Cinematic Journeys: Famous Movie and Historical Sites of Italy
DAY 1: YOUR ROMAN HOLIDAY BEGINS
Arrive in Rome. Meet your private driver for transfer to your hotel. Afternoon walking tour through the city center. Reach the famous Spanish Steps and the Hotel Hassler where Audrey Hepburn made her home while filming the iconic movie. If you want to pamper yourself, we can book your room right here. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 2: EAT, PRAY, LOVE IN ROME
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day à la Eat, Pray, Love; in the morning visiting the Colosseum and the Ancient Rome. In the afternoon tantalize your taste buds while walking through a number of Rome neighborhoods. Taste some of the delicious food and wines for which the city is famous. From fried codfish in the Jewish ghetto to spices and vegetables in Campo de Fiori, ignite your senses and burn some calories all while you enjoy walking amongst the beauty around you. Overnight stay.
DAY 3: THE MYSTERIES OF ROME
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit sites in this Dan guided tour inspired by Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons books and movies. Visit Rome’s most picturesque churches, charming piazzas, and timeless cobblestone alleyways while getting a feel for their underlying air of mystery that so inspired the author. You will be guided through the secret Illuminati symbolism throughout the city’s streets and architecture. Dinner. Overnight stay.
DAY 4: ELENA FERRANTE
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by high/speed train to Naples. Tour 'L'Amica Geniale'. Explore Naples through Elena Ferrante's eyes and her famous novel 'L'Amica Geniale'. Check in, dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 5: NAPLES AND NABOO
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will visit the set of Star Wars, The Royal Palace on Naboo aka Caserta Palace. Departure to Caserta Palace which served as Queen Amidala’s Royal Palace on Naboo. The Caserta Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its gardens and grounds make this a beautiful destination. Lunch in Naples, known for its coffee culture and pizza. Afternoon and evening at Leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 6: POMPEII AND MOUNT VESUVIUS
Breakfast at the hotel. A visit to Mount Vesuvius where a 20-minute hike through her ash and pumice and stone brings you to the summit (April-October). Wander through the famous Pompeii Excavations, an ancient Roman town buried under 65 ft of volcanic ashes during the cataclysmic volcanic eruption in 79 AD. You can see the town that once was or visit the Archeological Museum filled with relics found in the ash. See the cobbled roads, the forum, the residences, and the brothels. Rest of the day at Leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 7: THE AMALFI COAST: WONDER WOMAN'S ISLAND OF THERMYSCIRA AKA VILLA CIMBRONE
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the drive to the Almafi Coast and see the beautiful towns along the way to Ravello and Villa Cimbrone famed Terrazzo dell'lnfinito that became part of the fictional island nation of Thermyscira of Wonder Woman. Back to your Hotel and evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 8: DAY AT LEISURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Relax or optional tour to Capri by boat. Overnight stay.
DAY 9: FLORENCE: ZEFFIRELLI AND INFERNO
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to Naples train station and by high-speed train reach Florence. Check in at the hotel. Afternoon guided tour of Florence's historical center including the Duomo, which was also a location of famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli’s Tea with Mussolini. Enjoy the Renaissance atmosphere in this lively city and discover the Accademia museum that hosts Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the David. Admire Michelangelo’s impressive works of art The Prisoners and St. Matthew. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 10: THE UFFIZI: PAINTING AND STORYTELLING
Breakfast at the hotel. 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 and retrace the steps of another Dan Brown film protagonist. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 11: VENICE: BOND. JAMES BOND.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by high-speed train to Venice and trace the steps of the famous 007. Check in at the hotel. Indulge in Gondola ride along the romantic canals. Meet for a tour of the Bacari (typical wine bars,) where you will taste some traditional small plates of Venetian specialties cicheto paired by a glass of good wine and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 12: THE MYSTERIES OF VENICE: CASANOVA'S ESCAPE
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Rialto Bridge, the world traveler Marco Polo’s house, the lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo. Trace the steps of James Bond through St. Mark’s square and its stunning Basilica with its onion-shaped dome, bearing witness to the eastern and western architecture that in Venice so happily came together. Enjoy a full guided tour of the majestic Doge’s Palace. Here, Venice’s famous lover and writer, Giacomo Casanova was held prisoner, before he managed to escape. See the spectacular Ponte dei Sospiri, ‘Bridge of Sighs’ – named for the prisoners that took a last look towards this magnificent city and couldn’t help but sigh. Rest of the day at Leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 13: LAGOON ISLANDS: MORE BOND
Breakfast at the hotel. View Venice from the water as James Bond did by visiting the Lagoon Islands: Murano, world-renowned for its glassware and factories, the Island of Burano, famous for its lacemaking and the brightly colored fishermen's cottages, Torcello, the first settlement in the lagoon. Lunch on your own. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 14: LAKE COMO: STAR WARS AND CASINO ROYALE
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Lake Como, the most romantic lake in northern Italy. Check in at the hotel. Time to relax or to take a walk along the lake and admire the beautiful views. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Hiking or biking on request. Overnight stay.
DAY 15: VILLA BALBANIELLO: SACRED AND PROFANE
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Villa Balbaniello, where James Bond frolicked in Casino Royale and Anakin and Padmé exchanged secret vows in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Guided tour of Lake Como and its “pearl” Bellagio, enjoying the fantastic views and the beautiful villas and gardens. Overnight stay.
DAY 16: DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Milan airport and departure. Return home feeling like a movie star. Arrivederci!
NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change based on the availability of the services/tours/activities listed at the time of your traveling.