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Picture Perfect Italy

Duration 18 days

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From the gondola-filled canals and Venetian masks of Venice to the pastel-hued vineyards and rolling hills of Tuscany, this 3-week tour across Italy showcases life through the lens of a Local Expert. Journey along the Italian Riviera to the ancient city of Pompeii—preserved in time after the Mount Vesuvius eruption of AD79. Walk the ancient, cobbled streets before exploring the nearby paradise of Positano, an exclusive artists paradise on the Amalfi coast. In the lush surrounds of the Italian Lake District, take to the waters on the Isola Bella Cruise, setting sail for Lake Maggiore’s beautiful Borromean Islands. Before a stop in Florence, pause to enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting, followed by a Tuscan cooking lesson—all set against a backdrop of vineyards and olive groves.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

WELCOME TO VENICE
Transfers from Venice airport depart at 9. 30, 12. 30 and 15. 30 to your canalfront hotel, located between St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge. Later, join your Travel Director for Welcome Drinks and a relaxed evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Starhotels Splendid Venice
Meal: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

Venice & the Magic of La Serenissima
A Local Expert introduces you to this fabled city. Standing in the iconic Piazza San Marco, admire the grand basilica and Doges’ Palace. See the Grand Canal and learn about the history and culture of ‘La Serenissima’. The rest of the day is free for independent exploration. Perhaps experience a romantic gondola ride or get a bird’s eye view of Venice from one of the bell towers. In the evening, enjoy a mouth-watering dinner at one of Venice’s prized local restaurants.
Hotel: Starhotels Splendid Venice
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 3

Cortina d’Ampezzo & the Dolomites
It’s through the distinctive formations of the Dolomites today, where rugged peaks take the form of towers belfries or domes, to visit the chic ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Hotel: Parkhotel Laurin, Bolzano / Bellevue Suites & Spa, Cortina
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 4

The Colourful Peaks of the Dolomites
There is an opportunity today to join the coach for a scenic drive to the pretty Lake Misurina. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Parkhotel Laurin, Bolzano / Bellevue Suites & Spa, Cortina
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 5

From the Mountains to Milan & Magical Lake Maggiore
Head for magnificent Milan to see the impressive cathedral, its façade dripping with pinnacles and spires. Now on to the enchanting Italian Lake District for three nights by the water in beautiful Baveno.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Dino, Lake Maggiore
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 6

The Borromean Islands & Lakeside Lugano
Take to the waters of Lake Maggiore for a delightful cruise to the beautiful Borromean Islands. Visit Isola Bella renowned for its incredible palace and stunning Botanical Gardens. Next, embark on a scenic drive along the shores of the lake, past splendid villas set in sub-tropical gardens with the Swiss Alps providing the backdrop. Cross into Switzerland to explore the fashionable resort of Lugano.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Dino, Lake Maggiore
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 7

Lake Como Excursion
Spend the morning in Bellagio – the pearl of Lake Como! Enjoy glorious water views and explore the narrow cobblestone alleyways, filled with luxurious boutiques. In the afternoon, visit the romantic gardens of Villa Carlotta.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Dino, Lake Maggiore
Meal: BB

DAY 8

PORTOFINO AND RAPALLO ON THE ITALIAN RIVIERA
Leave the Italian Lake District and travel down to the sunny, colour-splashed Ligurian coast, known as the Italian Riviera! Here, visit the exclusive fishing village of Portofino, epitome of La Dolce Vita. Admire the gaily coloured houses, browse the trendy boutiques, stay a while in the cafes on the piazzetta and watch the yachts bob in the harbour. A short cruise (weather permitting) along the Ligurian coast brings you to your waiting coach in Santa Margherita. Fans of Italian seafood are in for a treat at this evening’s Highlight Dinner.
Hotel: Vis A Vis Sestre, Levante / Grand Hotel Bristol, Rapallo
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 9

CINQUE TERRE
Get ready to explore the ‘Cinque Terre’, or ‘five villages’, which were for years only accessible by donkey. Explore a couple of the fishing villages hugging the cliff-face, where there are amazing opportunities to capture great photographs. Soak up the atmosphere before returning to your hotel.
Hotel: Vis A Vis Sestre, Levante / Grand Hotel Bristol, Rapallo
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 10

TUSCAN VILLA
This morning, there is time to relax and explore the resort more before continuing to your charming Tuscan villa style hotel set in the charming Tuscan wine growing region.
Hotel: Villa San Paolo, San Gimignano / Palazzo San Lorenzo, Colle / Borgo San Luigi, Monteriggioni
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 11

Tastes of Tuscany Excursion
Get your cameras ready for a drive through the beautiful rolling countryside of Tuscany, past olive groves, old farmhouses, medieval towns and rows of vineyards. Visit an estate in the heart of Tuscany to taste the finest produce of wine and olive oil. Enjoy a cooking lesson, where you prepare a full meal, from antipasto to dessert.
Hotel: Villa San Paolo, San Gimignano / Palazzo San Lorenzo, Colle / Borgo San Luigi, Monteriggioni
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch with Wine

DAY 12

Florence Excursion
Today is dedicated to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Join your Local Expert inside the Uffizi Gallery and enjoy crystal clear commentary via your audio headsets as you study works of art by some of the most famous Italian masters, including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Walk on to the Duomo to see the ‘Gates of Paradise’ before reaching Signoria Square, adorned with statues and fountains. Your walking tour concludes at the Basilica of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo lies buried. After free time for lunch, visit the Pitti Palace and relax amid the formal terraces of the Boboli Gardens.
Hotel: Villa San Paolo, San Gimignano / Palazzo San Lorenzo, Colle / Borgo San Luigi, Monteriggioni
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 13

Villa Lante & Hilltop Orvieto
Drive into the heart of Umbria to Villa Lante, Italy’s finest example of late-Renaissance design, featuring cascades, fountains and dripping grottoes. Continue to hilltop Orvieto, overlooking a sea of vineyards. Sightseeing shows you the Gothic cathedral, housing Luca Signorelli’s beautiful frescoes.
Hotel: Aquila Bianca, Orvieto
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 14

Pompeii & Positano on the Amalfi Coast
Drive south to the ancient city of Pompeii, preserved by the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. Walk with a local guide through the cobbled streets to explore the shops, villas and temples. Continue to the exclusive artists paradise of Positano on the breathtaking Amalfi coast – its Moorish flair and colourful houses make it one of the most photographed places in Italy. We enjoy two special nights in this sought after location. As evening descends, make the most of this beautiful setting with an imaginative dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Royal Hotel / Art Hotel Pasitea, Positano
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 15

Excursion to the Isle of Capri
There is magnificent scenery at every turn as you travel along the Amalfi Coast to board your ferry to Capri – the Isle of Dreams. Arriving at the Marina Grande, ascend to Capri Town by funicular railway. There is time to browse in the elegant shops before taking the spectacular Corniche road to Anacapri, with its magnificent views over the Mediterranean. There is free time to explore and enjoy an included light lunch a before returning to Positano.
Hotel: Royal Hotel / Art Hotel Pasitea, Positano
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 16

The Gardens of Villa d’Este & Rome
Drive to the UNESCO listed gardens of Cardinal d’Este. In the 16th century he diverted the river Aniene to feed hundreds of fountains for his fantasy garden which still function perfectly today! Continue to the ‘eternal city’ of Rome.
Hotel: Veneto Palace, Rome
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 17

Highlights of Rome
Hear tales of the glory of ancient Rome as you see the Colosseum and Forum with a Local Expert. On the opposite side of the Tiber, tour St Peter’s Basilica, home to Michelangelo’s early masterpiece the Pieta, before enjoying some free time for last minute shopping or sightseeing. At this evening’s Celebration Dinner, savour the flavours of Italy along with local wine. Round off your trip with a glittering illuminations drive.
Hotel: Veneto Palace, Rome
Meal: Breakfast,Celebration Dinner

DAY 18

Arrivederci Roma
Your memorable trip comes to an end today. Transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.
Meal: Breakfast

Authentic Dining

  • Venice: Get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine at a Venetian restaurant.
  • Venice: Dinner with wine at one of Venice’s prized restaurants.
  • Rapallo: The Ligurian coast is renowned for its seafood so you are treated to a feast of local specialties.
  • Tuscany: Enjoy the results of your Italian Cookery Class for lunch.
  • Amalfi: Dine at a charming restaurant on the Amalfi Coast.
  • Rome: Wine & dine at a local restaurant, plus illuminations tour.
  • Dinner Summary: 17 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, and 7 Dinners, plus tea or coffee and wine.

Insight Experiences

  • Italian Lake District: Cruise to the island of Isola Bella, renowned for its opulent palace and stunning gardens.
  • Portofino: Cruise along the coast to this exclusive resort.
  • Lake Como: Visit the romantic gardens at the Villa Carlotta.
  • Cinque Terre: Explore two of the charming fishing villages.
  • Tuscany: Learn the art of Italian cookery.
  • Tuscany: Drive through the rolling countryside to a medieval village in the heart of Chianti. Visit a winery, taste the wine and olive oil.
  • Florence: Visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s top art museums.
  • Florence: Visit the Pitti Palace, full of art treasures, and enjoy views over Florence from the Boboli Gardens
  • Villa Lante: Visit the garden’s cascades, fountains & grottoes.
  • Isle of Capri: Ride the funicular to town. Take the Corniche road to Anacapri, enjoy the sea views and a light lunch.
  • Pompeii: A guided tour with a Local Expert.
  • Rome: Visit St. Peters Basilica and see the Colosseum.
  • Tivoli: Visit the UNESCO listed gardens of the Villa d’Este.

Stay at the Best Addresses

  • Grand Hotel Bristol: Set on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Tigullio, this Liberty Style hotel combines timeless elegance with contemporary luxury and service.

Included Insight Services

  • 17 nights in First Class Hotel Accommodation as indicated
  • Escorted by professional Travel Director
  • Luxury air-conditioned 40 seater coach with extended leg room, on-board washroom, and panoramic windows
  • Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on Day 1 and Day 18
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Picture Perfect Italy

From the gondola-filled canals and Venetian masks of Venice to the pastel-hued vineyards and rolling hills of Tuscany, this 3-week tour across Italy showcases life through the lens of a Local Expert. Journey along the Italian Riviera to the ancient city of Pompeii—preserved in time after the Mount Vesuvius eruption of AD79. Walk the ancient, cobbled streets before exploring the nearby paradise of Positano, an exclusive artists paradise on the Amalfi coast. In the lush surrounds of the Italian Lake District, take to the waters on the Isola Bella Cruise, setting sail for Lake Maggiore’s beautiful Borromean Islands. Before a stop in Florence, pause to enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting, followed by a Tuscan cooking lesson—all set against a backdrop of vineyards and olive groves.