Rome & Area
Ordering a pizza is cool. Learning to make the real deal in Italy is much cooler.
Travel back in time and explore the only country in the world where the phrase “medieval cityscapes” makes perfect sense. Tour world-famous museums, explore impressive archaeological sites and wander through the picturesque countryside as you and your family create memories of a lifetime. In the evenings dine on authentic Italian food that will spoil your taste buds rotten, then rest and digest in luxury accommodations that offer the comforts of home.
Visit the 3D Rewind venue and experience a three-dimensional journey through the history of Imperial Rome, master the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a real gladiator school, and visit Piazza Navona, a charming square that offers beautiful architecture and some fantastico retail therapy. Meet your personal guide who will take you on a private tour of the Vatican where you can marvel at the many works of art, including the ceiling of the Sistine chapel painted by Michelangelo. Take an afternoon cooking class and learn to make pizza and gelato! Hop on the fast speed train to Venice and discover the many wonders of the narrow canals and stone bridges on your very own gondola cruise.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you outside the 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.
Set out on what is considered by many as the most delightful and fascinating self-guided walks in the world! The “Eternal-city” of Rome boasts a variety of monumental piazzas (squares), Renaissance architectural masterpieces, and millennia of historical importance seamless synergized with modern, cozy cafes, superb shopping and gastronomic culinary delights…did someone say gelato! You will walk through the historical center, beginning with the Spanish Steps, also known as Piazza di Spagna, famously leading down to the city center, surrounded by fabulous shopping, from bargain to the top, designer name brands. Continue your Roman adventure with a visit to the Trevi Fountain where legend says if you flip a coin into the water, you are sure to return to Rome. The epic Piazza Colona's is fused into the core of city only a few blocks away from the massive Pantheon. Built in the First Century B.C., the Pantheon, for millennia, was the highest arched building in the world. Only a short walk away is the Piazza Navona, with the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, Bernini's masterpiece. This square is often packed with artists, café visitors, and a swirl of smiling faces - this is truly a great place to experience the essence of Italian culture.
The Rose Garden Palace (4*) is located on Via Vittorio Veneto, Rome, a mere forty five minutes away from the Fiumicino Airport. This historical property is situated in the heart of the city centre and features 57 elegantly designed guest rooms and 8 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 hand-crafted 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, the Trevi Fountain and various Baroque inspired churches.
Master the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a genuine gladiator school on the ancient Appian Way! You'll discover the secrets of Imperial Rome's gladiator games, as you get hands-on with ancient Roman history. You will have the best fun you can imagine! During your two-hour lesson, your gladiator instructor will teach you how to fight with authentic weapons used by the gladiators of ancient Rome. Dressed in a traditional gladiator tunic, belt, leather protective glove and rudis (training sword), you can let your imagination run wild. Play like Spartacus for a day, fighting off ferocious lions and sword-wielding warriors! Next, learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial sword fighting and take part in an optional gladiatorial tournament. All participants will receive a certificate of accomplishment, which will absolutely serve as an amazing reminder of your time in Rome! If you are not feeling so brave, you can always watch the activity from the great viewing platform. Are you up to the challenge of this truly Roman experience combining culture, sport and ancient legends?? This unique tour includes a two-hour gladiator lesson led by members of the Historic Group of Rome, gladiator clothing and weapons, complimentary drink and entrance to the Gladiator School of Rome Museum.
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.
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 and relax as you take this scenic train trip traveling from the Italian capital Rome, to the Tuscan city of Florence. Admire the Cyprus-lined village streets and picturesque vineyards on the hill during this short ride lasting approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
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.
The Hotel Bernini Palace (4*) is situated in the heart of Florence behind the famed Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery. Built within the confines of a 15th century structure, the property features an outstanding blend of sumptuous modern furnishings and magnificent antiques throughout. Guests will surely enjoy just how spacious and elegant each of the 74 rooms at the Hotel Bernini Palace truly are, amongst the many modern fittings and conveniences made available. Guests can be sure that dining at the hotel’s restaurant, Ristorante La Chiostrina, is an exceptional experience. The menu offers a range of exquisite options including innovative regional dishes, classic Italian options, and popular westernized items. Relax and enjoy a cocktail or local wine at the Lounge Bar, often accompanied by delicious appetizers. In the morning, classical products of Italian and continental tradition wait for you inside the magnificent Sala Parlamento, enriched by marvelous frescoed ceilings. The property’s dynamic location allows for guests to enjoy various Florentine "trattorie" within walking range from the hotel.
An exhaustive and charming encounter with Renaissance culture and its great geniuses is the aim of your walking tour through the main squares of Florence: the religious centre of the city dominated by the huge Cathedral and its imposing dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and Signoria Square crowded with one of the most spectacular collection of statues in the world; where the Town Hall stands, the Medieval fortress that has always incarnated political power in Florence: from the centuries of the Republic to the lordship of the Medici family. After a glimpse at the romantic Ponte Vecchio on the Arno river, the tour continues with the visit to the Italian largest and richest painting gallery, the Uffizi, where the charm of art history will take us from the Byzantine painters to the innovations of modern masters through an itinerary that includes the greatest names of Florentine art: Botticelli, Leonardo and Michelangelo. Entrance fee to Uffizi Gallery included.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Want to learn how to make Pizza and Gelato just like the Italians do? Join this late afternoon class! The chefs will be happy to introduce you to the history of these glorious Italian creations. Join the “Pizzaiolo”, the professional pizza chef and make delicious pizza. You will learn how to make tender, flexible yeast dough that stretches to almost paper-thinness. You will even learn the trick for a flavourful - yet light tomato sauce. You will learn fascinating techniques that you can bring back home to create fabulous pizzas in your own oven! With the Pizzaiolo, you’ll make your very own pizza; you’ll stretch it, sauce it, bake it and slice it. It will be the best pizza you ever tasted, and you made it yourself! The chef will tell you why gelato remains Italy’s favourite dessert, while giving an insight to the ‘gelato culture’ that continues to grow. You will discover the basic raw ingredients and how to select the best products available, according to specific principles. The best part comes next: you will have a presentation and tasting of some of the flavours used in gelato making. Learn about the development and application of natural colours, the heating and freezing techniques and how they have different effects on ingredients. This is the perfect way to learn the recipe of the world’s most loved dessert! Please note: We will be meeting at 6:00 p.m. in via de’ Lamberti 1 (corner with Via dei Calzaiuoli). Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. The following is included in the tour: Pizza and gelato with a famous local Chef, the use of aprons and cooking utensils, ingredients, dinner with wine tasting and a Graduation Certificate.
Admire the Tuscan scenery as it passes you by during this train ride travelling from Florence to the city on stilts, Venice. The approximate travel time for this journey is 2 hours.
Upon your arrival into Venice, a “Meet & Greet” service will be provided. For your added comfort, a representative will be waiting for you at the beginning of the platform with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to coordinate meeting up with your private water-taxi driver and accompany you to your accomodation.
Meet your English-speaking private guide in your hotel lobby to begin your afternoon of adventure. Commence the tour with a stroll and admire the gothic Doge’s Palace, as well as the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), connecting the palace to a former prison. Learn fascinating historic remarks from your expert guide, as you continue on. Up next is the Marciana Library, the Loggetta, the Bell and Clock towers and part of the Cathedral next to Doge’s Palace. Follow your guide through narrow Venetian streets to the Grand Canal till Rialto area where the tour will end.
Located in the heart of Venice, the Hotel Bonvecchiati (4*) has the most privileged position of any 4-star hotel in Venice. The hotel is in Calle Goldoni, just a three minute walk from Saint Mark's Square and five minutes from the Rialto Bridge. The hotel has 124 refined rooms that are perfect for a romantic weekend or an unforgettable vacation in Venice. Sample La Terrazza Restaurant's cuisine; ranging from typical Venetian recipes, to tradition Italian cooking, as well as international dishes to satisfy the expectations of guests from all over the world. The wine cellar of the La Terrazza offers a broad selection of the best Italian and foreign labels. To regain your sense of well-being after a day spent in the lanes and squares of Venice, or to stay fit during your stay in this Venice hotel, visit the wellness center nearby the hotel. It is equipped with a fitness room (gym - cardiovascular), Turkish bath, sauna and an 8-seat Jacuzzi.
Here is an exciting chance to get creative! Enjoy a shared, 3 hour Mask Decoration tour with an English-speaking escort. Venice is a unique example in the history of mankind because masks were used beyond the carnival. They were also used in everyday life, for more than 6 months of the year! A “Bautta” (mask) was even used in the presence of the Doge in the most solemn moments of the social and political life! Apart from this essential mask, they also explain the importance of the “Moretta”, which has a completely different significance. This introduction gives an idea about this strange world - so different from today. The technique used for the creation of a typical Venetian Mask is at least 800 years old! You will also experience all of the different phases of the production of the mask: from the clay model, the plaster mould, up to the finished white mask, ready for decoration. You will find masks of every kind: traditional Venetian masks, masks for theatre (Commedia dell'Arte), fantasy masks, Venice Carnival masks, masks for children, masks for a party or as a part of your furnishing. There are about 43 models of white papier-mâché masks to choose from. The 7 different techniques to choose from are the same that they use in their workshop. They have selected them because they can be constantly modified. This means that if somebody is not happy with the result of his or her work, together they can always modify the mask, in a stress free atmosphere, in order to obtain the desired result. Often, the participant may ask to use two different techniques on the same mask. It can certainly be done, and their answer will always be yes. At the end of the course, participants can take home their own mask. Please let the Sales Advisor know if you want a private transfer with vehicle and driver added to the service.
Sit back, relax and admire the sites during this exciting and traditional Venetian Gondola cruise. Allow your fully licensed Gondola driver to gently guide this traditional means of aquatic travel along the Venetian Grand Canal, passing the many landmarks and sites that have made Venice a global tourist hub. Your Captain will negotiate the vessel through the narrow canals and beneath the many stone bridges of Venice during this 30 to 35 minute Gondola ride.
You will be met at your hotel by our local representative who will accompany you on the transfer from your hotel to the Marco Polo Airport by private water taxi.
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