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Italy with Elizabeth Hugen Exploration

Rome - Florence - Rapallo

2021: Sep 20 - Sep 28

Ciao bella! I am BEYOND excited for you to join me as we explore the beautiful country of Italy! This itinerary has it all - food, wine, new friends, and a unique exploration of some of Italy's most famous and picturesque sites. Feast your eyes on the stunning architecture of Florence and the magnificent views of Cinque Terre, your tastebuds on the local wines and cuisines, and your mind on the historical sights and stories of Rome. While a classic, this trip will be far from basic as we explore the coast, countryside, and the most iconic cities of Italy. Get ready to make lots of memories together as we take this trip of a lifetime!

  • 9 days

  • 10 - 20 spots

  • Double occupancy in 4-star hotels (single rooms available)

  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners included

  • Fly into Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO). TrovaTrip will provide two transfers between 8am and 5pm.

  • Fly out of Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ). TrovaTrip will provide one transfers on the last day.

Activities Included

  • Classic Rome Tour
  • Cappuccino Tasting
  • Vatican Visit
  • Alban Hills Wine Tasting
  • Siena Tour
  • Albastar Shop Visit
  • Italian Cooking Class
  • Wine Tasting
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa Visit
  • Cinque Terre Excursion

Other Inclusions

  • Double Occupancy in 4-star Hotels
  • Local Guide throughout Trip
  • All City Transfers
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (until 5pm on first day)
  • Departure Airport Transfer (morning of last day)
  • 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 3 Dinners

Optional Activities

  • Pizza & Tiramisu Class
  • Gelato Making Class


  • International Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times

Your Host

Elizabeth Hugen

Hi lovely! I'm Lizzie... a Kate Spade obsessed, flower crown-wearing, dress twirling kind of girl that believes in wearing tulle skirts for any occasion, eating cupcakes for breakfast, and sporting sequins during the day (but you probably already know that lol). My blog, Instagram, and YouTube channel aim to inspire others to embrace soft femininity, everyday elegance, and an adventurous spirit through fashion, beauty, and travel posts as seen through my distinctive rose-colored lens. Aside from blogging, I'm also a professional musician that plays nearly any instrument with strings, an artist with a background in various mediums, and a little bit of an adrenaline junkie with a strong love for travel. Aside from a pretty dress (of course), nothing is better than pressing my face up against the window on an airplane to get a glimpse of the terrain below the clouds... or discovering hidden gems as I wander aimlessly through a new city... or gazing in awe at the incredible architecture created centuries ago... or the inspiration I feel when I arrive at a dream destination for the very first time. I'm so excited that we will get to experience all of these incredible moments together as we eat, drink and explore our way through Italy!


Day 1

Welcome to Italy, my love! The adventure is only beginning! Your guide will pick you up from the airport before transferring you to your hotel in Rome.

Get together with the crew this evening for the welcome dinner.

Overnight in Rome

Arrival: Fly into Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO). TrovaTrip will provide two transfers between 8am and 5pm.

Included: Airport Transfer, Welcome Dinner

Day 2

Get your camera ready - for your first full day, enjoy the classic and historic sites of Rome on a walking tour of the city! You'll enter the gates of the Colosseum, stroll the walkways of Palentine hill, explore the imperial forums, and more!

Still recovering from jet lag? The cappuccino tasting will pick you right back up! Learn more about this popular local coffee choice while getting your caffeine fix.

Overnight in Rome

Included: Breakfast, Classic Rome Tour, Cappuccino Tasting

Day 3

Today, you will head to the Vatican for a tour of the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. The amount of history stored within these walls spans thousands of years. Rome is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe and today will give you a further glimpse into this legacy.

This afternoon, head up to the stunning Alban Hills for a wine tasting. Each region of Italy is known for different wines and today, you'll learn more about those differences!

Still hungry for learning this evening? Sign up for the optional pizza and tiramisu class - YUM!

Overnight in Rome

Included: Breakfast, Vatican Visit, Alban Hills Wine Tasting

Optional: Pizza and Tiramisu Class

Day 4

To Florence you go! After your transfer to the Tuscan capital, explore on your own before the group dinner.

Overnight in Florence

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Florence is known for so many different things from museums to pizza to local foods and Tuscan wines! Today is pick your adventure so that you have an opportunity to see the sights most important to you.

Want suggestions for where to go and what to do? Your local guide can point you in the right direction!

Those with a sweet tooth can sign up for the optional gelato making class this afternoon. ;-)

Overnight in Florence

Included: Breakfast

Optional: Gelato Making Class

Day 6

Siena, here you come! You'll kick off your day trip to the city with a walking tour led by a local guide.

Siena is known for its use of saffron in its cuisine so today you'll grab lunch at a local saffron producer featuring dishes with this spice front and center.

In the afternoon, learn about alabaster and the famous sculptures and architecture that utilizes this mineral!

Overnight in Florence

Included: Breakfast, Siena Tour, Lunch, Alabaster Shop Visit

Day 7

Get your taste buds ready - it's time to learn more about Italian food at a cooking lesson! A chef will teach you the local secrets to mastering some of the dishes you've enjoyed during your time in Italy so far.

After enjoying your final product for lunch, balance your palate with a wine tasting. You'll be able to take what you learned at the first wine tasting to better evaluate the notes you're tasting. You're well on your way to becoming a sommelier of Italian wines!

This afternoon visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa! Snap your obligatory shot holding up the cathedral before heading out to the next hotel.

Overnight in Rapallo

Included: Breakfast, Italian Cooking Class, Wine Tasting, Leaning Tower of Pisa Visit

Day 8

For your final full day in Italy, you'll head to the coast to soak in the dramatic views of Cinque Terre! The views of these gorgeous cliff sides villages will take your breath away (as will all the stairs!). Your guide will show you the most photogenic spots and tell you all the interesting facts about this beautiful collection of towns.

Get together with the crew one last time for the farewell dinner and cheers to an incredible week spent with great people!

Overnight in Rapallo

Included: Breakfast, Cinque Terre Excursion, Farewell Dinner

Day 9

Sadly, all good things must come to an end - until next time! Ciao <3

Included: Breakfast, Airport Transfer

Departure: Fly out of Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ). TrovaTrip will provide one transfers on the last day.

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