Rome & Area
Amalfi Coast & Islands
It should come as no surprise that some of the world’s greatest works of art were born in a country whose landscapes seem painted rather than grown.
Experience a country where the passage of time has had little effect on the culture or landscape. Immerse yourself in the masterful artworks, striking architecture and expansive vistas and fall in love every half hour. Ramble through charming rustic villages, elegant city centers and old medieval towns. Visit world-famous museums, explore ancient Roman ruins, and sip cappuccinos in quaint cafes. In the evenings, relax in deluxe accommodations with sumptuous furnishings.
Tour the Vatican and Sistine Chapel which house some of the most important works of art, including the magnificent fresco of “The Last Judgement” by Michelangelo. Take a peek inside The Colosseum, walk the Spanish Steps and toss a coin into the famous Trevi Fountain. A short journey through the idyllic countryside and you arrive at the Amalfi Coast. Your private guide and driver will take you through charming seaside villages adorned with lemon and orange groves, and wonderful lush gardens that continue right down to the sea. A half day walking tour through Florence will bring you to the Uffizi Gallery, Signoria Square and Ponte Vecchio. Head to Venice and explore the most romantic city in the world by gondola. As the sun dips behind the bright pastel buildings, you’ll wish you never had to leave.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 your own private vehicle and driver between Naples train station and your accommodation in Sorrento or Positano.
The Grand Hotel La Favorita (4*) is an enchanting deluxe hotel, situated in the heart of Sorrento’s Historical quarter, on the corner between the Tasso and Vittorio Veneto roads. It emerges on the corner of Sorrento’ s most famous alley ways; its vast terrace embraces the spectacular view of the gulf of Naples, with the grand volcano Vesuvius taking centre stage. The hotel is decorated in a neo classic style with touches of modern. The 85 rooms are each approx 17mtrs and are all acoustically sound proofed, to add a peaceful nights sleep or why not, an afternoon siesta, to your hectic days out visiting what Sorrento has to offer, in terms of walks in the country, visiting the centre shopping, or sun bathing. A warm and elegant ambience, modern and classic designs - these are only some of the terms to describe the restaurant "Snack Bellavista". The hotel La Favorita has a spectacular top floor swimming pool surrounded by sun beds we supply pool towels and sun brollies. The quiet solarium will offer you soft background music, never to intrusive, but will help relax you.
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.
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 your accommodation in Sorrento and the Naples train station. Night surcharge (20.00 - 07.00): 25Euro/hr.
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.
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.
Your trip starts as a pleasant excursion through the delightful hills of the Chianti countryside, offering an ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Along the way, from the wide panoramic windows of your coach, you will be able to spot the medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni, enclosed by its famous walls which remain standing to this day. Upon arrival in Siena, you will enjoy a guided tour of the old town centre: you will walk along its narrow medieval streets admiring its splendid palaces until you reach the magnificent Cathedral (Sundays and National Holidays The Cathedral is closed, it is replaced with the Basilica of San Domenico), of which you can visit the superb interior and the amazing frescoes of the Libreria Piccolomini. The guided visit continues with a tour in a Museum and an Oratory of a Contrada, (if not accessible, the visit will include the Opera del Duomo Museum (Cathedral ‘s Museum)), where you can experience the authentic atmosphere of the town. The Contrada (districts into which the town is divided) are the real core of the local social life, where inhabitants of each district compete with each other as they devote themselves to preparations for the well-known Palio horse-race. The contrada is not simply a district: it is a small state having its own legacy of traditions, memories and emotions, including its own flag and anthem. The Museum of a contrada, as well as its Oratory, is therefore the heart of the district. This is an intimate and secret place - with exclusive access - containing historical documents and wonderful relics of the famous Palio, as well as magnificent works of art which are normally not disclosed to the public. The guided tour of Siena ends in its most beautiful square, Piazza del Campo, of which the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) is the main point. Free time is available for lunch (not included). After lunch break, you will leave for San Gimignano, a tiny walled town located on a hill-top, intact through the centuries and famous for its numerous tall towers, frescoes and other valuable works of art. There, you are welcomed in a small and fascinating museum, inside a medieval palace. A local guide will introduce you to the history and traditions of this wonderful town through a faithful and evocative reconstruction of how it was in the XIV century. Moreover, you will be able to watch how skilled craftsmen produce handmade objects according to a long standing tradition of excellence. When the guided visit concludes, you will enjoy a delicious tasting of fragrant Sienese homemade sweets of medieval tradition (ricciarelli, panforte,…) and famous local wines among which the Vernaccia of San Gimignano. Finally, you will have some free time to discover this lovely town at your own pace. 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). Included: luxury coach, expert multilingual escorts, professional local guide in Siena, museum entrance fees.
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 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.
Enjoy the many wonders of Venice; Consider taking a private gondola ride finishing at a beautiful Venetian restaurant with a private boat entrance, wander the streets with a personal guide to show you the sites, take a private boat to see the stunning islands of Murano and Burano or to lesser well known areas in the Venetian lagoon. For those looking at something outside of the city, we suggest a visit to the romantic city of Verona or enjoy a half day shared tour to the outskirts of Venice enjoying some wine tasting among the ancient Venetian vineyards. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of these options are of interest.
Sit back, relax and admire the sites during this exciting and traditional Venetian Gondola cruise. Allow your fully licensed Gondola driver to gently guide this traditional means of aquatic travel along the Venetian Grand Canal, passing the many landmarks and sites that have made Venice a global tourist hub. Your Captain will negotiate the vessel through the narrow canals and beneath the many stone bridges of Venice during this 30 to 35 minute Gondola ride.
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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November 06, 2013
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