The Justema's Anniversary
in Italy

Tentative Price
$6,800- $7,200
Airfare is NOT included in this price

September 25  -October 7, 2019

​2 Nights

​3 Nights

​3 Nights

​3 Nights

11 Nights

Note: The room prices given below are based on rooms that have the ability to cancel. If you choose a non-refundable price it would be lower. I don't recommend non-refundable because something could always happen and you wouldn't have the ability to cancel. The recommended hotels are listed in the order of my recommendations. 

I realize you don't want to spend your entire budget on hotels but the hotels do make a difference in Italy. Some of the 3 star hotels have very small rooms (similar in size to our Texas closets) and the showers aren't large enough for a man to  stand in comfortably. Keep in mind, it is also difficult to get a king-size bed in several of the Italian hotels unless you are in a 5-star hotel.

I didn't recommend the entry level rooms but you could certainly opt for one of them. They will be small and staying for 3 and 4 nights it will be crowded. I think you will want a place you can relax and be comfortable. It is also nice to have a view  especially for your first time in Italy.

There are many day tours available. I've selected some of the more popular tours. We can always change out tours based on your specific interest. I've listed the price for a small group tour usually between 8 and 12 guests.

The Justema's Italian Vacation

NOTE: I'm still working on the airfare, the schedule may change if I find better flights landing somewhere other than Florence and departing from Rome. Your 10-day trip will begin with 4 days in Florence the heart of the Renaissance with its beautiful masterpieces, then travel by train to romantic Venice and  you'll end with 3 days  in the Eternal City of Rome that has been a beacon of civilization across the Western World for more than two thousand years, a city to which all roads once led.  Italy is best experienced at a leisurely and relaxing pace. With 10 days in Italy, you'll have time to  visit both iconic and the off the beaten path gems.   This is a custom designed travel vacation, we can make changes to suit your travel style.


September 25, 2019 - International Flight


DELTA AIRLINES - Premium Economy
FLIGHT:  DL 8653
Depart  DFW at 3:45 pm to CDG (Paris - Charles de Gaulle) arriving at 8:15 am
the following day.  You are scheduled to arrive in Terminal E as of today's date.
Seats: Jeff 21A and Shannon 21C

You are scheduled to depart from Terminal F
Depart CDG (Paris) at 9:55 am to FLR (Florence, IT) arriving at 11:40 am
Seats: Jeff 11A and Shannon 11B

September 26- 28 - Car Rental

Sixt Car Rental or Maggiore are two of the companies I recommend for the best prices. A shuttle bus will pick you up at the airport and take you to the car rental. 

Current pricing is 248.89 euros for a premium vehicle (automatic)

Borgo del Cabreo - Tuscany - 2 Nights
​Sept. 26 - 28, 2019  
Price Quote: 299 euros/per night for a Deluxe Room (includes a wine tasting)
Sent email on 12/14/18 to reserve with a 50% deposit due - Confirmed

This small boutique hotel is in a fabulous area of Chianti and sits in the middle of a famous vineyard. This charming Hotel offers  elegant accommodations furnished with refined materials, the result of a skillful and meticulous renovation project. My clients will receive a complimentary wine tasting and tour at the family cellars located about 10 minutes away. I can't think of a better place to be while you are recovering from your long international flight. Included in the room rate is a complimentary breakfast buffet. The location is just outside of Greve in Chianti over looking the small town of Montefioralle.

Price quoted does not include an occupancy tax which is about 2 to 5 euros per night per person.

ARRIVAL:  When you arrive at the airport in Florence, you will catch the shuttle bus to the rental car station. From there you will have about a 20 minute drive to your accommodations in Tuscany.

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Hotel La Scaletta - Florence - 3 Nights
Price Quote: Superior Double Room with Boboli Garden View
Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2019
1/4/19 Confirmed - 201901047660676
The suggested hotel is a 3 1/2-star hotel located in the historic center of Florence, in a great location where you will be immersed in the magical atmosphere of the capital of the Renaissance. The hotel is located just past the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and near Boboli Gardens and just a five minute walk from the magnificent Piazza della Signoria, the city’s ancient seat of economic power, from which to admire the beautiful Loggia dei Lanzi, the fountain of Neptune, and other wonderful sculptures. Other than arrival and departure transfers you will be in walking distance to all of the sites, restaurants and shopping.

The hotel features a rooftop terrace with a restaurant and bar.  The rooms are quite comfortable, very clean and quiet which is important when you are in the historic center.  The rooms offer guests a relaxing and pleasant stay featuring the most modern comforts, with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning.  All rooms are elegantly furnished in modern design furniture . Rooms are available in Classic, Superior and Deluxe versions. You pricing is for a Superior Double Room.

ARRIVAL:  When you return your rental car there will be a taxi available to drive you into Florence. The ride is about 20 minutes into town.

DOUBLE CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE THE ENTIRE GALLERY AND ENLARGE PICTURES - These photos are a representation of the room style. A double superior room with a Boboli Garden view is approximately 16 sqm.
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Tour: Your First Walk In Florence

TIME:  2 1/2 hours
MEETING POINT: To be determined once booked
STATUS:  Not yet booked

Highlights: Academy (David), Duomo (exterior) - Baptistery doors and 
Signoria square

​Your walking tour combines amusing anecdotes and interesting insights to offer an enjoyable and relaxed approach to the city. Your walk  begins with an unforgettable look around the gallery of the Academy with the statue of David the symbol of the Florentine Renaissance.  Then you'll hear about Michelangelo's masterpieces such as, the ”Prisoners” and the touching “Pietà”.  A walk to the Santa Maria del Fiore, better known as the Duomo.
The guided tour then continues with the Baptistery, one of the city's most ancient religious buildings; the beauty of its doors moved Michelangelo to call them “the Gates of Paradise”! Ghiberti, the artist who created the doors, spent much of his life casting the doors in bronze and then gilding them.

You will walk you through the beauty of the city, moving along the oldest medieval streets of the city centre, lined up with towers. You'll reach Piazza Signoria, the political heart of the city, with its ancient buildings and famous statues. 

Includes: Tour and Skip the Line Entry to Academy Museum

The Duomo Square and its Monuments

​​ THE DUOMO TOUR Your guide will walk you to Duomo square for an introduction of the history of Florence and of these major religious monuments. The Duomo (you skip the lines!) is world famous for its superb dome, and architecture.  The ceiling of the Dome boasts one of the greatest frescoes in the world. In front of the Cathedral, stands the Florence Baptistery a fascinating building, with its very original green and white marble exterior decoration in geometrical patterns. 
Inside this building,  you will be astonished by the medieval mosaics of the ceiling, sparkling of beauty on their gilded background. Nowhere else in Tuscany one can admire mosaics like these! Next to the Cathedral, stands the elegant and slender bell tower. The highlight of your tour is the new Opera del Duomo Museum, reopened, after enlargement on October 29th, 2015.

The masterpieces exposed range from Middle Ages to Renaissance, works by Arnolfo di Cambio, Ghiberti, Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Michelangelo and many others.

These artworks, made for the Baptistery, the Cathedral and the Bell Tower, can be admired in a new attractive arrangement: the touching Pietà by Michelangelo, probably sculpted for his tomb; the amazingly modern Mary Magdalen in wood by Donatello; the original set of golden doors known as the Gates of Paradise by Ghibertiand the most inpressive reconstruction of the full scale Medieval facade of the Duomo planned by the architect Arnolfo di Cambio.

October 1, 2019 - Florence to Venice
​Transfer by  Train

After breakfast, you'll check out of the hotel. Ask the hotel to arrange for a taxi to pick you up and transfer you to the train station.  There is more than one train station. Be sure you are going to the correct station. You will board the  train and travel in Club Executive (Italy's version of first class) from Florence to Venice. 

NOTE: Be sure to validate your tickets before boarding the train.

​NOTE: It is too early to book the train.  We will book the train closer to your trip date.

Sina Centurion Palace - Venice Hotel - 5 Stars
Price Quote: Double Deluxe (Courtyard View) at 462 euros/per night + tourist tax
October 1 - 4, 2019 (3 Nights) Confirmed 
I've been to Venice a few times and the first time I hated it. It didn't come close to living up to my expectations and everything I had always read about Venice. Venice is CROWDED and if you don't have a plan you will get caught up in the crowds and not enjoy your stay. The hotels matter in Venice also because there are no roads you need to be in a good location and one that you can find without getting too lost. Once you are there you will understand, everyone gets lost in Venice, but that is part of its beauty. I don't recommend staying too close to St. Mark's Square because of the crowds and all of the tour guides with their groups making it more crowded.  The charm and beauty of Venice is walking around on your own rather than doing too many tours. With only three days I suggest only 1 tour and the other time exporing on your own including some of the neighborhing islands of Burano and Murano if you want.

I was in Venice for 4 days this past June escorting a small group of eight clients and loved it this trip. The hotel is 5-star and away from the crowds but still walkable to the main sights. Keep in mind that Venice is also very expensive, a modest hotel will be about 3 times what you would pay here in Dallas. I opted for a reasonable price hotel in Florence so you could splurge in Venice. 

SUGGESTED HOTEL - Once  a former Palace, today it is a  5 star luxury hotel located on the Grand Canal with stunning views of both the Grand Canal and the traditional venetian internal garden. It has the exterior of a Venetian Gothic palazzo but an interior finished in high-end modern design.
The hotel is rather small offering only 50 rooms and suites displaying quirky sculptures and artwork highighted by mood lighting.  The palace also features a nice restaurant and bar which overlook the Grand Canal.  It's location occupies one of the most prime pieces of real estate in Venice, or the world for that matter: a spot right on the Grand Canal. Despite its ideal location, it is a safe remove from the areas of the city that get most clogged with crowds. Beyond the  impressive Gothic façade and serene courtyard, is an unexpected contemporary  interior design; not unlike an avant-garde art museum itself. Vivid colours of magenta, burnt orange, pistachio and praline hit you between the eyes. 

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Tour: Venice Orientation Tour

TIME:   3 Hours 
Combining big-name sights and hidden corners, this Venice walking tour takes you to the heart of the city in just 3 hours; giving you a broad view of the history, culture and character of the Floating City.
Led by an expert local guide (Venetians do exist!), you’ll start by the Rialto Bridge.  This tour has been carefully chosen  to give you a real insight into the city. Sure, you’ll see the Rialto Bridge, but you’ll also delve into quiet streets, pass peaceful canals and go beyond the areas that visitors usually see. This is where Venice is hiding its best architecture and secret stories – and that’s what we’re out to find. As you wind through Venice’s hidden alleyways, your local expert will regale you with tales of the city’s past and present. 

October 4, 2019 -  Venice to Rome
​Non-stop Flight - Economy Classic
Departs: 9:55 am and Arrives 11:00 am
Alitalia Airlines - Flight AZ 1464
98.50 euros per person - coach
​Baggage Allowed: 1 checked and 1 carry-on EACH
Seats 8 D/Jeff and 8 F/Shannon

After breakfast, you'll check out of the hotel. The night before departure ask the hotel to arrange for a transfer to pick you up and transfer you to the airport. ​ 

October 4 - Rome Transfer (Round-trip)
​Transfer - Airport to the Hotel

When you arrive in Rome at the airport, your driver will be there to greet you.

Transfers are included in the price of your hotel in Rome.

Price is included in your Rome Hotel rate

47 Hotel - Rome Hotel - 4 Stars
Price Quote: Executive Room w/View and Transfers at 353 euros per night + tourist tax
October 4 - 7, 2019 (3 Nights)
I have stayed at this hotel on three different trips as well as several of my clients. Eveyone loves the location and the rooftop views from the restaurant and bar.  There is a small lobby and an inner courtyard where breakfast is served. Historic ruins directly across the street.  The restaurant is very good as well and even if I wasn't staying at the hotel, I would still come to the restaurant for a fabulous dinner and sweeping views ancient Rome.

The hotel is housed in a large, modernist-influenced building that once served as the seat of the capital for the Province of Rome until 2004; the property’s new incarnation looks fresh and modern. The welcoming, creative ambiance of the venue is bolstered by its visual art, as each floor is decorated with a different artist from the 20th century, including Guccione and Modigliani. 

The  rooms, ranging from standard fare to suites, are spacious and feature wooden parquet floors, a neutral color scheme (white bedding, gray throws, light woods, and beige walls), and comfortable hypoallergenic mattresses. They are elegant and understated without feeling bare. The bathrooms have spacious walk-in showers with rain showerheads. Guests also get little amenities such as robes and slippers.

LOCATION: Built in a central location, the hotel is close to a number of popular monuments, including the Forum, the Bocca Della Verita, the Teatro Marcello, and Tiber Island. It's just a bit farther to other popular sights: The Colosseum and Pantheon, for example, are both a 15-minute walk away. 

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 Choice of Walking or Golf Cart Tour

Once you've settled into your hotel you'll be ready for a classic tour of the Eternal City touring in a golf cart. This is a nice way to tour Rome and see the highlights of the city and some of Rome's quaint back streets. You  will see Rome's major attractions (Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps) plus some of the tucked away sites. 

Your guide allows you to stop whenever and where you choose.

You may also choose to have an orientation walking tour if you prefer.

Vatican Museum & St. Peter's  Basilica

Vatican Tour, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica - A  small group tour of the artistic splendor of the Rome of the Popes! This tour will allow you to explore the most significant parts of the Vatican Museums, admire the Sistine Chapel, and end the tour in St. Peter's Square and Basilica, which showcases the Pietà by Michelangelo and the master pieces of Bernini. At the end of the tour you might enjoy climbing to the top of St. Peter's. If you climb to the top you will have a view of the city.

The guide will tour you through the following itinerary: Pigna Courtyard, Lapidaria Gallery , Belvedere Courtyard, Octagonal Courtyard, Pius-Clementine Museum, Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Raphael's Rooms and, at the end, the Sistine Chapel. From there you will walk directly to St. Peter's Basilica.  In St. Peter's you'll see the famous Pietà by Michelangelo, the funeral monuments of the Popes who are buried in the Basilica, made by the most famous artists, the mosaics, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Bernini's Canopy, St. Peter's Statue, Peter's Throne and many other fantastic works of art.

  • Skip-the-ticket line, however, everyone must go through security lines
  •  3 hour tour 
  • Includes Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Dress code: No shorts or skirts above the knee, no bare shoulders
  • Umbrellas and large back backs are not allowed  

TOUR - Rome
Coliseum Underground Tour

An unforgettable plunge into the glorious past of Rome! This 3 1/2 hour small group tour with less than 12 people . You will explore the ancient heart of the Eternal City where the Roman Empire’s politics, religion, customs, and ceremonies were born. Get the red-carpet treatment as the gates to Coliseum’s typically restricted areas swing open for you as you tour the Underground area of the ColiseumWander the must-sees of the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forums with an official Coliseum Tour Guide.
English Speaking Tour Guide,  admission fee with Skip the Line access included. 


October 7 - Rome Transfer (Round-trip)
​Transfer - Hotel to Airport

Your driver will pick you up and transfer you from your hotel in Rome to the airport in Rome.

​Price is included in your Rome Hotel Rate

October 7, 2019 - International Flight


DELTA AIRLINES - Premium Economy
FLIGHT:  DL 0237​
Depart  FCO (Rome Fiumicino) at 11:15am to DTW (Detroit, MI) arriving at 3:37 pm
Depart Rome from Terminal 3 arrive in Detroit Terminal EH McNamara 
Seats: Jeff 11A and Shannon 11B

You are scheduled to depart from Detroit Terminal EH McNamara and arrive in DFW at Terminal E (Terminals may change so  please confirm prior to departure)
Depart DTW (Detroit) at 5:40 pm and arrive DFW at 7:50 pm
Seats: Jeff 11A and Shannon 11B

What's Not Included in the Trip Price
  • Airfare and airport taxes (This was purchased separately)
  • All transportation not expressed as included is not included
  • Cab fare(s)
  • Excess baggage, baggage loss and/or forwarding of baggage
  • Travel insurance  (travel insurance is recommended in the event of illness, work conflicts, and illness in the event you must cancel)
  • Gratuities 
  • Entry fees to museums/galleries and other places unless specifically stated as being included.
  • Beverages and meals other than what is not specifically mentioned such as breakfast.
  • Medical expenses
  • Extra charges at the hotel such as room service, wine that is not included, bottled water, mini-bar, laundry, or other incidental charges
  • Hotel city taxes (These are to be paid in cash at the time of departure and are usually 4 to 6 euros per day per person
  • Expenses related to unforeseen travel conditions, weather conditions, flight delays, train delays, airport blockages, terrorism and strikes.
  • Any travel expense not specified to be included is not included ​​
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