Enchanting Italy

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Day 1

Upon arrival into Rome, after completing immigration and customs formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall.  Here you will be met by a Luxury Trips representative for your private road transfer to Palazzo Manfredi where you will be staying for four nights. 

Later, in the afternoon you will go on an introductory Vespa tour to discover the highlights of Rome.  This tour is both lots of fun and really safe as each one of you will travel with your own driver/guide on a Vespa- a 2-3 hour tour that will help you discover the highlights of Rome!

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Day 2

Enjoy the morning at your leisure to sleep in and have a relaxing breakfast. 

Later, in the afternoon you will go on a food tour of one of the most colorful neighborhoods of Rome, the Trastevere, and discover the delicious food that Italy offers. 

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Day 3

Today, you will go on a full day private tour.

Beginning at the Roman Forum and the Colosseum including a visit of its underground followed by a visit to the old Appian way to see the Catacombs. The Catacombs are one of the most fascinating witnesses of early Christianity in ancient Rome: these underground burials and sites of worship of the first Christians allow you to walk back in time and are packed with fascinating ruins. Along the Appian way you will be able to see and feel the many traces of Ancient Rome glory: from the ruins of the baths of Caracalla to the tomb of Cecilia Metella and more. 

 

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Day 4

Enjoy a tour of the Vatican. 

A really unique experience that will begin with super early access to the Sistine chapel at 7:30 AM to see the chapel almost entirely on your own.  After the visit, you will proceed to  Castelgandolfo, the official Summer residence for the Popes since the XVI century, where you will visit the Apostolic Palace including the Papal private apartments with stunning views over the gracious Albano Lake.  Next you will explore the famous Barberini gardens, refined example of Italian style landscaped sculpture, on board an eco-vehicle.

Finally, you will reach the Pope’s farm: the “Fattoria delle Ville Pontificie“, a 55-hectare estate including stables, hen houses, orchards, gardens, citrus groves, a vineyard, spices garden, an olive grove and a dairy farm.

The Chef will welcome you with antipasti and prosecco (or soft drinks) before starting a cooking class to learn how to make fresh pasta and Italian dessert.  Lunch will be served with the food they will have prepared and local wines.

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Day 5

At the appointed time, you will be collected for your private transfer to the train station and take a direct high speed train to Florence.  Upon arrival in  Florence, you will have a private transfer to Hotel St. Regis where you will stay for four nights. 

In the afternoon/evening, you will be collected by an expert guide to explore the “dark side” of Florence, learning about the legends and mysteries -including scandals and violence that characterized Florence during the Medieval Age.  You will learn about a time of treason, feuds, tragedy and assassination… not without reason Dante sent many of his fellow citizens to one of the seven circles of Hell….

 

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Day 6

Enjoy a Private Florence Food and Museum Tour. 

After yesterday’s doom and gloom stories, it will be time to see the city of Florence under a new light… and what better way than beginning your day with a visit of the Accademia Gallery to admire its masterworks, followed by a visit to the renown Market of St Lorenzo, to sample all the delicious delicacies that Tuscany can offer: cheeses, truffles, olive oil, pastries, cured meat… a feast for the senses! 

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Day 7

Today you will go on a Tuscan Countryside Tour. 

With an expert driver/guide, you will discover astonishing Monteriggioni, a fortress crowned with towers which was known to be impregnable and has indeed survived the centuries, a perfectly preserved jewel characterized by high fortified walls today.  

Then you will drive to a traditional Tuscan farm and learn how to make cheese in an active way, a  fun hands-on experience for all the family! After having prepared your own cheese you’ll sit down and savor a light lunch in the farm’s dining room. 

After lunch, it is time to explore the famous medieval hill town of towers, San Gimignano.

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Day 8

Today, we suggest an early start, and a private transfer to the region of  Cinque Terre, so that you can make the most of your time in this beautiful region.

Upon arrival in Cinque Terre, a private boat will be at your disposal to tour the coast and discover the different villages – if you wish you can include snorkeling or fishing activities.

In the evening, return to Florence. 

 

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Day 9

In the morning, you will take a direct high speed train from Florence to Verona, where you will check in to Due Torri Hotel where you will stay for one night. 

In the afternoon you will discover the city of Verona with an expert guide, including the “Romeo and Giulietta” highlights: the house of Juliet, the manor of the Montegues (Romeo’s famiy)… a tragic story that will forever be the epitome of romance. 

In the evening another extraordinary once in a lifetime experience, as you get to attend a unique performance of the majestic Opera Aida at the most breathtaking setting, the Arena of Verona.

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Day 10

After breakfast, you will be collected for a private transfer to the train station where you will take a high speed direct train to Venice.  On arrival, you will be transferred to Hotel Danieli where you will stay for two nights.

In the evening, enjoy a private gondola ride. 

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Day 11

Your trip will end with a flourish, exploring both sides of Venice– the morning will bring  a light and joyful tour of the channels and the lagoon, along with an introduction to the history and legends of La Serenissima when La Republica dominated all the maritime commerce… with a private guide and private boat you will revel in the dream of a gilded past.

The afternoon you will learn about the history of the plague. The Black Death originated either in China or Central Asia in the 1330s, traveling along the Silk Road, and reaching the Black Sea by 1346. From there, it was carried into the Mediterranean (and then throughout Europe) by Genoese merchant ships returning home. 

Venice, a large commercial emporium was, of course, at high risk of contagion. Between 1348 and 1509 the survival of Venice, the Most Serene Republic, was periodically challenged by the Black Plague, which struck the city and its territories 28 times!. The tour will end with a visit of a masque factory, where you will learn about the special clothes and masks that the doctors wore during the plague- and that nowadays are replicated for the famous Venice Carnivals.

As a special exclusive souvenir, you will choose and paint their own personal Venetian Masque!

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Day 12

After an early breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel by a Luxury Trips representative, for your private road transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Return home, taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible family vacation!

Included

  • Luxury Trip’s local reps available 24/7 while traveling;
  • Services of local guides and staff;
  • Air/ground transfers as specified;
  • Accommodation taxes, applicable tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Government Sales Tax (GST)
  • All accommodation as specified;
  • Excursions/activities as specified;
  • Luxury Trip’s final documentation.

 

Excluded

  • Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified;
  • Any scheduled flights and related taxes not specified;
  • Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance – which is essential;
  • Staff gratuities;
  • Any new gov. taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
  • Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;
  • International airfare.