Adventures by Disney Italy has been called the perfect family vacation. This eight-day trip takes you to 31 sites in Rome, Tuscany, Florence, and Venice, letting you explore the Old World and its traditions. Is Adventures by Disney Italy worth it? Let’s find out!

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Adventures by Disney Italy Itinerary

The Adventures by Disney Italy itinerary is packed with activities for the whole family. Here’s a look at the day-by-day itinerary of the Italy group tour.

Day 1

  • Highlights: Arrive in Rome, Tour the Colosseum, Welcome Dinner
  • Accommodations: Gran Meliá Rome Hotel
  • Meals: Dinner Included

Upon arrival in Rome, guests are met by an Adventures by Disney representative in the baggage claim area, who will escort them to their car. They will then enjoy a brief ride to the Hotel Gran Meliá Rome, where they will check in and have some time to explore the hotel and its amenities.

The Hotel Gran Meliá Rome is a beautiful contemporary Italian hotel located in the city’s cultural and entertainment hotspots, with stunning panoramic views of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Your Adventures by Disney Italy trip begins with a tour of the iconic Colosseum. This massive structure, built over 2,000 years ago, is an instantly recognizable symbol of Rome. Your knowledgeable guide will take you on an informative tour of the Colosseum, explaining its fascinating history and providing insights into the lives of the ancient Romans.

After your tour, you’ll enjoy a cocktail reception and private dinner with the other families sharing this adventure with you. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers as you enjoy a delicious Italian feast.

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Visit the Colosseum in Rome on your Adventures by Disney Italy tour | Image © Disney

Day 2

  • Highlights: Visit the Vatican & Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Panoramic Tour of Rome, Walking Tour of Rome
  • Accommodations: Gran Meliá Rome Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Included

Start your day with a Vatican clavigero (key keeper), who will use the official Vatican keys to open each door on your way to the Vatican Museum. During your exclusive, privately guided tour, see masterpieces by history’s most significant artists in a collection that spans 4,000 years. Then, guided by a local expert, explore the Sistine Chapel and get an intimate look at Michelangelo’s magnificent achievement. The Clavigero Experience provides essential information about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Next, a private guide will guide you through St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s most significant and beautiful Renaissance buildings. Built in the 4th century by Constantine, the basilica was rebuilt by Bernini, Bramante, and Michelangelo in the 16th century. It stands where Peter was crucified. His remains are buried under the main altar along with those of other subsequent popes. Don’t forget to spend some time admiring Michelangelo’s iconic dome before moving on!

The next activity is a panoramic tour of Rome on a private motor coach. There will be some of the most famous sights in the city. A private walking tour of Rome will follow the bus tour. You’ll visit the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain and taste authentic gelato.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, which will be an excellent opportunity to try some of the delicious and authentic cuisines the city offers. After lunch, you will have free time to explore the city at your own pace. Ask your Adventure Guides for suggestions.

In the evening, you will have dinner on your own. This gives you the chance to try out local foods. With so many great restaurants to choose from, your family is sure to find something they enjoy!

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Doors literally open for you on an early morning Vatican tour | Image © Disney

Day 3

  • Highlights: Visiting Orvieto, Umbria
  • Accommodations: Hotel Borgo di Cortefreda
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

Travelers will have an American-style buffet breakfast at the hotel, then head to Orvieto, a charming town in Umbria. During the journey, you’ll see stunning views of the Umbrian valley. Once in Orvieto, travelers will have the opportunity to explore the medieval city that seems frozen in time. Its Gothic façade, stained glass, pillars, and frescoes make it a must-see.

You will enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Orvieto, savoring some of the region’s famous cuisine. After lunch, you’ll travel to Tavarnelle Val di Pesa by motor coach. The ride takes you through the Tuscan countryside, vineyards, and olive groves.

When you arrive in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, you’ll check into your hotel, Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda. This quaint hotel offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. You’ll have some time to relax and explore before dinner this evening.

After a rest, adults will enjoy a delicious dinner on the terrace, accompanied by locally produced wine. Junior Adventurers can enjoy dinner and a Disney movie on their own.

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Day 4

  • Highlights: Pasta-making activity at Poggio Alloro, wine tasting at Fioroni Family Winery
  • Accommodations: Hotel Borgo di Cortefreda
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

The fourth day of the Adventures by Disney Italy trip starts with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Guests will then travel by motor coach for half a day to Fattoria Poggio Alloro, a working farm with its own winery. The farm lies in the heart of the Chianti wine-growing region and offers spectacular views of nearby San Gimignano, a medieval hilltop town.

Guests will participate in a fun pasta-making activity led by the farm’s chef. You will also have the opportunity to tour the family winery and taste some local wines. While adults are at the wine tasting, junior adventurers will get to pick herbs from the garden and infuse them into bottles of olive oil.

A delicious pasta lunch awaits you at Fattoria Poggio Alloro, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of San Gimignano and its medieval towers while sitting on the terrace. After lunch, stroll Tavarnelle Val di Pesa’s shops and cafés or relax at your Tuscan hotel’s pool.

A Tuscan dinner in a Castello concludes Adventures by Disney Italy’s fourth day. Guests will be seated in a castle dating back to the 15th century, located in one of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany. The dinner is enhanced by costumed servers, which add to the atmosphere of this memorable banquet. It will be a fun and memorable day that will give guests a taste of the charming Italian countryside.

Day 5

  • Highlights: Travel to Florence, Privately Guided Tour of Florence and Palazzo Vecchio.
  • Accommodations: Hotel Borgo di Cortefreda
  • Meals: Breakfast Included

After breakfast, you will have a privately guided tour of some of the city’s most iconic sights. These include special access to Michelangelo’s David, followed by a walking tour with Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and Piazza della Repubblica, Baptistry, and Ponte Vecchio.

In the afternoon, you’ll have some free time to explore Florence and find a lunch spot.

Join back with your tour group for a private VIP Tour of Palazzo Vecchio, one of the most impressive structures in Tuscany. See works by some of the masters, including Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Vasari. You can climb the high tower, dress in medieval period clothing, and explore secret passageways once used by the Medici family, who were renowned patrons of the arts. This is an excellent opportunity to see Florence from a unique perspective and learn more about its rich history.

You’ll have the opportunity to spend the evening exploring Florence at your own pace. You can stroll through market stalls searching for souvenirs, admire world-famous artworks in museums, and savor a delicious dinner in one of the city’s many eateries.

Whether looking for culture, cuisine or simply some time to relax, you’re sure to find it in Florence. So be sure to ask your Adventure Guides for their recommendations and make the most of your time in this incredible city!

Day 6

  • Highlights: A train trip to Venice, a private gondola ride, and a walking tour in Piazza San Marco
  • Accommodations: Hilton Molino Stucky
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Included

On the fifth day of the Adventures by Disney Italy trip, travelers will enjoy breakfast at their hotel before boarding a high-speed train bound for Venice. A boxed lunch is provided for the journey, which takes around three hours.

Upon arrival in Venice, travelers will explore the city by gondola. This traditional mode of transportation offers travelers a unique perspective of Venice as they glide along the famed Grand Canal, past the Rialto Bridge.

After the gondola tour, travelers will enjoy a private walking tour of Venice. Highlights of this tour include Piazza San Marco, one of Venice’s most iconic squares, and a stop at St. Mark’s Basilica, a cathedral known for its magnificent Byzantine architecture. The walking tour also provides an opportunity to learn about Venice’s rich history and culture from a knowledgeable guide.

Next, you have some free time to explore the Hotel Hilton Molino Stucky after checking in and taking care of your luggage. As part of this 5-star luxury hotel, guests can enjoy a rooftop swimming pool, a Nutella Bar, and amazing views of Venice, as well as a welcome reception with your Adventure Guides. Once you’re settled in, you are free to explore Venice on your own and find a restaurant. Several options are available, from gourmet restaurants to tempting trattorias to local favorites.

The reviews are conclusive for travelers looking to experience all Italy offers: this is one of the best Adventures by Disney itineraries!

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Enjoy a private gondola ride through the canals of Venice | Image © Disney

Day 7

  • Highlights: Doges Palace Tour, Venetian Carnevale Mask-Making, Farewell Dinner on the Jolly Roger
  • Accommodations: Hilton Molino Stucky
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Included

After breakfast at the hotel, the Adventures by Disney Italy trip continues with a guided tour of the Doges Palace. This imposing palace, built in Venetian Gothic style, once housed the Doge, the supreme ruler of the Republic of Venice.

Visitors can view the opulent lifestyle of the Venetian aristocracy at this landmark, which is now a museum. Meanwhile, Junior Adventures play a special Adventures by Disney art sleuthing game that is only available to kids.

Next, a scenic walk through Venice will lead you to Tragicomica, where you will participate in a hands-on masquerade mask-making workshop under an artisan’s guidance. You will create a masterpiece of your own!

You will then be able to explore Venice on your own. Get a close look at the canals, bridges, and footpaths, and, along the way, find many excellent restaurants for lunch. There are also many boutiques and art museums to explore.

Adventures by Disney Italy will conclude with a special farewell dinner aboard the Jolly Roger, a pirate-themed galleon designed to honor the ships of the Venetian Republic. The celebration is the perfect way to round out an unforgettable vacation in Italy. You will toast the lovely experiences you’ve shared with family and new friends and enjoy delectable Italian cuisine, lively entertainment, and Disney surprises.

Day 8

  • Highlights: Transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport (or to the train station)
  • Accommodations: None
  • Meals: Breakfast Included

On the eighth and final day of the Adventures by Disney Italy trip, guests will enjoy the last breakfast at their hotel in Venice before being transferred to the airport or train station. You will have time to say goodbye to your fellow Adventurers and reflect on all the beautiful memories you have made throughout the trip.

This magical journey through Italy has ended, but guests will surely want to return soon to explore more of this beautiful country!

What’s included in the price of the Adventures by Disney Italy trip?

When you book an Adventures by Disney Italy trip, you can rest assured that all nearly of the details will be taken care of for you. When you arrive at the airport or train station, an Aventures by Disney representative will greet you and take you to your hotel. From there, you’ll get the VIP treatment.

First, guests will be accompanied by two Adventure Guides throughout their trip. These guides are specially trained to provide an enriching and hassle-free experience.

In addition, the trip includes outstanding accommodations at luxurious hotels and resorts. Guests will also have VIP access to many of the country’s most popular attractions and private events that are not open to the general public.

Perhaps best of all, most meals are included in the trip’s price. This allows guests to enjoy the culinary delights of Italy without having to worry about budgeting for meals.

Culture lovers will also appreciate the opportunity to experience the country’s rich history and heritage with local experts. These benefits make an Adventures by Disney Italy trip an unforgettable experience and worth the price.

What’s Not Included in an Adventures by Disney trip?

Your travel is included from the moment you land at the airport until the moment you return home. However, you are responsible for securing and paying for your flights to and from the airports. Therefore, flights are not covered. 

Reminder: The arrival airport is FCO (Rome), and the return airport is VCE (Venice).

While 15 meals are included in the trip cost, you will have to pay for any meals not explicitly mentioned in the itinerary. So, when budgeting for your trip, consider the cost of food that’s not included.

You should also consider tipping your Adventure Guides on top of the price of your Italy trip since Adventures by Disney does not include gratuities in the price. You might want to consider doing so based on the service you received.

Is there a minimum age requirement? 

Disney states the Adventures by Disney Italy tour has an age minimum of 5 and a suggested age of 6+.

Be advised that there is an Adults Exclusive version of this trip for people 18 and over, as well as Adventures by Disney Private Adventure for Italy (a small group tour that costs more and has a slightly different itinerary).  Contact The Vacationeer to find out more about these less common options.

How much do Adventures by Disney Italy trips cost?

These vacations are not known to be cheap, but you must remember that almost everything is covered in the cost.

For 2024, Adventures by Disney Italy trips start at $7,399 per adult and $7,029 per child. There are dozens of group tours scheduled from March 2024 through September 2024, plus a couple in October 2024 and a couple in December 2024. Prices and departure dates are subject to change.

Adventures by Disney Italy is one of the most popular trips offered by the brand. Tours are scheduled nearly every week during the warmer months (and some in the not-so-warm months). Contact The Vacationeer for the latest schedule and pricing.

Is Adventures by Disney Italy worth it?

Italy is a renowned tourist destination for a reason—the country is brimming with history, art, and culture. And what better way to experience all Italy has to offer than with Adventures by Disney?

ABD is a tour company that specializes in family-friendly vacation packages. Their Italy tour includes stays in Rome, Florence, and Venice, excursions to Tuscan hill towns, and private visits to iconic landmarks like the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums. With ABD, travelers can be assured of a hassle-free vacation where all the details are taken care of. And best of all, the tour guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic, making even complex topics like Renaissance art enjoyable for kids.

This trip will not leave anyone bored or hungry, and the cultural experiences are fantastic.

So if you’re looking for an unforgettable Italy vacation that will please everyone in the family, Adventures by Disney Italy is definitely worth the price!

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No matter which Adventure by Disney trip you choose – Italy, Australia, a European River Cruise, an Escape, etc.- you will indeed have an unforgettable experience. So what are you waiting for?

The best way to start planning your adventure is to consult an expert. We recommend a Disney travel agency that specializes in Adventures by Disney.

In our view, there’s no better choice than our official travel agency partner, The Vacationeer.  Their planning services are provided at no additional charge to you, so there’s really no reason not to contact them.