Take an unforgettable journey through Italy with our 12 day program that combines privately guided sightseeing of major sights and free time to enjoy on your own. Start in the beautiful Lake Como area with its incredible mountain scenery and elegant villas that dot the lake – Verona, the city of legendary Romeo and Juliet – Venice, a great place to see history and people watch at the same time – the Renaissance city of Florence – Visit the medieval jewel of Tuscany, Siena, and finish in the eternal city of Rome
Overnights: 2 nights in Lake Como area, 2 nights in Verona, 2 nights in Venice, 2 nights in Florence, 3 nights in Rome
Note: this itinerary can be customized according to your needs
Day 1 – Arrival and Transfer to Como
You will be greeted by your driver outside of the arrivals hall upon your arrival in Milan and transferred to your hotel in Lake Como area. After check in at the hotel, the rest of your first day is free for you to relax and absorb the serene atmosphere of this stunningly beautiful resort area.
Day 2 – Lake Como Tour 6 hour
A picture perfect day awaits you as you start your tour of this stunning lake with your private local guide. Traveling by boat (public ferry and hydrofoil), you will have the opportunity to see the lavish villas that dot the shoreline of the lake; holiday homes to the Italian nobility of the past as well as the rich and famous of the present…among which George Clooney is one of the more popular!… You will stop at Bellagio for a chance to stroll down the streets of this famous lakeside retreat, and perhaps visit a local restaurant to sample the region’s typical cuisine. In the afternoon, return to Como by hydrofoil for a short visit of the city where you will climb to the village of Brunate by funicular. From here, 500 M(1640 ft) above the lake you will enjoy an astonishing view. Return to the town centre and end your tour at the Duomo.
Day 3 – Como to Verona via Sirmione Lake Garda
After check out, meet your private driver for your journey to Verona. On the way, you will stop to visit Sirmione, the “Pearl of Lake Garda”. This town is built on a peninsula that projects into the Lake and is famed for its medieval beauty as well as its breathtaking natural surroundings. You will enjoy some free time to explore the town on your own before rejoining your driver and continuing on to Verona. Drop off at your hotel by 5pm.
Day 4 – Verona City Tour 3 hours
With our local tour guide you will explore Verona, commonly known as the setting for Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The rich history of the city extends to Roman times. Still enclosed by ancient walls, Verona conserves an atmosphere that evokes a past of medieval and Renaissance splendour. The main monuments you will visit are: Duomo, Piazza delle Erbe with the famous high tower, Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza Bra dominated by the enormous Arena and the house of Juliet, with its famous balcony. The afternoon is free for you to relax, or perhaps do a little shopping in Verona’s elegant stores.
Day 5 – Verona to Venice via Valpolicella wine region
After check out this morning, your driver will be waiting to continue your tour towards Venice. Your route will take you through the picturesque Valpolicella wine region with its world famous wines. You will visit an evocative and historical winery, where you can taste the different local wines, including the famous Amarone…!
At the end of the visit continue through the Veneto Region to Venice. Upon arrival at Venice taxi- bus-boat terminal around 3pm you will be transferred by a private boat to your hotel.
Day 6 – Venice City Tour 3 hours
Venice’s charm lies both in its unique civil engineering achievements, and in the harmony of Eastern and Western artistic styles that have flourished here over the centuries. Your private guided city tour will include some of the major sights that define the look and history of Venice, Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica and St. Mark’s Square. Balance of day free for your independent activities.
Day 7 – Venice to Florence
Leave your hotel and meet your driver at the taxi boat terminal for the transfer to Florence. Upon your arrival in Florence, we will greet you with a nice panoramic car tour of the city. Check in at your hotel in the historical area around 2pm. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy as you please.
Day 8 – Florence City Tour 3 hours
This morning our local guide will meet you at your hotel to take you on a private walking tour of the city. Florence’s rich past as the cultural centre of the Italian Renaissance can still be seen today in the wealth of art gathered here, and in the preservation of its splendid architecture. The tour includes visits of the Duomo and the Baptistry, the Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio, and the famous Accademia Gallery.
Day 9 – Florence to Rome via Siena
After check out, depart with your private driver for Siena and Rome. In Siena, one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Tuscany, you will tour 3 hours with our local guide visiting the main sights including the famous Piazza del Campo, sight of the Palio horse race. After the tour you will have time for lunch and some shopping or independent sightseeing before continuing on to Rome and your next hotel. Drop off around 4pm.
Day 10 – Ancient Rome 5 hours
A fascinating private half day tour of the wonders of the Ancient Romans transports you back to the days of the Caesars and the Roman legions. Together with your driver and local guide you will visit the Circus Maximus, sight of Ben Hur style races, the Roman forum and the incomparable Colosseum. The tour will finish visiting the celebrated Trevi’s Fountain and Spanish Steps. Afternoon is at your leisure.
Day 11 – Vatican Tour 3 hours
Your fascinating half day private tour with your driver and local guide of the Vatican starts in the galleries of the Vatican museum, home to the most celebrated art collection in Europe. The museum tour ends in the spectacular Sistine Chapel, the extreme expression of Michelangelo’s genius. Last but not least, visit the largest sanctuary of Christianity, St. Peter’s Basilica, where proportions appear to have been forgotten in an amazing triumph of marble, bronze and mosaic works. The balance of the day is at your leisure.
Day 12 – Arrivederci Italia
After check out from the hotel your driver will pick you up for your private transfer to Rome International Airport.