Rome, Florence & Venice for Group Travellers

If you are planning a Rome, Florence and Venice multi-city holiday for a group of business travellers or your social club, then you may be at a loss as to how to travel between the cities or the best ways to see all the main attractions as a group. If you are struggling to plan the perfect group holiday to Italy’s most iconic cities, here are our top tips.


Where to Start


For ease, we recommend starting your group tour of Italy in Rome. Most international flights arrive in Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, which is about 26 km from the heart of the Eternal City.* With this in mind, you will need to arrange transport from the airport to your hotel in Rome. If you are travelling in a smaller group (10 or so people) and want economical transport, opt for a shuttle bus service, such as Terravision – the buses are regular and cost around 6 euros one-way. However, if you’re travelling in a larger group, then you may prefer to book a private airport transfer – as a part of our group package to Rome, Florence and Venice, we can arrange a private minibus or coach with a meet and greet service at the airport for a hassle-free start to your group holiday in Italy.

*Note that some economy airlines, such as Ryanair, fly to Ciampino Airport.


Group Sightseeing in Rome


There are plenty of attractions that your group can enjoy in Rome, including famous landmarks, such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican City. If you would like to visit inside any of these popular Rome attractions, we strongly recommend buying “skip the line” entry tickets or booking a guided tour for your group in advance to guarantee admittance to all members as entry queues tend to be lengthy during peak season. However, if members of your group would prefer to discover Rome’s many outdoor attractions at their own pace, such as the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, then sightseeing bus tour tickets make an economical option – we recommend Citysightseeing as they offer wheelchair-accessible buses with a hop-on/hop-off service and audio commentary in eight languages.


And So to Florence


From Rome’s Termini train station, you can take the train to Florence, where your group can enjoy Renaissance architecture and famous artistic masterpieces. The train takes about 90 minutes but note that booking train tickets in advance is a must for groups as Rome–Florence trains get very busy.

Florence’s main train station is centrally located, which means that, if your group isn’t too large, you could enjoy a pretty walk from the train station to your hotel, if it is also within the city centre. However, if you prefer or are travelling as part of a larger group, we recommend pre-arranging transport as, although there is a taxi point outside the train station, there are not always taxis available.

In Florence, you will find that there are many outdoor sights to enjoy, making it an excellent choice for your group holiday to Italy, such as the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, the glorious exterior of the Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria, where there is a replica of the statue of David – if you would like to see the real thing at the Accademia Gallery, then make sure you book tickets in advance as it’s almost impossible to visit this gallery without reserved entry. If your group has an interest in art, be sure to also book tickets to or a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, which houses an impressive art collection from the Medici Family.

From Florence, there are also many day trips that you can incorporate into your group package so that everyone’s tastes and preferences are satisfied. In particular, we recommend a day trip to Pisa, where your group can see the iconic Leaning Tower and the pretty Cathedral (note that children under the age of 8 are not permitted inside the Tower). In addition, if you have wine connoisseurs in your group, pre-arrange a day tour of the Chianti region, where you can enjoy sublime countryside scenery, as well as taste unique wines of the region, such as the famed Brunello and Nobile wines.


A Finale in the Floating City


For that wow factor, we recommend saving Venice as the finale to your group holiday in Italy. You can again take advantage of the efficient Italian rail network and take the train from Florence to Venice – we recommend pre-booking train tickets to Venice Santa Lucia train station rather than Mestre as you can then take the waterbus from the train station to the nearest pier to your hotel. For ease and also for a more enjoyable group holiday in Venice, we recommend selecting a canal-side hotel so that you can easily walk to your hotel from one of the main piers – as a part of our service, when you book a holiday with us we will listen to the needs of your group and then recommend the best hotel for you.

In Venice, your group can enjoy the many iconic attractions that have resulted in Venice being named a must-see destination, and we highly recommend arranging a group tour of the St Mark’s area, including the Golden Basilica and Doge’s Palace (note that pre-booking is a must for groups), and you can also discover the wider Veneto area on your group holiday with a day trip to the other islands in the Venetian Lagoon, such as Murano, Burano and Torcello, where you group can visit the glass factories and lace-makers. Another must is a gondola tour of Venice’s charming canals – note that a maximum of six passengers is allowed per gondola and you must pre-book. For a more pleasant experience, we recommend upgrading to a private gondola ride so that members of your group can enjoy a gondola ride together, rather than being separated.


Ciao Italia!


Venice’s main international airport is Marco Polo, which can be reached by water taxi from the main island; however, if your outbound flight is departing from Venice’s Treviso Airport, keep in mind that you will need to take both a water taxi and a car to reach the airport and it is important to leave extra time for this journey, especially when travelling as a group.


If you would like to find out more about our group holidays to Rome, Florence and Venice, you can visit the dedicated section of our website or, alternatively, you can watch our YouTube video by clicking here. For a personalised quotation and to find out about our group discounts, please click here to send an online enquiry.

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