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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For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you outside the 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.
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 57 elegantly designed guest rooms and 8 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 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.
The tour begins by coach 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.
For your convenience, the tour includes hotel pick up and entrances to the churches mentioned. 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. 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).
This morning, discover beautiful Rome by foot as you enjoy a private, 3-hour guided walking tour. Don't forget your camera, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities when you visit the Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and Navona Square.
Arriving by coach at Piazza Venezia, continue on foot to the famous Piazza Del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo from where you will have a fantastic view of the Roman Forum. By coach you will then 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’s in Chains from where it will take you 5 minutes to reach the symbol of the eternal city: The Colosseum (visit inside, entrance fee is included).
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 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 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 decor. The 85 rooms are beautifully furnished, offering both comfort and style. A warm and elegant ambience, modern and classic designs - these are only some of the terms to describe the restaurant "Snack Bellavista". Enjoy a traditional dinner at La Favorita’s Indoor Restaurant, where local and seasonal products are expertly prepared by the chef. The hotel La Favorita has a spectacular top floor swimming pool surrounded by sun beds, providing the perfect place to relax.
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.
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 your accommodation in Sorrento and the Naples train station.
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.
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. Guests will surely enjoy just how spacious and elegant each of the 74 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 for guests to enjoy various Florentine "trattorie" within walking range from the hotel.
An exhaustive and charming encounter with Renaissance culture and its great geniuses is the aim of your walking tour through the main squares of Florence: the religious centre of the city dominated by the huge Cathedral and its imposing dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and Signoria Square crowded with one of the most spectacular collection of statues in the world; where the Town Hall stands, the Medieval fortress that has always incarnated political power in Florence: from the centuries of the Republic to the lordship of the Medici family. After a glimpse at the romantic Ponte Vecchio on the Arno river, the tour continues with the visit to the Italian largest and richest painting gallery, the Uffizi, where the charm of art history will take us from the Byzantine painters to the innovations of modern masters through an itinerary that includes the greatest names of Florentine art: Botticelli, Leonardo and Michelangelo. 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.
The village of SAN GIMIGNANO, the Chianti area and the Medieval town of SIENA are situated in the heart of beautiful Tuscany. They are all compelling stops for those tourists who want to remember this unique and impressive experience. The first stop of the tour is the village of San Gimignano, a magnificent example of a Medieval urban centre that is a UNESCO world heritage site. Here you will have free time to visit the village and its splendid squares, palaces, churches and the magnificent towers. The tour continues to the splendid area of the CHIANTI CLASSICO. You will stop by a typical Tuscan winery where you will visit the cellars and vineyards. Afterwards you will taste the wine produced, which will be accompanied by a delicious Tuscan LUNCH consisting of typical food such as pasta, cold meats, cheeses and local pastries – a vegetable menu is also available upon request. In the afternoon the tour continues with sightseeing in Siena. Here two official guides, one in English and one in Spanish will lead the tour to the city centre. All tourists will surely appreciate the architectural styles of the Cathedral and of the Town Hall in the Piazza del Campo, scenery of the world famous PALIO race. The tour will end with the visit to the marvellous MONTERIGGIONI fortress. 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, wine tasting, and Tuscan lunch.
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 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 accomodation.
Palazzo Sant'Angelo (4*), 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 26 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 off 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!
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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