Italy - Itinerary

Day 1-Rome: Arrival Transfer
Upon arrival in Rome, your driver and Mercedes Minivan will meet you, for a private transfer to the sumptuous Hotel St. Regis, where a Junior Suite has been reserved in your name.

Day 2-Rome: Private Tour of the Vatican Museum
After a morning and afternoon at leisure, at 5:30PM, your driver will meet you in the lobby of the St. Regis and transfer you to the Vatican, for an exclusive, after hour's tour. The museum will be opened exclusively for you, with no other visitors permitted. An experience that few visitors to Rome will ever have the opportunity to take part of. This afternoon, you and your guests will be the only visitors permitted into one of the most famous museums in the world. Join the list the privileged few ever to walk through the sacred halls of the Vatican, without a single outsider. Your guide will escort you through both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.

Day 3-Rome: Cooking Class with World Renowned Chef Daniela
Today, is a rare opportunity to spend time with a world class chef, followed by a private cooking class in her home. Your day begins with a visit to Rome's famous market - Il Testaccio - where you will meet Chef Daniela and shop with her for the ingredients for today's menu. Local farmers and stall keepers offer the finest produce in the city, much of it still glistening with the morning's dew. Chef Daniela will teach you how to select the season's finest vegetables, herbs, spices and fruit. When shopping ends, you'll join Chef Daniela for a private, 3 hour, "hands-on" cooking class in the chef's home where you'll discover how to prepare both typical Roman and southern Italian dishes. Later in the afternoon, lunch will be served in Daniela's beautiful dining room or in her garden (depending upon the season/weather).

Day 4-Rome: A Full Day Tour by Private Car
After breakfast, you'll be met by your private guide and depart on a full day tour of Rome, culminating with an exclusive tour of the Palazzo Colonna, opened just for your visit. Today's tour includes a visit to Rome's famous Catacombs, located along the Appian Way. Like many of the main roads outside Rome, over the centuries the Appian Way became lined with cemeteries and Mausoleums. Your program also features a visit to the church of Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Peter in Chains Church, home to Michelangelo's impressive sculpture of Moses. You will also see the impressive Coliseum and ancient Forum. Your next stop will the Piazza Navona, the most important square of Baroque Rome, covering the original site of Domitian's stadium. During the Renaissance, a succession of popes transformed it into one of the most beautiful squares in Rome, home to Bernini's monumental "Fountain of the Rivers." The tour continues to the Pantheon, the jewel of Roman architecture. This was a temple built by Agrippa in 27BC, eventually converted into a church. Both the first King of unified Italy and the painter Raphael are buried here. Your next stop is the Trevi Fountain, the most famous and beautiful in Rome, followed by a brief visit to the "Spanish Steps", built completely of travertine in the 18th century in classic rococo style. Your program continues with a private tour of the Palazzo Colonna. Its founder Cardinal Girolamo Colonna I, in 1650, began the construction of the Galleria Colonna and continued by his nephew High Constable Lorenzo Onofrio, from 1666 on, to house the family's celebrated art collection. The gallery was conceived as a collection of masterpieces of painting and sculpture that were enhanced by the refined furnishings, which are reflected in the gleaming ancient marbles. The invaluable historic collection contained within this magnificent Baroque setting, comprises pieces by great masters from the 15th to the 18th centuries.

Day 5-Rome to Florence
This morning depart, via private transfer by Mercedes minivan, from your hotel in Rome to Florence, with stop in the way to fantastic Bagnoregio and charming Orvieto. Your departure from Rome brings you to the north Latium, with a first stop to Civita di Bagnoregio, a bizarre ghost town that can only be reached by a half mile walk over a pedestrian bridge. This amazing site is missed by most visitors to Italy and is truly a unique experience. Civita goes back to the Etruscans, and its walls retain one of the few surviving Etruscan gates. It was gradually abandoned after an 18th century earthquake made it nearly inaccessible but today a few adventurous folk are renovating a number of the homes in the area. You'll continue to Orvieto before arriving at the Il Salviatino Hotel, where a Junior Suite, with a view of the Duomo, has been reserved in your name.

Day 6-Florence: A Full Day Tour
Your full day, guided tour of Florence features a visit to the world famous Accademia & Uffizi galleries, both of which will be opened exclusively for your enjoyment. Today's tour will immerse you in historical and artistic Florence. Begin the day with a visit to the famous Uffizi Gallery, where you will see the masterpieces of Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, da Vinci and Michelangelo. Departing the Uffizi, enjoy a short walk to reach the Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florentine politics and home to a captivating outdoor sculpture gallery. Stroll along the charming streets, reaching the heart of religious Florence, where some of the most impressive works of art of Florence are to be found: the gold Paradise doors of the Baptistry, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Cathedral and its famous dome by Brunelleschi. A few steps further, enter the Accademia, where you can visit Michelangelo's most famous work, the David.

Day 7-Florence: The Tuscan Countryside
Today, enjoy a journey to the heart of the "real" Tuscany, during your full day private tour. The highlight of your day will be an exclusive ancient castle, opened just for you, a private wine tasting and light lunch. Embark on an exploration of the centennial cellars followed by a guided tasting of the castle wines and olive oil along with a selection of typical Tuscan farm products and local specialities. The historical rooms of the castle will be open to you, including access to the wonderful sixteenth century frescos of Florentine painter Bernardino Poccetti. Throughout your time at the castle, you'll be surrounded with magnificent views of the Tuscan countryside.

Day 8-Florence to Venice
Private transfer from Florence to Venice, by Mercedes minivan. A stop in historic Bologna has been scheduled en route. Upon arrival in Venice, you wil be met and assisted with a private boat transfer to the Hotel Palazzina, where a Junior Suite has been reserved in your name.

Day 9-Venice: A Full Day Tour including a Cruise by Private Boat
Begin your tour with a cruise via your private boat, along the Grand Canal to see the triumphant city admired by visitors for centuries. Your guide will point out the most famous sights and explain their historical importance. Passing through the "Canallazzo", the nickname for the Grand Canal, you will really see Venice as it was at its height of power during the Serenissima Republic. Visit Venice's most famous islands, Murano, Burano and Torcello. The first stop will be in Murano, worldwide famous since the 1200's for the art of glass making, where you will visit one of Venice's most important glass factories and have a private show of how the intricate glasswork is made and then tour the showroom with works of great glass masters like Signoretto. The second picturesque island is Burano, a fishing island known for its brightly colored houses and for its lace school. You will see the women who still work this antique technique of lace making by hand. The final stop is Torcello, the first island to be inhabited in the lagoon, where you will hear the history and see its beautiful cathedral with its magnificent mosaics dating back to the 1100s. In Torcello you will also see the "Locanda Cipriani" where Ernest Hemingway stayed when he wrote "Farewell to Arms." There is no grander representation of Venice than the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica. Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the Basilica, to see first hand, the glorious mosaics and works of art. For your visit (which will take place at 7PM), the Basilica will be closed to all other visitors, affording you and your guests an experience that will remain with you forever.

Day 10-Venice, Departure
This morning you will be met and assisted with your transfer from the hotel to the Venice airport.