Upon arrival at Venice Airport, you will be greeted by your private English speaking assistant and driver with water taxi for a direct transfer to your hotel: Hotel Ca’ dei Conti 4****. We will book 1 Double classic Room. Check in and the rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight in Venice. Close your eyes and imagine a romantic and elegant 4-star hotel in the heart of Venice, just around the corner from St. Mark’s Square. You’re in the eighteenth century, in the middle of one of Europe’s most sophisticated cities, at the height of the Venetian Republic’s cultural expression: you’re coming out of a charming alleyway and cross a private bridge to an elegant historical residence, the Hotel Ca’ dei Conti. In the romantic intimacy that only certain secret corners of Venice can create, you settle down on the terrace, sip a drink and dreamily stare over the canal which, leisurely flowing like your imagination, reflects the mood of your private moment.
Day 2 – Venice: Walking tour
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by your private English speaking guide for a tour through the beautiful lagoon city.You will explore a wealth of hidden sights of this spectacular city not normally granted to visitors: you will discover an array of fascinating "campi" (squares), buildings and Venetian churches, which will reveal a lesser-known aspect of this incredible place. Allow yourselves to be soothed by the magical imperfection of the Venetian streets and cast under the spell of its evocative atmosphere. St. Mark's Basilica and its Piazza, known for being one of the most beautiful squares in the world, see the steamboats passing through the Canal Grande, the Doge's Palace (from outside) and the notorious Market of Rialto will all be also included in your tour, that has been here since the 13th century. Perfect for those of you that want their journey to be a unique and unforgettable experience. End of the tour and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 3 – Venice to Florence
After breakfast and check out from your hotel, you will meet your private English speaking assistant and your driver with a water taxi to transfer to the railway station. Here, you will take a fast train to Florence, approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival, you will reach your accommodation on your own, with a public taxi: Hotel Laurus Al Duomo 4****. We will book 1 Double classic Room. Check in and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Hotel Laurus al Duomo is located on the historic Via de’ Cerretani, just 70 meters from the Duomo and 150 meters from the Santa Maria Novella Central Station, within walking distance from the main Museums in Florence and the elegant streets of the historic city center. With a stunning rooftop terrace on the 6th floor, our guests can enjoy a private view of the Duomo of Florence from breakfast in the morning to sunset with cocktails and dinner. A rich menu of typical Tuscan products, along with a full wine list, and more, is available to our guests so that they may enjoy the city in all its splendor.
Day 4 – Florence: Walking Tour & Uffizi Gallery
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by your private English speaking guide for a pleasant walking tour of Florence. You will have the opportunity to observe from close up the priceless Duomo and the largest brick dome in the world, by Brunelleschi, stretching protectively over the Florentine Cathedral. Your walking tour will lead you to the Uffizi Gallery. The Gallery houses a superb collection of priceless art, the grand majority originating from the Medici familys’ private collection, also enriched over the centuries by endowments, exchanges and donations, amongst which an important group of religious art stands out, known as « arte sacra »resulting from the suppression of the monasteries and convents between the XVIII and XIX centuries. Here, you will find the richest collection in the world of works of the Tuscan school, Florentine in particular, among which: Cimabue, Michelangelo, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello. Plus the unique collection of works by Sandro Botticelli. At the end of the tour, you will have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 5 – Florence: Artisan Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by your private English speaking guide for a tour which will bring you to an artisans workshop in the heart of Florence where you will admire the masters at work continuing the tradition of mosaic stones started during the Renaissance. An art gallery with works entirely created by the ruling family with their expert hands. Your second stop will be a company that produces items in hand decorated paper with techniques inspired by the tradition of Old Tuscany. Items produced following methods and procedures in the best tradition of Italian craftsmanship. The marbleized papers are hand decorated using the XVII century technique "a la cuve". The books and other products are made with the papers produced by the company itself with the best traditional raw materials. Stationery and cards are all printed with great care using different techniques, on watermarked papers and traditional papers. The high level artisan production covers a variety of items: from the Mosaico Fiorentino to the art of perfumery starting in the 13th century. The owners were born and bred in Florence and have always been in touch with the artisan world in this city producing items with inspiration from Medeival traditions, it is for this reason that their articles never go out of style, but maintain their long lasting charm throughout the years. During your tour, we will also include a stop in a jewellers workshop, where you can admire the craftmanship. End of the tour and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 6 – Florence to Amalfi Coast
After breakfast and check out, you will reach on your own, with a public taxi, the Florence railway station where you will take a fast train to Naples. Upon arrival, you will meet your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to your hotel in Sorrento: Hotel Corallo 4****. We will book 1 Double superior room with sea view. Check in and the rest of the day at leisure. Located in the town of Sant’Agnello, just 2 km from the center of Sorrento, the Hotel Corallo is built on a cliff on the sea, with scenic terraces overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the Sorrento Peninsula. An elegant aristocratic home, the hotel was once a meeting point for intellectuals and artists, such as writer Luigi Pirandello, who stayed there in the Thirties. An exclusive blend of past and present, the hotel has 53 rooms, all elegantly furnished and equipped with a balcony or terrace with chaise lounges. The restaurant serves Mediterranean specialties from an à la carte menu featuring delicious, sophisticated dishes. Guests have access to the beach of La Marinella, just 50 m away, which can be reached via elevator or a walkway. Other facilities include a splendid infinity Jacuzzi on one of the scenic terraces, a solarium, a meeting room that can host up to 150 guests and a magnificent banquet hall.
Day 7 – Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Tour
After breakfast, you will be met by your private English speaking driver for a full day tour of the Amalfi coast. He will drive you along the enchanting route of the “Divine Coast”: on the way, you will have time to stop at the panoramic viewpoints to take some breathtaking pictures. Then, you will have time to wander around and relax on the top of Positano, a small village with Mediterranean styled white -washed houses covered with bright pink bougainvillea.. On the way to Amalfi, you will visit a Ceramic shop in Conca dei Marini with an incredible selection of their hand made pottery, typical to the area. At the end of your visit, your driver will bring you to the nearby Amalfi, one of the oldest Maritime Republics. At lunch time, you will have some free time at leisure. After lunch, you will enjoy a tour of the town and admire the magnificent and imposing facade of the cathedral of Saint Andrea with its unique Arab Norman and Romanesque Style. Later, your driver will escort you to Ravello for relaxing moments on the picturesque square where you will admire the magnificent panorama that has inspired poets, philosophers and lovers of beauty for centuries. After this tour, your driver will be ready to take you back to your hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 8 – Sorrento: Free Day
Breakfast at your hotel and free day to enjoy Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
After breakfast and check out from your hotel, you will be met by your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to the railway station in Naples. Here, you will take a fast train to Rome where upon arrival, you can make your own way to your hotel with a public taxi: Hotel Trevi Collection 4****. We will book : 1 Double classic Room. Check in and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 10 – Rome: Highlights of Rome and PM Tour of Vatican Museums or Ancient Rome
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by your private English speaking driver and discover the most important highlights of Rome: the world famous Fontana di Trevi, immortalized in various films ; make sure you do as the local legend says: toss coin into the fountain, right hand over left shoulder, so your wish to come back to Rome may come true. From here, you will head to the Spanish Steps and its Barcaccia, another famous Roman fountain made by the 17th century famous sculptor : Gianlorenzo Bernini, Rome is also known as the city of fountains, still using some of the Roman aqueducts bringing fresh water into the city. Carry on and you will make your way to Piazza del Pantheon, the most incredible Ancient Roman building still intact, dating from before Christ. The final stop will be at Piazza Navona, where you will be able to admire three more fountains: Fontana del Moro, Fontana del Nettuno and the most famous one in the middle of the square: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. Discover the popular legend about this fountain too. At the end of the tour, you will have some free time for lunch.
For the afternoon you can choose a tour, between the Vatican Museums Tour or the Ancient Rome .
- The Vatican Museums. There are no queues and no waiting in long lines as your specialist guide introduces you to the masterpieces of such great painters as Raffaello and Michelangelo. This is one of the greatest collections of art in the world, a collection gathered over the centuries by the Popes. You will gaze at the beautiful Cortile della Pigna ("Courtyard of the Pinecone") and the celebrated Raphael’s rooms from where you descend directly to the stunning Sistine Chapel frescoed by Michalangelo and finally you will have direct access into Saint Peter's Basilica, the largest Christian church in the world.
- Ancient Rome includes the ancient part of the Eternal city: the Colosseum and Roman Forum. With direct access to this remarkable landmark and no waiting in long lines; you will be awestruck even before entering. Once inside, your personal guide will bring to life the ancient world of the various emperors, noblemen, aristocrats, gladiators and wild beasts that once populated this building. At the end of the tour you will be free to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast and check out, you will meet your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to Rome Airport for your flight back home.