Eternal Friendship: “Gal”entines
8 NIGHT TRIP
Departing from Rome and ending in Milan. Eternal Friendship: an Adventure for ‘Galentines’.
- The Ancient and modern treats of Rome
- Tastes of Tuscany
- Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera
- Shopping in Florence and Milan
- Options to book hotels with yoga and fitness classes offered.
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN ROME
Upon arrival at Rome airport, private transfer to your hotel for check in. Private walking tour of the Trevi Fountain, Via Condotti, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, a monument built in honor of Gods and Goddesses. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 2: THE VATICAN AND ANCIENT ROME
Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a tour in the greatest art collections: the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel. Your guide will lead you inside the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, where you will admire Michelangelo’s Pieta. In the afternoon tour of Ancient Rome; you will visit the Capitoline museums, behold a sculpture of Venus, the Roman goddess and The Temple of the Vestal Virgins in the Roman Forum. Evening at Leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 3: THE FEMALE SAINTS
Breakfast at the hotel. Private driver and guide to the churches dedicated to Female Saints. Visit Santa Maria in Trastevere, in the delightful Trastevere neighborhood, one of the oldest churches in Rome and see its beautiful mosaics. The baroque Santa Maria del Popolo contains stunning masterpieces by Raphael and others and the famed Chigi Chapel is something to behold. Visit the church of Santa Agnese with its pink and white marbles and beautiful frescos and learn of the patron Saint of young girls.
End with Sant’Agostino Church, one of the first churches built during the Renaissance and see the ‘Madonna di Loreto’ from Caravaggio. The rest of the day at leisure, perhaps taking in an evening opera or concert. Overnight stay.
DAY 4: FLORENCE, THE CRADLE OF RENAISSANCE
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by high-speed train to Florence. Arrival and check-in. In the afternoon Florence walking tour including the Accademia Museum to admire Michelangelo’s works The Prisoners and St. Matthew along with his masterpiece, The David. Continue to the city center for a stroll all the way to Ponte Vecchio, along which you will walk by the famous Duomo di Firenze. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 5: TUSCAN CUISINE
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a half-day course learning to cook an authentic home-style Tuscan meal in a classic private apartment in central Florence. After a walk to the Central Market, where you will learn to distinguish the highest quality ingredients and taste local foods & wines, learn to prepare a complete meal using fresh ingredients and secret tips from the chef, which will be enjoyed with a complementing wine. Afternoon at Leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 6: THE ITALIAN RIVIERA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre, the five centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the sea or shop in local shops. Overnight stay.
DAY 7: THE FIVE VILLAGES
Breakfast at the hotel. Hiking option: A private full day tour on the Sanctuaries hiking path, named this way as it links all the sanctuaries of the National Park of the Cinque Terre. Visit to the famous seaside villages: Vernazza – Reggio Sanctuary – Soviore Sanctuary- Monterosso. On the way stop for wine tasting in a local winery. Cruising option: Experience a private boat cruise to enjoy the amazing Cinque Terre from the water and enjoy swimming and snorkeling, sip some wine and enjoy la Dolce Vita. Dinner at leisure and overnight stay.
DAY 8: MILAN AND ITS TREASURES
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure transfer to Milan hotel, check-in. Afternoon guided tour to discover the most famous sites Milan is known for. First stop will be at the marvelous church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and admire the world’s most celebrated painting by one of the world’s greatest geniuses ever: Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
Follow the way through the Brera District for some shopping as you continue to the historical center of Milan to the magnificent Gothic cathedral on Piazza Duomo. Stroll around and walk through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the world’s oldest shopping center. Option for opera or concert at the famous Opera House, Teatro La Scala. Overnight stay.
DAY 9: DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the 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.