- Boutique stays in Mr & Mrs Smith hotels throughout
- Walk in the footsteps of Roman gladiators at the mighty Colosseum
- Drive the cypress-lined roads of Tuscany, between Florence and Rome, with a brief stop at Siena
- Scale the 463 steps of Florence Cathedral’s Duomo
- Take a privately guided tour of Sicily’s ancient Salt Route
Classic Italy: the Mr & Mrs Smith trip
A thoroughly modern tricolore...
Transporting you to Florence, Tuscany, Rome and Sicily, this trip is as classically Italian as mozzarella, leather sandals and limoncello.
All of the ideas in this luxury Italian trip through historic centres and picturesque wilds can be amended to suit your tastes, whether that’s an extra night under Florence’s terracotta roofs or access to a museum marvel: just ask and we’ll make it happen.
This 10-night trip is £3,849 a person (approximately US$4,692), based on two guests sharing.*
To kick off your trip, contact the Smith24 team around the clock on:
+44 (0)330 100 3180 from the UK,
+1 800 464 2040 from the US.
When to go
Summer can be molto caldo – not ideal when pavement-pounding the steamy city streets. Book for late spring or early autumn to escape the soaring mercury – and the crowds.
Most major airlines fly daily into Pisa Airport, which has an easy transfer into Florence’s Santa Maria Novella train station. You could also fly direct to Florence Airport on selected days. Our Smith24 tam can ook flights for you on request. Airport transfers in an air-conditioned, chauffeured car are included in the trip; at the end of your stay, your driver will drop you off at Palermo Airport for your return flight home or on to your next destination.
- Swimwear, for making the most of Verdura Resort’s pool
- A silk pashmina, for covering up bare shoulders in the Vatican
- Leave room in your suitcase for foodie treats to bring home
Day 1–3: Florence
The cradle of the Renaissance, the city of Florence shaped Europe as we know it today, so it’s only right that the trip starts where pretty much everything else began. Your chauffeur will take you to Continentale hotel, where you’ll spend two nights overlooking the Arno River from the solace of the sleek rooftop bar.
Florence’s hotels are all about the Duomo views, but couples-welcoming hideaway Continentale turns its back on all that – quite literally – facing the opposite way over the Ponte Vecchio (book the Honeymoon Suite if you’re desperate for a glimpse of the dome). Achingly chic staff in monochrome suits match the classic noir cinema that runs on a loop in reception, while upstairs rooms are a bianca canvas of wall-to-wall white.
Smith Extra A bottle of wine and Salvatore Ferragamo bath products
Day 1: You can’t miss Brunelleschi’s Duomo, peeking over terracotta rooftops with its russet cupola and neighbouring ivory tower. You’ll embark on a walking tour – just the two of you and your expert guide – around Florence’s religious centre, meeting the masterpieces of Cellini, Botticelli and Michelangelo before crossing the Ponte Vecchio.
Day 2: After a day of pavement pounding, let your stomach lead the way and sample some of Florence’s trad Tuscan cuisine at hipster hangout Mercato Centrale, or chocolate heaven Venchi, it comes at an extra charge, but we very much doubt you'll feel short-changed – contact the Smith24 Team for further local recommendations.
Day 3: Swish through the Tuscan countryside in your private chauffeured car on a choice of two trips; discover Siena’s Gothic palazzos and San Gimignano’s town of towers, or the rolling hills and vineyards of the Val d’Orcia, home of Brunello wines and pecorino cheese.
Day 4–6: Rome
For the three-hour drive south to Rome, your driver will escort you in an air-conditioned car. You’ll spend the next two nights in the village-y Monti district at the Fifteen Keys hotel.
If you’ve ever dreamed of your own private townhouse in Italy, prepare to have those thoughts brought to life. Boho neighbourhood Monti (east of the Colosseum) is home to Fifteen Keys, a ring-the-doorbell-for-entry urban refuge where you can make yourself at home but also get a nightcap from the bar at 3am.
Smith Extra A glass of prosecco each, plus a selection of organic herbal teas and home-made patisserie
Day 4: Don your walking shoes for a personal tour of the city’s fountains and piazzas with an enthusiastic guide. The grand frontage of the Parthenon will get Agrippa you before you stroll around Piazza Navona, ascend the Spanish Steps and toss a coin into the frothing turquoise waters of the Trevi Fountain.
Day 5: Today you're left to your leisure. Try out traditional Roman cuisine in one of the city’s many delis (we’d pick Roscioli for its cacio e pepe pasta alone), and in the evening see a different side to the city with a viewing of the Vatican’s sculptures and artworks under the stars.
Day 6: When in Rome… You’ve sampled the goods, now it’s time to create your own culinary masterpiece in a cooking class for two. Whip up focaccia and pasta fresca with a chef so you can recreate your favourite holiday dishes on your return home.
Day 7–11: Sicily
You’ll be taken by car to the airport for your one-hour flight to Palermo in Sicily. You’ll be collected on arrival and whisked to your next boutique stay, Syracusan retreat Donna Coraly Resort – the belle of the isle's east coast, where gardens are crammed with cacti and many of the restaurant's ingredients are nabbed from the farm next door.
Donna Coraly Resort's peaceful suites face out towards the lushly manicured park beyond. You'll find the Sicilian good life in abundance here: meals crafted using ingredients from the garden's planters and the farm next door, cosseting service, and a few friendly dogs to play fetch with.
Smith Extra A special handmade Donna Coraly ornament or accessory to take home
Day 7: One glimpse of the beach-y slopes of Donna Coraly Resort's plunge-ready pool and you’ll be desperate for a dip. Let your airport-jaded shoulders drop a couple of inches as you sunbathe amid the gardens all shapes and sizes of cacti.
Day 8: Heading out into Sicily’s orange-scented countryside, your first stop is an a-salt on the senses; visiting the vast, shimmering pans of the island’s Salt Route, you’ll learn about the ancient salt-extracting process at Stagnone. Later, snaffle a famous almond pastry in the mediaeval hilltop town of Erice and then board a boat to the marble-speckled isle of Motya, returning to the resort via a winery.
Day 9: Historic Syracuse is a short taxi ride away from the resort. While left to your leisure, head into town for coral-hued piazzas, lazy afternoons on a café terrace, and marvelling at still-standing Roman columns and grandiose fountains.
Day 10: Scope out the countryside's other antiquities: whisper into the Ear of Dionysius cave, or await a deus ex machina at the amphitheatre in Neapolis Archaeological Park. Otherwise, you can hop in a car to find powdery, beach-y perfection just a short drive away.
Day 11: After a last night at the hotel, you’ll be driven to Palermo to catch your flight home or on to your next destination.
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Terms and conditions
*The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels and local transportation with your own driver, and all applicable taxes.
Not included in your package
- International flights, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance.
- Any items which are not mentioned as ‘included’ in the itinerary.
- Any increase in government taxes.
- All prices are in GBP and are subject to change, depending on what time of the year you travel.
- All prices are subject to any revisions to taxes or tariffs.