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Destination for this trip:
Positano, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tuscany, Italy
Length of trip:
Approximate price of this trip per person:
from $ 8000 to $ 11000
Best travel dates to go:
May, June, July, August, September, October
Detailed Description of this trip:
Scenic Italy Custom Designed - Rome, Amalfi Coast (Positano) and Tuscany. Deluxe First Class hotel accommodations, all private tours, cars and drivers. All transportation included, research, custom planning and expert advice before, during and after the trip.
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Day 1 - Rome
Arrive in Rome
Arrive in Rome via your private transfer from the airport - day free at leisure
Day 2 - Rome
Private Rome in a Day - Highlights of The City Tour.Private Rome in a Day - Highlights of The City Tour.
Enter the evocative ruins of the Roman Forum with your local expert guide and while enjoying a walking tour of the remains of the ancient buildings, you will listen to its history peppered with anecdotes about the structure of Roman society, their beliefs, their social and political life. Learn how the Romans managed to create and control such a vast territory and how that empire declined. Visit the imposing Colosseum and relive the days of Ancient Rome! Enjoy a thorough tour of the building through which you'll learn about the inner workings of the Colosseum and the special effects and showmanship of the ferocious games played there, the role the Colosseum had in Roman society and what it meant to a Roman to attend these games. We'll discuss all the different kinds of games held in the amphitheater. Then, enjoy a driving tour of the sights of the historical centre of Rome. See many of Rome's most famous landmarks, as well as some of its hidden treasures as you enjoy an enchanting stroll through the back-streets. There, you'll taste "La Dolce Vita" of the Eternal city. Capture the essence of its extraordinary history as you walk by some of its ruins or enter the imposing Pantheon from Roman times. See the magnificent fountains by Bernini, the many palaces, open squares and richly decorated churches that are there to testify the importance of wealth acquired throughout the centuries by illustrious inhabitants. And while hearing the glorious history of the Romans, your guide will entertain you with some of the many legends and anecdotes that will help you understand the soul of this magical place called Rome, the "Caput Mundi." PLEASE NOTE: This tour is designed as a general overview of the city through which you can utilize the vehicle you have at your disposal to cover as much of the city as possible in the six-hour time frame. The itinerary above is a suggested itinerary. We can adapt the itinerary to suit your own particular needs on the day of the tour. If you want to combine sightseeing with some shopping or other interests your guide and driver will be able to accommodate you on the day of the tour!
Day 3 - Rome
Private Vatican & Sistine Chapel TourPrivate Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
Tour Features: St. Peter's Basilica, Michelangelo's Pieta, Vatican Museums including Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms, and stunning works by Bernini. Enjoy a guided tour of one of the largest art collections of the world, spanning from Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities to contemporary art. Learn about the famous Popes of Rome, their love for art, their election known as conclave, and their glamorous lives in one of the most enlightened periods in Italian history, the Renaissance. We'll discuss the lives of great artists who worked at the Vatican, such as Raphael & Michelangelo, and interpret together their masterpieces. At the Sistine chapel we will allow as much time as possible to fully appreciate Michelangelo's magnificent frescoes. After focusing on the highlights of the Vatican Museums, we emerge in the vast openness of St. Peter's Basilica and Square: an immense area that houses many other precious works including the breathtaking Pieta by Michelangelo, and Bernini's papal canopy. You will hear the story of the life of Saint Peter and how this simple fisherman became Jesus' sapostle and first Pope of the Christianity. Saint Peter was martyred and buried on the site where St. Peters Church was built and his tomb is the focal point of the basilica. The tour will finish in St. Peter's Square where some of the most important papal ceremonies take place.
Day 4 - Positano
Depart Rome for Positano with your private car and driverPositano, Italy
Day 5 - Positano
Amalfi Coast & Pompeii - Private Chauffeured Road TripAmalfi Coast & Pompeii - Private Chauffeured Road Trip
This tour offers you a chance to experience the best of Campania, from archaeological excavations to fresh air and seaside vistas. Starting from and returning to anywhere along the Amalfi Coast, this tour is a full day of exploration. You can choose to take your private guided tour of Pompeii in the morning or in the afternoon. Either way you’ll drive along the scenic Amalfi Coast and visit many of the charming towns which dot this lovely area. There is flexibility in your time, so that you can pick the stops as you go, or rely on your driver for suggestions - possible stops along the way are Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. You'll have some free time for lunch (cost of meal not included). At the time you choose, you will stop at Pompeii, one of the most important archaeological excavations in all of Italy. You can begin your exploration of the mystery of Pompeii and the life of people under the Roman Empire on a three to three and a half hour walking tour of these amazing archaeological excavations. On August 23rd, 79 AD, Pompeii looked like any other bustling, prosperous ancient city. Just three days later, on August 26th, thanks to the fiery lava and ash of Mt. Vesuvius, the city fell silent and the place itself had literally vanished from the face of the earth. Gradually grass and vines covered the land where the towns had stood and the local people eventually forgot about their old lives. For more than 1600 years, it remained buried until Pompeii was rediscovered in 1748. You'll gain unforgettable insight into daily life in Roman times. At the end of your Amalfi Coast excursion your driver will return you to the Amalfi Coast location of your designation.
Days 6-7 - Positano
Days at leisure to shop, relax on the beach or add in additional toursDays at leisure to shop, relax on the beach or add in additional tours
Days at leisure to shop, relax on the beach or add in additional tours
Day 8 - Tuscany
Depart Positano for Tuscany via 1st class rail and your private car and driverDepart Positano for Tuscany via 1st class rail and your private car and driver
Depart Positano for Tuscany via 1st class rail and your private car and driver
Day 9 - Tuscany
Montepulciano Wine Tour: Full DayMontepulciano Wine Tour: Full Day
Clinging to a narrow limestone ridge, Montepulciano is encircled by walls and fortifications designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder in 1511 for Cosimo I. Inside, the streets are crammed with Renaissance-style palaces and churches. Above all though, the town is primarily known for its fine Vino Nobile wines. The term ‘Nobile’ seems to derive from its extremely delicate taste, produced mostly by the noble families and is obtained from Sangiovese grapes [Prugnolo Gentile, Canaiolo Nero] with the addition of grapes from other wine varieties of the area. After touring Montepulciano you will be taken to the monumental cellars of Poliziano and treated to a wine tasting. Following your first cellar visit, a lunch of local Tuscan specialties and wine is included at Diva e Macedo, a wonderful local restaurant.
Day 10-14 - Tuscany
Days at leisure to shop, relax, explore locally with your rental car or add in additional toursDays at leisure
These last few days you will have on your own. You can shop, relax, explore locally with your rental car or add in additional tours. Make sure to enjoy all Italy has to offer before you must be transferred back to the airport on your last day!
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