Uncovering Italy: Florence, Rome & Amalfi Coast

10 Days / Nights

Uncovering Italy: Florence, Rome & Amalfi Coast

Uncovering Italy: Florence, Rome & Amalfi Coast

10 Days / 9 Nights


Suggested itinerary

Day one: Arrival in Florence, Private Florence Food & Wine Tour: Tuscan Experience

One of the best ways to see a city is to eat your way through it and that is just what you can expect on this Private Florence Food Tour. Expect to taste hearty foods typical of this region such as the popular street food sandwich lampredotto, quality cured meats and cheeses local to Tuscany, regional pasta dishes, gelato and of course Tuscan wine!

Your Private Florence Food Tour begins with an intro to the city and its culinary history from your guide, as you walk along narrow Florence streets on your way to an historic enoteca winery. Here you will be met with a platter of local cured meats regional cheeses and Tuscan wine. Learn about the Sangiovese grape, sometimes referred to as the ‘king of all grapes’ thanks to its robust quality and timeless appeal.

Once your bellies are filled with local specialities, your guide will take you to yet another stop. But first, take in the beauty of this stunning Renaissance city in all its glory. Some of the other sites you will see along this tour is the Piazza della Signoria, the most important square of the city and a common meeting point for locals. You will also visit a local restaurant with a focus on Tuscan specialties. Here you will sit down to a variety of pasta choices. Finally, your Florence Food Tour now takes a turn for the sweet with a proper gelato finale!

Day two: Florence Art Tour: Uffizi & Accademia, Free Afternoon in Florence

Immerse yourself in the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance in its birthplace. Visit by yourself the two most recognized museums in Florence – the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery. See some of the most renowned art in the world, with stops at the Birth of Venus by Botticelli and David by Michelangelo. You will also see works by Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, and more.

It was in 1559 when the Grand Duke of Florence, Cosimo de Medici, commissioned Giorgio Vasari to design a building for the offices of the government judiciary (in fact “Uffizi” means “offices” in Italian). These two great minds could never have imagined that their office building in Florence would eventually house the world’s finest collection of Italian Renaissance art, from paintings to sculptures and more than 100,000 drawings and prints.

Near the Duomo, and a bit north of the Uffizi Gallery, is the Galleria dell’ Accademia. Originally a convent, it was converted by Pietro Leopoldo to a study space for the students of the adjoining Accademia della Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts). There, the students were meant not only to study but also to enjoy and admire the greatest works of the past. This is now the second-most visited museum in Tuscany. One of its central pieces, Michelangelo’s David, is considered the most popular sculpture in the world. See it all with an experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate guide!

Day three: Excursion to Tuscany: Chianti Winery Visit & San Gimignano

This experience takes you into the Chianti hills, Italy’s finest wine region, and the birthplace of the famous Chianti red wine.

You will enjoy the comfort of your own private car and driver, taking you to two gorgeous (and very different) vineyards. Your first stop takes you to a renowned historic vineyard, where you will enjoy a tour of the grounds and taste some of the best Chianti wines of the region. The second stop will take you to a smaller traditional vineyard, where you will enjoy a light lunch coupled with beautiful wines produced on site, and gorgeous views of the nearby ancient town of San Gimignano.

After your Tuscan lunch visit at the second vineyard, you will enjoy a quick visit to the ancient town of San Gimignano as your final stop. Your driver will take you directly to San Gimignano where you will be left to explore the town at your leisure. After your day of exploring this charming hill-covered region, your private driver will take you back to Florence. Experience the Italian countryside and wine culture at its finest!

Day four: Florence to Rome, Exclusive Private Guided Visit of Rome Highlights

Today you make your way to Rome. Enjoy the Italian «passeggiata», a walk in the heart of Rome to see the highlights during this privately guided visit of the eternal city. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain & learn the legend behind this iconic fountain; See why Bernini was one of the most prominent architects of Rome; Enjoy an Italian gelato and find out what makes gelato different from ice cream.

You will start at the picture-perfect Spanish Steps and enter Rome’s maze of charming cobblestone streets. As you weave in and out of the labyrinth of narrow streets, you will suddenly find ourselves in front of the breathtaking Pantheon. This is the only completely intact pagan temple left in Rome. The tour will continue on to arguably the most famous fountain in the world, the Trevi Fountain. Marvel at its beauty and toss a coin in to assure that this is not your last visit to the Eternal City! Next, you will stop for gelato at our favorite authentic Roman gelateria. The tour will conclude with a visit to Piazza Navona, host to Bernini’s fabulous Four Rivers Fountain and Rome’s many talented sidewalk artists and musicians. Your guide will be happy to recommend a nice restaurant in the area for your dinner.

Day five: Free Day in Rome, Sunset Frascati Wine Experience

Today you have a free day to explore the city’s highlights and make the most of your time in the Eternal City. A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and charismatic cities.

The result of 3000 years of ad hoc urban development, Rome’s cityscape is an exhilarating sight. Ancient icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon recall the city’s golden age as caput mundi.

Few cities can rival Rome’s astonishing artistic heritage. Stroll through the centre and without even trying you’ll come across masterpieces by the titans of European art – sculptures by Michelangelo, paintings by Caravaggio, frescoes by Raphael and fountains by Bernini.

A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture. Idling around picturesque streets, whiling away hours at streetside cafes, people-watching on pretty piazzas – these are all central to the Roman experience. The tempo rises in the evening when fashionable drinkers descend on the city’s bars and cafes for a sociable aperitivo (drink with snacks) and trattorias hum with activity. Elsewhere, cheerful hordes mill around popular haunts before heading off to hip cocktail bars and late-night clubs.

In the afternoon, you will visit the town of Frascati, which has been famous for its wines since the era of ancient Rome. Your guide, who is a Frascati local, will meet you at the train station to take you to a 16th-century Farmhouse. Here, accompanied by the winemaker, you will learn about how the artisanal winemaking tradition has been kept alive by a devotion to traditional winemaking techniques, incorporated into the production of our modern DOCG wines.

Day six: Private Tivoli Day Trip from Rome

Your Tivoli tour from Rome is a journey back in time that starts by visiting the awe-inspiring ruins of Emperor Hadrian’s villa. Constructed in the early part of the 2nd century as a summer retreat to escape the heat of Rome. An immense complex hosting underground service passageways big enough for vehicles (tantalizing glimpses are still visible), the villa also includes lakes, fountains, libraries, bathhouses, temples, and gardens. The labyrinth-like complex has such a large footprint, that it is easy to imagine the emperor himself asking for directions.

Next is time to recharge by taking a short lunch break in the charming little town of Tivoli where you can choose to sample the local food and wine (not included).

After lunch, it is on to visit a dazzling 16th-century Villa d’Este. Built in the Renaissance, this venue is famous for its terraced hillside with its outstandingly frescoed reception rooms and endless garden. Designed to impress the Cardinal Ippolito d’Este’s guests, the Villa d’Este gardens are composed almost exclusively of water features – 64 water fountains, a purposely built canal system, and 220 basins, all working thanks to nature! Your private guide will share with you the grand ‘Fountain of the Dragons’, and ‘Hundred Fountains’, as well as the miniature watery reproduction of Rome. All lead to the focal point, the gigantic Water Organ Fountain, where you can admire the beautiful water as it cascades down a huge distance into quiet, shady pools.

Day seven: Rome to the Amalfi Coast - Pompeii en Route

In the morning, you’ll leave Rome and head south to the Amalfi Coast. Take the train to Naples before heading by private transfer to your final destination of the Amalfi Coast, but before you arrive, you’ll make an incredible stop. Visit the ruins of Pompeii, a bustling seaside city that was buried underneath 13-20 ft (4 to 6 m) of ash and volcanic debris after the 79 CE eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The ash, which killed many of the city’s residents, acted as an archaeological time capsule by preserving many of the city’s original buildings and features completely intact.

The city was lost for 1,500 years following Mount Vesuvius’ eruption before its accidental rediscovery in 1599. Items of all kinds from jars to furniture were frozen in time, and even those unfortunate citizens of the empire, unable to flee the oncoming ash, were perfectly preserved. A stroll through Pompeii’s ancient streets will show off preserved villas, shops, public buildings, and plazas, giving you an insider’s look into life 2,000 years ago.

After the excursion to Vesuvius, you’ll continue on to the Amalfi Coast, where you’ll check in to your hotel and settle in for the evening.

Day eight: Amalfi Coast by Vespa

Just south of the Gulf of Naples lies the Sorrentine Peninsula, featuring the 24 miles (40 km) of Italy’s famed Amalfi Coast. This entire region is one of the most storied and beautiful parts of the country, boasting a long history dating back to ancient Rome. There’s no better way to explore this singularly gorgeous stretch of coastline than on two wheels—particularly those attached to a Vespa. This tour will give you an unforgettable experience of looking at Italy from the seat of a Vespa driven by an experienced driver.

Ride along the most spectacular serpentine road into Positano. You’ll spend an hour in the stunning coastal city of Positano. Then it takes 30 minutes on the Vespa to arrive at another gorgeous city, Amalfi. Enjoy a longer stop of 1,5 hours, enough time to explore this village. The pebbly beaches and cliff top views made this region a prime destination for Europe’s literati and aristocracy from the 17th century onward. You’ll zip along with your experienced driver to the charming fishing villages whose homes are resplendent with bright colors.

The tour finishes with a ride along the stunning coastline, famous for its terraced lemon groves and vineyards, and returns to the starting point after a lunch break. Not to worry if you’ve never been on a Vespa, your expert guide and driver will take care of zipping along the coastline so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Day nine: Day Excursion to Capri Island and Anacapri

Spend the day enjoying the sunshine and clear blue waters of Capri Island. Known locally as the «Pearl of the Mediterranean,» the ancient Greeks called it the «Isle of Sirens.» Capri sits on the south side of the Gulf of Naples and has been a popular vacation destination for millennia. The ancient Romans, in fact, built summer villas here for the Empire’s VIPs.

In the morning, you’ll head out to catch a hydrofoil to Capri. Visit the Marina Grande and Marina Piccola harbors, walk along the Belvedere of Tragara (a villa-lined promenade with panoramic views), and explore the ruins of ancient Roman villas.

Then head up the hill to Anacapri to see the Piazzetta and Augustus’ Garden, and enjoy the best views of the Faraglioni Rocks. Should you choose, you can later return to the water and explore the Grotta Azzurra, the famous «Blue Grotto,» which is located inside a hollowed sea cave. Afterward, we recommend spending the remainder of the afternoon soaking in the sunshine on the beach, before taking the ferry back in the evening.

Day ten: Amalfi Coast to Naples, Departure

Your trip finishes here! At the designated time, a driver picks you up at your hotel for transfer to the airport. Today you catch your flight home full of memories of Italy and wishing your stay had been longer.

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