3 NIGHTS SORRENTO, 3 NIGHTS ROME, 3 NIGHTS FLORENCE & 3 NIGHTS 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!
* 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).DIS
Arrive in Sorrento (the nearest airport is Naples) and meet your Local Host who is ready to help you plan your stay in this beautiful resort town on the Gulf of Naples.
Your guided sightseeing includes a walk along the OLD TOWN’S characteristic lava-stone streets and time to take pictures of amazing Mount Vesuvius. See the 14th-century Sedil Dominova building; the ancient Bell Tower; and St. Antonino Church, dedicated to Sorrento’s patron saint. Visit the CLOISTER of St. Francis Church to enjoy its unique atmosphere and tranquility. TASTE LIMONCELLO and find out how this world-famous liqueur is made.
Your Local Host can give you ideas for your day at leisure in this enchanting area; and be sure to try the favorite local specialties—spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams) and pastiera (ricotta cheese-filled cake).
Transfer to Naples, then travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Rome.
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.
Explore this city of canals and bridges at your own pace, with suggestions from your Local Host. You might be interested in a visit to Squero di San Trovaso, one of the few remaining boatyards in Venice that still builds and repairs traditional gondolas.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.