Football, art and fine dining - what could be more Italian?
2 days in Venice,
1 day in Verona,
2 days in Milan,
2 days in Florence
& 2 days in Rome
OhhItaly! tour whisks you through nine days of football, art e dining, guided by our English speaking Tour Leader.
Tour of Venice
On DAY1, after the welcome and the check in at the hotel, our expert guide will accompany you for a private walk-around tour in Venice. You will start from Correr Museum that will capture your attention from the very beginning with the incredible collections housed within the Correr Museum: a history that spans centuries, ready to amaze visitors with magical and amazing stories about the city. After you will move to the Doge’s Palace Museum, the ancient Doge’s Palace is a true masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture. Probably built in the IX century, and transformed over the centuries to achieve the elegant look it has today, the Doge’s Palace was the power and grandeur of the Venetian Republic up to its downfall. If you are visiting Venice, Teatro La Fenice is definitely a must for making your stay in Venice unique. The visit between the stucco and gold of its prestigious venues gives you a backstage secret of the theater and its stars, tracing its history from its origins to the present day. This fascinating tour will conclude between the ancient walls of St Mark’s Basilica, with a tour of its golden interior. Originally built to house the precious relics of St. Mark, which had been stolen by two merchants of Venice in Alexandria, Egypt, St Mark’s Basilica assumed the role of a cathedral only in 1807, after keeping for centuries the role of Palatine Museum of the Doge’s Palace.
Murano and Burano
On DAY2, we will guide you throughout the secrets of the Venice’s islands. This fascinating boat trip in Venice offers you a Murano and Burano a full-day sightseeing tour: our Venice lagoon trip has, in fact, a total duration of six hours. The first stop on our visit to the Venice islands lagoon will be to the Venice island of Murano, known throughout the world for its ancient tradition of glass making. The excursion then continues to the Venice island of Burano, the bustling island famous for its colourful houses and the hand-crafted lace work, true works of art made of lace that can be purchased at local shops or street stalls. For lunch, you will stop at the famous “Osteria Gatto Nero” that serve typical Venetian dishes from more than 40 years. Once back in Venice, you will have some free time for shopping
Garda Lake and Prosecco
On DAY3, in the morning, you will visit a small jewel suspended in the middle of the lower Lake Garda, the town of Sirmione (about 1,5 hours from Venice). The old town is at the northern end of a long and narrow peninsula (exists as an island, since it was isolated from the mainland by a navigable moat, which is exceeded by only one access road, a bridge). Departing from the historic Center, where you will make the first step to admire the Villa Callas where he lived the famous lamented Maria Callas. After you will reach the middle of hike and enjoy a splendid view of the famous Grotte di Catullo, built between the first century BC and the first century A.D. and most magnificent example of this Roman villa in northern Italy. Moving away will stop near the famous spring water of Sirmione, valued for their effective contribution to the maintenance and recovery of physical fitness. To conclude this pleasant excursion you get to Sirmione Castle, passing under the characteristic and picturesque drawbridges for visiting the major point of interest of this little city.
After a light lunch in a typical restaurant in Sirmione you will head to the most famous Prosecco winery in Italy: Ca’ Del Bosco opens its cellars for tours designed to give wine enthusiasts first-hand knowledge of how Franciacorta is made and to guide them around the vineyards at the winery. A walk through the Ca’ del Bosco barrique cellars, historic repositories of art and innovation, takes visitors to the Cupola. A tour of the winery is a unique experience demonstrating the dedication that goes into every stage of production, artisanal in care and refined in technology. Here, at the heart of the estate, a glass of wine awaits to reveal the secrets behind a great passion.
After this winery experience you will head to Milan for the night.
MIlan vs. Inter
On DAY4, after the breakfast, you will head to San Siro Stadium, the symbol of Football in Milan. Every visitor in San Siro gets the chance to visit the usually inaccessible places of the stadium such as the changing rooms, the mixed zone, the stands and walking through the tunnel of Champions to get into the legendary pitch of “La Scala del Calcio”. You will recollect old memories through the Museum of AC Milan and FC Inter. Realize your dream and try the emotion to get into the most characteristic stadium in the world, supported by experienced staff. The museum’s exposition also help you to reconstruct 100 years of football history written by both Milan teams. After that you will moving to “Mondo Milan” , an exhibition experience that presents AC Milan trophies in a unique way, and narrates the club’s history through the innovative matching of rare historic memorabilia with the most advanced interactive technologies. An experience that allows you to live the emotions of AC Milan’s 115 years of history, a unique mix of success, shadows and lights from the past blended with the present of a modern multimedia-oriented club. From the Hall of Fame to the Ballon d’Or Winners Room, from the Trophies Room with the most important cups won by AC Milan until today to the holographic theatre: memories and testimonies merge with the things that have made up the club’s history into a climax of emotions. At the end of your “Football Experience”, you will have a fantastic meal at Cucina Milanello, the official AC Milan restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will be introduced to Italy’s most stylish city. Stop by the alluring Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping gallery, a 19th century glass vaulted shopping arcade. Visit the medieval Sforza Castle. A grand medieval Castle and fortress, the castle was once seat and residence for the ruling family of Milan and now houses several of the city’s museums and art collections. Next, tour the splendid Duomo, one of the world’s largest, most striking Gothic cathedrals. After visit Milan’s most famous Opera House, the fabulous La Scala theatre. Least but not last Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, housed at Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan and spotted in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Milan. fashion and shopping
On DAY5, in the morning time, you will discover the best fashion studios, the best showrooms of Milan designer, the best boutiques specialized in niche and leading-edge brands; guided by our professional Personal Shopper ready to stimulate you with the most sought-after offers to fulfill your needs. We do not have the ordinary old tour in mind for you, one limited to the top signature brands, but instead we are on a quest to give you a more in-depth experience by introducing you to the thousand faces of trendy Milan. Four hours dedicated to style, you will be taken on a rigorous and personalized journey to discover where innovation and culture cross paths revealing the most seductive side of shopping in Milan.
After a light lunch you will head to Florence for the night (about 2,5 hours)
Florence, Uffizi and Pitti Palace
On DAY6, you will discover Florence from a different angle! This private tour begins with a visit to the “Galleria Uffizi” that is one of the most famous museums in the world given the rich amount of unique artworks and masterpieces conserved within its walls, the majority from the Renaissance period. Located in the heart of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery hosts works of art by great Italian artists. The Uffizi, together with the Vatican Museums in Rome, are the top two most visited museums in Italy by visitors from all across the world. From there your guide will take you through the Vasari Corridor, the Medici’s secret way across the Arno, to the Pitti Palace. Built to allow the Grand Dukes to move safely without escorts, from their private residence to the government palace. It contains a collection of portraits and important collections of paintings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Least but not last “I Giardini Boboli” more than just a “green lung” in Florence, the Boboli gardens are one of the greatest open-air museums in Florence that embraces another site of culture in Florence, the Pitti Palace. The park hosts centuries-old oak trees and sculptures, a spectacular example of \”green architecture\” which inspired many European Royal gardens, in particular, Versailles.
On DAY7, in the morning time, you will be transferred with our luxury Mercedes minivan at “The Mall”, a luxury outlet center created to offer customers products of excellence at extremely advantageous prices. Immersed in the idyllic Tuscan countryside in an elegant and refined architectural space, The Mall outlet center is the unique home to a selection of the most exclusive labels of international fashion. Customers can stroll through shops dedicated to women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories, perfumes, shoes and articles for the home.
In the afternoon, after a light lunch at “The Mall”, you will head to Castiglion del Bosco, one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates. Nestled against the side of a hill, almost out of sight, the new wine cellar was designed to coax the absolute best from the grapes grown in Castiglion del Bosco’s vineyards. Here guests can immerse themselves in the beauty of this authentic corner of Tuscany, a setting of unparalleled elegance and refinement, while enjoying a selection of the estate’s top wines. An exclusive tour and tasting, guided by our experienced staff. A perfect choice for guests who are seeking an unique and exclusive wine experience in Tuscany
On DAY8, in the morning time, you will be transferred with our luxury Mercedes minivan from Siena to Rome (about 2,5 hours). Once there your English speaking guide will pick you up for start your full day tour of Rome. Visiting Capitoline Hill to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view, of the Roman Forum, ancient Temples, Triumphal-archers, the Senate House, Basilicas and Sacred Way, which surround the old Roman Forum, hub of political, religious and commercial life during republican and imperial days and now forming one of the most historical archaeological complexes in the western world. With our Rome in one day tour, visit the nearby elegant renaissance square modelled by Michelangelo for Pope Paul III and adorned by the bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, father of the infamous Emperor-gladiator Commodus. See the Circus Maximus of Ben Hur fame with its impressive views of the sprawling ruins of the Emperors’ Palaces on Palatine Hill. Your tour continues to visit the Colosseum and hear about the bloody gladiator combats, the wild animal games and astonishing events held there to satiate the 70.000 excited roman spectators. Circle around Piazza Venezia, dominated by the massive looming “Wedding Cake” marble honorary monument erected in 1885 to commemorate King Victor Emmanuel II and drive to the Quirinal Palace, official residence of the Italian President originally built by Popes in the 1580’s as their splendid summer residence. Descend to the cascading waters of the Trevi Fountain, the grandest of Rome’s baroque fountains, still fed by an ancient 19 BC roman aqueduct and toss a coin into its gushing sprays to propitiate a sure return. Stroll by the Spanish Steps, favorite spot of European nobles during the Grand Tour era as well as haunt of poets, writers and painters in the Romantic age. Pass Palazzo Chigi, seat of the government and the nearby Italian Parliament as you make your way to Piazza Navona, most loved meeting place of Romans today and embellished by Bernini’s fountains and the Pamphily Palace. After an inside visit to the awe inspiring Pantheon constructed by Emperor Hadrian in 120 BC, spanned by a solid concrete dome, the largest in the world, enjoy a light lunch in one of the most typical restaurant of Rome downtown. Later you will head to the Vatican City, smallest sovereign state in the world, to visit the immense Papal art collections housed in the Vatican Museums once part of the Papal Palaces and the Sistine Chapel. After admiring the numerous artworks and masterpieces of Raphael and Michelangelo, visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the great baroque Colonnaded Square protected by Swiss Guards.
On DAY9, Enjoy a self drive with a Vintage FIAT 500 in a tour to Bracciano Lake, at less than 30Km from Rome. Slow down, relax and enjoy a slow journey towards the winging roads of the Roman countryside. Hear the singing of the crickets, smell the freshly-cut hay drifting in through the open roof top of your Vintage FIAT 500. You will be enchanted by the view of the lake from the terrace of Bracciano and will be overwhelmed by the smell of the countryside, the blue colours of the water and the sky and the green of the hills, the whites of the random clouds and the mild hug of the wind coming from the nearby sea shore. Then you will go to the the lake shore and, after a refreshing swim in the clean and fresh waters of the lake, will will love sipping an Italian aperitif.
On DAY10 our private luxury Mercedes minivan will be available for transfer you to the airport.