We, at Prestige Travel specialize in private arrangement throughout Italy. We can arrange anything from magnificent hotels, or special boutique type hotels, luxury car service, and bilingual expert guides. For instance, see the Vatican with your very own private guide! Traveling by cruise ship? let make private arrangements for transfers and sightseeing while in port. No masses of people to deal with, you will be whisked away and returned to the ship on time!
Here is a sampling of some of the private touring available...
Learn about Ancient Rome
Your tour will begin with a visit of St. Peter in Chains Basilica. The Basilica contains the chains that are believed to have held St. Peter prisoner by the Romans. You will also view Michelangelo's magnificent statue of Moses. From the Basilica you will continue to the Coliseum. Here you will be transported back in time as you visit the interior, the site of legendary battles of the gladiators .Your walking tour will continue to the Roman Forum where you will explore the ruins of this ancient political, religious and commercial center. You will climb to the Palatine hill, the legendary site of the birth of the city which overlooks the Circus Maximus. Your tour will end at the Capitoline Hill where once stood the holiest Roman temples, the Temple to Jupiter and the Capitoline Triad: Jupiter, Juno, and their daughter Minerva. After the walk, you will be free to continue on your own to nearby Piazza Venezia and the Via Del Corso with its amazing shopping.
Learn about the Vatican & Sistine Chapel
Meet your private English speaking guide at a designated meeting point outside the Vatican Museum. Your fascinating half day private tour of the Vatican starts in the galleries of the Vatican Museum, home to the most celebrated art collection in Europe. The museum tour ends in the spectacular Sistine Chapel, the extreme expression of Michelangelo's genius. Last but not least, you will visit the largest sanctuary of Christianity, St. Peter's Basilica, where proportions appear to have been forgotten in an amazing triumph of marble, bronze and mosaic works. End the tour in St. Peter's Square, as your guide points out Bernini's ingenious use of optical illusion. !
Or...a walking tour of Rome
A guided tour through the streets of Rome viewing the monuments that form the landmarks of the city's historical development. Climb the celebrated Spanish Steps, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish, and enjoy a mouth watering gelato as you make your way to the present day political center of Italy. Explore the ruins of Hadrian's temple and the ancient Pantheon, and visit the lively Piazza Navona, ending your tour in the markets of the Campo dei Fiori. Your tour will end in the historical center where you are free to continue sightseeing at leisure.
See the highlights of Florence
Your guise will meet you at the hotel for a three hour walking tour of Florence. The center of Florence will be the spectacular frame of a tour dedicated to the city's glorious past and also to its stimulating present life. The slow paced walking tour will introduce you to the most important monuments of Florence. Begin at the Cathedral with the famous Dome by Brunelleschi and the gold "Paradise" doors of the Baptistery. You will see elegant palaces, pass some fashionable shops, and walk through the charming narrow medieval streets. Continue on to Piazza Signoria, which has been the political complex of Florence since the 1300's when Florence was considered the richest city in Europe. Walk to Ponte Vecchio, the bridge which attracts so much curiosity, not only for its unique and charming appearance, but also for the fabulous jewelry shops that line the bridge. End the tour at the Accademia Gallery of Fine Arts Museum where you will have the opportunity to admire the eternal Florence masterpiece: Michelangelo's David (plus a few of his other pieces).
Follow the footsteps of Michelango
A full day tour with a private guide dedicated to importance of Michelangelo in Florence. Visit the Medici Chapel, where the artist's creativity is reflected in the sculptures and the architectural elements of the Medici Family Tombs. Continue on to the Accademia Gallery of Fine Arts Museum which now houses Michelangelo's most famous sculptural achievement - David. The Accademia Gallery is also home to his dramatic stautues of the Slaves. Continue to the Cathedral Museum, where you will see the Pieta, considered to be one of the artist's most important later works. End the tour with a visit to his final resting place in the Church of Santa Croce. Request More Info!
How about a wine tasting
Luxurious wines specially selected by our Sommelier and matched by the most traditional flavors of the Tuscan countryside. Tasting in a typical wine bar located in the heart of Florence. Also included is a detailed explanation of the various flavors and background to the history. Enjoy some of the many delicious tastes of the Tuscany region.
Discover Siena & San Gimignano
A full day excursion to two of the medieval jewels of Tuscany, Siena and San Gimignano. Together with Florence and Pisa, Siena is one of the leading art cities in Tuscany. This city has managed to preserve its medieval character completely. You begin your visit to San Domenico, a church much frequented for its venerated relics of Saint Catherine, patron saint of Italy and Europe. Then, you will head for the magnificent palace, Monte dei Paschi Bank, which was founded in 1472 and is the oldest bank in Europe. From there, visit nearby Piazza del Campo, the unrivalled center of vivid city life. Here, your guide explains the Palio, Siena's breathtaking bareback horse race. With a stop at the Chigi-Saracini Palace, you finally reach the Duomo, with its marble pavement made with a startling sequence of 56 marble panels. After some free time in Siena your tour continues to San Gimignano. The town's 14 remaining towers visible from a distance, makes the town a remarkable sight. It is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Tuscany. You will have time to explore on your own. Walk through the wonderfully preserved town square at the Piazza della Cisterna and visit the 13th century town hall - the Palazzo del Popolo. There are great views from the Rocca citadel and the entire town is an excellent place to stroll and soak up the atmosphere.
Or a full day in Montepulciano
A full day excursion with a private driver and car to the town of Montepulciano. Montepulciano is an ancient fortified town, famous for its antique cafes that, in a not too distant past, were the meeting places for many artists from all over the world. Within this atmosphere, steeped richly in history. You will have time to visit this town whose artistic and architectural beauty is often underestimated. Montepulciano is also the home of the "Nobile" wine one of the most prized wines of italy. Walking along its alleyways and streets you will smell the wine aroma all around. You will experience the character of the region through a tour of a local winery and a wine tasting. Your tour will end with a lunch in one of the superb restaurants where you will be delighted with local specialties.
Venice - The city for lovers
Discover the uniqueness of Venice with a private guide. The city's harmonious blend of Eastern and Western artistic styles makes Venice one of the most fascinating cities in Italy. The tour includes visits to Doge's Palace, decorated throughout with rose and pink marble, and the famous Bridge of Sighs which links the palace to the prisons. Visit inside St. Mark's Basilica, referred to as the Golden Cathedral, crowned by its five Byzantine domes. Experience the grandeur of the impressive Piazza San Marco, the symbol of Venice.
You haven't been to Venice if you haven't been on a gondola ride... The gondola, the romantic symbol of Venice is a very special way to view this extraordinary city. Clearly Venice is meant to be seen from the water. What better way to enjoy it than on an elegant gondola. Our assistant will meet you and assist you with locating your gondola and translating any special requirements to your gondolier. You will enjoy a 35 minute ride through the enchanting canals of Venice.
While in Venice visit Murano & Burano ...By private boat you will visit the Islands of Murano and Burano. In 1291 furnaces were banned from Venice and therefore the glassware manufacturers were relocated on the Island of Murano. Glassware was an important Venetian export and the glass artisans enjoyed a privileged life and were allowed to marry into the nobility. You will be able to see the beautiful works that are still being created today in Murano on your visit to one of the workshops. Next you will visit the Island of Burano with its beautiful brightly painted houses. The island is known for its exquisite lace making. You will have time to explore the many workshops. Return to your ship after the tour.
Your English speaking driver will pick you up from the hotel this morning for your full day excursion along the breathtaking Amalfi coastline. During this leisurely day you will make stops in the delightful towns nestled in its bays: Positano, an elegant and colorful town with a history of attracting celebrities and artists; Amalfi, a picturesque seaside resort that is also the largest town on the coast; and Ravello, the highest town on the coast where the photo opportunities are unmatchable. You will have many chances to take beautiful photos of the spectacular views and to visit each of the quaint towns. Capri, the island for lovers...Enjoy a wonderful day on the bustling and scenic Island of Capri. Take in the breathtaking views of the blue waters of the Bay of Naples. Together with your private guide, you will be transferred to the pier where you will board the ferry across the Bay of Naples. Upon arrival at the Marina Grande you will take the Funicular to Capri. From here with a private car, visit the highest point on the Island for a panoramic view. Continue to Anacapri where you will see the fabulous Villa of Dr. Axel Munthe, a Swedish doctor, whose best selling book "Story of San Michele" tells of his time on Capri. His villa was built with the remains of Roman ruins. There is a beautiful shady garden with a terrace offering a splendid view of the island. Return back down to Capri, which is very chic with shops, hotels and restaurants lining the winding streets. In the main square, Piazza Umberto, there is a pretty white church and several open-air cafes where you can sit and watch the world drift by. Leading off the square are medieval looking alleyways and arcades full of shops selling the island's handicrafts such as clothing, coral and gold jewelry, shoes and ceramics. Admire the colorful gardens of Augustus overlooking the famed Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola where Gracie Fields once lived. There is free time for you to go off and admire the elegant boutiques, stroll along the cobblestoned streets or simply relax on the beach. There is so much to see and do on this tiny island. Request More Info!
The Ancient city of Pompeii
This morning your driver will meet you for your half-day excursion to Pompeii. You will meet your private local guide at the archeological park for your tour of the ruins. Pompeii holds an intense fascination for visitors today. It lay buried and forgotten for hundreds of years following the eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D. The excavations that began in the 18th century are still being carried out today, unearthing archeological treasures that place this town high on the list of the Wonders of the World. Your guide will take you slowly through some of the ancient streets of Pompeii, where you can see Baths, Forums and Villas built by the prosperous Romans in the year 80 B.C. Marvel at the fabulously preserved frescoes which adorn the walls and floors of the villas. Even if your interests do not lie in history, this is an archaeological site that cannot fail to impress you. After the tour you will have time for lunch and free time on your own in the city of Pompeii before returning to your accommodations.
These are just some of the sample tours available. Please contact us further a custom quotation.
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