Venice invokes opulence, Rome conjures grace and grandeur, and Florence embodies artistic refinement during your Italy itinerary tailored to offer the finest of Italian luxuries. Lay your head in historical villas once used by nobles and which now contain contemporary comforts. Discover the secret history of the Venetian Republic from within the Doge’s Palace. Follow the Medici across the secret Vasari Corridor in Florence. Experience the opulent artistic tastes of successive Popes in the Vatican...
Lake Como – Luxury on the Lakes of Italy
The towns around Lake Como look onto the shimmering turquoise water as it reflects the granite mountaintops and jade canopy of the blanketing woodlands. The aroma of pine sweeps over the trails and roads outside of the cobbled lanes of the villages. The scent of espresso drifts out of the cafes along the edges of the lake. Your flight lands at Milan Malpensa Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon your arrival. You ascend into the mountains beneath the soaring peaks of the Italian Alps to reach the shores of Lake Como and a grand villa overlooking the rippling water.
The décor in the lobby accentuate the 16th-century edifice and celebrates the style of the late 19th century when the grounds were transformed into an opulent hotel. The Old World charm offers the delights of modern luxuries and priceless privacy welcoming you to your gorgeous surroundings. After taking the time to explore the lobby and your suite, you venture into the gardens, which represent a portion of the 25-acre park encircling the villa. The scent of blossoming hydrangeas and azaleas linger in the air. Rhododendrons add color to the verdant manicured topiary hedges. The ambiance carries an air of aristocracy, allowing you to indulge in the beauty of the lake and the grandeur of the landscape. Consider reading some of our travelers' Italy trip reviews to see what experiences you could add to your own dream itinerary.
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- Explore the secrets of Venice on a private tour offering insight into the hidden history of the powerful republic
- Relish the beauty and rugged elegance of a glassblowing demonstration to view artisan glassblowers continue the traditions of Murano Glass
- Witness artistic masterworks in Florence and Rome, encompassing Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and Rafael’s School of Athens
- Meet artisan craftsmen of Florence to learn about the traditions carried on through bookbinding, leather works, and intricate mosaics
- Cross the Arno River in the historic hidden passageway of the Vasari Corridor that the Medici would use to escape Florence in case of an uprising
- Enjoy a private tour of the Grand Canal for an introduction to the opulent palaces and unique culture of Venice
- Traverse the stoic waters of Lake Como to visit the radiant town of Bellagio, home to the gardens of Villa Serbelloni
Enjoy the best of Venice, Florence, and Rome in the comfort of refined luxury during your 12-day Italy itinerary. Your elegant exploration begins with your arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport. Your private transfer greets you at customs and escorts you into the mountains to reach the comforts of your historical villa overlooking the waters of Lake Como. Relax in the charms of the lakeside village or the blossoming gardens for the remainder of the day. The next day, your guide greets you in the lobby and escorts you by private boat across Lake Como to visit the various villages set beneath the mountains and alongside the water, culminating in the beauty of Bellagio.
Then, you venture to the famous city of Venice, located on the eponymous lagoon. Step aboard a private boat to cruise the two-mile stretch of the Grand Canal before reaching the private dock of your grand palazzo accommodation at the heart of the city. Discover the secrets of the Republic on a half-day tour through St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Experience the delectable flavors of the city with a food and wine tour leading you through the famous Cicchetti, Venetian tapas. Explore the greater lagoon with a tour of the famous islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello.
On Murano, you partake in a glassblowing demonstration and can learn the art of the traditional craftwork in a private lesson. Meet your private transfer in the lobby for a scenic drive to Florence. Stop in Bologna to stroll through the medieval arcades. Sample the legendary cuisine of the city with a private cooking class before continuing to the Renaissance city in Tuscany, Florence. You wander the galleries of the Uffizi Gallery with a guide. Walk through the Vasari Corridor to reach the Pitti Palace and continue your tour through the majestic rooms and gorgeous grounds of the Boboli Gardens.
Next, your guide leads you through the brilliant musical instruments and sculptures of the Accademia leading to Michelangelo’s David. Visit Palazzo Vecchio en route to the artisan shops lining the streets of the Oltrarno. Then, your private transfer collects you at the palazzo in Florence and leads you to the fabulous hilltop town of San Gimignano. Wander the towers and the cobbled lanes before taking an art and history tour of Siena. Reach Rome in the evening and stroll around the baroque piazzas at your leisure.
Dive into the epic stories of Ancient Rome with a guided tour around the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Visit the museums on Capitoline Hill and enjoy a sunset around the Spanish Steps. Afterward, you visit St. Peter’s Basilica for a view of Michelangelo’s Pietà and tour through the treasured galleries of the Vatican Museum. Enjoy the afternoon discovering the neighborhoods of Rome, including the Jewish Quarter and Trastevere. Your private transfer greets you in the lobby of your palazzo on the final day and escorts you to Rome Fiumicino Airport for your flight home.
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$7,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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