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Bella Italia: Luxury Private Tour of Italy's Must-See Locations Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01434
  • Type : Private
  • Duration : 15 days
  • Departs from : Marco Polo Airport

Description

In 15 days, this tour will take you to the country's most-popular destinations and 9 of its incredible UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The tour begins in Venice, where you will visit the city on foot and by boat, enjoy a gondola ride and head out into the lagoon to tour the other islands.

Cross the country to Cinque Terre by 1st class train and stay in the village of Monterosso.  From here you can hike the trails between the picturesque fishing villages or take a more leisurely route by ferry.

One of our English-speaking drivers will take you down to Florence, stopping along the way in northern Tuscany to visit Pisa and Lucca.  In Florence, tour the city, see Michelangelo's famous David and enjoy peaceful evenings on the banks of the Arno, then spend a day in the Chianti region of Tuscany.  

Catch a fast-train down to Rome where you will tour the Italian capital by night, discover the secrets of the Vatican and the world of the ancient Roman emperors.

From the heart of the Roman Empire, to the daily life of Pompeii, forever frozen in time for us to discover, then on to the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast, where you will enjoy private tours of the coastal towns and the island of Capri.

This tour is completely private and can be adapted in any way to ensure you have your dream holiday, so should you wish to spend longer in Tuscany, or upgrade to 5-star accommodation throughout, we will be happy to assist you.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Venice & Gondola Ride

Where we visit : Venice
When you fly into Venice, one of our drivers will meet you to take you to Venice city, where a water taxi will take you to the private port of Hotel Locanda Vivaldi.

In the afternoon, let your first impression of Venice be one of old world romance, with the magical experience of a private gondola ride.  Afterwards, you could take an optional food or wine tour, or just enjoy wandering the streets  in the peace of the evening as the crowds leave for the night.

Overnight at Hotel Vivaldi.
Meals : Not applicable
 

Day 2 - Secret Venice: Walking Tour and Doge's Palace

Where we visit : Venice
This morning enjoy an introductory tour of Venice and its highlights with a local guide who will bring the city to life for you.  The tour will include visits to the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, where you experience the final view prisoners got of the lagoon as they walked through the Bridge of Sighs on their way to prison.

Enjoy an afternoon of leisure to visit some of the city's other museums or escape the crowds and explore some of the lesser visited parts of the island.

Overnight at Hotel Vivaldi.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 3 - Venice Lagoon and Islands

Where we visit : Venice
Today enjoy a relaxing tour, away from the crowds with a privately guided tour of the Lagoon and the other islands.  Highlights of the tour include the brightly painted houses of Burano, the famous glass-works of Murano and the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta on Toricello with its wonderful Byzantine mosaics.

Overnight at Hotel Vivaldi.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 4 - Transfer to Cinque Terre

Where we visit : Venice, Cinque Terre
After breakfast, a water taxi will take you to the train station for your trip to Cinque Terre.

When you arrive, check into the Hotel Porto Roca, then enjoy the rest of the day to yourselves relaxing on the beach, or visiting the town of Monterosso.

Overnight at Hotel Porto Roca.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 5 - Explore the Cinque Terre

Where we visit : Cinque Terre
Today hike the trials between the five villages, or travel easily between them by boat or train.  There's no need for a guide, just enjoy the peace, quiet and spectacular views.

Overnight at Hotel Porto Roca.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 6 - Transfer to Florence via Lucca and Pisa

Where we visit : Cinque Terre, Lucca, Florence
This morning, one of our English-speaking drivers will pick you up for the trip to Florence.  On the way, stop in Lucca and Pisa, where you will have the option to climb the world-famous tower (ticket not included).

The driver will drop you at the Hotel Plaza Lucchesi where you will spend the night.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tasting
 

Day 7 - Florence

Where we visit : Florence
After breakfast at the hotel, a local guide will meet you in the lobby for a private tour of the city.  During your tour, the guide will tell you about the history of the city and the powerful families who influenced its development and patronized some of the greatest artists who ever lived. 

The tour lasts 4hrs and includes a visit to the Accademia Gallery.  Upon request, this can be extended into a full-day tour, including the Uffizi Gallery as well.

Overnight at Hotel Plaza Lucchesi.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 8 - Day Tour of Tuscany

Where we visit : Tuscany
Tuscany is famed for its wine-production and beautiful countryside, and you'll have plenty of opportunity to see both today.

In the morning one of our driver-guides will pick you up for your tour.  During the day, you'll visit some of Tuscany's loveliest towns, including Siena.  In each town, you will have time to visit the center and taste the local products, before returning to the car.  The local driver will advise you on the best place to stop for lunch during your tour and bring you back to the hotel in the evening.

Overnight at Hotel Plaza Lucchesi.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 9 - Transfer to Rome

Where we visit : Florence, Rome
Following breakfast, say goodbye to Florence.  A driver will take you to the station where you will catch the high speed train to Rome.

On arrival in Rome, a driver will be waiting to take you to the Hotel Locarno, near the Tiber River.  You will have the afternoon to explore this lovely part of the city, including the Villa Borghese park which offers a wonderful view of the city.

In the evening, a driver will meet you at a location of your choice (hotel, restaurant etc) for a night tour of the city.  At night Rome's monuments are beautifully lit and this tour will give you the chance to see them without the crowds that fill the center during the day, take some wonderful photos and start to understand the geography of the city.

Overnight at the Hotel Locarno.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 10 - Vatican City

Where we visit : Vatican City
Today a driver will pick you up and take you to Vatican City where your guide will be waiting for you with VIP tickets so you can enter without waiting.  First you will visit the magnificent Vatican Museums, walking through the collection of art amassed over the centuries by successive pontiffs which finishes with the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's two monumental frescoes.

Then walk straight into the Basilica of St. Peter's through the special entrance which allows you to skip the security line.  As the guide tells you the incredible story of the basilica's construction, marvel at the opulence around you and the amazing works of art by the likes of Michelangelo and Bernini.

The tour finishes outside in Bernini's square, designed to embrace the faithful who travel here.  A driver can meet you and take you back to the hotel, or you can wander into the center or nearby Trastevere for lunch.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel Locarno.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 11 - Ancient Rome

Where we visit : Rome
This morning's tour will take you to the heart of the ancient city.  Starting from your hotel, your driver will take you to the Colosseum, the symbol of Rome down the centuries, to meet your guide.  The tour will include VIP entry to the Colosseum, a walk through the forum and a visit to the Palatine Hill.  Upon request, this tour can be extended to a full day and include other sites and monuments, such as the Mouth of Truth, Circus Maximus, Baths of Caracalla and the Appian Way.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the Hotel Locarno.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 12 - Transfer to the Amalfi Coast

Where we visit : Rome, Amalfi Coast and Naples
In the morning, our driver will take you back to the railway station for your trip down to Naples.  

From Naples, a private driver will take you to the Amalfi Coast, with a stop along the way to visit the archeological site of Pompeii.  A local guide will walk you through the site, showing you the highlights of the town where life abruptly stopped in August 79AD.

Your journey will stop in the beautiful town of Positano on the Amalfi Coast, where you will stay at the 5-star Hotel Covo dei Saraceni.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 13 - Private Tour of the Amalfi Coast

Where we visit : Amalfi Coast
Today will be dedicated to exploring the towns which enjoy one of the most enviable views in all of Italy.  Your local driver-guide will take you to the towns which include Amalfi with its wonderful cathedral and Ravello, where you can stop and visit the gardens at Villa Rufolo.  

Overnight at the Hotel Covo dei Saraceni.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 14 - Private Tour of Capri

Where we visit : Capri
Today head out to one of Italy's most famous, and glamorous islands on a private tour of Capri.  Leaving from the port at Positano, you will enjoy a tour around the island, including the Blue Grotto.  The tour will continue onland where you will visit the towns of Capri and Anacapri before returning to Positano in time for dinner.

Overnight at Hotel Covo dei Saraceni.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 15 - Departure from Naples

Where we visit : Amalfi Coast and Naples
After breakfast at the hotel, your driver will meet you at the hotel and take you to Naples airport or train station in time for your connection.
Meals : Breakfast

Map

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. 24-hour emergency service
  2. Colosseum (Entrance and V.I.P Tickets)
  3. Daily Buffet Breakfast
  4. Fuel
  5. Full day excursion to Capri
  6. Private Car and English Speaking Driver Guide
  7. Private Gondola in Venice
  8. Private transfers throughout
  9. Privately Guided Tour of Vatican City with Licensed Guide
  10. Road Tolls
  11. Train and Ferry Tickets
  12. Visit to Pompeii with entrance fees included
  13. Walking Tour of Florence
  14. Walking tour of Rome
  15. Walking Tour of Venice
  16. 4 and 5-star hotel accommodation throughout

What's Not Included

  1. Blue Grotto - Additional Charge
  2. Gratuities of any type
  3. International fights
  4. Italy hotel tourist tax (must be paid locally at hotel)
  5. Meals not mentioned in the program
  6. Optional excursions during your tour

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Pricing & Availability

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Hotels

Hotel Covo Dei Saraceni Positano

The hotel Covo Dei Saraceni is in one of the most beautiful locations on the Amalfi Coast. The property sprawls across several terraces on the seafront, from where you can enjoy stunning views directly over Positano's coastline. A family-owned property, the hotel's welcoming reception area leads to a relaxing lounge furnished with large white sofas, whitewashed walls and climbing bougainvillea.

Hotel Locanda Vivaldi

Locanda Vivaldi is a beautiful four star hotel located very close to St. Mark's square in Venice on the Grand Canal. It is the place where dreams seem to come to life. A family run hotel and maintains an intimate and romantic atmosphere, we believe that this hotel makes a great selection for those on honeymoon or even deciding to have a wedding here in Venice!

HOTEL LOCARNO

The historic hotel built in 1925 was extended with the purchase of the adjacent building, built in 1905 by an ancient and noble Venetian family. The palazzo is currently home to the hotel's best suites, some of which preserve the splendid original ceilings and decorations from 1905.

Hotel Plaza Lucchesi Florence

Set right on the bank of the Arno River, Plaza Hotel Lucchesi is 10 minutes’ walk from Piazza della Signoria. It boasts air-conditioned rooms, a 24-hour reception and traditional restaurant. Offering free Wi-Fi, elegant rooms at the Lucchesi come with a satellite flat-screen TV and minibar. Some have a balcony and/or overlook the Arno River or the Church of Santa Croce..

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