Northern Italy: Rome, Tuscany and Lake Como
Days
9
Next group trip
3 Apr
Deposit
£200
Prices between
£2999 - £2999
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Trip highlights

When in Rome… 

Cycle the backstreets of Rome, and explore the ancient Colosseum

Taste of Tuscany

Eat your way around the streets of Siena and Florence 

Exploring Cinque Terre 

Hike along the rugged Sentiero Azzurro, with views over the Italian Riviera

Beautiful Lake Como

Admire its Alpine beauty on an afternoon motorboat tour

What's included?

  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

  • 8 nights’ accommodation

  • All itinerary activities, two food tours

  • Local guide and driver

  • Max. 14 Flashpackers

  • Country travel in bus

From the ancient sights of Rome to the coastal beauty of Cinque Terre, encounter the best of Northern Italy on this 9-day adventure. 

Your adventure begins in Rome, where you’ll cycle through its intriguing backstreets and explore the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Next up? Siena, with its 11th-century city walls and magnificent cathedral. Then it’s onto Florence, where you’ll eat your way around its streets, before hiking along the coast of Cinque Terre and sailing across Lake Como. All before a walking food tour of Milan, where your Italian escape comes to a close.

Our favourite hotels

Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip

Borgo Scoperto, Siena

Converted historical building in the Chianti hills 

Located a short drive from Siena, this beautiful hotel perfectly captures the Tuscan countryside experience. 

Why we stay here 

Rustic, elegant interiors; a spa, sauna and hot tub; a restaurant serving up traditional dishes with a sophisticated touch. All of these factors make this hotel a noteworthy experience.

Hotel Asigno, Lake Como

Modern hotel with sweeping lake views

The star attraction? Sinking into the outdoor pool with an aperol spritz in hand, enjoying expansive views of the lake

Why we stay here

Outdoor pool and bar aside, this hotel offers airy, spacious bedrooms; a terrace restaurant with magnificent views; and a short walk down to the shores of the lake.

The Flash Pack Promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

Itinerary

Day 1

Buongiorno, Roma

Welcome to Rome, a city boasting nearly 3,000 years of distinguished history and culture. If you (like Monty Python) have ever wondered what the Romans did for us, here, you’ll find a city that has shaped our ideas on everything from religion to architecture. Upon arrival, check into your hotel, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and guide, before enjoying your first meal together at a typical Roman restaurant.

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Day 2

A cycling tour of Rome 

This morning, join your fellow travellers on a sightseeing bike tour of Rome’s landmarks, which will take you from the majestic Trevi Fountain to the Pantheon Temple. Weaving through Campo de’ Fiori, the Jewish Quarter, Trajan’s Market and the Imperial Forum, you’ll wind up near the Colosseum in time for lunch at a traditional trattoria. This afternoon, you’ll uncover the iconic ruins of the Colosseum itself, and come face to face with the legacy of the Roman Empire.

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Day 3

From Rome to Siena 

Today, leave Rome behind as you head northwards by train to Siena. Nestled in the hills of Tuscany, this medieval city is rich with heritage. Enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant, with a chance to sample some Sienese dishes, before spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the city at your own leisure. From the Duomo di Siena, with its intricate frescoes and illustrated library, to the shimmering Fonte Gaia, the cultural sights here are a marvel to explore. In the afternoon, check into your new hotel: an agriturismo palazzo in the Tuscan hills. The rest of the day is yours to relax in your beautiful surroundings.

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Day 4

San Gimignano and Florence 

Catch a transfer to San Gimignano this morning, a small hilltop town surrounded by the Tuscan countryside. Here, take a walking tour of its vineyards and wine cellar, gaining insight into local methods of production and winemaking traditions. Enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch followed by an exclusive wine tasting, before making your way to the Renaissance city of Florence. Find your bearings on an introductory walking tour, weaving through Piazza della Signoria with its host of classical sculptures (Medusa and Hercules feature, among others), past the Uffizi Gallery and over the iconic Ponte Vecchio, lined with goldsmiths dating back to the 16th century.

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Day 5

A food tour around Florence 

You can skip breakfast this morning, because you’ll head straight out on a walking food tour of the city. Eat your way through the streets, slowly making your way to Florence’s oldest market, the Mercato Centrale. Expect wine and cheese tastings, artisanal gelato, truffles, olive oils and many more indulgent flavours. This afternoon, make your way to Pisa for a short stopover (with just enough time to perfect your Leaning Tower pose), before arriving in Porto Venere on the Ligurian coast. Located just south of Cinque Terre, this charming fishing village boasts open sea views, multicoloured houses and crumbling ruins. Spend the rest of the evening exploring this UNESCO-status village at your own pace.

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Day 6

Hiking the Sentiero Azzurro 

Today will see you hike the coastline of Cinque Terre (which translates to ‘Five Lands’). This UNESCO World Heritage Site is comprised of five fishing villages teetering over rugged cliffs, connected to one another by twisting coastal paths. You’ll follow the Sentiero Azzurro (the most famous and accessible pathway), an old mule trail running through all five villages. With the sparkling Italian Riviera expanding to the horizon, you’ll see why this trail is called the ‘Blue Path’. The afternoon is then yours to explore the Italian Riviera at your leisure.

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Day 7

Arrive at Lake Como

This morning, catch a transfer to Lake Como in the foothills of the Alps. Take some time to explore your new surroundings at leisure; the natural beauty of Lombardy is sure to enchant you. Then, after a light lunch, you’ll venture out on the lake on a self-driven motorboat (feeling confident?), with mountain views unfolding around you. Then, the evening is yours to relax. Head out to find dinner with your fellow travellers, and meander through the picturesque streets of Como gelato in hand.

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Day 8

A food tour of Milan 

Arrivederci, Lake Como – you’re onto Milan. Your first introduction to this world-famous city will be on a food tour through its elegant streets. From aged meats and cheeses to traditional family dishes (melanzane parmigiana, we’re looking at you), this is your opportunity to indulge before your Italian adventure comes to an end. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Milan at your own leisure (or slipping into a post-food slumber at your hotel), before gathering with your group for a farewell feast at a stylish Milanese restaurant.

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Day 9

Ciao, Italia

It’s now over to you to make your own way to your next destination. Interested in extending your European adventure? Head across the border on our eight-day France adventure, which will see you journey from Paris to Nice.

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Important notes

Fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and out of Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP). 

We suggest arriving before 4pm on day 1, to allow yourself enough time to freshen up and meet your group before dinner. 

Depart at your own leisure on the final day. 

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes 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.

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Trip dates

8 Nights
3 spots left
Deposit
£200
Total £4099
£2999