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!


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

MonogramsGO App

To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Your Local Host

What is the Role of a Local Host?

Monograms 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.

Local Host Recommendations

Meet One of Your Local Hosts

Graziella

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.

Day-By-Day 2019 / 2020

With Monograms, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we've thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

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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.

Local Host

DAY
1
VENICE, ITALY

19-Mar-2020

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

Excursions Available:

Celebration Package: Romantic Experience in Venice

Price: Starting From: $561/party

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Celebration Package: Romantic Experience 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.

Venetian Dinner

Price: Starting From: $109/person

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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.

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DAY
2
VENICE

20-Mar-2020

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

Excursions Available:

Celebration Package: Romantic Experience in Venice

Price: Starting From: $561/party

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Celebration Package: Romantic Experience 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.

Venetian Dinner

Price: Starting From: $109/person

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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.

Gondola

Price: Starting From: $298/party

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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

Ghosts of Venice Private Walking Tour

Price: Starting From: $199/party

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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.

Private Guided Tour

Price: Starting From: $307/party

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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!

Mamma Mia! Serenaded Gondola Ride & Pizza

Price: Starting From: $73/person

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Mamma Mia! Serenaded Gondola Ride & Pizza

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

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DAY
3
VENICE

21-Mar-2020

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.

Excursions Available:

Celebration Package: Romantic Experience in Venice

Price: Starting From: $561/party

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Celebration Package: Romantic Experience 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.

Venetian Dinner

Price: Starting From: $109/person

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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.

Gondola

Price: Starting From: $298/party

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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

Ghosts of Venice Private Walking Tour

Price: Starting From: $199/party

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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.

Private Guided Tour

Price: Starting From: $307/party

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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!

Mamma Mia! Serenaded Gondola Ride & Pizza

Price: Starting From: $73/person

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Mamma Mia! Serenaded Gondola Ride & Pizza

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

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DAY
4
VENICE–FLORENCE

22-Mar-2020

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

Excursions Available:

Florentine Dinner

Price: Starting From: $50/person

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Florentine Dinner

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

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DAY
5
FLORENCE

23-Mar-2020

Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the DUOMO MUSEUM containing many of the original works of art created for the Cathedral. Walk through Piazza del Duomo; 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.

Excursions Available:

Florentine Dinner

Price: Starting From: $50/person

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Florentine Dinner

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

Private Guided Tour

Price: Starting From: $201/party

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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!

Create Your Own Pizza

Price: Starting From: $78/person

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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!

Bike Tour

Price: Starting From: $55/person

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Bike Tour

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

Florence Sunset Food Tour

Price: Starting From: $107/person

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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!

Tuscan Gastronomy Experience

Price: Starting From: $96/person

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Tuscan Gastronomy Experience

An insight into the food and wine tradition of Tuscany, land of gourmets. Not to be missed!

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DAY
6
FLORENCE

24-Mar-2020

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

Excursions Available:

Florentine Dinner

Price: Starting From: $50/person

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Florentine Dinner

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

Private Guided Tour

Price: Starting From: $201/party

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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!

Create Your Own Pizza

Price: Starting From: $78/person

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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!

Bike Tour

Price: Starting From: $55/person

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Bike Tour

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

Florence Sunset Food Tour

Price: Starting From: $107/person

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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!

Tuscan Gastronomy Experience

Price: Starting From: $96/person

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Tuscan Gastronomy Experience

An insight into the food and wine tradition of Tuscany, land of gourmets. Not to be missed!

Excursion to Famous Antinori's Wine Cellars in Chianti

Price: Starting From: $110/person

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Excursion to Famous Antinori's Wine Cellars in Chianti

Head into the Tuscan countryside for a visit and tasting at an acclaimed wine cellar, one of the world's oldest continuously operating family businesses.

Discover Florence: Mosaic Museum

Price: Starting From: $17/person

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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!

Tuscan Cooking Class in Medieval Tower

Price: Starting From: $180/person

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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.

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

Price: Starting From: $22/person

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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

Discover Florence: Boboli Gardens

Price: Starting From: $20/person

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Discover Florence: Boboli Gardens

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

Ferraris & Food Private Discovery Tour

Price: Starting From: $741/person

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Ferraris & Food Private Discovery Tour

Thrill your inner race car driver on this private excursion to the dazzling Ferrari Museum. Marvel at the collection, and enjoy a special lunch!

Half-Day Siena Private Discovery Tour

Price: Starting From: $469/person

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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!

The Vineyards of Tuscany by Horseback

Price: Starting From: $168/person

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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!

Medici Chapels Museum Entrance

Price: Starting From: $17/person

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Medici Chapels Museum Entrance

Enjoy skip-the-lines tickets into Florence's famous Medici Chapels Museum, where you can set your own pace on a self-guided tour of the New Sacristy, Chapel of the Princes, and Medici Crypt.

Galileo Museum Entrance

Price: Starting From: $20/person

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Galileo Museum Entrance

Enjoy skip-the-lines tickets into Florence's famous Galileo Museum, where you can set your own pace on a self-guided tour of the impressive collection of scientific instruments dating back to the 13th century.

Davanzati Palace Museum Entrance

Price: Starting From: $17/person

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Davanzati Palace Museum Entrance

Enjoy skip-the-lines tickets into Florence¿s famous Davanzati Palace Museum, where you can set your own pace on a self-guided tour of this authentic 14th-century Florentine home.

Discover Florence: Bargello Museum

Price: Starting From: $17/person

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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".

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DAY
7
FLORENCE–ROME

25-Mar-2020

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

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
8
Rome

26-Mar-2020

Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS to see 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. (Please note the Vatican Museum is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays, therefore your included guided sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day. Please be aware of this variation if making independent arrangements for your time at leisure.)

Excursions Available:

Unforgettable Highlights of Rome

Price: Starting From: $73/person

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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!

Private Guided Tour

Price: Starting From: $264/party

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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!

Cooking Class in Rome

Price: Starting From: $79/person

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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!

Taste of Testaccio Food Tour

Price: Starting From: $89/person

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Taste of Testaccio Food Tour

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

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DAY
9
ROME

27-Mar-2020

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.

Excursions Available:

Private Guided Tour

Price: Starting From: $264/party

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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!

Cooking Class in Rome

Price: Starting From: $79/person

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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!

Taste of Testaccio Food Tour

Price: Starting From: $89/person

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Taste of Testaccio Food Tour

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

The Catacombs

Price: Starting From: $73/person

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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!

Trastevere for Foodies

Price: Starting From: $89/person

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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!

Villa Borghese

Price: Starting From: $64/person

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Villa Borghese

Come face to face with some of history most incredible art on this mesmerizing excursion to Villa Borghese. Led by an expert art historian, explore the gallery's vast collection, with works by master artists such as Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, Rubens, and others!

Bike Tours

Price: Starting From: $96/person

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Bike Tours

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

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DAY
10
ROME–SORRENTO

28-Mar-2020

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

Excursions Available:

Sorrento Musical

Price: Starting From: $62/person

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Sorrento Musical

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

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DAY
11
SORRENTO

29-Mar-2020

Your 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.

Excursions Available:

Sorrento Musical

Price: Starting From: $62/person

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Sorrento Musical

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

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DAY
12
SORRENTO

30-Mar-2020

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure; you may wish to catch the local bus to Queen Giovanna’s Roman villa or relax in L’Agruminato citrus garden.

Excursions Available:

Sorrento Musical

Price: Starting From: $62/person

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Sorrento Musical

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

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DAY
13
SORRENTO

31-Mar-2020

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

No Excursions Available on this day

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.

Hotels

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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Venice

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

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

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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