Rome & Area
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Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty and enchanting culture of Italia! Known for its artistic masterpieces, architectural spectacles and gastronomic wonders, Italy offers visitors endless opportunities to experience profound emotions. Meander winding streets through idyllic cityscapes, explore walled medieval towns that time hasn’t changed, and take in stunning vistas from cypress-lined roads of the countryside. In the evenings, dine on authentic Italian cuisine then head back to your hotel and relax and dream in elegant surroundings.
Tour Rome on foot and see the famous Spanish Steps. Continue down to the historic city center where you can sip a cappuccino and watch the beautiful people stroll by. Toss a coin into Trevi Fountain, then head to the imposing Pantheon. Behold the Vatican and Sistine Chapel and make your way to the Colosseum where gladiators once fought to the death. Just a short train ride through the idyllic Tuscan countryside brings you to Florence, where you can experience the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important museums in the world. Tour the Chianti region at golden hour and watch the light drape itself across the many olive groves and ancient vineyards.
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Enjoy a private airport transfer in Rome (Fiumicino/Ciampino) with a private vehicle and driver.
A welcome package with your vouchers, 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.
Enjoy one of the most delightful and fascinating walks in the world! Monumental Rome is a mix of piazzas (squares), Renaissance architectural masterpieces, and thousands of years of history -all interwoven with cafes, shopping, and great gelato! Your walk through the historical centre starts at the Spanish Steps, famously leading down to the historic center of the city and surrounded with fabulous shopping, from bargain to the top brands. Continue to the Trevi Fountain where legend says if you flip a coin into the water you are sure to return to Rome. The Piazza Colona's great buildings are hemmed in by rushing traffic, so continue on a few blocks to the massive Pantheon, which was built in the First Century B.C. and for millennia was the highest arched building in the world. It’s a short walk to Piazza Navona, with the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, Bernini's masterpiece. This square is packed with artists, cafes, and a swirl of faces - it’s a great place to enjoy the view. You can explore this part of the city for days!
The Hotel Villafranca (4*) has been recently renovated and boasts 94 comfortable and pleasant guestrooms. Each of the rooms has been designed to provide an amiable and comfortable atmosphere that facilitates guests’ relaxation and pleasure. Hotel Villafranca is strategically located in the centre of Rome in Via Villafranca 9 close to Stazione Termini and many of the wonders of Rome. Guests have the opportunity of visiting all the main sights and attractions on foot or hopping on one of the many efficient transport services.
Partake in a three hour shared tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Begin by passing through Piazza della Repubblica and following the ancient Aurelian walls which once surrounded the ancient city. On arrival at the Vatican Walls, your guide will then lead you into the Vatican Museums taking the beautiful Spiral staircase and continuing through the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps before arriving in the famous Sistine Chapel with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgement by Michelangelo. (Includes hotel pick up – since there will be various pick ups within the city centre, you will be given a pick up time range. Please be in the hotel lobby/reception for this time. At the end of the tour, there are various central drop off points: Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Venezia, Piazza della Repubblica and Termini Station. Includes entrances to churches mentioned). Please note that shared tours can have up to approx. 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day, and are carried out in a number of languages). The group may be divided out into smaller groups so the tour is lead in one language or kept as one larger group (in which case the tour will be lead in various languages).
Rome is a great place for shopping. There are five main shopping areas: Spanish Steps & Via dei Condotti - This street is one of the richest streets in Italy and one of the best streets for shopping in Rome. The Via Dei Condotti is home to Italy's top designer stores. Via Del Corso – This busy pedestrian street runs from Piazza del Popolo down to Piazza Venezia. It is home to the famous shops like the Ferrari flagship store and Swarowski Crystal. Trastevere – This rather bohemian area of the city with its many winding streets is great for shopping and getting lost in. Be sure to check out the outdoor food market in Piazza San Cosimato where locals bargain with the vendors. (7am -2pm.) - Viale Marconi and Porta Portese- Viale Marconi is very good for shopping and is particularly popular with young trendy Romans. A bit out from the city centre, it can be reached by talking the Metro Line B to Marconi. It is about 15 minutes away from the Coliseum. Porta Portese is the famous Roman flea market which takes place every Sunday from 8am until about 2pm. Another place of interest for food and market lovers is the Piazza Vittorio where a mesmerizing array of fresh foods, fruits, fish and meat, run by people from all over the world is displayed. Piazza Navona & via del Governo Vecchio – The well known Piazza Navona is a great place for art lovers, as the surrounding streets contain lots of art galleries and antique shops.
In the afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel by coach and guide for a three hour shared tour. Arrive at Piazza Venezia and then continue on foot to the famous Piazza Del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo. Drive by the Circus Maximus and the Aventino Hill. Stop to admire the beautiful statue of Moses by Michelangelo located in the Church of St. Peter in Chains from where it will take you 5 minutes to reach the symbol of the eternal city: The Colosseum. Take a visit inside of The Colosseum. (Includes hotel pick up – since there will be various pick ups within the city centre, you will be given a pick up time range. Please be in the hotel lobby/reception for this time. At the end of the tour, there will be a city centre drop off. Includes entrances to churches mentioned). Please note that shared tours can have up to approx. 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day, and are carried out in a number of languages). The group may be divided out into smaller groups so the tour is lead in one language or kept as one larger group (in which case the tour will be lead in various languages). Due to seasonal opening times the itinerary may be altered without notice.
Enjoy the train ride from Rome to Florence. Train duration is approximately 1 hour 30 mins.
The Hotel La Fortezza (3*) is the ideal choice for those seeking a great hotel for their relaxing vacation or business trip near downtown Florence. Elegant, located in the tranquillity of a completely renovated age-old villa, it is placed amongst the best 3 star hotels of the city. Surrounded by a wonderful garden, the Hotel La Fortezza is far enough away from the traffic and hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Florence. The property and its staff welcome you with the utmost of cordiality and with the typical friendliness of the Tuscan people. The hotel reception is available 24 hours a day with expert staff able to reserve excursions and private visits to the most enchanting places of Florence. The buffet breakfast is served in a beautiful hall well-furnished and equipped with a warm and pleasant lighting; in the refined reading room and at the bar, always open, you may enjoy some precious relaxation time.
This exciting guided walking tour starts from the peculiar Central Market zone, characterised by its workshops and multicolored stands. Located in this area are the Medici Chapels, and the Basilica di S. Lorenzo, which is the church of the famous Medici family. A short stroll from the market-place is the Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the picturesque Cathedral from both the interior and exterior. This Cathedral is known for its dome created by Brunelleschi, its bell tower designed by Giotta, and its Paradise Door on the Saint John Baptistery. The tour continues by visiting the medieval quarters where Dante Alighieri and Beatrice once lived. Moving further through the city you will find the Palazzo del Bargello. Not to far from there you will arrive at the Piazza della Signoria, a great "open-air sculpture museum", which overlooks the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. Within the Palazzo Vecchio you will find one of the world most important museums in the world, the Uffizi Gallery. You would then proceed to the Mercato della Paglia (straw market), where the famous Piglet Fountain is located. Moving along, you will travel along the street that leads you to Ponte Vecchio, also known as the "jewel-bridge." After snapping some photos along this famous bridge, you will arrive at the wonderful Pitti Palace where this tour ends.
Enjoy a full day shared tour which gives you the opportunity of discovering the Chianti region. A coach with an English speaking Guide will first take you through the countryside of the Chianti area with ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Enjoy a visit to San Gimignano, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries. The city is situated on top of a hill and is famous for its numerous towers, fresco's and other art treasures. On arrival in Siena there is some free time for lunch (not included). Your guide will than bring you on a escorted visit through this magnificent city. You will see the Cathedral situated in the Piazza dal Campo, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Located near this famous Piazza is the Town Hall, and San Domenico, which is known for it's numerous treasures of Italian painting. During the return journey you will see the old medieval village of Monteriggioni enclosed by its famous walls which are still standing strong.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer to the airport in Florence today.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Italy for the most up to date visa information.
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