Rome & Area
Enjoy a fabulous, luxury tour throughout central and northern Italy, starting with 3 days in Rome. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the city with private, guided tours with English speaking Local Experts. See the city as you glide by the sights sipping on a glass of champagne while ensconced in a horse driven carriage. Enjoy the magnificent Sistine Chapel as you have a truly exclusive visit with an English speaking Guide - imagine; just you and your Guide and no one else! Then enjoy some time at leisure to do some independent exploring or opt for any number of optional tours available.
Then take a first class train ride to Florence. Enjoy everything on offer in this ancient city on the river Arno, including a private, introductory tour to the city in the company of an Art Historian, and sample some of the regional gourmet delights. Discover the Tuscan countryside by taking a private easy-going biking excursion taking in visits to a number of quaint villages and impressive castles before stopping off en route for a gourmet picnic.
Then make your way to Venice for the finale of your trip. Enjoy the wonderful views all around as you embark on a private boat excursion on board a traditional fisherman's sailing boat. With private airport and train station transfers, English speaking private guided tours with private vehicle and driver.
First class train rides between cities and luxury, and 5 star accommodations, this tour is the epitome of luxury and allows you to explore the country making the most of your time and giving you the utmost enjoyment - hassle-free. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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, 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!
Portrait Suites(4*) is a unique Italian-style townhouse located in one of the world's most famous neighbourhood in Rome, at the corner of via Condotti and just a few steps from Piazza di Spagna, in the heart of the luxurious shopping district. An exclusive, intimate hotel, it features a limited number of suites and studios. Reflecting the splendor and the luxury of Rome of the 50’s, each suite is dedicated to a grand personality. Delicate shades of gray and pink compliment the elegance and sumptuousness of the 50’s and create the illusion of a spectacular movie set paying homage to one of the founding fathers of Italian style: Salvatore Ferragamo. A magnificent terrace on the top floor offers the most spectacular views over Rome and the Trinità dei Monti.
Enjoy a truly special day in Rome and experience an exclusive private evening visit to the Vatican museums when it is closed to the public. Imagine the peace and quiet - just yourselves and your guide to take in 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 you hotel.
Meet your private guide & driver at the hotel to head to for a day to discover the art and life of two men that left an indelible mark on Roman and Italian art. Your private local guide will take you through churches and collections where Caravaggio & Bernini's most characteristic masterpieces are set. You will also pay a visit to the famous Galleria Borghese that houses a large collection of masterpieces. You will later return to your hotel. Entrance fee to Galleria Borghese included.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
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.
Discover the richness and creativity of Tuscan and Italian cuisine in the exclusive and inviting setting of the Hotel Lungarno overlooking the Arno. Resident chef Beatrice Segoni invites you to sample her delightful interpretations over lunch or dinner in the unforgettable Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant gourmet restaurant in the heart of the elegant Hotel. The Picteau Bar in the lounge of the luxury hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee or a cocktail surrounded by original art by Picasso and Cocteau, while the beautiful terrace of the Sky Bar on top of the medieval Consorti tower, seems just one step away from heaven and the famous sights of Florence.
Lungarno Suites (4*) is a spacious and private suite with a pleasing view of the Ponte Vecchio, San Miniato, the Boboli Gardens, and Palazzo Pitti. The Florentine architect Michele Bönan chose high-quality materials such as fine linen, handmade leather, and velvet for the spacious bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms. The addition of a fully equipped kitchen makes these luxury suites in Florence an ideal setting for a longer stay or a family gathering that offers maximum relaxation. Lungarno Suites has forty four studios and suites that has a spectacular views overlooking the Arno. It is equipped with the latest technology and features a dividing doors that provides complete privacy for a most relaxing and comfortable stay. Lungarno Suites has three bars and restaurant for varied culinary options.
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.
Overnight guests at the Hotel Lungarno receive complimentary access to the Ferragamo museum in Florence - an artistic centerpoint in Florence. The museum’s footwear collection documents the entire span of Salvatore Ferragamo’s career, from his return to Italy in 1927 to 1960 the year he died. It highlights his technical and artistic skills which, through his color choices, the creativity of the designs and use of innovative materials made a fundamental contribution to the growth and establishment of "Made in Italy". Some of the items reveal Salvatore Ferragamo’s relationships with artists of his day, such as the futurist painter, Lucio Venna who created some advertising sketches and the famous Ferragamo footwear label. Others document his continuous quest for the perfect fit and the invention of special constructions and materials, from the famous cork wedge patented in 1936 and immediately imitated all over the world, to the raffia or cellophane vamps, and candy-wrapper paper used during World War II. In addition, there are the shoes that are famous because they were made for Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn. This museum truly gives an insight into a century of history told by footwear. The items on display are periodically selected from the over 10,000 models in the museum’s archives and featured in biennial exhibitions that present different themes through Ferragamo shoes. The Collection is also enriched by footwear production after the death of Salvatore Ferragamo, down to the present day. Every year, in fact, a number of models suitably representative of the season are entered in the Salvatore Ferragamo Archives which the museum draws on for its exhibitions.
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.
Choose from any number of optional private guided activities including; a tour taking in the artisanal side of the city where you can visit an artist's workshop and see how ancient methods of production are still carried out, spend the morning or afternoon being shown the finer details of Italian cooking as you enjoy a hands on cooking lesson followed by lunch or dinner, enjoy a private guided tour of the city - either walking or not, of the general sights or of somewhere specific such as the Uffizi or the Academia, If you are interested in exploring further afield, consider a private guide tour to towns such as Lucca, Pisa, Siena or the picturesque villages in Chianti where you can visit local farms and vineyards to sample the produce such as wine and olive oil. Walking and biking excursions can also be arranged - all you need to do is ask! If you are interested in luxury cars, you may like to consider a tour to Maranello - the home of Ferrari. Your Sales Advisor will be more than happy to help!
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.
Any trip to Venice needs at least one romantic gondola ride, a form of transportation dating back to the 16th century, created specifically for the Venetian waterways. Reach on foot the Gondola Station. 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.
A singer and an accordionist will make your gondola ride more enjoyable.
Bauer Il Palazzo (5*). This five-star luxury class hotel is located in an original Venetian house from the 18th century. Under decorative inlaid ceilings and surrounded by Chinese vases and antique tapestries by master craftsmen Bevilacqua and Rubelli, today’s most refined travellers can enjoy living in the opulent atmosphere of a Venetian nobleman’s period house brought up to date with modern services and conveniences.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Meet your English speaking guide in the hotel lobby. You will discover the most renowned sites in Venice with a walking tour of Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square and Cathedral. A prime example of Gothic architecture, the open-faced rooms and ornate façade demonstrate the splendor of this beautiful city. Climb the Golden Staircase and cross the Bridge of Sighs, spanning the palace to a historic prison across the canal. Visit St. Mark’s Square with elegant buildings and cafes, the site of many musicians and artists, and the magnificent St Mark’s Cathedral. Get an explanation from your guide outside of the basilica prior to entering, as they are not allowed to give narration inside. Follow your guide through the impressive interior of the cathedral, and proceed to the glass showrooms where you have an opportunity to purchase authentic Venetian glassware. Entrance fee to Doge`s Palace & Basilica included.
Meet your English speaking guide at the hotel to begin your day with a private walking tour of Venice. Visit St. Mark's Square, the heart of political and religious power of the Venetian Republic for centuries. Learn the fascinating history that lies behind the walls of the most famous landmarks: the Basilica and its Byzantine heritage, the Doge's Palace and its adjoining prisons that retain the true secrets to comprehend how a city built on swamps became one of the most enlightened cities in the western world. Then, leave St. Mark's behind you to discover the enchanting Hidden Venice. Following a monumental route, your guide will narrate the in-depth history of Venice from its origins to the modern-day. You'll hear tales of illustrious Venetian characters like Marco Polo and Casanova. You will see Marco Polo's House, a Merchants’ Warehouse, explore the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its outstanding Venetian Palaces and the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo (the Pantheon of Venice). At the Scuola di San Marco, you'll learn about the famous Confraternities (Schools) of merchants and artisans of Venice that provided the foundations of the Venetian mercantile empire. Continue to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of Europe’s premier museums devoted to modern art. With masterpieces ranging in style from Cubism and Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism, the collection has become one of the most respected and visited cultural attractions in Venice. For your convenience, entrance fees to Guggenheim Museum and Basilica are included.
Meeting at the hotel with your English Speaking escort to please the palette. Enjoy the city as locals do, visiting traditional Venetian bacaros (bars), for cicheti (similar to Spanish Tapas) accompanied by a glass of wine or beer. Each Baroco includes: 1 glass of wine or Spritz + 2 apetizers.
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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