Interweave luxury and culture, authenticity, and heritage during your custom-tailored Italy tour brimming with exclusive experiences. Wander the galleries of the Vatican with a guide before the doors open to the public, enjoy a simple pastry after witnessing the intricacies of Michelangelo’s David, explore the vast halls of the Uffizi Gallery after-hours and immerse yourself into the secrets of the Venetian Republic uncovering hidden histories akin to legend. Whether indulging in fashionable company...
Milan – Arrive in Milan with a Private Art Tour of the Fashionable City
Relaxed cafes are tucked between medieval buildings and structures adorned with 19th-century splendor are set among trundling trams and charming piazzas making famous Milan. Arrive in Milan at Malpensa Airport, where your private transfer greets you at customs and escorts you to a luxurious hotel near the fascinating soaring spires of the celebrated Duomo. The art of Milan inspires visitors and locals with historical proportions and grand designs, and your eyes will be working to take it all in as you arrive in the city.
2019 marked the 500th anniversary since the death of Leonardo da Vinci resulting in an Italian celebration spanning from Milan to Florence with great museums and majestic villas paying homage to the master artist, inventor, and architect. If visiting Milan in February, the Borsa Internazionale del Turismo will showcase the contributions of the Renaissance man at venues like Sforzesco Castle, the Ambrosiana Library and Art Gallery, and the Museum of the Vinciano Cenacolo displaying reproductions of a number of machines da Vinci designed.
Milan – Embrace Style with a Personal Shopper Experience and Tour
Venice – Travel the Brenta Canal to Venice for an After-Hours Art Visit
Venice – Enjoy the Secret History of Venice and Local Food Excursion
Bologna – Relish Comacchio before a Private Pasta-Making Class
Bologna – Delight in a Truffle Hunt and Enjoy a Ravenna Art-Walk
Florence – Venture to Florence for an After-Hours Visit of the Uffizi
Florence – Breakfast at the Academia before Florence at your Leisure
Florence – Indulge in Wine and Food at Montalcino and Pienza
Rome – Visit Fascinating Civita di Bagnoregio en route to Rome
Rome – Navigate Vatican City and the Hidden Gems of Rome
Rome – Depart for Home
- Visit the Sistine Chapel without the crowds with an exclusive tour of the Vatican Museum galleries before regular opening hours
- Bask in the attention and service of a personal shopper in the iconic city of fashion, Milan, visiting famous boutiques, including the first Prada store
- Delight in the complex flavors of Brunello di Montalcino wine during a private wine excursion through the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany
- Relish the distinctive flavors and elevated tastes of truffles shaved over traditional Emilia-Romagna dishes after a private truffle hunting tour
- Navigate the halls and fascinating works in the Uffizi Gallery during an after-hours tour away from the tourists to view artists like Botticelli
- Enjoy an early morning tour of the Accademia Gallery in Florence for exclusive access to Michelangelo’s iconic statue of David
- Discover the enchanting canals and preserved architecture of the 13 connected islands that make hidden Comacchio
- Embrace the magnitude of contemporary artwork on display inside the Guggenheim Museum in Venice with a private after-hours tour
- Witness the exceptional charisma of the vibrant colors and unique depiction of biblical characters in Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper
- Indulge in the warm glow and mesmerizing aesthetic of ancient Byzantine mosaics preserved in the churches and baptistries of Ravenna
Savor your immersion into the heart and soul of Italy during your 14-day luxury tour with exclusive excursions perfect for discovering splendor around every corner. From fashion to art, architecture to archeology, the many faces of Italy shine behind the facade of cities and towns with welcoming extravagance. Devoted travelers will find delight in uncovering new and antique styles cast in the modern fashion capital of Milan and the ancient ruins of Rome, the Byzantine art of Ravenna and cooking traditions of cucina povera in Bologna. Your Italy vacation takes place at your pace in the way you always dreamed as you evoke the sophisticated charms of famous cities and classic charisma of the countryside.
Your exclusive exploration of Italy begins in Milan with your private transfer meeting you at the airport. The city brims with sensational art ranging from the architecture like the Duomo to the great works on display in the select art museums. Historical churches contain priceless artifacts like Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, and the galleries offer insight into the styles of the past, present, and future offering shopping experiences in boutiques and with famous brands like the original Prada store. Move next to the Brenta Canal to explore the lavish heritage of the Venetian Republic along the waterway that connects Padua to the Venetian Lagoon lined with villas from the former aristocracy. Venice embraces its reputation as a city of extravagance showcasing marble palaces and divine artistic masters inside museums like the Guggenheim. The secret history of the city immerses you into the hidden chambers and prison cells of the Doge’s Palaces, as well as illuminating your taste buds with insight into the iconic flavors of the city’s cicchetti.
The region of Emilia-Romagna encapsulates the often overlooked magnetism in Italy with towns like Comacchio, known as the “Little Venice,” for its canals. Make fresh pasta and hunting for truffles to further understand the connection the region has with its cuisine and the delectable ingredients offered year-round. Bologna has become a gem of a regional capital with medieval arcades and cherished restaurants while the city of Ravenna boasts incredible gilded mosaics from the Byzantine era, as well as the tomb of epic poet Dante Alighieri. The emblematic region of Tuscany enchants you with verdant hills and radiant artwork in Florence by avoiding the crowds at the Uffizi and Accademia galleries touring after-hours and before the doors officially open, respectively. Traveling the picturesque countryside engages you in the treasured wine region of the Val d’Orcia at Montalcino and the enchanting Renaissance town of Pienza.
Traveling to Rome takes you through the countryside of Lazio and the small, nearly deserted town of Civita di Bagnoregio, located on a volcanic rock eaten away by the elements over the centuries. Finish with the city of Rome, which boasts the brilliance of the past and the wealth of Vatican City for a collection of mesmerizing fountains, grandiose piazzas, and elegant museums. Spend time in the Vatican galleries before they officially open to the public and uncover the secret wonders of the city including a hidden view of St. Peter’s Basilica. Read more here about the other exceptional experiences our travelers have appreciated in their travel reviews of Italy.
$4,291 per person (excluding international flights)
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