3 NIGHTS ROME, 3 NIGHTS FLORENCE, 3 NIGHTS VENICE & 3 NIGHTS LAKE MAGGIORE
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck once enjoyed a Roman Holiday filled with romance and fun, and now you can too! Plus, on this vacation, you’ll also visit Florence, Venice & Lake Maggiore—and Monograms makes it easy! This 13-day vacation includes three nights at centrally located hotels in each city; buffet breakfast daily, sightseeing with an expert local guide in each city, transportation between cities, transfers to/from the train stations, and materials on each city. Also, you’ll have a Local Host® in each city, a one-of-a-kind feature offered only by Monograms. Your Local Host is a friend in the city—someone who can answer questions, give suggestions, help you personalize your vacation, and help make sure your vacation is all you want it to be.
Your vacation starts when you arrive in Rome, where your Local Host will meet you with materials to get you familiar with the city. The next day, after enjoying your included breakfast, you’ll be picked up at your hotel for your guided sightseeing with an expert local guide. You’ll hear insider stories and see the must-see sights: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel. In fact, your sightseeing in each city includes the sights you cannot go home without seeing: Santa Croce Square and Michelangelo’s David in Florence; St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs in Venice; and a boat ride to Isola Bella in Lake Maggiore. But that’s not all…your sightseeing includes VIP access to the sights, so you can skip the lines. Time is short, so why waste it with the other tourists in line when you can be gazing at Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings, hearing insider stories about the gladiatorial fights held at the Colosseum, and shopping for jewelry at Florence’s Ponte Vecchio? You know a vacation is meant for exploring and enjoying—not standing in line! And don’t worry, we know the perfect place to capture a photo of St. Peter’s Square in Rome and the Duomo in Florence.
Time in each of these Italian cities gives you the opportunity to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host of course). Taste the sumptuous cuisine, shop for Italian goods, explore the stunning churches and museums, and participate in optional excursions, such as an outing to Pisa and Lucca from Florence, an underground tour in Rome, and a gondola serenade in Venice. In Lake Maggiore, be sure to enjoy the picturesque lakefront and colorful flowerbeds. Perhaps take the Mottarone Cable Car for panoramic views over seven lakes and the Alps.
And don’t forget…your Monograms package includes first-class transportation between each city via high-speed train. Plus, we escort you to/from the train stations and help you get on the correct train—always a plus in Italy, where the train stations are notoriously confusing for non-Italian speakers. So all you have to do is sit back and relax as you see the beautiful countryside and towns dotting the landscape.
* The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).DIX
Benvenuto—welcome! Your Local Host is on hand to help you maximize your time in Italy’s capital city.
Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS to see amazing treasures. In the SISTINE CHAPEL, where the Conclave is held to elect new popes, view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, enter monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle’s tomb and home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic COLOSSEUM, built for 50,000 spectators, and the ROMAN FORUM, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located. (Please note the Vatican Museum is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays, therefore your included guided sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day. Please be aware of this variation if making independent arrangements for your time at leisure.)
Today, experience Italy’s capital city at your own pace. You may wish to test your truthfulness at the Bocca della Verità or unwind in Gianicolo Park with its panoramic views, carousels, and puppet shows. Your Local Host is ready to help you with ideas for your day.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Florence.
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s original David (the Academy is replaced with the Duomo Museum on Mondays and on the first Sunday of each month). Walk through Piazza del Duomo; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.
Your Local Host can assist with suggestions for your day, including how to find the Central Market with its colorful displays of olive oil, pastas, herbs, and wine
Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Venice.
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, features ST. MARK’S SQUARE and BASILICA with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit DOGES’ PALACE and the poignant BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner, and learn why glass-making was so important in Venetian history. ENTRANCE to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.
Today you may want to shop for famous Murano glass items, or admire the views from atop St. Mark’s Bell Tower. Your Local Host will have many ideas.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Milan, then transfer to your hotel in beautiful Stresa on Lake Maggiore.
On your morning guided sightseeing, take a short boat ride to the opulent PALACE and monumental GARDENS of ISOLA BELLA. Once a rocky island and home to a community of fishermen, it was purchased by Carlo III Borromeo in 1630 and eventually transformed into the beautiful location it is today. Carlo III named the island after his wife, Isabella, and it is still owned by the Borromeo dynasty to the present day.
Your Local Host will have many recommendations for your day at leisure. Perhaps visit the Umbrella Museum in nearby Gignese.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Milan Malpensa.