Northern Italy: Milan to Rome
Test drive a Ferrari, taste wine in a Tuscan castle and tour Rome from the unique perspective of a vintage Vespa sidecar
Northern Italy: Milan to Rome
About your trip
Florence. Rome. Pasta. Wine. Renaissance architecture and Tuscan hills. If you’re looking to really (no, really) indulge – this one’s for you.
Kicking things off in Milan (arguably Italy’s most glamorous city), you’ll stop off in Modena to discover how the finest Balsamic vinegar is made before driving your very own Ferrari. In Bologna, you’ll eat your way around the markets, cafes and restaurants, sampling some of Italy’s richest cuisine. Then it’s on to Tuscany, where you’ll visit Florence’s artisan workshops and taste wine in the ancient cellars of a historic hilltop castle. And let’s not forget your Vespa sidecar adventure through Rome’s vibrant streets.
This might just be our most opulent adventure yet. Go on, treat yourself.
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip
- All activities mentioned on the itinerary
- 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
- Stay in hand-picked 4-5 star hotels
- We offset the carbon emissions per person on this trip
- Arrival airport transfer
- Local transport including buses and trains
Flashpackers are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination 30 days before departure OR proof of a negative test within 72 hours of their adventure starting. Flashpackers must also provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their adventure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
Day 01 Buongiorno, Milan
Welcome to Milan, a fast-paced metropolis at the cutting edge of Italy’s design industry, attracting artists, photographers and fashionistas from all across the globe. Upon arrival at the airport, a private Flash Pack transfer will be waiting to take you to your centrally located hotel on one of the city’s elegant streets. Here you’ll meet your fellow travellers and Pack Leader before heading out for a welcome dinner at a typical Milanese restaurant. Saluti!
Day 02 Test drive a Ferrari
For your first full day, there’s an exciting itinerary in store. First up, you’ll travel to Parma where you’ll discover the intricate processes of crafting traditional Parmesan cheese. You’ll follow this up with a visit to the Balsamic vinegar factory in Modena (with plenty of tastings along the way). Then it’s time to get your adrenaline pumping with a visit to the Ferrari museum – and a chance to get behind the wheel of one of the world’s most exclusive streetcars. Accompanied by a professional instructor, you’ll take to the road for a short test drive, feeling the power of nearly 700 horsepower thrumming beneath your feet. Exhilarated and energised, you’ll continue on to Bologna for the next part of your adventure.
Day 03 Food heaven in Bologna
Today is yours to explore Bologna at leisure. One of Italy’s best-looking cities – and home to the country’s oldest university – you’ll discover lavish porticoed walkways, beautiful historic plazas and a storied medieval centre with a mix of Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture. Bologna is also world-renowned for its rich food scene and there’s much more to try beyond spaghetti bolognese. Think classic lasagna and tagliatelle drenched in ragu (a slow-cooked meat sauce), handmade stuffed pasta like tortellini, and local specialities such as salami and mortadella. Your Pack Leader can recommend the best cafes, restaurants and wine bars to visit. You might also want to visit FICO, a 25-acre theme park entirely dedicated to food.
Day 04 Fine art in Florence
Leave Bologna behind as you travel to the Renaissance city of Florence, home to an incredible array of artistic treasures – and possibly the world’s best gelati. To help you get your bearings, you’ll start with a walking tour and introduction to the city with an expert local guide. Then the rest of the day is yours to explore at your own pace – perhaps taking in the famous heritage sights of Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery (book ahead) and the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge. Or maybe you might visit Florence’s renowned artisan workshops, where goldsmiths, woodcarvers, marble paper makers and shoe-makers keep centuries-old traditions alive and are masters of their craft.
Day 05 Wine tasting at a Tuscan castle
After breakfast, you’ll be met by an English-speaking chauffeur and travel across the bucolic Tuscan countryside to Siena. You’ll have time to explore this compact Gothic town, with its beautiful central Campo square, before continuing to the stunning hilltop town of San Gimignano. One of Tuscany’s most recognisable sights, the skyline of medieval towers is visible from miles around. From here, you’ll visit the nearby castle of Verrazzano – once home to the explorer who discovered the Bay of New York – for a tour of the centuries-old wine cellars and a tasting of the finest Chianti. Later, you’ll return to Florence for a relaxed evening at your boutique hotel.
Day 06 Vespa sidecar adventure
Arrivederci Florence – next you’re onto Rome. Arriving by train, your introduction to Italy’s charismatic capital will be on a Vespa sidecar adventure. Sit back and enjoy this stylish ride as you take in one breathtaking location after another. Navigate the city’s labyrinthine cobblestone streets, ride past ruins of the Roman Forum, and stop to snap pictures of the impressive Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. You’ll be dropped off back at your boutique hotel, ideally positioned for setting out on foot. Enjoy an atmospheric evening strolling from one piazza to the next before heading out for a farewell dinner with your group.
Day 07 Until next time, Rome
It’s now over to you to make your own way to your next destination. Interested in extending your trip? Why not continue your adventure with our Southern Italy tour, which will see you journey from Rome to Naples and on to Puglia – one of the country’s most traditional and untouched regions.
Our Favourite Hotels
Here's a taste of the hotels we sometimes use on this adventure. The hotels you'll stay in for your departure will be shared with you one month before you go.
Bright, modern and full of Italian charm, this four-star hotel is just a short stroll from the esteemed National Gallery. Combining glass and chrome with a bold colour scheme, the contemporary feel is complemented by top-notch facilities.
Hotel Albani Firenze
One of Florence’s grandest hotels, just steps from Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Here you’ll find impeccably designed rooms with carrera marble bathrooms, a private wine cellar and a restaurant specialising in recipes from the Renaissance.
The Republic Hotel
Fancy soaking up views over Rome with a cocktail in hand? Head to the rooftop terrace of this stylish central hotel. Set in a historic building just 2km from the Colosseum, rooms are slick, streamlined and packed full of mod cons.
- Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code
Fly into Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) and out of Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO), also known as Leonardo da Vinci International Airport.
- What time do I need to arrive?
We suggest arriving before 4pm on Day 1, to allow yourself enough time to freshen up and meet your group before dinner.
- What time should my flight depart on the last day?
There are no scheduled activities for the final day, so you can depart at your own leisure.
- Are airport transfers included?
We offer one arrival transfer which is private to Flash Pack. Sometimes this means waiting in the airport for a short while until other flights have arrived so you can make your own way to the first hotel if you wish
We don’t offer a departure transfer as Flashpackers leave at different times of the day and many stay for extra nights. We will offer you support with finding a local taxi.
Rome Fiumicino Airport is approximately 40 minutes away from the hotel. If you and some other friends are all getting the same flight, we recommend splitting the taxi journey.
- Will this itinerary change?
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities, and hotels are subject to change. These changes are rare but can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting which we will always try and communicate to you.
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