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Rome & Venice

Explore the delightful Eternal City of Rome and Unmask Venice in two culture filled weeks...

  • Italy

  • 14 nights
  • Half Board with Dinners in Local Restaurants
  • Culture

  • Sep

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Grade 2

Grade 4

During our time in Rome our days are of a Grade 4 predominantly sightseeing in nature. However, we will be on foot for most our sightseeing and will cover some distance over the ground. Days will largely be spent on hard concrete surfaces so comfortable footwear is a must. Also remember Rome is built on seven hills so inevitably there is some up and down. The longest walking day is spent exploring a length of the Appian Way when we will cover about 6 miles over generally flat terrain.

Once we have moved onto Venice our Grade 2 is more compact so walking distances are generally shorter and there are no hills! Expect active whole day sightseeing exploring the major sights, lesser-known ones and quiet backwaters all on foot with some use of water taxis to link them – thus we visit all the main areas/islands of Venice.   Apart from bridges to cross canals, Venice is almost flat and car free. It pays to look out for uneven surfaces but generally they are good, though walking on any city streets can be tiring on the feet so comfortable footwear is essential. There is always something to see or investigate along the way so you probably won’t realise that in the process you may have walked 3-4 miles and on one day a little more. Because there is so much to see in both Venice and Padua the only countryside walk is short- across the island of Torcello to visit the ruins of the cathedral there.

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Hear first-hand as our local guide brings Roman Society, the Colosseum and the Forum to life.
  • View the amazing collections in the Vatican, admire the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the majesty of St Peters.
  • See sculptures by the likes of Bernini scattered across the city, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and more.
  • Wander the quiet backstreets and canals to see how real Venetians live.
  • More quality museums and galleries than you can possibly visit in a fortnight.
  • Enjoy the Frescos of the Scrovegni Chapel.
  • Experience the amazing architecture of St Mark’s Square, Murano glass, Burano lace, masterpieces by Titian, Tintoretto and so much more
  • Most importantly, enjoy a real Italian gelato.

This holiday is a combination of our one week holiday in Rome and our one week holiday in Venice.

Imagine a day which starts at the Colosseum with the ghosts of the gladiators, then stroll through the Roman Forum in the steps of emperors and vestal virgins. Climb the Capitoline Hill to the Campidoglio Square designed by Michelangelo, then continue up onto the massive monument to Victor Emanuel II, all with Ramble Worldwide. From here Rome lies all around you, from the towers of St John Lateran to the dome of St Peter's.

Rome is a city where you don’t have to seek out art galleries to see the art – it is all around you. Fountains by Bernini, beautiful baroque squares such as the Piazza Navona, and apartment blocks built into Roman theatres. The churches are treasure troves too. Take Santa Maria del Popolo under the Pincian Hill. In it is a chapel designed by Raphael and completed by Bernini, another decorated by Pinturrichio and an altar with two stunning Caravaggios.

And then, as if that wasn’t enough, there is the Vatican City, the Pope’s own country. Besides the Sistine Chapel there are Raphael’s Rooms, including the School of Athens, the greatest celebration of how the classical world was reborn in Renaissance Rome. St Peter’s Basilica itself contains Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s wonderful tomb of Pope Alexander VII.

Rome also offers a taste of the sweet things in life. You can visit the morning market just around the corner from our hotel and pause for a shot of coffee. Stroll the narrow streets around the Pantheon and grab a gelato.  Each evening we will visit local restaurants and enjoy a variety of cuisines.

We will also have the opportunity to take a day or two out of the city, to Tivoli for the water gardens of the Villa d’Este and the ruins of Hadrian’s elaborate villa. Ostia Antica offers a pleasant day out to an Ancient Roman port city. This is perhaps the best place to get an idea of the life or ordinary citizens in Ancient Rome.

Once we have finish in Rome we take the train to Venice where the city of water waits to be unmasked...

The great double bend of the Grand Canal is lined with the impressive Palazzi of Venice’s merchants spanning 800 years and now repurposed. The lesser canals and quiet walkways often evade the day-tripper but we’ll have time to explore the nooks and crannies seeing something of how real Venetians live. The boat journey to the outer islands is an experience in itself. See master craftsmen making the famous Murano glass into flowers, indented leaves, and multi-coloured ornaments, the coloured houses of Burano- home to lace making, the cathedral on tranquil Torcello Everything moves by boat - how many different things will you see – Amazon parcels, a grand piano?

This is the city of Titian, Tintoretto and other Venetian greats whose art can be found in the buildings and churches for which they were painted. Works by Palladio – the great influence on Western Architecture include San Giorgio and the Redentore churches with their unusual double interlocking triangular pediments.

We also take the train inland for a day, across the plains of the Veneto to Padua once part of the Venetian Republic. It is the home to one of the first Universities, the exotic Basilica of San Antonio with its minaret like spires and Byzantine domes, the renowned Scrovegni Chapel with its stunning frescoes by Giotto and much more. The time will pass all too quickly!

  • Return flights from London to Rome Fiumicino & return from Venice Marco Polo
  • Airport transfers
  • Train travel from Rome to venice
  • En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken at the hotel
  • Dinners on five evenings in Rome and all dinners in Venice, all dinners are taken in local restaurants
  • Local English speaking guide on one day in Rome and in Venice
  • All local transport costs.
  • In Rome entrance to the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Forum and, if time allows, The Borghese Galleries.
  • In Padua entrance to the Scrovegni Chapel.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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Tour Codes

18190

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Benvenuti a Roma

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Welcome to Rome! After landing we will transfer by private hire coach to our centrally located hotel. If your flight arrives early enough there might be time for a brief independent stroll in the nearby  Borghese gardens.

Transfer Time = 45m

Day 2

Roman Wanderings

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Today we concentrate on the historic centre on foot. From the hotel we walk through the Borghese gardens via the water clock to the Pincio view point and look across central Rome dominated by the Victor Emmanuel building.

Then down to Piazza Popolo, Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and a quick look underground. After a café lunch we continue to Hadrian’s Temple, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. There are many other things to enjoy on the way. At the end of the day we will jump on a local bus back to the Hotel.

Day 3

Following the Gladiators Footprints

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The Colosseum

During the Roman Empire and under the motto of "Bread and Circuses" the Roman Colosseum (known then as Flavian Amphitheatre) allowed more than 50,000 people to enjoy its finest spectacles. The exhibitions of exotic animals, executions of prisoners, recreations of battles and gladiator fights kept the Roman people entertained for years.

The Colosseum remained active for over 500 years.

The focus today is Ancient Rome. We have the morning with a professional local guide to explain the Colosseum to us and take us through the Forum.

There may be time to visit the Palatine Hill after the guide has left. This afternoon we take in some of the more famous Roman churches.

Day 4

The Ancient Appian Way

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we we leave the hustle and bustle of Rome city centre behind us as we head on to the ancient Appian Way. Not forgetting to pick up a picnic on the way. Heading back towards the City, following in the steps of St Peter, we pass a number of interesting places amongst them former Christian Catacombs, the Quo Vadis church, and not least the massive Baths of Caracalla – as impressive as any of Rome’s ancient monuments. We will cover about 6 miles over mostly level ground.

Day 5

The Port of Ancient Rome

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

We head west out of the city by train to Ostia Antica, the former port of Ancient Rome, abandoned in the 4th century. It covers a vast area. One of its highlights is the square of the Merchants with its extensive mosaics showing many facets of life in the port.

We will have a picnic during our explorations and take the train back to the city where we can fit in a few more interesting sights before taking the tram back to the hotel.

Day 6

The Vatican City

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The Vatican

Nestled within Rome sits the city-state of the Vatican City. Home to the Pope, it is also home to iconic art and historic buildings including the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo's ceiling.

We take a tram from near the Hotel to the Vatican city for a timed entry to the extensive museums including the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel. Early afternoon we go into St Peter’s. Afterwards we can explore a little more of this area walking past Castel Sant’Angelo.

Day 7

The Garden of Fountains

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel east out of the city by private coach to Tivoli. We walk in the grounds of Villa d’Este- more fountains than you could imagine. Then through the town of Tivolli and its mediaeval houses to the Villa Gregoriana set in a gorge with its waterfall and ideal for a picnic. After a short coach ride we reach Hadrian’s Villa – the ruins still reveal the vast complex built for his retirement.

Day 8

Addio Roma, Caio Venezia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

It's time to say goodbye to Rome and hop on the train to Venice. Upon arrival there will be a short transfer by Vaporretto (the famous water taxi) to our hotel on the Lido.

Day 9

Grand Canal

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We take the vaporetto and travel the full length of the Grand Canal passing under the Rialto bridge on the way. Walking from the Railway Station we reach the small island Ghetto where the Jews were locked in each night. Following quiet canals and alleyways where ordinary Venetians live we come to Tintoretto’s House and the Church where he worshipped. Nearby is the square of the Moors with its unusual statues set into the buildings. Returning to the Grand Canal we can see close up the exterior of the Ca D’Oro – once the most spectacular of the Merchant’s Houses. Northwards is the Gesuit Church with an ornate baroque interior and exterior. From the north shore of Venice on a clear day it is possible to see the Dolomites. Next to the city hospital ambulance boats are moored and the hospital entrance is unusually ornate – being the former Scuola San Marco. Nearby is the massive church of SS Giovanni e Paolo which contains the tombs of 25 Doges. In a little square is the House of Marco Polo. After lunch we walk across the Rialto Bridge and see the fish and fruit and veg market areas. Further on is the church of San Polo with art by Tiepolo and Tintoretto. We take the vaporetto to return to the Lido and our Hotel.

Day 10

San Zaccaria & St Marks Square

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

St Marks Square

Piazza San Marco, often known in English as St Mark's Square, is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as la Piazza.

We take the vaporetto to San Zaccaria which was richly rewarded for giving up its grounds to build the Doges Palace. Walking round to St Mark’s Square we pass the Bridge of Sighs and meet our guide who will explain all about Venice in its hey-day and St Mark’s Cathedral. We should be able to see the Mosaics both inside and out. Walking around the San Marco sestiere our guide will explain everyday life for ordinary Venetians whilst also pointing out important buildings such as La Fenice opera house and the different architectural styles. Our guide leaves us and after lunch we go to the quieter Castello area and see the imposing entrance to the Arsenale – once the ship building powerhouse which underpinned Venice’s maritime and trading success. Also in this area is San Pietro the Cathedral of Venice before St Mark’s was built, the house where John Cabot lived, sad reminders of Italians fate at the end of the second world war and the gardens where the biannual art festival is held. We return by vaporetto to our hotel.

Day 11

The Islands

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The boat trip to the islands is an experience in itself. We go past the cemetery island of St Michele and on to Murano – a miniature Venice and famed world-wide for its glass. We visit a glass factory and see master craftsmen at work perhaps creating flower heads complete with coloured petals as parts of a chandelier or glass blowing hollow components. In the show rooms and the shops along the quay you can marvel at the intricate designs, the range of colours, traditional designs and the very modern too. It is possible to visit the glass museum to learn about the history of glass making and see glass ware from different periods – both the every-day and the luxurious. The Basilica of SS Maria and Donato is well worth visiting. It has a fine exterior and a very special mosaic and paved floor which underwent a major preservation scheme. Moving on by boat takes us to Burano the home of lace making. You may see ladies in shops hand making needle lace and the museum has displays of lacework as well as explaining its history. The houses in Burano are multi-coloured so some people just enjoy wandering the streets and canals. Taking the shuttle boat service we make the 5 minute crossing to Torcello, once more important than Venice but now almost deserted, we can visit the empty Cathedral with its Byzantine mosaics and the adjacent Byzantine church of Santa Fosca. There is also a small museum. Using the shuttle we return to Burano and finally we take the vaporetto back across the lagoon to Venice and the Lido.

Day 12

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Possibilities include an early morning visit to the Rialto markets, Marciano Museum within St Mark’s Basilica which gives access to internal and external views from the upper galleries and the original quadriga of 4 bronze horses, the Doges Palace, the Clock Tower, the Piazza San Marco campanile, the Correr Museum with historical collections, art gallery and the ornate formal rooms of the Library and special exhibitions, Jewish Museum and Synagogue visit, The Scuola San Rocco almost entirely painted by Tintoretto, The Guggenheim Museum, The Accademia Art Gallery, Ca’ Rezzonico, a rich merchants house with 18th C interiors and art, visiting other churches, chilling out at the hotel or in the quieter parts of Venice.

Day 13

Padua & Scrovegni Chapel

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Padua & Scrovegni Chapel

Padua, one of the main artists cities of Italy is well worth the train journey out of Venice with a visit to the famous Scrovegni Chapel.

We take the vaporetto to the railway station from which there is a regular train service to Padua which abounds with art and history – too much to see in one day. It was once ruled by the Venetian Republic . We have a timed entry to the Scrovegni Chapel filled with frescoes by Giotto. The adjacent Museums and Art Gallery are included. Examples of other possibilities are frescoes in the Eremitani Church, art both inside and outside the impressive Palazzo della Ragione with its adjacent markets. Medieval frescoes in the Cathedral Baptistery, a tour of one of the oldest Universities-, the pilgrimage church of Saint Anthony with its domes and spires and impressive interiors, and one of the oldest botanical gardens. We return by train to our hotel.

Day 14

San Giorgio

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We take a vaporetto to the island of San Giorgio and explore this Palladian church with two works by Tintoretto and intricately carved choir stalls. A lift takes us to the top of the campanile from which there is an amazing view over the whole of Venice. Next we move on to another Palladian Church – the Redentore built to commemorate deliverance from the Plague in 1576 also with significant art. Every 3rd Sunday in July there is a bridge of boats but we cross by vaporetto to the Dorsoduro where there is a chance to see one of the last remaining gondola boatyards. Passing the salt warehouses we reach the distinctive Customs house and equally distinctive Salute church also built to commemorate the end of a plague epidemic. We pass the Guggenheim and Academia art galleries. There may be time to see the Frari Church before we take the vaporetto back to the Lido.

Day 15

Addio Venezia

Meals

Breakfast

We take our last trip on a vaporetto to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

21st Sep 2024 - 5th Oct 2024 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Rome Fiumicino & return from Venice Marco Polo
  • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins)
  • Return transfer by Vaporretto (c45mins)
  • For this holiday we do not offer regional flights with airport to hotel transfers but there is a wide choice of regional flights operating from the UK, which you may choose to book independently. We can offer lots of advice regarding easy transport options to/from your resort.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Albani

Our Roman home is the 4-star Hotel Albani decorated in a strikingly Italian style, it is welcoming, comfortable and is ideally located for our explorations.

All rooms are well equipped with hair dryer, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone and mini-bar.

The hotel has Wi-Fi but the signal may not be brilliant in rooms however there is always a good signal in hotel reception.

Hotel Rigel

Discover the quiet charm of Hotel Rigel on Venice Lido, a peaceful retreat just a short boat ride away from the lively heart of Venice. Immerse yourself in the comfort of thoughtfully designed rooms  equipped with essential amenities including air-conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi. Unwind in your private en-suite bathroom after a day of exploration. 

During your stay, take a leisurely stroll through the hotel's well-tended gardens or relax with a book in the cozy lounge area. Enjoy the convenience of 24-hour front desk service, ensuring your needs are met at any time. Wake up each morning to a hearty breakfast served in the hotel's dining area, preparing you for a day of adventures.

Hotel Rigel provides a peaceful ambiance, allowing you to appreciate the simple pleasures of your surroundings.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

During our time in Rome our days are of a Grade 4 predominantly sightseeing in nature. However, we will be on foot for most our sightseeing and will cover some distance over the ground. Days will largely be spent on hard concrete surfaces so comfortable footwear is a must. Also remember Rome is built on seven hills so inevitably there is some up and down. The longest walking day is spent exploring a length of the Appian Way when we will cover about 6 miles over generally flat terrain.

Once we have moved onto Venice our Grade 2 is more compact so walking distances are generally shorter and there are no hills! Expect active whole day sightseeing exploring the major sights, lesser-known ones and quiet backwaters all on foot with some use of water taxis to link them – thus we visit all the main areas/islands of Venice.   Apart from bridges to cross canals, Venice is almost flat and car free. It pays to look out for uneven surfaces but generally they are good, though walking on any city streets can be tiring on the feet so comfortable footwear is essential. There is always something to see or investigate along the way so you probably won’t realise that in the process you may have walked 3-4 miles and on one day a little more. Because there is so much to see in both Venice and Padua the only countryside walk is short- across the island of Torcello to visit the ruins of the cathedral there.

Walks & Excursions

The incredibly rich treasures of Venice are under threat as never before from a combination of subsidence of the city caused by natural gas and water extraction (now ceased), rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events - both a result of global warming. This means that high tides (acqua alta) are more frequent and some flooding of parts of Venice (especially St Mark’s Square) is more common. Local shop keepers, hoteliers and restauranteurs are well prepared and remarkably resilient and adaptable. 

You also need to be adaptable and prepared too with wellington boots to just below the knee and waterproof over-trousers. Should you struggle in packing wellington boots you can buy disposable versions locally and we suggest you spend around €20 avoiding the really cheap versions.

We hope not, but you may be one of the last generations to see the splendour of Venice if it proves impossible to defend it in the coming decades.

Local Transport Costs

In Rome all local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary. 

Once we get to Venice we include a 7 day vaporetto pass that offers free transport anywhere on the lagoon for the time we stay in Venice. The only limitation of this card is it cannot be used for trips to the airport but as we include airport transfers anyway this should not be an issue. Your Ramblers Walking Holidays leader will purchase these tickets and hand them out on the first morning in Venice. For interest details of the Venice transport system can be found at: www.actv.it

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day. (This includes €10 for a light lunch with water.) In Venice all lunches will be taken in local cafes or restaurants for very good reasons which are fully explained later both in the section on "Meals" and the section on "Italian Laws and Customs", which follow later in our information.

Entrance Fees

Some entrance fees to sites are included. The Colosseum, Forum,Vatican Galleries and Borghese Villa (if your return flight departure time allows).

If all other museums and galleries are visited this could cost a further £80.00 for the week.

In Venice our entry into the Scrovegni Chapel is included in the holiday price. 

Entrance fees to other sites visited are not included. If all museums, galleries and churches (which also house much great art well worth seeing) are visited this could cost a further £60.00 to £70 for the week. 

The different combinations of museums and church passes and age discounts are confusing. 

For over 65’s we recommend buying the 11 Civic Museums pass €18 and the Chorus ticket €12 (which gives entry to several churches) as the best combined value and most flexible.

Similarly for under 65’s we recommend the Venice Card €39.90 (no concessions) which combines the above two + The Jewish museum and 2 places you are unlikely to visit. Your Leader will help you to buy them on the first/second day to get the most value from them. There will not be time later on to obtain them and you may have to buy a more expensive alternative.

The 11 Civic Museums ticket includes the Lace and Glass museums which you are likely to visit on your day to the islands and the Doge’s Palace, Correr Museum and Cà Rezzonico which you may choose to visit on your day off. You can find more information at https://www.visitmuve.it/en/home/

There are other Museums, Galleries and Churches not covered by these tickets some of which we may visit during our programme and some you may wish to visit independently.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Transfers between Rome Airport and the hotel are by road and take approximately 1 hour. 

For clients making their own way to the hotel it is an easy journey. From Fiumicino Airport take the train to Rome Termini station. From here take a taxi for the short (and relatively cheap at approximately €15) ride to the hotel. The alternative is a few stops on the bus or metro followed by a short walk to the hotel but it would not be pleasant to do this with luggage.

Whilst in Rome we will use public transport to move around the city and its surrounding areas.

When our time comes to an end in Rome we will take the train directly to Venice. Where we then take the Vapporretto to the Lido. The train journey between the two cities will not be accompanied by a leader.

Our return transfer will be via Vapporretto back to Venice Marco Polo Airport.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

In Rome breakfasts will be taken in the hotel, which offers a good selection on the breakfast buffet.

Five evening meals are included where your leader can choose from a variety of characterful restaurants near to the hotel. All will be authentic ‘Rome restaurants’ but each will have its particular style.

On our first night, we might well visit a Roman ‘bistro’ where an assortment of salads, cold platters of cheeses and cooked meats is a great way to start the meal. This can be followed by a crafted and unusual pasta dish (no they won’t give you the recipe, we have tried) and a choice of light desserts. A great start to the holiday.

We certainly will visit the nearby Pizzeria, with a roaring wood burning oven, producing the thinnest, crispest pizzas you have ever experienced. It is always full of local diners, a good sign of quality. A fish restaurant is close by, where the fish greet you at the door lying on beds of ice, maybe hold back a bit on the pasta that night. They serve rather good meat dishes too.

When we visit the Vatican, we can choose one of the many boutique restaurants hidden in the streets behind St Peters. Probably after a long day we can let ourselves go with huge plates of spaghetti. Or maybe, if we are early enough, they will just have prepared the Lasagne………it soon goes!

For vegetarians, have no fear, all the restaurants have excellent choices. We can even find pizzas which are gluten free, if wheat is a problem.

What else? A rustic meal with pitchers of red wine in a cellar restaurant, an elegant restaurant with a slightly Turkish inspired menu, everywhere some of our clients may well choose yet another pizza with a side salad which can be a meal in itself.

For lunch we might have a Caprese Salad or restrict ourselves to bruschetta with mediterranean tomatoes which melt in the mouth and always, always there is gelato. It has been suggested by several clients, that you can have a gelato twice a day for the whole tour and feel no side effects whatsoever.

If there is one thing the Romans do well that is eat!

When we get to Venice meals change a little whereby each morning will start with breakfast in the hotel before heading out for our days activity. 

Lunches are not the normal Ramblers Holidays packed lunches because to protect the fragile environment of Venice the city authorities have banned the consumption of food and drink in public spaces. This means that picnics are not an option so we will be eating in cafe/ restaurants. You can get a light lunch for around €10 with drinks extra. On the plus side there is somewhere to sit and have a chat, a handy toilet, also warmth and shelter inside should the weather be less kind!

To finish each day your leader will take you to sample local culture further in local restaurants experiencing the different local cuisine and of course sampling the classic Italian dishes including fresh pastas, pizza, or rich local seafood.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer. 

Remember to take knee length wellington boots in case there is an acqua alta (high tide) and parts of Venice are flooded or be prepared to buy over boots locally. It may only be for one day in the week but it will be worth it!

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Venice Dress

We will be visiting many churches and religious buildings in Venice. Local rules require you do not wear shorts, nor for ladies to wear revealing clothes. In deference to these rules please dress appropriately.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

For those keen on research we recommend two films:

A Roman Holiday starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. A nostalgic view of Rome in the 50’s

Angels and Demons starring Tom Hanks. An entertaining modern day adventure. Perhaps the fun to be had here is the spotting the artistic license taken with Rome’s geography.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Italian Laws & Customs

In some Italian towns and cities you may be fined for dropping litter and in some towns or cities it’s an offence to sit on monument steps or to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of main churches, historic monuments and public buildings. It’s also an offence to enter or bathe in public fountains.

In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.

Illegal traders operate on the streets of all major Italian cities, particularly tourist cities like Florence, Venice and Rome. Don’t buy from illegal street traders. You could be stopped by the local police and fined.

It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy. Doing so may result in heavy fines. It’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas. For more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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