12-Nights Sorrento, Rome, Florence & Venice
"Carpe Diem." Did you know this phrase is from a poem written by Roman poet Horace in 23 BC? Even 2,000 years ago, he knew you should "seize the day!" At Monograms, we agree, and that’s why we’ve made it easy for you to "seize the day" and travel to Sorrento, Rome, Florence, and Venice. On this 13-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, transportation between cities, transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations, and daily breakfast. Plus, to help you feel comfortable and at home in the cities, we've arranged the services of a Local Host®, someone who will answer your questions, offer insights, help arrange your activities, and ensure your vacation runs smoothly.Your trip begins in Sorrento. The nearest airport is Naples, but we can pick you up at the Naples airport and take you to your selected hotel in Sorrento. Here, your Local Host will be waiting for you to help you get settled and start exploring immediately. You'll be given a set of materials to help familiarize you with the city and the next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll take you on a sightseeing tour with a local expert, someone who knows the city’s little-known secrets and insider stories. In fact, in each city your Local Host will give you a Destination Guide full of helpful information, and we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide. In Sorrento, your Local Guide will take you for a walk through the Old Town and for a visit to the cloister of St. Francis Church. We've also arranged for you to sample limoncello, the world-famous liqueur made with Sorrento’s lemons. In Rome, your guided sightseeing includes all the attractions you must see while you're in Rome. We’ll take you to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, where you’ll view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. We’ll also take you to St. Peter's Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD and where today the Pope often presides; the iconic Colosseum, built in the 1st century and used for gladiatorial contests; and the Roman Forum, where you’ll see the oldest structures from ancient Rome. In Florence, your sightseeing includes a walk through the city and a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's original David. In Venice, you’ll visit Doges’ Palace, the symbol of Venice, and the Bridge of Sighs, as well as St. Mark's Square and Basilica. Glassmaking has always been important in Venetian history, and we've arranged for you to see a skilled glassblower in action. We've also included entrances to the Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums-just another added feature! In each city, you’ll have a full day to explore on your own. But don't worry, your Local Hosts will offer you suggestions and help arrange the activities and excursions you desire. In Sorrento, you may want to take a scenic drive along the Amalfi Coast, where you’ll see stunningly beautiful views, or you may just want to relax in this beautiful resort town. In Rome, the possibilities are endless! Perhaps take a walking tour, sample the mouth-watering cuisine, and throw a coin in Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to Rome. In Florence, you may want to take an excursion to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower; enjoy a guided visit of the Uffizi Gallery, one of Europe’s most famous art museums; or browse the Central Market with its colorful displays of olive oil, pasta, herbs, and wine. In Venice, where your vacation ends, you may want to sit back on a gondola as you are serenaded while you float through Venice’s canals, take a ghost tour, or just wander the maze of alleys looking for the perfect souvenir.And did we mention we've arranged transportation for you via the high-speed trains (first-class) between each city? We’ll even pick you up at your hotel, take you to the train station, pick you up at the next train station, and take you to your hotel in each city. The Italian train system may seem confusing if you’re not local, which is why our Local Host helps you get on the correct train! Between the transportation and transfers we’ve included, the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, and the hotels we’ve booked, all you have to do is remember your camera and pack your bags. Add the comfort of knowing you’ll have a Local Host in each city to assist you, and you’ve got yourself a vacation of a lifetime!Included Features: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.
12 nights from $3058 per person
Sprawled across seven legendary hills, romantic and beautiful Rome was one
of the great centers of the ancient world. Although its beginning is shrouded
in legend and its development is full of intrigue and struggle, Rome has always
been and remains the Eternal City.
Rome enjoyed its greatest splendor during the 1st and 2nd centuries when art
flourished, monumental works of architecture were erected, and the mighty Roman
legions swept outward, conquering all of Italy. These victorious armies then
swept across the Mediterranean and beyond to conquer most of the known world.
With Rome's establishment as capital of the western world, a new ascent to glory
Today's Rome, with its splendid churches, ancient monuments and palaces, spacious
parks, tree-lined boulevards, fountains, outdoor cafes and elegant shops, is
one of the world’s most attractive and exciting cities. Among the most famous
monuments is the Colosseum. As you walk its cool, dark passageways, imagine
the voices that once filled the arena as 50,000 spectators watched combats between
muscled gladiators and ferocious animals.
Stop to see the remains of the Forum, once the city's political and commercial
center. In later times, Rome's squares were enhanced with such imposing structures
as the Vittorio Emanuele Monument and grandiose fountains like the Fontana di
Trevi. Join the millions who stand in awe of Christendom’s most magnificent
church and admire the timeless masterpieces of Michelangelo's frescoes in the
Rome jars the senses and captures the soul. Grasp all you can during the short,
precious time you have available in the Eternal City. With so much to see and
do, a day or two will only allow you a sampling of the city's marvelous treasures.
Caution: As in many big cities and tourist destinations purse snatching
and pickpocketing is common. Valuable jewelry and excess cash are best left
in a safety deposit box in your hotel.
Shopping For most visitors shopping for beautiful Italian leather articles,
designer shoes, fashions for men and women, linens, knitwear, silk scarves and
ties is a favorite pastime. Except for tourist-oriented shops, the majority
of stores are closed on Sundays. Some of the department stores, such as Rinascente,
open in the late afternoon on Sundays.
Cuisine Rome's choice of restaurants is mindboggling as is the variety
of cuisine. Whether your meal is at a top-rated restaurant or a rustic trattoria,
you can be sure that you will enjoy your food, especially when accompanied by
wines from the hill towns surrounding Rome.
Other Sights Rome's attractions are endless, and depending on how much
time you have at your disposal a careful selection has to be made about what
to see. Be aware of horrendous traffic conditions and major construction work
all around the city in preparation of Jubilee 2000, the Holy Year. Some of the
sights not to be missed:
Piazza Venezia - This busy square is easily recognized by its imposing Vittorio
Emanuele II Monument. The white marble structure was inaugurated in 1911 as
a symbol of Italy’s unification.
The Forum - Once the civic heart of ancient Rome, today the remains include
a series of ruins, marble fragments, isolated columns and some worn arches.
Colosseum - No visit to Rome is complete without a stop at this awe-inspiring
theater, which is among the world’s most celebrated buildings. Here ancient
Rome flocked to see gladiatorial contests and numerous other spectacles.
Trevi Fountain - Take a stroll to Rome's famous fountain. A spectacular fantasy
of mythical sea creatures and cascades of splashing water, the fountain is one
of the city's foremost attractions. Legend has it that visitors must toss a
coin into the fountain to ensure their return to Rome.
St. Peter's Square - Part of Vatican City, this square created by Bernini
is considered one of the loveliest squares in the world. Twin Doric colonnades
topped with statues of various saints and martyrs flank either side of the square.
In the center stands an 84-foot obelisk, brought from Egypt in 37 A.D.
St. Peter's Basilica - At the head of the square stands Christendom's most
magnificent church, which was begun in 1452 on the site where St. Peter was
buried. Throughout the following 200 years, such Renaissance masters as Bramante,
Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini worked on its design and created an unparalleled
masterpiece. Of special note are Michelangelo's Pieta and the bronze canopy
over the high altar by Bernini. The immense dome was designed by Michelangelo.
Vatican Museum - To see this museum's immense collection would take days.
As you enter, there are special posters that plot a choice of four color-coded
itineraries. They are repeated throughout the museum and are easy to follow.
It is a good idea to pickup a leaflet at the main entrance and concentrate on
exhibits of major interest. Of course, the Sistine Chapel is a must. Most likely
you may have to wait in line to enter.
Sorrento is a town of extraordinary beauty and is known as a popular gateway to Italy's most spectacular stretch of coastline - the Amalfi Drive lined with fishing villages and famous resorts. The seaside resort of Amalfi sits with weathered houses scrambling up steep cliffs. Visitors marvel at its location and its magnificent cathedral. The religious sanctuary of Cloister of St. Francis is worth a visit. The tiny, exclusive resort of Positano has its famous world-class hotel, San Pietro. Excavations of the ruined city of Pompeii, which was destroyed in 79 A.D. during the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, give visitors a vivid impression of life in a very wealthy ancient city and the tragic end of its population. The Isle of Capri ranks as one of the most beautiful islands and has captured visitors for centuries with excellent climate, spectacular landscape and fantastic sea caverns. Capri has lavish villas, elegant hotels, chic boutiques and quaint restaurants. Museo Correale contains a death mask of poet Torquato Tasso and some special editions of his works, pictures, furniture and porcelain.
With a great historic past and incomparable art treasures, Venice is renowned as one of the world’s great cities. Its 118 islands are separated by more than 150 canals and spanned by 400 bridges. During Venice's artistic golden age many magnificent structures were erected to create world-famous masterpieces. One of the best sightseeing routes is along Grand Canal, with many palaces lining the famous waterway. St. Mark’s Square offers access to some of Venice’s most famed attractions - St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. From Piazza San Marco, a maze of narrow streets are lined with shops, cafés and restaurants. A popular pastime is sitting at an outdoor café facing the square while people-watching and letting the whole marvelous scenario unfold. Venice’s Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands comprise an area famous as home of Venice’s glass-blowing industry and known for their charm, skilled lace-making and medieval monuments. Relax on a gondola ride, see art treasures in museums, churches and palaces, and have a sumptuous meal - all in this incomparable city.
The creative explosion of the Italian Renaissance happened right here, leaving petite Florence more art treasures than most national capitals. View the masterworks of local heroes like Michelangelo and Botticelli, visit countless unforgettable basilicas, then climb up into Brunelleschi's soaring dome to watch the sun set among cypress-clad Tuscan hillsides.
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