"You may have the universe if I may have Italy"; -Giuseppe Verdi.
If you have never been to Italy or you are looking to return again, this package will help you to understand what Verdi meant. Experience Italy at its best during this 7-night trip to one of Italy's greatest regions!
You will journey to Lake Como, the third largest lake in Italy and one of the deepest lakes in Europe! Here, you will spend four nights at the four star Albergo dei Laghi. The next three nights will be spent at the magnificent Hotel Antony Palace, a modern building constructed of glass and steel and located in the provence of Venice just 15 minutes of the city center.
What's Included: 7 night Package
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Located in Florence (San Lorenzo), Hotel Giglio is a family-friendly hotel close to Florence Botanical Gardens, San Lorenzo Market, and La Pergola Theater. Also nearby are Statue of David and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
This family-friendly hotel offers a bar/lounge. The staff can provide concierge services, tour/ticket assistance, and tour assistance. Additional amenities include a library, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities.
Open in February 2006 it is a modern structure in steel and crystal, situated in the heart of the most important shopping center of the province of Venice, close to Gaggio Porta Est railway station (only 400 mt, 5 minutes walking) with departures every hour and in a strategic position for the access to the lagoon town and to the main highways.
Located in Turate (Fiera Milano Rho), Albergo dei Laghi is close to Cislago Castle. Additional area attractions include Guffanti Park and Saint Alessandro Parish.
This Turate hotel offers a restaurant and a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is available. Wireless Internet access is complimentary in public areas. Additional amenities include tour/ticket assistance, room service (during limited hours), and dry cleaning/laundry services. Guest parking is complimentary.
With its canals, narrow winding streets and historic palaces, Venice is a place full of romantic charm. Although on most days there are slightly more tourists than residents, the city looks much the same as it did 600 years ago. There are more artistic masterpieces per square mile than any other place, and Venice continues to flood the world with paintings, wines, music and fashion.
Basilica di San Marco:
One of the highlights of a visit to Venice is a stop at the city's famous Basilica, which features five domes. The gilded, cavernous interior is covered in seven centuries' worth of mosaics and contains a magnificent Gothic altarpiece encrusted with nearly 2,000 precious gems. Be sure to visit the outdoor Loggia dei Cavalli balcony, which provides an excellent view of the main square.
The first thing visitors are likely to notice when entering Venice's Piazza San Marco main square is this towering Renaissance clock tower that was built in 1496. The clock mechanism still keeps perfect time, and fittingly this landmark is where Venetians tend to meet up before heading out on the town.
Campanile di San Marco:
For a breathtaking view of Basilica di San Marco and the surrounding Piazza San Marco, take an elevator up to the top of this 318-foot bell tower that has been standing since the 9th century. As the highest structure in the city, the birds-eye-view on a clear day can extend past the red rooftops of Venice to the neighboring islands and even the distant Dolomite Mountains.
Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore:
On the tiny island of San Giorgio Maggiore, this church is a masterpiece of the great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Although he is mostly known for constructing country villas for the wealthy, Palladio's church has two interlocking facades with repeating shapes and columns that are meticulously and harmoniously proportioned.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection:
Somewhere between losing her father on the Titanic, befriending Dadaists and dodging Nazis, heiress Peggy Guggenheim managed to amass 200 avant-garde works of modern art. The collection that resulted includes everything from folk art to internationally recognized artists such as Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian and Dalí. Palazzo Ducale: The pink-and-white marbled Palazzo Ducale was the residence and government center for the doges who ruled Venice for more than a century. The symbol of power was destroyed by a succession of fires in the 14th and 15th centuries but was rebuilt and expanded. Don't miss the impressive Porta della Carta, or "Paper Gate," where doges' official proclamations and decrees were posted in bygone days.
Ponte di Rialto:
Venice's most famous bridge is one of only four to span the Grand Canal, and is lined with shops that lead to the Rialto market. The graceful stone arch was the only bridge across the canal until the 19th century and serves as a great lookout point to spy the gondola-filled waterway below.
This gallery is the leading place to see Venetian art from the 13th to 18th centuries. One of the top museums in Venice, its collection includes a comprehensive showcase of works by all the great masters, including Bellini, Corpaccio, Titian, Tiepolo, and more.
With a history that spans 2,500 the capital city of Italy deserves its nickname of "the Eternal City." Rome's historic center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Vatican Museums and Roman Colosseum are among the world's 50 most visited tourist destinations. The rest of the city serves up the visual treats of ruins, fountains, palaces, churches, basilicas and other monuments in addition to all you'd expect in a modern metropolis.
What to see:
The famous elliptical amphitheater sits in the heart of ancient Rome just east of the Foro Romano. Considered to be one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering, the theater seated 50,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. It's the iconic symbol of Imperial Rome.
Arco di Costantino
This triumphal arch between the Colosseum and Palatine Hill was erected in 315 AD to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge.
In the center of Rome, the Roman Forum is a rectangular plaza that is surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings. For centuries this was the center of public life and the seat of the most powerful government in the world. Although entrance is free, it is suggested you purchase an audio guide in order to understand the hundreds of ruins in this area.
The Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo in 1538, is the main attraction at Capitoline Hill. One of the famous seven hills of Rome, the English word "capitol" actually derives from Capitoline. Today, there are a few ancient ground-level ruins here, most of which are almost entirely covered up by medieval and Renaissance palaces that now house the Capitoline Museums, a group of archeological museums.
The Vatican City
Packed with more history and artwork than most cities in the world, The Vatican is the center of Catholicism and its own sovereign city-state in a walled enclave within the city of Rome. Over 70 million people visit The Vatican City each year to walk through St Peter's Basilica and Square and The Vatican Museum, home to the Sistine Chapel.
St. Peter's Basilica and Piazza di San Pietro
St. Peter's Square is a grand, elliptical plaza boasting 284 Doric columns and a central obelisk that was transported from Egypt to Rome in 37 AD. But the focal point is St. Peter's, the largest Christian church in the world and mother church of the Roman Catholic faith. Don't miss the artworks by Italy's greatest artists inside including those by Raphael and Michelangelo.
The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
The Vatican Museum is the largest museum complex in the world, with a collection of art that spans 3,000 years. Most famous is the Sistine Chapel, decorated with Michelangelo's frescos, but there are countless treasures on display. The museum is so massive and popular it's organized so visitors follow a one-way route.
The only building from ancient Rome that has survived intact is the Pantheon, built in 27 BC. The 142-foot-wide and 142-foot-high building takes the shape of a perfect sphere resting in a cylinder, and is among the architectural wonders of the world. Since the Renaissance, the Pantheon has been used as a burial place for important Italians, and artist Raphael and two Italian kings are among those buried here.
Upscale cafes ring this lively plaza and meeting spot, but the focal point is three lavish fountains that were the pride of Baroque Rome. At the center is the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, while the southern end has the Fontana del Moro with four Tritons and at the northern end is the Fontana del Nepttuno. The plaza is a great place to sit and watch street performers as you enjoy a cappuccino or some gelato.
Fontana di Trevi
The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the entire world. Legend has it if visitors throw a coin into the fountain they will return to Rome, and some say two coins will lead to a new romance and three will ensure either a marriage or divorce. An estimated 3,000 euros (upward of $4,000) are thrown into the fountain each day.
Scalinato di Spagna and Piazza di Spagna
The 135 "Spanish Steps" climb a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna and the Trinitá dei Monti church at the top. The widest staircase in Europe, the stairs were built in the early 18th century to link the Bourbon Spanish Embassy with the church located above. The Piazza di Spagna often hosts concerts and is famous for its Baroque fountain, Fontana della Barcaccia ("Fountain of the Old Boat") that is credited to Pietro Bernini, father of the famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini.