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Luxurious Italy Holiday - Venice, Verona, Lake Garda & Milan

Break Available: SOLD OUT FOR 2022
10 days

Price Per Person: From £2,825

For those who have never been to Italy before, this is the perfect multi city break. Combining art, culture, opera, shopping and beautiful surroundings, this is the one we recommend for providing a flavour of this versatile country.

Verona Opera Schedule

Explore three main Italian cities, as well as some relaxing time in scenic Lake Garda; a perfect unwind from day to day life.

Whilst the thought of travelling through Italy may seem daunting, we specialise in getting our clients seamless travel between cities.

All of our trips are fully flexible and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, whether you want longer, shorter, a busier schedule or some time to be free to wander, all is very possible with Italian Short Breaks.

We are currently offering a Complimentary Free Upgrade to the Very Best seats in the arena.

Highlights

  • 10 day Italian holiday visiting Venice, Verona, Lake Garda & Milan
  • Attend the Opera at the Arena di Verona in the Very Best Seats in the arena (Complimentary Free Upgrade)
  • Visit the Privately Owned stunning Garda Island with its beautiful gardens and villas
  • Private Guided Milan Duomo Tour and Visit da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” fresco
  • Verona and Venice cards giving free access to key sites avoiding the queues
  • Lake view balcony room overlooking Lake Garda
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Day 1
Fly into Venice and Private Watertaxi Transfer to your hotel

Day 1
Fly into Venice and Private Watertaxi Transfer to your hotel

Fly to Venice where your private meet & greet watertaxi transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel. We do not believe in group transfers. All of your transfers on this trip are private to you, so there is no hanging around waiting for others.

Hotel Metropole is a 5 Star hotel located around a 10mins walk from St Mark’s Square and with beautiful views over San Giorgio Island. It is pure Venetian design at it’s best with carnival mask motifs and incense drifting through the rooms.

Why not upgrade your room to a Deluxe Lagoon View for that perfect view when you wake up tomorrow morning?

Italy – The Country of Beauty & Versatility

Evening at leisure, or alternatively add in a gondola ride or an opera experience. Please see our Optional Extras below for more information.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Venice - Upgrade Hotel Metropole Deluxe Lagoon View Room
  • Venice - Gondola Ride
  • Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House
  • Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
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Venice - Upgrade Hotel Metropole Deluxe Lagoon View Room

Hotel Metropole is ideally located on the grand canal, but only a deluxe lagoon view room will provide you with a fantastic vista of San Giorgio Island and the lagoon. The rooms are larger and feature further intricate Venetian design and detail.

Price Per Person: From £120 per person per night

Deluxe Lagoon view room at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Outdoor dining at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Executive room with lagoon view at Hotel Metropole, Venice

Venice - Gondola Ride

Take the complimentary hotel watertaxi into Venice to start your sunset gondola ride tour. Sit back and relax seeing this floating city the only way it can truly be seen.

Head along the Grand Canal past a vista of stunning palaces and bridges, before your 30mins tour comes to a finish.

Price Per Person: £65 per person

Gondola, Venice
Gondola, Venice
Gondola ride under The Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House

This evening attend the opera at La Fenice in your top seats. La Fenice, (The Phoenix) is aptly named as it has burnt down twice in its lifetime. It has been recently re-mastered to its current glory as one of the most famous theatres in Europe.

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

Please note there are very limited tickets for opera/ballet events prior to March. If there is a performance you would like to see in January and February, please let us know and we will check with our supplier.

 

March:

Le Baruffe (Battistelli) – 02, 04

 

April:

I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata (Verdi) – 01, 03, 05, 07, 09

Faust (Guonod) – 22, 24, 26, 28, 30

 

There are no performances in May and August.

 

June:

Peter Grimes (Britten) – 24, 26, 29

 

July:

Peter Grimes (Britten) – 02, 05

 

September:

Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – 10, 16, 18, 20, 22

Il Trovatore (Verdi) – 11, 15, 17, 21, 23

 

October:

La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti) – 14, 16, 18, 20, 22

 

Price Per Person: From £255.

La Fenice opera house, Venice
La Fenice opera house, Venice
The Barber of Seville, La Fenice opera house, Venice

Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening

Whether you are an opera lover wanting a new opera experience, or someone wanting a taster of the opera, this is a great option. Located just along the Grand Canal, this opera takes place right in front of you. There is no stage but only a limited number of chairs, with the singers performing right in front of you!

Click on the first photo for a short video.

La Traviata – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
The Barber of Seville – Wednesdays and Sundays
Rigoletto – Fridays

Price: £100 per person.

Musica a Palazzo, Venice
Musica a Palazzo, Venice
Musica a Palazzo, Venice

Day 2
Day at Leisure

Day 2
Day at Leisure

Day at leisure to explore Venice using your Venice Pass Card. This provides free beat the queues access to both the Doges Palace and St Mark’s Basilica.

Wander through the Doge’s Palace where you can see artwork of the previous Doge’s, (the Venetian rulers) before heading down to the prison, passing over The Bridge of Sighs. This was the last view prisoners got of the outside world before they entered the prison. Of course one famous person who escaped was Casanova!

Then walk next door to St Mark’s Basilica for an eclectic East meets West church, which whilst remaining Venetian, also has an Ottoman Empire flavour to it. It is worth paying the 3 euros per person fee to reach the roof, for the lovely views over St Mark’s Square.

Alternatively choose one of our Optional Extras below. For first timers to Venice, we recommend a Private Guided Highlights tour of Venice, if however you have been before, perhaps our Islands Lagoon Excursion to Murano and Burano, should be on your list.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Venice - Private Highlights Tour
  • Venice - Lagoon Island Regular Excursion
  • Venice - Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
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Venice - Private Highlights Tour

For first timers to Venice, this is a great introduction. Your own private guide will take you on a 3-4 hr tour around the Basilica and Doges Palace. You will be able to walk through the prison made famous for temporarily housing Casanova, along with walking over the Bridge of Sighs; prisoners last glimpse of the outside world.

Price Per Person: £230 per person

Autumn in St Mark's Square, Venice
Gondola, Venice
Venice Basilica

Venice - Lagoon Island Regular Excursion

Begin this 4hr excursion sailing past San Giorgio Maggiore before disembarking on your first island of Murano. Murano is known for its glass manufacturing and the tour includes a visit to one of the factories.

Travel onwards to Burano, an archipelago of four islands, and sample the lace which Burano is famous for.

Finish the tour on Torcello, visiting the cathedral and church on this quieter island. Transfer back to Venice.

Please note this is in a small group and is not private.

Price Per Person: £30

Murano Island, Venice
Burano Island
Torcello, Venice

Venice - Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano

The boat will collect you and take you onto both Murano and Burano with your guide. For no more than 8 people in total, this semi private tour, also includes a glass blowing demonstration on Murano.

Price: From £170 per person for the small group (up to 8 people in total), to Burano and Murano with glass blowing introduction. Please note this is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.

Murano Island, Venice
Burano Island, Venice
Glass blowing, Murano

Day 3
Train Transfer to Verona and Private Transfer to your hotel

Day 3
Train Transfer to Verona and Private Transfer to your hotel

Today your private watertaxi transfer will be waiting to transfer you to the train station, for your first class train to Verona, (around 1 ¼ hrs train time.)

On arrival in Verona your private driver will be waiting to transfer you the short distance to your 4 star hotel. All of the hotels we use are within easy walking distance to both the main sights and the arena. You do not need transport to get around, meaning you are free to wander as you would prefer.

Waiting for you at hotel reception will be your opera tickets and your Verona Pass Card. The Verona Pass Card allows free access to many of the local churches and museums. It also comes with a handy map highlighting where you can find the main sights, so you can make the most of your time.

This evening let your nose choose where you head for dinner. If there is a performance on at the arena, we recommend you dine at one of the restaurants just outside. Whilst you won’t get to see the performance, you will get to hear the fantastic acoustics that the arena has to offer.

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Day 4
Day at Leisure and Attend the Opera at the Arena di Verona

Day 4
Day at Leisure and Attend the Opera at the Arena di Verona

Spend the day exploring Verona. You can enjoy Juliet’s Balcony and Tomb, Castelvecchio, The Natural History Museum and the various museums and churches all free with your Verona Pass Card.

We recommend you also add in a visit to the Arena Opera Museum where you can see the old sets and costumes, including gowns worn by the great Maria Callas.

Next on your list should be a walk over to the arena. Using your Verona Pass Card gain free admittance during the day. Imagine how different the arena will look tonight when all the intricate sets are installed!

Finish off your opera tour, with a visit to the arena shop. If you want to purchase cd’s, the libretto, postcards, anything opera-focused, this shop located within the outer walls of the arena, has it all.

This evening attend the opera at the Arena di Verona in the Very Best seats in the arena, which we are currently offering as a Complimentary Free Upgrade. Located on the ground and in the first 11 rows, affords the best view of the stage. For more information on our Seating Guide & Practical Advice.

For a flavour of this spectacle please click on the large photo link to the right.

The Verona Opera Schedule runs from 17 June – 04 September 2022, however we are now fully booked for June and July. Schedule:

AUGUST

Aida – 05, 21, 28
La Traviata – 06, 20
Turandot – 07, 10, 13, 19, 26
Carmen – 11, 14, 27
Carmina Burana – 12
Nabucco – 18
Domingo in Verdi Opera Night – 25

SEPTEMBER

La Traviata – 01
Turandot – 02
Nabucco – 03
Aida – 04

Video and Photos 3-7 inclusive opposite, copyrighted to Fondazione Arena di Verona.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting
  • Verona - Byblos Spa Day
  • Verona - Villa del Quar Tasting Menu
  • Verona - Villa Novare Wine Tasting
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Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting

We have two great options for you. The first is for those wine connoisseurs. Located within walking distance of your hotel is this small family run restaurant. The Maitre will take you to the cellar and introduce you to 3-4 wines.

Alternatively, if you have done a wine tasting tour before and want to skip straight to the tasting part, why not combine with a meal, and sampling the wines with each course.

Price Per Person: From £50 for Wine Tasting

Price Per Person: From £95 for Wine Tasting with Lunch

Price Per Person: From £110 for Wine Tasting with Dinner

Wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona
Wine tasting, Italy
Meal in the wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona

Verona - Byblos Spa Day

Transfer to Byblos Art Hotel and pamper yourself for the day at their luxurious spa. Enjoy the illuminated pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath and tropical showers.

Included are 1 Keraskin or Decleor treatment, hydromassage, sauna, steam room, tropical showers, use of the Technogym equipment and 3 course light lunch at the Atelier restaurant.

Price Per Person: From £255

Exterior of Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda
Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda
Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda

Verona - Villa del Quar Tasting Menu

A short private transfer will take you to Villa del Quar, a Renaissance villa set in the heart of the Italian countryside, surrounded by open fields and vineyards.

You will be able to sample a super 4-5 course tasting meal. After, your private transfer will return you to your hotel.

Please note we can also arrange wine tastings in the cellar upon request.

Price Per Person: From £145

Gardens at Villa del Quar, Lake Garda
Outdoor dining at Villa del Quar, Lake Garda
Lounge area at Villa del Quar, Lake Garda

Verona - Villa Novare Wine Tasting

Set in the sweeping landscape of the Valpolicello countryside is the Villa Mosconi. The villa is nestled in the ancient region well known for its wine, wine cellars and clear running water. In 1936 Villa Mosconi created the name of Amarone, one of the most respected wines of the region.

On this day you will have your private transfer to drive you to this scenic location and be given a tour of both the majestic house and garden. At the end of the tour, you will be able to taste 4 wines from the local Valpolicello region along with finding out their history.

Your private transfer will take you back to the hotel after.

Price Per Person: From £165

Exterior of Villa Novare, Verona
Wine tasting, Italy
Garden at Villa Novare, Lake Garda

Day 5
Private Transfer to your Lake Garda hotel

Day 5
Private Transfer to your Lake Garda hotel

Mid morning private transfer to your Lake Garda hotel (around 1hr transfer time.)

4 Star Grand Hotel Gardone is located on the Gardone Riviera with beautiful views over Lake Garda. The perfect place for a relaxing few days with nearby towns and Garda Island all within easy access.

The hotel has a swimming pool and balcony rooms overlooking the lake, a perfect place to unwind and escape the humidity of the city.

Rest of day at leisure.

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Day 6
Visit Garda Island

Day 6
Visit Garda Island

This morning board the public boat, to be taken across the scenic lake arriving at the privately owned Isola del Garda.

Once there you will be given a tour of the island, perhaps even by the Borghese Cavazza family themselves who live and own the island. Get to learn the history of the island. The tour will include the neo gothic Venetian style villa, the landscaped luscious gardens and the fantastic view over the lake, along with tasting some of the local wine and olive oil.

Arrive back on the mainland and rest of day at leisure.

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Day 7
Day at Leisure

Day 7
Day at Leisure

Day at leisure to explore Lake Garda.

You can take a short taxi ride to Salo harbour to see this historical town and buy some souvenirs, head to the bottom of the lake to see the castle at Sirmione, or perhaps just enjoy a good book around the hotel swimming pool.

Alternatively add in one our Optional Extras. We would particularly recommend a wine tasting at Villa Novare or even some spa treatments at Byblos Spa.

See Optional Extras below for more information.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Lake Garda - Byblos Spa Day
  • Lake Garda - Villa Novare Wine Tasting
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Lake Garda - Byblos Spa Day

Transfer to Byblos Art Hotel and pamper yourself for the day at their luxurious spa. Enjoy the illuminated pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath and tropical showers.

Included are 1 Keraskin or Decleor treatment, hydromassage, sauna, steam room, tropical showers, use of the Technogym equipment and 3 course light lunch at the Atelier restaurant.

Price Per Person: From £350

Exterior of Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda
Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda
Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda

Lake Garda - Villa Novare Wine Tasting

Set in the sweeping landscape of the Valpolicello countryside is the Villa Mosconi. The villa is nestled in the ancient region well known for its wine, wine cellars and clear running water. In 1936 Villa Mosconi created the name of Amarone, one of the most respected wines of the region.

On this day you will have your private transfer to drive you to this scenic location and be given a tour of both the majestic house and garden. At the end of the tour, you will be able to taste 4 wines from the local Valpolicello region along with finding out their history.

Your private transfer will take you back to the hotel after.

Price Per Person: From £280

Exterior of Villa Novare, Verona
Wine tasting, Italy
Garden at Villa Novare, Lake Garda

Day 8
Train Transfer to Milan and Private Transfer to your hotel

Day 8
Train Transfer to Milan and Private Transfer to your hotel

Private transfer to the train station for your first class train to Milan, (around 1hr train time.)

On arrival in Milan, your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your 4 star hotel. All of the hotels we use are within easy walking distance of both the Duomo and La Scala Opera House.

Spend the rest of the day settling in.

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Day 9
Private Guided Tour of Duomo with Rooftop and Last Supper

Day 9
Private Guided Tour of Duomo with Rooftop and Last Supper

Today your private guide will meet you and walk with you to the Duomo to begin your half day tour. This gothic building was built in the 5th century and took almost six further centuries to complete.

The tour is not complete without a trip onto the rooftop, allowing beautiful views across the city.

Say good bye to your guide before moving onto Santa Maria della Grazie, the church that houses the world famous Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper fresco.

This mural has narrowly avoided two main disasters – the first the paint badly fading so the figures became unrecognisable, the second almost being destroyed during the bombing of World War II. This enigmatic fresco has led to speculation that it is Mary and not John sitting to Jesus’ right. With your entrance ticket, you have time to witness this incredible fresco.

Rest of day at leisure.

If you want to experience a second night at the opera, why not add our Optional Extra La Scala opera evening.

Please see Optional Extras below for the full schedule.

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  • Milan - Attend La Scala Opera
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Milan - Attend La Scala Opera

 La Scala Opera Schedule 2022:

March:
Thais (Massenet) – 02
La Dama Di Picche (Tchaivoksky) – 05, 08, 13*, 15
Jewels (Tchaivoksky) (Ballet) – 11, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24
Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) – 04, 06*, 09, 10, 12, 16, 19
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – 27, 29, 31

April: 
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – 02, 05, 12
Ariadne Auf Naxos (Strauss) – 15, 20, 26, 28

May:
Ariadne Auf Naxos (Strauss) – 03
Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) – 04, 07, 10, 12, 14, 19, 22*
Sylvia (Delibes) (Ballet) – 11, 13, 20, 21, 24, 26

June:
La Gioconda (Ponchielli) – 07, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25
Rigoletto (Verdi) – 20, 23, 27, 30

July:
Rigoletto (Verdi) – 02, 05, 08, 11
Giselle (Adam) (Ballet) – 09, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

September:
Il Matrimonio Segreto (Cimaresa) – 07, 10, 13, 16, 19,22
Onegin (Cranko) (Ballet) – 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 30

October:
Fedora (Giordano) – 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30*

November:
Fedora (Giordano) – 03
The Tempest (Ades) – 05, 08, 11, 15, 18

Price Per Person: From Ballet – £235 / Opera – £385

Exterior of La Scala Opera house at night
Stage for Opera at La Scala, Milan
La Scala opera house, Milan

Day 10
At Leisure until Private Airport Transfer for flight home

Day 10
At Leisure until Private Airport Transfer for flight home

At leisure until your private airport transfer for your flight home, after your Venice, Verona Opera, Lake Garda and Milan Break.

Alternatively, why not finish your trip as you started it; on the water, by adding on a few night at Lake Como. All of our hotels have balcony rooms overlooking the lake, for a scenic finish to your Italian adventure.

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Where You'll Stay

Hotel Metropole - Venice (5 Star)

Standard double room at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Deluxe Lagoon view room at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Executive room with lagoon view at Hotel Metropole, Venice
Restaurant at Hotel Metropole, Venice

Hotel Metropole - Venice (5 Star)

An unforgettable view over the lagoon, only a few steps from Piazza San Marco, within easy reach of the most stylish shops, and close to the Art and Architectural Biennales.

This hotel offers exclusive suites and elegant salons.

It has a web of enchantment, a seductive ambiance and an aura of mystery and exoticism. The hotel has period furniture, soft music and relaxing perfumes, which enhance your feeling of relaxation.

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Hotel Firenze - Verona (4 Star)

Exterior of Hotel Firenze, Verona
Standard room at Hotel Firenze, Verona
Reception at Hotel Firenze, Verona
Breakfast room at Hotel Firenze, Verona

Hotel Firenze - Verona (4 Star)

The Hotel Firenze is located in Corso Porta Nuova. From this elegant hotel, guests can reach all the most important monuments and touristic places of the city:

the Arena, the House and Tomb of Juliet, the Roman Theatre, Castelvecchio with its unique military bridge and Scaligeri Arches along with the tombs of the medieval Signoria family.

All rooms have recently been refurbished, have air conditioning and bathrooms either with Jacuzzi or shower with steam sauna.

This hotel is only a 10 minute walk from the Arena.

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Hotel Accademia - Verona (4 Star)

Exterior for Hotel Accademia, Verona
Superior room at Hotel Accademia, Verona
Double standard room at Hotel Accademia, Verona
Restaurant at Hotel Accademia, Verona

Hotel Accademia - Verona (4 Star)

The Accademia Hotel is in the centre of Verona. The hotel is in the heart of the exclusive shopping area of Verona, conveniently positioned between the Brà Square with the Arena and Erbe Square with Giulietta's House and balcony.

All rooms are spacious and feature air conditioning.

A breakfast buffet is served every morning and includes both sweet and savoury options. Restaurant Accademia specialises in Veneto food and wine, with meals prepared with fresh local products.

This is our most popular hotel for Verona, which consistently comes out top on fantastic feedback.

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Il Sogno di Giulietta - Verona (5 Star)

Il Sogno di Giulietta - Verona (5 Star)

Opposite Juliet’s balcony, in the courtyard of her house, this isn't a hotel, but an historical house destined to welcome the most romantic couples and to envelope them in a night of dreams. Il Sogno di Giulietta is a centrally located hotel.

It is now possible to stay in the kingdom narrated by Shakespeare in one of his most famous works, the lovers’ nest par excellence.

The refined rooms are situated on both sides of the residence, some even having a direct view of Juliet’s balcony.

All rooms are luxuriously decorated with antique rugs, magnificent drapes and jacuzzis.

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Grand Hotel Gardone - Lake Garda (4 Star)

Lakeside Exterior of Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda
Superior room with balcony at Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda
Indoor dining at Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda
Outdoor dining at Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda

Grand Hotel Gardone - Lake Garda (4 Star)

Built in 1884 as the first hotel on Lake Garda, the Grand Hotel Gardone testifies the elegance and style of an era. Amongst the many celebrities that have stayed at the Grand Hotel Gardone are: King George of Saxony, D'Annunzio and Churchill.

The Lakeside Rooms have a splendid view of the lake. Refined cuisine with local specialities can be enjoyed at the pool snack bar, the lakeside Veranda restaurant or a candlelight dinner à la carte on the big terrace. Winnie’s Piano Bar offers the opportunity for a drink and dance after dinner. There is a jetty for motorboats, private beach, new heated swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam bath, relax beds, massage area, and Wi-fi in all the public rooms.

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Hotel de la Ville (SINA) - Milan (4 Star)

Outside Hotel de la Ville, Milan
Deluxe Room at Hotel de la Ville, Milan
Il Vizio Restaurant at Hotel de la Ville, Milan
Rooftop pool at Hotel de la Ville, Milan

Hotel de la Ville (SINA) - Milan (4 Star)

Considered to be one of the most elegant meeting places of Milan the hotel is patronised by fashion celebrities, show business personalities, and entrepreneurs. Very close to the Duomo, La Scala and Via Montenapoleone, it is a comfortable and tranquil place, perfect for a stay.

The hotel's restaurant, "Il Vizio", is open late at night, and is the ideal setting for an after theatre meal. There are fine dining options both inside and outside. All the food prepared uses locally sourced ingredients to create traditional Milanese meals. The menu changes with the season.

Enjoy the rooftop pool along with the Wellness Centre, to make your stay relaxing after you explore this fascinating city.

And, as in any aristocratic home, the rooms and suites all have their own distinct personality thanks to the use of different fabrics and decor, the fine furnishings and the marble bathroom.

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Grand Hotel Rosa - Milan

Grand Hotel Rosa - Milan

The Rosa Grand Hotel perfectly captures Milan’s mix of the innovative and the inspiring. The refurbished interior exudes Italian craftsmanship with each of the 330 rooms fusing impeccable comfort with chic Italian style. Widely acclaimed as one of the best hotels in Milan, the Rosa Grand puts you in the heart of the city’s historic district with the Duomo and world-famous Via Monte Napoleone just moments away.

True style doesn’t need to shout and our Superior rooms offer refined elegance for your vacation in Milan. You’ll find light, spacious interiors, warm cherry wood furniture and soft fabrics as well as a sumptuous double bed and Italian marble bathroom.

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Carlton Baglioni - Milan (5 Star)

Outside of Carlton Baglioni, Milan
Double room at Carlton Baglioni, Milan
Terrace seating at Carlton Baglioni, Milan
Spa treatments at Carlton Baglioni, Milan

Carlton Baglioni - Milan (5 Star)

The Carlton Hotel Baglioni is a luxury 5 star hotel in Milan. It is situated in the heart of Milan, at the crossroads of culture, fashion and design.

It directly overlooks Via della Spiga, the most celebrated shopping street in the city. Via Montenapoleone, the cathedral and the famous La Scala theatre are situated a short distance away.

The Baretto al Baglioni is one of the most famous restaurants in Milan and the perfect meeting place for the Italian and international Jet Set. Ideal for your special occasion.

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Optional Extras
Venice - Upgrade Hotel Metropole Deluxe Lagoon View Room
Deluxe Lagoon view room at Hotel Metropole, Venice

Hotel Metropole is ideally located on the grand canal, but only a deluxe lagoon view room will provide you with a fantastic vista of San Giorgio Island and the lagoon. The rooms are larger and feature further intricate Venetian design and detail.

Price Per Person: From £120 per person per night

Venice - Gondola Ride
Gondola, Venice

Take the complimentary hotel watertaxi into Venice to start your sunset gondola ride tour. Sit back and relax seeing this floating city the only way it can truly be seen.

Head along the Grand Canal past a vista of stunning palaces and bridges, before your 30mins tour comes to a finish.

Price Per Person: £65 per person

Venice - Attend La Fenice Opera House
La Fenice opera house, Venice

This evening attend the opera at La Fenice in your top seats. La Fenice, (The Phoenix) is aptly named as it has burnt down twice in its lifetime. It has been recently re-mastered to its current glory as one of the most famous theatres in Europe.

Click on the first photo below for a short video.

Please note there are very limited tickets for opera/ballet events prior to March. If there is a performance you would like to see in January and February, please let us know and we will check with our supplier.

 

March:

Le Baruffe (Battistelli) – 02, 04

 

April:

I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata (Verdi) – 01, 03, 05, 07, 09

Faust (Guonod) – 22, 24, 26, 28, 30

 

There are no performances in May and August.

 

June:

Peter Grimes (Britten) – 24, 26, 29

 

July:

Peter Grimes (Britten) – 02, 05

 

September:

Madame Butterfly (Puccini) – 10, 16, 18, 20, 22

Il Trovatore (Verdi) – 11, 15, 17, 21, 23

 

October:

La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti) – 14, 16, 18, 20, 22

 

Price Per Person: From £255.

Venice - Musica a Palazzo Opera Evening
Musica a Palazzo, Venice

Whether you are an opera lover wanting a new opera experience, or someone wanting a taster of the opera, this is a great option. Located just along the Grand Canal, this opera takes place right in front of you. There is no stage but only a limited number of chairs, with the singers performing right in front of you!

Click on the first photo for a short video.

La Traviata – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
The Barber of Seville – Wednesdays and Sundays
Rigoletto – Fridays

Price: £100 per person.

Venice - Private Highlights Tour
Autumn in St Mark's Square, Venice

For first timers to Venice, this is a great introduction. Your own private guide will take you on a 3-4 hr tour around the Basilica and Doges Palace. You will be able to walk through the prison made famous for temporarily housing Casanova, along with walking over the Bridge of Sighs; prisoners last glimpse of the outside world.

Price Per Person: £230 per person

Venice - Lagoon Island Regular Excursion
Murano Island, Venice

Begin this 4hr excursion sailing past San Giorgio Maggiore before disembarking on your first island of Murano. Murano is known for its glass manufacturing and the tour includes a visit to one of the factories.

Travel onwards to Burano, an archipelago of four islands, and sample the lace which Burano is famous for.

Finish the tour on Torcello, visiting the cathedral and church on this quieter island. Transfer back to Venice.

Please note this is in a small group and is not private.

Price Per Person: £30

Venice - Semi Private Tour of Murano & Burano
Murano Island, Venice

The boat will collect you and take you onto both Murano and Burano with your guide. For no more than 8 people in total, this semi private tour, also includes a glass blowing demonstration on Murano.

Price: From £170 per person for the small group (up to 8 people in total), to Burano and Murano with glass blowing introduction. Please note this is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.

Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting
Wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona

We have two great options for you. The first is for those wine connoisseurs. Located within walking distance of your hotel is this small family run restaurant. The Maitre will take you to the cellar and introduce you to 3-4 wines.

Alternatively, if you have done a wine tasting tour before and want to skip straight to the tasting part, why not combine with a meal, and sampling the wines with each course.

Price Per Person: From £50 for Wine Tasting

Price Per Person: From £95 for Wine Tasting with Lunch

Price Per Person: From £110 for Wine Tasting with Dinner

Verona - Byblos Spa Day
Exterior of Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda

Transfer to Byblos Art Hotel and pamper yourself for the day at their luxurious spa. Enjoy the illuminated pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath and tropical showers.

Included are 1 Keraskin or Decleor treatment, hydromassage, sauna, steam room, tropical showers, use of the Technogym equipment and 3 course light lunch at the Atelier restaurant.

Price Per Person: From £255

Verona - Villa del Quar Tasting Menu
Gardens at Villa del Quar, Lake Garda

A short private transfer will take you to Villa del Quar, a Renaissance villa set in the heart of the Italian countryside, surrounded by open fields and vineyards.

You will be able to sample a super 4-5 course tasting meal. After, your private transfer will return you to your hotel.

Please note we can also arrange wine tastings in the cellar upon request.

Price Per Person: From £145

Verona - Villa Novare Wine Tasting
Exterior of Villa Novare, Verona

Set in the sweeping landscape of the Valpolicello countryside is the Villa Mosconi. The villa is nestled in the ancient region well known for its wine, wine cellars and clear running water. In 1936 Villa Mosconi created the name of Amarone, one of the most respected wines of the region.

On this day you will have your private transfer to drive you to this scenic location and be given a tour of both the majestic house and garden. At the end of the tour, you will be able to taste 4 wines from the local Valpolicello region along with finding out their history.

Your private transfer will take you back to the hotel after.

Price Per Person: From £165

Lake Garda - Byblos Spa Day
Exterior of Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda

Transfer to Byblos Art Hotel and pamper yourself for the day at their luxurious spa. Enjoy the illuminated pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath and tropical showers.

Included are 1 Keraskin or Decleor treatment, hydromassage, sauna, steam room, tropical showers, use of the Technogym equipment and 3 course light lunch at the Atelier restaurant.

Price Per Person: From £350

Lake Garda - Villa Novare Wine Tasting
Exterior of Villa Novare, Verona

Set in the sweeping landscape of the Valpolicello countryside is the Villa Mosconi. The villa is nestled in the ancient region well known for its wine, wine cellars and clear running water. In 1936 Villa Mosconi created the name of Amarone, one of the most respected wines of the region.

On this day you will have your private transfer to drive you to this scenic location and be given a tour of both the majestic house and garden. At the end of the tour, you will be able to taste 4 wines from the local Valpolicello region along with finding out their history.

Your private transfer will take you back to the hotel after.

Price Per Person: From £280

Milan - Attend La Scala Opera
Exterior of La Scala Opera house at night

 La Scala Opera Schedule 2022:

March:
Thais (Massenet) – 02
La Dama Di Picche (Tchaivoksky) – 05, 08, 13*, 15
Jewels (Tchaivoksky) (Ballet) – 11, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24
Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) – 04, 06*, 09, 10, 12, 16, 19
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – 27, 29, 31

April: 
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – 02, 05, 12
Ariadne Auf Naxos (Strauss) – 15, 20, 26, 28

May:
Ariadne Auf Naxos (Strauss) – 03
Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) – 04, 07, 10, 12, 14, 19, 22*
Sylvia (Delibes) (Ballet) – 11, 13, 20, 21, 24, 26

June:
La Gioconda (Ponchielli) – 07, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25
Rigoletto (Verdi) – 20, 23, 27, 30

July:
Rigoletto (Verdi) – 02, 05, 08, 11
Giselle (Adam) (Ballet) – 09, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

September:
Il Matrimonio Segreto (Cimaresa) – 07, 10, 13, 16, 19,22
Onegin (Cranko) (Ballet) – 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 30

October:
Fedora (Giordano) – 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30*

November:
Fedora (Giordano) – 03
The Tempest (Ades) – 05, 08, 11, 15, 18

Price Per Person: From Ballet – £235 / Opera – £385

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I wish to congratulate you on a very reliable and well planned holiday programme. All transfers were punctual and smooth. The Opera seats were great and we were delighted with them. The hotels fully commended. The staff in Antica Porta Leone was particularly helpful and I would like it recorded. The Majestic in Lago Maggiore is a must on any trip to the Lake. Rosa Grand in Milan not to be missed!

John

A masterpiece of detailed planning on your behalf.

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Price Per Person: From £2,825
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What's Included?

  • 9 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotel Metropole – Venice), (Hotel Firenze – Verona), (Grand Hotel Gardone – Lake Garda), (Hotel de la Ville – Milan)
  • Activities as described including a Complimentary Free Upgrade to the Very Best seating in the Verona arena
  • Venice and Verona Pass Card
  • Private Airport and Train transfers
  • 1st Class Trains
  • Flights back to the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)

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Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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