14 Day Easter Celebration in Italy
17th – 30th April 2019
• Double occupancy accommodation a B&B basis
• Airport transfers and some private transfers included
• Flights and train travel are not included
• Breakfast and some meals included
• 17th – 20th April – Villa Costanza, Lake Como (breakfast included)
• 21st – April – Hotel de la Ville Monza – Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Monza (breakfast included)
• 22nd – 24th April – Lake Como
• 24th – 26th April – Hotel Santa Maria Novella, Florence
• 27th – 30th April – Hotel 14 Borgo Trastevere
Wednesday 17th April – Day of departure
Pack those bags! It’s the first day of your holiday as you board your flight and depart for Italy. You’ll be enjoying 14 enviable days’ sipping fine wines, savoring exceptional Michelin starred cuisine and sightseeing Italy’s most exceptional cities and landmarks. Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the hotel by private Mercedes minivan. We look forward to welcoming you!
Thursday, 18th April – Lake Como
We arrive in the picturesque city of Blevio located on the luscious hilly slopes of Lake Como. Relax and settle in; you have the rest of the day to sightsee at your leisure. Stroll through this panoramic terrace town or take a short trip to the historic and pedestrian-friendly Como center. Have lunch at one of Como’s cute cafes or shop until you drop for some of the incredible silk products the region is so famous for.
In the evening, we’ll have dinner at award-winning Chef Mauro Elli’s restaurant… Il Cantuccio’s (not included). This Michelin star restaurant has been revered since 2007 and reconfirmed its Michelin Star again in 2018. As “cantuccio” means “corner” in Italian, the restaurant is true to its name, offering a cozy and intimate dining experience in the peace and quiet of the mountains surrounding Lake Como.
Friday 19th April – Lake Como
It’s cooking time with Chef Mauro Elli! During our morning cooking class (included), we’ll learn how to make delicious fresh pasta from scratch! We’ll get to enjoy our creations for lunch paired with some fine wines from the scenic Lombardy region. Bliss. There are perks to having a Michelin starred chef at your disposal!
Saturday, 20th April – Lake Como
Today is our last day at the lake and you have the morning to spend exploring as you see fit. Visit Villa Carlotta’s for a leisurely stroll through the fragrant botanical gardens on the lake’s edge or venture out to Milan or Switzerland’s famous Foxtown Factory Stores for a little retail therapy- both are a short train ride away.
In the evening, have dinner at a restaurant of your choice or dine with Sybil at Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como with its enviable position right on the lake (not included).
Easter Sunday, 21st April – Monza
It’s Easter Sunday! This holiday is a pretty big deal in Italy (it’s the biggest holiday after Christmas) and while you won’t see the Easter Bunny or hunt for Easter eggs, the days leading up to this religious day are marked by solemn processions and parades. Pasqua, as it’s called in Italian, is a cheerful celebration marked with all sorts of rituals and traditions throughout the country.
This morning we’ll depart for the city of Monza, a city that’s steeped in history. After settling In at the hotel, cross the street and visit the Royal Villa of Monza – one of the most beautiful Royal Villas in Europe – or the striking interior of the Monza Cathedral. For lunch, we’d recommend Uova & Farina for some sensational Italian pasta dishes, and for fine dining, the Derby Grill for a celebratory Easter dinner – usually roast lamb served with artichokes and special Easter breads.
After dinner, venture out and experience Milan’s exciting nightlife. It’s just one train stop away from Monza, and it’s the perfect place to celebrate the holidays!
Monday, 22nd April – Monza
We’re up bright and early for a day trip to the Franciacorta Vineyards and designer outlets! Experience this small and picturesque wine region in Lombardy famous for its magnificent sparkling wines – very similar to champagne. You’ll get to sample some world famous wines, such as “Bollicine” and “Satin” and meet some of the wine-makers themselves that produce these exceptional varietals.
When we’ve had our fill of bubbly, we’ll head over to the Franciacorta Outlet Village. A shopper’s delight, this popular outlet is filled with fashionable designer clothing and cosmetics – all at an affordable cost. You’ll want to bring an empty suitcase!
Tuesday, 23rd April – Monza
Today is our last day in the beautiful city of Monza and you’ll have it to sightsee at your own pace. This intriguing city was once used as the summer residence of the queens of Lombardy and the headquarters of the military. You may even recognize it as the home of the famous annual Formula 1 Grand Prix. Take your time exploring the astonishing sights and historical architecture to be found here. We’d recommend a stroll through the Parco di Monza – the largest walled park in Europe.
After a day of adventure, head back to Milan to squeeze in some last minute sightseeing or relax with a book by the pool and have dinner at our lovely hotel.
Wednesday, 24th April – Florence
Hello Florence! This morning we’re travelling to the fascinating and fun city of Florence, the center of Italian Renaissance. Upon your arrival drop your bags and venture out to sightsee at your leisure.
Pick up some great bargains on a new handbag at the leather market, go shopping along the Ponte Vecchio Bridge or explore the spectacular Uffizi Gallery – one of the oldest museums in the western world! Fill hungry bellies with some artisanal snacks at the famous Mercato Centrale and climb the 463 steps to the top of the red-roofed Duomo for an unforgettable bird’s eye view over the city of Florence.
In the evening, have dinner at a restaurant of your choosing or join Sybil at a local eatery and taste some typical regional Tuscan dishes.
Thursday, 25th April – Florence
Don’t eat too much at breakfast – you’ll want to save yourself for the private food tour we’re doing in Bologna this morning. We’ll learn all about two of the region’s most famous foods: Parmigiano Reggiano – an Italian hard cheese you may recognize as “Parmesan” – and Prosciutto Di Parma Dop – a delicious and preservative-free cold meat often served with bread or cheeses. We’ll also taste some Balsamic Vinegar from Modena and sample some of the finest wines with our lunch (included). Come hungry!
Friday, 26th April – Pisa
We’ll enjoy a change of scenery this morning as we head into Pisa, a city that’s so much more than just the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Admire the glamorous golden ceilings of the Pisa Cathedral and witness the mystifying Gothic sculptures of the Baptistery.
Have lunch at an eatery of your choosing and visit Sybil’s favorite gelateria for some sensational Italian Gelato. We’ll return to Florence in the late afternoon and you’ll have the rest of the evening and dinner at your leisure.
Saturday, 27th April – Rome
Enjoy a leisurely morning before venturing out to see all there is to see in the romantic city of Rome. Explore the architectural marvel of the Colosseum, climb the Spanish Steps and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain for good luck. If you’re feeling thirsty, head to the Bohemian Trastevere neighborhood for some authentic craft beer before following the cobbled streets that lead to atmospheric piazzas and primeval Baroque churches. The peckish can sate their hunger with local dishes from Rome at Da Enzo or a delicious homemade pizza at Antico forno Roscioli.
In the evening, have dinner with Sybil at Piazza del Biscione. This restaurant contains a wine cellar that was once part of ancient Teatro de Pompeo and believed to be where Julius Caesar was murdered. The owner discovered a 2,000 year old ruin beneath his restaurant in 1940!
Sunday, 28th April – Rome
With another free day to sightsee in Rome, we’d suggest discovering the gems of the Vatican City. Measuring just 110 acres with a tiny population of only 1,000 people, the Vatican City is the smallest country in the world!
There is so much to discover behind the ancient walls of the Vatican, from centuries-old Roman sculptures, to the Sistine Chapel, one of Michelangelo’s true masterpieces. Spend some time in St. Peter’s Square where you can admire St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s largest churches, and climb the 551 steps to the top for an enchanting view of the city from above.
To note: As headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and home of the Pope, the Vatican City is deeply religious so please dress respectfully and cover your shoulders and knees at all times. Tickets are suggested to skip the lines – these are not included but they can be arranged.
Monday, 29th April – Amalfi Coast
Pack your swimsuit! Today, we’re heading south on a private day trip to discover the extraordinary towns of Sorrento and Positano along the Amalfi Coast (included). Known for their picturesque beaches lapped by bright turquoise waters, this stretch of coastline is truly one of the most beautiful on earth. Capture a holiday photo in romantic Positano – a colorful terraced city teetering above the Mediterranean Sea.
Tuesday, 30th April – Departure day
Wake up early and make the most of your last day of tour. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and relax beside the pool before transferring by private Mercedes minivan to the airport in Rome to catch your flight back home. We hope you’ve enjoyed your sip, savor and sightseeing tour of Italy with us and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Arrivederci!