From the lakeside city of Como to the many splendours of Rome, this tour encompasses many of Italy's most famous cities, comfortably, by comfort-class rail.
On arrival in Milan, you will be met and transferred by private car to your Como hotel for check-in. Settle in and then it's time to explore Como at your leisure; relax in the cafes, people watch, drink pure Italian coffee, and absorb the history and elegance of your new surroundings. The remainder of today and all day tomorrow is free to visit and absorb the delights of Como. Be sure to visit Como's walled Old Town and, at its heart, Piazza San Fedele with its many 400-year-old buildings & basilica. (B)
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before making your way to Como's rail station to board a first-class train for the journey east to Venice. Once you arrive in Venice you will be met and guided to your motor-launch, the Venetian mode of transportation, and transferred to your hotel. Comprising of more than a hundred small islands, a hundred and fifty canals and more than four hundred bridges, Venice is built like no other city in the world and your afternoon is free to start your exploration of this fascinating city. (B)
This morning an experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic. Starting at Piazza San Marco where you will admire its most important monuments, Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie, walkthrough Venice's meandering alleys to Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo before returning through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto Bridge and San Marco and the main street for the city shopping, to San Marco Square. The tour continues with a guided visit of the Palazzo Ducale which for centuries represented the seat of the Venetian political power. The remainder of the day free to pass as you please, perhaps selecting an optional excursion to visit the famous islands of Murano, Burano & Torcello. (B)
This morning a guide will lead you from your hotel to your motor-launch to transfer you to the train station where you'll board a first-class train to Florence. Sit back and enjoy watching the scenery change as you travel from Veneto through Emilio Romagna to Tuscany. When you arrive in Tuscany's capital city of Florence, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car. Check-in to your hotel and now it's time to start discovering Florence and the many artistic & historical wonders it offers. The remainder of your day is free. (B)
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the "Cradle of the Renaissance" - Florence. Start with a drive along the romantic Viale dei Colle up to Piazzale Michelangelo for a fantastic panoramic view of the city. Then a guided walking tour of the historic centre including a visit to the Duomo complex, Giotto's Belltower and the ancient Baptistery with its bronze door before finally arriving at the renowned Galleria dell'Accademia* to admire the famous David by Michelangelo and other great works. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you please. (B)
Today the choice is yours whether to spend the afternoon on a visit to Pisa or enjoy a visit to the Chianti area. Both tours take place during the afternoon with the Pisa tour being a splendid excursion through the fertile and picturesque Tuscan countryside to the historic university city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty. Arriving in Pisa you will enjoy a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli, with the celebrated Leaning Tower (exterior), the Baptistery (exterior) and other important monuments. This is followed by a visit to the interior of the Cathedral, an unrivalled masterpiece of Romanesque art constructed between the 11th and 12th centuries. After the visit to the Cathedral, there will be free time at your disposal or, for those who are interested you can take a pleasant walk with our tour escort and reach Piazza dei Cavalieri, where you can admire the historic Scuola Normale, one of the most famous universities in the world. However, if the tour of Chianti is your choice this excursion will take you to one of the most suggestive areas of Tuscany, known all over the world for its wine and its countryside of unrivalled charm, where woods alternate with vineyards and olive groves, in a landscape dotted with Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas and castles of rare beauty. This tour includes a visit to a site of particular historic and artistic interest in an ancient hamlet and to one of the most famous wine-growing estates, complete with a snack and tasting of its prestigious wines. The excursion takes place in different areas of the Chianti Classico and Chianti Fiorentino wine districts. Whichever tour you choose an early evening return to Florence is planned. (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before a private car transfer whisks you to the railway station to board a comfort-class train with reserved seating to Rome where on arrival a private car will take you to your next hotel. Check-in and the remainder of today is free to relax or explore on your own. (B)
Join us today on a small-group walking tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica, and skip the line by booking ahead! With 2000 rooms filled with the most extensive collection of art in the world you will be lead by an expert guide along the history of this outstanding Museum. Marvel at the sight of the Sistine Chapel, one of the most famous and visited sites in the world and the most emblematic example of papal patronage during the Renaissance period. Thanks to the genius of Michelangelo, you will have an unforgettable experience. This great artist created the masterpiece painting on the ceiling, The Creation of Adam, as well as the incomparable Last Judgment, on the altar wall. But the Vatican Museums are not just the Sistine Chapel... along with the tour, our guide will show you more art jewels such as the Pio-Clementino halls with the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, the Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps Galleries. We will then leave the Vatican Museum and proceed to the imposing beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Inside this church, we will experience the beauty of the world-famous sculpture La Pietà, another Michelangelo masterpiece and the only sculpture personally signed by the artist. And in the meantime, we will discover the originality of another art genius, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Thanks to him you can admire the extremely impressive Baldachin Altar (in gold and bronze), and the splendid Colonnade in St. Peter’s Square. The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square and the afternoon is free to pass as you wish. (B)
Today you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast and some time to explore Rome on your own before an afternoon guided Imperial Rome Elite Tour. You will find that this tour will meet the needs of the most demanding clients including the full visit of the three world-famous symbols of Ancient Rome: Coliseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Tour starts at the Arch of Constantine, the largest and one of the best-preserved triumphal arches in Rome. From here our guide will take you inside the Coliseum (skip the line entrance tickets), the most famous monument in the world and a main symbol of Rome. Our guide will explain the cruel events that took place there and answer all your questions. After exiting the Coliseum, you will visit its surrounding monuments and the Palatine Hill with the Roman Forum Archeological Area (skip the line entrance tickets) undoubtedly the most important and attractive one in the world, thanks to unique historical, monumental, archaeological values, as well as for its sublime beauty. Just the views from the Palatine over the Forum or the Circus Maximus would be worth a trip to Italy. You will discover also the House of the Vestals, the various Temples, the Senate House, the Capitol Palace the Sacred Way and the Triumph Arches. The tour which has a duration of 3 hours ends inside the Roman Forum and you can decide to remain inside the Forum and then make your own way back to your hotel at your own pace. (B)
After an early morning departure from Rome, you'll see Southern Italy highlights on your minitour from Rome. Your journey begins heading south along the so-called Sun Highway, crossing the fertile Roman countryside and the area known as Castelli Romani, dotted with enchanting medieval villages. Arrive in Naples, one of the largest and well-known cities in Italy for a short panoramic tour climbing up to Vomero hill to enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples with the Vesuvius, Capri, Ischia and Procida and the city below; time to take some nice pictures. Descending towards the port of Mergellina, you will leave the city and travel south toward Mount Vesuvius, to reach the town of Ercolano where we will stop for lunch. The lunch break will be served in a first class hotel in Ercolano, set in monumental grounds with one of the best examples of what eclectic gardens were during the 1700s. After lunch, you will reach Pompeii to enter into the world-famous site with “Skip the Line” tickets. Visit the haunting ruins of Pompeii, travelling back in time to the tragic days in 79 AD when the silent Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted, covering the prosperous Roman city in deadly volcanic ashes and poisonous gases, leaving this prosperous city crystallized until our days. You’ll learn how people lived at that time, visiting houses and “bars” of the time, admiring frescoes and mosaics to imagine how rich and prosperous was the city before that fateful day. After the visit, continue along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento in time for dinner (dress code: a jacket for men) and an overnight in your hotel. (B.L.D)
After breakfast at your hotel, you'll depart by boat to the island of Capri. Upon arrival at Marina Grande, enjoy a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting), the Augustus Garden and a stop at the famous Piazzetta. Then transfers by Minibus to Anacapri. Visit of Anacapri with its magnificent views and enjoy some time at leisure. After lunch in Anacapri, return to Marina Grande where you will board the boat back to Sorrento. Dinner & overnight at your hotel. (B.L.D)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before a full day at leisure to explore the famous and charming town of Sorrento, or to visit one of the jewels of the peninsula such as Positano, Ravello or Amalfi. Departure from the hotel at 3:30 pm to meet our tour leader for the return trip to Rome. Approximate arrival time in Rome will be 9:00 pm. (B)
Today you have an entire day to discover Rome on your own perhaps returning to one of the many places visited during your guided tours or visit one of the many famous shopping areas of Rome. (B)
After breakfast, a private car transfer will take you from your hotel to Rome airport for your return flight. Arrivederci! (B)
The Michelangelo Tour can also operate in reverse.