Rome & Area
To Italians, food isn’t something you eat, it’s something you experience.
Immerse yourself in the rustic charm and cosmopolitan delights of a country insistent on living life to the fullest. Journey through Italy’s gastronomic history and savor the flavors and aromas of its simple food prepared with love and passion. When not feeding your body, feed your eyes and feast on dramatic landscapes of golden wheat fields, lines of cypress trees and inviting vineyards. Stroll along narrow streets that wind their way through walled medieval towns and explore museums replete with world-famous antiquities. At night, relax in accommodations that offer every modern comfort and amenity.
Spend an unforgettable day exploring Rome’s Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. A short train ride through breathtaking scenery brings you to Bologna, a city renowned for its culinary tradition. Explore the city and get intimate with some of the best local products such as parmigiano reggiano cheese, prosciutto di parma and traditional balsamic vinegar. Another romantic train ride through idyllic Tuscan scenery and you arrive in Florence where, among other things, you can wander through picturesque olive groves and sample the divine oil that is still handmade to this day.
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Enjoy a private airport transfer in Rome (Fiumicino/Ciampino) with a 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.
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.
Rome is a city that many people dream of seeing, even if it is just a glimpse of one of the world's most historical metropolitan areas. This tour is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a small taste of Rome. You will pass by the Vatican walls, which define the area of the Vatican City, the Lungotevere and the Ara Pacis. You will proceed towards the old Roman walls and the famous Villa Borghese, through Porta Pinciana and into the old town. You will see Via Veneto, the symbol of the Italian dolce vita, Piazza Venezia, the Coliseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Circus Maximus. You will arrive at the St. Peter's Basilica area where you will have time to explore independently the biggest Basilica in the world or stroll around the famous St. Peter's Square (whispers included). You will then be driven back to your hotel.
Get ready to eat your way across Rome. Begin this gastronomic experience at Torce's Il Gelato; offering visitors some unique flavors like chili and chocolate or black sesame. Locals also frequent Fatamorgana, where you can find all natural flavors like pear and Gorgonzola. Gelato per tutti…
This morning you will be picked up by your driver to enjoy a typical Italian cooking class with Luisanna, whom has always been devoted to culinary art. Her recipes stem from the Italian cooking tradition to implement and revise at the same time the tasty and simple food of our grannies, aunts and mothers. Famous TV personality, Luisanna is a chef, author and interpreter of Italian programs. She works with Casa Artusi and is a member of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina (Italian Cooking Academy). She believes that "great cooking is neither rich nor poor: it’s simply good.” Her mission is to recover and spread the culture of home cooking, the cooking of sensitivity, pleasure and good taste. You will enjoy a walking tour in a typical market and bakery, and head on to the "Il Club di Luisanna" cooking school where you can learn how to prepare some delicious dishes with fresh seasonal products that you've bought at the market. Luisanna will teach you the most important recipes of the famous Italian tradition and last but not least, you’ll eat and drink all together! Afterwards you will be driven back to your hotel.
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 included.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Sit back and enjoy the scenery as it passes you by during this train ride departing Rome and arriving in Bologna. This transfer will take approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Set out on 2 hour guided tour through beautiful Bologna accompanied by an English speaking guide. Immerse yourself into the rich culture of this historical city boasting magnificent medieval markets, spectacular squares and plazas and mouth-watering dining compilations. Begin with a visit to a traditional bakery, followed by an informative visit to a local pasta connoisseur’s where you’ll learn about the production of two famous provincial types of pasta, Tortellini and Tagliatelle. Next, you’ll visit Beccari’s Salsamenteria to uncover the history of cured Mortadella, from the ancient techniques used in the third century BC to the modern methods used today. From savoury to sweet, the highlight for many on this tour is a visit to a traditional chocolatier. Learn all about how solid chocolate was invented whilst sampling on various types of this heavenly treat. A visit to a typical “Osteria” or tavern will conclude your Bolognese inspired day tour. Tastings included in the tour cost.
Depart from your hotel for a gourmet tour by private vehicle and English speaking driver-guide. You will visit a traditional Parmigiano Reggiano cheese producer followed by a tasting. Next you will stop to take some pictures of the impressive Torrechiara Castle and surrounding area. Continue with a visit to a local wine producer situated in the scenic hills of Parma. Here you will tour the cellar, followed by lunch and local wine tasting. Visit a traditional Prosciutto di Parma producer Il Salumiere and an authentic “Acetaia,” Modena’s famous balsamic vinegar lofts, followed by a tasting. After the tour concludes you will return to your hotel. Lunch and wine tasting in two wineries are included.
Sit back, relax, and allow the stunning Tuscan scenery pass you by during this short train ride departing Bologna and arriving at the city of Renaissance art, Florence. The approximate travel time is 40 minutes.
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.
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. Considered the religious centre of the city, dominated by the huge Cathedral and its imposing dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the Signoria Square is crowded with one of the most spectacular collection of statues in the world. Where the Town Hall stands, and 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. 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.
Discover the richness and creativity of Tuscan and Italian cuisine in the exclusive and inviting setting of the Hotel Lungarno overlooking the Arno. Resident chef Beatrice Segoni invites you to sample her delightful interpretations over lunch or dinner in the unforgettable Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant gourmet restaurant in the heart of the elegant Hotel. The Picteau Bar in the lounge of the luxury hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee or a cocktail surrounded by original art by Picasso and Cocteau, while the beautiful terrace of the Sky Bar on top of the medieval Consorti tower, seems just one step away from heaven and the famous sights of Florence.
You will be met at your hotel by your English speaking escort & private driver to head to a very nice farmhouse situated near Massa, between the Apuan Alps and the seaside) where a welcome drink will be awaiting for you. You will then be divided into smaller groups each of which you will learn to make a typical local dish (Focaccia, homemade pasta and rice cake). At the end of the cooking lessons, the recipes will be explained to the rest of the groups and lunch will be served (including what has been taught). For each course, a wine that suits what you are eating will be provided so that you get a chance to taste a total of 1 white wine, 1 red wine and 1 sweet wine. Coffee is also served after you meal. At the end of your lunch, you’ll drive down to the famous Carrara for some free time before returning to your hotel.
A private vehicle with a driver will provide an airport transfer. 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.
In the historic centre of Rome, one of Conde Nast’s Top Cities, close to the train station, the new UNA Hotel Roma is characterized by a strong architectural design throughout its 6 floors. It features a restaurant and bar, and the hotel is only a few steps from the Opera Theatre and the Santa Maria Maggiore Church, and is minutes away from the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Quirinale, Altare della Patria, Piazza di Spagna, and the Pantheon.
The Art Hotel Commercianti offers guests a refined and high-class ambience characterized by classic style, where in addition to the splendour of a building of the 17th century, you can find every modern comfort and amenity, in order to make your stay an unforgettable experience in this charming, and elegantly unique city. Strategic situation only a few steps from the splendid Basilica of San Petronio, in the heart of Piazza Maggiore and in the centre of Bologna, the Art Commercianti Hotel provides an atmosphere that is typically medieval, with welcoming and fully-equipped rooms, perfect for a relaxing stay, furnished with class and style.
The magnificent Hotel Lungarno is conveniently located in Florence, just a stone’s throw away from the Ponte Vecchio. Imagine the most wonderful rooms and luxury suites, softened by beautiful light and surrounded by the reflections of the Arno River and the inspirational atmosphere of the medieval quarters of Florence. This luxurious accommodation was included as one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels, as selected by their readers. The great chef Beatrice Segoni invites you to sample her delightful interpretations over a lunch or dinner in the unforgettable Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant. The Picteau Bar in the lounge of this luxury hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee or a cocktail among original art by Picasso and Cocteau.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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November 06, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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