The Hansen Family Trip 2023

A Private Taste of Italy

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Our tour begins with Rome’s ancient Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel,  continues in Florence with the  Michelangelo’s stunning David and the Uffizi Gallery, the Pisa with the leaning tower, Venice’s timeless St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, and it will end with the beautiful Milan and Como Lake. You’ll also enjoy guided neighborhood walks, memorable meals, and full-bodied Italian wines, fine gelato and the pasta!

Como

Milan

Rome

Venice

Milan

Pisa

Brief Itinerary:

  1. Saturday March 25th: Leaving US.
  2. Sunday March 26th: Arrive in Rome.
  3. Monday March 27th: Vatican City guided tour and walking tour of the city center. Dinner in Rome
  4. Tuesday March 28th: Full day tour of Pompeii and visit to Naples.
  5. Wednesday March 29th: Colosseum guided tour in the morning, free rest of the day in Rome.
  6. Thursday March 30th: Train to Florence and walking tour of the city.
  7. Friday March 31st: Day tour to Pisa and free rest of the day.
  8. Saturday April 1st: Train to Venice and city visit.
  9. Sunday April 2nd: Boat tour of Murano.
  10. Monday April 3rd: Train to Milan and walking tour of the city.
  11. Tuesday April 4th: Day trip to Como.
  12. Wednesday April 5th: Return to USA

These prices are an estimate of the actual costs. I will do my best to keep the costs as closes possible to the estimate.

$3,950 ($658 x 6 payments) per double occupancy

(First Payment August 2022 – Last Payment January 2023)

NB: these prices don’t include the airfare

Milan, Italy

Itinerary

1. Saturday March 25th

Leaving US

2. Sunday March 26th

Arrive in Rome.

Private Transfert from Airport to the Hotel

We’ll stay at the Hotel delle Nazioni, located in the city center, 1 minute walking from the  Trevi Fountain.

Click here to see the hotel 

 

 

3. Monday March 27th

Private Transfer from Hotel to Vatican City

Today we’ll have a tour of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo. For the most adventoures is possible to visit Sant Peter Dome with the elevator and 320 steps or without elevator 551 steps.

We’ll end the day with dinner in the city center and a little  Walking Tour of the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

 

4. Tuesday March 28th

Today, with two private vans, we’ll spend the day visiting Pompeii and Naples where we’ll enjoy a real pizza.

After we’ll be back in Rome, you’ll have free time for the rest of the day, for souvenires or for discover the Rome that you want.

5. Wednesday March 29th

Today we’ll go to the Colosseum in the morning for a private guided tour.

After the Colosseum tour, you’ll have free time for the rest of the day, for souvenires or for discover the Rome that you want.

6.Thursday March 30th

Good bye Rome, welcome Florence…

Today we’ll leave Rome with the fast train and we’ll go to Florence where we’ll stay at the  Atlantic Palace Hotel  (Hotel 4stars Superior Rooms) for two nights.

Click here to see the hotel 

In these two days we’ll visit the city and we’ll eat good food and drink good wine.

We’ll have dinner at the Osteria Santo Spirito and you’ll taste the amazing GNOCCHI! (included in the package).

7. Friday March 31st

Enjoy an unforgettable and splendid excursion through the fertile and picturesque Tuscan countryside to the historic university city of Pisa, famous for its architectural beauty.

Upon arrival in Pisa, your informative guide will take you on a thorough guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and its monuments. You will be dazzled by this marvellous square which is dominated by the Cathedral, a model of the distinctive Pisan Romanesque architecture, the celebrated Leaning Tower and the round- shaped Baptistery surrounded by its suggestive columned arcades.

The commentary of our guide will be particularly focused on the Leaning Tower one of the wonders of the world. You will be enthralled by the history and the leaning structure of the Tower which stirs the imagination of all visitors. Then our guide will lead you through the historical quarter where you can admire the Church of San Sisto, one of the oldest churches in Pisa.

After a pleasant guided walk you will reach Piazza dei Cavalieri which was the political centre in the middle Ages. Our guide will introduce this amazing square where you can admire the historic Scuola Normale, one of the most famous universities in the world, the house of Count Ugolino della Gherardesca also called “Conte Ugolino Tower” as told by Dante in the Divine Comedy. Passing the famous medieval Tower houses, you will be captivated by the explanation provided by our guide about the history of these particular buildings.

While walking y through the downtown streets, you can admire the ancient house where Giacomo Leopardi lived. Then you will reach the amazing Piazza Arcivescovado where the impressive Palazzo Vescovile is located. After the guided tour you will have free time at your disposal.

Free rest of the day in Florence.

 

 

 

8. Saturday April 1st

Today we’ll move to Venice with the fast train

In Venice we’ll stay at the Hotel Santa Chiara (4 Stars Deluxe Room).

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE HOTEL

After the Check-in in the hotel we’ll take a private Taxi Boat on the Grand Canal to San Marco Square

After we walked in the city, we’ll have a dinner at the Antica Sacrestia Restaurant (Dinner included in the package)

 

 

9. Sunday April 2nd

Today we’ll spend the morning visiting Murano, famous for glass factories and glassmaking museum.

Enjoy the rest of the day on your own dedicated to tours, gondola raid, shopping.

 

10. Monday April 3rd

Today we’ll say goodbye to Venice and we’ll travel to Milan by train.

Arrived in Milan, we’ll stay at the NYX Hotel (4 Stars Down to Earth Rooms).

Click here to see the hotel 

We’ll walk in the city in the afternoon to admire the Chatedral and the famous Galleria.

11. Tuesday April 4th

Today we’ll take the local train to Como where we’ll visit the city center and …

we’ll have a private boat ride on the beautiful lake.

After the boat ride on the lake, we’ll take the funicolar to Brunate, a little town on Como Hills 

 

where we’ll have a traditional lunch with local products at Bellavista Restaurant (lunch included in the package).

 

 

12. Wednesday April 5th

Time to go home. So sorry but today we’ll have the flight to go back to US.

A private transfer we’ll take us to the airport where we’ll have the flight to go home. Bye Bye Italy, hope to see you soon.

 

*Hotels subject to change. If because unforeseen circumstances change need to be made, replacement Hotels will be equally as awesome as above.

Old Bridge, Florence

What’s Included

  • Full-time services of a professional Italian Emanuele Dickinson guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan.
  • 10 nights’ accommodations  in 4 stars Hotels centrally located.
  • All breakfasts .
  • All transfers Airport/Hotel – Hotel Airport.
  • All Fast Train rides between the cities.
  • One dinner in Rome, one in Florence and one in Venice. Lunch in Como (Drinks not included).
  • Boat ride in Como and Venice.
  • Tour of the Vatican City and the Colosseum.
  • Tour of Pisa.
  • Tour of Murano in Venice.
  • Day trip to Como by train.
  • All tips for guides and driver.
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

What’s not Included

  • Airfare roundtrip US/Italy
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Gratuities for private transfer drivers and hotels staff
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Everything not mentioned under “what’s Included”

NB: My tours are physically active! On my 10/12 days tour in Italy, you’ll need to happily…

  • Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways (in some cases) to reach your hotel.
  • Travel from a city to another city by fast train.
  • Be on your feet, walking and standing, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions. Comfortable shoes are raccomanded.

After orientation and transportation lessons, you’ll be able to navigate cities on your own,  keep the Hotel business card always with you, it will be easier to get back to the hotel if you feel lost.

Tour Conditions Agreement

Cancellations, refunds, and credits: Tour deposits are refundable up to 120 days prior to the tour’s departure date. Deposits made 91–150 days before a tour departs become non-refundable after 30 days. Deposits made 68-90 days before a tour departs become non-refundable on the final payment due date. If you book a tour less than 67 days before its departure date, the entire tour cost becomes non-refundable after 7 days, but may be creditable in the case of a Creditable Event, as outlined below. Once your deposit refund date has passed, your deposit will not be refunded under any circumstance.

Tour price guarantee: The price for the tour you’ve selected will be locked and guaranteed the moment we receive your deposit. (Note: Our tour prices do not include airfare and may change without notice.)

Itineraries are subject to change: Europe is full of surprises, and we need to be flexible enough to take advantage of whatever comes along (good or bad!) so that we may provide you with the best possible tour. Uncompleted portions of the tour itinerary are not cause for refund.

Airfare: Airfare are usually NOT REFUNDABLE after the purchaise. In some cases Airline Companies can give you credit for another trip.

Tours

(Included and not Included)

Rome

Vatican City

TOUR INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE

Vatican City
Discover the Vatican on an intimate small-group tour of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums with an expert guide and a group of up to 20 people. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo.
  • See captivating sites such as the Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps, and Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard
  • Audio headsets are provided to make sure you can hear your guide clearly at all times
  • With a reserved Skip-the-Line entrance, head straight into the Vatican to explore the museums with your dedicated art historian guide

City Tour By Bus

Not Included in the package

More Info about Bus Tour

This is the fastes and more comfortable way to visit the city. You can Hop on / Hop off  and visit what you prefer. With a comfortable App on your phone you’ll have access to the city map and decide when Hop off. You can start the tour at the time you prefer.

St. Peter's Dome

Tour Not Included in the Package

St. Peter's Dome

Tour Not Included in the Package

St. Peter's Dome

Tour Not Included in the Package

St. Peter's Dome

St. Peter’s Dome (Cupola di San Pietro), one of Italy’s most famous monuments, doesn’t technically stand on Italian soil—it sits a top St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Michelangelo’s architectural masterpiece is a symbol for Catholics around the globe and, as the highest dome in the world, offers spectacular views across St. Peter’s Square and Rome.

Enjoy a rare bird’s-eye view over Rome with this tour of St. Peter’s Basilica that includes a climb to the top of its dome. Visit St. Peter’s Square and church with an art historian guide to marvel at its Renaissance art and architecture. Then head underground to see the grottoes and St. Peter’s tomb before climbing the dome to admire the church interiors and the surrounding city from above.

From $52

Colosseum

Tour Included in the Package

Colosseum

Tour Included in the Package

Colosseum

Tour Included in the Package

Colosseum

We’ll spend the morning visiting the Colosseum with a specialist in History to discover all the secrets about this magical place and the Forum, the birthplace of Rome ancient.

Pompeii

Tour NOT Included in the Package

Pompeii

Tour NOT Included in the Package

Pompeii

Tour NOT Included in the Package

Pompeii

Tour NOT Included in the Package

Pompeii

Tour NOT Included in the Package

Pompeii
Visit Pompeii, one the world’s most interesting and important archaeological sites, and marvel at the impressive ruins that remain from the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79.

Explore the remnants of the prosperous Roman town and witness the tragic plaster casts of its citizens that were preserved in the volcanic ash. The tour includes a stop off at Naples for a brief panoramic view of the city before making your way to Pompeii.

Head out of Rome and take the Autostrada del Sole south through the beautiful Italian countryside, admiring the rolling hills of Lazio and Campania. Enjoy a panoramic overview of Italy’s largest and most vibrant city, Naples, before heading south again to Pompeii. Once you reach the town of Pompeii, you will enjoy a tasty lunch. A real Neapolitan pizza! After lunch, you will visit one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Pompeii, with Skip the Line entrance and a guided tour.

Once a thriving Roman town, Pompeii was destroyed by the unforeseen AD79 eruption of Vesuvius, which lies in between the town and Naples. Take yourself back in time to imagine the daily life in the settlement and put yourself in the shoes of the men and women who lost their lives that fateful day. Then witness the harrowing moulds of the victims themselves, preserved imprinted in the ash that surrounded them.

The tour include:

Full day, 13 hours 

Transport

Pick-up available from the meeting point. 

Transport

Drinks

1 drink

Meals

Lunch with an authentic Neapolitan Pizza

Ticket

Fast-track entry

 Pompeii entrance fee

Others

Guide

Price $ 120 per person

Florence

Uffizi Museum

Not Included in the Package

Uffizi Museum

The Uffizi Galleries (Gallerie degli Uffizi) houses one of the world’s most significant collections of art, drawing in more than a million annual visitors who wish to cast eyes upon its many masterpieces. Set in the heart of Florence, the museum contains the works of artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Giotto, among others. It is the premier place to view Italian Renaissance art and is the most-visited museum in Italy.

From $32

David

Not Included in the Package

Galleria dell'Accademia

Once one of Europe’s oldest drawing schools, Florence’s Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) is now one of the city’s most visited museums, home to one of the world’s most impressive works of Renaissance art—Michelangelo’s 17-foot-tall (5.2-meter-tall) David. Other works on display include 15th- and 16th-century paintings by the likes of Botticelli and Lippi, unfinished Michelangelo sculptures, and a museum of musical instruments.

From $20

Boboli Garden

Not Included in the Package

Boboli Garden

Skip the line to visit Florence’s famous Renaissance gardens.

The Boboli Gardens are one of the greatest open-air museums in Florence that embraces another site of culture in Florence, the Pitti Palace. The park hosts centuries-old oak trees, sculptures, fountains and offers peaceful shelter from the warm Florentine sun in summer, the beautiful colors of the changing foliage in the fall and smells of blooming flowers in the spring.

Its creation and development spans four hundred years, from the 15th and 19th centuries.

From $26

Pitti Palace

Not Included in the Package

Pitti Palace

Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) was built by Luca Pitti in the 1400s. A century later, Duchess of Florence Eleonora di Toledo purchased the Renaissance palazzo for her husband, Cosimo I de’ Medici, and it remained the official residence of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany until the early 20th century. Today, Pitti Palace is Florence’s largest museum complex.

Come and visit the last Medici residence in Florence. The museum takes place through the daily life of the Medici Grand Dukes family, from Cosimo I to the last descendants (early 18th century), Ferdinando, Gian Gastone and lastly Anna Maria Luisa also known as the Palatine Electress to whom it is dedicated the museum. The successors of the Medici, the Habsburg Lorraine, up to the first King of Italy with adjoining Royal apartments.
In addition to the civic and political function of the rooms, the museum also preserves a private collection of Florentine paintings, ancient statues, furniture and mosaics of great beauty and historical importance. Not to mention the frescoes that decorate the ceilings and walls.

From $35

Florence Dome

Not Included in the Package

Florence Dome

Towering above Florence, Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome (Cupola del Brunelleschi) is an important engineering and architectural feat. Completed in 1436, the fact that this symbol of the city still stands tall over the Duomo more than 600 years later is testament to Brunelleschi’s mastery. Climb to the top for some of the best views over Florence.

Get inside one of Florence’s best-known buildings on this skip-the-line guided tour of the Duomo, including its famous dome. Climb to the top of the Cupola to enjoy spectacular views over Florence and to see Vasari’s beautiful frescoes up close.
  • Skip-the-line tour of the cathedral and dome in Florence
  • Climb into the iconic dome of the Florence Duomo to see its amazing construction
  • See Vasari frescoes and stained glass windows up close
  • Enjoy incredible views over the city from the top of the dome

Dome's Terraces

Not Included in the Package

Dome's Terraces
Unlock the secrets of Florence’s famous Duomo—an architectural marvel designed in the 15th century and the icon of the Renaissance city. Learn about the history of Brunelleschi’s red-roofed dome as you climb to its very top, stopping along the way to explore hidden terraces and chambers not open to the general public. Be rewarded by panoramic views of Florence. Skip-the-line admission includes a guided tour of the cathedral and crypt.
  • Guided tour of Florence’s iconic Duomo
  • Learn the fascinating history behind Brunelleschi’s architectural marvel
  • Climb to the very top of the dome to take in stunning panoramic views of the city below
  • Gain access to secret terraces and rooms not open to the general public

From $95

Giotto's Bell Tower

Not Included in the Package

Giotto's Bell Tower

After Brunelleschi’s soaring dome, Giotto’s elegant bell tower (Campanile di Giotto) is perhaps the most recognized landmark emerging above the rooftops of Florence. Admire the intricate polychrome marble covering the entire 270-foot (82-meter) height, and climb the more than 400 steps (NO ELEVATOR) to the top for one of the best views over Florence.

Earn some of the best views in Florence with a exhilarating climb to the top of Giotto’s Bell Tower that stands tall beside the Duomo. A guide is with you every step of the way and back down on the ground, where you’ll get an up-close look at the famous baptistery doors and original treasures by Michelangelo, Ghiberti, and other masters inside the Opera del Duomo museums.
  • Experience the Florence Cathedral from different perspectives on a new combo tour
  • Climb more than 400 steps to the top of Giotto’s Bell Tower for panoramic views
  • Get expert insight into the Duomo’s history and construction
  • See the original baptistery doors and other devotional art at the Duomo museum complex

From $30

Venice

Gondola Ride

Not Included in the Package

Gondola Ride

Is not possible to buy tickets for the Gondola, the only way is to go there and pay directly to the Gondolier.

I advise to use the Venice Gondolier Association that is located in front of S.Lorenzo Column

Murano & Burano

Tour Included in the Package

Murano & Burano

Tour Included in the Package

Murano & Burano tour
Explore the intricacies of two famed Italian handicrafts on a fully guided day trip from Venice to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano with a small group of up to 20 people. Watch centuries-old glassblowing techniques in Murano, and marvel at the detailed stitches of exquisite Burano lace. Your knowledgeable guide will share the history of these two artisan islands while you visit local workshops and wander the picturesque streets.
  • Watch local craftsmen at work in a Murano glass workshop
  • Browse an impressive collection of glass artwork
  • See Burano lace being made by local islanders
  • Visit the Burano Lace Museum independently
  • Enjoy transportation by a private boat, exclusively for your tour group.
  • Enjoy an intimate tour experience with a small group of 20 people or fewer

St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

Not Included in the Package

St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
The entrance lines at Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica can sometimes feel like they last forever. Bypass the annoyance of waiting in long queues by prebooking this Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica Skip-the-Line Small-Group Tour. Perfect for those with a limited time in Venice, you’ll visit both big attractions with a guide leading the way and loading you with historical info you wouldn’t hear otherwise.
  • Get special, skip-the-line access to Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Avoid large tour groups with this small-group tour of up to 15 people
  • Audio headsets are provided so you don’t miss your guide’s commentary
  • Choose from a morning or afternoon tour time depending on your preference.
  • From $ 78.50

The Real Hidden Venice

Not Included in the Package

The Real Hidden Venice
Discover a side of Venice many tourists never see with this ‘secret Venice’ walking tour. Join your Venetian guide for a stroll through authentic local neighborhoods and past captivating hidden gems. Delve into the history and lore of the Jewish Ghetto, Cannaregio, and San Polo districts, stopping to admire its quiet canals and tiny artisan workshops that still handcraft traditional masks and gondolas.
  • Take a break from the crowds by visiting Venice’s quieter districts
  • Learn about the history of the city and daily life today from your guide
  • Visit little-known treasures plus famous sights like the Rialto Bridge
  • A small-group tour for a more intimate experience and relaxed pace

From $ 45

Milan

The Cathedral

Not Included in the Package

The Cathedral

Not Included in the Package

The Cathedral

Not Included in the Package

The Cathedral

There are so many tours about this beautiful Cathedral, I think the best is the Roof tour (with elevator).

It’s amazing walking on the roof and see how much marble they used to build this church and the city view….

If you want to visit also the Cathedral, you need to buy the Duomo Pass Lift that costs $ 30.

City Tour By Bus

Not Included in the Package

Bus Tour

A central line in the heart of Milan that allows you to discover all the Milan Highlights more quickly.
A path that, in less than 1 hour, crosses the streets of shopping, art and culture.

From $ 20

The Sforzesco Castle

Not Included in the Package

The Castle

Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is a medieval fortress built by the Visconti dynasty that became home to Milan’s ruling Sforza family in 1450. Stark and domineering, the historic brick castle has massive round battlements, an imposing tower overlooking the central courtyard and surrounding Parco Sempione gardens, and defensive walls designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Today the castle houses a number of world-class museums and galleries.

From $45

Last Supper

Not Included in the Package

Last Supper
Marvel at one of the most iconic works of art in the world without the hassle of waiting in line with this fast-track “Last Supper” tour. Skip the lines to enter Santa Maria delle Grazie and take in Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece with a guide to learn fascinating facts and history about this famous fresco. Headsets are provided so you don’t miss a word of commentary in the crowded refectory.
  • Priority access to Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” to make the most of your time
  • A guide for an in-depth explanation of the fresco’s history and composition
  • Easy meeting point directly outside the Santa Maria delle Grazie church
  • Headsets to follow your guide’s commentary even in a crowd

From $67

BASIC ITALIAN WORDS

Emanuele Leoni Dickinson
(Pac&Go Founder)

Independent Travel Agent

in collaboration with

American Travel Bureau, Lancaster CA (USA)

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