esta and Villa Adriana in Tivoli are must-sees. Rome, Florence, Siena & Venice are simply the greatest cities on Earth! Lesser gems like Ravenna, Padua, San Gimingnano, Verona and Urbino are wonderful. Hunt down the Tattoria La Torre off the Piazza Del Campo in Siena for yummy Tuscan nosh. Don't forget the Gelato (Ice Cream) too! I would liked to have spent more time in Ravenna and Naples (of which you only scrap the surface).  The tour party adds to the experience.

Best time to go? We went in October which can be affected by the weather. I would choose late May/early June before it gets too hot and the flowers are out.

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