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Italy, May 2017 (Independent Travel)

Independent Package to Italy

Join this once-in-a-lifetime travel package and adventure around Italy with Monograms, a leader in personalized independent travel.

    • Local Host – an onsite expert to customize your experience!
    • Hotels – choose from pre-screened hotels in the right locations!
    • Meals – start each day off with an included hearty breakfast.
    • VIP Access – skip the lines at must-see attractions!
    • Attractions – select activities that are meaningful to you.
    • Transportation – picked up & dropped off for hassle-free travel.
    • Personalization! – because one-size-fits-all… doesn’t!

Estimated departure May 12, 2017. Concludes May 24th.
Estimated base rate $3,439.00 per person, a $265 per day average.
[Need a different date or itinerary? Call us for availability.]
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Call Cassie at 330-790-1230 to reserve this vacation package or click here to request more information!

Your 13-Day Adventure Highlights:

Italy Independent Package 13-Day Monograms
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Tour Details

 
Welcome to your 13-day Italy Adventure with Monograms

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Monograms itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date details.

Click on your day-by-day itinerary to see how you’ll experience each destination! Items listed in CAPITAL LETTERS are included activities, inside visits, and special features.

 Day 1: Arrive in Rome

Benvenuto—welcome! Your Local Host is on hand to help you maximize your time in Italy’s capital city.

 Day 2: Rome

Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS to see its amazing treasures. In the SISTINE CHAPEL, where the Conclave is held to elect new Popes, view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, see monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle’s tomb and home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic COLOSSEUM, built for 50,000 spectators, and the ROMAN FORUM, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located.
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 Day 3: Rome

Ask your Local Host for the best way to discover the “Eternal City” today. You may wish to try “The Magic of Rome” with the Catacombs, visit the Borghese Gallery and gardens, or relax while sipping a glass of locally produced Frascati wine.
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 Day 4: Rome-Florence

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (First class) to Florence.
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 Day 5: Florence

Morning guided sightseeing with headset: visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS featuring Michelangelo’s original David. Walk through Cathedral Square; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.
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 Day 6: Florence

Full day at leisure to visit one of the city’s wonderful museums; take an excursion to San Gimignano; experience Florence by night; or shop at Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy, famous for its centuries-old formulas for remedies, soaps, and perfumes. Your Local Host can help you plan your day.
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 Day 7: Florence-Venice

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (First class) to Venice.
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 Day 8: Venice

Morning guided sightseeing with headset; see ST. MARK’S SQUARE and BASILICA with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit DOGES’ PALACE and the evocative BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner and learn why glassmaking was so important in Venetian history. ENTRANCES to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.
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 Day 9: Venice

Today you may choose to relax and glide along the canals by gondola, try a Venetian dinner, attend a Vivaldi concert, shop for famous Murano glass items, or admire the views from atop St. Mark’s Bell Tower. Your Local Host will have many ideas.
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 Day 10: Venice-Lake Maggiore

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (First class) to Milan, then transfer to your hotel in beautiful Stresa on Lake Maggiore.
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 Day 11: Lake Maggiore

On your morning guided sightseeing take a short boat ride to the opulent PALACE and monumental GARDENS of ISOLA BELLA. Once a rocky island, and home to a community of fishermen, it was purchased by Carlo III Borromeo in 1630 and eventually transformed to the beautiful location it is today. Carlo III named the island after his wife Isabella, and it is still owned by the Borromeo dynasty to the present day.
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 Day 12: Lake Maggiore

Your Local Host will have many recommendations for your day at leisure, such as an excursion to Isola Madre; a picnic in the gardens of Villa Pallavicino; or a ticket for the Lake Maggiore Express.
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 Day 13: Lake Maggiore

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (nearest airport is Milan Malpensa).
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Always Included in Your Package:

Monograms Icon HotelYour Choice of Hotels – We’ve carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match with your style and budget. Hotels are convenient for shopping and sightseeing.
Monograms Icon Local HostLocal Host Service – Throughout your Monograms vacation, we provide you with a friendly, knowledgeable insider in each destination to offer hints and recommendations, steer you off the beaten path, and help you maximize every moment of your time.
Monograms Icon Sightseeing and ActivitiesSightseeing and Activities – Packages feature sightseeing and orientation in each city, so you don’t miss the must-see sights. You can also personalize your trip by adding more activities and excursions that will make your vacation…exclusively yours.
Monograms Icon MealsMeals Included – Start your day off with an included breakfast. For lunch and dinner, immerse yourself in the local culture by sampling regional cuisine. After all, one of the best ways to learn about other cultures is to eat like the locals.
Monograms Icon TransportationTransportation Made Easy – Whether it’s flight arrangements, transfers from the airport to your hotel, sightseeing, or traveling between cities, we can take care of your transportation needs and can include it in your package price.
Monograms Icon MorePlus Much More – Monograms makes it simple to personalize your package – add extra nights in your start and end city and include Travel Protection. Plus, before you go, we’ll send you a Trip Planner so you can start getting ready.

Welcome to your 13-day Italy Adventure with Monograms

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Monograms itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date details.

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck once enjoyed a Roman Holiday filled with romance and fun, and now you can too! Plus, on this vacation, you’ll also visit Florence, Venice & Lake Maggiore—and Monograms makes it easy! This 13-day vacation includes three nights at centrally located hotels in each city; buffet breakfast daily, sightseeing with an expert local guide in each city, transportation between cities, transfers to/from the train stations, and materials on each city. Also, you’ll have a Local Host® in each city, a one-of-a-kind feature offered only by Monograms. Your Local Host is a friend in the city—someone who can answer questions, give suggestions, help you personalize your vacation, and help make sure your vacation is all you want it to be.

Your vacation starts when you arrive in Rome, where your Local Host will meet you with materials to get you familiar with the city. The next day, after enjoying your included breakfast, you’ll be picked up at your hotel for your guided sightseeing with an expert local guide. You’ll hear insider stories and see the must-see sights: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel. In fact, your sightseeing in each city includes the sights you cannot go home without seeing: Santa Croce Square and Michelangelo’s David in Florence; St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs in Venice; and a boat ride to Isola Bella in Lake Maggiore. But that’s not all…your sightseeing includes VIP access to the sights, so you can skip the lines. Time is short, so why waste it with the other tourists in line when you can be gazing at Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings, hearing insider stories about the gladiatorial fights held at the Colosseum, and shopping for jewelry at Florence’s Ponte Vecchio? You know a vacation is meant for exploring and enjoying—not standing in line! And don’t worry, we know the perfect place to capture a photo of St. Peter’s Square in Rome and the Duomo in Florence.

Time in each of these Italian cities gives you the opportunity to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host of course). Taste the sumptuous cuisine, shop for Italian goods, explore the stunning churches and museums, and participate in optional excursions, such as an outing to Pisa and Lucca from Florence, an underground tour in Rome, and a gondola serenade in Venice. In Lake Maggiore, be sure to enjoy the picturesque lakefront and colorful flowerbeds. Perhaps take the Mottarone Cable Car for panoramic views over seven lakes and the Alps.

And don’t forget…your Monograms package includes first-class transportation between each city via high-speed train. Plus, we escort you to/from the train stations and help you get on the correct train—always a plus in Italy, where the train stations are notoriously confusing for non-Italian speakers. So all you have to do is sit back and relax as you see the beautiful countryside and towns dotting the landscape.

Welcome to your 13-day Italy Adventure with Monograms

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Monograms itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date details.

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.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Monograms provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions.

CITY: Rome
Suggested optional excursions & activities for Rome (with approximate length of duration and values listed in EUR per person):

    • The Magic of Rome including the Catacombs – 3hr 30min (€59)
    • Unforgettable Highlights of Rome – 3hr 30min (€59)
    • Legacy of Vatican Tour & Papal Audience – 2hr 30min (€37)
    • Mussolini’s Bunker – 3 hours (€90)
    • Angels and Demons Walking Tour – 4 hours (€55)
    • Ghost & Mystery Tour of Rome – 1hr 30min (€24)
    • Underground Rome: Tiber Island & St. Nicholas in Prison – 2 hours (€90)
    • Imperial Rome 3D Interactive Museum in Rome – 1hr 30min (€14 ticket only)
    • Panoramic Rome – Open Tour – varies (€24 for 24-hour ticket or €32 for 48-hour ticket)
    • Dinner in the Eternal City – 2 hours (€49)
    • Daylight Trastevere Food Tour – 4 hours (€67)
    • Taste of Testaccio Food Tour – 4 hours (€67)
    • Food Market & Cooking Class in Rome – 3 hours (€169)
    • Cook Dinner with Italian Grandma – 4 hours (€82)
    • Excursion to Ancient Ostia by Train – 4 hours (€48)
    • Excursion to Borghese Galley and Gardens – 3 hours (€75)
    • Underground Rome: Private Visit of the Mithraeum of Circus Maximum – 1hr 30min (€270 group up to 6 people)
    • Underground Rome: Private Visit of the Jewish Catacomb of the Old Appian Way – 1hr 30min (€365 group up to 6 people)
    • Underground Rome: Private Visit of the Graves of Pomponio Hylas – 1hr 30min (€270 group up to 6 people)
    • Underground Rome: Private Visit of the Tomb of Scipioni Family – 1hr 30min (€230 group up to 6 people)
    • Cooking Class in Rome – 3 hours (€280 group up to 6 people)
    • Private Excursions – various half and full day private excursions are also available for groups of 2-8 people

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CITY: Florence
Suggested optional excursions & activities for Florence (with approximate length of duration and values listed in EUR per person):

    • Excursion to Pisa and Lucca – 8 hours (€149)
    • Excursion to Famous Antinori’s Wine Cellars in Chianti – 3hr 30min (€95)
    • Chianti Countryside, San Gimignano & Wine Tasting at Verrazzano Castle – 8 hours (€169)
    • Dinner & Wine-Pairing in Florence – 2hr 30min (€65)
    • Florentine T-Bone Steak Dinner – 2 hours (€444)
    • Create Your Own Pizza – 2hr 30min (€34)
    • Tuscan Cooking Class in a Medieval Tower – 6 hours (€135)
    • Tuscan Cooking Class & Wine Tasting in a Medieval Tower – 6 hours (€150)
    • Florence by Night – 1hr 30min (€35)
    • Highlights of Uffizi Gallery – 1hr 30min (€39)
    • Fashion Walking Tour of Florence & Gucci Museum – 1hr 30min (€45)
    • Palatina Gallery, Royal Apartments & Modern Art Gallery in Pitti Palace – 2hr 30min (€19 entrance tickets only)
    • Boboli Gardens & The Silver Museum – 2hr 30min (€17 entrance ticket only)
    • Mosaic Museum: Opificio Delle Pietre Dure – 2hr 30min (€15 entrance ticket only)
    • Bargello Museum – 2hr 30min (€15 ticket only)
    • Private Excursions – various half and full day private excursions are also available for groups of 2-8 people

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CITY: Venice
Suggested optional excursions & activities for Venice (with approximate length of duration and values listed in EUR per person):

    • Gondola Serenade – 35 minutes (€39)
    • Celebration Package: Unforgettable Romantic Evening in Venice – 3 hours (€425 per couple)
    • Romantic Venetian Dinner in the Heart of the Lagoon – 2hr 30min (€97)
    • Lagoon Cruise & Meal in Burano – 4 horus (€69)
    • Wine Tasting & Appetizer Venetian Style – 1hr 30min (€39)
    • Venetian Lunch – 1 hour (€34)
    • Venetian Dinner – 2 hours (€55)
    • “Cicchetti” Aperitif Tour – 2hr 30min (€31)
    • Classical Concert – Baroque & Opera – 1 hour (€35)
    • Classical Concert – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – 1hr 30min (€37)
    • Private Romantic Gondola Serenade – 45 minutes (€248 per group up to 5 people)
    • Private Romantic Evening Gondola Serenade – 45 minutes (€297 per group up to 5 people)
    • Dinner Cooking Class in Venice – 3 hours (€450 group up to 10 people)
    • Lunch Cooking Class in Venice – 3 hours (€450 group up to 10 people)
    • Private Excursions – various half and full day private excursions are also available for groups of 2-8 people

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CITY: Lake Maggiore
Suggested optional excursions & activities for Lake Maggiore (with approximate length of duration and values listed in EUR per person):

    • Excursion to Isola Madre – 2 hours (€59)
    • Three Lakes – 10 hours (€67)
    • Romantic Candlelight Dinner on Lake Maggiore – 2 hours (€65)
    • Walking Tour & Local Wine Tasting Experience – 1hr 30min (€36)
    • Picnic in the Gardens of Villa Pallavicino – 2hr 30min (€48)
    • Lake Maggiore Adventure Park – 4 hours (€160 for 2 adults 2 childern)
Take a look at where you will be staying on your 13-day Italy Adventure with Monograms

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Monograms itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date details.

CITY: Rome
Italy Rome Hotels Leonardo Da Vinci
NH Leonardo Da Vinci Situated in a quiet residential area, close to the Vatican and magnificent Castel Sant’Angelo, this prestigious 244-room hotel provides a convenient and comfortable base for sightseeing and shopping. It is an easy stroll to Piazza del Popolo, Trevi Fountain, and the exclusive shopping district of Via Veneto. Other famous landmarks can easily be reached by using the nearby Metro station.
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Italy Rome Starhotels Metropole Monograms
Starhotels Metropole In the heart of the city, close to the beautiful church of Santa Maria Maggiore and Opera, this elegant 236-room modern boutique-style property is perfectly placed, with plenty of local restaurants and bars nearby.
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CITY: Florence
Italy Florence Hotels Ambasciatori
Ambasciatori A modern, 132-room, hip hotel ideally located in the historic heart of Florence just a few minutes’ walk from the Duomo, perfect for shopping and exploring all the stunning cultural sights this city has to offer.
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Italy Florence Albani Hotel Monograms
Albani Situated on a quiet Florentine street near the church of Santa Maria Novella, the lively San Lorenzo Market, and the Duomo, this 102-room boutique property is set in a restored turn-of-the-century palace, combining a refined atmosphere with classic Italian flair.
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CITY: Venice
Italy Venice Hotels Continental Monograms
Continental Directly on the Grand Canal in the heart of the Cannaregio quarter, with a public water-taxi (vaporetto) stop only a few meters away. This charming, 15th-century former private residence has 93 rooms and offers a true Venetian atmosphere in a convenient location with access to many restaurants, cafes, and shops.
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Italy Venice Hotel Bonvecchiati Monograms
Hotel Bonvecchiati Enjoying a privileged position in the heart of Venice just a stone’s throw from St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge, this delightful 122-room property is also within walking distance of historic cafés, artisans’ workshops, and boutiques. It is housed in an 18th-century palazzo, has a refined elegance with traditional Venetian styling, boasts its own landing stage for private water-taxis, and a public water-taxi (vaporetto) stop is just steps away.
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CITY: Lake Maggiore
Italy Lake Maggiore Grand Hotel Bristol Monograms
Grand Hotel Bristol Set in extensive gardens on the shores of Lake Maggiore, this grandiose 253-room hotel exudes a stylish elegance with its marbled lobby and Bohemian-style crystal chandeliers. It is just minutes away from the center of Stresa with its bustling cafés and elegant boutiques. The three enchanting Borromean islands can easily be reached by boat.
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Check out photos of the 13-day Italy Adventure with Monograms

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Monograms itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date details.

Italy Rome The Colosseum MonogramsItaly Rome Roman Forum Panorama MonogramsItaly Rome Sistine Chapel Monograms
The.Colosseum.in.Rome……………………..The Roman Forum……………………………Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
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Italy Rome Trevi Fountain MonogramsRome Italy Saint Peter's Square VaticanItaly Florence city view
Trevi.Fountain.in Rome……………………….Visit the infamous Vatican City……………..Florence’s stunning Ponte Vecchio
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Italy Florence Cathedral MonogramsItaly Florence David Michelangelo MonogramsItaly Florence Gates of Paradise
Florence.Cathedral…………………………….Michelangelo’s David in Florence…………..Gates of Paradise in Florence
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Italy Venice CanalVenice Italy Canal MonogramsCanals of Venice Italy Monograms
Venice.Italy’s.Grand Canal…………………..Soak up the canals in Venice………………..The canals of Venice, Italy
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Nothern Italy's Lake MaggioreItaly Lake Maggiore Isola BellaItaly Lake Maggiore Isola Bella Island
Stunning.views.of Lake Maggiore…………..Lake Maggiore’s Isola Bella Island………….The beauty of Isola Bella island
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Pricing details for your 13-day Italy Adventure with Monograms

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Please Note: exact prices for 2017 vacations will not be announced until September of 2016. This package is estimated at $3,439 per person, but it is subject to change. This rate is based on double occupancy and a single supplement fee applies to single travelers. Price includes base components only, and does not include flights to/from Rome or Lake Maggiore.
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Which components can I customize? Experience Italy YOUR way! With Monograms, Oddball will help personalize your vacation, because one-size-fits all… doesn’t. You may choose to upgrade your hotel (if available), select optional excursions that fit your personality, and you may even choose to extend your stay and spend more time at a destination or add on another city, such as Sorrento or Sicily!
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Start planning now? Exact pricing may not yet be available, but we ARE talking with families and individuals now who are interested in this Independent Package to Italy. Contact Cassie for more details regarding your travel plans.
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Secure your spot. A $250 per person deposit secures your spot on this vacation package. This deposit can be placed now.
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What about London? Yes, you can extend your vacation and visit other cities either before or after your visit to Italy. Cassie can help you customize your entire vacation experience so that you get the most out of your travels to Italy and Europe.
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Can other families come too? Yes! Monograms makes it easy for your family or friends to join you on this trip. You can do activities together, or split off and enjoy time apart, if you choose. This vacation is an “independent package,” so you can experience the must-sees together and then customize your optional activities as you wish.