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Classical Italian Highlights Break - Milan, Verona & Florence

Break Available: SOLD OUT!
7 days

Price Per Person: From £1,975

This is one for serious opera lovers, attending not one but 2 of the most prestigious Italian operas in very different settings; in an open-air Roman arena in Verona, and in one of the most famous opera houses in the world, La Scala in Milan.

Combined with a 2 night stay in Florence where you have a private guided Duomo tour included.

This break is an example of what we recommend, however, it is fully customisable to you and can be tailor-made to suit a longer, shorter or more detailed itinerary. We have a whole host of fantastic experiences and tour we can recommend.

We are currently offering a Complimentary Free Upgrade to the Gold Central Stall seating at the arena. This is the best level of seating around halfway back on the ground.

Why Italian Short Breaks?

Highlights

  • Attend La Scala Opera in Milan in Stall Seats, which afford the best, unrestricted view of the stage (best seats)
  • Attend Arena di Verona Opera in Verona in Central Stall Seats (Free Complimentary Upgrade to Gold Central Stall seats)
  • Private Guided Florence Duomo Tour
  • Verona and Florence Pass Cards providing free access to key sites whilst avoiding the queues
  • 4 Star hotels within a 10mins walk to the main sights
  • Transfers between the cities
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Day 1
Fly to Milan and Private Transfer to your hotel

Day 1
Fly to Milan and Private Transfer to your hotel

Fly to Milan and take your private airport transfer to your central 4 star hotel. We do not believe in group transfers, this transfer is private to you.

All of the hotels we use are 4 star and centrally located no more than 5-10mins walk from the Duomo and La Scala Opera House. This means you are free to wander and not reliant on public transport.

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Day 2
Day at Leisure and Attend Opera at La Scala

Day 2
Day at Leisure and Attend Opera at La Scala

Day at leisure to explore Milan. Head to Castello Sforzesca for the museums, but don’t forget to visit the park next to the castle. Whilst being wonderfully relaxing and peaceful, the Peace Arch is located on the other side.

This was originally created for Napoleon when he had temporary control of the city, however, on his departure, the Milanese decided the arch was too plain. It has since been decorated in true Italian design with beautiful statues adorning every surface.

Alternatively why not add in one of our Optional Extras below. If you have not been to Milan before, we recommend our Optional Extra Private Guided Duomo with Rooftop and The Last Supper tour, a must for all visitors to this city.

This evening enjoy your evening at La Scala opera house in your Stall seats (best in the house):

Operas 2019:

Ariadne & Naxos (Strauss) – Jun 19
Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City) (Korngold) – Jun 17
First the Music, then the Words (Salieri) – Jul 08, 10, 15, 17
Rigoletto (Verdi) – Sep 07

Ballets 2019:

Sleeping Beauty – Jun 27, 29, Jul 02

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Milan - Private Guided Duomo with Rooftop
  • Milan - Private Guided Duomo with Rooftop and Last Supper Tour
  • Milan - Lake Maggiore Day Trip (Only Sundays)
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Milan - Private Guided Duomo with Rooftop

Today your private guide will meet you for your tour of the Duomo. 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. The roof can be accessed either by lift or stairs.

Price per person: From £115

Sunset behind the Duomo, Milan
Duomo rooftop, Milan
Detail of carving on the Duomo, Milan

Milan - Private Guided Duomo with Rooftop and Last Supper Tour

Today your private guide will meet you and take you for a tour of the Duomo. 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.

Move on to Santa Maria della Grazie, the church that houses the world famous Leonardo di Vinci’s Last Supper painting. This mural painting 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 painting has led to speculation that it is Mary and not John sitting to Jesus’ right. With your self guided audio set, you can learn all about this further.

Price Per Person: From £140

Exterior of the Duomo at sunset, Milan
Night shot of the Duomo, Milan
The Last Supper fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, Milan

Milan - Lake Maggiore Day Trip (Only Sundays)

To escape from the city for a day, opt for an island hop experience to Lake Maggiore, surrounded by majestic Alps and beautiful scenic gardens. You will be taken to Stresa, (around 1.5 hrs) for some time shopping, before your shared 2hr panoramic boat cruise on the lake, enjoying fresh crystalline waters. You will visit all three of the Borromee Islands – Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella, before arriving back at Stresa to resume your transfer back to Milan.

Please note this is available from 01 April – 20 October on Sundays only.

Price Per Person: From £100

Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore
Pescatori Island, Lake Maggiore
Isola Madre at Lake Maggiore

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

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

This morning your private driver will transfer you to the train station for your first class train to Verona, (around 1 ½ hrs train time.)

Waiting for you on arrival in Verona will be your private driver to transfer you the short distance to your hotel. All of the hotels we use are centrally located, no more than 10mins from the opera arena, and within easy walking distance of the main sights.

On arrival 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 showing you where the main sights are located, so that you can make the most of your time.

This evening let your nose take you for dinner as Verona is full of restaurants all offering fantastic Veronese cuisine. If there is an opera on tonight, we recommend you choose one of the restaurants just outside the arena. Whilst you can’t see the performance, you can still enjoy the amazing acoustics while you dine.

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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 would particularly recommend you take some time to visit the Arena Museum, where the old sets and costumes including those worn by Maria Callas, are stored.

Complete the experience by a trip to the Arena Shop found inside the arena where you can purchase the libretto, music and a whole host of other fantastic souvenirs.

Alternatively, why not add on one of our Optional Extras. We would particularly recommend our Al Cristo Wine Tasting tour or Lake Garda Excursion.

This evening head back to the Verona di Verona for your opera in your Central Stall seats. We are currently offering a Complimentary Free Upgrade to the Gold Central Stall seating, which is the best level of tickets in the arena.

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

The Verona Opera 2019 schedule runs from 21 June – 7 September (Please note we are now fully booked for the 20 June – 7 July inclusive, along with the Domingo Opera Night on the 4 Aug dates and September dates):

La Traviata – 11, 19, 25 July, 1, 8, 17, 22, 30 August

Aida – 9, 12, 21, 24, 28 July, 3, 9, 18, 25, 28, 31 August

Il Trovatore – 20, 26 July

Carmen – 10, 13, 18, 23, 27 July, 2, 24, 27 August

Roberto Bolle & Friends (Ballet) – 16 July

Tosca – 10, 16, 23, 29 August

Carmina Burana – 11 August

Video and Photos 3-8 inclusive opposite, copyrighted to Fondazione Arena di Verona.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Verona - Lake Garda Boat Trip
  • Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting
  • Verona - Villa Novare Wine Tasting
  • Verona - Byblos Spa Day
  • Verona - Villa del Quar Tasting Menu
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Verona - Lake Garda Boat Trip

This is our most popular tour and with good reason. You take a private transfer to the pier where you will join a 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, and 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.

After arriving back on the mainland, your private transfer will take you to Sirmione, a mediaeval castle town where you can wander at your leisure through the town, purchase some souvenirs and enjoy lunch. We recommend La Speranzina Restaurant which boasts beautiful views over the lake.

Your private transfer will return you to your hotel late afternoon.

Price Per Person: From £245

Garda Island
Sirmione, Lake Garda
Sirmione, Lake Garda

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 £90 for Wine Tasting with Lunch

Price Per Person: From £100 for Wine Tasting with Dinner

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

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

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

Day 5
Train Transfer to Florence and Private Transfer to your hotel

Day 5
Train Transfer to Florence and Private Transfer to your hotel

This morning your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to the train station for your first class train to Florence, (around 1 ½ hrs train transfer time.

Waiting for you in Florence will be your private driver to transfer you to your final hotel.

Hotel Brunelleschi is a fantastic 4 star hotel located just below the Duomo and in the plush Piazza della Repubblica shopping district. They have their own wonderful restaurant if you want to eat in this evening (meal not included).

For the ultimate ‘A Room with a View’ experience, why not upgrade your room to a Deluxe Duomo View room. See Optional Extra below for more information.

Rest of day at leisure exploring Florence with your Florence Pass Card. This provides free, beat the queues access to many of the local sites.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Florence - Upgrade Hotel Brunelleschi Deluxe Duomo View Room
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Florence - Upgrade Hotel Brunelleschi Deluxe Duomo View Room

Hotel Brunelleschi is strategically placed for fantastic views over the Florence Duomo but without an upgrade to a deluxe Duomo view room, you will not be able to enjoy A Room with a View!

Price Per Person: From £65 per person per night

External shot of Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Deluxe Duomo view room at Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Dining at Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence

Day 6
Private Guided Tour of the Duomo and Evening at Leisure

Day 6
Private Guided Tour of the Duomo and Evening at Leisure

This morning your guide will take you to the Duomo for your private guided tour.

The Duomo is the main gothic style church in Florence. It was completed in 1436 with the famous dome created by Filippo Brunelleschi. To date it is still one of the largest in the world. The cathedral consists of the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile, which between them are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

At this point your guide will leave you to your own devices for your rest of day at leisure.

There are so many fantastic places to visit whether you are a first timer to Florence or have been before. If you are a first timer then we recommend you add in our Optional Extra Priority Line Passes, for both the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries. Whilst these are included free in your Florence Pass Card, there is still a long queue and you could be waiting in the heat for several hours. These timed passes provide much quicker access.

Another great Optional Extra is going behind the scenes on the Vasari tour. Feel like Professor Langdon from Dan Brown’s Inferno as you travel between the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace without being seen.

Alternatively, if you have been to Florence before then you have probably not been to the Medici Chapels and the Galileo Museum. Both offer a quieter view of Florence, with the Medici Chapel ceiling more impressive than the Duomo’s itself, so make sure you look up! The Galileo Museum is quite intriguing.

For something quite different however, head to Dante’s House if you have a spare hour. There is quite an eclectic collection of Dante’s memorabilia in each room you wander through!

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Florence - Priority Line Passes for the Accademia & Uffizi Galleries
  • Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Uffizi Gallery
  • Florence - Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery
  • Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Pitti Palace
  • Florence - Chianti Wine Tasting & Dinner
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Florence - Priority Line Passes for the Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

Visiting these two museums is quintessential Florence, but the queues can be horrendous. These timed entrance tickets means you get to see both Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia Gallery, before moving onto the Uffizi Gallery, bypassing the long lines and getting to witness Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus painting, amongst many others.

Price Per Person: £40 for both the Uffizi and Accademia Gallery tickets

Michelangelo's David statue, Accademia Gallery Florence
Uffizi galleries, Florence
Birth of Venus painting, Uffizi Gallery Florence

Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Uffizi Gallery

Your guide will meet you for your private guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery.
The Uffizi Gallery created for the Medici family, houses some of the most impressive paintings of the western world. Along the collection is “The Adoration of the Magi”, “Madonna and Child”, “Baptism of Christ” and the world famous “Birth of Venus”.

Price Per Person: From £95

Uffizi gallery, Florence
Uffizi gallery , Florence
Birth of Venus painting, Uffizi Gallery Florence

Florence - Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery

Today you will take the “Prince’s Itinerary;” the elevated passageway which connects the Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace. Continue over the Ponte Vecchio to the Uffizi gallery. View the Uffizi highlights of “Birth of Venus” in all her glory, before moving onto Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael’s exhibits.

Venture along the Vasari Corridor, created so that the ruling families could safely travel between government and their homes. Finish the tour at the enchanting Boboli Gardens and admire Buontalenti’s Grotto.

Price Per Person: From £85

Vasari Corridor, Florence
Uffizi gallery, Florence
Vasari corridor, Florence

Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Pitti Palace

Your guide will take you on a private guided tour of the Pitti Palace.

The Pitti Palace was built in 1458 and was later bought by the Medici family in 1549. It then became the chief residence of the ruling families of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. In this time is amassed many fine paintings. By the 18th century it became the royal palace for Napoleon. From 1919 it opened its doors to the public, showing these valuable collections.

Price Per Person: From £90

Pitti Palace, Florence
Pitti Palace, Florence
Statue at Boboli gardens, Florence

Florence - Chianti Wine Tasting & Dinner

Your private transfer will take you to the Chianti region where you can explore a castle, visit Greve and Castellina, before being taken to a characteristic tavern for an authentic Chianti dinner and wine. On the menu is Florence’s famous T-bone steak along with the following wines to sample:

-Chianti Classic
-Chianti Riserva
-Vin Santo (or Supertuscan)

Available from the 01 April – 31 October on Tuesdays and Fridays only and must be for a minimum of 2 people.

Price Per Person: From £110

Chianti grapes
Chianti tour, Tuscany
Chianti Classico Wine, Tuscany

Day 7
At Leisure until Private Airport Transfer for flight home

Day 7
At Leisure until Private Airport Transfer for flight home

At leisure until your private airport transfer for your flight home, after your Milan, Verona and Florence Short Break.

If your flight is not until the afternoon, why not add in our Optional Extra enjoying some time to explore Pisa. See Optional Extra below for more information.

Alternatively, if you have more time and want a second opera experience, why not add in a few days in Rome where in July and August the open-air Caracalla Summer Festival performs operas, ballet and even galas.

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  • Florence - Explore Pisa and Private Airport Transfer
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Florence - Explore Pisa and Private Airport Transfer

With few flights departing from Florence airport, most UK flights land in nearby Pisa. Why not extend either your first or last day in Florence with a few hours to see Pisa en route. Pisa is best explored under your own steam. As well as climbing to the top of the Leaning Tower, make sure you leave enough time to visit the church and the frescoes in the buildings within the complex.

Price Per Person: From £135 for 3hrs with driver waiting for you. Please note this does not include entrance tickets which vary between €15-20 per person depending on how many of the sights you want to visit.

Leaning tower of Pisa
Leaning tower of Pisa
Leaning tower of Pisa
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

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

Outside Hotel de la Ville, Milan
Hotel de la Ville, Milan
Pool at Hotel de la Ville, Milan
Dining room 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, "L'Opéra", is open late at night, and is the ideal setting for an after theatre meal.

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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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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Hotel Brunelleschi - Florence (4 Star)

External shot of Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Deluxe Duomo view room at Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Dining at Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Indoor dining at Hotel Brunelleschi

Hotel Brunelleschi - Florence (4 Star)

Hotel Brunelleschi is a luxury hotel in the centre of Florence: only a stone’s throw away from the Uffizi Gallery, “Piazza della Signoria” and one of the world’s most famous shopping street.

This 4 star hotel offers 2 restaurants, a gym and 96 rooms and suites some with jacuzzi and spectacular views of the “Duomo”.

Hotel Brunelleschi was created within a circular Byzantine tower and a medieval church, reconstructed, but keeping the original characteristics. Inside you can find a private museum with the ruins discovered during the restoration. It is mentioned in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”.

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Optional Extras
Milan - Private Guided Duomo with Rooftop
Sunset behind the Duomo, Milan

Today your private guide will meet you for your tour of the Duomo. 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. The roof can be accessed either by lift or stairs.

Price per person: From £115

Milan - Private Guided Duomo with Rooftop and Last Supper Tour
Exterior of the Duomo at sunset, Milan

Today your private guide will meet you and take you for a tour of the Duomo. 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.

Move on to Santa Maria della Grazie, the church that houses the world famous Leonardo di Vinci’s Last Supper painting. This mural painting 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 painting has led to speculation that it is Mary and not John sitting to Jesus’ right. With your self guided audio set, you can learn all about this further.

Price Per Person: From £140

Milan - Lake Maggiore Day Trip (Only Sundays)
Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore

To escape from the city for a day, opt for an island hop experience to Lake Maggiore, surrounded by majestic Alps and beautiful scenic gardens. You will be taken to Stresa, (around 1.5 hrs) for some time shopping, before your shared 2hr panoramic boat cruise on the lake, enjoying fresh crystalline waters. You will visit all three of the Borromee Islands – Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella, before arriving back at Stresa to resume your transfer back to Milan.

Please note this is available from 01 April – 20 October on Sundays only.

Price Per Person: From £100

Verona - Lake Garda Boat Trip
Garda Island

This is our most popular tour and with good reason. You take a private transfer to the pier where you will join a 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, and 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.

After arriving back on the mainland, your private transfer will take you to Sirmione, a mediaeval castle town where you can wander at your leisure through the town, purchase some souvenirs and enjoy lunch. We recommend La Speranzina Restaurant which boasts beautiful views over the lake.

Your private transfer will return you to your hotel late afternoon.

Price Per Person: From £245

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 £90 for Wine Tasting with Lunch

Price Per Person: From £100 for Wine Tasting with Dinner

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

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

Florence - Upgrade Hotel Brunelleschi Deluxe Duomo View Room
External shot of Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence

Hotel Brunelleschi is strategically placed for fantastic views over the Florence Duomo but without an upgrade to a deluxe Duomo view room, you will not be able to enjoy A Room with a View!

Price Per Person: From £65 per person per night

Florence - Priority Line Passes for the Accademia & Uffizi Galleries
Michelangelo's David statue, Accademia Gallery Florence

Visiting these two museums is quintessential Florence, but the queues can be horrendous. These timed entrance tickets means you get to see both Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia Gallery, before moving onto the Uffizi Gallery, bypassing the long lines and getting to witness Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus painting, amongst many others.

Price Per Person: £40 for both the Uffizi and Accademia Gallery tickets

Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Uffizi Gallery
Uffizi gallery, Florence

Your guide will meet you for your private guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery.
The Uffizi Gallery created for the Medici family, houses some of the most impressive paintings of the western world. Along the collection is “The Adoration of the Magi”, “Madonna and Child”, “Baptism of Christ” and the world famous “Birth of Venus”.

Price Per Person: From £95

Florence - Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery
Vasari Corridor, Florence

Today you will take the “Prince’s Itinerary;” the elevated passageway which connects the Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace. Continue over the Ponte Vecchio to the Uffizi gallery. View the Uffizi highlights of “Birth of Venus” in all her glory, before moving onto Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael’s exhibits.

Venture along the Vasari Corridor, created so that the ruling families could safely travel between government and their homes. Finish the tour at the enchanting Boboli Gardens and admire Buontalenti’s Grotto.

Price Per Person: From £85

Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Pitti Palace
Pitti Palace, Florence

Your guide will take you on a private guided tour of the Pitti Palace.

The Pitti Palace was built in 1458 and was later bought by the Medici family in 1549. It then became the chief residence of the ruling families of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. In this time is amassed many fine paintings. By the 18th century it became the royal palace for Napoleon. From 1919 it opened its doors to the public, showing these valuable collections.

Price Per Person: From £90

Florence - Chianti Wine Tasting & Dinner
Chianti grapes

Your private transfer will take you to the Chianti region where you can explore a castle, visit Greve and Castellina, before being taken to a characteristic tavern for an authentic Chianti dinner and wine. On the menu is Florence’s famous T-bone steak along with the following wines to sample:

-Chianti Classic
-Chianti Riserva
-Vin Santo (or Supertuscan)

Available from the 01 April – 31 October on Tuesdays and Fridays only and must be for a minimum of 2 people.

Price Per Person: From £110

Florence - Explore Pisa and Private Airport Transfer
Leaning tower of Pisa

With few flights departing from Florence airport, most UK flights land in nearby Pisa. Why not extend either your first or last day in Florence with a few hours to see Pisa en route. Pisa is best explored under your own steam. As well as climbing to the top of the Leaning Tower, make sure you leave enough time to visit the church and the frescoes in the buildings within the complex.

Price Per Person: From £135 for 3hrs with driver waiting for you. Please note this does not include entrance tickets which vary between €15-20 per person depending on how many of the sights you want to visit.

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Price Per Person: From £1,975
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What's Included?

  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotel de la Ville – Milan),(Hotel Firenze – Verona),(Hotel Brunelleschi – Florence)
  • Activities as described including Free Complimentary Upgrade to Gold Central Stall seating at the Verona arena
  • Private airport and train transfers
  • 1st Class trains
  • Flights back to the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)

Departures from Gatwick only.

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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