5 Nights Rome & 2 Nights Florence (DC13)

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


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 Rome. 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.

Local Host Recommendations

Meet One of Your Local Hosts

Oana

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 favorite place to explore during my time off. Let me share my city's secrets, hidden corners, flavours and perfumes with you.

Guides


& Destination Guides with city maps

Meals


Buffet breakfast daily

Day-By-Day 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.

Select a Departure Date for Itinerary and Available Excursions:

Local Host

DAY
1
ROME, ITALY

5-Aug-2020

Benvenuto - welcome! Your Local Host is on hand to help you feel right at home in the "Eternal City."

Excursions Available:

Gourmet Dinner in Rome

Price: Starting From: $66/person

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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

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DAY
2
ROME

6-Aug-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:

Gourmet Dinner in Rome

Price: Starting From: $66/person

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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

Unforgettable Highlights of Rome

Price: Starting From: $78/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: $282/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: $96/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: $95/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!

Bike Tours

Price: Starting From: $65/person

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Bike Tours

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

Barefoot in the Park: Your Gourmet Organic Picnic in Rome

Price: Starting From: $42/person

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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.

Classical Concerts

Price: Starting From: $36/person

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Classical Concerts

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

Caravaggio's Rome: Wine Food and Art Experience

Price: Starting From: $66/person

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Caravaggio's Rome: Wine Food and Art Experience

Discover 17th-century Rome when artist Caravaggio was at his zenith during this unique art, food, and wine-tasting experience!

Rome Street Pizza Discovery

Price: Starting From: $66/person

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Rome Street Pizza Discovery

Did you know that street food style was popular in ancient Rome? Discover the best of Rome`s Pizza in a 2/2.5 hours street food tour with locals.

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DAY
3
ROME

7-Aug-2020

Three full days at leisure to enjoy your choice of activities - your Local Host will have many suggestions.

Excursions Available:

Gourmet Dinner in Rome

Price: Starting From: $66/person

Learn More

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

Private Guided Tour

Price: Starting From: $282/party

Learn More

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: $96/person

Learn More

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: $95/person

Learn More

Taste of Testaccio Food Tour

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

Bike Tours

Price: Starting From: $65/person

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Bike Tours

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

Barefoot in the Park: Your Gourmet Organic Picnic in Rome

Price: Starting From: $42/person

Learn More

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.

Classical Concerts

Price: Starting From: $36/person

Learn More

Classical Concerts

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

Caravaggio's Rome: Wine Food and Art Experience

Price: Starting From: $66/person

Learn More

Caravaggio's Rome: Wine Food and Art Experience

Discover 17th-century Rome when artist Caravaggio was at his zenith during this unique art, food, and wine-tasting experience!

Rome Street Pizza Discovery

Price: Starting From: $66/person

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Rome Street Pizza Discovery

Did you know that street food style was popular in ancient Rome? Discover the best of Rome`s Pizza in a 2/2.5 hours street food tour with locals.

The Catacombs

Price: Starting From: $78/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: $95/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!

Pompeii with Amalfi Coast Drive to Positano

Price: Starting From: $227/person

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Pompeii with Amalfi Coast Drive to Positano

This exceptional full-day excursion introduces you to some of Italy most fantastic treasures as you explore the archaeological excavations at Pompeii, drive along the spectacular Amalfi Coast, and spend free time in pretty Positano!

Rome Discovery Tour

Price: Starting From: $83/person

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Rome Discovery Tour

See Rome most impressive ancient wonders on this impressive small-group discovery that includes the Jewish Ghetto, Teatro di Marcello, Appian Way, aqueducts, Baths of Caracalla, Circus Maximus, and more!

Amalfi Coast Cruise with Limoncello Tasting

Price: Starting From: $238/person

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Amalfi Coast Cruise with Limoncello Tasting

Spend a glorious day cruising along the Amalfi Coast, with stops to explore Amalfi Town, Positano, and attend a limoncello tasting at a clifftop lemon farm.

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DAY
4
ROME

8-Aug-2020

Three full days at leisure to enjoy your choice of activities - your Local Host will have many suggestions.

Excursions Available:

Gourmet Dinner in Rome

Price: Starting From: $66/person

Learn More

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

Unforgettable Highlights of Rome

Price: Starting From: $78/person

Learn More

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: $282/party

Learn More

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: $96/person

Learn More

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: $95/person

Learn More

Taste of Testaccio Food Tour

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

Bike Tours

Price: Starting From: $65/person

Learn More

Bike Tours

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

Barefoot in the Park: Your Gourmet Organic Picnic in Rome

Price: Starting From: $42/person

Learn More

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.

Classical Concerts

Price: Starting From: $36/person

Learn More

Classical Concerts

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

Caravaggio's Rome: Wine Food and Art Experience

Price: Starting From: $66/person

Learn More

Caravaggio's Rome: Wine Food and Art Experience

Discover 17th-century Rome when artist Caravaggio was at his zenith during this unique art, food, and wine-tasting experience!

Rome Street Pizza Discovery

Price: Starting From: $66/person

Learn More

Rome Street Pizza Discovery

Did you know that street food style was popular in ancient Rome? Discover the best of Rome`s Pizza in a 2/2.5 hours street food tour with locals.

Trastevere for Foodies

Price: Starting From: $95/person

Learn More

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!

Pompeii with Amalfi Coast Drive to Positano

Price: Starting From: $227/person

Learn More

Pompeii with Amalfi Coast Drive to Positano

This exceptional full-day excursion introduces you to some of Italy most fantastic treasures as you explore the archaeological excavations at Pompeii, drive along the spectacular Amalfi Coast, and spend free time in pretty Positano!

Amalfi Coast Cruise with Limoncello Tasting

Price: Starting From: $238/person

Learn More

Amalfi Coast Cruise with Limoncello Tasting

Spend a glorious day cruising along the Amalfi Coast, with stops to explore Amalfi Town, Positano, and attend a limoncello tasting at a clifftop lemon farm.

Wonders of Tuscany with Farm Lunch & Wine Tasting

Price: Starting From: $191/person

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Wonders of Tuscany with Farm Lunch & Wine Tasting

Spend a memorable day in Tuscany, with stops in Pienza and Montalcino, a fresh-from-the-field lunch at an organic farm, tastings of local specialties, and a vineyard tour with wine tasting!

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DAY
5
ROME

9-Aug-2020

Three full days at leisure to enjoy your choice of activities - your Local Host will have many suggestions.

Excursions Available:

Private Guided Tour

Price: Starting From: $282/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: $96/person

Learn More

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!

Bike Tours

Price: Starting From: $65/person

Learn More

Bike Tours

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

Barefoot in the Park: Your Gourmet Organic Picnic in Rome

Price: Starting From: $42/person

Learn More

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.

The Catacombs

Price: Starting From: $78/person

Learn More

The Catacombs

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

Amalfi Coast Cruise with Limoncello Tasting

Price: Starting From: $238/person

Learn More

Amalfi Coast Cruise with Limoncello Tasting

Spend a glorious day cruising along the Amalfi Coast, with stops to explore Amalfi Town, Positano, and attend a limoncello tasting at a clifftop lemon farm.

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DAY
6
ROME–FLORENCE

10-Aug-2020

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

Excursions Available:

Florentine Dinner

Price: Starting From: $78/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
7
FLORENCE

11-Aug-2020

Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s original David (the Academy is replaced with the Duomo Museum on Mondays and on the first Sunday of each month). 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: $78/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.

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

Price: Starting From: $23/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

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Price: Starting From: $66/person

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Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

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

Discover Florence: Boboli Gardens

Price: Starting From: $21/person

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Discover Florence: Boboli Gardens

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

Private Guided Tour

Price: Starting From: $215/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: $83/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!

Florence Sunset Food Tour

Price: Starting From: $114/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!

Bike Tour

Price: Starting From: $59/person

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Bike Tour

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

Arno Barchetto Cruise

Price: Starting From: $59/person

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Arno Barchetto Cruise

Discover the secrets of the Arno and the history of the extraordinary palaces and bridges along the river on this enchanting cruise in a traditional wooden barchetto boat.

Tuscan Gastronomy Experience

Price: Starting From: $114/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
8
FLORENCE

12-Aug-2020

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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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.


Travel by high-speed train (first class) Rome-Florence; transfers to/from train stations

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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Rome
Florence

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.

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.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).