Day 1:               ROME

Arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport and meeting with our English Speaking assistant for meet & transfer. Then transfer by private coach to hotel in Rome city center.

Arrival at hotel and check-in, if possible or storage of luggage.

Lunch free.

In the afternoon, meeting with driver for half day Baroque Rome. Meeting with English Speaking guide and starting of walking city tour (max 3hrs): The tour includes some of the most famous squares in the centre of the city as Spanish Square and its famous Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Colonna, the Pantheon and Navona Square. If not closed to tours, due to religious ceremonies, a church can be included in the walking tour, for instance it could be S. Ignazio or S. Luigi de' Francesi.

At the end, return to hotel by coach.

Little time to freshen up and then, meeting with driver and English Speaking assistant for transfer by private coach to local restaurant in Rome for dinner.

At the end, return to hotel and overnight.

Overnight at hotel.

 

Service of the day:

  • Transfer by private coach from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Hotel in the city center.

  • English Speaking assistant for meet & transfer

  • Half day coach disposal for city tour (max. 4hrs)

  • Half day English Speaking guide for Baroque Rome walking city tour (max. 3hrs)

  • Coach disposal for dinner at local restaurant (max. 4hrs)

  • English Speaking Assistant during transfer to local restaurant and dinner (max. 4hrs)

  • Dinner at local restaurant, 4 course menu including ½ mineral water and ¼ of wine

  • Overnight at hotel in Rome in B/B

 

 

Day 2:             ROME

Breakfast at hotel. Meeting with driver for full day city tour starting with Vatican city where group will meet English Speaking guide.

Vatican city tour (max. 4hrs): The tour includes the most important collections in the Vatican Museums. The Museo Pio Clementino and the Gallery of the Candelabras, of the Tapestries, of the Maps. It continues with the so called rooms of Raphael, in the apartment of Julius the second and finally it ends up in the Sistine Chapel. After that, if not closed due to religious ceremonies, the tour ends up in St. Peter's Basilica.

Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch, proceed with the Ancient Rome city tour (max. 3hrs): Colosseum, Constantine Arch, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill. Entrance to the Colosseum and a walk inside the Roman Forum is the main part of the tour; after that, from the car, we see the Palatine Hill and the ruins of  Imperial Palace and  the Circus Maximum, the Theatre of Marcello, Venice Sq. and the Monument to king Vittorio Emanuele II.

At the end, return to hotel by coach.

Dinner free.

Overnight at hotel.

 

Service of the day:

  • Full day coach disposal for city tour (max 9hrs)

  • Full day English Speaking guide for city tour (max. 7hrs)

  • Lunch at local restaurant, 3 course menu including ½ mineral water and ¼ of wine

  • Entrance fees to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

  • Entrance fees to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

  • Overnight at hotel in Rome in B/B

 

 

Day 3:              ROME - FLORENCE

Breakfast at hotel and check-out. Meeting with driver for transfer by private coach to hotel in Florence (approx. 3hrs).

Upon arrival, check-in at hotel, or storage of luggage.

Lunch free.

After lunch, meeting with English Speaking guide for half day Classic Florence city tour (max. 3hrs): This tour is perfect for those who want to enjoy the city by simply strolling around its elegant shops and celebrated monuments in search of out-of-the-beaten path itineraries. With the help of our expert guides we’ll discover charming views, unspoiled corners and fragrant atmospheres in what were once the favourite spots of famous grand-tourers such as Mark Twain, Henry James or Elisabeth Barrett Brownin. The tour includes: Duomo, Giotto’s bell tower, Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria, Loggia dei Lanzi, Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace.

Return to hotel to freshen up before dinner.

Meeting with driver and English Speaking assistance for transfer to local restaurant in Florence for dinner.

At the end, return to hotel and overnight.

 

Service of the day:

  • Transfer by private coach from hotel in Rome to hotel in Florence

  • Half day English Speaking guide for Florence city tour (max. 3hrs) 

  • English Speaking assistance during transfer to local restaurant and dinner (max. 3hrs)

  • Coach disposal for dinner at local restaurant in Florence (max. 3hrs)

  • Dinner at local restaurant with 4 course menu, including ½ mineral water and ¼ of wine

  • Overnight at hotel in Florence in B/B

 

 

Day 4:           SIENA – SAN GIMIGNANO

Breakfast at hotel. Meeting at hotel with driver for departure by private coach for a full day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano. Arrival in Siena and meeting with English Speaking guide to start this unforgettable day in enchanting Tuscany. Siena is a Gothic treasure, a maze of narrow streets sided by seven centuries old buildings, a city moulded by the great sculptors of the Cathedral, still showing the colourful banners of the Contrades which twice a year compete against each other in a historical horse race known as the palio which takes place on the unforgettable Piazza del Campo. The tour includes: Duomo, Piazza del Campo with the Tower of Mangia (external only).

Lunch at typical local farmhouse.

In the afternoon, proceed by coach to San Gimignano for city tour.

San Gimignano shows its proud towers in the middle of a fertile countryside crossed by vineyards, olive-trees and wheat fields where we’ll spend the day among the true colours and flavours of Tuscany. Tour includes: Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Cisterna, Devil’s Tower (external only).

Return to hotel in Florence.

Dinner free.

Overnight at hotel.

 

Service of the day:

  • Full day coach disposal for excursion to Siena & San Gimignano (max. 8hrs)

  • Half day English Speaking guide in Siena for city tour (max. 3hrs)

  • Lunch at local farmhouse, 3 course menu, including ½ mineral water and ¼ wine

  • Half day English Speaking guide in San Gimignano for city tour (max. 3hrs)

  • Overnight at hotel in Florence in BB

 

 

Day 5:             CHIANTI AREA

Breakfast at hotel and meeting with driver and English Speaking assistance for a full excursion to Chianti area, starting from Brolio Castle, a fascinating place that made the history of Chianti. The guided tour takes through the history by visiting the 12th century castle gardens,  the Ricasoli family’s private chapel and unique museum. Then the visit continue to the modern wine-making facilities and finish with a special wine tasting in a private room.

Lunch at the Brolio Castle Restaurant.

After lunch, proceed with excursion to Verrazzano Castle. Arrival and enjoy one hour and half of guided visit to the Castle’s gardens and historical ageing cellars followed by a guided tasting of a selection of their best wines, extra virgin olive oil accompanied by Pecorino cheese with balsamic vinegar.

Return to hotel and little time to freshen up before dinner.

Meeting with driver and English Speaking assistance for transfer to local restaurant in Florence for dinner.

At the end, return to hotel and overnight.

 

Service of the day:

  • Full day coach disposal for excursion to Chianti area (max. 8hrs)

  • Full day English Speaking assistance during excursion (max. 8hrs)

  • Guided tour at Brolio Castle with final wine tasting

  • Lunch at restaurant of Brolio Castle, 3 course menu, including water, ¼ of wine and coffee

  • Guided tour at Verrazzano Castle with tasting of wine, extra virgin olive oil and Pecorino cheese with balsamic vinegar

  • Coach disposal for dinner at local restaurant in Florence (max. 3hrs)

  • English Speaking assistance during transfer to local restaurant and dinner (max. 3hrs)

  • Dinner at local restaurant with 4 course menu, including ½ mineral water and ¼ of wine

  • Overnight at hotel in Florence in B/B

 

 

Day 6:           FLORENCE – LA SPEZIA/CINQUE TERRE

Breakfast at hotel and check-out. Meeting with driver for transfer by private coach to La Spezia/Cinque Terre area. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel if possible, or storage of luggage.

Lunch free.

In the afternoon, meeting with a English Speaking guide for La Spezia city tour (max. 3hrs).
After city tour, proceed to a local restaurant to enjoy a pesto course:  you will make a pesto sauce tasting it in a bruschetta accompanied by a glass of local wine.
After the pesto course you will spend a nice evening enjoying a gourmet dinner in the same restaurant.

Return to hotel by your own and overnight.

 

Service of the day:

  • Transfer by private coach from hotel in Florence to hotel in La Spezia

  • Half day English Speaking guide for La Spezia city tour (max. 3hrs)

  • Pesto course at local restaurant with final tasting with pesto in a bruschetta and a glass of wine

  • Dinner at local restaurant with 4 course menu, including ½ mineral water and ¼ of wine

  • Overnight at hotel in La Spezia in B/B

 

 

Day 7:              CINQUE TERRE

Breakfast at hotel and meeting at hotel with our English Speaking guide for a full day excursion to Cinque Terre Coast, walking to the ferry boat for departure. You will take the ferry boat from La Spezia and you will see the beautiful coast of the Gulf of Poets. The cruise continues along the unique coastline of the Cinque Terre, which is a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First stop will be in Porto Venere, a village where you stop for a guided tour and spend some free time, then to Manarola to visit and enjoy the atmosphere of this small village and last stop will be in the village of Vernazza where you will have little free time after a guided tour (one way). Return to La Spezia by train.

Lunch and Dinner free.

Overnight at hotel.

 

Service of the day:

  • Full day English Speaking guide during excursion (max. 8hrs)

  • One way ferry boat tickets with 3 stops (Porto Venere, Manarola and Vernazza)

  • One way train tickets from Vernazza to La Spezia

  • Overnight at hotel in La Spezia in B/B

 

 

Day 8:          LA SPEZIA - MILANO

Breakfast at hotel and check-out.

You will reach the port by your own (15 minutes walking) to enjoy another half day special experience in Cinque Terre area. Meeting at the port with English Speaking skipper for departure by motorboat from La Spezia to a location of the Gulf of La Spezia in order to visit and learn about one of the main activities in this area: fish and mussel farming. The Gulf of La Spezia is famous for growing mussels, called cozze or muscoli, which are a particularly flavorful breed, briny and delicious. The farmers look after the harvesting, treatment and distribution of more than six thousand tons of mussels, with a total turnover of about 6 million euros. If you have never tried them, this is your chance. After having seen where and how these mussels are produced, you will now taste a delicious light lunch prepared with local mussels.  

Soon after lunch, return to La Spezia port and meeting with driver for transfer to Milan by private coach.

Upon arrival, check-in at hotel.

Dinner free.

Overnight at hotel.

 

Service of the day:

  • Half day excursion by private boat on the Gulf of La Spezia to visit a fish and mussel farming with English Speaking skipper (max. 3hrs)

  • Light lunch on board, based on mussels and oysters tasting

  • Overnight at hotel in Milan in B/B

 

 

Day 9:           MILAN

Breakfast at hotel.

Meeting with driver and English Speaking guide for a full day Milan walking city tour: The  Duomo, The Castle, La Scala Theatre. Worldwide known as the capital city of economy, fashion and design, Milan is renowned for art, history and culture as well. A sightseeing tour to discover the attractions of the city, such as the Duomo, one of the most impressive examples of the International Gothic style, the “Castello Sforzesco”, house of the major milanese families -the Sforzas and the Viscontis -the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and the most famous theatre in the world, “La Scala”, with its superb square, surrounded by important buildings. the tour includes also the Duomo Terraces by elevator. Once on the roof, you will enjoy a walk between the spiers and sculptures of the Duomo that, especially near the sunset, is a unique experience to do at least once in your life. One of the most impressive parts of the Cathedral gives an impassable view of the city, great emotions and an open dialogue with history.

Lunch free.

After lunch the visit proceed with a tour among the skyscrapers which are re-outlining Milan skyline, proceeding from Pirellone to the new-born futuristic Porta Nuova-Isola Garibaldi complex: Bosco Verticale by Stefano Boeri -  2014 prizewinner as the finest skyscraper in the world - and the pointed spire
of the Unicredit Complex by Cesar Pelli.

Return to hotel and little time to freshen up before dinner.

Meeting with driver for transfer to a local restaurant in Milan for dinner.

At the end, return to hotel and overnight.

 

Service of the day:

  • Full day coach disposal for Milan city tour (max. 8 hrs)

  • Full day English Speaking guide for Milan city tour (max. 6 hrs)

  • Entrance fees to Duomo Terrace by elevator

  • Coach disposal for dinner (max.3h30)

  • Dinner at local restaurant, 4 course menu, including ½ mineral water and ¼ wine

  • Overnight at hotel in Milan in B/B

 

Day 10:           MILAN

Breakfast at hotel and check-out.

Meeting with our driver for transfer by private coach from hotel to Milan Malpensa Airport.

 

Service of the day:

- Transfer by private coach from hotel to airport in Rome

 End of our service

 

Using following Hotels or similar

*  HOTEL DEI MELLINI **** Rome

*  HOTEL LONDRA **** Florence

*  CDH HOTEL  **** La Spezia

*  UPTOWN PALACE HOTEL **** Milan

 

The price excludes:

  • Stay tax, compulsory and to be paid on the spot

  • Meals and beverages not mentioned

  • Portages and tips at hotel;

  • All services not mentioned in Service of the day.

The Italian Art, Food & Wine Tour

10 days / 9 nights - only land- Group Tour

Available also as individual Tour

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