Sorrento, Rome, Florence, Venice & Lake Maggiore

16 Day Package from Sorrento to 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!


Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2017 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

Always Included:

Your 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.

Local Host

& Destination Guides with city maps

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily

Sightseeing & Activities

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE. ALSO INCLUDED: personal headset for included city sightseeing in Rome, Florence & Venice; entrances to the Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums in Venice.

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2017

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms package includes guided sightseeing at Lake Maggiore, plus a beautiful boat ride to the stunning Gardens of Isola Bella.

DAY
1
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
2
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.

DAY
3
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).

DAY
4
Sorrento–Rome

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

DAY
5
Rome

Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS to see its 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.

DAY
6
Rome

Today, you might want to try some local specialties, like gnocchi alla Romana (semolina dumplings with butter, cheese, and nutmeg) and Frascati wine. Your Local Host will have many recommendations for you.

DAY
7
Rome–Florence

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

DAY
8
Florence

Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s original David. Walk through Cathedral Square; 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.

DAY
9
Florence

Ask your Local Host for suggestions to make the most of your day—you might choose to admire the view from Piazzale Michelangelo or stroll across picturesque Ponte Vecchio.

DAY
10
Florence–Venice

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

DAY
11
Venice

Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, features ST. MARK’S SQUARE and BASILICA with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit DOGES’ PALACE and the evocative 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. ENTRANCES to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.

DAY
12
Venice

A full day to explore at your own pace. Your Local Host will have many recommendations.

DAY
13
Venice–Lake Maggiore

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

DAY
14
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.

DAY
15
Lake Maggiore

Today, you way wish to catch the cable car to Mount Mottarone for amazing views of the lakes and Alps. Your Local Host will have many other suggestions for you.

DAY
16
Lake Maggiore

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

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on August 1, 2017, which 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. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Sorrento
Rome
Florence
Venice
Lake Maggiore

Central Sorrento

Corso Italia 254
Sorrento, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

A small family run 60-room hotel with a panoramic rooftop terrace overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Local flavors of the Campania region can be enjoyed in the restaurant and there is also a bar/lounge for drinks, fitness center and refreshing outdoor seasonal swimming pool.

Location & Highlights

Located within easy reach of the charming historic center where pavement cafés, great trattorias and antique shops cram the maze of cobbled streets.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
Comfortable classic guestrooms.

NH Collection Giustiniano

Via Virgilio, 1
Rome, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

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.

Location & Highlights

Set in the heart of the fashionable Prati district, close to the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica with a good selection of restaurants and shops nearby. Villa Borghese and the Spanish Steps are just a stroll away, across the river Tiber and the Lepanto metro station provides easy access to other historical sights.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
Contemporary furnished guest rooms with parquet flooring.

Albani

Via Fiume 12
Florence, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

This 102 room boutique property is set in a restored turn of the century palace combining a refined atmosphere with classic Italian flair. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all the guestrooms and communal areas of the hotel. The hotel also has a fitness centre and sauna. There is an elegant restaurant offering fine Italian and International cuisine and an American bar for informal drinks and snacks.

Location & Highlights

Situated on a quiet Florentine side street close to the church of Santa Maria Novella and the lively San Lorenzo Market with the Duomo just a short walk away.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
All guestrooms feature contemporary and classical architectural design along with Florentine furnishings and décor.

Hotel Abbazia

Cannaregio, Calle Prilui Dei Cavaletti 68
Venice, Italy

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

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).

Location & Highlights

Ideally situated; near a public water-taxi (vaporetto) stop and just a short walk from Santa Lucia train station, with easy access to the Grand Canal and St. Mark's square.

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
Traditional air-conditioned guestrooms.

Grand Hotel Bristol

Corso Umberto I , 73
Stresa, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

This grandiose 253 room hotel exudes a stylish elegance with its marbled lobby and Bohemian-style crystal chandeliers. Wi-Fi access is avilable 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.

Location & Highlights

Set in extensive gardens on the shores of Lake Maggiore, just minutes away from the center of Stresa with it's bustling cafés and elegant boutiques, within easy reach of the three enchanting Borromean Islands a short boat ride away.

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Room Service
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
Classically decorated lake-view guestrooms with air conditioning (Mid June to Mid Sept).

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Sorrento
Rome
Florence
Venice

Hilton Sorrento Palace

Via S. Antonio 13 Casella Postale 210
Sorrento, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 10:00

A 374 room stylish modern hotel offering luxurious comfort in exquisite surroundings. 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 can be experienced 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.

Location & Highlights

Situated high above the town with stunning views across the Bay of Naples and of Mount Vesuvius, this lovely hotel is just a few minutes downhill walk away from the center of Sorrento with its handicraft shops, restaurants, wine bars, and ice cream parlors.

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Window Opens
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
Roomy seaview guestrooms include floor to ceiling windows.

Starhotels Metropole

Via Principe Amedeo 3
Roma, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

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 specialities can be savoured in the intimate restaurant and for a refreshing break there is a stylish bar offering all day drinks, cakes and light bites.

Location & Highlights

In the heart of the city, close to the beautiful church of Santa Maria Maggiore, near the Opera Theatre, with many historical wonders including the Forum, the Colosseum and the Pantheon just a short walk away. A Perfectly placed hotel with plenty of local bars and restaurants nearby.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Coffee Maker
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
Sumptuous guestrooms equipped with coffee/tea making facilities, bathrobes, slippers and Free Wi-Fi internet connection.

Glance Hotel in Florence

Via Nazionale, 23
Florence, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

A brand new 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.

Location & Highlights

Situated in the historic San Lorenzo area, famous for its Food Market, the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and Florence Cathedral can be found just a short walk away.

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
Modern guestrooms are equipped with walk-in showers or bathtubs and coffee/tea making facilities.

Ambasciatori

Via L. Alamanni, 3
Firenze, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Modern hotel built in 1930 with well-appointed, tastefully decorated rooms, near the Metro, the Duomo, LaScala and shopping.

Location & Highlights



Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
The elegantly furnished rooms are made to provide emotions without invading your space. The bright and refined rooms are in first place to make your staying an unforgettable experience.

Hotel Bonvecchiati

San Marco, Calle Goldoni 4488
Venice, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

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.

Location & Highlights

Enjoying a privileged position in the heart of Venice, just a stone's throw away from St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge, within walking distance of historic cafés, artisans' workshops and boutiques. The hotel has its own landing stage for for private water taxis and a public water taxi (vaporetto) stop is just steps away.

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Cable/Satellite

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
The charming guestrooms offer modern comforts with luxurious touches such as bathrobe and slippers.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Florence
Lake Maggiore
Rome
Sorrento
Venice

Florence

Florentine Dinner

An evening you'll never forget. Find out first-hand that the best and the most delicate food and wines originate in Tuscany. Be sure to come with an appetite!

Price Range: $$

Florence by Night

Get the first impression of beautiful Florence by Night! You will be fascinated by stories of this Renaissance city's history, people and way of life while you admire the magnificent illuminated buildings and monuments on a walk with your local guide. The last stop of the evening is at famous Gelateria Vivoli for a refreshing, homemade gelato (included)!

Price Range: $

Tuscan Cooking Class in Medieval Tower

Ignite your passion for cooking on this unique excursion. A complete culinary adventure awaits you in a Medieval tower located just outside from Florence.

Price Range: $$$

Chianti countryside, San Gimignano & Wine tasting at Verrazzano castle

The ultimate Tuscan experience! Soak up the legendary Chianti countryside as you drive to the heart of Tuscany, with gentle hills, olive groves, and vineyards. You have time to explore San Gimignano, the most famous of Italy's medieval towns, and stop at Verrazzano Castle.

Price Range: $$$$

Excursion to Pisa and Lucca

Travel to two of Tuscany's important cities. First, world famous Pisa where you will marvel at the Baptistery and Cathedral and, of course, the renowned Leaning Tower - Later continue on to beautiful Lucca, one of Tuscany's best kept secrets.

Price Range: $$$$

Bargello Museum (ticket only)

Built in 1255, in the Bargello Museum you will find the most important collection of Renaissance Tuscan sculpture in the world.

Price Range: $

Full Day Private Excursion to Cinque Terre

Explore Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic landscapes, on this day trip from Florence. The Cinque Terre area is a cluster of enchanting medieval fishing villages on the Liguria coast which boast with breathtaking views of the sea.

Price Range: $$$$

Private Guided Tour

This private tour with a professional, certified local guide is the ideal way to discover Florence. Make the most of your Florence experience at your pace and in your style - after all, it is your trip!

Price Range: $$$$

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Admire the world's greatest collection of Italian and Florentine art.

Price Range: $

Palatina Gallery, Royal Apartments and the Modern Art Gallery in Pitti Palace (entrance ticket only)

The Palatina Gallery is located on the first floor of imposing Pitti Palace; houses of the most significant collection of works by 16th- and 17th-century by Italian and European artists.

Price Range: $

Boboli Gardens and the Siver Museum (entrance ticket only)

The Boboli Gardens is one of the largest and most refined gardens in Italy as well as an extraordinary open-air museum. Visit also Silver Museum, housed in Pitti Palace, which contains a collection of priceless silver, cameos, and works in semi-precious gemstones.

Price Range: $

Mosaic Museum: Opificio delle Pietre Dure (ticket only)

Visit the museum dedicated to the traditional art of the Florentine mosaic (inlaid work) in semi-precious stones.

Price Range: $

Create Your Own Pizza

Mama mia! Learn the history of pizza, the art of making the dough, how to choose the best toppings, then make your pizza just like an Italian pizzaiolo!

Price Range: $

Excursion to Famous Antinori's Wine Cellars in Chianti

Don't miss out this unique chance to learn everything about wine production by visiting the Antinori winery.

Price Range: $$$

Lake Maggiore

Romantic Candelight Dinner on Lake Maggiore

Take your other half to a romantic candle light dinner. The mix of modern and classic decor along side the modernization of some classic Italian dishes truly does make for a great evening.

Price Range: $$

Excursion to Isola Madre

Cruise to famous Isola Madre, the largest of the Borromeon Islands.

Price Range: $$

Picnic in the gardens of Villa Pallavicino

Don't miss out this unique chance to experience a picnic in the park of Villa Pallavicino. Just relax and enjoy the day!

Price Range: $$

Three Lakes

In one day, you can experience the beauty and majesty of three of the most beautiful Alpine Lake regions in the world. Starting from Lake Maggiore, than Lake Lugano and finally Lake Como.

Price Range: $$

Lake Maggiore Adventure Park

The perfect blend of nature and adventure! Spend a memorable day nestled in the beautiful Lake Maggiore countryside while running wild in the nature!

Price Range: $$$$

Rome

Ghost and Mystery Tour of Rome

When the sun sets on Rome, another side of the city comes to life, where fact & legend are intertwined to stimulate the imagination as much as the eye.

Price Range: $

Gourmet Dinner in Rome

Discover the unique atmosphere of a charming restaurant dedicated to the highest quality of gastronomy.

Price Range: $$

Cooking Class in Rome

Do you like Italian food but you're not very talented at preparing it? Are you good at cooking and baking but want a few more ideas and tips in the kitchen? Well then this is the right place for you! Together with your Chef learn everything about Italian finest cuisine.

Price Range: $$

Private Guided Tour

This private tour with a professional, certified local guide is the ideal way to discover the Eternal City.

Price Range: $$$$

Unforgettable Highlights of Rome

Join your guide for a walking tour of Rome where you will experience the most famous sites of the eternal city.

Price Range: $$

Barefoot in the Park: Your Gourmet Organic Picnic in Rome

There is nothing more refreshing, informal, aggregating and friendly then a Picnic. Treat yourself as you deserve with freshly prepared organic gourmet food. Picnic is more than a lunch, it is an experience!

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E-Bike Tour through the Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts Park

An extraordinary tour of absolute beauty. A journey into a unique environment, in which miraculously intact nature, free from modernization, forms a backdrop to the continuous passage of historical, cultural and artistic events.

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Underground Rome: Private Visit of the Graves of Pomponio Hylas

Experience a side of Rome that is rarely seen by the average tourist. A truly unique experience of the history of Rome!

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Angels and Demons walking tour

Experience an incredible journey by joining the Angels and Demons Tour. A unique experience that will introduce you to the most beautiful piazzas in Rome as well as the unexplored sites where pagan symbolism and Christianity mingle to reveal a disturbing ancient truth.

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Underground Rome: Tiber Island and St. Nicholas in Prison

Join your expert archaeological local guide for a unique visit to the Isola Tiberina. An underground tour for anyone fascinated with mysteries of places missed by the average tourist.

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Excursion to Ancient Ostia by Train

Come and see what experts call The Better Pompeii, just steps away from the Eternal city.

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Underground Rome: Private Visit of the Jewish Catacomb of the Old Appian Way

The guided tour of these ancient catacombs will tell stories of its place in Roman history, bringing the echoes of the past to life. Explore the series of burial galleries and tombs for a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Underground Rome: Private Visit of the Tomb of Scipioni Family

Join your guide for a unique visit of the Tomb of the Scipioni family; a family of war heroes and generals, the most famous being Scipio Africanus.

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The Catacombs

The early Christians created the Catacombs, a network of underground corridors. We will show you the best of them!

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Sorrento

Taste of Sorrento

Enjoy an evening in a traditional restaurant, renowned for its cuisine and excellent service.

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I love pizza

Enjoy a lovely pizza meal in an elegant restaurant in the center of Sorrento with bright dining rooms and outdoor seating. A real treat that cannot be missed.

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Sorrento Musical

Enjoy an evening of Neapolitan songs and dances.

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Photo shooting in Sorrento

Enjoy 1-hour private shooting in Sorrento with a professional photographer followed by a glass of Prosecco.

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Cooking Class in Sorrento

Do you like Italian food but you're not very talented at preparing it? Well then this is the place for you! Put your hands on the ingredients to create your own meal, under the expert guidance of our Chefs.

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Island of Capri

Your private Local Guide will show you this jewel of the Mediterranean Sea, including the beautiful and historical areas, bringing to life this magical island.

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Excursion to Amalfi and Positano

The Amalfi Drive is known to be the most spectacular road in Europe and the winding cliff- top road from Sorrento offers breathtaking panoramic views at every bend. Treat yourself to this unique experience and relive the glorious past of the Maritime Republic, passing through Positano and Ravello.

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Excursion to Pompeii

Visit this amazing archaeological area with an expert Local Guide.

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Naples City Sightseeing

Southern Italy's most beloved city, Naples is quintessentially Italian, artistic, resplendent, varied and vibrant overlooked by the volcano Vesuvius.

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Half Day Excursion to Ercolano

Immeasurable treasure of art and history, the excavations of Herculaneum give us an ancient and beautiful city founded by the Greeks on the shores of the sea.

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Venice

Private Venice Ghost Walking Tour

The legends and characters of Venice's famous canals come to life through this mysterious and fun excursion.

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Venetian Dinner

Experience an unforgettable evening in Venice.

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Celebration Package: Unforgettable Romantic Evening in Venice

Enjoy an unforgettable romantic evening in Venice! Enjoy a private ride in a traditional gondola, later proceed to one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Italy.

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Classical Concert

An evening of music at the prestigious main hall of the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro will be a night you' ll always remember.

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Gondola

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.

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Venetian Lunch

Enjoy a charming lunch at one of Venice's most famous restaurants located just near by the Fenice Theater and S. Marco square.

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Private Guided Tour

This private tour with a professional, certified local guide is the ideal way to discover Venice. Make the most of your Venice experience at your pace and in your style - after all, it is your trip!

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Cooking Class in Venice

If you are a culinary passionate looking for a special and unique experience, this is the excursion for you.

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Paint Your Own Venetian Mask

A wonderful fun visit to entertain kids and adults, discovering the secrets of masks' making and anecdotes about the Venetian Carnival's classic masks.

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Cicchetti Aperitif Tour

In Venice "andar a cicchetti" is a way of life! Going out for an aperitif, meeting up with friends and chatting over a nice glass of wine while enjoying appetizers is a big part of everyday life for Venetians. Take part of it!

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Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Appreciate the peaceful vistas of the Lagoon while you glide past the islands of Santa Elena, San Michele and the famous Lido.

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Food and Wine Experiences Outside Venice

Get out of the chaos of Venice for a day and visit the rolling hills and fields of the surrounding Veneto region, or the mountains of the Friuli to the north. Select your preferred experience and choose among your favorite wines!

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Sorrento

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Sorrento, ItalyMonograms provides traveler's access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Sorrento and Italy. 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 Sorrento and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Sorrento insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Sorrento

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.

Marina Grande

Walk through the Old Town along the fisherman's path to Marina Grande, once the main harbor of Sorrento and location to some of Sophia Loren’s movies. Stop at one of the restaurants to enjoy fresh fish brought in by the local fleet.

Correale Museum, Marquetry Museum (Museo Bottega Della TarsiaLignea)

The eighteenth century Palazzo Correale di Terranova houses the town's museum, Correale. The rooms hold precious examples of crafts and local art from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. On exhibition are some remarkable pieces from the Greco-Roman age, medieval elements from the Cathedral, furniture, clocks, porcelain, glass and a fine collection of paintings. Of special interest are the 19th- century marquetry items made by local artists according to the tradition which has brought international fame to Sorrento. A trip to the new Marquetry Museum is well worth your time to learn more about this decorative art. The Museum's principal objective is to promote and ensure continuity of the tradition of Sorrentine marquetry.

City Train Tour

The little city train travels from Piazza Tasso to various parts of the city. It is fitted with an audio system giving an insight into interesting locations plus musical background of various Italian musicians and popular tunes. Many places can be difficult to walk to and the approximately 30-minute ride is an easy way to learn about Sorrento.

Sorrentine Peninsula: Hop On - Hop Off Bus

Enjoy some of the best views of the peninsula, its Mediterranean vegetation, blue sea, and small, picturesque towns and villages. Hop off the bus at the stops of your choice to admire and explore, then catch the next bus according to the circuit's timetable. Audio guides with commentary are provided on board.

L’ Agruminato

In the heart of the city, relax in the peaceful atmosphere of “L’ Agruminato” a citrus garden with dozens of orange and lemon trees typical of the Sorrento peninsula.

Villa Fiorentino

Surrounded by elegant gardens and camellia trees, Villa Fiorentino is one of the most charming villas in Sorrento. During the summer, the villa is home to art exhibitions, and musical concerts are held on the grounds.

Nerano Cantone

Catch the local “Sita” bus to enchanting village of Nerano Cantone, famous for the crystal clear sea. Relax on the beach and treat your tastebuds to the fresh fish caught just offshore by the local fishermen.

Queen Giovanna's Baths

Stroll out of town to the Queen Giovanna's Baths and ancient fortress to view the Mediterranean up close. Walk back or catch the local bus.

Souvenirs

Good buys of local craftsmanship include inlaid woodwork 'intarsio', created in anything from small musical boxes right up to large pieces of furniture. Cameos and corals make splendid jewelry pieces. Admire lifelike Capodimonte figurines created in the Naples area. Other shopping possibilities are embroidery and silk work made at home by local ladies, or look out for ceramics from the Amalfi coastline.

Local Cuisine

The Sorrento and Naples areas are well known for their cuisine, but perhaps the most famous of all is the Pizza Margherita, invented in Naples. Sorrento is renowned for its fresh fish dishes, shell fish (often served with scialatielli home made pasta) and other sea food such as the delicious calamari (squid). Spaghetti with clams is certainly one of the favorites and for dessert maybe try the local pastiera (cake with ricotta cheese, wheat grain and candied fruit).

Street Markets

Via Cesareo is the main shopping street and the best place to start your walk is where it intersects with Plaza Tasso. Find a wide variety of items including lemon products, walnuts, olive oil and a large selection of candies. There are also some local crafts available such as embroidery and wood intarsia. What to buy: lemons, which grow abundantly throughout the hills, are in every form…. from soap to candies, liquors, cookies, cakes, and pies.

Sea, Sun, Music and Culture

Sorrento offers everything to visitors, sea and sun, magnificent mountain views, music and culture, a relaxing atmosphere...and everything within a short distance.

Rome

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Meet a Local Host® in Rome

I have many years of experience in both European and African travel. I was the first-ever, English-speaking guide to lead the Imperial city tour in Morocco. I have a great love of Rome and know all its secrets, which I take great pleasure in sharing. My name is Maresa but Monograms clients like to call me "Mama" because I take such good care of them!

Bocca della Verità

Find it in the portico of the Santa Maria church and dare to put your hand in the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) - the marble disk presumed to be the face of a river god that, legend has it, will bite off a liar’s hand.

Ara Pacis

The Ara Pacis Museum was designed by the international architect Richard Meier and houses the Ara Pacis, the 2,000 year-old “Altar of Peace” that was used (paradoxically) for sacrifices. It is a commanding work of Roman art and architecture that had been lost to civilization for centuries.

Capitoline Museums

The creation of the Capitoline Museums can be traced back to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a group of bronze statues of great symbolic value to the people of Rome. The collections are closely linked to the city of Rome, and most of the exhibits come from the city itself.

Jewish Synagogue & Museum

The synagogue was built from 1901 to 1904 on the banks of the Tiber, overlooking the former ghetto. The eclectic style of the building makes it stand out, even in a city known for notable buildings and structures. This attention-grabbing design was a deliberate choice made by the community who wanted the building to be a visible celebration of their freedom and to be seen from many vantage points in the city. The aluminum dome is the only squared dome in the city and makes the building easily identifiable even from a distance. Also visit the small museum nearby which depicts Roman Jewish life and ritual.

Marcellus Theater

The Theater of Marcellus is an ancient open-air theater built in the closing years of the Roman Republic where people were able to watch performances of drama and song. In the 12th-century the Theater was turned into a fortress. In 1368 it was acquired by the Savelli family and later transformed into a building with private living quarters. A part of the exterior of the original theater is now visible. The Theater is one of the oldest preserved examples of an entertainment venue from ancient Rome.

Gianicolo Hill

This is known as the city of seven hills, but actually Rome has more than that. Indeed, the Gianicolo (or Janiculum), the hill that affords the best view of Rome, is west of the Tiber and outside the ancient city, so it's not counted among the ancient seven. The panorama and the silence from the top take your breath away. At noon, the quiet is momentarily broken by a single cannon shot, to mark the exact time, a tradition that dates back to the 19th century. Busts of some of Italy’s modern heroes are scattered along the pathways, and looming over everything is a gigantic statue of the great bearded hero Giuseppe Garibaldi on horseback. Families may wish to spend some time at Gianicolo Park, with its wonderful panoramic views, carousels, and puppet shows.

Via Condotti

It begins at the foot of the Spanish steps and is named after conduits (channels) which carried water to the Baths of Agrippa. Today, it is the street which contains the greatest number of Rome-based Italian fashion boutiques. Antico Caffé Greco, a historic landmark café, was established at Via dei Condotti 86 in 1760, and attracted figures such as Stendhal, Goethe, Byron, Liszt and Keats. Today, Caffe Greco remains a haven for writers, politicians, artists and notable people in Rome. Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio, lived at Via dei Condotti 11, until his death in 1937.

Roman Cuisine

When in Rome, you should do as the Romans do by eating some of the city's typical dishes. Try pizza alla Romana (thin crusted white pizza brushed with olive oil & rosemary); pasta cacio e pepe (pasta in a creamy olive oil, pecorino cheese and black pepper sauce); pasta e ceci (pasta and chickpeas soup); carciofi alla Giudia (fried artichokes), saltimbocca alla Romana (Veal scallops), and for dessert: Maritozzi (soft buns with raisins and candied orange peels), crostata di ricotta (kind of cheesecake made with fresh ricotta and candied fruits), Ciambelle al vino (hard doughnut-shaped cookies to be dipped in wine at the end of the meal). And don’t forget to sample the most famous delicate, white wine of the region -Frascati - produced in the nearby Roman Hills, perfect with fish, appetizers and fresh cheeses.

Florence

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Meet a Local Host® in Florence

Born in Holland, with a passion for art history, fashion, and Italy, Florence was a natural draw for Helma. She now has several years of local tourism experience, and is a licensed guide. She is very happy to welcome Monograms guests to the Cradle of the Renaissance.

Piazzale Michelangelo and San Miniato al Monte

Enjoy a sensational view over the "cradle of the Renaissance" from Florence's most panoramic square located high on a green hillside overlooking the city. A little further up the hill, see the beautiful basilica San Miniato al Monte where the Benedictines built a church in honor of St. Mennas.

Piazza della Repubblica and Ponte Vecchio

Walk through the commercial heart of town—from the elegant and lively cafés of Piazza della Repubblica to the picturesque Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) which crosses the narrowest point of the river Arno. Admire the patient and precious work of the local artisans and goldsmiths. Ask your Local Host about this and other walking routes to see the best of Florence.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)

Better known as the ‘Duomo’ – it not only dominates the skyline but also represents the geographical, cultural and historical center of the city. Visit Brunelleschi's spectacular, 37,000-ton dome and climb Giotto's bell tower “the Campanile” – three-floors with 414 steps.

Church of San Lorenzo

See Brunelleschi's early-Renaissance masterpiece and the mausoleum of the Medici family, built by Michelangelo, in the New Sacristy.

Church of Santa Croce

Built towards the end of the 13th century by the great architect Arnolfo di Cambio, this Franciscan basilica is a highlight of the specifically Italian architecture of the Gothic style. Wander along the three wide naves enriched by Galileo's and Michelangelo's tombs, and admire works of the Early Florentine School from Giotto and his followers in the transept chapels.

Santa Maria Novella

Enjoy the harmony of this medieval architectural jewel. Built in 1246 by the Dominicans, its beautiful arcades and its incredible vaults preserve works by many Renaissance artists.

Modern Art

While the art scene in Florence is destined to be more classic than contemporary, modern art is alive and well. Many of the contributions come from the restaurants, bars and hotels that show the work of local and international artists. Astor Caffè, Rex Café, and Gallery Hotel Art are among those putting on regular, gallery-worth exhibitions.

Central Market

Florence's bustling Central Market (better known as the Mercato Centrale) is a fascinating place to visit, especially for foodies. Located in a towering cast-iron building dating from 1874, its entrances are often obscured by the stalls of the San Lorenzo market that line the streets outside (the San Lorenzo stalls feature crafts, leather clothing, shoes, souvenirs, etc). Inside the market are a myriad of vendors dedicated to the primary ingredients of Tuscan cuisine.

Music in Florence

Numerous churches offer concerts and opera performances throughout the year. Try St Mark’s English Church or some grander settings which include the magnificent Chiesa di Orsanmichele and the gorgeous 12th-century Chiesa di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio. Stop at Santa Maria dei Ricci for the daily organ concert. Ask your Local Host for more information.

Old Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella

The pharmacy/museum displays the results of more than 800 years of work by Dominican monks. Following centuries-old formulas, the officina sells ancient remedies and tonics alongside hand-molded soaps and perfumed powders.

Florentine Fashion and Shopping

Florentine leatherwork, gold jewelry, Italian craftwork, and art books are great gifts to take home. Florence is also famous for its out-of-town fashion outlets, but if you only have time to do one, visit the ‘Mall’- just a half-hour drive from the city, it is home to many designer names and discounts.?

Tuscan Food Specialties

Specialties to try include succulent bistecca fiorentina (Florentine steak); pappa al pomodoro (local bread and tomato soup); ribollita, (cabbage and bean soup); and biscottini di Prato con vin Santo (a special cookie and white wine) to finish off your meal. Sip Chianti wine, Brunello di Montepulciano, or the Super Tuscans.

Venice

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Meet a Local Host® in Venice

Hi! Monograms Guests, you can call me "Grace" or my Italian name "Graziella." After studying foreign languages in schools abroad, I started my career working on a cruise ship and travelled around the world. I continued as a tour guide around Europe and Morocco until I came back to my hometown of Venice to be a Monograms Local Host. I feel so lucky to work in this magical place, where everything provides our guests with unique emotions - from the canals, monuments, and the lagoon itself, to the colors, perfumes, and music on the Piazza. The splendor of the past and its traditions are all to be shared with my guests who enjoy it very much.

St. Mark's Bell Tower

Travel to the top for an unrivalled view of Venice and its surroundings. The tower is 323 ft (98.6m) tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark’s Square. The belfry houses five bells and a cube with St. Mark’s lion and the female representation of Venice (la Giustizia: Justice). The tower is topped by a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel.

Squero di San Trovaso

A characteristic boatyard (squero) dating back from the 17th century on the rio (small canal), of San Trovaso, in a particularly picturesque position. It's one of the last traditional squeri still constructing gondolas.

Burano Island, Lido Island, Saint Elena Island

The Island of Burano, in the Venetian lagoon, is made of picturesque canals lined with brightly colored houses. It even has a leaning tower, the bell tower of the 15th century San Martino Church. The island is also famous for its artisan lace makers and there's a Lace Museum as well as shops selling lace. An under-appreciated gem, the Lido Island, more residential than traditional Venice, still offers small canals, a variety of dining and impressive views of the city from across the Lagoon. Lido is the beach of Venice and is famous for its Movie Festival. Sant'Elena Island lies at the eastern tip of the main island group and was centered on the Church of Sant'Elena and its monastery, originally built in the 12th century and rebuilt in the 15th.

Venice Museums

Palazzo Mocenigo houses a history of Venetian fashion and perfume. Accademia Gallery contains works by Tintoretto, Bellini and Carpaccio. Peggy Guggenheim Museum located in Peggy Guggenheim's former home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal, houses one of the most important collections of American and European Modern Art. Ca'Rezzonico a beautiful Venetian palace and residence, is home to a collection of 18th century Venetian furnishings and paintings. Jewish Museum Visit the Jewish Ghetto dating back to the early 16th century, its Museum exhibits traditions of goldsmith's and textile arts. The Arsenal and Naval History Museum founded in 1104, was once the hub of Venice's naval power and is now a closed military zone, but its impressive gates are well worth seeing. Visit the Museum's fascinating collection of model ships, including the amazingly lavish ceremonial Doges' barge, the Bucintoro.

Venice Churches

Venice has a wealth of churches showcasing fine religious art and historic testimony. Here is a selection of the most famous which are well worth a visit. Your Local Host is available with more details.

Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo: after the 15th century funeral services of all Venetian Doges were held here, and 25 Doges are buried in the basilica. Church of San Rocco: built between 1489 and 1508, then underwent major alterations in 1725. It holds paintings by Venetian artist Tintoretto (1519-1594), and was one of The Plague sanctuaries. Santa Maria Formosa: built in 1492 on the site of a church dating from the 7th century where the Virgin Mary was believed to have appeared. Santa Maria dei Miracoli: known as the marble church, was built in 1481 to hold a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, and is one of the finest examples of early Venetian Renaissance architecture. Basilica of San Pietro di Castello: designed by Andrea Palladio, dates from the 16th century, but has been a religious site from early times. From 1451 to 1807 it was the city's cathedral, serving as its spiritual and religious administration center. San Giorgio Maggiore: located on St. George Island, is a masterpiece of architect Andrea Palladio. The church houses paintings by famous artists, including Tintoretto.

La Fenice Theater

Visit one of Italy's most famous theaters, the reconstructed La Fenice which is famed for its acoustics. The world was stunned when it was destroyed by fire; millions of dollars were raised and stars such as Luciano Pavarotti and Woody Allen offered their support so that it could be reconstructed.

Murano Island and Traditional Gifts

Murano, the center of the Venetian glass blowing industry for more than 1,000 years, is also known for its Glass Museum and the Byzantine church, Santi Maria e Donato with its beautiful mosaic floor. Venetian shopping specialties include Murano glass crafts and glass pearls, lace, carnival masks, and unique Christmas gift calendars.

Venetian Fabric

Fortuny’s showroom on Giudecca collects and displays the company’s mementos, textiles and other works, plus carries a range of products, including pillows, accessories, and fabric. Fabrics made by the prestigious firm, Bevilacqua, have been used to decorate the Vatican, the Royal Palace of Stockholm, and the White House. Master artisans still weave the fabrics in Venice on 18th-century wooden looms, and the front-room display is just a sample of their artistry.

Carnival Costumes

Atelier Nicolao is in the very heart of the city, and here deft and expert fingers create unique and wonderful costumes that are appreciated all over the world. The Nicolao Atelier has become a point of reference for theatre, opera, films and historical parades and processions.

Venetian Cuisine

Sample “cicchetti” which are various small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional "bàcari" (cicchetti bars or osterie). Some classic Venetian dishes are Sarde in Saor, (sweet & sour sardines), Bigoli in Salsa (pasta in a salted sardine & onion sauce, one of the oldest recipes of Venice), famous Risi e bisi (rice & peas), Baccalà Mantecato (a creamy soft mousse-like cod), Pasta e Fagioli (pasta & beans), Fegato alla Veneziana (liver cooked with onions) and to satisfy your sweet tooth, the traditional Carnival Frittelle (little sweet fried dumplings) and Tiramisù.

Harry's Bar, Caffè Florian

Harry's Bar was one of Hemingway's favorite haunts, see where the novelist created his signature cocktail … made of 15 parts gin to 1 part vermouth! Or try its world famous "Bellini". Stop for a drink at Caffè Florian, situated in the shadows of San Marco and listen to its orchestra.

Verona, Padua and the Dolomites

If you have already visited Venice, take advantage of its excellent location to visit nearby mainland areas such as Verona, Padua and the Dolomite mountains.

In 2015: The 56th Venice Biennale

Held every two years from June through November, The Venice Biennale, has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its foundation in 1895, it has been in the avant-garde, promoting new artistic trends and organizing international events in contemporary arts.

Lake Maggiore

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Meet a Local Host® in Lake Maggiore, Italy

My name is Kate; I am originally from Scotland and have lived in the Lake Maggiore area now for over 20 years. After working in Milan, I am now happy to be working close to home as a Monograms Local Host. I know you will enjoy this beautiful resort area of lakes and mountains, with its relaxed atmosphere, splendid scenery, and plenty to see and do.

Villa Pallavicino

The Park of Villa Pallavicino is a paradise of flowers and a large variety of animals, including black swans, grey-crowned cranes, silver pheasants, zebras, and Bennet kangaroos, to delight visitors of all ages. A 10-minute walk along the lake from Stresa.

Stresa-Mottarone cable car

Enjoy a 20 minute panoramic ride to the top of Mount Mottarone. From the summit take in 360° views over 7 lakes and the Alps. At the mid-way stop you can visit the Alpine Garden, with over 500 essences, unique for the typology of its plants, solely of alpine origin. Departure is from Lido di Carciano (walking distance from hotel Bristol).

The Umbrella Museum in Gignese

This museum houses a wonderful collection of parasols and umbrellas, along with the history of the families who made them. Near Stresa, just up to the hill, towards Mount Mottarone.

Mergozzo

This picturesque town is located on small Mergozzo Lake. Its stone houses are in part arranged in the form of an amphitheatre along the bank of the river and in part cling to the Montorfano mountainside. While visiting, try the local specialty, a cookie called Fugascina di Mergozzo. The area is also famous for the quarry of Candoglia which has been exporting its precious pink marble for over 6 centuries and used in the building of the Duomo di Milano.

Villa Taranto Gardens in Verbania

The gardens of Villa Taranto are known for their great beauty and the huge number of plant species they contain. A labor of love on the part of the Scottish Captain McEacharn in 1931, the marvelously landscaped garden continues to enchant visitors to this day (from March to October).

The Laveno Bucket Lift from Laveno Mombello

Laveno Monbello is a typical lakeside town on the western shores of Lake Maggiore. The lakefront is lined with porticoed buildings and there are elegant 17th and 18th century villas throughout the town. There is a cable car from Laveno to Mount Sasso del Ferro known as the "bucket lift". This is due to the fact that the two-man cabins are open top and resemble giant buckets. The peaceful journey up the mountain takes 16 minutes and takes you to 3,484ft which is just below the summit. Admire stunning views across Lake Maggiore, the Alps, the Po Valley and Lombardy's other lakes.

Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso

This Roman Catholic monastery, perched on a rocky ridge on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore, can be reached on foot by descending down a long winding stairway, by taking an elevator, or by a number of ferry services or boats that dock at the pier. The construction of the monastery dates from the 14th century, although the more recent frescos are from the 19th century. In 1914 it was declared a national monument.

The Rocca Borromeo di Angera

The Rocca Borromeo di Angera, also called Borromeo Castle, is an 8th century Lombard fortress that stands on a lakeside hilltop in the town of Angera on the southern shores of Lake Maggiore. It contains a Doll Museum, founded in 1988 at the request of Princess Bona Borromeo Arese, and displays over a thousand dolls made between the 18th century and the present day.

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*The "STARTING AT" price is based on August 1, 2017, which 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. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).
* 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. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).