SORRENTO, ROME, FLORENCE, VENICE & LAKE MAGGIORE GETAWAY - 16 Days

3 NIGHTS SORRENTO, 3 NIGHTS ROME, 3 NIGHTS FLORENCE, 3 NIGHTS VENICE & 3 NIGHTS LAKE MAGGIORE

Giuseppe Verdi famously declared, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” Wow…he must have thought Italy was an amazing place! At Monograms, we agree, and that’s why we’ve made it easy for you to experience Italy in all its glory. On this 16-day vacation to Sorrento, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Lake Maggiore, we’ve taken care of the travel logistics and hassles, so all you have to do is enjoy. We’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, daily breakfast, transportation between the cities, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations. Plus, in each city, we’ve arranged for you to have the services of a Local Host®, someone who is there for you throughout your stay to answer questions, help you navigate the cities, offer suggestions, and help your vacation run smoothly.

Your vacation begins when you arrive in Sorrento. The nearest airport is Naples, but we can pick you up at the airport and bring you to your selected hotel in the resort town of Sorrento. Here, your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and a set of materials to help familiarize you with this town. In fact, in each city, your Local Host will welcome you to the city, help you get settled, and give you materials so you can start exploring immediately. Plus, we’ve also arranged for guided sightseeing with a local expert, someone who will share insider stories and what day-to-day life is like in the cities.

In Sorrento, your sightseeing includes a walk in the Old Town and a visit to the cloister of St. Francis Church. In Rome, we’ve arranged for visits to the Vatican Museums to see its amazing treasures; the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and famous ceiling paintings; St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD; the iconic Colosseum; and the Roman Forum, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located. In Florence, we’ll take you to see Michelangelo’s David and we’ll take you on a walking tour to see attractions such as the Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge that has housed stores since the 13th century. In Venice, guided sightseeing includes visits to St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. We’ve also arranged for you to see a glassblower’s demonstration, so you can learn why glassmaking has been so important in Venetian history. In Lake Maggiore, guided sightseeing includes a boat ride to the Palace and Gardens of Isola Bella, which has been owned by the Borromeo family since the 1500s.

In each city, you’ll have a full day to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host, of course). In Sorrento, you may want to take an excursion to nearby Pompeii to learn what life was like in 79 AD before Mount Vesuvius buried the town. Limoncello is the world-famous liqueur made in Sorrento, and we’ve included a sampling of it for you. In Rome, you may want to visit one of the catacombs, shop at one of the many designer boutiques, or visit Tivoli. From Florence, consider an excursion to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. Be sure to taste the Chianti—just ask your Local Host for the best spot to try a glass. In Venice, you may want to just wander around the back alleys, browsing the many shops. Or perhaps enjoy a serenaded gondola ride so you can experience Venice from its canals. In Lake Maggiore, maybe catch the Mottarone Cable Car for panoramic views over seven lakes and the Alps. Your Local Host in each city will have many suggestions for you.

And that’s not all…we’ve included transportation via high-speed train (first-class) between each city. It’s the best way to travel in Italy and will allow you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic countryside. We’ve thrown in transfers to/from the train stations, including from Milan (the nearest train station to Lake Maggiore), and even make sure you get on the correct train! With the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, the transportation and transfers we’ve included, and the hotels we’ve booked, all you have to do is enjoy the cities and countryside. Add the comfort of knowing you’ll have someone in each city to help you (not to mention in the train stations), and you’ve got a vacation of a lifetime!


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* 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).DIZ

Day 24:
SORRENTO, ITALY

Arrive in Sorrento (the nearest airport is Naples). Benvenuto—welcome! Your Local Host is ready to help you maximize your time in the city of olive and lemon groves.

Day 25:
SORRENTO

Morning 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.

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Day 26:
SORRENTO

Your Local Host will have options for your day at leisure, such as the best places to shop for locally made intarsio (inlaid woodwork).

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Day 09:
SORRENTO–ROME

Transfer to Naples, then travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Rome.

Day 10:
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.)

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Day 11:
ROME

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.

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Day 14:
ROME–FLORENCE

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Florence.

Day 15:
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.

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Day 16:
FLORENCE

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

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Day 17:
FLORENCE–VENICE

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Venice.

Day 18:
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.

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Day 19:
VENICE

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.

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Day 20:
VENICE–LAKE MAGGIORE

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Milan, then transfer to your hotel in beautiful Stresa on Lake Maggiore.

Day 21:
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.

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Day 22:
LAKE MAGGIORE

Your Local Host will have many recommendations for your day at leisure. Perhaps visit the Umbrella Museum in nearby Gignese.

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Day 23:
LAKE MAGGIORE

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Milan Malpensa.

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What's Included

  • Local Host & Destination Guides with city maps
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing & Activities - Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary.
  • Choice of hotels - We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.
  • Transportation - As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included.

SORRENTO ITALY

INCLUDED HOTEL: CARLTON INTERNATIONAL

Nestled in lush green grounds, this 76-room Sorrentine style hotel offers a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere in a prime location – in the heart of beautiful Sorrento with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, large sundeck and snack bar. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all public areas and guestrooms.

Hotel Option

HILTON SORRENTO PALACE

Situated high above the town with stunning views across the Bay of Naples and of Mount Vesuvius, this lovely 374-room modern hotel offers luxurious comfort in exquisite surroundings. It is just a few minutes’ walk downhill from the center of Sorrento with its handicraft shops, restaurants, wine bars, and ice cream parlors. Complimentary free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and access in guestrooms is subject to a fee (payable locally). Leisure facilities include six beautiful cascading outdoor swimming pools, an indoor grotto style pool, fitness room, and tennis court. A variety of regional cuisine and fresh seafood is served in the hotel’s main restaurant, rustic Neopolitan delights and refreshing drinks are served at lunchtime in the open-air poolside bar & restaurant and for leisurely evening drinks there is a sleek informal lounge bar with live music and seasonal outdoor terraces. Spacious sea-view rooms combine Mediterranean warmth with contemporary elegance and include floor to ceiling windows, air-conditioning and coffee/tea-making facilities.

ROME, ITALY

INCLUDED HOTEL: DEI BORGIA

Located in the heart of Rome just a few steps from the iconic Colosseum, this 80-room, refined Liberty-style hotel offers a welcoming and elegant atmosphere in the popular Monti district where family-run trattorias, hip wine bars, and vintage boutiques can be found in abundance. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout, a breakfast buffet is served every morning in the bright breakfast room, for well-being and relaxation there is a Spa & Wellness area and Italian aperitifs can be enjoyed at the in-house bar. Elegant air conditioned guestrooms mix Old World style with contemporary touches.

Hotel Options

STARHOTELS METROPOLE

This elegant 236 room modern boutique style hotel is perfectly placed. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property and there is also a fitness room. Tempting international dishes and Roman specialties can be savored in the intimate restaurant and for a refreshing break there is a stylish bar offering all day drinks, cakes, and light bites.

NH COLLECTION GIUSTINIANO

Named after one of Rome’s great Emperors, this modern 161 room hotel has a relaxed atmosphere in a great central location. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and guestrooms. Amenities include a fitness room, a contemporary styled restaurant serving regional & international dishes and a lounge bar serving refreshments and light snacks.

FLORENCE ITALY

INCLUDED HOTEL: HOTEL CELLAI

Located in the historic heart of Florence, this upscale 55-room boutique property is housed in a restored 19th-century townhouse with elegant parlors, vaulted wooden ceilings and original Tuscan artwork. There is a bar in the antique library that works on an honor-system, a charming rooftop garden with city views and Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout. Breakfast is served in a lavish mirrored room on a long table decked out with silver candelabras and complimentary tea, coffee and cake are served between 5 and 7 pm daily.

Hotel Options

HOTEL DE LA VILLE

A gem of peace located in Via Tornabuoni, one of the most prestigious streets in the heart of Florence. The hotel offers an elegant bar with refined Florentine furniture and classic Italian décor serving tasty local specialties. The breakfast room is reminiscent of a prestigious opera theater balcony with elegant touch of arts and craftsmanship that dot the room.

GLANCE HOTEL

A centrally located 68-room contemporary hotel with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout the property. Amenities include a breakfast room, lounge bar and roof-top terrace with an outdoor (seasonal) swimming pool offering fantastic panoramic views of the city.

MERCURE FIRENZE CENTRO

Elegant and stylish hotel equipped with all modern comforts located in the heart of Florence. The hotel sits only a short walk from the cathedral and the Santa Maria Novella train station, amidst culture, art and streets full of stores. The property offers 85 spacious and sound-proof guest rooms (carved out from one of Florence’s former main Cinema Theathers) contemporary Lounge Bar, Internet zone and complimentary WIFI.

VENICE, ITALY

INCLUDED HOTEL: CARLTON ON THE GRAND CANAL

A plush traditional Venetian style hotel set in a majestic four story building with refined interiors such as Murano glass wall lamps and gilt-edged furniture. Perfectly placed on the Grand Canal, with a vaporetto stop right outside and close to the main train station, this property offers great transportation access with the Rialto Bridge close by. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property which has an elegant fine-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, and a lovely rooftop terrace where drinks are served with views of the spired city skyline as a backdrop. 145 air-conditioned classically styled guestrooms offer coffee/tea-making facilities.

INCLUDED HOTEL: HOTEL ABBAZIA

This charming 50-room hotel offers a real Venetian experience in the heart of the city and is housed in a former monastery dating back to 1879 with Free Wi-Fi access available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A breakfast buffet is served in the bright, airy breakfast room and can also be enjoyed in the serene courtyard garden during the summer months; the original chapel has been restored as a stately wood-paneled lounge/bar complete with the original oak pulpit. NOTE: This 3-storey property does not have an elevator and may not be suitable for guests who are mobility impaired).

HOTEL OPTION

HOTEL BONVECCHIATI

Housed in an 18th Century Palazzo, this 122 room property has a refined elegance with traditional Venetian styling. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel with a fee (payable locally). There is a lobby bar for drinks and delightful restaurant serving typical Veneto dishes and International cuisine in a romantic setting with an outside terrace area overlooking the canal.

LAKE MAGGIORE, ITALY

INCLUDED HOTEL: GRAND HOTEL BRISTOL

This grandiose 253 room hotel exudes a stylish elegance with its marbled lobby and Bohemian-style crystal chandeliers. Wi-Fi access is available in all the guestrooms and public areas of the hotel with a fee (payable locally). The impressive outdoor swimming pool has panoramic views of the lake and mountains and there is also an indoor swimming pool and 2 jacuzzis. Local & international cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotels refined restaurants and bar.

MEET ONE OF YOUR LOCAL HOSTS

Annamaria
My name is Annamaria and I was born here in Sorrento. I really enjoy sharing the culture and secrets of my land with Monograms visitors: from the world-famous island of Capri and the extraordinary excavations of Pompeii to the enchanting atmosphere of the Amalfi coast, not forgetting the wonderful flavors of Mediterranean cuisine.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A LOCAL HOST?
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Lima. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Lima and you’ll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Lima insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

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