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ELEGANT JOURNEYS

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Explore Italy's Remarkable Cities

24 Jun 2018 to 30 Nov 2018

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Journey Highlights

Savour the many city delights of Italy by travelling south from the glamorous northern city of Venice, via Verona, Bologna and Florence, to central Italy's historic Rome and immerse yourself in all things Italiano!

From the captivating northern cities of Venice, Verona and Bologna, to beautiful Florence and dynamic Rome, you can explore Italy’s ancient treasures, admire Renaissance masterpieces and taste delicious regional fare with our cultural journey to five exceptional Italian cities. Immerse yourself in the inimitable style, fashion and cultural flair of all things Italian and forego the quintessential Ferrari for Italy’s impressive Frecciarossa 1000 high-speed trains. With such affordable and efficient trains linking Italy’s great cities, traversing through this impressive country can be a seamless and seductive affair. By boasting some of Europe’s fastest trains, along with some of the most scenic rail routes, a city rail journey through Italy is simply bellissimo. Discover our captivating Italian city itinerary that includes a wealth of sightseeing opportunities, boutique stays and memorable cutural experiences.

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Luxury City Breaks Culture & History
Perfect for:

Indulging in the culture, history and culinary flair of Italy

Guide Price:

Prices from £3,345 per person. Price includes accommodation, on a breakfast basis, return flights, private car transfers, First Class rail travel and UK Lounge Passes.

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Your journey at a glance

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    3 nights Venice, Italy
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    2 nights Verona, Italy
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    2 nights Bologna, Italy
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    3 nights Florence, Italy
  • 5
    3 nights Rome, Italy
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The best time to visit Italy is between the months of April and October. Spring and autumn are particularly pleasant seasons to travel, due to temperatrures being more favourable (less hot) for sightseeing and the tourist sites being less crowded.

Fly from London to Venice

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Venice, Italy

Staying at

Baglioni Hotel Luna

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Built on a collection of 118 shimmering small islands in a Lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, Venice is the capital of northern Italy’s Vento region and is a glamorous city without roads. With just canals to navigate, this aquatic city gem is lined with Renaissance and gothic palaces and basks in a reflective beauty all of its own. How many other areas of not much more than five square kilometres can boast artistic and architectural marvels in such concentration? With its one-hundred and fifty canals, four-hundred bridges and magnificent 16th and 17th century palaces and piazzas, it is no surprise that Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a popular city break destination year-round. Venture off the well-beaten trails and into the backstreets, for it’s here that many of Venice’s most rewarding, lesser-known treasures lie. Filled with historic attractions, ornate architecture and exquisite cuisine, Venice is a captivating city that is bound to enchant any visitor regardless of age.

Highlights

Arrive in style at Baglioni Hotel Luna’s private landing stage and step inside a piece of living history. Just 80-metres from Saint Mark’s Square, Baglioni Hotel Luna is a 12th century aristocratic building promising a romantic stay in the heart of Venice. Simply stroll to the famous Piazza San Marco square, containing St. Mark’s Basilica tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and climb the Campanile bell tower to savour the breathtaking city views and visit Doge’s Palace — a gothic-style palace and museum — or take a gondola ride at sunset to see the city in all its reflective glory.

Staying at

Baglioni Hotel Luna

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Said to be the oldest hotel in the city of Venice, this sophisticated gem is ideally located in San Marco overlooking San Giorgio Island and the San Marco Basin. Just steps away from St. Mark's Square and the famous Palazzo dei Dogi, in the ancient heart of Venice, Baglioni Hotel Luna is an historic Venetian hotel dating back to the 12th century. With an intimate atmosphere, elegant interiors — including exceptional frescoes and antique furniture — an award-winning Canova Restaurant plus impeccable service, guests are assured of a truly sophistciated stay. From romantic candlelit dinners and attending the nearby opera, to gourmet trails and visiting Lido Island, the hotel's concierge can arrange a series of wonderful experiences, plus arrange a private water taxi transfer for the ultimate arrival or departure. During summer, guests can dine alfresco on the magnificent terraces, savouring the view of the beautiful Canal and Royal Gardens — not to mention the delicious seafood and vintage wines.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:The oldest hotel in Venice, with a wonderful reputation
  • Feature:Romantic, intimate and aristoricratic with superb views
  • Rooms:92 Rooms and Suites
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Venice Marco Polo Airport
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Travel First Class From Venice to Verona

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Verona, Italy

Staying at

Due Torri Hotel

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Verona is, perhaps, one of the lesser-known cities in the north of Italy, but boasts a great deal of charm and history, and would be a fabulous option for a romantic weekend away or as a base from which to visit an interesting array of nearby cities during a longer holiday, including Venice, Milan and Vicenza, along with the magnificent Lake Garda, which is very close by. Almost entirely surrounded by walls dating back to the sixteenth century and sliced in half by the snake-like River Adige, Verona is awash with fabulous Renaissance architecture, while its centrepiece monument, the first century Arena di Verona, is an incredibly well-preserved Roman amphitheatre that dominates the spacious, cobbled Piazza Bra (which is also home to The Liston, a collection of super restaurants and bars).

Each summer, the city hosts a world-famous opera festival that utilises the Arena di Verona as a spectacular open-air venue - an event not to be missed - while at other times of the year, it is used for rock and pop concerts. The compact nature of the city means that it is easily walkable, allowing visitors to experience a great many of its cultural riches within a relatively small area, including a number of Romanesque and Gothic churches, the riverside Castelvecchi, built on the site of a Roman fortress between 1354 and 1376 and now home to the Verona's fine art museum, and the stunning Renaissance gardens known as Giardino Giusti. Of course, visitors familiar with Shakespeare's adapted tale, Romeo and Juliet, will recognise the city as the setting for the book and a favourite attraction is the fourteenth century Casa di Giulietta on Via Cappello, which is set in a courtyard and boasts an ornate balcony. Despite it not being the actual residence of the Capulet family portrayed in the story, this restored property remains a mecca for tourists and has a small statue of Juliet beneath the balcony in the courtyard. By complete contrast, Verona is an excellent place in which to enjoy a spot of shopping, with designer labels and lingerie shops aplenty along the pedestrianised Via Mazzini, along with a wealth of bookshops and wine bars, while Corsa Porta Borsa is the sacred road to the city and boasts a third century gate and Renaissance palazzi. Here, you'll find shops, gourmet restaurants, bars and cafes.

Highlights

Close to the church of Saint Anastasia and situated in the historic Medieval centre of Verona, near 'Juliet’s' famous balcony, Due Torri Hotel is a boutique base from which to discover the cultural and artistic gems of Verona. Stroll the central Citta Antica area and visit the Scaliger Tombs, before returning to indulge in the hotel’s spa and impressive roof terrace views.

Staying at

Due Torri Hotel

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Housed in a lavish former palace in the historic centre of Verona, Due Torri Hotel invites you to experience exemplary Italian elegance. Combining beautiful antique furnishings and hand-crafted art with ample modern comforts, this boutique hotel provides the perfect base for exploring the city on a luxury holiday in Italy — visit the magnificent Church of Santa Anastasia and legendary balcony of Juliet's house less than five minutes away. In the lower levels of the hotel, the basement features ornate original frescos by Arena Casarini, whilst the exclusive panoramic roof terrace offers a spectacular 360-degree view of Verona, as well as a cocktail, coffee or delectable light lunch whilst you bask in the warmth of the Italian sun.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Former 14th-century palace at the heart of Verona
  • Feature:Admire a panoramic city view from the luxurious terrace
  • Rooms:89 rooms and suites
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Verona Villafranca Airport
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Travel First Class from Verona to Bologna

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Bologna, Italy

Staying at

Grand Hotel Majestic Già Baglioni

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Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy, is famous for its gastronomy, handsome historic streets and smattering of cultural landmarks. Nicknamed 'La Rossa', meaning 'The Red', thanks to the terracotta buildings, the city’s defining features include the oldest university in Europe, founded in 1088, the vast central square of Piazza Maggiore, housing some of Bologna’s most important medieval-era buildings, including the Basilica di San Petronio and the forty kilometres of porticoes, making it easy to stroll around the city whatever the weather. Exploring the array of museums, climbing Asinelli Tower, Bologna’s tallest building that leans more than the Tower of Pisa, and sampling local wine and delicious regional dishes, such as tortellini, are just a few of the activities to undertake during your time in this Italian, character-filled district.

Highlights

This historic and gourmet centre is characterised by a sprawling plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafes plus both medieval and Renaissance structures. With sites such as the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio, in addition to the famous leaning Towers of Bologna (Asinelli and Garisenda), visitors are spoilt with treats for the eyes as well as Bologna’s famous cuisine.

Staying at

Grand Hotel Majestic Già Baglioni

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Overlooking the town's main street, Via Indipendenza, in the heart of the city, just minutes from major attractions including Piazza Maggiore and the landmark Two Towers, this prestigious member of The Leading Hotels of the World has a loyal following thanks to its prime location, opulent décor and impeccable service. Housed in a building dating back to the 18th century, the hotel gives off a regal feel, thanks to its vast array of precious silks, polished marble, oak parquet floors, centuries-old frescoes and gilded antique furnishings, making you feel as if you have stepped into a bygone aristocratic palace. Rooms and suites offer the perfect blend of classic Italian style, elegance and stunning city views, while the sleek health and wellness centre features a Turkish bath, sauna and chromotherapy shower. The Grand Hotel Majestic boasts one of the most prestigious and elegant restaurants of Bologna, I Carracci, housed in a magnificent hall adorned with 15th century paintings and a frescoed ceiling.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:The most prestigious hotel set in the heart of the city
  • Feature:Within walking distance of Piazza Maggiore and Due Torri
  • Rooms:108
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
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Travel First Class from Bologna to Florence

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Florence, Italy

Staying at

Hotel Brunelleschi

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A small city with a an impressive line-up of artistic treasures, Florence is like a living museum and it's no wonder it’s a magnet for tourists.
It's a good idea to book tickets in advance for the Uffizi Gallery — filled with priceless Renaissance art from masters like Michelangelo, da Vinci and Botticelli — and to see Michelangelo’s marble statue of David on display at the Accademia Gallery. Enjoy strolling the piazzas and hidden backwaters, which are all brimming with authentic character and seek out the beautiful churches of Santa Maria Novella, San Marco and Santa Croce. Of course, a highlight to any Florence visit is to see Brunelleschi’s dome of Il Duomo, a mesmerising edifice of the Renaissance and illustrious city landmark.

Visitors can also sample classic Florentine food in a bounty of quality restaurants and authentic trattorias. Between meals. followers of fashion can head to dedicated costume museums and visit in haute couture boutiques along the Via de' Tornabuoni. Before indulging in a fine evening delicacies, guests can see Florence at her most beautiful during dusk. Watch as the sun casts a warm glow over Ponte Vecchio and the terracotta roofs of this totally absorbing city, then simply enjoy aperitivi in a pavement café and socialise over cocktails and finger food.

Highlights

As capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, the beautiful city of Florence is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. In addition to the iconic sight of Duomo, the cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunselleschi and a bell tower by Giotto, visitors will be captivated by the famous Uffizi Gallery and exhibitions showcasing the works of Michelangelo and da Vinci. Of course, the Ponte Vecchio medieval stone bridge, with jewellery shops, and 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio are other notable attractions in this culture-rich centre.

Staying at

Hotel Brunelleschi

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With a simply magical location, there are few places better placed to be immersed in the wonders of Florence than in Hotel Brunelleschi. Set just a couple of minutes’ walk from the iconic Florence Cathedral, there is a wonderful selection of unique suites among the 96 rooms and suites featured within its historic walls. The Pool Suite is one of the highlights, boasting an enviable terrace, featuring a Jacuzzi, from which you can admire the magnificent domed roof of the cathedral from your own private setting. The dining is an elegant affair, too, with tasting menus taking you on a journey across Tuscany, with a particularly special setting in the old Pagliazza tower. Saturated in history and culture, Hotel Brunelleschi is perfect for a luxury holiday to Florence.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Fantastically located hotel in the centre of Florence
  • Feature:Unique suites with views of the Cathedral
  • Rooms:96 rooms and suites
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Florence Airport
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Travel First Class from Florence to Rome

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3

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Rome, Italy

Staying at

Baglioni Hotel Regina

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Live la Dolce Vita in Rome, Italy's 'Eternal City', where visitors will find a dazzling array of world-famous architecture and landmarks, centuries-old culture and history, chic designer boutiques and a plethora of fabulous restaurants, trendy bars, eye-opening gelaterias and stylish pavement cafes that invite you to sit awhile and people-watch, cappuccino, ice-cream or bellini in hand. Rome is perfect for a long weekend break away and will be busy whenever you choose to visit. It's a wonderful city to explore, with incredible architecture, literally, around every corner and a myriad jumble of narrow cobblestone backstreets to amble along at a leisurely pace. Whilst first-time visitors will inevitably head to Rome's most iconic sites, such as the Forum, Colliseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican, others may prefer to simply absorb the atmosphere and relax amongst the many treasures.

Highlights

A capital city to rival all others, The Eternal City of Rome boasts an endless collection of classic treasures. The sprawling, cosmopolitan heart of Italy beats strongly by merging 3,000 years of globally renowned art, architecture and culture with today’s dynamic urban population and stylish modern culture. From the ancient ruins of the Roman Empire, such as the Forum and the Colosseum, to the divine Vatican City and Trevi Fountain, Sistine Chapel, plus endless Renaissance masterpieces, there is an abundance of sites to visit and masterpieces to admire.

Staying at

Baglioni Hotel Regina

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Set in the centre of Rome on the famed Via Veneto, Baglioni Hotel Regina is a perfect place for a luxury holiday to Rome. Inside, the elegant rooms and suites are styled with art deco and classical Italian features, giving a tasteful sense of place that will elevate your time in Rome into an unforgettable stay. Just a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s most sought-after sights, you can take it easy at chic cafés before heading out to explore the fascinating streets. For a little relaxation, the boutique spa offers facials and massages, while the excellent Brunello Bar and Restaurant offers innovative Italian cuisine and imaginative cocktails to savour in the evening.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Stylish hotel on Via Veneto
  • Feature:Just a short walk from the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
  • Rooms:116 rooms and suites
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Ciampino Airport
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I love the theatre and flair of Italy, with each region having its own distinct character and history. You cannot help but be moved by the Renaissance sites and feel inspired by its beauty.

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