Start your Italian adventure in Florence, at the De Rose Palace Hotel -- it is a converted 18th-century mansion, 15 minutes' walk from Piazza del Duomo. After taking a train ride through the north Italian countryside, you will stay at the Quality Hotel Delfino on Mestre's Corso Del Popolo. It's a 10-minute bus ride from Venice, and its network of bridges, canals and surrounding islands. Both 4-star hotels offer free Wi-Fi throughout and have TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013. At £249 per person, this 4-night Italian city break is up to £140 cheaper than it would cost to put together yourself.