2Be in Italy 10 nts

2BE IN ITALY 1O NIGHTS

11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS PACKAGE WITH HOTELS, CITY SIGHTSEEING AND EXCURSIONS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

- in maroon extra activities on request


Day 1 - ARRIVAL

Transfer with AC Mercedes Minivan or car from Fiumicino Rome airport to the city centre Hotel.
4**** Hotel Check in


Day 2 - ROME, THE HIGHLIGHTS WITH OFFICIAL GUIDE


MONUMENTAL ROME

Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Navona Square
duration: 3 hours
 

Extra sightseeing on request:

ANCIENT ROME

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Capitoline Hill
duration: 3 hours

Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and Pantheon
duration: 4 hours


Day 3 - ROME, THE VATICANS WITH OFFICIAL CITY GUIDE 

VATICAN

Vatican Museum (Gallery of Candelabras, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Geografical Maps and Sistine Chapel),
St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square
duration: 3 hours
 

Extra sightseeing on request:

CHRISTIAN ROME

2 Papal Basilicas
(to choose among St. Mary Major, St. Paul's and St. John's) and Catacombs
duration: 3 hours

Borghese Gallery
duration: 3 hours


Day 4 - FROM ROME TO SIENA VIA MONTEPULCIANO/PIENZA/MONTALCINO


Check out
 

Taxi transfer from your Hotel to the Termini Train station (not included)
Train connection to Chiusi-Chianciano Terme:
 

Departure Arrival Duration Train
Roma Termini Chiusi-Chianciano Terme    
8.25AM 9.58AM 1.33 Intercity 586





or

09.00AM Pick up at the Hotel for an AC Mercedes Minivan/Car transfer from Rome to Siena via Montepulciano/Pienza/Montalcino
 

Montepulciano is an interesting hilltop town located in the southeaster part of Tuscany, near the Umbrian border. The Etruscans were making wine here before Rome had even been founded!
 

Our tour will start with the visit of San Biagio Abbey for pictures over the valley and Renaissance architecture sightseeing.
Afterwords we will reach the Old Wine Cellars in Piazza Grande.
The guide will explain you the whole wine making process and will introduce you in some of the strict Montepulciano wine productions rules.
At the end of the tastings you will know how to recognize the difference in flavor and structure among the every day Rosso diMontepulciano DOC , the older Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG and Riserva.
On the way to Pienza we will stop in a renowned family onwned restaurant to enjoy the real Tuscan lunch.
After lunch our tour will be continued stopping in Pienza, the town conceived by Pope Pius II built on top of the medieval castle of Corsignano, designated as part of the world-wide heritage of humanity by UNESCO.
Pienza become very popular for its “pecorino”, a cheese made from sheep’s milk.
 

You can enjoy it when is young and in a soft, practically spreadable state, as well as when it’s “stagionato”, or aged.
Our full day Montepulciano/Pienza/Montalcino tour lasts 8 hours.
 

In the afternoon we will stop in a prestigious Brunello winery.
The owner will show you the whole wine making process and will introduce you in some of the strict Brunello productions rules.
During the day It will be also possible to taste Vinsanto, Grappa, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and pecorino Cheese.
 

06.00PM Drop off in Siena and check in at the Hotel
 

Day 5 - SIENA, THE HIGHLIGHTS WITH OFFICIAL GUIDE


09.30AM Meeting at the Hotel with your guide

Our official city guide will take you through the narrow streets of the historical centre and make you discover the treasures of the city.
Walking across the city (you can choose between the main street with the medieval Palazzos of the mighty merchants or the hidden corners inhabited by the craftsmen), you will learn about the Church of San Domenico with the relics of Saint Catherine of Siena, the spectacular Duomo, with its precious marble floor, the Piccolomini Library
and the famous Ambon by Nicola Pisano (1268), and Piazza del Campo, the square world famous for the horse race and for its Torre del Mangia, the second tallest tower in Italy completed in 1348.
 

duration: 3 hours
 

on request:
 

AFTERNOON BROLIO CASTLE TOUR
 

03.00PM Pick up in Siena

Stop over in Brolio Castle for The gardens and the Chapel tour:
 

Going up to Brolio castle, one of the most interesting places in the Chianti area for its historical and architectural importance, you go along a long avenue through a beautiful historical park called the “English Woods”, with plants from all over the world, created by Baron Bettino Ricasoli during the nineteenth century, as was the fashion of the time. There has always been free access to the English Woods and there are no limits today, either, the only recommendation being to respect the environment.
In the garden in front of the castle, it is worth mentioning the magnificent Sterculia tree: 11 metres tall, 2.9 m in circumference, it survived the second world war, albeit not undamaged, and is listed in the Monumental Tree register.
 

The Museum and the Ricasoli Collection tour (it closes on Mondays):

The collection puts together unique and rare pieces that tell the history of the Ricasoli family, who fought side by side with the Medici and later made a fundamental contribution to the Unification of Italy.
 

Divided into four themed rooms, the Ricasoli Collection displays family weapons from the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries in the first room. The second room is dedicated to Bettino Ricasoli and his political work during the Risorgimento, while the third contains the furnishings made in preparation for King Victor Emmanuel II’s visit to Brolio in 1863. The fourth room is devoted to the research and experiments carried out by Bettino on vines and wine and also contains part of a collection of minerals and fossils personally collected by the Baron himself.
Wine tasting in Barone Ricasoli winery, the inventor of Chianti Classico recipe.
 

An exciting way to learn about and appreciate the Chianti Classico area through its most representative wines. The helpfulness and competence of the staff who present the wines will make your experience in the wine shop pleasant and fascinating
 

06.00PM Drop off at the Hotel in Siena
 

Day 6 - TRANSFER FROM SIENA TO FLORENCE VIA CHIANTI/MONTERIGGIONI/SAN GIMIGNANO
 

09.30AM Pick up at the Hotel in Siena

10.00AM Stop over in Monteriggioni village for sightseeing

11.00AM Cellar tour in prestigious winery, Trasqua

Full tasting included:Supertuscan IGT, Chinti Classico DOCG, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, extra virgin olive oil and at the end Vinsanto

01.30PM Gourmet Lunch in San Gimignano in a local “not touristy” restaurant.

We have selected for our guests some of the best restaurants of the region, where you will appreciate the tasty and gourmet Tuscany dishes.

After lunch, you’ll spend 1 hour into San Gimignano village for sightseeing and shopping through the city center.
In San Gimignano is possible to climb up the “Torre Grossa” to enjoy a spectacular view over the valley or, if you prefer, you can taste the "Best Ice-cream in the world"
A map plus some of our personal recommendation will be provided during the lunch.

05.30PM Check in at the Hotel in Florence
 

Day 7 - FLORENCE, THE HIGHLIGHTS AND ACCADEMIA WITH OFFICIAL GUIDE
 

09.00AM Meeting with your guide at the Hotel

Visit at the museum "Galleria dell'Accademia" (Academy Gallery)

The real David and other statues by Michelangelo
Cathedral Square (Cathedral inside - Baptistery outside)
Signoria Square
Old Bridge (Ponte Vecchio)
Church of Santa Croce

duration: 4 hours
 

Extra sightseeing on request:


UFFIZI AND ACCADEMIA

Visit at the museum "Galleria dell'Accademia" (Academy Gallery)
The real David and other statues by Michelangelo
Cathedral Square (Cathedral inside - Baptistery outside)
Signoria Square

Lunch break (not included)

Old Bridge (Ponte Vecchio)
Visit of the Uffizi Gallery

duration: 6 hours
 

FLORENCE COMPLETE

Cathedral Square (Cathedral inside - Baptistery outside)
Signoria Square
Old Bridge (Ponte Vecchio)
Church of Santa Croce

Lunch break (not included)

Visit of the Uffizi Gallery

duration: 6 hours

The full day tours can be reversible
(Uffizi or Accademia museums am or pm).


The 4 hours city tour is joinable with our afternoon Shopping tour (The  Mall or Prada Outlets).
 

Day 8 - PISA AND LUCCA


09.30AM Pick up at the Hotel

We'll make our first stop in the ancient Lucca, a walled city where you can enjoy a relaxing walk in the narrow streets with its nice shops.
Historical sites: the Cathedral of San Martino, Baptistery and the Roman ruins , the Square of the Amphitheatre and Napoleone Square.
In the morning Lucca is a busy city, but don't worry about cars or scooters!
Everybody walk and ride bicycle...
By the way, a unique experience it's to hire a bicycle and take a ride on top of the wall!
Lunch in the city.
After lunch stop over in Pisa to admire some of the most important masterpieces of the Romanesque architecture in the "Miracle Square": the world famous Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and Baptistery.
 

On request 2 hours private Pisa official guide.
 

Day 9 - TRANSFER FROM FLORENCE TO VENICE


Check out

Taxi transfer from your Hotel to the SMN Florence Trainstation (not included)

Train connection to Venice:

Departure Arrival Duration Train

Firenze S. M. Novella

Venezia S. Lucia

   
9.25AM 11.33AM 2.08 Frecciargento 9406





or
 

09.30AM Pick up at the Hotel for AC Mercedes Minivan/Car transfer from Florence Hotel to Venice Piazzale Roma, water taxi (NOT included) station
 

Day 10 - VENICE, THE ORIENTATION TOUR WITH OFFICIAL CITY GUIDE


This is the tour for those that come to Venice for the first time: we will talk about the winged lion, the story of St Mark being brought to Venice from Egypt, his “golden church”, and then Theodore, killing a dragon, and, of course, when, how and why the Venetians have built a city on hundreds of thousands of wooden poles stuck in the mud of the lagoon.
 

We will visit St Mark’s square, the basilica and we will end at the Rialto bridge on the Grand Canal.
 

Walking across the city --you can choose between the Castello or San Marco districts-- we will also see some of the hidden corners in Venice, understanding everyday life in the city, its problems, what is like to live in such a city and about the “high water” phenomenon and what is on to protect the city and the lagoon.
 

Our guide will be happy to give advice what else to see in Venice, after the tour ends.
 

duration: 2 hours
 

In Venice you can move around by foot or by boat. Most of the several islands that compose the city are connected by more than 400 bridges.
 

When visiting churches in Venice, don’t forget you need to cover your shoulders - a shawl will do - and wear bermudas or skirts reaching your knee. Please consider also, for security reasons, you will not be allowed in St Mark’s church and museums with a large backpack or bulky bags. There will be checkrooms in any cases, free of charge, where you can store your bag during the visit.
 

Extra sightseeing on request:
ST MARK’S SQUARE, THE BASILICA AND THE DOGE’S PALACE

St. Mark's square was the political and religious center of the Republic of Venice.

It is a place extraordinarily rich in historical and artistic value. Since the beginning of the 9th century, there developed here the symbols of power and propaganda of the Doge’s Republic and its religious devotion.

We visit the basilica with its precious shimmering gold-leaf mosaics, the altar screen with its gems, pearls and enamels. The visit continues in the doge’s palace , the doge’s apartments, the chambers where the laws were made, the courtrooms where judicial life was led and eventually we will cross the most-celebrated icon of Venice, the Bridge of Sighs, to get to see the Prisons.

A description of the main monuments in the square is also included: the Procuratie palaces and the Napoleonic Wing, the Clock Tower, the Campanile and the Marciana National Library.

duration: 3 hours
 

THE ANCIENT JEWISH GHETTO

The ancient Jewish ghetto in Venice is in the Cannaregio district, one of the most authentic Venetian areas in the city, and yet quite unknown to tourists.

Important historical and artistic memories of the past will be seen in this tour which starts from the ancient financial heart of the city, Rialto, where other foreign communities lived.

We continue with the Jesuits' campo, its church where an important canvas by Titian is preserved as well as the small precious oratory of the Crociferi. From there we move to the scuola of the Misericordia and then we walk along the fondamenta to reach the beautiful church of the Madonna dell'Orto: here we can stop to admire the much celebrated works by Tintoretto.

In this multicultural and multi ethnic context, not too far from the campo dei Mori, but away from the centre of power, the Jewish ghetto was born in 1516. We will try to understand what distinguished this area from all other Jewish quarters in Europe at that time as well as learn the history of the Venetian Jewish community till nowadays.

duration: 2 hours
 

OFF-THE-BEATEN PATH IN DORSODURO

Dorsoduro is the southern district of Venice. There are several walks in the area that will allow to see several important both historical and artistic monuments as well as more elegant and lively quarters. With its balconies and colourful flowers, hidden gardens, and the private boats lolling lazily in the canals is a wonderful place for photography lovers.

The tour can start from the Punta della Dogana, the ancient Custom House, and the spectacular church of Santa Maria della Salute. We pass by the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and we reach the embankment of the Zattere both to enjoy some ice cream and the view over the canal and island of the Giudecca.

We can stop by a place where they make the wooden oar forks for the gondolas and the other Venetian typical boats. Nearby we will see the oldest gondolayard in Venice.

We end the tour by campo Santa Margherita, one of the liveliest squares in Venice thanks to the presence of the major University, Ca’ Foscari.

duration: 2 hours
 

THE GRAND CANAL AND THE HIDDEN WATERWAYS

The main street in Venice is of course a waterway.

Visiting Venice from the water level is certainly the best way to get close to the city and its most magical dimension.

The Grand Canal was defined as "the most beautiful street in the world": here palaces, churches and the ancient foreigners’ trading centres, the fondaci, show their most important and richly decorated façade to the people passing by. The tour is on a boat and includes several variations which we can choose together, passing through side canals, re-entering and leaving the Grand Canal in order to see more Venetian corners.

duration: 1 hour in combination with other tours
extra costs: water taxi rental
 

Day 11 - CHECK OUT


Our package includes:

- Transfer from Rome Apt to the Hotel
- 3 Full day tours
- 5 Walking guided tours
- English speaking drivers and guides
- All tastings as per program
- 2 Gourmet Lunches in Pienza and San Gimignano
- 10 nights accommodation in Hotel
- Train or minivan connections 
 

Our package DOESN'T include:

- All entrance fees
- Everything not specifically included in the above (Our package includes) list
 


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