Italy Explorer
101019Doe2-124726
Arrival: Jul 11, 2011
Duration: 7 days (6 nights)
Group Size: 2 people
 
Trip Ref: 101019Doe2-124726
Prepared by Jane Doe
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Italy Explorer

Italy Explorer

Explore the majestic capital city of Rome, the charm and sophistication of Florence, with a jaunt to San Gimignano and Siena.

Per Person:
  • $1,735.84 USD (double room)
Total Trip Price:
$3,471.68 USD
(excl. international airfare)
Quote #:
101019Doe2-124726
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TRIP SUMMARY

You could spend weeks in both Rome and Florence and not tire of their beauty or feel that you are retracing your steps. This tour gives you a great opportunity to experience the highlights of both cities, while allowing you enough free time to explore at leisure and indulge your personal interests, be it shopping, visiting museums and art galleries, enjoying the city's night life or whatever is your fancy.

The organized activities of this tour include (amongst others) discovering the monuments and sites of ancient Rome with an English speaking guide, a guided tour of the Vatican museums, a guided walking tour of Florence and a full day excursion to the Chianti region, visiting Siena and San Gimignano with its numerous towers and frescoes.

You are looked after from the moment you arrive in Rome with a private airport pick up, to your departure in Florence airport (also with a private transfer), along with a train connection between the two cities.

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel
  • Day 1
    Mon, Jul 11 2011
    Rome
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (Fiumicino/Ciampino) - Vehicle/Driver
    • Welcome Pack - Package
    • Lunch (not included)
    • Self-Guided - Exploring Monumental Rome - Walk
    • Dinner (not included)
    Modigliani (3*) (B) (Standard)
  • Day 2
    Tue, Jul 12 2011
    Rome
    • Tour - Shared - Vatican & Rome of the Caesars (with Lunch) (9 hrs) - Coach/Guide
    • Lunch (included)
    • Continuation of day tour
    • Dinner (not included)
    • Self-Guided - Optional Dinner - Fine Dining Suggestions
    Modigliani (3*) (B) (Standard)
  • Day 3
    Wed, Jul 13 2011
    Rome
    • Self-Guided - Shopping in Rome
    • Lunch (not included)
    • Shared - 1/2 d Catacombs tour (3hrs) - Coach/Driver/Guide
    • Dinner (not included)
    Modigliani (3*) (B) (Standard)
  • Day 4
    Thu, Jul 14 2011
    Rome to Florence
    • Local taxi (not included)
    • Transfer - (2hrs 30m) - High speed Train - 1st class
    • Lunch (not included)
    • Local taxi (not included)
    • Dinner (not included)
    • Self-Guided - Dinner at Boccanegra
    Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*)
    Classic
    1 DBL (2 Adults)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5
    Fri, Jul 15 2011
    Florence
    • Shared - 1/2 d Walking Tour (2.5hr) - Guide
    • Lunch (not included)
    • At Leisure
    • Dinner (not included)
    Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*)
    Classic
    1 DBL (2 Adults)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6
    Sat, Jul 16 2011
    Florence
    • Shared - San Gimignano & Siena (9.5 hrs) - Tour
    • Lunch (not included)
    • Continuation of day tour
    • Dinner (not included)
    Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*)
    Classic
    1 DBL (2 Adults)
    Breakfast
  • Day 7
    Sun, Jul 17 2011
    Florence
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Kensington Cares - 2
    Depart (B) (Int`l airport)

DETAILED ITINERARY (DAY-BY-DAY)

Day 1: Mon, Jul 11 2011 - Rome

Enjoy a private Airport transfer in Rome (Fiumicino/Ciampino) with a private vehicle and driver.

A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Set out on what is considered by many as the most delightful and fascinating self-guided walks in the world!  The “Eternal-city” of Rome boasts a variety of monumental piazzas (squares), Renaissance architectural masterpieces, and millennia of historical importance seamless synergized with modern, cozy cafes, superb shopping and gastronomic culinary delights…did someone say gelato! You will walk through the historical center, beginning with the Spanish Steps, also known as Piazza di Spagna, famously leading down to the city center, surrounded by fabulous shopping, from bargain to the top, designer name brands. Continue your Roman adventure with a visit to the Trevi Fountain where legend says if you flip a coin into the water, you are sure to return to Rome. The epic Piazza Colona's is fused into the core of city only a few blocks away from the massive Pantheon. Built in the First Century B.C., the Pantheon, for millennia, was the highest arched building in the world. Only a short walk away is the Piazza Navona, with the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, Bernini's masterpiece. This square is often packed with artists, café visitors, and a swirl of smiling faces - this is truly a great place to experience the essence of Italian culture.

Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona
Hotel Modigliani
Hotel Modigliani
Day 2: Tue, Jul 12 2011 - Rome

Spend the day on a shared tour in Rome.  After being picked up from your centrally located hotel, you will pass by the Villa Borghese Park, Porta Flaminia, and cross over the Tiber River before reaching the Vatican Museum.  During the visit, you can admire the Hall of the Greek Cross, the Statue Gallery, the interesting cartographic study in the Geographical Maps Gallery, the Raphael Rooms, entirely frescoed by the Master, and the Sistine Chapel.  This is where Popes are elected and where you will find the Genesis and Last Judgment works by Michelangelo, which have been recently restored.  Enjoy lunch (1 glass of wine included, desert not included) before spending the afternoon exploring some of the most fascinating sights of the city.  You will be taken to Piazza Venezia, where you will see the imposing memorial of Victor Emanuel II, the first king of United Italy.  The tour will then proceed to the Roman Forum, the old centre of the imperial city, where the Senate House, the Basilicas, and the Temples of the major gods are located.  After walking along the Via Sacra and passing by the Arch of Titus, you will visit the Colosseum, surrounded by impressive monuments such us the ruins of the Arch of Constantine the Great.  The last stop on your tour will be the 5th century Christian Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, where you will see the world famous Statue of Moses by Michelangelo.  At the end of the shared tour, you will be brought back to your hotel.  Please note that during high season there may be queues to enter the museums.

Dinner is at leisure this evening. Some suggestions that you may consider for fine dining include La Pergola (3 Michelin stars), Il Pagliaccio (2 Michelin stars), Agata e Romeo (1 Michelin star), Il Convivio-Troianior L’Altro Mastai.  Please note that this dining experience is paid locally, out of pocket.

St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
Fine Dining
Fine Dining
Day 3: Wed, Jul 13 2011 - Rome

Rome is a great place for shopping. There are five main shopping areas: Spanish Steps & Via dei Condotti - This street is one of the richest streets in Italy and one of the best streets for shopping in Rome. The Via Dei Condotti is home to Italy's top designer stores. Via Del Corso – This busy pedestrian street runs from Piazza del Popolo down to Piazza Venezia. It is home to the famous shops like the Ferrari flagship store and Swarowski Crystal. Trastevere – This rather bohemian area of the city with its many winding streets is great for shopping and getting lost in. Be sure to check out the outdoor food market in Piazza San Cosimato where locals bargain with the vendors (7am -2pm).  Viale Marconi and Porta Portese- Viale Marconi is very good for shopping and is particularly popular with young trendy Romans. A bit out from the city center, it can be reached by talking the Metro Line B to Marconi. It is about 15 minutes away from the Colosseum. Porta Portese is the famous Roman flea market which takes place every Sunday from 8am until about 2pm. Another place of interest for food and market lovers is the Piazza Vittorio where a mesmerizing array of fresh foods, fruits, fish and meat, run by people from all over the world is displayed. Piazza Navona & via del Governo Vecchio – The well-known Piazza Navona is a great place for art lovers, as the surrounding streets contain lots of art galleries and antique shops.

After your lunch, enjoy an afternoon tour as you discover imperial and early Christian Rome by peeling back layers and millennia of history as you descend into the Eternal city's underground burial chambers, its long winding catacombs and its crypts. Your guide will explain the secrets of the Domitilla Catacombs, an ancient Christian burial ground, and the Church of San Clemente, built over an ancient fourth century church which was built over an even older Roman house containing Christian artifacts and a pagan temple almost 20 metres below ground level. You'll also visit Santa Maria Maggiore, the Holy Stairs, Old Appian Way and Domine Quo Vadis Chapel. (Includes Tour guide, tickets to Domitilla Catacombs and the church of San Clemente and air-conditioned transportation). Includes pick up and drop-off at hotel.

Via dei Condotti
Via dei Condotti
Bearded Christ, from catacombs of Commodilla
Bearded Christ, from catacombs of Commodilla
Day 4: Thu, Jul 14 2011 - Rome, Florence

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Enjoy the train ride from Rome to Florence. Train duration is approximately 2 hours 30 mins.

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

The venue for dinner is nestled in a cozy and comfortable corner in the heart of Florence. Here, you will be served delicious, savory dishes that pronounce the creativity of the chef during this romantic and unique evening outing. A selection of the finest wines and the strictest attention to detail make this restaurant of one the most pleasant in Florence. Dishes are prepared using only the best available foods of the season. Particular attention is devoted to the presentation of every dish and to the intriguing combinations of flavors and aromas. Meal not included, and paid locally.

Michelangelo's Statue of David
Michelangelo's Statue of David
Cellai Hotel
Cellai Hotel
Day 5: Fri, Jul 15 2011 - Florence

This exciting guided walking tour starts from the peculiar Central Market zone, characterised by its workshops and multicolored stands. Located in this area are the Medici Chapels, and the Basilica di S. Lorenzo, which is the church of the famous Medici family. A short stroll from the market-place is the Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the picturesque Cathedral from both the interior and exterior. This Cathedral is known for its dome created by Brunelleschi, its bell tower designed by Giotta, and its Paradise Door on the Saint John Baptistery. The tour continues by visiting the medieval quarters where Dante Alighieri and Beatrice once lived. Moving further through the city you will find the Palazzo del Bargello. Not to far from there you will arrive at the Piazza della Signoria, a great "open-air sculpture museum", which overlooks the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. Within the Palazzo Vecchio you will find one of the world most important museums in the world, the Uffizi Gallery. You would then proceed to the Mercato della Paglia (straw market), where the famous Piglet Fountain is located. Moivng along, you will travel along the street that leads you to Ponte Vecchio, also known as the "jewel-bridge." After snapping some photos along this famous bridge, you will arrive at the wonderful Pitti Palace where this tour ends.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio
Day 6: Sat, Jul 16 2011 - Florence

Enjoy a full day tour which gives you the opportunity of discovering the Chianti region. A coach with an English speaking Guide will first take you through the countryside of the Chianti area with ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Enjoy a visit to San Gimigamo, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries. The city is situated on top of a hill and is famous for its numerous towers, frescos and other art treasures. On arrival in Siena there is some free time for lunch (not included). Your guide will than bring you on a escorted visit through this magnificent city. You will see the Cathedral situated in the Piazza dal Campo, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Located near this famous Piazza is the Town Hall, and San Domenico, which is known for it's numerous treasures of Italian painting. During the return journey you will see the old medieval village of Monteriggioni enclosed by its famous walls which are still standing strong.

San Gimignano
San Gimignano
Day 7: Sun, Jul 17 2011 - Florence

Relax with a private airport transfer and English speaking driver in Florence.

Kensington Tours donates a portion of proceeds to our charitable initiative www.kensingtoncares.com which supports education-based initiatives in disadvantaged communities.

Kensington Cares
Kensington Cares

ACCOMMODATION

Modigliani (3*) (B) (Standard) - Rome

No other Roman hotel near the Spanish Steps offers the same atmosphere and a relaxing internal garden like the Modigliani (3*). Situated in a tranquil, ancient street near exclusive Via Veneto, this boutique hotel is an ideal and charming base for you to enjoy a pleasant holiday in Rome. The Modigliani's owners are an artistic couple, and the young and friendly staff reflect their particular philosophy of life: professionalism, elegance and kindness. You can easily get around on foot or by metro; Barberini Metro Station is at the end of the road. After a day exploring Rome you can relax in the garden with a drink from the bar. Please note that a local tax of 2 Euro per person, per day is due locally and paid directly to the hotel upon arrival.  Under new Roman law, hotels charge a small amount per traveller per day as a “tourist tax”, which needs to be paid locally through your hotel in Rome. Amounts may vary, but currently the cost is 2EUR per person for 2* & 3* hotels and 3EUR for 4* & 5* hotels. The charges will be added to your bill upon check out and are non-negotiable.

Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*) - Florence

The Hotel Cellai (4*) is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence, surrounded by monuments, churches and buildings of extraordinary beauty. This boutique style hotel is close to the most interesting and evocative city sites. All sites are within a short walking distance, passing through little streets full of charm and mystery. This exclusive hotel in Florence is very close to the San Lorenzo Market, hosted in a gigantic iron and glass building, where natives gather to buy local food and wine specialties. The Galleria dell'Accademia is just a short distance away, hosting the famous David by Michelangelo, as is the Duomo with its splendid dome by Brunelleschi.

Room: Classic
The 55 rooms of Hotel Cellai are extremely comfortable, equipped with warm and precious materials and personalized with authentic antiques expertly chosen one by one in the many markets of Tuscany. This passion for detail contributes to the intimate, tranquil atmosphere which transforms each room into a pleasant refuge within the bustling city of Florence, in a place where guests can relax after a day spent touring and admiring the many beautiful artistic and architectural sites in the city which cradled the Renaissance. Rooms amenities: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.
Restaurant Amenities
Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*) Restaurants

The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

Recreation Amenities
Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*) Activities

The hotel also features a library/winebar "La Bella Vita", a billiards room, "Il Salotto dell´Amore", a contemporary art gallery "Spazio Bianco" (monthly exhibitions in public areas), WI-FI in all rooms and roofgarden, La Terrazza honesty bar, and bicycles available for guests.

Cellai Hotel
Cellai Hotel
Cellai Hotel
Cellai Hotel
Cellai Hotel
Cellai Hotel
Cellai Hotel
Cellai Hotel

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