Rome & Area
Amalfi Coast & Islands
Rome, Florence, Positano and Venice; why not spend your Honeymoon in the most romantic cities in all of Italy! Start in Rome, the eternal city that has much to offer so you won't miss out on any of the major sights either. Your private guide will show you the most spectacular monuments including the Vatican, and Colosseum. From Rome, move South to the Amalfi coast that has one of the most stunning coastlines in Italy. With winding coastal roads, quaint hilltop villages and rocky outcrops peaking up from the azure waters, the ever-changing views as you travel along the peninsula make for a breathtaking experience. Head out to Florence to explore Tuscany. Your taste buds will enjoy the private wine tasting in Chianti before you continue to Venice. Romantic gondola rides await. Smile - for what worries can you possibly have when everything is looked after seamlessly for you from start to finish... Bravo!
Includes private transfers, train connections and private and optional activities.
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.
Discover "The Eternal City" of Rome on foot today during this 4 hour guided tour accompanied by a local expert. Be sure to have your camera ready as many photo opportunities present themselves including stops at the Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and Navona Square.
The sprawling grounds around the Villa Borghese are perfect for an afternoon picnic. Stop for supplies at a local grocer (Panini buns, cheese, prosciutto, and perhaps a nice bottle of Chianti) and head towards the Spanish Steps at the northern edge of the city. Climb the grand, sweeping steps to the twin bell towers of the Chiesa Trinita dei Monti, commissioned in 1585 by Pope Sixtus V and designed by Giacomo Della Porta, a follower of Michelangelo, and enjoy the stunning views of the Roman rooftops. At the top of the steps, take a right along Via Sistina and a left into Via Francesco Crispi. Then follow the Aurelian wall (the ancient Roman city wall) until you arrive at Via Vittorio Veneto. Turn left and enter the Villa Borghese gardens on your right. Walk along the tree-lined Viale Del Museo Borghese to the stunning Museo e Galleria Borghese, home to stunning Renaissance masterpieces by Bernini, Caravaggio, and Canova. You can pre-book tickets online at www.ticketeria.it (tickets purchased locally and not included in the price of your tour). After the museum, head down Via dell'Uccelliera and stop in at the city zoo, called the Bioparco (tickets purchased locally and not included in the price of your tour). After the zoo, follow Viale Del Giardino Zoologico down to the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, home to the masterpieces of the Italian impressionists (tickets purchased locally and not included in tour price). After all the walking, animal watching, and masterpiece ogling, it's time for lunch! Head down the grand steps in front of the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna and follow Via Madama Letizia. After a short walk, you'll see a pretty lake with an island temple on it. The temple is called the Tempio de Esculapio. This temple was designed by the 18th-century architect Antonio Asprucci and is dedicated to the Roman god of health. Find a quiet scrap of grass here, unpack your lunch, and enjoy a beautiful sunny Roman afternoon in the park!
Hop aboard your privately driven vehicle, accompanied by an experienced local guide, outside your hotel for a 4 hour cultural journey through the center of Christianity, the Vatican. You're sure to be fascinated by the impressive collection of art and sculpture at the Vatican Museum and surely awe-struck by Michelangelo's surreal masterpiece which illuminates the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. His conception and execution of both the "Creation of the World" and "Last Judgment" are to this day hailed as one of the world's greatest achievements in art. Marvel at the Baroque and Renaissance inspired magnificence that is St. Peter's Basilica featuring some 800 plus pillars, 44 altars and numerous heavenly created sculptures and paintings. Constructed over 100 years, St. Peter's Basilica is by far the largest and most renowned Catholic Church in the World. Whilst touring this holy hollows, speaking at a high tone is not permitted, so for this reason you will provided with a radio headset which your guide will whisper descriptions and information regarding this epic monument of Christianity. Upon completion of the tour, a return transfer to your hotel is provided. Entrance fee to Vatican included.
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.
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 driver for a private transfer from Naples to Positano today.
Enjoy time at leisure at the sumptuous Le Sirenuse hotel, relaxing on the terrace, poolside, or availing of one of the many treatments available in the state of the art spa. Alternatively, consider taking a private half or full day excursion to one of the many places of interest in the area including Cumae, which is the site of the most important Greek settlement in Italy, Caserta, with it's magnificent Royal palace and quaint medieval village, as well as the historical centre of Naples.
Meet your private English-speaking guide and driver and transfer first towards Amalfi situated at the mouth of a deep gorge along the coast. Learn that this was a major shipping port during the Middle Ages and it was also an independent maritime state. Take a narrated walk around the town center of Amalfi with your guide who will explain the history and architecture of the Cathedral of St. Andrea while you marvel at the exterior architecture, a mix of Moorish and early Gothic design. Its main treasures are the 11th-century bronze doors from Constantinople. Have some free time given in Amalfi for independent exploration or shopping before driving back onwards towards the picturesque town of Ravello, some 5km from Amalfi, which has a number of must-see sites including the Villa Rufolo, from the XII century, built by the Rufolo's family and Villa Cimbrone. Both villas (entrance not included) have an amazingly beautiful garden to visit. Indeed, from Villa Cimbrone, you can admire one of the best panoramic views of Italy, on all the Amalfi Coast, and on the Coast of Cilento. Some free time will be provided before driving back towards your hotel. Entrance fee to Chiostro Paradiso included.
Enjoy lunch at leisure in either the towns of Amalfi or Ravello. A good spot in Amalfi is Pizzeria da Maria- indeed it has been listed as as one of the ten best pizzerias on the Amalfi Coast in more than 1 guidebook. In addition to a selection of pizzas, a wide variety of seafood dishes, and a few pasta dishes are served. Alternatively, Il Mulino, a 200m walk uphill from the town square is another good choice. if you feel like a fine dining experience for lunch (or indeed for dinner), the Villa Cibrone is an excellent choice and is in a fantastically beautiful location. Come before 6pm and you can stroll through the property's extensive landscaped gardens, and take in the marvellous sweeping views of the bay. This place comes highly recommended!
Meet your driver for a private transfer from Positano to Naples today.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel from Naples to Florence by train. The journey will take approximately 3 hours.
A train station transfer service is provided for today in Florence. Enjoy the added comfort of riding in a privately driven vehicle. 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.
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.
You will be met at the hotel by your private driver for a panoramic drive for approximate 1.25 hours to San Gimignano recently the landmark for the highly successful movie Under the Tuscan Sun. Explore this beautiful town independently, viewing the "Manhattan of Tuscany" skyline, bristling with a large number of towers dating back to the 11th and 13th centuries. Enjoy a typical local meal in a nearby farmhouse before continuing to Siena an hour away. Upon arrival in Siena, you will meet your English speaking guide to begin your guided walk to explore Siena, amazingly rich in masterpieces of art and rising above three hills, you will walk to the Piazza del Campo, the square where the world famous folkloric event called Palio Horse Racing takes place twice a year during the summer. Discover this fan-shaped, gently sloping square lined with marvelous buildings like the City Hall, erected in the 13th century, and the Torre del Mangia bell tower, rising 102 meters high. The Sansedoni Palace and the Gaiai Fountain are also close by. You also get to see the exterior views of the gothic-style Duomo of Siena dating back to the 12th century and the Battistero, both adorned with a variety of frescoes, sculptures and painting masterpieces created by some of Italy’s most famous artists. Some free time will later be provided before returning to your hotel. Wine tasting and lunch at Local Farmhouse in San Gimignano, and Duomo is included.
Meet your driver for a private transfer from Florence to Venice, with a 2-hour stop in Verona to see Juliet's balcony and to enjoy lunch at your leisure.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Any trip to Venice needs at least one romantic gondola ride, a form of transportation daying back to the 16th century, created specifically for the Venetian waterways. Board a traditional craft, riding up to four per gondola, and begin your 35 minute non-narrated ride through some the city’s canals. See the reflections of colourful buildings dance on the ripples below. To complete the setting, a singer and accordionist will accompany you while sipping a glass of sparkling white wine (Prosecco).
Take a private water taxi for an airport transfer.
The Rose Garden Palace is located on Via Vittorio Veneto in Rome, chosen as one of Conde Nast’s Top Cities, a mere forty five minutes away from the Fiumicino Airport. This historical property is situated in the heart of the city centre and features elegantly designed guest rooms and contemporary and spacious suites. Feast like royalty with menus that feature delicious Italian delicacies and international specialties at the onsite a la carte restaurant, Il Roseto. Wander through the hotel’s garden area, hosting beautiful floral compositions and handcrafted modern sculptures. The Rose Garden Palace also boasts a well-equipped fitness centre, a relaxing whirlpool and soothing sauna. The property is within walking distance to some of Rome's most famous landmarks including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and various Baroque inspired churches. Under Roman law, hotels charge a small amount per traveller 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 4EUR per person for 3* hotels, 6EUR for 4* hotels and 7EUR for 5* hotels. The charges will be added to your bill upon check out and are non-negotiable.
The distinguished Le Sirenuse, (5*) a unique luxurious hotel in an 18th-century villa, is still privately owned by the family of the Marchesi Sersale. The hotel is centrally located in one of the most desirable hillside vantage points in Positano, overlooking the beach. Quiet elegance and intimate European charm are reflected by the antiques and keen attention to detail throughout the hotel. With the sea straight ahead, the village of baroque houses climbing the hill to the right, the view from the terraces is breathtaking. The hotel has a pool terrace, outdoor terraces, an indoor restaurant and spa.
The Hotel Brunelleschi is located in the historical centre of Florence, a stone’s throw from the Uffizi Gallery, the “Piazza della Signoria” and one of the world’s most famous shopping streets. The Brunelleschi was included as one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels as selected by their readers, and offers rooms and suites, spectacular views of the “Duomo,” a restaurant, and a gym. The hotel has been created within a circular Byzantine tower and a medieval church, entirely reconstructed, but keeping the original characteristics of the buildings. Inside you can find a private museum that has conserved the architectural ruins discovered during the restoration of the buildings. This hotel is also featured at the end of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code.”
Palazzo Sant'Angelo, located in the heart of Venice on Canal Grande, is a charming hotel housed in a noble building, elegantly restored and completely furnished in Venetian style. The welcoming hall, with splendid original Palladian pavement, is decorated with warm colours and an old stone fireplace. The rooms and suites at Palazzo Sant’Angelo feature stunning vistas over the waters of the lagoon, the lush garden or a typical Venetian side street. Start your morning in the cozy breakfast room and bar that conveniently overlook the Grand Canal. Exciting activities available nearby include golf, tennis, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding and more!
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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