Cities & Castles

Cities & Castles, Italian Honeymoon Destinations | Cultural Italy

Tour Introduction

11 NIGHT HONEYMOON
A fun combination of cities and countryside, art and culinary experiences. Spend some lively nights in the city and some magical nights in a castle. 

Highlights:

  • Complete Colosseum experience
  • Hilltops villages and vinyards of Val D’Orcia
  • Florence and the Renaissance Heritage
  • Palaces and Gardens of Lake Maggiore

DAY 1: ARRIVE ROME

Upon arrival at Rome airport, meet your private driver for transfer to your hotel accommodation. After check in, enjoy an afternoon orientation to get familiar with Rome’s famous squares, fountains, streets and monuments celebrated in many movies. Overnight.
 
Day 2: ROME OF THE EMPERORS
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour of Ancient Rome  to discover the Eternal city in all of its glory. First tour of the Colosseum that begins atop the "Opium Hill", continue with the visit of the Arena, the Undergrounds and Third Rier and learn about the bloody past of the amphitheater. Afterward, Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome, the magnificent Arch of Constantine, then Palatine Hill. The tour  ends at the Temple which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated. Afternoon & evening at leisure.  Optional evening opera or concert. Overnight.
 
Day 3: MICHELANGELO’S MASTERPIECE & HOLY SEE
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will visit one of the top rated museum in Rome: The Vatican museum and visiting the world’s greatest art collections. Your English speaking guide will lead you inside the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, where you will admire Michelagelo’s Pieta’. Afternoon enjoy a wine and food tasting. Overnight.
 
Day 4: FROM CITIES TO CASTLES
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to your next accommodation, an historical property, a renovated fortess dated back to the XII century, Castello di Velona, located in Val D’Orcia, near Montalcino in Southern Tuscany. On the way to the castle, stop for visit of a winery and wine tasting. Overnight.
 
Day 5: VAL D’ORCIA HILLTOP VILLAGES
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning enjoy a full day excursion to discover Val D’Orcia and its villages. Be prepared do be amazed by endless rolling hills covered with sunflowers, vineyards producing the renown Brunello wines and the picturesque and medieval towns of Montalcino, Montepulciano and Pienza. Return to your hotel. Overnight.
 
Day 6: DAY AT LEISURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at leisure at the castle to enjoy the Spa or relax by the pool. Additional tours in the nearby area can be arranged on request. Overnight.
 
Day 7: THE CRADLE OF RENAISSANCE
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Florence. Transfer to your hotel and check in.
This morning another must see museum of Florence is on the program: The Accademia museum that hosts Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the David. You will also be able to admire The Prisoners and St Matthew, other impressive Michelangelo’s work of arts. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.
 
Day 8: UFFIZI GALLERY TREASURES
Morning tour to the Uffizi museums, where you can admire the masterpieces of Florence finest Renaissance artists such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.

Day 9: MILAN CAPITAL OF FASHION
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Transfer from Castello di Velona to the train station in time to board your train to Milan. Upon arrival private transfer to Castello dal Pozzo on Lake Maggiore. Check in and afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 10: LAKESIDE VILLAGES OF LAKE MAGGIORE
Breakfast at the hotel.  Enjoy a guided tour of the lake by boat, including the Borromean Islands with their splendid baroque palaces and gardens: Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori. Return to your hotel. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.

Day 11: LAKE MAGGIORE AS YOU WISH
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight.

Day 12: DEPART ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer 

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