Our tour in the eternal city begins in the littlest State in Italy, the Papal State, we visit one of the symbols of the image of Rome and the Catholic religion, Saint Peter. The story of the construction of the Basilica is twisted and full of twists, it began during the Paleochristian era till the first half of the XXth century.
We visit the Vatican Museum, the dome and the interior of the basilica, the biggest in the world, and if possible, through the fortified corridor (called the Passetto di Borgo) we reach Castel Sant’Angelo. It was initially a mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, then it was used by the popes as a prison. The castle owes its name to the angel standing on its top.
Pause for lunch in the garden of Piazza Adriana. We continue our walk through Ponte Sant’Angelo, a wonderful work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. We reach Piazza Venezia with the Altar of the Fatherland, a monument built after the First World War to honor the unknown soldier, all those who died in battle and nobody was not able to give them a name.
Walking in the Imperial Forums, the fulcrum of social and political life, we dive deep into the Roman history of before and after the advent of Christ. We climb the Palatine Hill, where the villas of the emperors rose and we end up entering the realm of gladiators: the Colosseum.
At the end of the visit we go back to the hotel for dinner and then tour of Rome by night.
Day 2, after breakfast, we go to Piazza Navona, visiting the church of Sant’Agnese and the Fountain and the Four Rivers, “Angels and Demons” movie set, we arrive to Largo Torre Argentina to visit the area of the 4 temples, where Julius Caesar was murdered and then we move to the Pantheon. We stop for lunch in one of the many bakeries to taste pizza with mortadella or an ice cream, then we continue towards the present fulcrum of political life: Palazzo Montecitorio, originally designed by Bernini during the XVII century. We enter the narrow streets to go to throw our coin at Trevi Fountain. I recommend you, make a wish!!!
On the way to Piazza di Spagna we admire the showcases of the great Italian and international brands of Via Condotti and Via Frattina. Photo-op on the Spanish Step. From here we arrive at Villa Borghese and enjoy a wonderful view from the Pincian Hill. We go down to Piazza del Popolo, visit the church of Santa Maria del Popolo and return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3, we start our tour from the Mouth of Truth, try your luck trying to tell a lie in front of this mask. We continue towards the Teatro Marcello, an example of Roman art embedded in medieval buildings. We enter the Jewish Ghetto district passing by the Porticus Octaviae. The visit continues entering the Jewish Museum and the Synagogue. Lunch is provided in one of the restaurants of the district to taste the typical cuisine. Crossing Ponte Fabricio, Tiber Island and Ponte Cestio we arrive in the district of Trastevere and we get lost in its alleys. Here, the Romans of 7 generations still live.
Day 4 we head south stopping at Gaeta. If weather conditions are favourable we do swimtrekking at the Ulysses Riviera and in the afternoon we walk in the Park of Mount Orlando, the highest point of the city. We meet for dinner to taste the typical products of the culinary tradition of Gaeta.
Day 5, after breakfast we go to Naples. Once we arrive we start our tour from the Castle Nuovo due to the initiative of Charles I of Anjou when he established the capital from Palermo to Naples; Piazza Plebiscito, nerve centre on Neapolitan life; the Cappella Sansevero to admire the breathtaking Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sammartino; and a tour of Naples underground, a dense network of tunnels in the underground of the old town.
Day 6 we reach Tropea, city of the red onion, known worldwide thanks to this tasteful tuber. After tasting typical dishes of the tropean tradition, we visit the city centre, also famous for its noble palaces, built on a cliff overhanging the sea. We relax on one of the most beautiful beaches on the Tyrrhenian coast. Late in the afternoon we go to Spilinga for a tasting of the typical salami of the town, the ‘nduja, and cheese, such as “Pecorino del Monte Poro”. Departure for Reggio Calabria.
Day 7 we start from one of the symbols of Reggio Calabria, the Dome or the Cathedral Our Lady of Assumption. Saint Paul passed from here, he stopped to pray on his way back from Damasco. We follow our itinerary going to the Aragonese Castle, a strategic point of the city since ancient times. It was rehandled over the centuries by all the dominations in charge, it was reopened to the public in 2015 and today it hosts temporary exhibitions all year long.
Next stop at the National Museum of Magna Graecia to visit the universally known symbol of Reggio Calabria: the Riace warriors. At the end of the visit we have lunch as the inhabitants do: an aperitif (that looks like a lunch) or a brioche with ice cream in the world famous ice cream shop Cesare.
After lunch we visit Scilla, famous since the ancient times to be the hideout of the monster with the same name, these days renowned to still have a feeling to live under a spell. Scilla, dominated by its rock where the majestic Castle Ruffo rises up, shows on its left a modern side with the beach-front of Marina di Scilla and on its right Chianalea: a fishermen’s village known as “The little Venice of the Tyrrhenian Sea”. After a walk along the main street of Chianalea we have a dinner in one of the typical family restaurants. Even now, men fish on the rocks in front of the restaurants, where women cook, having good and properly Calabrian wines with our dinner.
Day 8, we move to the Ionian coast to discover the beauties of some of the towns in the hinterland of the province of Reggio Calabria. Pentedattilo, with its myth and its mountain (whence the name) where it lays down, a ghost town, which seems to be come out from a set of “The Lord of the Rings”. Since the antiquity it had inspired many painters, writers and other artists like Escher, E. Lear, R. Englund.
Along the way we stop to visit a cultivation of bergamots and taste the products of this piece of land, having lunch in an agitourism.
Next stop is Bova, capital of the Griko culture in Calabria, to know its language and traditions recovered thanks to the will of some researchers. We walk along the roads of the town and visit Palazzo Nesci Sant’Agata, an astonishing example of the architecture of Neoclassicism and Palazzo Mesiani Mezzacuva, it was built on the ruins of a tower of the XV century, where during last years many exhibitions and meetings were hosted. We walk up towards the Castle, laid on the rock where it dominated the town and the Amendolea valley.
Heading back to coast, we go to the vineyard Nesci in Palizzi, we visit the olive grove, the winery and where the wine is produced. We taste wines produced from a locally grown grape and typical products. We stop here for the night.
Day 9 the first stop is the Villa Romana in Casignana, which dates back to the I century AD, inhabited until the v century. We can admire rooms for cold and warm baths, with a heating system still visible nowadays and mosaics of rare beauty. On the opposite side of the Route 106 it’s possible to see the resdential area.
On the way to Gerace we stop at the Archaeological Site of Locri Epizephyrii. It was a very important centre for the political and economic life and it was abandoned by the Locresi at the beginning of the X century to escape from the Turkish incursions, even more intense.
Gerace is composed by three urban agglomerations well defined: the Borgo, the Borghetto and the Baglio, where still today it’s possible to see the ruins of the majestic castle, which dominated the valley below. The tour ends with a tasting of typical products such as the Greek wine of Gerace. Then we return to Reggio Calabria.
Day 10 we leave Reggio Calabria to head towards Sicily. We arrive in Piano Provenzana, 1.800 meters above Mount Etna, for a guided tour to the summit craters (to be decided on the basis of weather conditions and volcanic activity). In the afternoon we go to the Alcantara Gorges, where you can try out different experiences. At the end visit and dinner in Taormina we arrive just in time to enjoy the sunset from its beautiful terraces. Walk on Corso Umberto among the splendid showcases of designers boutiques and small local shops. Arrival in Syracuse in late evening.
Day 11 in the morning tour in Ortigia island and visit of Neapolis Archaeological Site. In the afternoon departure to Noto, with visit of the baroque city and dinner. We return to Syracuse.
Day 12 we go to Modica to visit the town and the Modica Chocolate Museum. In the afternoon we move to Ragusa Ibla to visit the beautiful baroque city. Aperitif or dinner in the fishermen’s village of Marzamemi and return to Syracuse.
Day 13 in the morning of the city centre of Catania and its very distinctive fish market. Visit of the Municipal Museum Castello Ursino (which houses works by Caravaggio an Van Dyck). The schedule of the day will be decided according to the departure time of the flight to Florence.
Day 14 we begin our tour of the Tuscan capital from Palazzo Vecchio with its “Hall of the Five Hundred” and the replica of the Michelangelo’s David, which stands at the entrance, where the original masterpiece stood until 1873. Then we go to the Uffizi Gallery, the most important museum of the city, where you can admire many famous masterpiece of Italian art. Crossing Ponte Vecchio, characterised by pastel houses above the small shops of work of art, jewels and souvenirs, we arrive at Palazzo Pitti, former residence of the Medici family, the Garden of Boboli, a wonderful park, example of the Italian garden, was also one of the sets of the movie “Hell” by Dan Brown. Dinner in a typical restaurant and return to the hotel.
Day 15 the first stop is at the Cathedral of Florence Santa Maria del Fiore, with its dome rising above the whole city. We recommend climbing the dome to enjoy a suggestive panorama of the city and of the surrounding hills or the Giotto Bell Tower, one of the most beautiful examples of XIV century Gothic architecture. Visit to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum for an interactive and direct experience of the machines designed by the Italian genius. Last stop of the day the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, with the majestic statue of Michelangelo’s David.
Day 16 we spend the day in the Chiantishire, we visit a winery with a tasting of local products.
Day 17 in the morning we leave for Siena, where we visit the Cathedral, its crypt and climbing to the top of the tower we admire a splendid view of the city. After that we head to Piazza del Campo, which hosts every year the fascinating Palio di Siena and the legendary Torre del Mangia, which stands on the Palazzo Pubblico, a splendid Gothic building.
We will spend an afternoon at one of the spas in the area.
Day 18 we board an early train for Venice, where once we arrive we leave our suitcases in the hotel and we begin with the visit of this charming city. Let’s start by crossing the Rialto Bridge, the first one built to cross the Gran Canal.
We go to St Mark’s Square to visit the Correr Museum, which hosts among the many works of art the masterpieces of Canova and then the Basilica of St Mark. It was built first as a palatine chapel next to the Doge’s Palace, it also become a mausoleum of the patron saint of the city. After lunch, we visit the Palace, the ancient of the doge of Venice and the we take a vaporetto to San Giorgio Maggiore Church, a beautiful work by Andrea Palladio. On returning to the main island we stop in front of the Bridge of sighs.
Day 19 is dedicated to the discovery of the islands of the Venetian lagoon: Murano, to observe the glass blowers at work; Burano, with its workshops of lace and brightly coloured homes. Back in Venice we continue to the station in direction of Milan.
Day 20 in the morning we start our tour from the largest Gothic building in Italy, the Cathedral, the view seen from its spires is incredible! To get to the Teatro alla Scala we cross the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, characterised by its eclectic style typical of the Milanese XIXth century. Here you can admire the shops of the famous brands, the cafes and the most famous bookshops. Since its inauguration in 1778, the Teatro alla Scala has seen the most famous artists, directors and dancers on its stage. We stop for lunch in Via Montenapoleone, where you have some time to go for shopping. Afternoon is dedicated to art: Pinacoteca di Brera, home of the wonderful “Il bacio” (“The kiss”) by Hayez and other numerous works of art of inestimable value; the Sforza Castle, immersed in the Sempione Park, first it was a defensive fortress, then barracks and now exhibition centre; the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church, where we find the fresco of “Last supper”, subject discussed in the book “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown. Dinner is planned in one of the city’s restaurants.
Day 21 we head to Lake Como. Due to its characteristics the landscape surrounding the lake was a source of inspiration for various artists, writers, musicians and painters, as in the famous novel “The Betrothed” by Alessandro Manzoni. This is one of the places that is the backdrop to this tormented story. Depending on weather conditions you can practise different activities, such as rowing, water skiing, kite surfing, paragliding, trekking, climbing. We return to Milan for dinner.
Day 22 the last day, we head to the coast of Liguria, to visit the fishing villages, that have become famous with the name of Cinqueterre: Monterosso al mare, with its castle located on the upper part of the old town had a purpose of defense, but then with the Napoleonic domination it became a cemetery; Vernazza, we find the Doria Castle, with its irregular shape to adapt the ridge where it stands; Corniglia, the only village that doesn’t overlook the sea; Manarola, at Christmas time is set up the largest Crib in the world; Riomaggiore, with its tower houses that follow the course of the stream.
From here you reach the airport to return to your place of origin.
Come to discover the Italian style!!!
During this tour you will visit most of the world-famous cities in Italy.
You’ll taste the typical Italian food with local wines.
The tour can be modified, adding or removing points of interest.
09:00 Vatican Museum, Saint Peter and its dome
12:00 Castel Sant’Angelo
15:30 Imperial Forums, the Palatine Hill, Colosseum
20:30 Dinner and Tour of Rome by night
09:00 Piazza Navona
10:30 Pantheon, Montecitorio
12:30 Trevi Fountain, Lunch
14:00 Spanish Step
16:00 Villa Borghese
17:30 Piazza del Popolo
10:00 Mouth of Truth
11:00 Teatro Marcello
10:45 Synagogue and the Jewish Museum
13:00 Lunch in a restaurant
15:00 Trastevere district
08:15 Departure from Rome
11:00 Arrive in Gaeta, swimtrekking or visit of the city
16:00 Visit of the Park of Mount Orlando
08:30 Departure from Gaeta
10:30 Arrive in Naples
11:00 Castel Nuovo
13:00 Lunch in Piazza del Plebiscito
14:30 Cappella di Sansevero
16:00 Napoli underground
07:00 Departure from Napoli
12:30 Arrive in Tropea
14:00 Relax on the beach
18:00 Tasting of local products in Spilinga
21:00 Departure for Reggio Calabria
09:00 Cathedral Our Lady of Assumption
10:00 Aragonese Castle
11:30 National Museum of Magna Grecia
13:30 Lunch and walk on the Waterfront of Reggio Calabria
17:00 Arrive in Scilla and visit of the Ruffo Castle
20:30 Dinner and back to Reggio Calabria
08:30 Departure from Reggio Calabria
09:15 Arrive in Pentedattilo
11:30 Visit of a cultivation of bergamots and lunch
16:30 Vineyard Nesci in Palizzi, visit of the olive grove, winery and check-in
19:00 Tasting of local products
09:30 Villa Romana in Casignana
11:30 Archaeological Site of Locri Epizephyrii
14:00 Lunch in Gerace and visit of the town
17:00 Tasting of local products
18:00 Back to Reggio Calabria
06:30 Departure from Reggio Calabria
10:00 Arrive on the Mount Etna
14:00 Alcantara Gorges
17:30 Taormina, visit of the town and dinner
23:00 Arrive in Syracuse
09:00 Visit of Ortigia
15:00 Arrive in Noto, visit of the town
20:00 Dinner in Syracuse
10:00 Arrive in Modica, visit of the town and the Modica Chocolate Museum
15:00 Ragusa Ibla
18:00 Aperitif or dinner in Marzamemi
22:00 Back to Syracuse
09:00 Catania, visit of the city centre and of the fish market
14:00 Flight to Florence
20:00 Check-in and dinner
09:00 Palazzo Vecchio
10:30 Uffizi Gallery
15:00 Ponte Vecchio
16:30 Palazzo Pitti and Garden of Boboli
10:00 Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Giotto Bell Tower
15:00 Leonardo da Vinci Museum
17:00 Galleria dell’Accademia
09:00 Day in the Chiantishire
08:45 Departure from Firenze
10:00 Arrive in Siena, visit of the Cathedral
11:00 Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico e Torre del Mangia
15:00 Arrive in a spa
20:30 Back to Florence
07:45 Departure from Florence
10:00 Arrive in Venice
11:00 Ponte di Rialto
11:30 Correr Museum
12:30 Basilica of Saint Mark
15:00 Doge’s Palace
16:30 San Giorgio Maggiore Church
18:00 Bridge of Sighs
09:30 Discovery of the islands of the Venetian lagoon: Murano e Burano
15:00 Back to Venice
16:00 Departure to Milan
20:00 Arrive in Milan, check-in and dinner
10:00 Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
11:00 Teatro alla Scala
12:00 Via Monte Napoleone, lunch
15:00 Pinacoteca di Brera
16:30 Sforza Castle
18:00 Santa Maria delle Grazie Church
08:30 Departure from Milan
10:30 Arrive at Lake di Como, boat tour or sports activity
20:00 Back to Milan, dinner
07:00 Departure from Milan
10:00 Arrive in Monterosso al Mare
13:30 Corniglia, lunch
Return to your place of origin