Love & Gelato is a feel-good YA summer romance set against a backdrop of breathtaking Tuscany. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this book than on a trip to Italy to experience the sites as Lina did with your best bookish friends, so grab the book below and schedule your trip.
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You and your book club will visit Italy hassle-free with more time doing, less time planning and driving, on an 11-day coach tour highlighting Tuscany and more. Coach tours do not just make you see the sites from the window of the tour bus. They never drive more than a few hours each day, leaving you lots of free time, and give you skip-the-line VIP access to most attractions, which in locations like Rome, saves you hours of waiting in line.
This itinerary is a great fit to go with the book, but there are many more available to fit your schedule and price point. Just give us a call to create a custom trip for you or your book club. All hotels on this tour are first-class or superior first-class (roughly equivalent to 4- and 5-star in the US). Breakfast is included daily as well as 4 dinners with the group. Depending on the dates you choose, this tour starts out at $3,099 pp + air and is customizable with extra days on either end.
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 2 ROME
ROME Guided sightseeing includes the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà, the Colosseum, and see the Roman Forum. Free time late afternoon and evening.
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DAY 3 ROME–LUCCA
LUCCA Orientation walk and free time.
258 mi / 415 km
DAY 4 LUCCA. EXCURSION TO CINQUE TERRE & PISA
Scenic drive en route to La Spezia.
CINQUE TERRE Guided boat ride (weather permitting) to Monterosso. Free time before returning by train to La Spezia.
PISA See the Leaning Tower en route back to Lucca.
217 mi / 350 km
DAY 5 LUCCA–SIENA–SAN GIMIGNANO–VERRAZZANO CASTLE–FLORENCE
SIENA Orientation walk includes Piazza del Campo.
SAN GIMIGNANO Orientation walk with free time for lunch.
VERRAZZANO Wine tasting with local specialties.
186 mi / 300 km
DAY 6 FLORENCE
FLORENCE Guided sightseeing includes Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, at the Academy of Fine Arts, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and Signoria Square. Free time this afternoon and evening.
DAY 7 FLORENCE–VERONA–VENICE ISLAND
VERONA Orientation walk includes Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Brà to admire the Arena. Free time for lunch before continuing to Venice.
VENICE ISLAND Private boat ride.
242 mi / 390 km
DAY 8 VENICE ISLAND
VENICE ISLAND Guided walking tour includes St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs followed by a glassblowing demonstration. Free time this afternoon and evening.
DAY 9 VENICE ISLAND–ASSISI
Scenic drive through the Apennine Mountains en route to Assisi.
ASSISI Guided walking tour includes St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica.
267 mi / 430 km
DAY 10 ASSISI–ORVIETO–ROME
ORVIETO Local pastries tasting at renowned Caffè Montanucci, a historic Pasticceria. Orientation walk includes the cathedral with free time to visit San Brizio Chapel.
ROME Farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
174 mi / 280 km
DAY 11 ROME
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.
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