DAY 1: ARRIVE IN 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 stay.
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 stay.
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’. Late in the afternoon, an experience for the wine and food lovers that you will never forget. You will meet with your foodie expert guide in a famous city center restaurant, where you will enjoy typical local food paired with superior wines. You will first discover the cellar, where you will enjoy a delicious aperitif while learning about Rome area wines. Then you will sit down at your reserved table for your traditional Italian dinner with matching wines. It will be simply delicious! Overnight stay.
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 stay.
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 to 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 stay.
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 stay.
DAY 7: THE CRADLE OF RENAISSANCE
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to your hotel in Florence and check in. In the afternoon another must see museum 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. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 8: UFFIZI GALLERY TREASURES
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. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 9: LAKE MAGGIORE
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by high-speed train to Milan. Upon arrival at the train station, private transfer to Castello dal Pozzo on Lake Maggiore. Check in and afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 10: LAKESIDE VILLAGES
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. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 11: LAKE MAGGIORE AS YOU WISH
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 12: DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Milan airport and departure. Arrivederci!
NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change based on the availability of the services/tours/activities listed at the time of your traveling.