Off-season travel to Rome and Florence means winter temperatures between 50-60°F. You may see some rain, but you're less likely to see any long lines at museums. Winter in Rome and Florence sometimes sees sunny days in the 70s --significantly warmer than parts of North America. Regardless of the temperature, you'll still have time for gelato (the trip includes complimentary gelato at the renowned Vivoli in Florence).
Spend three nights in Rome at Hotel Brasile, near the Termini train station. Board the Eurostar Italia train and reach Florence in about 90 minutes. In Florence, spend three nights at Hotel Meridiana, a three-star property within reach of the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Fine Arts Academy.
Why is this a deal? According to Kayak, a multicity itinerary (JFK-Rome; Florence-JFK) starts around $802 on Alitalia. For hotels, three nights in Rome at the Hotel Brasile would cost €423 ($581), or about $290.50 per person. At Florence's Hotel Meridiana, expect to pay €225 ($309) for three nights, or about $154.50 per person. If booked independently, booking hotels in Rome and Florence would cost at least $445 before taxes. A second-class one-way Eurostar train ticket would cost €45 ($61). This package also includes a hop-on/hop-off tour in Rome (worth $30) and a half-day tour of Florence (worth $68).
If you booked everything independently, airfare, six nights' hotel, a train ticket, and the city tours would cost a total of $1,406, excluding mandatory city hotel taxes.
The $655 package price works out to up to $1,180 once you add in the fuel surcharges and government taxes (but also exclude city hotel taxes). Therefore, this trip is likely to save you about $225 per person.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip Alitalia flights from New York City (JFK) to Rome; some transfers; six nights' hotel (three each in Rome and in Florence); second-class reserved ticket for Eurostar Italia high-speed train (worth $61); hop-on/hop-off tour in Rome (worth $30); half-day tour of Florence (worth $68); breakfast daily; gelato in Florence at Vivoli; and an aperitif in Rome at Terrazza Caffarelli.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Government and air taxes and fees (up to about $105); airline fuel surcharges (up to about $420); city taxes in Rome €2-€3 per person per day (or $8.25-$12.33 for three days) and in Florence of €3 per person per day (or $12.33 for three days).
Single Supplement: From $195
Book By: Nov. 10
When: Daily departures Nov. 15, 2011-March 15, 2012. The package is not available during the Pitti Fair in Florence or during the holiday blackout period (Dec. 23-Jan. 1).
Other Gateways: Boston (add $80); Miami (add $180)
Other Details: Reservations must be paid within 72 hours.
All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways. The single supplement is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.