Italian Indulgence

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Italian Indulgence  - Back-Roads Touring
Italian Indulgence - Back-Roads Touring
Marilyn "My husband and I did our first Back Roads tour this spring. (Italians Indulgence). We cannot stop talking about our trip--it was fantastic!. Stephano Lai was our tour guide and Fabio our driver. Both of these men knew and loved their country. They shared so many unique places and certainly went above and beyond. Stehano was with us constantly sharing his knowledge. Necessary stops for "toilets..."
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  • Visit's Italy's world-famous Historical cities
  • Wind along country roads in Umbria, Tuscany and Piedmont
  • Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan Villa
  • Spend a day at the picturesque Cinque Terre
  • Hunt for truffles in Piedmont
  • Discover hidden gems at Italy's northern lakes
Age range
40 to 90 year olds
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Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Coach / Bus
Start in Rome and end in Venice! With the in-depth cultural tour Italian Indulgence , you have a 12 day tour package taking you from Rome to Venice and through Rome, Italy and 16 other destinations in Italy. Italian Indulgence is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • AO
    Written on February 11, 2018
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Completed Italian indulgence tour late 2017, very expensive for solo traveller & of course the worst hotel rooms when paying a single supplement, why? There's an old saying it's Tuesday it must be Rome, too fast & certainly NOT "Backroads" some hotels disgusting & changed at last minute & not advised same. Our "Tour Leader" was aggressive, impatient & rude, I believe it was his last tour with Backroads, he just did not want to be there. The Driver was great, though had the tour leader in his ear all day. The Bus was too cramped for 18 people & uncomfortable with viewing at times, non existent Backroads needs to invest in better transport, it's supposed to be a "Premium Tour". I am very disappointed & won't travel with Backroads again..... Annie
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  • LS
    Written on November 12, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    We have just completed the back roads tour of Northern Italy. The bus was as tight with space and comfort similar to a Ryan Air/Jetstar economy flight. While there was so much that was wonderful it was let down by cheap hotels/broken fittings/no air con etc. We thought this was a premium tour. It is not. Their definition of 'boutique hotels' is questionable when some of the hotels were a mad house with the large bus tours crowding the lobby/lift/breakfast. As for meandering along back roads, I can assure you that 80 per cent of this tour is on multi lane free ways
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  • S
    Written on October 5, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Travel on the Italian Indulgence tour in July 2017.Our guide was Stefano Lai who was excellent in all aspects of his job.He was considerate, friendly and knowledgeable . Stefano also offered extra site seeing on top of the itinerary when time permitted. He is a great ambassador for the company. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.
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  • PS
    Written on July 31, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    This was my first group tour and I loved it. We were a small group and had a knowledgeable, friendly guide who went out of her way to make sure we were all ok and were enjoying ourselves. I would definitely encourage others to tour with Back Roads as, at times, we went to places the larger tours couldn't reach and thus had unique experiences.
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  • MF
    Written on June 16, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    My husband and I did our first Back Roads tour this spring. (Italians Indulgence). We cannot stop talking about our trip--it was fantastic!. Stephano Lai was our tour guide and Fabio our driver. Both of these men knew and loved their country. They shared so many unique places and certainly went above and beyond. Stehano was with us constantly sharing his knowledge. Necessary stops for "toilets" would turn into a unique adventure like walking suspension bridge or aquaducts. When his day should have been done he would organize an elective hike to various places in the Italian countryside. We cannot thank back roads enough for planning such a unique trip and providing us with an outgoing/ knowledgable gentleman!! Marilyn and Ed, New Jersey-USA
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  • MS
    Written on May 31, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Have returned home recently from an Indulgence Back Roads Tour of Italy. A great holiday. No expectations at the beginning so every day special.
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  • C
    Written on May 8, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    Have recently finished an Italy Indulgence Tour with Back-Roads. I chose the company because I did not want to see the countryside from motorways & this company really promoted itself on travelling on the "back roads". I was disappointed in this regard. We did have a couple of days where we weaved our way through the countryside but a lot of the travel was along motorways even on a day when we were meant to "discover the rural roads of the Lombardy.....through quintessential Italian villages".....I couldn't see them through the screens on the motorways!! Our tour guide was knowledgeable but she walked really quickly making it a struggle for even quite fit members of the group to keep up & when she got to a point of interest she would immediately start her explanation of it & be finished by the time the rear guard got there. There were some lovely days but it is quite an expensive tour & did not live up to the name "back-roads"
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  1. Day 1: Rome – Assisi – Perugia
  2. Day 2: Perugia – Siena – Tuscany
  3. Day 3: Tuscany
  4. Day 4: Tuscany – Florence – Lucca
  5. Day 5: Lucca – Pisa – Lucca
  6. Day 6: Day 6: Lucca – Camogli – San Fruttuoso – Portofino – Santa Margherita Ligure
  7. Day 7: Santa Margherita Ligure – Barolo – Cherasco
  8. Day 8: Cherasco– Lake Orta – Lake Maggiore
  9. Day 9: Lake Maggiore
  10. Day 10: Lake Maggiore – Lecco – Tirano
  11. Day 11: Tirano – Lake Molveno – Trento
  12. Day 12: Trento – Verona – Venice

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  • What are the inclusions on this tour?

    The tour inclusions are as follows:

    11 nights accommodation - Backroads generally use a 3-star / 4-star standard of accommodation ranging from country inns to town centre hotels and the occasional castle! Rather than going by the official grading (based solely on facilities rather than the standard), we base our choices on quality. In all properties, the rooms have en-suite bathrooms.

    Back-Roads tour leader
    Driver & mini-coach transportation
    Local guides & whispers in Florence & Venice
    European breakfast daily
    6 x evening meals, 2 x lunches
    Italian pasta cooking class
    Venice water taxi
    Wine, olive oil, Montebore cheese, chocolate & nougat tasting
    Included Entrances: Baptistery of St. John in Pisa, Cinque Terre Flexi pass & Isola Bella & Isola Madre on Lake Maggiore.

  • What are the group sizes?

    Backroads tours run with a minimum of 4 people and and average of 12-16.

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Rome is the starting point and Venice is the endpoint.
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Covering a total distance of approx 1,185 km.
  • Rome (Italy)
  • 130 km
  • Assisi (Italy)
  • 19 km
  • Perugia (Italy)
  • 89 km
  • Siena (Italy)
  • 50 km
  • Tuscany (Italy)
  • 94 km
  • Florence (Italy)
  • 62 km
  • Lucca (Italy)
  • 15 km
  • Pisa (Italy)
  • 15 km
  • Lucca (Italy)
  • 70 km
  • Cinque Terra (Italy)
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