This is the classic "Grand Tour" of Italy with visits of Rome, the Eternal City, Florence, the grand city of the Renaissance, and Venice, famed for its canals and the Piazza San Marco. Better still, these three cities feature some of our favorite hotels, sightseeing, and fine dining. Best of all, with this tour you have plenty of free time to explore, shop, or relax without feeling rushed.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Dinner, Rome)
Private Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere Tour
The Jewish community in Rome is known to be the oldest Jewish community in Europe and also one of the oldest continuous Jewish settlements in the world, dating back to 161 BC. Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to Teatro Marcello, where the walking tour begins. You will see Portico d`Ottavia, which was built during the Roman Empire and then became a fish market during the Middle Ages. Proceed to Piazza delle Cinque Scole, where there were the five Talmud schools, five synagogues used as schools. Piazza Mattei with the charming fountain of the Turtle from the 16th century and the Synagogue built at the beginning of the 20th century, housing the Jewish Community Museum. Crossing the river through the Tiber Island you will reach the Trastevere district and visit the first Synagogue of Rome, dating back to the 1st century, where the inscription of the Rabbi is visible.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Rome)
(Breakfast, Rome; Accommodations, Florence)
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Florence)
Private Cooking with Stefania in Montefioralle and Chianti Tour
Meet your driver in the hotel`s lobby and head for Montefioralle, a lovely hamlet made of cobbled streets, stone walls and climbing flowers, where time seems to have stopped.
Stefania, your host, chose to settle here after she was enchanted by an approach to life that was respectful of the changes in the seasons and of the natural succession of things. Her cooking classes unveil a world made of passion for simple ingredients, of tastes and flavors able to trigger old memories of family gatherings and bursts of laughter.
Join her in her kitchen, follow her example and then chop, slice, stir, and sip, in a culinary crescendo that culminates in a delicious meal, accompanied by local wine, witty conversations and entertaining company. After lunch, a relaxing drive through Chianti`s beautiful scenery will be the best conclusion for such a day out.
(Breakfast, Dinner, Accommodations, Florence)
(Breakfast, Florence; Accommodations, Venice)
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Venice)
(Breakfast, Dinner, Accommodations, Venice)