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Best of Italy Tour #04

 

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive in Milan, Best of Milan Tour Overnight in  Milan

Day 2 Cenacolo Tour, Milan By Night Overnight in Milan

Day 3 Milan to Venice – chauffeur service Overnight in Venice

Day 4 Doge’s Palace Tour, Venice By Night Overnight in Venice

Day 5 Venice to Florence – chauffeur service Overnight in Florence

Day 6 Uffizi Tour, Florence By Night Overnight in Florence

Day 7 Florence to Rome – chauffeur service Overnight in Rome

Day 8 Vatican Tour, Rome By Night Overnight in Rome

Day 9 Transfer to FCO, goodbye Italy!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

*Experience the bustling business, cultural, and fashion capital of Milan

*Explore Venice’s canals & grand palaces of La Serenissima

*Experience the jewel of the Renaissance, Florence

*Discover Rome’s history, art and great food of the capital of Italy

* Stop on the way and brief visit in Verona, Ravenna and Chianti region

Entrance fees of the highlights as listed in the itineraries are included

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1 Arrive in Milan, Best Tour of Milan

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan International Airport Malpensa, then transfer to the Hotel Rosa Gran – Starhotels Collection.Breathe the best of Milan. With your private guide you will visit the Duomo-Cathedral of Milan. The facade of the Duomo is a set of pillars, spires and statues in marble of Candoglia. The marble blocks were transported for hundred kms by the river from the cave to Milan. Second appointment to La Scala Theatre, worldwide recognized as Temple of Opera. Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Toscanini, Callas, Muti, Abbado, Béjart, Fracci, Bolle are just a few of the many artists who have made the history of the Theatre whose tradition is transmitted by the Academy of La Scala.The last stop is at Sforza Castle built by Francesco Sforza Duke of Milan in 15th century. Visit the rooms and the art collection of the lords of the Renaissance in Milan … the Sforza.

What’s included:

• Private Transfer from Apt Mxp to the Hotel Rosa Gran – Starhotels Collection

• 3 hours private chauffeur service, pick-up/drop-off at your Hotel

• 3 hours private multi language speaking guide

• Dinner in the Hotel

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

Day 2 Cenacolo Tour, Milan By Night

When you arrive to Milan you can’t miss a trip into the historical and artistic heart of the city. With your private guide and your skip-the-line-ticket you will have an easy access to the Duomo-Cathedral of Milan and to the amazing masterpiece of Leonardo Da Vinci, the “Last Supper”. The facade of the Duomo is a set of pillars, spires and statues in marble of Candoglia. The marble blocks were transported for hundred kms on the river from the cave to Milan. The “Last Supper” is not properly a fresco because Leonardo painted it with a mixed technique but the result is amazing. It shows the final meal of Jesus Christ with the twelve Apostles. In the evening enjoy a panoramic tour of Milan by night with chauffeur service and an exclusive dining experience in a trandy and cool restaurant in the center of the city.

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• 3 hours chauffeur service, pick-up/drop-off at your Hotel

• 3 hours multi language speaking guide

• Skip the line ticket to Leonardo’s Da Vinci masterpiece “Last Supper”, Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan Duomo (excluding Sunday)

• 3 hours private chauffeur service by night, pick-up/drop-off at your Hotel

• Dinner in a typical restaurant (beverages excluded)

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

Day 3 Milan to Venice with stop in Verona

Your private driver will be waiting for you and you will travel comfortably to Venice. During the transfer you’ll have an en-route stop in Verona. You will meet your official local guide and start a walking tour in the charming center of Verona. Starting from Piazza Bra, the city’s biggest square which holds the Arena, the world’s most well-preserved Roman amphitheatre. You will then cross the Victory Bridge and enter the heart of the city through the Roman Borsari gate. After you’ll reach Piazza delle Erbe, the famous market square and Piazza dei Signori (also named Dante’s Square). Next you will see the Scaliger Tombs and of course Juliet’s house. Here, inside the courtyard, you will see the famous balcony with the walls underneath covered in love notes. After the visit of Verona the trip will then conclude with the transfer to the car terminal in Venice. Discover not only one the most important art city in Italy, but also one of the world’s most sought-after destinations owing to its beauty, its uniqueness, and its culture: Venice. Start your stay in Venice the easy and stylish way with a private water taxi transfer from Piazzale Roma to the Hotel Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collection. Sit back and relax as you speed past the spectacular scenery of the Venetian Lagoon and canals in your comfortable, private ride.

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• Private Transfer from the Hotel Rosa Gran – Starhotels Collection to Venice car terminal Piazzale Roma

• 3 hours multi language speaking guide in Verona

• Lunch in a typical restaurant in Verona (beverages excluded)

• Private Transfer by private water taxi from Venice car terminal Piazzale Roma to the Hotel Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collection

• Dinner in the Hotel

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

Day 4 Doge’s Palace Tour, Venice By Night

You will meet your private guide at your Hotel for a 2 hours walking tour. The Doge’s Palace in its Gothic Architecture awaits you and with your skip-the-lineticket you will have a privileged access. In the past it was the luxurious and sumptuous Doge’s residence nowadays is the most important Museum in Venice. You will see the Hall of the Great Council, Sala dello Scrutinio, the Doge’s apartments, the Museo dell’Opera the Stairs of Gold and the Palace Armory and Prisons. Take a picture of Bridge of Sighs and have easy access into the Saint Mark’s Basilica. It was built in 820 to preserve Saint Mark’s relics back from Alexandria.

In the evening enjoy a dinner in one of the best restaurant in Venice, in an intimate yet delightful location to experience authentic Venetian cuisine with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• 2 hours multi language speaking guide, meet the guide at your hotel (walking tour)

• Skip the line tickets to the Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica

• Dinner in a typical restaurant (beverages excluded)

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

Day 5 Venice to Florence with stop in Ravenna

Meet your private water taxi at your Hotel at a prearranged time. Sit back and relax as you speed past the spectacular scenery of the Venetian Lagoon and canals in your comfortable, private ride to the Venice car terminal Piazzale Roma. A comfortable and luxury transfer will take you from Venice to the Renaissance Cradle Florence, with a stop on the way to visit Ravenna, the Byzantine gem rich of remarkably well preserved mosaics, with the beautiful Basilica of S.Apollinare, the Duomo and its marvelous square and the Mausoleo di Galla Placidia. Ravenna is also the city where the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri spent the last years of his life. Dante’s tomb is in Ravenna and contains the poet’s remains.After a walk through the historic center with its unique churches and mausoleums, learn the secrets of Emilian traditional cuisine in a full typical lunch and live an authentic culinary experience in Ravenna. The city is not only for mosaics lovers but also for those passionate about authentic Italian regional food.After lunch you will return to your vehicle and continue to Florence. Enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful and romantic cities, while your personal chauffeur will take you to the Hotel Helvetia & Bristol – Starhotels Collection.

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• Private Transfer by motorboat from the Hotel Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collection to Venice car terminal Piazzale Roma

• Private Transfer from Venicecar terminal Piazzale Roma to Florence Hotel Helvetia & Bristol – Starhotels Collection

• 3 hours multi language speaking guide in Ravenna

• Lunch in a typical restaurant in Ravenna (beverages excluded)

• Dinner in the Hotel

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

Day 6 Uffizi Tour, Florence By Night

Spend a wonderful half day in the heart of italian art and culture. The tour begins with an uphill road to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most beautiful view of Florence and continues with an external visit of Santa Croce Curch, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. With skip-the-line-ticket you will have your easy access to the Uffizi Gallery. The Gallery is located inside a large building designed by Giorgio Vasari and built between 1569 and 1580. You will meet a concentration of amazing masterpieces of Giotto, Botticelli, Mantegna, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Piero della Francesca. In the evening enjoy a truly magical night-time experience in Florence with your own private driver while he take you to an ancient and fascinating quarter of Florence, Oltrarno, in a typical Florentine tavern that has been converted from an ancient wine cellar.

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• 3 hours chauffeur service, pick-up/drop-off at your Hotel

• 3 hours multi language speaking guide

• Skip-the-line-ticket to Uffizi Gallery

• 3 hours private chauffeur service by night, pick-up/drop-off at your Hotel

• Dinner in a typical restaurant (beverages excluded)

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

 

Day 7 Florence to Rome with stop in San Gimignano

Meet your private driver at your Hotel at a prearranged time, ready to travel to Rome, the Eternal City that has no rivals when it comes to beauty, history, art, nature, parks, architecture and monumentality. A comfortable and luxury transfer will take you from Florence to with a stop on the way to visit San Gimignano in the Chianti region. Once in San Gimignano, other than admiring the famous towers, you can also see the “Duomo” or Collegiate Church, the “Palazzo del Popolo”, the “Palazzo Nuovo del Podestà” (which is now the town hall), S. Agostino Church, the Museum of Holy Relics, and the infamous Museum of Torture, which displays early instruments of torture and reminds everyone that cruelty and violence existed even way back then. On a lighter note, there are numerous shops which sell local products including the “Vernaccia” wine for which San Gimignano is also famous.Get a taste of the Tuscan countryside with a lunch of seasonal Tuscan delicacies in a typical restaurant. After your visit to Chianti, your driver could take you to your destination, the Caput Mundi, Rome. Your daily transfer ends at the Hotel d’ Inghilterra – Starhotels Collection.

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• Private Transfer from the Hotel Helvetia & Bristol – Starhotels Collection to Rome Hotel d’ Inghilterra – Starhotels Collection

• 3 hours multi language speaking guide in San Gimignano

• Lunch in a typical restaurant in San Gimignano (beverages excluded)

• Dinner in the Hotel

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

 

Day 8 Vatican Tour, Rome By Night

Discover the wonders of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. They are considered monuments of world culture and Skip the line ticket allows to have your planned entry. With your private guide you visit the Candelabra Gallery, the Tapestry Gallery, the Geographical Map Gallery, be charmed by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel the Last Judgement, and hear from your guide the stories about the renowned “School of Athens”. Then marveling at the treasures inside St. Peter’s Basilica, from Bernini’s enormous bronze altar to Michelangelo’s Pietá.

In the evening enjoy a truly magical night-time experience in Rome with your own private driver while he take you to the Trastevere neighborhood for a typical dinner at an osteria or a trattoria.

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• Return transfer by chauffeur service, pick-up/drop-off at your hotel

• 4 hours multi language speaking guide

• Skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

3 hours private chauffeur service by night, pick-up/drop-off at your Hotel

• Dinner in a typical restaurant (beverages excluded)

• Overnight stay in a Classic Room

 

 

Day 9 Transfer to FCO, goodbye Italy!

Your journey in Italy will end after breakfast, with a transfer to the Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci airport to catch your flight home or to your next destination. Arrivederci!

What’s included:

• Breakfast in the Hotel

• Private Transfer from the Hotel d’ Inghilterra – Starhotels Collection to Rome Fiumicino International Airport Leonardo da Vinci

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