3 Nights Venice, 3 Nights Florence, 3 Nights Rome & 3 Nights Sorrento (DIP)

“Come Back to Sorrento…” Ah yes, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra said it all when they sang this beautiful tribute to Sorrento, just one of the stops on this vacation to Venice, Florence, Rome & Sorrento. And no one brings you to Italy’s most captivating cities like Monograms. On this 13-day vacation, we’ve arranged three nights’ hotel reservations in each city, sightseeing, transportation, daily breakfast, and connection between the cities. Plus, in each city, you’ll have a Local Host®, someone who is there for you to help ensure your vacation runs smoothly, answer questions, and help you personalize your vacation.

Your vacation begins in Venice, where your Local Host will greet you at your hotel with a warm welcome and materials to help you get to know the city. The next day, after enjoying included breakfast, your Monograms sightseeing includes insider stories at the must-see attractions: St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. In fact, your exclusive sightseeing in each city features the sights you cannot go home without seeing—Michelangelo’s David and a walk through the Piazza della Signoria in Florence; the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum in Rome; and Sorrento’s Cloister of St. Francis Church, with its mix of architectural styles. Enjoy an included glassblowers’ presentation in Venice and a limoncello in Sorrento. But that’s not all…Monograms wants you to have as much time to enjoy these cities as possible, so on your inside visits, we’ve arranged VIP access for you. This means you get to skip the lines! Rather than wasting time in the lines, you’ll spend your time gazing at Michelangelo’s masterpieces in Rome and Florence, imagining what it was like to partake in the gladiatorial fights at the Colosseum, and hearing the stories behind Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica.

We’ve also included first-class travel by high-speed train between the cities, as well as transfers to/from the train stations to/from your centrally located hotels. Plus, we get you to the right train, so you don’t have to try to navigate the train stations—always intimidating when you don’t speak the language!

In each city, you’ll have time to explore on your own or to take optional excursions. Just ask your Local Host for help and suggestions. Perhaps take an excursion to Pompeii, the Roman town buried in 79 AD by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius; explore the ancient ruins and Catacombs in Rome; visit Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, the most important art gallery in Italy; browse the merchants along Florence’s Ponte Vecchio and Venice’s back alleys; stroll Sorrento’s cobblestone streets; enjoy people-watching in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square; and enjoy mouth-watering cuisine in each city. What are you waiting for…Come Back to Sorrento!


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 Venice, Florence, and Rome; 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 2018 / 2019

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Every Monograms package to Venice, Florence, Rome & Sorrento includes transportation via high-speed trains (first-class) between the cities. Additionally, Monograms will take you to/from the train stations to/from your hotels—and we’ll even make sure you get on the right train! All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic countryside.

DAY
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VENICE, ITALY

Benvenuto—welcome to the sparkling city of canals and bridges. Your Local Host is available to help you maximize your time.

DAY
2
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
3
VENICE

A full day to explore the city that boasts the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square kilometer. Your Local Host is ready with suggestions, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Museum for modern art and the Galleria dell'Accademia with works by Tintoretto.

DAY
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VENICE–FLORENCE

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

DAY
5
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
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FLORENCE

Your Local Host can help you plan your day at leisure, with suggestions such as where to shop for Florentine leather and gold.

DAY
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FLORENCE–ROME

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

DAY
8
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. (Note that there are rare occasions when the Vatican Museum is closed. On any of these dates, your full Monograms city sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day to ensure you have the full insider experience).

DAY
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ROME

Today, consider shopping for antiques along Via del Coronari, or visit the bustling market of Campo de’ Fiori. Your Local Host has all the information you need to plan your day.

DAY
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ROME–SORRENTO

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Naples, then transfer to your hotel in beautiful Sorrento.

DAY
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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
12
SORRENTO

Today, you may wish to catch the local bus to Queen Giovanna’s Roman villa or relax in the L’Agruminato citrus garden—your Local Host can help with information.

DAY
13
SORRENTO

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Naples).

Transportation

Travel by high-speed train (first class) between cities, transfers to/from train stations

Included Hotels

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.

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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.

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)

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Venice

Venetian Dinner

The magic of Venice comes to life as you enjoy an unforgettable evening of gourmet specialties at one of the city's most celebrated restaurants.

Price Range: $$

Celebration Package

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.

Price Range: $$$$

Classical Concert

Enjoy an evening of soul-satisfying classical music at Venice's prestigious Scuola Grande di San Teodoro concert hall.

Price Range: $

Gondola

When in Rome, do as the Romans -- and when in Venice, head right for the gondolas! Hop aboard a traditional gondola for a ride through the magical Venetian canals

Price Range: $

Ghosts Of Venice Private Walking Tour

This spine-tingling private guided walk takes you through the hidden corners of Venice-places of tragic history from the ghostly past-to encounter the city's deepest, darkest secrets.

Price Range: $$$$

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!

Price Range: $

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Experience the floating city from the water as you cruise along the lagoon to charming Burano Island for a delicious four-course meal and time to explore.

Price Range: $$

Private Guided Tour

Explore Venice the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide-the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Paint Your Own Venetian Mask

Learn the dark secrets and captivating history behind one of Venice's most ancient art forms-Carnival masks-then paint your very own with the help of an expert instructor

Price Range: $$

Drives, Putts & Chips: 18 Holes in Venice

Play an unforgettable 18 holes of golf at the stunningly beautiful Venetian Golf Club, which once hosted the drives and putts of Venetian aristocracy.

Price Range: $$$$

Kayak Adventure Through the Venetian Canals

When you want a relaxing and romantic Venetian canal experience, head to the gondolas. But for a more hands-on, adrenalin-pumping excursion, this guided kayaking adventure can't be beat

Price Range: $$$

Mamma Mia! Serenaded Gondola Ride & Pizza

Enjoy the quintessential Italian experience: a romantic serenaded gondola ride, followed by a dinner of authentic Italian pizza!

Price Range: $$

Food and Wine Experiences Outside Venice

Trade the crowds of Venice for breathtaking scenery and unforgettable wines on this inspiring private excursion.

Price Range: $$$$

Private Morning Run Through Venice

Hit the ground running and see the magnificent sites of Venice at the same time on this 1-hour private guided running tour.

Price Range: $$$

Florence

Florentine Dinner

Bask in the spirit of Tuscany at this incredible dinner featuring the region's most celebrated Italian dishes and tantalizing wines.

Price Range: $$

Florence by Night

The only thing more impressive than Florence by day is Florence at night! This guided walking tour shows off the beautiful illuminated sites-and even includes a delicious gelato!

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

Explore Florence the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide-the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Come face-to-face with the world's greatest masterpieces faster when you skip the long lines and head right into the Uffizi Gallery on this fantastic guided tour.

Price Range: $$

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

Discover the city's largest museum complex at Pitti Palace. Marvel at the Royal Apartments, Gallery of Modern Art, and the Medicis' private art collection

Price Range: $

Discover Florence: Boboli Gardens

Discover some of Florence's greatest natural and manmade treasures on this delightful excursion

Price Range: $

Create Your Own Pizza

From the art of dough-making to choosing the best toppings, learn all about pizza, craft your own signature pie, and then savor the tasty results!

Price Range: $

Florence Sunset Food Tour

Discover the heart of Florence on this fun foodie tour. Enjoy 9 different tastings that include everything from a traditional aperitif to authentic Steak Florentine!

Price Range: $$$

Bike Tour

Pedal your way past incredible scenery and mesmerizing sights on this invigorating guided bike tour.

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

From leaning towers to ancient ramparts, this exciting full-day excursion introduces you to Pisa and medieval walled Lucca, two of Italy's cultural gems.

Price Range: $$$$

Discover Florence: Bargello Museum

View art by the world's greatest masters at the medieval Bargello, and judge for yourself whose bronze bas-relief deserved the honor as the Baptistry's "Gates of Paradise".

Price Range: $

Discover Florence: Mosaic Museum

Head behind the scenes at the Mosaic Museum to see skilled artisans at work and to learn just what makes Florentine mosaics unique throughout the world!

Price Range: $

The Vineyards of Tuscany by Horseback

Saddle up for an incredible horseback ride through the scenic Tuscan countryside that includes a winery tour and traditional meal with wine and olive oil tastings!

Price Range: $$$$

Ferraris & Food Private Discovery Tour

Thrill your inner race car driver on this private excursion to the dazzling Ferrari Museum. See how these Supercars are made, marvel at the collection, and enjoy a special pasta lunch!

Price Range: $$$$

The Other Side of Florence Food Tour

Sample cantucci, Tuscan cheese, Chianti wine, Italian gelato, and meet the families that have been serving it up for generations on this fun foodie tour in the Oltrarno district!

Price Range: $$

Half-Day Siena Private Discovery Tour

Surrounded by exquisite Tuscan scenery, this private guided tour introduces you to Siena, one of Italy's best preserved medieval towns and home to the annual Palio horse race!

Price Range: $$$$

Florence Artisan Food Tour

Discover the 'other side' of Florence-along with incredible food and fascinating artisan workshop visits-on this fun foodie walking tour through Oltrarno

Price Range: $$

Rome

Ghost and Mystery Tour of Rome

When the sun sets, another side of Rome comes to life. Join an expert guide for an eerie nighttime walking tour that reveals the city's spooky, supernatural, and mysterious side.

Price Range: $

Gourmet Dinner in Rome

Bask in the hypnotic atmosphere of the Eternal City as you savor a gourmet dinner with wine at an elegant restaurant

Price Range: $$

Bike Tours

Explore some of Italy's greatest wonders on this exhilarating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $$

Classical Concerts

Enjoy an evening of soul-satisfying classical music at Rome's most inspiring locations.

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

Explore Rome the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide-the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

The Catacombs

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

Price Range: $$

Barefoot in the Park: Your Gourmet Organic Picnic in Rome

Take a well-deserved break from sightseeing and indulge yourself-with time to relax and a delightful al fresco picnic surrounded by exquisite gardens.

Price Range: $

Cooking Class in Rome

Learn to prepare authentic Italian dishes from a real Italian chef at this fun and interactive cooking class that's perfect for kids and adults alike!

Price Range: $$

Rome Evening Wine and Food Stroll

Taste Italy's best foods and wines from its top wine-producing regions on this enjoyable evening walking tour through Rome.

Price Range: $$$

Taste of Testaccio Food Tour

Discover Cucina Romana-real Roman cuisine on this yummy foodie walking tour through the Testaccio district!

Price Range: $$

Excursion to the Borghese Gallery and Gardens

Discover the secrets and stories behind the Borghese Gallery's stunning artwork and paradise-like gardens on this exciting guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Trastevere for Foodies

Surrounded by cobblestone lanes, ivy-covered buildings, and quaint artisan shops, eat and drink your way through atmospheric Trastevere, a foodie paradise!

Price Range: $$

Unforgettable Highlights of Rome

This guided tour has it all: bustling piazzas, the incredible Pantheon, lively Navona Square, and beautiful Trevi Fountain, where legend says tossing a coin will ensure your return to Rome!

Price Range: $$

Underground Rome: Private Visit of the Mitraeum of Circus Maximum

Discover the hidden underground sanctuary of one of ancient Rome's most mysterious pagan cults on this private guided tour to the Mithraeum at Circus Maximus.

Price Range: $$$$

Vatican Area Tour For Foodies

From the backstreets of the Vatican, this guided walking and tasting tour through the Prati district reveals a foodie paradise!

Price Range: $$

Sorrento

Dinner in Sorrento

Spend a remarkable evening, enjoying fine food from the Campania region as you bask in the delightful atmosphere at one of Sorrento's most beloved historical restaurants.

Price Range: $$

Sorrento Musical

The sights and sounds of Neapolitan culture come to life during this lively performance featuring traditional songs and tarantella folk dancing!

Price Range: $

Island of Capri

Discover the jewel of the Mediterranean on this wonderful excursion to the legendary isle of Capri!

Price Range: $$

Discover Amalfi & Positano

The most thrilling drive in Europe awaits! This full-day guided excursion includes the famed Amalfi Drive, stops in Positano and Ravello, and a light lunch for a day you'll never forget!

Price Range: $$$

Pizza Dinner

Enjoy a traditional 3-course Neapolitan pizza dinner at a charming restaurant in the center of Sorrento with al fresco seating available-a real treat!

Price Range: $

Cooking Class in Sorrento

Learn to prepare authentic Italian dishes from a real Italian chef at this fun and interactive cooking class that's perfect for kids and adults alike!

Price Range: $$$$

Pompeii

This unique excursion allows you to time travel to a specific day in 79 AD, when this once-bustling area was forever frozen in time by the eruption of towering Mount Vesuvius.

Price Range: $

Discover Naples

Experience the wonders of southern Italy's most beloved city on this incredible introduction to Naples!

Price Range: $$

Herculaneum

This exceptional half-day guided private excursion introduces you to the UNESCO World Heritage excavations of Herculaneum, the city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Price Range: $$$$

Cooking Class in Sorrento

Learn how to make the Italian culinary classics pasta and gnocchi during this fun, interactive cooking class with a real Italian chef! Afterward, taste the fruits of your labor. Buonissimo!

Price Range: $$$$

Sorrento Hiking

Travel on the Path of the Gods on this exhilarating guided hike high above the Amalfi Coast for spectacular panoramic views.

Price Range: $$

Sorrento Fishing Boat Experience

Head out on a working fishing vessel to experience the intensity and exhilaration of a day of fishing before seeing the sights of Capri by land and water, swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, and then savoring your catch of the day for lunch!

Price Range: $$$

Classic Music in Sorrento

Discover the heart of southern Italy during this captivating live musical experience in Sorrento.

Price Range: $$

Insider

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Venice

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Venice, ItalyMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Venice. 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 Venice and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Venice 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 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.

Squero di San Trovaso

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

Burano Island, Lido Island, Saint Elena Island

Burano Island, Lido Island, Saint Elena Island: Burano Island, in the Venetian lagoon, is made of picturesque canals lined with brightly colored houses. The island is famous for its artisan lace makers and there's a Lace Museum, as well as shops selling lace. The Lido Island 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.

Museums

Palazzo Mocenigo houses a history of Venetian fashion and perfume. Accademia Gallery contains works by Tintoretto, Bellini and Carpaccio. The Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal, houses one of the most important collections of American and European Modern Art. Ca'Rezzonico 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, houses a fascinating collection of model ships, including the amazingly lavish ceremonial Doges' barge, the Bucintoro.

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. 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: 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 and is one of the finest examples of early Venetian Renaissance architecture. Basilica of San Pietro di Castello was the city's cathedral, serving as its spiritual and religious administration center. San Giorgio Maggiore: located on St. George Island, houses paintings by famous artists, including Tintoretto.

La Fenice Theater

Visit one of Italy's most famous theaters, the reconstructed La Fenice 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 for the reconstruction.

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.

2018: Biennale of Architecture

Freespace is the theme of the Biennale Architettura 2018. See examples, proposals, elements - built or unbuilt - of work that exemplifies essential qualities of architecture which include the modulation, richness and materiality of surface; the orchestration and sequencing of movement, revealing the embodied power and beauty of architecture. Architecture Exhibition that will take place from May 26th to November 25th 2018.

Florence

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Florence, ItalyMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Florence. 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 Florence and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Florence 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 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.

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.

CHURCH OF 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.

Rome

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Rome 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 Rome and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Rome 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 Rome

Welcome to Rome, the city of all time and of the world. I’m Oana and it will be my great pleasure to assist you with your discovery of this city of treasures. Rome was a captivating subject of my studies and a dream destination during my early travels, it became my home almost two decades ago and remains my favourite place to explore during my time off. Let me share my city’s secrets, hidden corners, flavours and perfumes with you.

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.

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.

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. Sophia Loren was filmed in movies at this picturesque harbor. Stop at one of the restaurants to enjoy fresh fish brought in by the local fleet.

Correale Museum, Marquetry/Inlaid Wood Museum (MuseoBottega Della TarsiaLignea)

The 18th century Palazzo Correale di Terranova houses the town’s museum, Correale. This was created by Alfredo and Pompeo Correale, Counts of Terranova, who later donated it to the town. The rooms hold precious examples of crafts and local art from the 17th and 18th 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. The Marquetry Museum is also well worth a visit 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

Take a ride on the Sorrento train tour, with audio commentary, to admire panoramic terraces and the city’s beauty.

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. Stop at the ones of your choice to admire and explore, and then catch the next bus according to the circuit’s timetable. Audio guides with commentary are provided on board.

Villa Comunale

Villa Comunale is the largest public garden in Sorrento and is laid out with flower beds and shade trees. There are busts of the historian Bartolomeo Capasso and Sorrento-born magistrate and lawyer Francesco SaverioGargiulo. Benches are provided so that you can sit and relax while you enjoy the view of the bay of Naples.

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.

Inlaid Wood/Marquetry, Cameos

Local craftsmanship includes 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.

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. Spaghetti with clams is certainly one of the favorites. For dessert maybe try the local Pastiera (cake with ricotta cheese, wheat grain and candied fruit).

Street Markets

Ask your Local Host about street markets for local color and bargains.

Sea, Sun, Music and Culture

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.

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