A Taste of Italy with Lake Como (LHE)

10 Day Tour from Rome to Lake Como

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You’ve heard about Italy—its mouth-watering cuisine, excellent wine, fabulous art, splendid beauty, ancient ruins, extraordinary statues, and remarkable architecture—and now it is your turn to experience it. On this Italy tour, get a taste of what the country has to offer and explore its most famous cities: Rome, Florence, and Venice. Have your camera ready as you discover the historical sights of Rome, including the Colosseum, the amphitheater used for deadly gladiatorial contests, and the Sistine Chapel, world-famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings. You’ll see ancient buildings and ruins, and you’ll be able to imagine what life was like thousands of years ago.

Visit San Gimignano, the medieval hilltop town with its tower houses, and enjoy a Chianti wine tasting, followed by lunch. In Florence, known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and often referred to as the art capital of Italy, enjoy an escorted walking tour that includes a visit to see Michelangelo’s famous David, and spend time shopping for local Florentine goods. In Venice, you’ll see the must-see sights, such as St. Mark’s Square and Basilica. You’ll also have time to explore the maze of streets and discover hidden treasures in their back alleys.

Throughout this Italy tour, Globus has arranged VIP access, so rather than waiting in long lines, you’ll skip the lines at the famous sights. This gives you more time to experience the sights and more time to taste Italy’s sumptuous cuisine, shop for Italian goods, explore the stunning churches and museums, and participate in optional excursions.

At the conclusion of your tour, travel to Milan by high-speed train and transfer to beautiful Lake Como for your three nights’ stay. Enjoy a guided walking tour in charming Como including the marble-clad Duomo, and a relaxing boat ride including a visit to picturesque Bellagio with its century-old buildings.

All services at Lake Como, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.

Just imagine the memories you’ll create on this fabulous Italian vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
A special welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum
SAN GIMIGNANO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine tasting and lunch; orientation
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
VENICE
Private boat ride, guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration with exclusive gift; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite farewell drink at Caffé Florian
VENICE ISLAND–LAKE COMO
by high-speed Train
LAKE COMO
Guided walking visit Duomo, boat ride
Headsets throughout the tour

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice; first-class, high-speed train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 special lunch with wine tasting in San Gimignano; 1 special three-course welcome dinner with wine in Rome; farewell drink in Venice

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

DinnerDinner

Day 2 Rome

Globus’ unique guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Rome–San Gimignano–Florence

This morning, drive through Umbria along the Highway of the Sun north into Tuscany and its hill-clad vineyards. On your way to San Gimignano, the medieval hilltop town with its tower houses, enjoy lunch at a local farm, followed by Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a Chianti WINE TASTING. Then, time to walk through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next is Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 4 Florence

During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David, admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and take pictures of Ponte Vecchio. Time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Florence–Venice Island

A spectacular drive through the wooded Apennine Hills brings you to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT to meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE, a favorite location for many movies, and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner, and receive an exclusive gift, just for you!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Venice Island

Immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets, discover Rialto Bridge, and top it all off by enjoying Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a farewell drink at famous CAFFÈ FLORIAN while musicians entertain you. Later, why not join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano, followed by a delicious meal of local specialties?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Venice Island–Lake Como

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Milan, then transfer to beautiful Lake Como. Enjoy a guided walking tour in charming Como, which includes the historic center and the imposing, marble-clad DUOMO. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Lake Como

Experience a relaxing BOAT RIDE on Lake Como for panoramas of stunning mountain scenery and luxury lakeside villas. Disembark at picturesque Bellagio with its century-old buildings, stone lanes, and quaint cobblestone stairways filled with shops; free time for lunch and to explore on your own.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Lake Como

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Lake Como

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Milan Malpensa).

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ALDO MODEO PATTI

Escorting Tours for more than 38 years

I am a proud Italian with a passion for the arts, the history, and the natural, beautiful scenery of this country. I enjoy showing everyone Italy through my eyes. After many years as a Tour Director, I have gotten the nickname "Renaissance Man" from passengers on my tours.

Tour Director - ALDO MODEO PATTI

 Accommodations

Rome
Florence
Venice
Lake Como

Rome

Dei Borgia

First-Class

Dei Borgia Via Palermo 20, Roma,  Italy

Via Palermo 20
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Hotel dei Borgia is located in the center of Rome, just at 10 minutes walking from the main cultural places.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Desk

Florence

Ambasciatori

First-Class

Ambasciatori Via L. Alamanni, 3, Firenze,  Italy

Via L. Alamanni, 3
Firenze, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Modern hotel built in 1930 with well-appointed, tastefully decorated rooms, near the Metro, the Duomo, LaScala and shopping.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Venice

Palazzo Selvadego

First-Class

Palazzo Selvadego San Marco 1238, Venezia,   Italy

San Marco 1238
Venezia, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal enjoys an unparalleled location in Venice overlooking the Grand Canal and next to Ca' Giustinian, the historical headquarters of the Venice Biennale. The hotel is also close to the true heart of the city, St. Mark's Square, and enjoys wonderful views of the Basilica della Salute and the Island of San Giorgio.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access

Lake Como

Barchetta Excelsior

First-Class

Barchetta Excelsior Piazza Cavour 1, Como,   Italy

Piazza Cavour 1
Como, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Overlooking Piazza Cavour, this modern 84-room hotel is just steps away from the shores of Lake Como with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout. Italian and international cuisine is served in the Bistro restaurant on the ground floor where drinks and light meals can also be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace during the summer season. The American lobby bar offers the perfect place to unwind and relax with a drink.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)

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