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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Upon your arrival into Rome today, a meet & greet service will be provided. A representative, whom has been authorised to enter the customs area, will be waiting for you. For your added comfort, this representative will assist you with collecting your luggage and then take you to your private chauffeur. After co-ordinating and introducing you to your chauffeur, this representative will accompany you from the airport to your accommodation. Upon your arrival to your accommodation your representative will aid you in unloading your luggage.
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.
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 fifty-seven elegantly designed guest rooms and eight contemporary and spacious suites. Feast like royalty with menus that feature delicious Italian delicacies and international specialities at the onsite, "A La-Carte" Restaurant. Wonder through the hotels 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.
Discover Rome by foot on your guided 3 hour walking tour today. Don't forget your camera as you visit the Spanish Steps, Scalinata, The Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon, and Navona Square.
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.
A coach will pick you up from your hotel for today’s three hour shared tour of Imperial Rome. Your first stop on this tour will be at the picturesque Piazza Venezia, followed by a visit to the famed, Michelangelo designed, Piazza Del Campidoglio. Your historical journey continues as you drive past the renowned Roman-Chariot playground, Circus Maximus and Aventino Hill en-route to the Church of St. Peter in Chains where you'll have an opportunity to admire Michelangelo's beautiful statue of Moses. From here, you'll continue some 5 minutes away towards the epicenter and symbol of the great "Eternal City": The Colosseum. Here, you'll have an opportunity to explore inside this once home of gruesome Roman entertainment with you guide. Enjoy hearing the epic tales of Gladiators battles, and violent fights to the death of "Men versus Beast."
Please note that this shared tour includes hotel pick up at various properties within the city centre, which you will be provided with a pick up time range prior. Please be in the hotel lobby/reception for this approximate time. At the end of the tour, there will be a city centre drop off. Entrances fees to the churches mentioned are included. Please note that shared tours can have up to approximately 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.
A privately driven vehicle will provide a transfer to the train station today.
Enjoy the train transfer from Rome to Naples. Travel time is approx. 1 hour 10 min.
Enjoy a private transfer with a vehicle and English speaking driver from Naples to the Amalfi coast, stopping off at Pompei for a 2 hour guided visit with an English speaking Guide. Your Private Guide will meet you at Pompei 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. Even if your interests do not lie in history, you will still be incredibly impressed by this massive archaeological site which includes the Amphitheatre, Gymnasium, House of Menandro, The Grand theatre and Small theatre, Gladiators Barracks, Thermal baths, House of Vetti. Continuing en route to the Amalfi coast. (Includes entrances into Pompei).
The Imperial Hotel Tramontano (4*) is overlooking the most beautiful part of the Gulf of Naples. It is nourished by the romantic culture of the picturesque, sublime and landscapes of 19th century travellers visiting Sorrento. Along with the classic, refined and elegant style: the oldest wing dates back to the 16th century, and its architecture represents the most viewed image of Sorrento worldwide. In the background, the imposing profile of Vesuvius is silhouetted against a sky blazing with romantic sunsets. All of this, in a unique and incomparable setting, guarantees an unforgettable stay in Sorrento.
Enjoy a full day private tour of the Amalfi coast with an English speaking guide, private vehicle and driver. There are lots 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 continues right down to the sea. Positano is completely pedestrianized and a great place to stroll through and enjoy a coffee or lunch (not included). It's buildings cling, in tiers to the rock face and the small houses, all huddling on top of each other, so characteristic of Positano, form the subject of endless photos. The vibrant colors; the white of the buildings, forming a perfect canvas for the bright flowers which decorate the houses, and the small artisans', shops with their multihued 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 including the Villa Rufolo, from the XII century, built by the Rufolo's family and Villa Cimbrone, due to their splendor and decor. Both villas have an amazingly beautiful garden to visit. Indeed, from Villa Cimbrone, you can admire one of the best panoramic views of Italy, 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. Entrance to Chiostro Paradiso included.
Enjoy dinner at leisure in Sorrento. Here are a few suggestions: La Bascilica - Uninterrupted hot food from midday until 1am in this old establishment in the small basilica from which it takes its name. Offering meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes in a spacious room dominated by large paintings representing the eruption of Vesuvius. via Sant'Antonino 28 I - 80067 SORRENTO. Menu: 29€/40€. Tel: +39-081-8774790 . 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". Serving a Neapolitan seafood menu. via Sant'Antonino 12 I - 80067 SORRENTO. Tel: +390818073156. Meals: 46€/60€ - Menu: 46€/66€. 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. II Rampa Marina Piccola 5 I - 80067 SORRENTO. Meals: 55€/85€ - Menu: 57€/75€. Tel: +39 081.878.23.54.
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 from the pier in Sorrento (it takes 20-25 minutes and costs approx. 12 euros per person). On arrival Capri Town can be reached also via funicolare (train) from the Port area: a ticket needs to be purchased at the ticket office before boarding the funicolare – it’s a very short ride..
Go up to Mont Solaro - the highest place on the island (589 metres above sea level) and revel in the breathtaking views. You can either walk there (by taking the narrow street at the beginning of Viale Axel Munthe) or take the chairlift. The chairlift station is quite near Piazza Vittoria and allows you to reach the top quite quickly while you enjoy a splendid view of Anacapri and the gulf of Naples.
The way back on foot is one of the most beautiful walks on the island. The quite smooth route allows also a visit to Cetrella, where you can admire the lonely church of S. Maria. (12 minutes by chairlift from Piazza Vittoria: about 1 hr on foot). While in Anacapri, consider visiting the villa San Michele, located on the north-eastern side of 'Anacapri, 327 metres above sea level. Here was an ancient Roman imperial villa, whose ruins were preserved by Axel Munthe and are now to be found in the garden.
Capri Restaurant Suggestions
La Pigna; 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.
From the veranda of the Geranio restaurant, guests have a marvellous 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 astronomic traditions with some International specialties. Address and phone number: Via Matteotti, 8 Capri. Tel: +39 0818370616.
Located in the Grand Hotel Quisisana, the sumptuous La Colombaia restaurant is 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.
Travel from Naples to Florence by train. 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.
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. Guest will surely enjoy just how spacious and elegant each room at the Hotel Bernini Palace truly is, amongst the many modern fittings and conveniences made available including free WIFI. Guests can be sure that dining at the hotel’s restaurant, The Parlamento, is an exceptional experience. The menu offers a range of exquisite options including innovative regional dishes, classic Italian options, and popular westernized menus. The properties dynamic location allows for guests to enjoy the many various Florentine "trattorie" within walking range from the hotel.
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.
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 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.
Enjoy the Eurostar train ride from Florence to Milan. The train ride is approximately 1 hours and 45 minutes.
Train station transfer with private vehicle and driver. 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 UNA Maison Milano (4*) 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. The hotels 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 view of this historical and beautiful city.
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. (Entrance fees not included).
Milan is world famous for its shopping! Begin your shopping discovery in the heart of the luxury shopping area in Milan: Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea, elegant streets that together with Via Manzoni, Via Borgospesso and Via Santo Spirito are the outer limits of the famous Fashion Quadrilatero. This area contains the most prestigious boutiques and showrooms in the world, full of minimalist design and high tech.
Head out to the lakeside town of Como today during this full day guided tour. After being picked up at your accommodation you will be brought to Como for your day tour accompanied by your English speaking guide. Your guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of the city on foot. Long and narrow, Lake Como cuts a deep gash into the mountains that rise steeply on either side. Como's highlight is its cathedral, architecturally important due to its combination of Gothic and Renaissance styles, and you can visit this with your guide. You may decide to take the Brumante funicular to get spectacular views out over the lake. Rising at grades of more than 50 percent, the century-old funicular rises from the lakefront to more than 1000 metres. Once there, you can laze in a café or follow one of the hiking trails for more views down onto the lake. Alternatively you may decide to visit some of the quaint villages dotted along the lake, before your driver will brings you back to Milan.
Enjoy the train ride from Milan to Venice. Journey time takes approximately 2.5 hrs.
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 platform level to assist you. If you have arranged for private train station transfer, this representative will help you with your luggage and coordinate meeting up with your private water-taxi driver for your transfer.
Palazzo Sant'Angelo Canal Grande (4*) is a charming hotel housed in a noble building, elegantly restored and completely furnished in Venetian style, is located in the heart of Venice on Canal Grande, between the Rialto and Accademia bridges. The welcoming hall, with splendid original Palladian pavement, is decorated with warm colours and an old stone fireplace. From the hall windows guests can enjoy a wonderful view on Canal Grande.
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, and learn the history that lies behind the walls of its 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. And you'll see Marco Polo's House, a Merchants’ Warehouse, explore the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its outstanding Venetian Palaces, the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo (the Pantheon of Venice), and 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. (Entrance fees to Guggenheim Museum and Basilica are included) .
Sit back and relax on a marvellous and enchanting half an hour evening gondola ride through the Grand Canal and inner canals of Venice. You will breathe the atmosphere of this ancient city built on water. Your gondola will take you to the Antica Carbonera Restaurant, where you can enjoy typical traditional veneta and Italian plates. Departure from BACINO ORSEOLO Gondola station (near hotel Bonvechiati, right behind St. Mark’s Square) at 07.00 pm, arrival at restaurant around 7.30-07.40 pm. (Includes a 3 course menu (starter, main course + dessert) together with a Prosecco welcome 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 concierges, and depending on the location of your hotel, and the amount of people being transferred will affect the total fare (to be paid on-site). Alternatively, your Sales Advisor can arrange a private transfer to the airport if you`d like.
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