Rome & Area
(Bay of Naples Yacht Charter)
Unveil the secrets of the Sistine Chapel during a private after hours tour of the Vatican, experience the thrill of “La Dolce Vita” behind the wheel of a Ferrari & explore the beauty of the renowned Amalfi coast during a 6 nights stay aboard a luxurious private yacht; just a small sampling of the indulgences in this elite Italian adventure. A red carpet journey awaits... go behind the scenes of a land as celebrated for its glamorous culture, artistic legacies and culinary masterpieces as it is rich history, timeless traditions and unparalleled faith. Meet local artisans, wine connoisseurs, master chefs and museum curators as you tour Rome, Naples, Ischia, Capri, Amalfi, Positano and Tuscany and stay in multi award winning properties along the way. Soar over Florence in a hot air balloon, sip champagne on a horse drawn carriage ride, be pampered at the same properties as monarchs and bask in the glow of bygone ages during expert lead private tours of everything from the Colosseum to the Uffizi Gallery (and some recently discovered Roman houses!). Experience Italia con passione e amore; with passion and love during this elite adventure…Bellissimo!
A Kensington Elite travel immersion gives you access to unique locations and exclusive experiences in true VIP style, our best take on the best that the world has to offer. Feel part of a real Ferrari team, enjoying the opportunity to personally drive the very latest models. Travelling for kilometres, accelerating through the steep, winding roads of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany, along the route of the legendary Mille Miglia race, you'll be able to put your driving skills to the ultimate test! Feel part of a real Ferrari team, enjoying the opportunity to personally drive the very latest models. Travelling for kilometres, accelerating through the steep, winding roads of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany, along the route of the legendary Mille Miglia race, you'll be able to put your driving skills to the ultimate test!
For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking assistant waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Meet your private driver and guide at the hotel to visit the archaeological remains of ancient Roman houses uncovered beneath Palazzo Valentini which have been recently placed on permanent display, adding to Rome's already rich historical and artistic heritage. A team of art historians, archaeologists and architects worked on a project to research, restore and put these excavations with results of exceptional significance, revealing an area that was of great importance in Roman times and can help piece together the ancient, medieval and modern topography of Rome. Continue to the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome, where the creation of the Roman civilization is reflected in the vast ensemble of ruins. You'll walk through Via Sacra (Sacred Way), the route followed by religious and triumphal processions. The imposing triumphal Arch of Titus was erected in AD 81 by the Emperor Domitian in honor of the victories in battle of his brother and father in Judea. Symbol of the "Eternal City," the Roman Colosseum is one of the most important monuments of ancient Rome. A masterpiece of classical architecture, the Colosseum is an enormous amphitheater where gladiators, Christians and wild beasts once battled to the death in front of 50,000 spectators. There, you'll have time for photographs both inside and outside the Colosseum before driving back to your hotel. Entrance fees included.
Enjoy a truly special day in Rome and experience an exclusive private evening visit to the Vatican museums when they are closed to the public. Imagine the peace and quiet - just yourselves and your guide to take in the surroundings in awe and wonder.
Start your day by enjoying a guided visit of the Villa d'Este in Tivoli. With its palace and garden, it is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture at its most refined. Its innovative design along with the architectural components in the garden (fountains, ornamental basins, etc.) make this a unique example of an Italian 16th-century garden. At the end of your visit of Villa d'Este and its gardens, you'll be taken to the picturesque spot of Castel Gandolfo for lunch. The restaurant in question enjoys wonderful views of Castel Gandolfo Lake and is located next to the Pope's summer residence.
After a relaxing meal, enjoy the private transfer back into Rome and take in a private visit of the Vatican Museums outside of opening hours. This is truly a very special way to see this awe-inspiring monument to Christianity. At the end of your guided tour, you'll be brought back to your hotel.
Enjoy sightseeing by night through Rome with an English-speaking guide and driver in a private vehicle. Discover the beauty of the Eternal City at night! Drive along the River Tiber, view the Synagogue, and St. Angel’s Castle. Stop in St Peter’s Square, drive next to Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps. Stop at Trevi Fountain and see much more!
Dinner is at leisure this evening. Some suggestions that you may consider for fine dining include La Pergola (3 Michelin stars), Il Pagliaccio (2 Michelin stars), Agata e Romeo (1 Michelin star), Il Convivio-Troianior L’Altro Mastai. Please note that this dining experience is paid locally, out of pocket.
You will be picked up in Rome and transferred to the port in Civitavecchia by a private vehicle and driver. Please note that drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer, this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Meet with your Tour Director this morning at Civitavecchia, some 60km north of Rome.
Over a welcome coffee in the exclusive Sporting Yacht Club, you'll receive a dedicated Ferrari briefing, with the car that you'll get to drive car scenically displayed in front of the yachts. The private Tour Director, an expert Ferrari driver, will introduce you to the world of Ferrari; clarify the finer details of the controls, explain the differences between the various models (Ferrari 458 Spider, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari California), the peculiarities of the engines (8-cylinder or 12-cylinder) and most importantly, give guidance on how to handle the F1 paddle-gear shifting behind the steering wheel.
You'll get to have a Ferrari Practice drive before setting off on the day's excursion to make sure that you are comfortable with everything and receive any additional tips that you may find useful.
Leave Civitavecchia by Ferrari heading towards Lake Bolsena. During the tour, several stops will allow drivers and passengers to swap seats, if they wish to. The Tour Director will lead the way at the wheel of his powerful car, guiding the Ferrari along a substantial part of the exciting Mille Miglia route (known as the Cassia) passing Tarquinia, Monte Romano, Vetralla, Viterbo, Bolsena, Acquapendente and Radicofani. The roads have been carefully selected to ensure maximum driving pleasure while enjoying the beautiful landscape of northern Lazio and southern Tuscany. During the whole journey, the Ferrari and the Tour Director’s car will be constantly in touch by mobile radio system.
Enjoy lunch at La Pineta restaurant in Bolsena. The restaurant has a great location with wonderful views over the lake. Lunch is included although drinks are not in order to allow for maximum flexibility.
After lunch, depart in your Ferrari for the second part of your day's adventure and make your way into the magnificent region of Umbria. Discover the picturesque and the breathtaking panorama offered by the valley landscape, enriched by pure driving pleasure on an amazing succession of rolling hills and never-ending curves!At the wheel of his car, the Tour Director will guide you through this vivid itinerary made up of typical towns and villages, whose charming appeal expresses the very soul of Umbria Region.
Take a break in the beautiful town of Orvieto and visit of the town. This ancient Etruscan city (Velzna) reached its pinnacle as a commercial centre in the VI century BC. Subsequently, it was invaded and destroyed by the Romans in 264 BC. Re-established in the Middle Ages under the name of Urbs Vetus; today the town still has theappearance of a stronghold in tufa and basalt, chiselled with a network of narrow roads, and a labyrinth of underground passages and tunnels.
Please note that minimum driver age is 26 years old and that all drivers must have a minimum of 3 years driving experience and an international drivers license.
After spending some time exploring Orvieto, continue towards Civitavecchia and return to your point of departure from this morning. Your estimated return time to Civitavecchia harbour is 6pm.
Please note that a deposit of 10,000euros is required for each Ferrari rental. Credit card for payment is required on site for deposit (credit card will be authorised and subsequently released after tour, there must be available funds on the credit card).
Please note that all tours are on a private basis. During the tour several halts will allow for a pilot switch at the wheel of the Ferraris and the model of vehicle can be changed for some of the tour if desired.
You'll be picked up and transferred to Rome by a private vehicle and English-speaking driver.
A privately driven vehicle will provide a train station transfer today. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking assistant or guide for your transfer, this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you ride the Eurostar train from Rome to Naples. The approximate travel time is 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Meet your private transportation and driver for a port transfer.
Welcome aboard your yacht charter!Take a moment to get settled in to your luxurious cabin, and join the captain and hostess for a tour of the ship, prior to departure.
You'll overnight on the yacht in the Procida area tonight.
Port charges are included in your multi-day yacht charter.
Sail to the island of Ischia, the 'green' island, the largest island in the Gulf of Naples (and arguably, the most beautiful) where you can decide together with your captain on one or more hidden bays to enjoy some wonderful swimming time in the crystal clear waters.
The harbor of ischia is well sheltered and surrounded by pretty houses, and is by the trading part of the town. The site was originally the crater of a volcano which is now extinct. Another important area is that near the "Castello Aragonese" which is called "Ischia Ponte", a picturesque ancient fishing village.
Ischia is as well known for its numerous thermal and thermo-mineral springs, a result of the island’s volcanic origins. The healing properties of these waters have been known since the Roman times, and it is therefore highly recommend allowing the crew to organize a nice relaxing late afternoon treatment at the spa for complete relaxation!
After breakfast, set sail for the island of Capri arriving in time for lunch.
This island has had many noted residents including Emperor Augustus of Rome and his successor Tiberius with his reputed orgies.
From the Blue Grotto to Axel Munthe’s Villa San Michelle, there is plenty to see. The island is famous for its vodka-like Limoncello and lemon-scented perfume. The "heart" of Capri is Piazza Umberto I; a small, closed-off square resembling a courtyard. Around the square there is the ''Torre dell'Orologio'', or Clock Tower, the municipal offices, shops and cafes, and to the left, the San Stefano church. Enjoy time exploring the island today! (Please note that transportation would be needed to go to the Blue Grotto. You could either get a taxi on the island or a private transfer could be arranged for you in advance. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like the latter organised for you).
Take some time to explore the island of Capri at leisure. Go up to Mont Solaro - the highest place on the island (589 metres above sea level) and revel in the breathtaking views. You can either walk there (by taking the narrow street at the beginning of Viale Axel Munthe) or take the chairlift. The chairlift station is quite near Piazza Vittoria and allows you to reach the top quite quickly while you enjoy a splendid view of Anacapri and the gulf of Naples. Once you arrive on top you will see a complex of belvederes (with bars and solariums) including the remains of the "Fortino di Bruto", a blockhouse built in the early 19th century during the battles between England and France. Although the undisputed protagonist of this place is the vast panoramic view going from the gulf of Naples to the gulf of Salerno, passing from the plain of Anacapri, the Sorrento peninsula, and Capri with its Faraglioni. The way back on foot is one of the most beautiful walks on the island. The quite smooth route allows also a visit to Cetrella, where you can admire the lonely church of S. Maria. (12 minutes by chairlift from Piazza Vittoria: about 1 hr on foot). While in Anacapri, consider visiting the villa San Michele, located on the north-eastern side of 'Anacapri, 327 metres above sea level. Here was an ancient Roman imperial villa, whose ruins were preserved by Axel Munthe and are now to be found in the garden. The buildings and the collections reflect a Romantic, Symbolist taste, typical of that century. As to the origin of the objects, we can find Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian finds. Some architectural details date back perhaps to the ancient Roman villa.
With your vessel at your complete disposal, your captain will navigate you to various hidden areas that are only reachable by boat, for some great swimming possibilities - now this is secluded luxury!
Set sail during lunch for the small town of Amalfi today where you can easily spend an afternoon exploring the narrow white alleyways and browsing in the shops for souvenirs – including every variation on the famous local lemon products.
You can sample the Amalfitana specialities, such as the strong limoncello. There are plenty of nice cafes where you can rest with a drink, sample some of the local pastries and watch the world go by. A stroll along the sea front is another pleasant diversion. The town's harbour is to the right as you face the sea, and past the public ferry port there is a marina where luxury yachts rub shoulders with working fishing vessels laden with nets. Walking out along one of the breakwaters provides good photo opportunities back towards the town centre.
When you're finished admiring Amalfi's charms, you can take a stroll up the valley through lemon groves and old paper mills. For keen walkers, the steep mountainsides offer many challenging walks.
Prior to arriving in Amalfi, your captain will anchor off one of the secluded bays so that you can enjoy a nice refreshing swim.
Set sail this moring towards Positano and anchor off one the bays for a refreshing swim and lunch on board prior to arriving in the afternoon in Positano.
Positano is located in the Campania region of Italy, on the Amalfi Coast. Once a wealthy maritime power, it began the last century as a fishing settlement, and ended as a popular, and rather chi-chi resort, famous for its hotels and boutiques as well as for the winding stairways that connect the town and the towering cliffs above. Every inch of land is prized; buildings are stacked up one above the other on the steep slopes and open areas are intensively cultivated with fruit and vegetables thriving in the fertile volcanic soil. The mountainous interior of the peninsula rises above the town, and Positano boasts one of the world's few "pierced" mountains; a giant shoulder of rock with a hole punched through it!
Depart from Positano and set sail back toward Naples, enjoying the last moments of your luxurious yacht experience.
Back in Naples, you'll disembark from the yacht and bid farewell to your captain and crew.
Meet your private driver for a Mergellina Marina transfer.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel from Naples to Florence by train. The journey will take approximately 3 hours.
For your added comfort, you will have a Meet & Greet assistance upon your arrival who will be waiting for you at the beginning of the platform where your train arrives. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the train station and accompany you to your accommodation.
What better way to see the spectacular Tuscan countryside then by hot air balloon! After being picked up from your hotel, you will be brought to the launch field where everything will be explained to you before you hop aboard. Take photos or video the extraordinary 360 degree panorama or simply live in the moment and take it all in. Hot air ballooning is typically done in the early morning as this is when weather conditions are best, so launching takes place a half an hour after sunrise. After landing, celebrate with a bottle of wine and a Chianti breakfast.
Afterwards you will be brought back to Florence and dropped off at the Cantinetta Antinori, located in the historic center of the city on the ground floor of the Antinori Mansion where you can enjoy a wonderful lunch. The building is one of the best examples of Florentine architecture of the mid 1400’s. In order to provide as much flexibility as possible we have not included the cost of this lunch so you can choose what you like off the a la carte menu. Fully sated, stroll back to your hotel or grab a cab at leisure.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
From posh designer brands like Armani, Gucci, Versace and Ferragamo to locally created hand-crafts, souvenirs, quality leathers and traditional clothing, the city of Florence is a never-ending dream for shopping enthusiasts. For those searching for ancient relics and traditional crafted antiques, Via Maggio is the street for you. The shops and merchants on this street boast numerous "Objects d'Art" and furnishings that are sure to create an atmosphere straight out of the 16th century. Via del Tornabuoni is considered Florence's 5th Avenue, featuring shops lined with best quality leather products, elegantly expensive shoes, and modernly stylish clothing boutiques. It is here where you'll find all the “big brand names” products as well as the posh, and potentially upcoming Italian styles. Besides the traditional shops, Florence also boast some of Italy's best open-air markets including the centralized Market of San Lorenzo, the New Market located under the 16th century Loggia del Porcellino, and the Flea Market at the Piazza Santa Croce.
Travel back to the Renaissance period during this half day walking tour that explores the renowned Italian city of Florence. This guided tour ensures that you visit some of the many landmarks and sites that have made Florence a global tourist hub, and one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. This walking tour begins with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, boasting some true masterpieces of art including Raphael’s “Madonna of the Goldfinch” and Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Annunciation.” The tour continues with a walk through the Signoria Square to marvel at the re-created duplicate of Michelangelo’s statue of “David.” Next is a visit to the elegant Ponte Vecchio, which translates to “old-bridge,” dating back to 1345, this bridge was actually built to replace the once previous bridge structure that was unfortunately swept away during a vicious flood. Along either end of the bridge, take this opportunity to view, and purchase if you’d like, some of the many items for sale including souvenirs, snacks and jewelry. Your final visits on this tour include stops at the 14th century Cathedral Square to view the Duomo, the Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower. Pre-booked entrance fee to Uffizi Gallery included.
Spend the day exploring Chianti and its wines today in the company of a private driver. The Villa of Vignamaggio, surrounded by an elegant Italian garden in a stunningly beautiful corner of the Chianti countryside offers an authentic testimony of country life during the Renaissance period. The main part of the villa dates back to the 14th century and passed through a number of noble families throughout the years. Research carried out at the Datini archives in Prato has brought to light a number of documents relating to Vignamaggio. One of these, in particular, dated 26 October 1404, consists of a letter to Francesco Datini signed by Amido Gherardini, at that time the owner of the estate, which talks about "vino inbotato a Vignamagio" (literally "wine placed in barrels at Vignamaggio"). For this reason, in 2004 the estate celebrated six hundred years of wine making.
Tour the cellars followed by an exquisite typical Tuscan 3 course Lunch that includes Appetizers, first and main course complimented by three different wines (Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Castello di Monnalisa IGT), followed by dessert or cantucci biscuits accompanied by Vinsanto, a sweet dessert wine.
After lunch relax on the drive through the charming Chianti region until you will reach Dievole, an estate which is more than 1000 years old. Learn about the fascinating history of Certosa and the land, visit various parts of the property including the chapel and the historical cellar. During the visit, you will have the chance to taste various wines combined with some Tuscan specialties. At days end you'll be returned to your accommodation in Florence. Tour includes lunch & cellar tour at Vignamaggio, wine tasting at Dievole.
The Florentine tradition of producing artisans goods has been in existence for centuries and remains one of the cornerstones of Florence's visual and social history, as much as it did in the times of the guilds. Florentine leather workers, silversmiths, shoe manufacturers and hat makers have produced handmade goods for countless generations of kings and queens, princes and noblewomen and continue to this day, mostly in the area known as the Oltrarno ("on the other side of the Arno").
Enjoy a privately guided three hour walking tour exploring the private workshops of this characteristic neighborhood, providing a behind the scenes look at the current state of artisan production. Beginning in the lovely Piazza Santo Spirito, enjoy a stroll through the Oltrarno neighborhood, which has been home to artisans for the last five-hundred years. The neighborhood is virtually carpeted with a maze of these small workshops on tiny side streets, representing some of the most historic enterprises in the city. You'll have the opportunity to see some of these craftsmen at work; observing their meticulous practices and the tools of their trades.
In the company of a docent, you'll get to learn about Tuscan artisan traditions and the value and role of work and manufacturing in Italian culture. This walk is very much for the traveler looking to scratch a little more beneath the surface of the city. It should not be thought of as a shopping tour, instead, it is an in depth look into the workings of this precious industry and should provide a better understanding of the importance of preserving and promoting this dying art.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer to the airport in Florence today.
The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese hotel is located in the heart of Rome, one of Conde Nast’s Top Cities, on a quiet street with magnificent views of the Villa Borghese gardens. The hotel's bar-restaurant, La Terrasse Cuisine & Lounge, is situated on the top floor of the building and boasts a terrace giving unrivalled panoramic views of the Eternal City. Under new Roman law, hotels charge a small amount per traveler per day as a “tourist tax,” which needs to be paid locally through your hotel in Rome. Amounts may vary, but currently the cost is 2EUR per person for 2* and 3* hotels and 3EUR for 4* and 5* hotels. The charges will be added to your bill upon check out and are non-negotiable.
The luxury yacht Azimut 62S is a jewel on the sea. With 3 guest cabins and sleeping capacity up to 6, the yacht will luxuriously play host to a family or group of friends looking to experience the seafaring high life of Italy. A dedicated Captain and hostess will cater to your desires as you cruise the majestic waters of the Mediterranean. Wide, safe walkways and a handrail 50 cm high join together the two large areas for open air living, relaxation and enjoying the sun. The cockpit features a comfortable island formed by a sofa that converts to a sun bed which, in spite of the roomy area it creates, still leaves plenty of room to move: to the sides, along the steps down to the stern bathing platform, on the platform itself and in the area between the sofa and the saloon access. The lift platform can be submersed for refreshing sea and sun bathing. The platform can be lowered to a depth that depends on how cool you want to feel. The platform can also be used by the crew to access their quarters directly, without having to cross through the area where guests are relaxing.
Technical characteristics of the Azimut62S: Overall length (incl. pulpit): 19.26m (63'2"), Hull length (incl. platform): 18.41m (60'5"), Beam at main section: 4.90m (16'1"), draft (incl. props at full load): 30.7l, Engines: 2 x CAT C18 Acert mHP (847 kW), Maximum speed: 36kn, cruising speed: 32 kn. Fuel capacity: 2,700 l (712.8 US Gal), Berhts: 6 + 2, Head compartments: 3 + 1.
The Grand Hotel Villa Medici is a historical residence located in the center of Florence at walking distance from all major art sites and shopping locations. It offers a welcoming environment where the high-quality service meets the elegance of the interior furnishings. Each room is decorated with antique ornaments, which enrich the magical atmosphere of this 5 star hotel in Florence. Villa Medici is one of the best 5 stars hotels in Florence and it is the favourite destination of artists and important persons. A refined restaurant and a garden with a swimming pool, complete the charm of this 5 star hotel in Florence.
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