Rome & Area
Remember the first time you fell in love? Relive those butterflies in Italy.
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.
Upon your arrival into Rome, a “Meet & Greet” service will be provided. For your added comfort, a representative has been authorised to enter the Customs area and will be waiting for you at the luggage belt to assist you. If you have arranged for private airport transfer, this representative will help you with your luggage and coordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur outside the airport for your transfer.
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 Hotel Alexandra (3*) is located on the most glamorous and important street of Rome: Via Veneto, near Barberini Square, just a few steps from Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the charming Villa Borghese Park and its Museum, the shopping center of Via del Corso and the fashionable boutiques of Via Condotti. Nearby the hotel you will find offices, services, airlines offices, banks, restaurants, bars and clubs. Under new 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 2EUR per person for 2* & 3* hotels and 3EUR for 4* & 5* hotels. The charges will be added to your bill upon check out and are non-negotiable.
Hop aboard you’re privately driven, 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.
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.
After you lunch, enjoy a shared 3.5 hrs afternoon tour to discover Ancient Rome. On board an air conditioned coach and in the company of a professional Guide, you will cross Piazza della Repubblica with the Najadi’s Fountain, before continuing along Via Nazionale till Piazza Venezia, heart of the city with the Monument to Victor Emanuel II also called "Vittoriano". Continue to the Colosseum and the surrounding Arches of Constantine and Tirus and have a walk into the Roman Forum, the most important archeological atea in the world, and possibly the Capitol Square. Proceed to Theatre Marcello to reach St. Paul’s outside the walls where you will no doubt enjoy the visit. This is where the Apostle of the people is buried. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel. Includes entrance fee to Colosseum. (Please note: Shorts and uncovered shoulders are not admitted into churches).
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
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.
Rosso 23 Hotel (3*) is is situated in a splendid position in the historical centre of Florence. The hotel is dynamic, energetic, contemporary "City Riad", with a fascinating inner court, located in a noble building at number 23 of Piazza Santa Maria Novella. The hotel is fully decorated in red and grey tones, providing 42 rooms and very smart common areas with curious details. The fascinating staircase that leads to the upper floors is witness of the nobility of this building, nowadays home for their guest. This hotel in Florence is elegantly furnished with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and offers a bar, an elegant living room, a computer with Internet access and a beautiful breakfast room.
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.
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