Rome & Area
Amalfi Coast & Islands
Italy is a dream you’ll never want to wake from.
Explore the imperial splendor and Renaissance masterpieces that make Italy a modern country with a long and spectacular past. Meander cobblestoned streets in old medieval towns; take in boundless vistas laid out like paintings, and travel up the sumptuous coast where pastel-painted houses cling to craggy cliff sides. When you hear the call of chic, head to Milan and shop in some of the most prestigious boutiques and showrooms in the world. Spend your evenings in 4-star luxury accommodations that effortlessly blend comfort with class.
Take a private 4 hour tour of the Vatican and witness one of the most impressive art collections in the world. Marvel at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, and get an inside peek at The Colosseum where gladiators once fought. On your way to the Almafi Coast, stop at historic Pompei and wander through the ancient Roman ruins. Visit the beautiful isle of Capri and take the chairlift to Mont Solaro where you can enjoy panoramic views of the gulf of Naples. Once your feet hit the streets of Milan, take them to the Fashion Quadrilatero where you can pop in and out of some of the trendiest boutiques in the world. And, as you sit back and relax for your evening gondola ride through Venice’s Grand Canal, close your eyes and remind yourself that none of it was a dream.
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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.
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 Museum 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, 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.
Enjoy a private transfer between your accomodation in Sorrento and the Naples train station. En route you will stop (2hrs) at the ruins of Pompeii. Your English speaking guide will meet you and bring you through the fascinating site. Walk through some of the ancient streets of Pompeii where you can see the baths, forums and villas built by the prosperous Romans in the year 80 BC. Marvel at the fabulously preserved frescoes which adorned the walls and floors of the villas. (Includes entrance to the site of Pompeii).
Enjoy a full day of the beautiful Amalfi Coast on a private tour with an English speaking guide and private vehicle. There are plenty of interesting villages and sites in the area that are worth exploring, including Ravello, Amalfi and Cetara. Approaching from above Positano, one is greeted by a vista of lemon and orange groves, flowers, trees, small allotments, olive groves and gardens which continue right down to the sea. Feel free to explore Positano on the completely pedestrianized streets, while stopping to enjoy a coffee or lunch (not included). So characteristic of Positano: its buildings cling in tiers to the rock face and the small houses, all huddling on top of each other. The white of the buildings form a perfect canvas for the bright flowers which decorate the houses. The small artisan shops with their multi-hued cloths, present the visitor with a vista which is almost difficult to believe. The picturesque town of Ravello, some 5km from Amalfi, has a number of must-see sites. Due to their splendor and décor, visit the Villa Rufolo from the XII century, built by Rufolo's family, as well as Villa Cimbrone. Both villas have an amazingly beautiful garden to visit. Admire one of the best panoramic views of Italy at Villa Cimbrone, on all the Amalfi Coast, and on the Coast of Cilento. The pretty town of Amalfi features a series of white houses, most with barrel vault ceilings and built on terraces within a picturesque web of alleys and stairways. The main monument and symbol of the city is the Cathedral of St. Andrew, preceded by an imposing staircase. Further along the coast lies the town of Cetara. For centuries, it was influenced by the financial and spiritual fortunes of the Benedictine abbey in Cava dei Tirreni. Nowadays, it is dominated by its busy fishing harbor. Depending on time and your preference, the day will be spent visiting these beautiful towns and stopping off at scenic points along the way. For your convenience, entrance to Chiostro Paradiso is included.
Here are some excellent suggestions should you wish to enjoy dinner at leisure in Sorrento: La Bascilica – Enjoy uninterrupted hot food from mid-day until 1am in this old establishment in the small basilica from which it takes its name. La Basilica offers meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes in a spacious room dominated by large paintings representing the eruption of Vesuvius. Via S.Antonino 28 I - 80067 SORRENTO. Meals: 29€/40€. Tel: +39-081-8774790. Ristorante Museo Caruso - The interior decoration in this restaurant was inspired by the famous opera singer. There are three pleasant, simple little dining halls decorated with photographs and objects dedicated to the "maestro". This restaurant serves a Neapolitan seafood menu. Via S.Antonino 12 I - 80067 SORRENTO. Tel: +390818073156. Meals: 46€/60€. Il Buco - Created in the cellar of a former monastery in the heart of Sorrento, it offers traditional and creative cuisine. There is a plasma screen so you can admire the mastery of the chefs. Via II Rampa Marina Piccola, 5 (Piazza S.Antonino) I - 80067 SORRENTO. Tel: +39 081.878.23.54 Meals: 55€/85€ - Menu: 57€/75€.
Today, why not explore the beautiful isle of Capri?
Just off the coast of Naples and Salerno, between Cape Miseno and Amalfi, a great rock soars like a dream, lost in the cobalt blue sea that surrounds it. This Mediterranean jewel is the island of Capri. The intoxicating fragrance of flowers, delicate splashes of colour, recollections of a millennial past and a peaceful charm, shattered only by the shrill cry of seagulls, are just some of the magical qualities of this mythical isle.
It is very easy to catch a hydrofoil (type of boat) from the pier in Sorrento, taking 20-25 minutes. On arrival, Capri Town can also be reached via a short ride on the Funicular (train) from the Port area.
Revel in the breathtaking views upon Mont Solaro - the highest place on the island (589 metres above sea level). You have the choice of either walking there, by taking the narrow street at the beginning of Viale Axel Munthe, or by taking the chairlift. Should you wish to relax and enjoy the splendid view of Anacapri and the gulf of Naples, the chairlift is a great option. The chairlift station can be accessed near Piazza Vittoria.
Take a 1 hour walk to view one of the most beautiful walks on the island. Admire the lonely Church of S.Maria in Cetrella. Alternatively, it is a 12 minute chairlift ride from Piazza Vittoria. While in Anacapri, consider visiting the villa San Michele, located on the north-eastern side of 'Anacapri, 327 metres above sea level. This is where an ancient Roman imperial villa was, whose ruins were preserved by Axel Munthe. They are now to be found in the garden.
Note: Hydrofoil costs approximately 12 Euros per person. A ticket needs to be purchased at the ticket office before boarding the Funicular.
Capri Restaurant Suggestions:
La Pigna: La Pigna is a true temple of Caprian gastronomy, renowned for 120 years as a haunt of the rich and famous. Its period dining rooms, patio garden and lemon house help to create a dreamlike atmosphere while the army of chefs and waiting staff are dedicated to ensuring a wonderful gastronomical experience. Address and phone number: Via La Palazzo, 30 Capri. Tel: +39 081 8375022.
Geranio Restaurant: From the veranda of the Geranio restaurant, guests have a marvelous view of the ornate gardens, built on the rocky edge terrace and brimming with fabulous Mediterranean flowers and shrubs. The restaurant is at Augusto gardens, just a short distance from the Piazetta, the main centre of Capri. The cuisine is inspired by the great Mediterranean and Neapolitan gastronomic traditions with some International specialties. Address and phone number: Via Matteotti, 8 Capri. Tel: +39 0818370616.
La Colombaia Restaurant: Located in the Grand Hotel Quisisana, the sumptuous La Colombaia restaurant is a delightful establishment with a poolside restaurant and offers guests a relaxing environment to enjoy the best regional cuisine. (Open from 12.30 - 5pm only). Address and phone number: Via Camerelle, 2. Capri. Tel: +39 081 8370788.
Enjoy a transfer with your own private vehicle and driver between Sorrento and Naples.
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.
From posh designer brands like Armani, Gucci, Versace and Ferragamo to locally created hand-crafts, souvenirs, quality leathers and traditional clothing, the city of Florence is a never-ending dream for shopping enthusiasts. For those searching for ancient relics and traditional crafted antiques, Via Maggio is the street for you. The shops and merchants on this street boast numerous "Objects d'Art" and furnishings that are sure to create an atmosphere straight out of the 16th century. Via del Tornabuoni is considered Florence's 5th Avenue, featuring shops lined with best quality leather products, elegantly expensive shoes, and modernly stylish clothing boutiques. It is here where you'll find all the “big brand names” products as well as the posh, and potentially upcoming Italian styles. Besides the traditional shops, Florence also boast some of Italy's best open-air markets including the centralized Market of San Lorenzo, the New Market located under the 16th century Loggia del Porcellino, and the Flea Market at the Piazza Santa Croce.
Enjoy this small group tour which will let you discover the beauty of Siena, San Gimignano and the Chianti countryside, before admiring the sunset on the Tuscan hills accompanied by a delicious dinner. Starting from Florence, you will be taken to Siena by a comfortable air-conditioned minivan with an English speaking driver/tour leader. Here you will enjoy a guided walking tour of this compact city, discovering the Piazza del Campo, the main central square where the famous Palio horse race takes place every year, as well some of the quieter backstreets. Learn everything about the Contrade, the 17 medieval city districts that compete against each other in the Palio race. During the visit in Siena, you will also have the opportunity to taste some the area’s typical products. The journey continues to San Gimignano, famed for its medieval skyscrapers, high walls and narrow streets that exemplify most people’s image of a Tuscan hill town. San Gimignano is unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls, form an unforgettable skyline. After some free time in San Gimignano, gaze in awe at a marvellous sunset on the Tuscan hills accompanied by a typical Tuscan dinner. You will then be taken back to Florence and if time permits, you will end this beautiful day with a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo to get the best view over Florence. This tour includes round-trip transportation, walking tour with English speaking guide, surprise taste-testing in Siena, a visit to San Gimignano, and dinner.
Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you ride a Eurostar train from Florence to Milan. This journey will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
You will be warmly greeted by the driver of your private vehicle for the transfer from the train station in Milan.
A visit to the great monuments of Milan, such as the Cathedral, Sforzesco Castle, La Scala Opera House and the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church in the company of a guide. Milan's giant cathedral is one of the largest Gothic churches in the world at 157m long. The Castello Sforzesco is a Renaissance palace which combines a forbidding exterior with a delightful interior. The Neo-Classical opera house - known popularly as “La Scala”, opened in 1778 and is now one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. The Santa Maria delle Grazie Church - a beautiful 15th century Renaissance convent, is famous all over the world for the Cenacolo (Last Supper) by Leonardo da Vinci. This tour includes entrance fees to the Last Supper.
Milan is recognized throughout the world as the capital of pret-a-porter and Temple of fashion: Gucci, Armani, Prada, Valentino, etc.. can all be found in this fascinating city. Walk in the "quadrilatero della moda" to discover the most beautiful shops of the city together with your personal shopper an expert in the field whom has assisted various prince, princesses ….. Based on your personal interests, your personal shopper will tailor make your experience such as if you’re interested in trendy fashion? or artisan craft? or laboratories of silver makers, shoe makers …..
Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you ride the train from Milan to Venice. This journey will span approximately 2.5 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 accommodation.
Meet with the English-speaking guide at the hotel. See the humbler side of Venetian life, in the narrow, tightly packed streets and squares of Santa Croce. San Giacomo dell’ Orio, a focal point of this quiet and ancient quarter, is a beautiful parish church founded in the 9th century and rebuilt in 1225. You will view from the outside the campanile, the Basilica ground plan and Byzantine columns mixed with new elements and decorations from Gothic and later Renaissance additions. Walk along the neighborhood’s ‘palazzi’ lining the Grand Canal until you reach Ca’Pesaro Museum, a palace built for the Pesaro Family and masterpiece of Baldassarre Longhena. Today it features a permanent exhibition of work by artists such as Bonnard, Matisse, Miro, Klee, Klimt and Kandinsky, in addition to works by Italian artists of the 19th and of the 20th centuries. Next, your guided walk will continue to the famous Rialto Bridge, passing through the lively Rialto market. Discover San Giacomo di Rialto, the original site of the oldest church in Venice, founded in the 5th century (outside visit). From the top of the Rialto Bridge, you will have the opportunity to see the magnificent view of the Grand Canal with its stunning palazzo architecture. Your guide will then lead you through the spacious square of San Polo where, as far back as the 15th century, it was the venue for festivities, balls and ceremonies. (Includes entrance fee to Ca`Pesaro Museum). There is an optional water taxi to return to the hotel.
Sit back and relax this evening on a marvelous and enchanting half hour gondola ride through the Grand Canal and inner canals of Venice. You will breathe the atmosphere of this ancient city built on water. The tour begins from the Bacino Orseolo Gondola station (near hotel Bonvechiati, right behind St. Mark’s Square) at 7:00 pm where it ends again at approximately 7:35 pm. You will enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant La Terrazza of Bonvecchiati, where you can enjoy a typical Italian/Venetian style dinner together with a welcome drink (additional drinks not included). The restaurant is located right on Bacino Orseolo and is a 2 minute walking distance from the gondola station. Inclusions: Gondola & 3 Course dinner with Welcome Proseco drink.
Board a water-based taxi for this transfer from your hotel to the airport. The arrangements for this transfer can be made by the hotel’s concierge. The total fare (to be paid on-site) is dependent on the location of your hotel and the amount of people being transferred. Alternatively, your Sales Advisor can arrange a private transfer to the airport if you’d like.
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 Imperial Hotel Tramontano located in Sorrento, is overlooking the most beautiful part of the Gulf of Naples. It is nourished by the romantic culture of the picturesque, sublime landscapes of 19th century travellers visiting Sorrento. The 115 elegant rooms are beautifully decorated with frescoes, majolica, soft oriental carpets, period statues, old masters and priceless Sorrentine inlaid furniture. They mirror the meticulous style and eye for detail that are the distinguishing marks of the entire hotel. Savour traditional Neapolitan cuisine, deliciously prepared by Chef Alfonso at the onsite restaurant. Sip refreshing cocktails at the onsite bar, while relaxing among the unforgettable view of the Gulf of Sorrento. Conveniently located poolside, the snacks restaurant and petite brasserie are an oasis just right for savouring specialty dishes while relaxing in the sun, surrounded by the luxuriant greenery of the park. Stay entertained at the onsite freshwater pool, featuring terraces, a solarium and towel service.
The Hotel Bernini Palace 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 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 guests to enjoy various Florentine "trattorie" within walking range from the hotel.
UNA Maison Milano located in Milan, is in a prestigious and historical building that has been restored as a hotel. This property is ideally located in the heart of the city, only a few steps from the famed Duomo. UNA Maison Milano's interior has been furnished using a variety of light and elegant colours amongst the numerous pieces of international design and art. It features 27 rooms that offer comfort and space, and in some cases splendid views of this historical and beautiful city.
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!
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