Giuseppe Verdi famously declared, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” Wow…he must have thought Italy was an amazing place! At Monograms, we agree, and that’s why we’ve made it easy for you to experience Italy in all its glory. On this 16-day vacation to Sorrento, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Lake Maggiore, we’ve taken care of the travel logistics and hassles, so all you have to do is enjoy. We’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, daily breakfast, transportation between the cities, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations. Plus, in each city, we’ve arranged for you to have the services of a Local Host®, someone who is there for you throughout your stay to answer questions, help you navigate the cities, offer suggestions, and help your vacation run smoothly. </BR></BR>Your vacation begins when you arrive in Sorrento. The nearest airport is Naples, but we can pick you up at the airport and bring you to your selected hotel in the resort town of Sorrento. Here, your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and a set of materials to help familiarize you with this town. In fact, in each city, your Local Host will welcome you to the city, help you get settled, and give you materials so you can start exploring immediately. Plus, we’ve also arranged for guided sightseeing with a local expert, someone who will share insider stories and what day-to-day life is like in the cities. </BR></BR>In Sorrento, your sightseeing includes a walk in the Old Town and a visit to the cloister of St. Francis Church. In Rome, we’ve arranged for visits to the Vatican Museums to see its amazing treasures; the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and famous ceiling paintings; St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD; the iconic Colosseum; and the Roman Forum, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located. In Florence, we’ll take you to see Michelangelo’s David and we’ll take you on a walking tour to see attractions such as the Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge that has housed stores since the 13th century. In Venice, guided sightseeing includes visits to St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. We’ve also arranged for you to see a glassblower’s demonstration, so you can learn why glassmaking has been so important in Venetian history. In Lake Maggiore, guided sightseeing includes a boat ride to the Palace and Gardens of Isola Bella, which has been owned by the Borromeo family since the 1500s. </BR></BR>In each city, you’ll have a full day to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host, of course). In Sorrento, you may want to take an excursion to nearby Pompeii to learn what life was like in 79 AD before Mount Vesuvius buried the town. Limoncello is the world-famous liqueur made in Sorrento, and we’ve included a sampling of it for you. In Rome, you may want to visit one of the catacombs, shop at one of the many designer boutiques, or visit Tivoli. From Florence, consider an excursion to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. Be sure to taste the Chianti—just ask your Local Host for the best spot to try a glass. In Venice, you may want to just wander around the back alleys, browsing the many shops. Or perhaps enjoy a serenaded gondola ride so you can experience Venice from its canals. In Lake Maggiore, maybe catch the Mottarone Cable Car for panoramic views over seven lakes and the Alps. Your Local Host in each city will have many suggestions for you.</BR></BR>And that’s not all…we’ve included transportation via high-speed train (first-class) between each city. It’s the best way to travel in Italy and will allow you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic countryside. We’ve thrown in transfers to/from the train stations, including from Milan (the nearest train station to Lake Maggiore), and even make sure you get on the correct train! With the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, the transportation and transfers we’ve included, and the hotels we’ve booked, all you have to do is enjoy the cities and countryside. Add the comfort of knowing you’ll have someone in each city to help you (not to mention in the train stations), and you’ve got a vacation of a lifetime!
Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE. ALSO INCLUDED: personal headset for included city sightseeing in Rome, Florence & Venice; entrances to the Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums in Venice.
Buffet breakfast daily
Travel by high-speed train (First-class) between cities; transfers to/from train stations