Panoramic Rome by Night
The fun gets underway soon after your arrival to Rome with our driver there to welcome you at the airport and provide private transfer to your hotel. You’ll have time to refresh after checking in but this evening, the Panoramic by Night tour awaits. Meet our local guide for a panoramic overview after dark with the sites all illuminated. That includes the Tiber River, the old Roman walls, and Villa Borghese. Heading into the historic center, you’ll see the Roman Colosseum, Via Veneta, and Piazza Venezia. Your tour concludes in Vatican City at St. Peter’s Basilica, with time to explore on your own.
Roman Forum & Colosseum Tour + Exclusive Underground Tour
A tour through Ancient Rome, including the Roman Forum and the Roman Colosseum will bring you through the city’s fascinating past with an expert local guide. First, head to the over 2,000-year-old Colosseum where you’ll get a good glimpse of what it was like to watch the theatrical performance, gladiator competitions, and brutal battles. Head underground on an exclusive tour for a peek at the dungeons and tunnel where gladiators entered the arena. Enjoy a view from Palatine Hill and then explore some of the city’s oldest structures in the Roman Forum, once the scene of public meetings, with law courts, shops, and open-air markets.
Half-Day Vatican City Tour
Your private half-day tour of Vatican City and the Museums will reveal many remarkable works of art while exploring world-famous institutions and more. Just some of what you’ll see includes St. Peter’s Basilica with its over 227,000-square-foot interior, the iconic Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s gorgeous frescoes, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps. With a knowledgeable guide at your side, you’ll get insight into what you’re seeing and enjoy the opportunity to ask questions as well. After your tour, the rest of the day will be enjoyed at your leisure. As you’ll leave Rome tomorrow, tonight is ideal for a special dinner.
Transfer/Tour – Naples Train Station to Sorrento via Pompeii Private Tour
It’s time to soak up some of Italy’s most breathtaking natural beauty, leaving Rome for the Amalfi Coast. Travel by high-speed train to Naples where your private driver will meet you and take you to witness one of the fascinating ruins of Pompeii. Your private guide will meet you at Pompeii for your private guided tour of this ancient city left covered in ash nearly 2,000 years ago during the massive 79 AD Mount Vesuvius eruption. It was forgotten to time until the 18th century when it was accidentally discovered. Today, visitors can get a good glimpse of what life was like so many centuries ago, complete with well-preserved chariot tracks that can still be seen in the streets, baths, bakeries, a forum, amphitheater, and brothels. Upon arrival, you’ll meet a local guide for a private tour who will provide insight about it all for a deep moving experience. As you explore the site, you’ll be under the shadow of towering Mount Vesuvius, providing a reminder of how powerful Mother Nature can be. Continue to the enchanting seaside town of Sorrento with its citrus groves, historic architecture, and delicious limoncello.
Full-Day Amalfi, Positano & Ravello
A full-day private tour today is sure to be a mesmerizing experience as you travel the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to explore two of its top villages, including Positano, one of the crown jewels. It’s carved right into the cliffs with precipitous streets filled with medieval buildings and colorful homes painted in pastel hues. A short walking tour brings you to see the highlights and you’ll have time to explore on your own too. Afterward, continue to the town of Amalfi for a narrated walk through the Old Town area, which includes the impressive St. Andrea Cathedral, with time to shop or enjoy lunch independently. Finish with Ravello which is home to several must-visit places like 13th-century Villa Rufolo which overlooks Piazza Vescovado, the cultural and historical center of town. From Villa Cimbrone, one can take in one of the most famous panoramas in Italy over both the Amalfi and Cilento coasts.
Full Day Tour of Capri
One of the top things to do while visiting the Amalfi Coast is to take a day trip to Capri. While it’s only about two miles wide and four miles long, it’s jam-packed with Mediterranean charms. Discover the narrow maze of streets lined with local eateries, fashion boutiques with the big designer names, and arcades with shops that sell handcrafted items like jewelry made from gold and coral. In Piazza Umberto, the main square, you’ll see a lovely white church and a number of open-air cafes for unwinding while the world goes by. Visit the gorgeous gardens of Augustus, Villa San Michele, built on the ruins of Roman Emperor Tiberius’s palace, and enjoy a fabulous view over Capri town and the harbor.
Afternoon at Leisure in Florence
Heading to your next destination today, you’ll take a private transfer to the train station, with tickets in hand for the high-speed train to Florence. Another driver will meet you there, providing a transfer to your hotel in the city. With the remainder of the day at leisure, you might want to enjoy a preview of the city. Mercato Centrale is a great place to shop with stalls selling produce and a wealth of other items or take in a magnificent view of the city from 300 feet above by climbing “Giotto’s Campanile,” the bell tower of the Duomo, Florence’s cathedral.
Half-Day Walking Tour of Florence
It’s time to travel to the third destination of your trip: Florence. Traveling by highspeed train from the Naples train station, which you’ll reach via private transfer, upon arrival there will be a driver waiting to bring you to your hotel. Once you’ve checked in, take time to refresh and then enjoy a private walking tour that reveals several iconic landmarks, including Florence Cathedral, the town hall, Palazzo Vecchi, and Santa Croce Church. A visit to the Accademia Gallery is included too so you can marvel at the lifelike details of Michelangelo’s original David and view impressive paintings by Botticelli, Raphael, and other greats.
Full-Day Tour of San Gimignano & Siena
Discover more of the Tuscan countryside on a full-day tour with your private driver/guide. San Gimignano boasts a stunning skyline with medieval towers that you’ll see well before you reach the hilltop town itself to explore on your own. Afterward, you’ll enjoy a local meal at a farmhouse nearby. The medieval hilltop town of Siena is next. Here a local guide will meet you for a walking tour. Head to the world-famous Piazza del Campo, dominated by Palazzo Pubblico, it’s one of Europe’s most beautiful squares – most are familiar with it thanks to the II Palio horse race that’s hosted here twice every year.
Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Cathedral & Glass Showroom Tour
Return to the train station via private transfer to catch the high-speed train to the “Floating City” of Venice. It’s about a 150-minute journey and upon arrival, you’ll take private transfer to your hotel. A guided tour of the city’s iconic sights is up next, starting with a ride in a water taxi to get a perspective from the water. Afterward, you’ll visit St. Mark’s Square which houses a number of landmarks, including St. Mark’s Cathedral and the gothic-style Doge’s Palace. Learn more about it from your guide and include by exploring the glass showrooms inside which include authentic Venetian glassware available for purchase.
Sailing the North Lagoon by Bragozzo
On the final full day of your trip, enjoy a leisurely morning, perhaps wandering through Venice on your own. We recommend climbing the bell tower at St. Mark’s Cathedral where you can take in an awe-inspiring view over the square. Visiting the Rialto neighborhood brings the opportunity to check out the famous Rialto market or head to the Dorsoduro neighborhood for an authentic look at Venetian life, including uncrowded canals, museums, and shops. You’ll embark on a private sailing excursion that takes place on a traditional bragozzo this afternoon, with visits to San Francesco del Deserto Island and Burano Island with its colorfully painted homes.
With the 12th day here, savor those last moments as your trip soon comes to an end. If you’d like to stick around longer, our travel experts can extend your time here or arrange further travels elsewhere. Otherwise, private transfer will bring you to Venice’s airport to begin your journey home.
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