Bask in the extravagance of the Roman Empire and the opulence of the Renaissance. Your custom tailored tour will immerse you in the luxuries of Italy’s decadent past and pamper you with contemporary treasures. Dine on a four-course meal with wine pairings in a historical restaurant in view of a marvelous Cathedral. Follow in the footsteps of popes while you explore the hidden passageways in the palace of a Roman emperor. Revel in secluded splendor as you tour the Sistine Chapel and find breathtaking...
Rome – Arrive in Rome with an In-Depth Tour of the Ancient World
No other city matches the wonder of Rome, from its political history and cultural passions, its lavish museums, and artistic masterpieces, Rome captivates visitors with an opulent past matched only by imagination. Your flight will land at Fiumicino Airport where your private transfer will await your arrival at baggage claim. In the heart of the historical center, you will find your hotel welcomes you with luxury and view of the garden that continues to the dome of the Santa Maria del Popolo. After you take some time to refresh yourself in the comforts of your room, your guide will meet you in the lobby ready to introduce you to the wonders of the ancient city.
The scent of rich espresso drifts out of the café beside the hotel as tables line the edges of the Piazza del Popolo beneath the Baroque façade of the church. Your guide will lead you to Michelangelo’s Campidoglio, one of Rome’s most iconic 16th-century squares that connect the two summits of Capitoline Hill. The hillside is the epicenter of the Roman Empire, from its founding to its fall. Michelangelo designed the new square in the 1530s under the patronage of Pope Paul II Farnese and the master artist transformed the original trapezoidal shape of the piazza into an intriguing oval. Work on the square continued well into the 17th-century long after Michelangelo passed away. The lavish square is the perfect place to start your exploration of Rome’s captivating history, from its ancient roots to its luxurious reformation throughout the millennia.
Rome – Discover Majesty in the Vatican Museums and Castel Sant’Angelo
The narrow cobblestone streets of the Trastevere district fill with outdoor tables that overlook medieval facades. Parasols and awnings offer shade to the few patrons that linger in the morning light. The lanes are open to the historical bridge that connects the heart of Rome with the circular stone structure of Castel Sant’Angelo. Angelic figures line the passage with three stone supports that are elements of the roads original construction. The Tiber River quietly rushes beneath the bridge and outlines the edges of the imperial capital. After breakfast, your guide will lead you to the entrance gate of the 2nd-century AD edifice, constructed under the patronage of Emperor Hadrian that then became the ruler’s mausoleum.
Successive popes amended the original structure beginning in the 6th-century to create a castle stronghold that was connected to Vatican by way of underground passageways. The interior includes a collection of paintings, sculptures, and military memorabilia displayed in the numerous galleries. Soldiers who fought to protect the castle from invading armies once used the weapons on exhibit. Pope Clemente VI sought protection in the Passetto di Borgo during the sacking of Rome in the 16th-century. Your guide will lead you through the opulence of the upper floors embodied in the Sala Paolina.
The polished marble floors and gilded vaulted roof frames the frescoes that decorate the walls from top to bottom. The remarkable colors and realism of the posing figures illuminate the tradition of the times and the artistic interest in representing grace. The remainder of the day is spent in Vatican City to enjoy the amazing grounds, from the gardens to the incredible architecture of St. Peter’s Basilica. Near the end of the afternoon, your guide will welcome you to the Vatican Museum for an After-Hours Tour of the extensive art collection that features some of Western Civilizations most well-known works, including the Sistine Chapel.
Rome – Explore the Lavish Gardens and Artistic Villas of Rome and Tivoli
The splendor of Rome emanates from the remains of the empire as well as in the luxurious palaces of Renaissance. Magnificent artistry fills countless galleries while walking paths crisscross gardens that better resemble parks. At breakfast, you can linger in the sensational flavor of a frothy cappuccino before you meet your guide in the lobby. A long paved drive bordered by verdant manicured grass leads to the entrance of the Borghese Villa. The palace was constructed in the 17th-century and its gardens, banks, and woods encompasses nearly 200 acres.
The galleries feature artwork that span centuries, so you will have the opportunity to experience the Renaissance artwork spread across 20 rooms and two stories. The sheer extravagance of the interior is breathtaking, as before you have even witnessed the masterpieces themselves, the polished hues of the entryway radiate elegance as the natural light pours through the windows. On the first floor, you will find a mosaic from the 4th-century AD that depicts gladiators in battle.
The wonders of the work come to light in Raphael’s Lady with a Unicorn, which depicts a blonde woman holding a foal. The contrast of red and gold colors, along with the character’s lifelike features, burst from the canvas. Outside of Rome, your guide will lead you through the graceful gardens of Emperor Hadrian’s former villa in the town of Tivoli. The hillside location has turned the town into a cherished escape for wealthy Romans as they yearn to enjoy the cool air in the heart of summer. The gardens of Villa Hadrian feature ancient replicas of Hellenistic sculptures that decorate the manicured landscape.
Siena – Venture into Tuscany to Tour the Medieval City of Siena
In the morning, the beauty of Rome returns underneath the spreading sunlight. The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica glints above the columns that frame the oval piazza. The water in the pool of the Trevi Fountain shimmers against the marble stone. At breakfast, you will find the indulgent aromas of sweet brioche and strong espresso. Your private transfer will meet you in your hotel lobby and escort you north into the heart of Tuscany in the historical town of Siena. Your hotel is situated in a 17th-century palace in the center of Siena, surrounded by the Renaissance architecture and filled with priceless artwork.
You have a view of the remarkable cathedral tower that ascends over the rooftops of the nearby buildings. Your guide will escort you through the cobbled streets to the Piazza del Campo, Siena’s main square and home to the famous Palio horse races, which take place two times a year in the summer. The piazza is one of the largest medieval squares in the world, adorned by the Fonte Gaia, a copy of the original 14th-century fountain that shows Roman matrons surrounding a central figure of Mary. The remarkable tower rises to a height of nearly 290 feet and contains 400 steps to reach the viewing platform.
From the top, you can see the slanted-tiled rooftops of the city center, along with the verdant landscape of Tuscany’s famed rolling hills. At dinner, you will enjoy a luxurious dining experience in view of the Romanesque façade of the Cathedral. The restaurant is also a champagnerie, known for its selection of French and Italian wines. The elegant ambiance matches the wines on offered. The sensual aroma of fennel and garlic emanate from the kitchen, and your server is happy to recommend pairings or a glass of local sparkling wine as an aperitif.
Florence – Travel to Florence for a Full Day Tour of the Art and Culture
In the morning, the verdant hills that surround Siena will radiate with life. Cypress trees line the country roads, and vineyards carpet the undulating landscape. After breakfast, your private transfer will escort you to Florence, the capital of Tuscany and the focal point of the Renaissance. Historical palaces hide along the cobblestone streets as the vibrant market at San Lorenzo opens to the public beneath the looming cupola of the Medici Chapel. Your day will fill with a whirlwind of art, architecture, and panoramas that begin with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery. In the afternoon, your guide will lead you through the immaculate halls of the Galleria dell’Accademia. Busts and sculptures stand out from the pure-white walls as instruments, including a priceless Stradivarius Violin, are displayed on podiums in a single gallery.
A separate hall leads to the breathtaking figure of Michelangelo’s David. The statue was crafted in the early 16th-century with a height of 17 feet. The immense detail creates a humanistic impression, from the flexing muscles to the curly hair as the figure depicts the biblical figure of David before his battle with Goliath. After your day of ineffable artwork, you will make your way to a restaurant that boasts two Michelin stars. The chef sources seasonal produce to ensure flavor, quality, and vibrant color. You will sip a local glass of red wine and try a bite of the delectable beet fillet accented with a balsamic vinegar sauce. The mouthwatering, lavish meal crowns a day filled with an aesthetic feast for your eyes.
Florence – Guided Tour of Florence’s Architecture and Renaissance History
The Medici family gained prominence in the 13th-century to help usher in the period of artistic, architectural, and scientific enlightenment referred to as the Italian Renaissance. Florence brims with the splendor of a decadent golden age of information embodied in the frescoes, church naves, and palatial structures that line the cobblestone streets. In the morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel ready to immerse you in the opulence of the Medici family, beginning with the Basilica of San Lorenzo. The main market encircles the structure and stands in the shade cast by the cupola.
The original church was consecrated in the 4th-century AD but fell under the patronage of the Medici family in the 15th-century. The interior coffered ceiling nearly mirrors the geometrical diamond of the marble floor, and both guide your eyes up to the nave. The coffered dome crowns the New Sacristy, which Michelangelo designed in the 16th-century. The Mannerism style adds to the unique and captivating detail of the artwork, as the various artists decorated the sacristy with complex effects that elongate the figures and exaggerate the poses, which add a sense of tension to the art.
Your guide will lead you away from the vibrant market to the towering figure of Piazza Vecchio at the edge of Piazza della Signoria. The structure was erected in the 12th-century over the raised grounds of the former Guelf stronghold. Your guide will point out the splendor of the Salone dei Cinquecento, an imposing chamber that reaches 170 feet in length while graced by two marvelous frescoes that represent major battles as depicted by Michelangelo and da Vinci. The works of Giorgio Vasari now decorate the vast walls of the open room.
Florence – Depart for Home
The skyline of Florence comes into focus from the Piazzale Michelangelo on the southern bank of the Arno River. The square was erected in the 19th-century and provides an ample view of the towers and domes of the city and imitate the Tuscan hills that roll along the horizon. The countryside of Florence ambles out from the square with cypress trees, olive groves, and vineyards that lead into the valley. The medieval façade of the Church of San Miniato overlooks the piazza in the quiet morning. At breakfast, you will relish the comfort of your last Italian espresso as the historical center of Florence comes to vibrant life once more. Your private transfer will meet you at your hotel to escort you to the Florence airport for your flight home.
- Indulge in the marvelous flavors of celebrated restaurants known for elevating traditional and regional dishes to unforgettable dimensions
- Relish a private guided tour of the Vatican Museums on an After-Hours tour of the remarkable galleries
- Delight in an introduction to Rome through the opulence of the Renaissance square of Michelangelo’s Campidoglio, followed by the monuments of Ancient Rome
- Witness the lavish décor and opulent gardens of the Borghese Villa, home of Rome’s Central Park
- Stroll along the stunning grounds of a Roman emperor’s villa, filled with Roman replicas of Greek and Egyptian statues and architecture
- Venture to the top of the Torre del Mangia in Siena for an unparalleled panorama of the Tuscan countryside
- Bask in the luxuries of gorgeous hotels situated in former Baroque palaces with the comforts that match their elegance
- Embark on a private guided tour of the Renaissance artwork of Florence to view the majestic masterworks on display at your preferred pace
- Follow in the footsteps of the Medici family, from their personal chapel to their rooms in the Pitti Palace
- Traverse the secret passages and hidden doorways that lead to Vatican City in the Castel Sant’Angelo
The power of Rome has drawn visitors to its capital for more than two millennia while the splendor of the Renaissance has inspired artists, architects, and scientists for over five centuries. The promise of a luxurious getaway to combine history and opulence will captivate you. Your one-week tour will whisk you away to the charms of Rome, Vatican City, Siena, and Florence and immerse you in the sumptuous cuisine, decadent monuments, and unrivaled exploration. The extravagance will begin with your arrival at Fiumicino Airport in Rome as your private transfer will escort you to your hotel situated in a former palace. Your room will overlook the stunning garden and offer a view over a majestic church dome. Your guide will lead you on an introductory tour of Rome and provide you with an image of Renaissance grandeur at the Michelangelo’s Campidoglio, followed by the mighty monuments of the ancient empire.
Next, you will tour the grounds of Castel Sant’Angelo to uncover the hidden passageways. Venture next to the Vatican Gardens to stroll along the secluded paths and through St. Peter’s Basilica, and then end your tour of Vatican City with an After-Hours exploration of the museums, including a visit to the Sistine Chapel. Next day, your guide will lead you on a tour of the spectacular gardens of the Borghese Villa, along with a tour of the interior adornments of the incredible galleries. In the afternoon, you will travel to Tivoli to see the remarkable garden of Roman Emperor Hadrian’s villa and the Renaissance architecture of Villa d’Este. Travel next into the heart of Tuscany to traverse the preserved hillside town of Siena.
Enjoy a panoramic view of the landscape from the top of the tallest tower in town and enjoy the narrow, meandering lanes that lead to a luxurious restaurant that offers a coursed meal. Continue as your private transfer will take you to the magnificent city of Florence for a tour of the lavish artwork on display in the celebrated museums. Your guide will take you through the Uffizi Gallery which includes the hidden hall of the Vasari Corridor, followed by a visit to the famed Cathedral.
In the afternoon, you will enter into the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s David. Next, you will uncover the allure of the Medici family and their rich traditions with a tour of their private chapel, basilica, and the grounds of the Pitti Palace. En route, across the Arno River, you will also have a chance to visit the Palazzo Vecchio, which crowns the Piazza della Signoria. Next day, you will enjoy a relaxing morning at Piazzale Michelangelo before your private transfer will escort you to the Florence airport for your flight home.
$1,920 per person (excluding international flights)
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