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Day 01: Arrival in Venice

Arrival in Venezia, La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic, city of canals and palaces. For a thousand years, the city was one of the most enduring mercantile sea powers on the face of the earth. On arrival at the Venice Airport a private boat will transfer you (LUGGAGE INCLUDED) at your hotel. In the evening a Gondola ride. Enjoy floating along the canals of Venice. Be captivated by the glamour and elegance of the city and its magnificent palaces and churches facing the Grand Canal.  Lunch and dinner at your own. Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 02: Venice   

Breakfast at your hotel.  In the morning, meet your English-speaking guide in S. Mark Square. Walking tour outdoors (no entries) through the most characteristic and important places for the history of Venice. Your qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the past full of charm of this unique city. An essential tour for the understanding of Venice! You can see the external of the Palazzo Ducale represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power.   The tour continuing in one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world!  ST.MARK. Enjoy this masterpiece of byzantine art, unique of its kind in Italy, with beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors.   Lunch at your own. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at your own and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 03:  VENICE at leisure

Breakfast at your hotel. Full day time at leisure. We suggest you to explore three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Torcello and Burano. Board a comfortable motorboat and speed along the Venetian Lagoon to three islands famous for  their handicrafts and architecture. You’ll cruise past the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore, San Servolo, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and Sant’Elena Gardens to Murano, divided into nine islets crossed by a wide canal. Known for its glassware shops and factories, Murano boasts a long and still-thriving tradition dating back to 1291, when glass artisans moved their kilns from the old city center. Explore the island on foot and stop at a glass factory to watch a skilled glass blower create works of art. Learn from your guide about Murano’s wealth in the 15th and 16th centuries when the island was central to Europe’s glass making. View the magnificent splendor of Murano’s palaces and Veneto-Byzantine style churches, some with mosaics and ornamental motifs designed in the 12th century, and catch a glimpse of San Michele – Venice’s 19th-century cemetery – across the water. Before re-boarding the boat, you'll have time to visit a museum showcasing the world-famous Murano glass. When you reach the island of Torcello – established between the 5th and 6th centuries and the earliest center of civilization in the Venetian Lagoon – you’ll see evidence of the island’s glorious past as it once flourished with ornate palaces and churches. First, view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century. Your guide will also show you the excavated remains of the circular baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca, which showcases a delightful portico and striking Byzantine interior.Afterward, journey to the island of Burano and admire the picturesque fishermen's houses painted in bright pastel colors. In this miniature Venice, you’ll find the famous lace – abundant since the 16th century and once considered the most refined in Europe. Browse local shops and find lace on display at a museum dedicated to the craft of lace making before your guide returns you to Venice. Lunch and dinner at you own. Ovenight  

 

 

Day 4:  Asolo and Prosecco Hills -  Florence

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer by private boat to Piazzale Roma. Meet  your personal driver and  departure by private car  for a full day excursion to the Prosecco Hills. First stop in Asolo, the “town of a hundred horizons” loved by poets and artists. Inside the city walls the tour proposes Piazza Maggiore,  the Duomo and the Loggia del Capitano. Going back to the town centre, the House of Eleonora Duse and  the medieval Church of  S. Anna (16th century). After the visit the tour goes on along the Strada del Vino Bianco (White Wine Route) passing through Valdobbiadene, the capital of the Prosecco area . Stop at the good  winery to visit and tasting of sparkling wine and local products. After the wine tasting visit the tiny village of Follina with its  famous Cistercian Abbey, dating from the twelfth century, one of the most important examples of Romanesque architecture  in the Marca territory. Will follow the  visit of  an ancient watermill fully restored and placed in an area of rare beauty. Tasting of Passito of Refrontolo”  ( local red wine )  mentioned by Mozart in the opera "Don Giovanni”. Transfer to  Venice Mestre.  Departure by fast train to Florence (journey time: about 2 hour). Private transfer to your 4* hotel.  Dinner on your own and overnight.

 

Day 5: Florence

After breakfast admission at Uffizi Museum. This palace, located between Piazza delle Signorie and the river Arno, was built by the architect Vasari and was once administrative offices. Today however, it houses one of the finest collections of Italian art in general, and Florentine art in particular, in the world. Here you will find masterpieces of the Renaissance such as ‘L’ Annunciazione’ by Leonardo da Vinci, ‘La Sacra Famiglia’ by Michelangelo, ‘La Primavera’ by Botticelli as well as masterpieces by artists such as Raffaello, Tiziano, and Caravaggio. At the end continue to the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore) with the Cupola by Brunelleschi and the Bell Tower designed by Giotto (one of the most important in Italy, and decorated entirely inside with black and white marble), which dominate the city from their imposing heights. At the end time at leisure. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 06: FLORENCE

Breakfast at the hotel. Time at leisure in Florence. We suggest to visit the Accademia Gallery to admire the Michelangelo's masterpiece. Dinner on your own and overnight.

 

Day 7: SIENA – SAN GIMIGNANO – CHIANTI CELLAR - ROME

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the English-speaking guide and departure by private car towards San Gimignano, a perfectly preserved medieval town declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. At the end of the visit drive along the scenic roads of the Chianti where you will enjoy a wine tasting and light lunch consisting of typical Tuscan products. The tour goes on to Siena, the city of the Palio horserace. The itinerary includes the old town centre, which will take you to the city’s most important monuments and squares such as Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race takes place, and Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the magnificent Cathedral. After the visit a red wine tasting at Chianti cellar. At the end way, back to Florence rail station and departure by fast train to Rome (journey time: about 1 hr. and 30 minutes). At the arrival, private transfer to your 4* hotel. Dinner at your own. Time at leisure and overnight.

 

Day 8: ROME

Breakfast at the Hotel.  Meet your English-speaking guide at the main entrance of Vatican Museums.  The itinerary includes the Cortile della Pigna, so named for the huge bronze pine cone, located in the courtyard, from the Roman Age; the Cortile del Belvedere which houses many statues from the Greco-Roman era; the Hall of the Muses, where you can admire the "Torso del Belvedere" ( a fragment of an ancient statue of Apollonius); the Round Hall, famous for its golden statues of Hercules and Adriano and the porphyry basin of Nero's Domus Aurea (Golden House); in the Greek Cross Hall, which houses the two porphyry sarcophagi belonging to Santa Costanza  and Santa Elena, daughter and mother of Emperor Costantine the Great; the Room of the Immaculate Conception and the famous Raphael Rooms where you will be enraptured with the frescoes as "The School of Athens" and "Liberation of St. Peter". The tour ends inside the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s masterpiece. With special access, you’ll exit the Vatican Museums directly from the Sistine Chapel, skipping long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica. Once inside the greatest church in the world you will admire unique masterpieces from different artists and eras, such as the famous "Pieta" of Michelangelo and then again works of Bernini and Canova. Lunch on your own. Time at leisure. Dinner on your own and overnight.

Day 09: ROME

Breakfast at the Hotel.  Time at leisure. Lunch and dinner at your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 10: ROME - AMALFI COAST – ROME (by train and car)

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Railways station, take the train and reach Naples. You will meet your private driver for a full day excursion to Amalfi, the oldest Marine Republic, the symbol of the Amalfi Coast. Its Roman origin is testified by some archaeological remains of the imperial period as the nymph of a villa dating from the time of Emperor Tiberius. Its decline began in 1137 when he was beaten and robbed by the rival Pisa republic. The mild climate and beautiful architecture made Amalfi one of the favorite stops of Ferdinand II of Bourbon, who did make the coastal road from Vietri sul Mare to Positano. The deep sense of Mediterranean architecture revealed by their white houses, alleys and watchtowers. Continue the tour to the Costiera Amalfitana. Lunch at a typical restaurant or in a cellar. Return to the Naples Railways and by train back to Rome. Dinner at your own. Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 11 – Day 12: ROME

Breakfast at the Hotel.  Time at leisure for individual visits. Lunch and dinner at your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 13: DEPARTURE

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer by private car to the Fiumicino airport. Departure

 
 

Rate per person:    € 3.250.00

 

The rate includes:

 

  • 3 Nights at 4* hotel in Venice
  • 3 Nights at 4* hotel in Florence
  • 6 Nights at 4* hotel in Rome  
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from Venice airport to Venice hotel by private boat (porterage included)
  • HD English speaking guide in Venice
  • Transfer from Venice hotel to Piazzale Roma by   private boat. (porterage included)
  • Full day excursion to Prosecco Hills by private car
  • 1st class rail ticket from Venice to Florence  
  • Private transfer from Firenze Rail station to the hotel porterage included
  • Admission to Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Museum, Opera del Duomo Museum, Giotto’s bell, Baptistery.
  • Private transfer from hotel in Florence to railway station, porterage included
  • 1st class rail ticket from Florence to Rome
  • Private transfer from Roma Rail station to the hotel porterage included
  • FD English speaking guide in Rome
  • Admission to Vatican Museum
  • Return transfer Hotel in Rome – Termini Railways Station
  • 1st class return rail ticket Rome Naples Rome
  • FD private car with driver from Naples Railways to Amalfitana Coast (max 8 hours)
  • Lunch or rich tasting at the Amalfi Coast
  • Private transfer from hotel in Rome at Rome airport, porterage included
  • Vat and service charge

 

What's NOT Included

  • lnt.l flights
  • Expenses  of personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any items specifically not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks
  • City taxes

 

 

 

This programs are based on time-tables, exchanges, transport fees, ground services costs into force on January 2017. Any increase of the tariffs will be reflected in the price of services.