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Italy’s Medieval Rich and Modern Chic

by Travelive Team

16 Nights/ 17 Days

Rome, Ischia, Florence, Stresa, Milan

  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodation in Rome
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodation in Ischia
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodation in Florence
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodation in Stresa
  • 4 Nights Luxury Accommodation in Milan
  • Vatican City Tour and St.Peter’s Basilica
  • Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour
  • Cooking Class Pasta and Gelato Making
  • Secret Castle Experience
  • Florence and Academy Museum
  • Milanese History, Culture, and Fashion
  • Transfers
  • Breakfast Daily


Day 1 Fiumicino Airport to Rome

Welcome to Italy! Once you arrive at Fiumicino Airport, you will meet with your experienced driver and enjoy a relaxing and scenic drive to Rome.

Day 2 Vatican City Tour and St.Peter’s Basilica

Explore the Vatican Museums on today’s exclusive tour, delving into the heart of Catholicism. Immerse yourself in mesmerizing history and breathtaking masterpieces. Marvel at countless treasures, from galleries of statues and tapestries to Raphael’s rooms and the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel. Gaze upon Michelangelo’s renowned “Last Judgment” and search for his self-portrait. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll admire magnificent mosaics, Michelangelo’s Pietà, and Bernini’s Baldachin.

Day 3 Roman Forum and Colosseum Walking Tour

Experience a comprehensive tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Explore the ancient government buildings at the heart of Rome in the Roman Forum. Then, marvel at the iconic Colosseum, the largest ancient amphitheater ever built, and a symbol of Italy’s rich history.

Day 4 The Enchanting Island of Ischia

Today’s journey will take you to Ischia, an Italian gem in the Tyrrhenian Sea, famed for its therapeutic hot springs. Once there, treat yourself to a day of relaxation at Negombo or Poseidon, both renowned for their lush park grounds and rejuvenating spas. Don’t miss a stroll through charming Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte for a taste of the island’s rich history and stunning coastal views.

Day 5 The Artistry of Italian Cuisine

Indulge in a culinary journey around Italy’s flavors and aromas with today’s hands-on cooking class. Under the guidance of an experienced chef, master traditional recipes and techniques. Afterward, savor the fruits of your labor as you feast on the delectable dishes you’ve meticulously prepared, embracing the essence of Italy’s culinary heritage.

Day 6 The Majestic Aragonese Castle

What makes today’s excursion special is the exclusive Aragonese Castle Tour. Perched majestically on the island of Ischia, the Aragonese Castle stands as a timeless symbol of history and fortification. Dating back to ancient times, this imposing fortress offers breathtaking views of the surrounding azure waters, inviting you to explore its storied halls and ramparts. This unique monument is a must-see for every history connoisseur and castle aficionado.

Day 7 La Bella Firenze

Discover the timeless beauty of the Italian countryside on your way to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Once the world capital of art in the 15th century, Florence is a treasure trove of history and culture. Its ancient city center, renowned museums, and iconic landscapes make it a breathtaking destination. From charming streets to picturesque hills, every corner of Florence exudes spectacular beauty. Explore its authentic neighborhoods, visit historic monuments, and immerse yourself in the soul of this remarkable city.

Day 8 The Cradle of the Renaissance

Begin your day at Piazza della Signoria, a beautifully preserved square, where your guide will showcase its highlights. Wander through the medieval streets to reach Piazza del Duomo, home to the magnificent Duomo Complex. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s iconic dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistry with its famous Doors of Paradise. Continue your cultural journey to the Academy Museum and admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, including the renowned statue of David, symbolizing Florentine Renaissance art.

Day 9 Italian Culinary Delights

Today’s exciting tour will take you to MaMa Florence, nestled just in front of the ancient city wall, where you can indulge in a delightful cooking class. This esteemed cooking and wine school offers an immersive journey into the secrets of Italian cuisine. With warm hospitality, expert instructors and chefs unveil the art of crafting Italian delicacies with love. From handmade pasta to Tuscan specialties, pizza, and gelato, there’s a class to satisfy every food lover and a wealth of culinary secrets to discover.

Day 10 Heading to Stresa

On the shores of Lake Maggiore in the Gulf of Borromeo, the charming town of Stresa boasts a spectacular setting overlooking the Borromean Islands. With its picturesque countryside, architectural marvels, and pleasant climate, Stresa is a top destination in Italy. The Borromean Islands, renowned for their magnificent palaces and lush gardens, are a must-visit for art enthusiasts. Stroll along the elegant lakeside promenade lined with luxury villas and grand Art Nouveau hotels, and immerse yourself in the sophisticated atmosphere that has attracted visitors since the late 19th century. Today, Stresa continues to host a variety of cultural, musical, and social events, ensuring a delightful experience for all.

Day 11 Excursion to Castello Baradello

Today’s excursion will take you to Como to explore the magnificent Castello Baradello. Choose your preferred time of day for an exclusive visit, whether it’s a refreshing morning walk, a mysterious midnight exploration, or a romantic sunset aperitivo. As a symbol of Como’s essence, Baradello Castle holds significant historical importance in the Lake Como region. Built by Emperor Federico Barbarossa on ancient fortifications, it offers commanding views over the city and southern Lake Como, providing an awe-inspiring panorama from its towering pinnacle. Located within a protected natural park, reaching the castle is a delightful and leisurely stroll, promising an unforgettable journey through the history, nature, and essence of this remarkable area.

Day 12 Day at Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure and customize your schedule according to your preferences. With a car and driver at your disposal, explore the surroundings of Lake Maggiore and visit significant sites like Santa Caterina del Sasso, a historic hermitage perched on a cliff with captivating views of the Borromeo Gulf. Dating back to the late 13th and early 14th centuries, this site is a picturesque testament to Lake Maggiore’s rich history. Alternatively, self-explore the charming town of Stresa, stroll the picturesque alleys, savor the traditional tastes with lunch at a local restaurant, or visit the Borromean Islands.

Day 13 Journey to Milan

Relax as you journey to the vibrant metropolis of Milan. Known as a global fashion and design hub and a financial center, Milan also boasts a rich cultural heritage. While embracing innovation, this Lombard capital meticulously preserves its illustrious past. Explore its magnificent museums and iconic churches, and witness the harmonious coexistence of tradition and progress in this dynamic city.

Day 14 Milan Duomo Tour

Uncover Milan’s rich history, art, and architectural marvels on today’s enchanting tour. Avoid the crowds with skip-the-line access to the Terrazze del Duomo. Stroll among the spires and statues adorning the Cathedral’s rooftop, soaking in panoramic views of Milan and its iconic landmarks. Descend to explore the Cathedral, Italy’s largest church, adorned with stunning stained glass windows, altars, and the tiburium. Then, delve into the Museo del Duomo within the Royal Palace, revealing the Cathedral’s history through artworks and artifacts. Explore the renowned Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, connecting Milan’s historic center to La Scala theater, and indulge in its elegant shops.

Day 15 Unveiling the City of Trendsetters

Discovering the fashion secrets of Milan is an essential part of experiencing the city’s allure. Today begins at La Scala Museum, celebrating the city’s musical heritage with exhibits dedicated to renowned singers, conductors, and dancers. Nearby, the Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan’s high-fashion district, offers a glimpse into the latest trends and styles. A visit to Palazzo Morando provides insight into Milanese fashion history, showcasing garments, shoes, and accessories from the 17th century to the present. Conclude your experience with an exclusive visit to a haute couture atelier, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the meticulous process of creating stunning fashion pieces. After the tour, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the famous shopping district hosting luxury brands.

Day 16 Aperitivo Experience in Milan

Spend your day in Milan’s chic Navigli district, where the beloved tradition of “apericena” awaits. Discover the neighborhood’s hidden gems while indulging in delectable street food and drinks. Amidst picturesque canals and charming alleyways, savor a charcuterie and cheese platter with a glass of wine, followed by sampling “mondeghili” meatballs. Admire historic barge homes and railing houses, remnants of Milan’s past, before concluding your tour with a mouthwatering “fritto misto” and prosecco, a perfect finale to your Milanese culinary adventure.

Day 17 Departure

As your 17-day adventure comes to an end, filled with cherished memories and countless photographs, it’s time to say goodbye to Italy. Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and ensure you reach the airport in time for your flight back home.

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