Trip to Italy
· Sat, Oct 17, 2020
Travel Expert Rachel Stewart
This exclusive gluten free tour is only available through Eat Well, Travel Happy!
Home to ancient ruins, artistic masterpieces, gelato, and pasta, Italy is an enchanting destination for those who eat gluten free. Discover the country’s landscape on a journey from Venice through Florence to Rome by train. Explore fresco-adorned churches and Renaissance palaces, climb medieval towers and get immersed in Italian culture with hands on, family friendly art classes and gluten free pasta making lessons.
Please note this is a family centered trip and each booking must have at least one child age 7-12.
Ponte Vecchio over Arno river in Florence
Gluten Free Pasta © G Adventures
Sat, Jan 04, 2020
All prices are in Canadian dollars and are based on double occupancy.
Initial deposit of $750.00 due at time of booking to confirm your spot.
2nd deposit of $3,000.00 is due May 15, 2020.
Final balance is due July 31, 2020.
All payments are non-refundable.
Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence
This departure is guaranteed only after 10 confirmed bookings. Do not make air reservations until this threshold has been met. Eat Well, Travel Happy can help book all international flights when it is time.
Dining in Rome
Gluten Free Pasta Making © Adobe Stock
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Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT VALID CANADIAN PASSPORTS BE VALID FOR 6 MONTHS PAST DEPARTURE DATES OF TRAVEL.
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Arrive at any time. Optional activities available.
Venice Marco Polo Airport
Travel from the airport to your hotel and get ready for an unforgettable journey. Your arrival transfer is included.
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
4 star hotel, Venice
Take a walking tour of Venice, discovering winding lanes, marble palaces, and cobblestoned squares aflutter with pigeons. Then visit a glass-blowing workshop to watch a master craftsman at work. We’ll learn about the ancient technique of glass production while watching the creation of a unique piece. Afterwards, opt to hop aboard the city’s preferred mode of transportation: the gondola. This afternoon, try your hand at the centuries-old art of Venetian mask making. Watch how the mask mold is constructed and wrapped with papier-mâché, then use the tools of the trade to create your very own masterpiece.
Wander down narrow alleyways into hidden courtyards, which lead you back onto bridges overlooking the city’s iconic canals. While gondolas are scenic, exploring Venice on foot is just as exciting!
Learn about the fascinating art of Venetian glassmaking from skilled local artisans. Watch a master craftsman in his factory as he turns something rather ordinary into an exquisite work of art. Visit the gift shop on your way out to take a piece of Venice home with you.
Dive into the atmosphere of the legendary Venetian Carnival and its traditional papier-mâché masks. What were the most popular masks? How were they made? This is a highly creative activity where kids get to choose their favourite mask shape and then decorate with colourful paints, elegant pearls, bright feathers, and much more!
*Optional activity available – Gondola Ride
4 star hotel, Venice
Italian Hand Blown Glass
Catch a train to Florence—celebrated as the birthplace of the Renaissance. In Piazza della Repubblica—site of the city’s forum during ancient Roman times—take a spin on an antique wooden carousel, riding atop galloping horses and gilded carriages. Channel your inner inventor with a visit to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, dedicated to the famed Italian artist and engineer. Explore da Vinci’s creativity and genius as you interact with an astonishing array of machines, brought to life from drawings the artist created hundreds of years ago. Cap off the day with a gelato treat!
Venice – Florence, 2h30m / 255km
Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Join your CEO for a walk to the Piazza della Repubblica – site of the city’s ancient Roman forum – then ride on a unique wooden carousel maintained by the same family for five generations.
With over 40 working machines recreated from da Vinci’s notebooks, interacting is definitely encouraged at this museum – go ahead, spin those wheels, knobs and levers! Discover the genius of his highly engineered bridges, hydraulic machines, and artillery designs. See a life-size “ornithopter” – da Vinci’s dream flying machine.
4 star hotel, Florence
Piazza della Repubblica at night
Begin the morning with a walking tour of Florence’s historic center, an enchanting warren of stone lanes bursting with treasures. Later, take part in a hands-on cooking class, where you’ll learn how to make fresh gluten free pasta—then enjoy it for lunch!
Head out for walk through the heart of Florence, passing magnificent structures that truly bring the Italian Renaissance to life.
Take part in the tradition of making fresh pasta in a real Italian kitchen, then enjoy your creations for lunch. Preparing delicious foods with simple ingredients and the right technique – it’s a skill you can bring back home!
Enjoy some free time to explore this historic city, home to many Renaissance treasures.
4 star hotel, Florence
Breakfast | Lunch
Florence, Full Day
Today is free to explore on your own or take part in optional activities. Choose to join our guide for an excursion by train to the city of Pisa and see just how far the tower leans. Those spending the day in Florence can visit the city’s enormous, red-tiled cathedral—known as the Duomo—which took more than 140 years to complete; or marvel at Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia Gallery; experience Medici court life at the Palazzo Vecchio; visit to the Uffizi Gallery to see the works of the Renaissance masters; take in the panoramic view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo; and more. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!
*Please note that if you wish to visit the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Duomo or Medici Chapels, we highly recommend booking admission tickets online, prior to your departure. Many popular attractions in Europe have a timed ticketing system (i.e. morning & afternoon admission) so please keep this in mind while you are deciding on activities for this free day. Without reserved tickets, there is the risk of waiting in long queues – a little planning goes a long way!
Pisa Excursion, 6-8h, 15-20EUR/person
Take the train to Pisa with our CEO and check out its famous leaning tower. Wander the area and take photos to your heart’s content. Opt to enter the Pisa Cathedral, or enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant.
Medici Chapels Admission, Florence, 8-10EUR/person
Admire the opulence of the two Medici Chapels. The Sagrestia Nuova was designed by Michelangelo and built as a mausoleum for the powerful Medici family.
Galleria dell’Accademia Admission, Florence, 1-3h, 9-12EUR/person
Admire beautiful sculptures by the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, including the famous statue of David, at this beautiful art gallery. Check out rare musical instruments made by Stradivari (who made string instruments) and Bartolomeo Cristofori, the inventor of the piano, at Accademia Gallery’s Museum of Musical Instruments.
Il Duomo di Firenze Admission, Florence, 1-2h, free
This green-pink-white marbled 13th century basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and its brick dome is the largest ever constructed.
4 star hotel, Florence
Il Duomo di Firenze © G Adventures Inc.
Ride the rails to Rome, home to one of history’s greatest empires. Enjoy a walking tour of Piazza del Popolo—which features twin churches and a towering obelisk—and take in the sunset from the Spanish Steps.
Florence – Rome, 3h / 262km
Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Built to connect the hilltop Trinità dei Monti church with the Piazza di Spagna (or Spanish Square) below, the Spanish Steps are a colourful example of Baroque architecture from 18th century Rome. Opt to climb its 136 steps, or simply watch the crowds weave through this popular tourist attraction.
Take a walk in the “peoples square” or Piazza del Popolo. Explore the oval “square” admiring the churches and gaze up at the ancient obelisk. This is a perfect place to people watch!
4 star hotel, Rome
Piazza del Popolo
Step inside the ancient Colosseum, where gladiatorial contests took place before cheering crowds and fierce animals were once set loose. Then head to a local gladiator school and learn how to become a Roman warrior! Delve into gladiatorial history and examine authentic artifacts including shields, swords, and armor. With the guidance of an instructor, venture into an arena to safely train and fight other new centurions—and feel the thrill of handling your own wooden sword and shield. Later, join an optional walk to St. Peter’s Square or choose to visit the Vatican or the Roman Forum. This evening, gather for a festive gluten free dinner to celebrate our Italian adventure.
Enjoy a visit to this famous spot, the scene of many bloody gladiator fights for the entertainment of ancient Rome’s aristocracy. Take a tour of the old venue—a UNESCO World Heritage site—and feel free to walk around on your own. No battles, please!
Go back 2,000 years in time at the Gladiator School of Rome. First, visit the museum to see and touch authentic weapons and gear used by gladiators and Roman legionaries. Then, learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial sword fighting from a skilled instructor and challenge other new centurions, either in the outdoor arena (weather permitting) or indoors, using play-safe materials.
St. Peter’s Square Walk, Rome, 3-5EUR/person
With your CEO, explore St. Peter’s Square, located in Vatican City. Created in the 17th century by Bernini, the square has an elliptic shape, surrounded on two sides by colonnades before St. Peter’s Basilica. Statues sit atop the colonnades. At the center of the ellipse stands an Egyptian obelisk that was transported from Egypt to Rome during the reign of Emperor Augustus.
Roman Forum Visit, Rome, 1-2h, 16-20EUR/person
Even with the bustle of modern day Rome whizzing past on Vespas, you can still lose yourself in the fragmented columns and ancient ruins of this plaza, conjuring images of the rich Romans sauntering by in togas.
4 star hotel, Rome
Breakfast | Dinner
Depart at any time.
Not ready to leave? We can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Trevi Fountain in Rome