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Two weeks of timeless romance in Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, Tuscany and Venice

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A country synonymous with passion and romance, Italy is a perfect setting for a honeymoon. This intimate two-week luxury tour has been crafted with handpicked hotels, private tours and exclusive experiences in our favourite Italian destinations – Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, Tuscany and Venice.

Begin your romantic sojourn with three nights in Rome, perhaps the most historic city in the world. Discover ancient sites such as the Pantheon, Forum and Colosseum, and visit the quintessentially romantic Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. You’ll also take an exclusive early hours tour of the Vatican and learn to make an authentic Pizza Romano with a native expert.

Next, take the train south to Naples and enjoy a scenic drive along the Amalfi Coast, your base for the next four nights. You’ll explore this magical stretch of coastline, take a private boat trip out to the island of Capri and take in sweeping views as walk the Path of the Gods hike. En route back to Naples, you’ll discover the ancient and fascinating site of Pompeii.

Step back into the Renaissance in Florence, a beautiful city whose grand piazzas and palazzos play host to the world’s great masterpieces. Then explore the surrounding hills of Tuscany, best known for its vineyards, rustic villas and Medieval towns. Rise one morning with the dawn’s mist for a stunning hot air balloon flight over the Chianti region.

Finally you’ll venture north to Venice, where you’ll wander amongst its maze of canals and take a private evening tour of St. Mark’s Basilica, seeing its glorious golden interior illuminated by chandelier.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-4

Rome

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Private transfer to your hotel in Rome

Accommodation in Rome

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Three nights in Rome Three nights in Rome

Rome, Italy’s capital and largest city, needs little introduction. One of the most historied locations in the world, glorious reminders of Rome’s illustrious past, from ancient Roman wonders to Renaissance masterpieces, are all on show. That’s not to say that its cosmopolitan streets do not embrace the now; Rome is as exhilarating and forward thinking as ever.

Rome Highlights Tour Rome Highlights Tour

You'll learn all about Rome as Italy's political capital, capital of Catholicism and centre of the ancient world. Begin your tour at Piazza Navona, which covers the site of Domitian's stadium and one of the most beautiful squares in Rome, home to the Fountain of the Four Rivers. You'll continue on to the Pantheon, built by Agrippa in 27 BC, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

Tour of Ancient Rome - The Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum Tour of Ancient Rome - The Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum

Discover the great Roman Forum, for centuries the centre of civic life as the site of triumphal processions, elections, public speeches and criminal trials. Then, along the Via Sacra (Sacred Way), head to the Palatine Hill, one of the most ancient parts of the city, where you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view of the Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium Last but not least, enter the magnificent Colosseum, considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering, and capable of seating up to 50,000 spectators.

Early-access Vatican City tour Early-access Vatican City tour

Arrive at 7am at the Vatican when the museums are still closed. You'll have the chance to enter with just a few others and enjoy an American breakfast. Then you are ready to start the tour of the museums with your personal guide. You will pass through room after room full of treasures, before the culmination of the visit, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, home to the conclave that elects Popes. The ceiling frescoes and Last Judgement on the altar wall are probably the most viewed paintings in the world.

From here, enter St Peter's Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world and a triumph of Renaissance architecture, the work of Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Once inside, having got over the feelings of awe inspired by the sheer size and magnificence of it all, one of the first things you will see is Michelangelo's Pieta. Sculpted at the age of 23, it must be the most moving of all Michelangelo's sculptures; a mother gazing lovingly at her child as if seeing the baby she gave birth to but in fact the body of the 33-year-old Christ. Moving down the church, you will pass the statue of St Peter, whose bronze toes have been completely worn away by the millions of pilgrims who have stroked them and arrive at Bernini's Baldacchino (canopy), under the centre of the dome and behind this, the throne of St Peter.

Pizza making workshop Pizza making workshop

No visit to Italy would be complete without tasting an authentic Italian pizza and what better way to experience it than making your own? You’ll be welcomed by a professional pizza maker and get to knead the dough, create the topping and pop it into the oven. Best of all, you will get to eat your creation!

Flights & Transfers

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Private transfer to Rome’s train station

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Train from Rome to Naples

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Private transfer to your hotel on the Amalfi Coast

Days 4-8

The Amalfi Coast

Accommodation in The Amalfi Coast

Four nights on the Amalfi Coast Four nights on the Amalfi Coast

Draped along the cliffs on the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula, between Salerno and the city of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most dramatic and glamorous spots in Italy. Between the two, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello’s candy coloured buildings spill their way down into blue bays.

The peninsular combines affluent sophistication with a honest simplicity, where super yachts and gurgling Italian sports cars next sit amidst an unchanging rural way of life. The food gloriously reflects this and some of Europe’s finest restaurants can be found here, thriving on fresh local produce, whilst the rustic Neapolitan food found everywhere here to many epitomizes Italian cuisine. The views and food are perhaps the main draw here, but there is a rich history to explore too, hidden beaches to discover and pristine trails in the Lattari Mountains to climb.

Capri day trip by private boat Capri day trip by private boat

Head out into the Gulf of Naples across to the beautiful island of Capri, a draw to visitors for thousands of years.

The tour will touch Li Galli Islands, the legendary home of the sirens who lured Ulysses to the islands with their enchanted singing. This is also an ideal place for snorkelling with its clear waters and underwater treasures. Tide permitting, you will approach the famous Blue Grotto where it will be possible to get inside using the local small boat.

Amalfi Coast tour Amalfi Coast tour

Discover the spectacular Amalfi Coast, situated like an amphitheatre among the mountains and the sea. Visit Ravello and the Villas Rufolo and Cimbrone, two sites not to be missed for their splendour and decorations. Both villas have amazingly beautiful gardens. You'll also take in the wonderful Positano, considered to be one of the most picturesque of all Italy's coastal resorts.

Path of the Gods hike Path of the Gods hike

‘Sentiero degli dei’ means Path of the Gods and takes its name from the numerous Roman temples that were dotted around the area. You will be driven to Vettica Maggiore, a small town between Positano and Amalfi, where the hiking trail will start. The walk starts with a flight of steps, set amidst lush vegetation, at the end of which lies San Domenico, home to the Church of Santa Maria and a Dominican convent. The route then goes towards Nocelle and this is arguably the most attractive stretch of the whole walk. The path snakes through peaceful pinewoods, past hidden caves and offers the most stunning views of the Amalfi Coast. From Nocelle you will be driven to Positano for lunch and a wander around.

Pompeii tour Pompeii tour

To visit Pompeii is probably as close as we can get to travelling in a time machine back to ancient Rome. In August of 79 AD, Vesuvius had been rumbling for some days and it is estimated that a large part of the population of 20,000 had been evacuated; those that were left were as if suspended in time, as the plaster casts made of the bodies that were found shows. Excavation started in the 18th century and continues to this day.

The first impression, on entering into the Forum, is just how massive Roman structures were; they really dwarf revered Medieval or later sites. You will get to walk Roman streets, look into bars, stroll into Patrician villas, complete with frescoes and mosaics, there is even a mosaic doormat, saying ‘beware of the dog’. Even graffiti (an Italian word) is written on some of the walls, reflecting a forthcoming election. When you see the baths, the central heating systems and the gentle fountains in the courtyards of the villas, you really feel it wouldn’t be too much of a hardship to live there.

Flights & Transfers

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Private transfer to Naples train station

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Train from Naples to Florence

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Private transfer to your hotel in Florence

Days 8-10

Florence

Accommodation in Florence

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Surrounded by rolling Tuscan hills, the beautiful city of Florence is one of Europe's most enchanting and historically influential cities. If anywhere in the world can claim to have shaped modern Western consciousness, it is Florence's grand piazzas and palazzos.

The world's greatest Renaissance artworks and sculpture can be found at every turn in the historical centre, an area that can be traversed on foot in under an hour but would infinitely longer to properly explore.

Walking tour of Renaissance Florence Walking tour of Renaissance Florence

Explore Florence’s Renaissance past with this guided walking tour of the city's historic centre. The Academia Gallery is home to Michelangelo's ‘David’, one of the finest sculptures ever created, and though there are many copies across the city, this is the real deal. You'll also visit the church of Santa Maria del Fiore – the famous Duomo - to view Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome; the nearby Campanile of Giotto (bell tower); and Ghiberti’s enchanting ‘Gates of Paradise’, the door to the Baptistry. Continue to the Piazza della Signoria, centre of Florentine politics and home to a captivating outdoor sculpture gallery. Shopping, architecture and history will collide as you stroll over the Ponte Vecchio.

Private transfer to your hotel in Tuscany, via the Chianti region Private transfer to your hotel in Tuscany, via the Chianti region

Discover the beautiful Chianti region en route to your hotel, with a private driver at your disposal. Learn about some of the most excellent Italian wines, or perhaps simply explore the beautiful of Tuscany countryside and its scattered Medieval towns.

Days 10-12

Tuscany

Accommodation in Tuscany

Two nights in Tuscany Two nights in Tuscany

Rolling hills dotted with rustic farm houses, Medieval towns, dark green cypress trees and ranked vines, there are few views more quintessentially Italian than that across the Tuscan countryside. Spend your time here getting acquainted with an enviable culinary tradition, fine Chianti wines, beautiful towns and warm locals.

Hot air balloon flight over Tuscany Hot air balloon flight over Tuscany

After an early start, take an unforgettable flight over the beautiful hills, vineyards and medieval villages of Tuscany in a hot air balloon. Your pilot will also regale you with tales from the history of the area. After gently coming in to land, follow the tradition of all balloonists with a celebratory glass of Champagne.

Flights & Transfers

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Private transfer to Florence’s train station

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Train from Florence to Venice

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Private boat transfer to your hotel in Venice

Days 12-15

Venice

Accommodation in Venice

Two nights in Venice Two nights in Venice

Sat within a shallow lagoon between the mouths of Po and Piave rivers, Venice is formed of 118 islands formed by some 170 canals connected by over 400 bridges. The entire city is considered a World Heritage Site, an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building may contain works by some of the Europe's greatest artists.

Iconic attractions on the main Rialto islands are evocative by name alone - Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Grand Canal - a unique collection of brooding Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque architecture. Days can be spent discovering tucked away galleries, museums and palazzos. Away from the crowds, other islands are where traditional Venetian culture still runs deep.

Three Islands Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Three Islands Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello

Visit Venice’s most famous islands, Murano, Burano and Torcello, to learn their importance in history and trade. The first stop will be in Murano, world famous since the 1200s for the art of glass making, where you will visit one of Venice’s most important glass factories and have a private show of how the intricate glasswork is made and then tour the showroom with works of great glass masters like Signoretto.

The second picturesque island is Burano, a fisherman island known for its brightly coloured houses and for its lace school. You will see the women who still work this antique technique of lace making by hand. The last stop is Torcello, the first island to be inhabited in the lagoon, where you will hear the history and see its beautiful cathedral with its magnificent mosaics dating back to the 1100s. In Torcello you will also see the Locanda Cipriani where Ernest Hemingway stayed when in Venice and wrote A Farewell to Arms.

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Dine at Venissa Ristorante Dine at Venissa Ristorante

Venissa Ristorante is nestled in the island of Mazzorba, a 30-minute boat ride from the centre of Venice. Surrounded by vineyards and the lagoon, it doesn't get much more idyllic than this. Choose to dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant or the osteria - the menus at both are inspired by the fishermen of Burano and the vegetable gardens of the estate. There is also an exceptional wine list with lots of labels from the local area. For something really special, you can dine at a private table surrounded by the vines.

Flights & Transfers

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Private boat and road transfer from your hotel to Venice airport

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