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Rome & Venice

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

From£2,459

  • Italy

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

  • Mar

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    Sep

Leisurely

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Our holiday walking grades

Leisurely

Grade 2 Sightseeing

Mixes active sightseeing with short city or countryside walks. Any walks will take up to 2 hours and any ascents or descents will be taken at a leisurely pace. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Grade 3 Sightseeing

Easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day. You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 300m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

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 Ramblers Walking Holidays. 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 to Rome Fiumicino & return from Venice
  • 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 (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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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 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

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

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

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

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

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

Accommodation

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

From (GBP)£2,459

Departure dates for your selected tour

6th Mar 2021 - 20th Mar 2021 (14 Nights)

17th Apr 2021 - 1st May 2021 (14 Nights)

15th May 2021 - 29th May 2021 (14 Nights)

25th Sep 2021 - 9th Oct 2021 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick or Heathrow to Rome, return via Venice Marco Polo (British Airways)
  • 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 Riviera

The hotel is located on Venice Lido, the island that forms part of the barrier between Venice Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. It is a short boat ride from Venice Island and St Mark's Square. Frequent ferries ply the route making this a quick and simple journey. The hotel is a former palazzo across the road from the main ferry landing stage and has lovely views across the lagoon to St Mark's from the front. It is also a 10 minute walk from Lido beaches. It offers terrace, breakfast and dinning room, free WiFi through out and a fitness centre available at extra cost. It is close to shops, restaurants and cafes.

Room facilities include a safe, hairdryer, and television.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

During our time in Rome our days are of a Grade 3 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! Whilst the physical walking demands may be less, there is equally as much to see, do, take in and stimulate the mind. Expect active whole day sightseeing – plenty of experiences leaving you fulfilled and with many memories.  

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

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept 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

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

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.

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

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

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
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

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

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

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

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

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

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

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

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

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're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

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

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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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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