General

 

We are more than willing to organize on request tours for our guests throughout Italy to discover more of the spectacular and enriching art, culture, food experience that you will never find anywhere else in the world. Please check out our itineraries, and make sure to ask us for any possible customization. We are here for you.

Day 1

Arrival in Rome Fiumicino Airport. Pick up with the bus and transfer to Rome hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2

Pick up with our tour bus and guide. After a short tour around the eternal city of Rome, we will journey towards the Vatican Museums and the St. Peter’s Basilica to discover the treasures of Christianity. We will have lunch in a special Italian “trattoria”. In the afternoon, we will walkabout the city, stopping at the main sightseeing points: The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and The Colosseum… Then the bus will take us back to hotel. You will have free time for dinner. Be sure to ask us to book you a table at one of the best restaurants in Rome according to your palate.

Day 3

Pick up in the morning with our tour bus and guide and visit Rome’s archeological complex Villa Adriana, one of the main villas of Emperor Adriano oustide the city and is a vast mass of land with dozens of pools, baths, fountains and classical Greek architecture.  In the afternoon we leave Rome (sigh!) heading towards Florence. We will stop at Autogrill for quick lunch. Evening arrival in Florence and check in to hotel. You will have free time for dinner. Our guide will provide you with several suggestions for our guests to try local Italian cuisine, on top of the list is the famous Fiorentina steak and a glass of delicious red wine.

Day 4

A full day of discovering Florence as we set off on a walking tour, visiting museums.  We will hike through the narrow streets of Firenze and follow the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, learning about their masterpieces and encountering history on every corner. The city of Florence has been the location of the latest blockbusters, like 007 James Bond, The Davinci Code, Inferno and many more… We will end the day by visiting and exclusive shopping mall (for those who are interested) where it’s possible to find the best italian clothes and brands at incredible discounted prices (your wives will thank you forever!). You will have free time at night for dinner at the restaurant of your choosing.

Day 5

It’s time to leave Florence and head toward Pisa, another great medieval town, renowned for its “pending tower” that never falls. The tower is located in the middle of Piazza dei Miracoli where the astonishing Basilica and museum will complete our day surrounded by divine statues and art-forms. The bus will wait for us in the late afternoon as we explore North Italian Bologna, home of the most famous Ragu Bolognese. Bologna is the city where it has been founded the first university of the world in XIIIth century.

Day 6

We will take the morning the discover Bologna city and its narrow streets where only bicycles are allowed. We will experience the Bologna cathedral dedicated to St. Peter, the ancient middle age ruins that surround the city. Lunch will be in a specially selected restaurant, to taste the famous italian bolognese sauce and tortellini. In the afternoon we will take the bus, destination: Milan. Check in to hotel and free time for dinner.

Day 7

We will discover the city of Milan, with its fashion street Via Condotti and its famous Cathedral dedicated to one of the most famous saints of Italy: Saint Ambrogio. The afternoon is left free to you to discover one of the best cites to shop in the world along with visiting the Prada Museum. You will have free time for dinner.

Day 8

We leave Milan in the early morning, heading toward another classical Italian hotspot: The city of Verona.  The love story between two youngsters of the middle age inspired William Shakespeare to write Romeo and Juliet. We will visit the terrace from where such love was inspired and discover some of the amazing middle age artifacts that the city holds within its walls. We will then have lunch together in a local restaurant and enjoy some of the local plates like “polenta”, a melted grain soup with fresh tomato sauce and sausages. In the afternoon, we will visit the Verona theater and then we will take the bus and transfer to Padua where we will check in in our hotel.

Day 9

We will visit of the small jewel of a city, Padua, with its walls full of history and the amazing city center that will make you jump back in time 500 hundred years. Padua is one of those hidden jewel of Italy, not very well known outside Italy… but will just leave you astounded for the simple beauty that the city holds. In the late afternoon, we will leave for Venice by bus, where we will arrive at night and check in in our hotel.

Day 10

Ah, Venice! The city that stand on the water is waiting to be discovered with our tour that will take you around the channels: discover the st Mark Square, the Jewish ghetto, the Doge House and Palace, the narrow streets that end into the waters… We will walk around Venice, discover its secrets, ending up at lunch in a cozy restaurant enjoying some local  seafood typical of the lagoon. It has been a full day and it’s time to rest. You will have free time for dinner. And for whoever desires, you will have the option to buy the night excursion and discover the lights of Venice by night. An incredibile opportunity that you should take, if you are not too tired…

Day 11

In the morning, we will visit Burano island, where they make the most stunning hand-made coloured glass. Now it’s time to buy a small souvenir, which will allow you never forget this amazing experience. Remember to shop in authorized shops, by doing so, you will help the local economy and allow the artisans of glass to continue their masterworks as per tradition. You will have free time for lunch and designated a meeting point at the bus station. Unfortunately, it’s already time to pack and to leave Venice. We will proceed toward Assisi in the green heart of Italy, where we will check into our hotel and have light dinner.

Day 12

We will discover the small towns of  Assisi and Perugia, with their medieval touch and breathtaking surroundings. This area of Italy is more sacred then you would expect, as it was the place where St. Francis started to pray in the XII century. He used to talk to the animals and you will learn why such assertion is so true. We will taste the local oil of olive and taste some of the local cuisine. Curiously, in this part of Italy the bread has no salt. Do you know why? Because in the Middle Ages the cost of the salt was so high that since that time they started bake the bread without salt. But don’t worry, the prosciutto is so tasty you will love them both together. We will take a walk in Perugia and have dinner there, sampling the special mushrooms and wild pork.

Day 13

You will be pick up from the hotel and transferred to the city of Gubbio, where you will discover of the huge towers. You will have free time for lunch and in the afternoon.  We encourage you to  visit the hidden town of Spello. We will have our last supper… together in pure Leonardo style with red wine and delicious local dishes.

Day 14

In the morning we will leave the Umbria region and head to Rome’s airport where you will be escorted by our assistant, who will help you through your check in process. It was a pleasure to meet you, we hope you liked our classical renaissance tour and we look forward to seeing you again soon, as all roads lead to Italy.

Price includes

  • Transportation between the program
  • Meals where indicated
  • Guide service
  • museum tickets and entrances where indicated

Price do not include

  • Other costs not offered in this program
  • Tip for your tour guide
  • Airfares
  • Meals where not included

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Gubbio

Gubbio

 

Gubbio is a small town in the Umbria region, recognized as the green heart of Italy. The small town is situated on a hill and is well recognized for the beautiful middle age towers and high defensive walls. Saint Francis spent much of his time in this small town where the legend of the wolf and the saint took place. Once the saint was praying in the woods and met a giant wolf, whom mesmerized by the prayer of the Saint decided to lay gently at his feet. Many take pilgrimages to Gubbio yearly to walk in the steps of the same paths in the countryside of Gubbio as Saint Francis. The town had a difficult past due to its strategic position in the center of Italy and many have fought to rule over it. It is a must-see-place for all those ones who look for deep understanding of nature combined with medieval architecture. And of course, we will not forget the typical cuisine and the curious unsalted bread, which derives from the tradition of the Church during the times of an overpowering Pope.

 

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Spello

Spello

 

Spello, a charming town in Umbria. is considered one of the most beautiful hillside towns in Perugia. There are two medieval villages in Spello with breathtaking views that overlook the Umbrian plain all the way from Perugia to Spoleto. Spello is a sweet, cozy and peaceful town, 15 minutes from Assisi, with historic and legendary churches dating back to the 12th and 13th century. Spello is also famed for its elegant restaurants known for their succulent Umbrian cuisine and highly praised for their fine wine from the wine producing region of Montefalco. We invite you to consider exploring this enchanting, off the beaten path and extraordinary hillside town of Italy…

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Assisi

Assisi

 

Giotto, S. Francesco riceve le stigmate, Assisi. Basilica Superiore

Home to one of the most “famous” saints of Christianity, Assisi is well known due to the life and memory of Saint Francis, a monk of the XIIIth century who founded the monastic order of the Franciscans. Along with abandoning his personal life pursuits  and refusing his family inheritance, Francis discovered faith and retired in the green hills sourrounding Perugia and Assisi to contemplate God through Nature and the animals. One story shares that Francesco was called by his father in front of a tribunal, where he took off his clothes and professed his devout commitment to the Church. The local Bishop at that point covered Francis, and by doing so, declared him a new member of the Christian community. From that moment, Francis represented an example of solidarity, compassion and piety towards his faith and humanity. At the end of his life he requested to be buried in the small chapel of Assisi, the location where he took his last breath. At the beginning of the XXth century Pio XII declared him and Saint Caterina da Siena official saints of Italy. Today, we have the gift of the small church of Francesco and the beautiful Cathedral that has been built in his honor to admire, contemplate upon and fully understand the spirit and appreciation of Italy and the Vatican toward this amazing life and character.

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Perugia

Perugia

 

This small town is the center of Umbria region in the heart of Italian country. Perugia is home to several universities, and is renowned for its student population that crowds the narrow streets of the medieval town all year long. The astonishing Etruscan Walls are just one of the many historical spots to be visited during one of our tours to Perugia. The city has warred and contended against the Vatican throughout the centuries. Today, remnants of this battle can be found in the bread… Why the bread? Because the Peruginis refused to pay the Church tax for salt, and they stopped using the salt in their bread. And for this reason, today people from this city still eat bread without salt in remembrance of the independence they pursued through such harsh economical battles. The city was built by Etruscans far way in the past approximately in the X th century BC and still today Perugia’s infrastructure (the main streets that was developed by Etruscans) are the same of the past centuries. Perugia is a pivotal and significant location to visit many other towns of this beautiful region. When is the best time to see Perugia? The Springtime! The enormous woods and forests all along the city are filled with blossoms of vibrant and animated flowers. One amazing “natural” show is in the Colfiorito Valley, where thousands of flowers blossom at the same time, offering to the visitors the impression of a rainbow in the valley. Colfiorito Valley is close to the town of Assisi, where Saint Francis used to pray.

 

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Venice

Venice

 

Ah, Venice… is undoubtedly the most romantic city of the world! The city has been built into the lagoon on the small islands that are the top north of Adriatic Sea. The long history of this city is well related to the one of the country. During the Middle Age, in fact, Venice became an important and flourishing trade port between Byzantine Empire and Europe. Its immense navy was the key of such power over the sea. The city, for this reason, is also called the Queen of the Adriatic Sea. Because of its history related to the Crusades, to Middle East specifically, the city has a peculiar architecture that mixes Arab details with Roman construction. Because of Venice’s particular charm, the city is visited every year by thousands of tourists from all over the world. The narrow streets that end in the channels where the boats are used to move around instead of cars, make of this place a unique and spectacular location, fit to set a wedding or any particular celebration. Our tours will take you to discover this city, its history, and the historical Italian culture that hides behind the fuss of the everyday routine. You will experience a special lunch within a gondola trip, and that is just one of the many things to be done in this city. Every February the city holds a spectacular carnival festival where everybody is asked to wear masks. The tradition of Carnival in Venice dates back into time, but today the happening is probably more important and meaningful than the past. The classical masks of two hundred years ago are still worn today, along with listening to some of the best Baroque of all times as Antonio Vivaldi was from this city. Vivaldi’s music is still a must hear, especially if you decide to walk the quiet calle roads in the old city of Venice.

 

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Milan

Milan

 

Home to one of the greatest families of Italy, The Visconti Sforza, the city of Milan has been in the center of many disputes throughout its history due to its central positioning. Milan is a crossway between Europe and the rest of Italy. Located in North of Italy, Milan has two souls: one that talks about its past through the Duomo, the splendid churches and the Sforza Castle, and one modern, as Milan stands as the world capital for fashion and design. Milan today is one of the most important cities of the country, and this is because the Italian Wall Street is located in Milan. With its modern buildings and fashionable hotspots, you will be guided to discover the modern fashion culture of Milan. The Via Condotti is one of the most expensive streets in Italy where the major fashion designers and jewelers have at least one shop. The Prada Museum of clothes and design is another must-see place for those interested in the evolution of fashion in Italy, and in the world in the last century. But even fashion designers can be religious… also to be visited is the gothical church called the Duomo di Milano in the heart of the major squares of the city. The Sforza Castle, once a military defensive castle, is today a magnificent museum, where there is on display some of the most exquisite artifacts of the centuries past. Last but not least, a visit must be paid to the Convent of Holy Mary where Leonardo Da Vinci painted one of his masterpieces: The Last Supper of Christ.

 

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Florence

Florence

 

The surrounding hills, the calmness of the river and the magnificent architecture all over the city offer a superb perspective to what art might be defined as, even today. The greatest artists of world recognized Florence as the perfect location to share their masterpieces. The Uffizi Museum is one of the many amazing locations to discover in this city, along with the Certosa monastery, the fountains… and we can go on and on.  Our tours of the city will take you around the streets of Florence in a comfortable 3 hour Walkabout. Plus, it’s possible to have a specialized guide to lead you in uncovering the infinite collection of masterpieces held in the Uffizi Museum. Our guides will make you understand the past as never before, recognizing, at the same time, the true spirit of art.

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Rome

Rome

 

All roads lead to Rome… All roads lead to Italy. It’s our motto and it is taken from this Roman proverb because during the time of the Empire the city was very active in specifically building roads that were strategically routed, connected, and all leading to the capital of the Empire.  Some of the important history of the city has been lost in time and only through our excursions, will you discover some of Rome’s immense hidden and forgotten secrets. Home to one of the greatest empires of all times, The Romans have spread the seed of culture and citizenship all over Europe.  Today, it is vital to keep the history and the roots of Europe in its past glories alive, so that we can learn and walk informed towards the future. Rome once stood as the capital of  huge and mighty Empire (from Spain to Iraq). The architecture of the city holds a history of many centuries from IIIth century BC to the new born Republic of Italy in 1948. The presence of fascist monuments, the grandeur of the Roman Empire buildings and the historical dominance of the Church make this city one of the great wonders of the world. Today, the Vatican has its small but independent state within the city itself,  and from this location every Sunday Pope Francis blesses the population of the city as well as the entire world.

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