May 6 - 13, 2019

7 Nights

​4 Nights

​3 Nights

The Wilson's Italian Vacation

Your 7-day trip will begin with 4 days in Florence the heart of the Renaissance with its beautiful masterpieces and then you'll spend 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 7 days in Italy, you'll have time to  visit both iconic and off the beaten path gems.   


May 6, 2019 - Transfer from Relais Canalicchio
Private Driver

Your driver will meet you at Relai Canalicchio and transfer you to Florence. These are your options:
Pick up time: 9:30 am
​680 euros includes a 3 hour stop in Siena and 1 hour stop in San Gimignano

Driver to be paid in cash at the end of the transfer
Driver Name: Marco  - he is from Siena and English speaking

Confirmed by email 2/28/19 with Marco at Tuscany Top Driver

Status: Confirmed with voucher

Florence Hotel - Palazzo Magnani Feroni
RESERVATION NUMBER:  201811237453470
WEBSITE:  https://www.palazzomagnaniferoni.com
ROOM: Fresco Suite or Suite Exclusive
PRICE: 1.298 euros (1,475 USD) for 4 nights/ double occupancy
Includes:  WIFI access, tea and coffee
Check-in: May 6, 2019
Check-out: May 10, 2019
Number of Nights: 4
City Tax: 38.40 (4.80 euro/per night/per person)
Paid in cash by client at time of departure
​(City tax is not included in the quoted price)

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - This is a lovely hotel in a former palace with only 12 rooms. The hotel is spacious and the perfect place to return to after a busy day of sightseeing in Florence. There is a beautiful rooftop deck with a bar to watch the sunset. The staff is amazing and the breakfast is not to be missed. Breakfast is served in one of their formal rooms and the buffet is set up beautifully including prosecco to add to your orange juice.  Eggs are cooked to order including eggs benedict. This hotel is a little more than other 3 star properties, however, it is worth it. I stayed in the "fresco suite" which is located next to the courtyard. It has a private terrace also and the room has a sitting area. The only drawback is to reach your room you walk through the courtyard. My guests that have stayed here have had nothing but compliments for the hotel, staff and location.

 This is a  finely restored historic luxury accommodation near Ponte Vecchio -and regarded as one of the best addresses for anyone looking for the quintessentially Florence luxury hotel. Walk in one our twelve Florence suites and indulge in the warm atmosphere of Renaissance brought back to life. 
Each Magnani Feroni suite is an inspiring adventure in the sophisticated elegance of the 16th century. Marble bathrooms, vintage original pieces of furniture, precious woods, sumptuous fabrics, baroque style mirrors and magnificent frescos will make you experience the most genuine Florence lifestyle.
The cozy and romantic ambience is masterfully balanced with cutting-edge features for business and leisure travelers alike, such as free Wi-Fi internet connection and satellite flat-screen TVs with international channels and SKY channels.

PAYMENT AND CITY TAX:  Paid to hotel at time of departure - City tax is 4 euros per night per person
GUARANTEE: Room to be held with a valid credit card
CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservations must be canceled with the hotel at least 10 days prior to arrival, or a charge of the first night booked will be applied. For cancellations on site, early departures and no show will be charged the 100% of the entire stay.

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May 7, Tuesday
Tour: Orientation Tour of Florence & David

TIME: Requested time is 8:30 am
MEETING POINT: Main entrance of Palazzo Medici Riccardi - Via Cavour, 1 (close to the Duomo)
STATUS:  Sent Email - waiting on confirmation
COST: 210 euros total for a private tour + 33 euros for museum entry

Note: The small group tour is not available during the month of May. The other shared tour was during the evening which wasn't an option.

Meeting at  Palazzo Medici Riccardi will give you the opportunity to start the exploration of the city talking about the Medici family, the great rulers of Florence during Renaissance.

You will walk to the Accademia museum to show you some of Michelangelo’s works of art. You will admire the Prisoners, the sculptures he made for the monument to Pope Julius II, and the touching Pietà (his second) and discuss his unfinished works, the so-called “non-finito”. Finally your attention will turn to Michelangelo’s David, masterpiece and symbol of the Florentine Renaissance, completed in 1504 when he was only 29 years old. 

Next you will walk to the Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, better known as the Duomo.  The church started at the end of 1200 was actually finished during Renaissance and  today it's the third largest church in the world.  Made out of bricks, the dome was built by the mathematician, engineer and architect, Filippo Brunelleschi. 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 27 years of his life casting the doors in bronze and then gilding them.

Your walk now moves on to Piazza Signoria, political heart of the city. You reach the square moving along the Medieval streets of Florence, discovering local shops, small trattorias, viewing ancient towers and dwellings, breathing history at every step!  

May 8, 2019 - Wednesday
Tour: Uffizi Gallery Tour

TIME:  9:00 am
DURATION: 2 1/2 Hours
MEETING POINT: Piazza della Signoria in front of Cafe Rivoire
STATUS:  Confirmed ID 16899  Order No. 14341
PRIVATE TOUR COST: 299 euros for 2 people

The Uffizi Palace was built under the rule of grand duke Cosimo I in 1560 as the administrative centre of the state housing the most important "Magistrature" of the city. 
Giotto, considered to be the painter who paved the way for the Renaissance; Filippo Lippi, a friar-painter much admired by Cosimo the Elder, master of Botticelli and also father of the great painter Filippino Lippi, also present in this collection with important works of art. 

Botticelli’s harmony of his two most famous paintings: “the Birth of Venus” and “Spring”, both of them painted for the Medici family, with their intriguing symbolism; Leonardo da Vinci’s “Annunciation”, painted when the master was only 20 years old, but already showing his colour shading technique characterized by subtle transitions between colours, thus creating an atmospheric haze; the marvellous “Tondo Doni” by Michelangelo, the only painting in the gallery definitely by great master, still in its original frame, also designed by Michelangelo; some of the most famous works by Raphael, the portraits of the two Popes Julius II and Leo X; to finish with the Venetian painter Titian, the official painter of the Emperor Charles V, the most versatile of the Italian painters.

May 10,  2019 - Florence Transfer to Rome

Ask the hotel to arrange for a taxi to pick you up and take you to the Santa Maria Novella train station. 

When the hotel concierge is requesting a taxi ask her to have the driver assist you at the train station in locating the correct platform if possible.

May 10 - Friday - Florence to Rome
​Transfer by  Non-stop Train - CONFIRMED

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 Tiburtina train station.  You will board the non-stop train and travel in Club Executive (Italy's version of first class) from Florence to Rome. 

When you arrive at the train station your driver will be there to greet you and take you to your hotel in Rome.

TICKET CODE:  AF9S3R     TRAIN#  8905        SEATS:   13 & 16
COST: Approx. 62.90 euros per person
CLASS: Club Executive     CAR: First Car
DEPARTS: 10:13 SMN Station - Firenze
ARRIVES: 11:33 Roma Tiburtina Station - Rome
Ticket Includes: Fast Track Lounge 

May 6 - Friday - Rome Transfer
​Transfer - Roma Tiburtina Station to Hotel

When you arrive in Rome at the Tiburtina train station, Your driver will be there to greet you at the PLATFORM. He will have a sign for Mr.  Wilson

The transfer is being arranged by Hotel 47 as part of your Relax Package

ARRIVAL TIME: 11:33 AM   - Roma Tiburna Station
DRIVER: Arranged through 47 hotel

Rome Hotel - 47 Hotel - 4 Stars
ROOM TYPE WITH BREAKFAST:  Executive - Relax Package
CONFIRMED RATE:  270 euros per night
INCLUDES: Round trip transfers to and from the hotel

CHECK IN: May 10, 2019
CHECK OUT: May 13, 2019
CITY TAX: 6 euros per night per person
Paid by client in cash at time of departure​

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.

Fortyseven is housed in a large, modernist-influenced building with sharp edges and no rounded corners that 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. A major highpoint is the rooftop restaurant Circus, which is popular with both guests and locals and has sweeping views of ancient temples.

ROOM: The Fortyseven’s 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. 

PAYMENT AND CITY TAX:  Paid to hotel in cash at time of departure - City tax is  6 euros per person per day
GUARANTEE: Room to be held with a valid credit card


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May 10 - Friday - Arrival in Rome
​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. 

Quote Includes: 4 Hour Golf Cart Tour - You will have the opportunity to stop and get off where you would like. Feel free to bring water or snacks with you or stop along the way for coffee or gelato

MEETING PLACE - I requested they pick you up at your hotel 
TIME: 3:00 PM
STATUS : Waiting on email confirmation
COST: 270 euros for a private tour

May 11 - Saturday - Rome 
Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

Vatican Tour, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica - A  private 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 you can visit 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 where you can visit St. Peter's on your own.

  • Skip-the-ticket line, however, everyone must go through security lines
  • Private exclusive guide
  • Includes Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel 
  • Admire the great works of artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo & more
  • Gain privileged access to the beautiful St. Peter's Basilica
  • Dress code: No shorts or skirts above the knee, no bare shoulders
  • Umbrellas and large back backs are not allowed  

STATUS:  Confirmed Order # 14341 ID No. 16904
TIME: 9:00am  Morning tour
DURATION:  3 Hours
MEETING POINT:  You will be picked up at your hotel
CANCELATION POLICY:  Cancel up until 7 days prior to tour date.
COST: 379 euros for a private tour + transportation to the Vatican

May 12 -  Sunday - Rome
Tour - Coliseum Underground Tour, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum

An unforgettable plunge into the glorious past of Rome! This 3 1/2 hour small group tour with less than 6 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. 

INCLUDES:  Walking Tour of the Coliseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and entry tickets
MEET TIME: 1:30 pm - Plan to arrive 15 minutes early
MEETING POINT: In front of the SOS sign outside of the Main Entane of the Colosseum Metro Station (ground floor), right across the street from the Colosseum itself. 
STATUS: Confirmed with voucher Order #14341 ID No. 16896
GROUP SIZE: Limited to 6 people
COST: 99 euros per person

Your Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Tour begins just in front of the Colosseum. Meet up with your tour guide, go past the long lines, through a quick security check and straight into the most iconic amphitheater on earth, a site which has inspired countless tales.

Once inside the Colosseum, you will first be directed to the entrance of the Colosseum arena with your tour guide immediately introducing you to the wonders of the Ancient Roman games. Walk through the archway and walk onto the light yellow colored arena, where you will get a feel for what it was like to hear the roar of 70,000 spectators chanting your name.
You will descend into the Colosseum dungeons, learn about the complex labyrinth that lived under the arena floor, filled with cages, mechanical elevators, rooms and prisons. Here is where the gory tales you only read about come to life.

Once you have finished your tour inside the Colosseum, your guide will lead you to another Roman icon – the Palatine Hill. This was once an exclusive neighborhood which was home to political figures who were the backbone of the Roman Empire. This hilltop neighborhood embodied the top of Rome’s social order at a time when Rome ruled the world.

You will see it all come full-circle once you descend into the grand Roman Forum, the public center of Roman political life. Just a few of the inspiring structures your tour guide will take you to, include Julius Caesar’s Temple, the Temple of Antonio & Faustina, and the Basilica of Maxentius and many more.

Please note that for security reasons all visitors MUST present valid photo ID in order to be admitted access to the Colosseum. Photocopies are acceptable.  
The Coliseum is extremely strict with the entrance time slot for the underground portion of the tour.  The tour company cannot accommodate late arrivals, as the tour must depart at the designated time. 

May 13  - Monday- Rome Transfer
​Transfer -  Hotel to Rome Airport (FCO)

Your pre-arranged driver will pick you up at the pre-arranged time and take you to the airport for your international flight home. 


Includes:  Private driver to pick you up in Rome  
​Driver Confirmation:  Confirmed email sent by concierge

May 13 - Monday - International Flight

Airfare was purchased separately 
What's Not Included in the Trip Price
  • Airfare and airport taxes
  • 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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