Experience Italy like you never thought possible on this Locally-Hosted rail vacation.
About the Tour
Explore the best Italy has to offer on this 16-day locally hosted vacation. Travel by high-speed rail throughout this beautiful country as you visit iconic landmarks and indulge in local cuisine. Guided sightseeing and the services of Local Hosts in each city are sure to help you make the most of Bella Italia.
- First-class rail transportation
- Hotel accommodations for 15 nights
- Breakfast daily
- Local Host service in each city
- Destination Guides
- Sightseeing with local guides in each city
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Bell Tower
- St. Antonino Church
- St. Peter's Square
- Ponte Vecchio
- Gardens of Isola Bella
Day 1 - SorrentoArrive in Sorrento (the nearest airport is Naples). Benvenuto-welcome! Your Local Host is ready to help you maximize your time in the city of olive and lemon groves.
Day 2 - SorrentoMorning guided sightseeing and includes a walk along the old town's characteristic lava stone streets and take pictures of amazing Mount Vesuvius. See the 14th-century Sedil Dominova building; the ancient Bell Tower; and St. Antonino Church, dedicated to Sorrento's patron saint. Visit the Cloister of St. Francis Church and enjoy its unique atmosphere and tranquility. Taste Limoncello and find out how this world-famous liqueur is made.
Day 3 - SorrentoYour Local Host will have options for your day at leisure, such as the best places to shop for locally made intarsio (inlaid woodwork).
Day 4 - Sorrento & RomeTransfer to Naples, then travel by high speed Train (first-class) to Rome.
Day 5 - RomeYour morning guided sightseeing and orientation, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the Vatican Museum to see its amazing treasures. In the Sistine Chapel, where the Conclave is held to elect new Popes, view Michelangelo's The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, see monumental St. Peter's Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle's tomb and home to Michelangelo's masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic Colosseum, built for 50,000 spectators, and the Roman Forum, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located. (Please note the Vatican Museum is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays, therefore your included guided sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day. Please be aware of this variation if making independent arrangements for your time at leisure.)
Day 6 - RomeToday you might want to try some local specialties, like gnocchi alla Romana (semolina dumplings with butter, cheese, and nutmeg) and Frascati wine. Your Local Host will have many recommendations for you.
Day 7 - Rome & FlorenceTravel to Florence this morning by high speed Train (first-class).
Day 8 - FlorenceMorning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the Academy of Fine Arts featuring Michelangelo's original David. Walk through Piazza del Duomo; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city's political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.
Day 9 - FlorenceAsk your Local Host for suggestions to get the most out of your day-you might choose to admire the view from Piazzale Michelangelo or stroll across picturesque Ponte Vecchio.
Day 10 - Florence & VeniceThis morning, travel by high speed train (first-class) to Venice.
Day 11 - VeniceMorning guided sightseeing and orientation with headset, features St. Mark's Square and Basilica with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit Doges' Palace and the evocative Bridge of Sighs. Watch skilled Glassblowers fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner and learn why glass making was so important in Venetian history. Entrances to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.
Day 12 - VeniceFull day to explore at your own pace; your Local Host will have many recommendations.
Day 13 - Venice & Lake MaggioreTravel by high speed Train (first-class) to Milan, then transfer to beautiful Stresa on Lake Maggiore.
Day 14 - Lake MaggioreOn your morning guided sightseeing, take a short boat ride to the opulent Palace and monumental gardens of Isola Bella. Once a rocky island and home to a community of fishermen, it was purchased by Carlo III Borromeo in 1630 and eventually transformed into the beautiful location it is today. Carlo III named the island after his wife, Isabella, and it is still owned by the Borromeo dynasty to the present day.
Day 15 - Lake MaggioreSpend a memorable day at Lake Maggiore Adventure Park or catch the cable car to Mount Mottarone for amazing views of the lakes and Alps. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for you.
Day 16 - Lake MaggioreYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning (nearest airport is Milan Malpensa).
Carlton International, Sorrento
Nestled in lush green grounds, this 76-room Sorrentine style hotel offers a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere in a prime location - in the heart of beautiful Sorrento with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, large sundeck and snack bar. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all public areas and guestrooms.
Dei Borgia, Rome
Located in the heart of Rome just a few steps from the iconic Colosseum, this 80-room, refined Liberty-style hotel offers a welcoming and elegant atmosphere in the popular Monti district where family-run trattorias, hip wine bars, and vintage boutiques can be found in abundance. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout, a breakfast buffet is served every morning in the bright breakfast room, for well-being and relaxation there is a Spa & Wellness area and Italian aperitifs can be enjoyed at the in-house bar. Elegant air conditioned guestrooms mix Old World style with contemporary touches.
Hotel Cellai, Florence
Located in the historic heart of Florence, this upscale 55-room boutique property is housed in a restored 19th-century townhouse with elegant parlors, vaulted wooden ceilings and original Tuscan artwork. There is a bar in the antique library that works on an honor-system, a charming rooftop garden with city views and Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout. Breakfast is served in a lavish mirrored room on a long table decked out with silver candelabras and complimentary tea, coffee and cake are served between 5 and 7 pm daily.
Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice
A plush traditional Venetian style hotel set in a majestic four story building with refined interiors such as Murano glass wall lamps and gilt-edged furniture. Perfectly placed on the Grand Canal, with a vaporetto stop right outside and close to the main train station, this property offers great transportation access with the Rialto Bridge close by. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property which has an elegant fine-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, and a lovely rooftop terrace where drinks are served with views of the spired city skyline as a backdrop. 145 air-conditioned classically styled guestrooms offer coffee/tea-making facilities.
Grand Hotel Bristol, Lake Maggiore
This grandiose 253 room hotel exudes a stylish elegance with its marbled lobby and Bohemian-style crystal chandeliers. Wi-Fi access is available in all the guestrooms and public areas of the hotel with a fee (payable locally). The impressive outdoor swimming pool has panoramic views of the lake and mountains and there is also an indoor swimming pool and 2 Jacuzzis. Local & international cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotels refined restaurants and bar.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.