Day 1 - Arrival in Naples: transfer to Sorrento
Upon arrival at Naples airport (Napoli Capodichino) direct transfer with private car and English speaking driver to your charming hotel in Sorrento: Hotel Parco dei Principi 5*****. We will book 1 Double superior room with sea view. Check in at the hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Sorrento. Parco dei Principi is a prestigious 5-star hotel set in 3-hectare botanical garden overlooking the sea, in one of the most popular locations of the world. A few kilometers away there is the Sorrento city center and the port of Marina Piccola. Designed and built by the famous architect Giò Ponti in the 60s, the hotel is a masterpiece of contemporary art, featuring exclusive lines, perfect color play and meticulous attention to furnishings. The 96 rooms and suites offer majolica and ceramics tiles as well as original finishing. A path through tunnels in the rock leads from the hotel to the two private beaches equipped with solarium. Inside the gardens, surrounded by rare botanical specimens and open during summer, there is a saltwater pool, with an original diving board that seems to be suspended over the water. The culinary offering is sophisticate: seafood and meat dishes from the local and Mediterranean tradition, are prepared with top-quality and genuine ingredients. Prestigious wine cellar with Italian and foreign labels. 24-h fitness center, beauty and wellness treatments.
Day 2 – Sorrento - full day tour of the Amalfi Coast
After breakfast, you will be met by your private English speaking driver for a full day tour along the Amalfi coast along the enchanting route known as the “Divine Coast”: on the way, you will have stops from panoramic viewpoints to take some breathtaking pictures. Then, you will have time to discover and relax on the top of Positano, a small village with Mediterranean style white washed houses covered with bright pink bougainvillea. On the way to Amalfi, you will visit a Ceramic shop in Conca dei Marini, famous for their beautiful local pottery. You will then stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants in Amalfi (payment on the spot). After lunch, free time to wander through the labyrinth of streets and alleys and admire the magnificent and imposing facade of the cathedral of Saint Andrea with her 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 beauty lovers for many centuries. After this tour, your driver will be ready to take you back to your hotel in Sorrento. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Sorrento.
Day 3 – Sorrento: Transfer to Rome with stop in Pompeii
Breakfast and check out from the hotel. Your private driver will escort you to the main rail station in Naples. On the way you will stop at the excavations in Pompeii and enjoy a 2 hour tour with your private English speaking guide. You will admire the ruins of this famous city that, in AD 79 was submerged by lava and ashes from the nearby volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. You will be able to examine from close up the daily life of this Roman population and how it was devastated by one of the worst natural disasters in ancient history. The excavations of Pompeii are, due to their importance and relevance, the most visited archeological site in the world. Once in Naples, departure by train to Rome, which takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. At your arrival in Rome meet your private English speaking driver who will transfer you to your centrally located hotel: Hotel Degli Artisti 4****. We will book 1 Double Superior room. Check in and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Rome. Degli Artisti Hotel is a cozy, elegant 4-star hotel in the heart of Rome, in the lovely neighborhood of the Ludovisi district on the Pincian Hill, a stone’s throw from the city’s main destinations. It has 35 large rooms and suites all featuring classic furnishing, exquisite fabrics and modern technologies. The Terrace Bar, on the rooftop, serves drinks, aperitifs, cocktails and delicious dinners in an exclusive location overlooking the beautiful garden of Saint Isidores College. Highly-qualified staff is always ready to assist with anything guests might need, including tickets and reservations for shows, events or restaurants.
Day 4 - Rome full day tour of Ancient Rome including a traditional Roman lunch
You will meet your private English speaking driver at your hotel for a transfer to a unique ancient Roman site , a one of a kind experience. In this unique “museum” you will be able to discover the fascinating remains of a patrician "Domus" of Imperial Rome, belonging to powerful families, with mosaics, wall decorations, polychrome floors, paving blocks, and other remains, which has been further enhanced by a project curated by Piero Angela and a team of experts, including Paco Lanciano and Gaetano Capasso, who have recreated the past with virtual reconstructions, graphics and rendering. Visitors can see walls, rooms, peristyles, kitchens, baths, furnishings and decorations all come back to life, taking a virtual tour of a great Domus of Ancient Rome. A new important sector has been added to the archaeological zone and museum. Finally, a virtual reconstruction of the Trajan column gives you a close up look at the bas-reliefs and the story that tells us all about Trajan’s military campaign: the conquest of Dacia, present day Romania, named after the Romans. An extraordinary event that ended with the death of King Decebalus and the emperor’s triumph dating back to 106 DC. A unique and magnificent example of how the artistic heritage of antiquity, regenerated by careful and painstaking restoration, can be enhanced with the use of new technologies. After this visit you will be ready for your lunch, that will be served at a special restaurant not far from the site: here you will taste some typical local dishes. After lunch, you will meet your private guide and begin a walking tour of Ancient Rome that will start in the area of Colosseum and Imperial Fora. With direct access to this remarkable landmark and no waiting in long lines, you will be awestruck even before entering. Once inside, your guide will bring to life the ancient world of the various emperors, patricians, aristocrats, gladiators and wild beasts that once populated this building. You will then be accompanied to the nearby Roman Forum, known as the "heart" of ancient Rome, and the commercial, political and religious center. After the tour rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight in Rome.
Day 5 - Rome - Half day tour Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Tour by night
After breakfast meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and transfer by luxury car and private driver to the Vatican Museums There are no queues and no waiting 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 see the wonderful Cortile della Pigna ("Pinecone Courtyard" ), followed by one of the finest collections of antique Greek and Roman statues in the world. Be enchanted by the stunning vision of the Sistine Chapel and also direct access into Saint Peter's Basilica; a sacred place designed and executed by some of the greatest architects of the XVI century. After the visit, free time for lunch and rest of the afternoon at your leisure. In the evening enjoy a private tour of Rome by night. Meet your private English speaking driver in the hotel lobby; he will delight you with stories and legends and some history of the famous Roman monuments. You will be able to witness and appreciate these monuments as twilight descends upon Rome and you can savor, photograph and learn about their incomparable history by moonlight. Overnight in Rome
Day 6 - Rome to Florence/PM Florence half day guided walking tour including the Accademia Gallery
Breakfast and check out from your hotel. Direct transfer by private car to the train station for departure to Florence which will be approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. At your arrival a private car with English speaking driver will transfer you directly to your centrally located hotel: Hotel Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 4****. We will book 1 Double Grand Luxe Room. Check in and time at leisure. The Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni is a historic residence located in the heart of Florence, a short distance from the city's famous attractions, the places of interest and the luxury shopping streets. The hotel is housed in a tower-house built in the mid-12th century. Thanks to attentive restoration, it is an exclusive location with 24 rooms, decorated in Renaissance or classic style with frescoes, exquisite fabrics and furniture, canopy beds, soft tones finishings as well as opulent bathrooms. Almost all the rooms enjoy an enchanting view of the Arno River. Breakfast is served on fine Richard Ginori porcelain at the Salotto Sonoro, a refined ambience featuring panelings. The hotel also features panoramic terraces where guests can sample select cocktails, good wines and culinary delights. You will enjoy this unique view of Florence: The dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, the hills of Fiesole and Settignano, the Arno River, the Santa Trinita Bridge and Via Maggio, the church of San Miniato a Monte, Forte Belvedere designed by Buontalenti, the hill of Bellosguardo, Palazzo Vecchio, the bell tower of Santa Trinita: wherever you turn, Florence will show you all its splendor. In the afternoon, meet your private English speaking guide at the hotel for a visit of the Accademia Gallery, where the most symbolic work of Michelangelo is housed: Il David, an expression of beauty and physical perfection. The Gallery was first the location of an ancient Hospital, to then become an important place of study for the students of the Fine Arts Academy who would have been positively influenced by the masterpieces inside the Gallery. It also hosts other sculptures by Michelangelo and a collection of Renaissance paintings such as Il Ratto delle Sabine’ (The Rape of the Sabine Women), by Giambologna as well as ‘La Madonna ed il Bambino’ (Madonna and Child) and ‘la Madonna del Mare’(Madonna of the Sea) by Botticelli. Then, together with your guide you will have the chance to see close up the priceless Duomo and the famous dome by Brunelleschi, the largest brick dome in the world, stretching protectively over the Florence Cathedral. You will also see its splendid bell tower: the Campanile di Giotto. Following, the political center of the city will open its doors to us, offering you the chance to see Palazzo della Signoria, seat of the secularists' power later named Palazzo Vecchio, today seat of the municipality. After the visit spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 7 – Florence: Private Guided Tour of Uffizi Gallery
Breakfast at your hotel. Today your expert English speaking guide will accompany you to visit the famous Uffizi Gallery which houses a superb collection of priceless art, originating in great part from the Medici family private collection, enriched over the centuries by endowments, exchanges and donations, amongst which an important group of religious works stands out, 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. Without parallel is the collection of masterpieces by Sandro Botticelli. After the visit free time for lunch and afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Florence.
Day 8 – Florence/Cinque Terre - Full Day Guided Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Today your private English speaking driver will escort you on an enchanting tour of the Cinque Terre on a full day journey to discover the beauties of these ‘five lands’. The Ligurian Coast is a masterpiece of nature and part of Unesco that offers its visitors unique and breathtaking views; here you will find five little “jewels” - the Cinque Terre - the true “jewels” of the Mediterranean, sitting along a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. On today’s tour you will be chauffeured in a luxury car by your personal driver to La Spezia where you will meet your private guide and start your day tour from Riomaggiore. This southern-most village contains a very high concentration of houses in a small area, a distinctive feature giving the impression of a "tree" with its buildings as the branches. The tour continues on to Manarola: a region characterized by its colorful houses facing the sea, and its small intertwining streets connected by a network of stairways that lead to the little village. Next, perched atop a rock (or promontory) 90 meters high, you will visit the only hill of the Cinque Terre that is not directly on the sea: Corniglia. Here you will pause briefly to enjoy a lunch on your own (this is not included), and experience the incredible panoramic vistas beyond the area’s stunning terraced vineyards. Take time to explore, before continuing your journey to Vernazza, nestled in a breathtaking inlet whose shoreline features classic cultivated terraced grapevines. Finally, reach the idyllic village of Monterosso which is the farthest to the west and the most populated of the five Cinque Terre villages, it is situated in the center of this small natural bay. Once your tour of these pure locations draws to the end, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Florence where you can spend the rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Florence.
Day 9 - Florence to Venice with stop in Pisa
Breakfast and check out from the hotel . Your private driver will escort you to Pisa where you will meet your private English speaking guide: the tour will begin at the central Piazza dei Miracoli, famous for its Leaning Tower, but not only, you also have the Duomo and the Baptistry. Named after a Greek city (from where it’s believed the first inhabitants originated) Pisa will be yours to explore alongside your private guide. Thanks to its Tower, Pisa has become a symbol in Italy and around the world where it is often cited as one of the seven wonders of the medieval world and has fascinated film directors and location researchers alike. You will then, come back to Florence with your private car and transfer to the train station where you will get your fast train and reach Venice in about 2 hours. At your arrival in Venice you will meet your private English speaking assistant that will escort you to your water taxi for a Private transfer to your hotel: Hotel Liassidi Palace 4****. We will book 1 Junior Suite. Check in and the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Venice. The 4-star Liassidi Palace Hotel occupies a 15th century palazzo overlooking one of Venice’s finest old canals, the Rio di San Lorenzo ‘dei Greci’. A warm welcome awaits you from the staff, with a 24-hour “clef d’or” concierge service ready to respond to your every need. You will be captivated as soon as you step into the Zorzi-Liassidi Palazzo and experience the grand festival and concert hall on the upper floor, the magnificent internal courtyard and the sumptuous furnishings that hit the perfect balance between contemporary design and 18th century Venice; a fascinating blend that pervades the atmosphere throughout the hotel.
Day 10 - Walking tour of Venice highlights with Cicchetti tasting
After breakfast, you will be met by your private English speaking guide in the hotel lobby and start the perfect tour for those who want to discover the history of Venice starting from the most important site of the city: Saint Mark’s Square. Together with your guide, you will explore a wealth of hidden sights not normally granted to visitors of this spectacular city. Allow yourselves to be soothed by the magical imperfection of the Venetian streets and cast under the spell of its evocative atmosphere. You will visit also St. Mark's Basilica and its beautiful Piazza, the main monuments: Basilica (inside), Bridge of Sighs, Clock Tower and the Bell Tower. Later, you will visit the Doge’s Palace (with skip the line entrance tickets), the heart of the ancient Venetian government, a gothic masterpiece filled with paintings by Titian and Veronese, nick name for a painter from Verona. After a little break you will start an exciting walking tour, exploring hidden Venice, enjoying a delightful stroll along narrow passageways and alleys over delicate bridges and meandering round the canals. In the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa, the guide will discuss the development of the Venetian Architecture, as you admire its fine Medieval and Renaissances Palaces. In campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo you will admire the "St Mark’s school", the most beautiful well-head in Venice, the only source of water until the 1900’s and the church of San Giovanni e Paolo where many important Venetians were laid to rest. You will learn about illustrious Venetian characters like Marco Polo, visiting the palace where he lived. The visit will end at the Rialto bridge, symbol of Venice, with the incredible view of the Grand Canal. After your 4 hour tour, your guide will take you to discover Venice on a food tour, passing by the most hidden areas and canals of the lagoon city. Throughout the tour you will make some appetizing stops, enabling you to sample "i cicchetti" (classic Venetian appetizers) made with the best ingredients found in the city accompanied by well-known wines. A gastronomic and historical tour of this wonderful ancient city on the lagoon; perfect for those who want their journey to be unique, and have an unforgettable experience. End of the tour and rest of the day at leisure.
Day 11 – From Venice to Como with stop in Verona
After breakfast and check out from your hotel in Venice, transfer by water taxi to Piazzale Roma where your private English speaking driver will escort you to Verona to meet your private English speaking guide for a walking tour of this enchanting town. Your expert guide will tell you all about the wonders of this city. Starting in the historic center you will visit the Arena, a Roman amphitheater, where in summertime you can watch some opera at night time, before reaching the famous house of Juliet. This XIII century building is believed to be the house where Shakespeare's heroine lived. Your guided tour will continue with the lesser-known underground Verona. Venturing up to 9 meters below the city you will see many Roman remains and Archaeological finds that have been left where they were discovered. You will be fascinated by the allure of one of the most beautiful art cities in Italy. Free time for lunch and after lunch you will have a private transfer to your hotel in Como: Hotel Villa Flori 4**** . We will book 1 Double Superior room. Check in and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Como. HOTEL VILLA FLORI 4**** The hotel occupies an historic villa, one of the most beautiful on Lake Como. Built in the 19th century by the Marchese Raimondi and subsequently the coveted residence of a series of noble Lombard families, it was transformed into a hotel in 1958 and then completely renovated in 2011. Firstly, the aim of the restructuring was to preserve the nuances of the 19th-century atmosphere through the careful restoration of the delicate stucco work and enchanting floral frescoes, the gorgeous parquet floors and the details of the antique furnishings and fixtures. Secondly, the renovation made it possible to enhance the quality of hospitality with the most up-to-date comforts and facilities, from the lounge bar on the lake’s edge and hi-tech services in every room and suite to the fitness center and Turkish bath.
Day 12 – Lake Como and panoramic tour by cable railway (weather conditions permitting)
After breakfast you will meet your private driver at your disposal and your English speaking guide for a walking tour of the city. You will discover Piazza Cavour, San Fedele Square and once arrived in the lively Piazza Duomo the most important square of Como, you can contemplate the beauty of the impressive Cathedral; a masterpiece of architecture which interweaves a great variety of artistic and architectural styles. Walk with your guide and admire the beauty of the lake. From here your will depart for a panoramic tour by cable railway over the Lake to Brunate, a very popular holiday resort, the balcony of the Alps and from up there you will enjoy a stunning view and be able to shoot some unforgettable photos. After the tour spend the rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast and check out meet your private English speaking driver at the hotel for a direct transfer to your hotel in Milan: Spadari Duomo Hotel 4****. We will book 1 Double Superior room. Check in and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Milan. First of all, they offer the best possible hospitality, in which people are the most important thing, paying close attention to detail and seek the best products for guests, from breakfast to line of organic bathroom amenities. Secondly, they share what they like with our guests, from personal design style to contemporary art to the short stories that you will find in your room every evening. Lastly, they strive to continuously improve the hotel with better comfort, innovative services and reduced impact on the environment. The idea of an hotel that is a place where you can feel good right in the heart of Milan. Ideal location in the center of Milan.
Day 14 – Milan: Walking Tour with Visit of The Last Supper
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private English speaking guide and get ready for a walking tour of this fascinating city. Together with your guide, you will discover the cathedral, the Duomo, the main church of the city, home to the famous "Madunina", the golden statue of the Virgin Mary that inspired one of Milan's most popular folk songs. Close by the famous Vittorio Emanuele Gallery filled with plenty of elegant shops, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, bookstores, clothes shops etc, remember Milano is the height of fashion and elegance in Italy. The windows draw the local citizens and tourists attention, together with Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga; considered one of the shopping sites of Milanese luxury. Proceed then towards the famous Teatro alla Scala (outside visit), Castello Sforzesco, to end up your walking tour with a very important church classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: Santa Maria delle Grazie, famous for hosting the Last Supper, one of the most famous works by Leonardo Da Vinci. (this visit has to be reconfirmed at the moment of the reservations). End of the tour and free time for lunch at leisure.
After breakfast and check out meet your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to Milano Malpensa airport.