Imagine yourself walking under the ivy adorned porticos of the Trastevere neighborhood, or tasting the smooth finish of your next glass of wine at a café overlooking the Colosseum. Try to place yourself in the main square of a mediaeval castle hill town, where time stands still. Close your eyes and think about the intense tomato, sharp pecorino cheese, and just perfect pasta dish of your last night in Italy. These are just a few of the memories you will create on this very special self-guided tour to Rome.
Lovely Accommodations in Historic Center with Private Bath and Daily Breakfast.
Arrival to the Rome airport, your private driver is waiting for you to arrive. He will meet you outside baggage claim, and have a private transport take you and your luggage from the airport to your Rome accommodations, complete with private bath and breakfast service in the heart of the historical center of Rome.
Unpack and relax. Tonight, take a lovely evening walk or just relax. Tonight, you have dinner reservations* at a great spot, featuring the local specialties and some good Italian wine! Welcome to Italy! *Reservations only; meal paid locally to keep your costs down.
This morning you will meet your private guide who will take you on at 2-3 hour walking tour of the city. There are locals who live in Rome and will show you their back yard and the amazing historical sites and history from a local prospective. Stop for a coffee or gelato; take your time. This tour is at your pace. Afterward you are free to explore the city on your own using your free Rome travel guide included with every trip.
Sightseeing in Rome – Skip-the-line Vatican & Sistine Chapel w Private Guide
Your private guide will meet you at take you past the immensely long line to get in. You are with a certified guide and have separate entrance and tickets to get you right in! Your guide will show you the highlights of the Vatican Museums, the amazing tapestry room, ancient statues and baths then enter the holy and amazing Sistine Chapel where you will have some moments to contemplate the scope of what you are looking at. Then you will be taken out an exit reserved just for those with private guides into the heart of the Vatican; St. Peters. View the amazing history and culture. After the tour; get some recommendations for free time from your guide and hit the streets exploring.
Enjoy breakfast, check out and taxi to pick up your rental car and drive toward Tuscany and your lovely villa in self-catering apartment style or hotel style accommodations in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Italy4Real has several villas in the area and they offer lovely spaces with small kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and private baths. These types of accommodations allow you to feel like you are staying in a home and not just a hotel. Swimming pools, relaxing sitting areas, walking trails and easy access to the local village for shopping, cafe’s and the fresh market where you can bring back some snacks to enjoy after a long day of sightseeing. Welcome to Tuscany!
Today you will journey to some of the highlights of the area all within easy one hour drives. Siena and San Gimignano. You will depart for Siena and meet our local certified guide for a walking tour of the city. After you are free to explore and enjoy lunch at one of the quaint little side street restaurants. In the late afternoon you will depart for the “Town of the Towers” San Gimignano where you will see what a town frozen in the 14th century really looks like during your self-guided visit. Free time for shopping and enjoying the little town. You can stick around for dinner in the town or go back to the Villa for snacks and a light dinner in; the choice is yours!
Today you will travel to wine country and the famous Chianti wine roads. You will visit a local winery, where you will take a tour, see the wine production and learn why Italian wine is so famous the world over. After you will visit the town of Montalcino, for free time for lunch. After lunch travel a few miles to see one of the area’s most ancient rituals. In a small church outside Montalcino there is a monastery dating back to the 11the century where the monks sing amazing historical chants that echo throughout the church; it is a very rare and unique experience. After you can journey to the town of Montepulciano the famous wine town. Explore the town and stop for a glass of wine. Later return to the villa for a relaxing evening and go into town later to find a good dinner spot.
Today you won’t just taste the amazing Tuscan foods you will learn how to cook them. You will drive to a local residence to enjoy a hands on cooking class in a relaxing atmosphere where you will learn the ways local Tuscans cook their meals. Learn how to prepare an entire meal from start to finish and then enjoy a lovely dinner at the end with wine and all of your creations! Back to the villa in the late evening for a wonderful nights rest.
Today you will take a road trip to another country! You will travel to the Republic of San Marino; an independent republic, completely separate from Italy. The town is a fairytale castle in the sky where you will have a guided tour and free time for lunch and relaxing. Journey back to the Villa in the afternoon.
Today you will depart to explore the Umbria side of the area and visit the towns of Perugia (The Amanda Knox Murder City) and then some of the quainter hill towns of the area.
Farewell Tuscany as you pack up and depart back to Rome. Return your rental car and then you will have another lovely property in the heart of the city. This evening you will have dinner reservations in a lovely location. Enjoy your last evening in Italia!