An Italian Adventure

Itinerary

Day 1Depart USA
Begin your Italian Adventure with your overnight flight.

Day 2Arrive Milan
Benvenuto in Italia! Milan, the capital of Lombardy, and is the largest city in this region of Italy. Milan is renowned as one of the top three world capitals of fashion and design. Milan is also home to a variety of famous monuments, museums and churches including the Milan Cathedral which is the third largest church in the world. The Santa Maria delle Grazie church is home to one of the most famous paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, the “Last Supper.”
Upon arrival you will be met by a driver for private transfer to your 4-star accommodations. Your luxurious hotel is located in a beautiful peaceful setting near one of the ancient city gates. Pass through these historically gates to the center of old Milan.

Day 3Shopping in Milan
Today your escort and driver will be at your disposal for eight hours and will accompany you to the fashion district to shop the famous streets of Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, Via Sant'Andrea and Via Montenapoleone.

Day 4Transfer to Lake Como / Moltrasio
Enjoy breakfast this morning before departing on your private transfer to the village of Moltrasio, located on beautiful Lake Como.
Your scenic drive will take you through the many lakeside villages and towns that surround Lake Como. Near your hotel are many beautiful villas and gardens such as Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, Villa Melzi, Villa Olmo, Villa Passalacqua, Villa Fontanelle (Versace's former home), and Villa Oleandra (George Clooney's home).

Day 5Tour of Lake Como & Wine Tasting
This morning your private driver will take you and your English-speaking guide, to the pier in Como for your day of boating on the lake. Your guide will join you for the excursion as you enjoy a leisurely tour of the lake with a stop in Bellagio for wine tasting and food pairings.

One of the most romantic and picturesque spots on Lake Como, Bellagio, also known as the “Pearl of the Lake” is a small town with a series of old and picturesque dwellings, in typical pastel shades and huddled together.

You will continue by boat from Bellagio to Cadenabbia where your driver will meet you and return you to your hotel for the remainder of the day.

Day 6Day at Leisure / Cycling
Enjoy the day at leisure, soaking up the rich ambience, the lavish lifestyle and the picturesque locality of this truly enchanting place. You may wish to take the ferry to Piazza Cavour and visit Como, the walled city, where you can shop on the silk road and visit the Museum of Silk and the art exhibition at Villa Olmo. You might also choose to ride around the area on bicycles you can loan from the hotel.

Day 7Transfer to Cinque Terre / Monterosso
This morning a driver will pick you up for your private transfer to your 4-Star accommodations in the seaside village of Monterosso.

Your hotel is located on the new side of the village of Monterosso and is only minutes from the beach and the old part of town where fabulous restaurants can be found and also where the start of the pathway to the other Cinque Terre towns.
Enjoy the next few days getting to know Cinque Terre, hiking and walking all around this amazing part of Italy. The Cinque Terre literally means "the five lands", and these five are the communities of Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, and Vernazza along with their urban relative Monterosso. The northernmost of these five is Monterosso which is the tourist hub of the region. The other four are inaccessible by road, and are pure rural villages in an agricultural belt lush with gardens and vineyards.

Day 8Explore the Villages of Cinque Terre
This morning we suggest you take the famous Via dell'Amore (Love Road) beginning at Riomaggiore. It is a path in the rocks overlooking the sea that leads to Manarola, which is the second village of the Cinque Terre. Following this romantic path, known all over the world, you can admired the fascinating scenery, hear the sound of the waves on the rocks below and breath the unmistakable smell of salt.

Day 9Explore the Villages of Cinque Terre
Enjoy the hotel and its sea view today or try another day of hiking the beautiful hills of Cinque Terre. Your hotel retreat will be waiting for you when you return to relax for the evening.

Day 10Transfer to Florence
After breakfast and check-out this morning, you have another private transfer to your hotel in Florence.

Your 4-Star hotel is located in a historical 15th century palazzo in the heart of Florence. Its elegant Tuscan style will transport you to Renaissance Florence, yet has all the necessities for the modern traveler to make your stay unforgettable. The hotel looks out onto the Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery and offers the Brunello Lounge & Restaurant, where you can enjoy superb, regional Tuscan cuisine alongside international dishes.

Day 11Day at Leisure / Farewell Dinner
The day is yours to enjoy by exploring Florence on your own, delighting in some personal shopping or sightseeing to witness firsthand what makes Firenze such a wonder! Enjoy the afternoon, and return to the hotel in time to relax and freshen up before your special farewell dinner this evening. Tonight you will enjoy a private romantic four course dinner on the hotel terrace reserved entirely for you with a personal waiter to attend to all your requests. You will also have the pleasure of a violinist playing for you while you enjoy your magnificent meal and recall your favorite memories of your Italian vacation. If you choose, you will also have private access to the terrace Jacuzzi. We hope this is a special evening and vacation you will remember fondly for years to come. Enjoy!

Day 12Depart for United States
This morning after breakfast and check-out, meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your private transfer to the Malpensa Airport in preparation of your flight home to the United States. Buon Giornio Italia!
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