Whisk your family away with the experience of a lifetime as you traverse the ancient cities of Italy and taste the delectable flavors of a country that is revered for its cuisine. Walk the underground passages of the performers of the Colosseum before venturing out of the city to train with gladiators. Explore the abandoned streets of three ancient cities that have been blanketed in the ash of Mount Vesuvius, and cruise down the sparkling expanse of the Amalfi Coast to the birthplace of the pizza...
Rome – True Roman Coffee and the Inventions of Da Vinci
Today you will begin with an experience you and your family will never forget. You will arrive in this ancient, unmatched city and be met by your driver, who will take you to your luxurious hotel in the center of the city. Once you are settled in unpacked, you will be transferred to one of the most innovative and famous coffee shops in the world for a taste that you will not forget. Opened in 1800, your first stop will be the home of a fire-roasted coffee that some say creates the best flavors in Rome. As they craft this classic brew, elements of the process will be hidden behind a barrier to keep their world-famous method a secret. You can pair your authentic Italian coffee with a choice of the fresh pastries that have been made with local ingredients, and before you leave, you can pick up a bag of their high-quality coffee beans to take home with you.
After your coffee has cleared the cobwebs of international travel, you can venture across the street to the Piazza Navona. This square is heralded for its Baroque design, lively environment, and Bernini Fountain of the River at its center. Today, you will end your sightseeing experience with a private tour of the Leonardo da Vinci Museum. Here, you can witness his works, ideas, and goals through 3D holograms and prototypes that were designed from his notes and blueprints. Better yet, you will experience some of his work firsthand through interaction with the items that are on display, allowing you to enter the mind of this creative master.
Rome – Experience the Colosseum Firsthand as a Gladiator
Pompeii – The Ancient Ruins of Three Cities Frozen in Time
Naples – An Underground Tour of the Secrets of Naples
Rome – Relax on Sparkling Volcanic Sand
Florence – Discover the Masterpieces of the Renaissance
Florence – Admire Florence From Atop Il Duomo
Florence – A Traditional Tuscan Cooking Class
- Savor a cup of authentic Roman coffee from a long-established cafe that is famous for its secret method of fire-roasting its coffee beans
- Delve into the works of Leonardo da Vinci and witness his plans and inventions as they are brought to life
- Embark on a private tour through the grounds of the Colosseum, ending in the rarely seen hypogeum
- Engage in authentic battle training with a gladiator, learning ancient Roman swordplay techniques
- Journey back in time to walk the streets of three cities that were lost to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius
- Descend into underground tunnels deep below the city and learn about the catacombs, the secret passageways, and the aqueducts of ancient times
- Indulge in a day trip to Lake Albano to tour a prehistoric village, ancient Roman ports, and old battle sites via kayak
- Immerse yourself in the creations of Galileo and the art of the Renaissance on a privately guided tour of both the Museo Galileo and the Uffizi Gallery
- Ascend to the top of Duomo II and marvel at a panoramic view of the streets of Florence
- Traverse the market with a professional chef to choose ingredients for an exquisite lunch that you will cook together
On this tour of many of the most essential sights of Rome and Florence, you and your family will enjoy the exclusive experiences of a lifetime. You will spend three days in the heart of Rome, tasting food and drinks that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. You can spend days walking its famous piazzas before indulging in private tours through the very best cultural offerings of the Eternal City. You can immerse yourself in the life of an ancient gladiator, and together, you will explore the hypogeum, which is a part of the Colosseum that has only recently become open to visitors with very limited touring options.
From Rome, you will spend three days, enjoying day trips to live Italian experiences that cannot be missed. You will delight in tours of the three ancient cities that were frozen in 79 AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius before absorbing the unparalleled beauty of life on the world-famous Amalfi Coast. Then, you will visit the birthplace of the pizza and venture to the underground passages that reside deep below the city of Naples, sending you on a journey through time.
You and your family will spend your final three days in the Birthplace of the Renaissance: Florence. Here, you will tour the Uffizi Gallery with your private guide and experiment with tools that were designed by Galileo at the Museo Galileo. You will have the opportunity to climb all 463 steps to the top of Duomo II for a breathtaking view of the city. As you stroll through the sun-drenched paths of the Boboli Gardens, you can taste Florence’s best gelato, which may become your new favorite frozen treat. Then, you will make the most of your final day together in Italy by crafting the perfect Tuscan meal under the tutelage of a professional Italian chef. Before cooking, you will pick out the ingredients under the supervision of your private chef at a local market. With eight days of authentic and exclusive experiences, you will leave Italy completely satisfied with a strong desire to return.
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$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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