Italian Highlights with Lake Maggiore (LZE)

13 Day Tour from Rome to Lake Maggiore

2016 Tour Details

This is the perfect vacation to see Italy’s highlights—from the historical treasures in Rome and the splendid art in Florence to the picturesque, walled medieval town of San Gimignano and the romantic canals in Venice. On this Italy tour, you’ll of course visit the famous sights on your sightseeing tours, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum in Rome, St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the glass-domed Galleria in Milan, the medieval square in Siena, Juliet’s balcony in Verona, and the Santa Croce Basilica with Michelangelo’s tomb in Florence. You’ll even join a Venetian lagoon cruise to the picturesque fishing village of Burano, known for its bright pastel-colored houses.

But that’s not all…Globus has also arranged special adventures and experiences for you on this Italy tour. For example, learn how Chianti wine is made and even sample some at Verrazzano Castle. In Rome, an expert Local Guide will take you to St. Peter in Chains, the 5th-century church that is home to Michelangelo’s famous Moses statue, commissioned by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century.

At the conclusion of your tour, transfer to Stresa, Lake Maggiore for three nights. Your guided sightseeing includes a boat ride and visit to the opulent Palace and stunning Gardens of Isola Bella. All services at Lake Maggiore, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.

Italy is an amazing country filled with beautiful art, magnificent architecture, extensive history, sumptuous cuisine, fine wines, and friendly people. You’ll experience its splendor on this fabulous vacation highlighting Italy’s most-treasured places. Be sure to pack your camera, because you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities along the way.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Welcome dinner at the rooftop restaurant of your hotel overlooking Rome; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite admire Michelangelo’s Moses in St. Peter in Chains; visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum
SIENA
Walking tour including Piazza del Campo
SAN GIMIGNANO
Orientation
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square, and Santa Croce Basilica
PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
VERRAZZANO CASTLE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine tasting and lunch
BURANO
Lagoon cruise and island visit
VENICE
Private water taxi ride by night; glassblower demonstration; private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs
VERONA
Walking tour including Juliet’s balcony and the Arena
MILAN
Walking tour, visit the museum of La Scala Opera House and the Galleria; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
LAKE MAGGIORE
Guided sightseeing and boat ride to Isola Bella to visit the baroque palace and peacock gardens
Headsets throughout the tour

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat ride and lagoon cruise in Venice. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch with wine, at Verrazzano Castle; 2 three-course dinners with wine, a special welcome dinner in Rome and a special farewell dinner in Milan

 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 enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special welcome dinner with wine at the rooftop restaurant of your hotel overlooking Rome.

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Day 2 Rome

Your guided tour focuses on religious Rome: visit the fascinating VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA and admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.

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Day 3 Rome

This morning, your Local Guide will take you first to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ST. PETER IN CHAINS to see Michelangelo’s famous Moses, followed by visits to the magnificent COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. Then, time to savor la dolce vita or join an optional excursion.

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Day 4 Rome–Siena–San Gimignano–Florence

In Siena, enter the impressive medieval walls and walk through ancient, narrow lanes to PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, site of the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race. Then, continue through unforgettable landscapes of gently rolling, vine-clad hills to hilltop San Gimignano, and walk through the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns. Next is Florence, the splendid capital of Tuscany and birthplace of the Renaissance.

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Day 5 Florence

During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to see 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 visit SANTA CROCE BASILICA with the tomb of Michelangelo. The afternoon is free to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry sold by the ounce, which are attractive buys. And tonight is your chance to try out the culinary delights of a fine Tuscan restaurant.

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Day 6 Florence. Excursion to Pisa & Verrazzano Castle

A fast journey will bring you to Pisa. Here, take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 12 feet out of the perpendicular. Then, the highlight of today: hear about the fine art of blending four types of grapes to obtain the famous Chianti at VERRAZZANO CASTLE; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a WINE TASTING and lunch before returning to Florence.

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Day 7 Florence–Venice Island. Excursion to Burano

A spectacular drive through the wooded Apennine Mountains brings you to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Join an unforgettable Venetian LAGOON CRUISE to the picturesque fishing village of Burano, renowned for its bright pastel-colored houses and for its lace making. Take pictures of traditional fishing boats, still used by the island inhabitants. Continue to the island of Murano. This evening, transfer to ST. MARK’S SQUARE by PRIVATE WATER TAXI to discover Venice by night. Exciting optional excursions are available: dinner in one of Venice’s excellent restaurants and a gondola ride through its canals.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Venice Island

This morning, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner before boarding your PRIVATE BOAT to ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Meet your Local Guide for a walking tour including visits to the byzantine ST. MARK’S BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, enjoy Venice at your own pace.

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Day 9 Venice Island–Verona–Milan

In Verona, the medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, take pictures of Juliet’s balcony and rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck. Next, admire the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater, where gladiators used to fight. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Then, on to the dynamic city of Milan, hub of Italy’s economic miracle. Visit the MUSEUM of the famous La Scala Opera House, the glass-domed GALLERIA, and admire the magnificent gothic Duomo. A special farewell dinner with wine at Calafuria Unione restaurant has been prepared as a proper way to say arrivederci, Italia!

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Day 10 Milan–Lake Maggiore

Transfer to beautiful Stresa on Lake Maggiore. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay.

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Day 11 Lake Maggiore

Morning guided sightseeing includes a boat ride to ISOLA BELLA for a visit to its opulent PALACE and GARDENS.

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Day 12 Lake Maggiore

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

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Day 13 Lake Maggiore

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

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 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.

IGOR SPINELLI

Years of Experience: 10

Italy is a treasure trove of art, culture, and history. But that's not all. It is matched with warm people that still know how to enjoy life, incredible food and wine, picturesque little villages, and breathtaking scenery. I am proud and delighted every time I see Italy's magic shining in my guests' eyes. That is what I love the most about being an Italian Tour Director.

Tour Director - IGOR SPINELLI

 Accommodations

Rome
Florence
Venice
Milan
Lake Maggiore

Rome

Mediterraneo

First-Class

Mediterraneo Via Cavour 15, Rome,   Italy

Via Cavour 15
Rome, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Classic Italian Art Deco; soundproofed rooms, modern amenities blend with original period furnishings and character; downtown.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

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

Florence

Starhotel Michelangelo

Superior First-Class

Starhotel Michelangelo Viale F.Lli Rosselli 2, Florence,   Italy

Viale F.Lli Rosselli 2
Florence, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Modern 7-story Hotel situated downtown, 2 blocks from the Arco River, 800 meters from Central railway station.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

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

Venice

MGallery LaGare at Murano

First-Class

MGallery LaGare at Murano Riva Longa 27 - Isola Di Murano, Venezia,  Italy

Riva Longa 27 - Isola Di Murano
Venezia, Italy

Hotel Amenities

Room Amenities

Milan

Starhotels Ritz

First-Class

Starhotels Ritz Via Spallanzani 40, Milano,   Italy

Via Spallanzani 40
Milano, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Modern 8-story Hotel situated in main shopping area, 1/2 km from Duomo Square.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

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

Lake Maggiore

Grand Hotel Bristol

Grand Hotel Bristol Corso Umberto I, 73, Stresa,  Italy

Corso Umberto I, 73
Stresa, Italy

This grandiose 253 room hotel exudes a stylish elegance with its marbled lobby and Bohemian-style crystal chandeliers. Wi-Fi access is avilable 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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Room Service
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Rome
Florence
Venice
Lake Maggiore

Rome

Excursion to Tivoli

Excursion to Tivoli

Drive along the ancient Via Tiburtina to the hilltop town of Tivoli for a guided visit of Villa d'Este, one of the most beautiful residences of the Renaissance. Its countless fountains, set in the heart of magnificent Italian-style gardens, create a delightfully graceful symphony of carved stone, shade, sunlight, and water.

Approximate value: €52 EUR per person

Roman Drive and Dinner

Roman Drive and Dinner

Enjoy an unforgettable drive through some of the "Eternal City's" more exclusive streets. Marvel at the impressive piazzas, fountains, ancient buildings in all their majesty, and much more. This tour will include a 4-course dinner, with wine and soft drinks, at a popular Roman restaurant.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

Roman Highlights

Roman Highlights

To make the most out of your stay join the Local Guide for a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the city's authentic jewels. With our optional walking tour you will have the chance to see the famous Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and other sites and squares of Rome made famous in the movie Angels and Demons. A life-time experience!

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

Florence

Florentine Dinner

Florentine Dinner

Would you like to enjoy a special evening in Florence? Well here's your chance. Savor a classic 4-course Florentine dinner with coffee and drinks, at a fine restaurant in the superb location of Santa Croce Square. Begin with the famous "Antipasto Toscano", a selection of the best local olives, cheese, salami and home made 'focaccia bread', followed by a regional pasta dish and typical Tuscan style beef or fish for the main course. If you still have room you can end this delicious meal by indulging yourself with a sinful dessert - After all you are on holiday!

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

With your Local Guide, visit one of the earliest museums in modern Europe with the world's finest collection of Italian and Florentine art. Gain fascinating insight into paintings by the great Masters Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscany is known for its gorgeous landscapes, its rich traditions, long history and culture but Tuscany still has more to offer with its great food and wine. Tonight drive out to the rolling Chianti Hills and enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal, including coffee and drinks, in a picturesque country setting. This wonderful dinner with regional dishes is prepared using the finest local ingredients - Realize your dreams and live the Tuscan life for an evening!

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

Venice

A Venetian Night Out

A Venetian Night Out

Taste four mouth-watering courses of local specialties and wine or soft drinks at a fine Venetian restaurant. After dinner, time to explore and absorb the unique, romantic atmosphere of Venice by night.

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

Gondola Serenade

Gondola Serenade

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas. These long, narrow, flat-bottomed boats with a high prow and stern were designed specifically for the Venetian canals and made in unique shipyards called Squero. Black is the obligatory color, due to a law passed to reduce how the rich and noble over-decorated their personal craft. The comb at the front of the gondola is made of iron and serves not only to balance the boat, but is also the symbol of gondolas and Venice. The six comb teeth represent the six Venetian districtsi sestieri. Note: the gondola is to be shared with other guests (maximum 6 participants on each gondola). There will be one musician on board of one of the gondola boats in your fleet.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Lake Maggiore

Excursion to Isola Madre

Excursion to Isola Madre

Cruise to famous Isola Madre, the largest of the Borromeon Islands. Known for its tranquil, enchanting atmosphere. Its English-style gardens, where all manner of peacocks, parrots and pheasants roam freely, are full of rare plants and exotic flowers such as flowering hibiscus, scented espaliers of citrons and Ginkgo trees, creating the charm of a tropical land. Isola Madre is particularly famous for its azalea, rhododendron, and camellia blossoms but is also home to pergolas of ancient wisteria and two hundred year old Cashmere Cyprus, one of the largest examples in Europe. Explore the reconstruction of period rooms, and the collection of liveries, dolls and porcelain housed there. The exhibition of "Teatrini delle Marionette" (small puppet theatres) dating from the seventeenth/nineteenth centuries is also truly exceptional. Isola Madre leaves the visitor with a feeling of extreme elegance, thanks to the care and attention paid to the gardens and to the interiors.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

Lake Maggiore Adventure Park (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Lake Maggiore Adventure Park (2 Adults + 2 Children)

The perfect blend of nature and adventure! Spend a memorable day nestled in the beautiful Lake Maggiore countryside while running wild in the nature! Rock climbing, crossing suspended bridges, bouncing to incredible heights, shooting down breath-taking waterslides, pedaling across rough terrain. Hundreds of ways to have fun and test your limits, as a family or with friends. You'll be in one of the most beautiful spots in Italy, overlooking the shores of Lake Maggiore, in Baveno, nestled between the shimmering gems of the Borromean Islands, dotted along the crystalline lake and the majestic profile of the Mottarone peak.

Approximate value: €160 EUR per group

Picnic in the Gardens of Villa Pallavicino

Picnic in the Gardens of Villa Pallavicino

Don't miss out this unique chance to experience a picnic in the park of Villa Pallavicino. Your Local Host will provide a picnic basket full of local delicacies. Travel on the local commuter train and arrive inside the park of the stunning Villa. This huge garden situated on the southern part of Stresa has a considerable variety of trees. You'll picnic amidst an Italian garden with fish-ponds, hothouses and a very nice rose-garden. Just relax and enjoy the day!

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person

Romantic Candlelight Dinner on Lake Maggiore

Romantic Candlelight Dinner on Lake Maggiore

Take your other half to a romantic candle light dinner in Last Hall restaurant in Baveno located in the exceptional Grand Hotel Dino. Choose your 3 course menu from a selection of dishes, drinks and coffee included. The mix of modern and classic decor along side the modernisation of some classic Italian dishes truly does make for a great evening. Menu: Marinated beef with quenelle of parmesan ice cream and red pepper jam carmagnola OR Prawns rolled in bacon, potato cake with reduction of Passito wine from Nebbiolo *** Ravioli with eggplant and smoked cheese with alpine butter, nuts and vegetables OR Risotto with saffron and sausage of Bra *** Guinea fowl boned and stuffed with our local bacon, vegetables and olives Novaro, julienne zucchini and leeks OR Fillet of sea bass in potato crust, Ligurian olives and cherry tomatoes *** Rustic potatoes Vegetable from garden *** Box of ice cream with apricot purre OR Carpaccio of pineapple marinated with citrus and spices with vanilla ice cream Drinks: 1 bottle of regional wine and 1 bottle of water every two people. Coffee is also included.

Approximate value: €65 EUR per person

Three Lakes

Three Lakes

In one day, you can experience the beauty and majesty of three of the most beautiful Alpine Lake regions in the world. Enjoy a full-day excursion to these "Three Lakes." Starting from Lake Maggiore, with the floating castles of Cannero, cross the mountains to Lake Lugano, Switzerland, for a stroll along the promenade. Later, head back to Italy's Lake Como with Villa Carlotta, famous for its gardens and ceiling frescoes (entrance not included), 14th-century cathedral, and many silk shops.

Approximate value: €67 EUR per person

Walking Tour and Local Wine Tasting Experience

Walking Tour and Local Wine Tasting Experience

Join now your Local Host for an incredible walking tour to discover the hidden gems of Stresa. Be fascinated by the Belle Epoque atmosphere that you can enjoy strolling along the promenade. Did you know Ernest Hemingway set part of his novel A Farewell to Arms in the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees? Finish off in style enjoying a glass of white and red wine with a plate of local specialties at a local winery.

Approximate value: €36 EUR per person

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