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Milan

About the city

With something almost Northern European in the air, yet exuding Italian style, Milan is Italy's most cosmopolitan city. The capital of Lombardy is both hardworking and glamorous - powerful in businesses from finance to fashion and, of course, football. But what gives Milan its certain something is its status as the epicentre of Italian fashion and interior design. International fashionistas, designers, supermodels and paparazzi descend upon the city twice a year for its spring and autumn fairs: Milan, which has carefully guarded its reputation for flair, drama and creativity, is Italy's natural stage. This is certainly one of the best places in Italy to shop, or windowshop. Milan is the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of Italy and as such, is unsurprisingly business-like in appearance. At first glance, it lacks the wow factor, but if you take time and are determined to explore Milan’s streets, you’ll access its aesthetically appealing gems – and they do exist. Cut through the modern metropolitan bustle, and you will stumble across impressive churches and palaces, the pretty Navigli area, the chic Brera district and lively university quarter, and no need to mention a landmark such as the Duomo, or that the city is impressively home to Leonardo da Vinci's 15th century masterpiece The Last Supper. Milan cannot be faulted when it comes to having a good time. The Milanese know how to party – and they don’t waste time getting started. Nightlife tends to kick off at 6pm; enjoying an aperitivo in which locals unwind with post-work drinks and nibbles before heading home is the rule rather than exception. So whether you’re looking for cut-price fashion, an alternative city break or a chance to paint the town red, Milan has undoubtedly got it covered.

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19/06/2019
Milan
Bellagio
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Bellagio

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Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

  • At 0.8 km from the center
  • Via roma, 1, Bellagio 22021
From April to November the salons and the large lakeside garden offer guests the chance to enjoy a holiday far from the madding crowd and close to nature immersed in one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world. Lovers of peace and quiet can alte...
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  • SUITE LAKE VIEW (1)

  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 3 Nights

22/06/2019
Bellagio
Milan
22/06/2019 22/06/2019

Milan

About the city

With something almost Northern European in the air, yet exuding Italian style, Milan is Italy's most cosmopolitan city. The capital of Lombardy is both hardworking and glamorous - powerful in businesses from finance to fashion and, of course, football. But what gives Milan its certain something is its status as the epicentre of Italian fashion and interior design. International fashionistas, designers, supermodels and paparazzi descend upon the city twice a year for its spring and autumn fairs: Milan, which has carefully guarded its reputation for flair, drama and creativity, is Italy's natural stage. This is certainly one of the best places in Italy to shop, or windowshop. Milan is the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of Italy and as such, is unsurprisingly business-like in appearance. At first glance, it lacks the wow factor, but if you take time and are determined to explore Milan’s streets, you’ll access its aesthetically appealing gems – and they do exist. Cut through the modern metropolitan bustle, and you will stumble across impressive churches and palaces, the pretty Navigli area, the chic Brera district and lively university quarter, and no need to mention a landmark such as the Duomo, or that the city is impressively home to Leonardo da Vinci's 15th century masterpiece The Last Supper. Milan cannot be faulted when it comes to having a good time. The Milanese know how to party – and they don’t waste time getting started. Nightlife tends to kick off at 6pm; enjoying an aperitivo in which locals unwind with post-work drinks and nibbles before heading home is the rule rather than exception. So whether you’re looking for cut-price fashion, an alternative city break or a chance to paint the town red, Milan has undoubtedly got it covered.

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22/06/2019
Milan
Florence
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Florence

About the city

Florence is as vital and beautiful today as when its wool and silk merchants and bankers revolutionized the economy of 13th century Tuscany, and the art of Dante and Michelangelo stunned the world. Florence was the centre of the Italian Renaissance. The fruits of the city’s rebirth are still evident in its seemingly endless array of museums, churches and palazzi. With its historic centre classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Duomo, the elegant and beautiful cathedral, dominates the city and is an unmistakable reference point in your wanderings. The River Arno, which cuts through the oldest part of the city, is crowned with the Ponte Vecchio bridge lined with shops and held up by stilts. Dating back to the 14th century, it is the only bridge that survived attacks during WWII. Standing by the river at night, when the city is illuminated with a myriad twinkling lights, is unforgettable. But more remains of Florence’s incomparable heritage than stones and paint, the city’s indomitable spirit has also survived the centuries, ensuring Florentine life today its liveliness and sophistication.

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22/06/2019
Florence
Siena
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22/06/2019 26/06/2019

Siena

About the city

"Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena. MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS • The Piazza del Campo, the unique shell shaped piazza at the centre of the city, and twice a year the racetrack for the Palio • The Palazzo Pubblico, Siena's City Hall for almost 800 years, contains the famous frescos on good and bad government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, frescoes by Simone Martini and Duccio, and access to the Torre del Mangia, from whose top you can view a beautiful panorama of the Sienese countryside. • The Duomo, Siena's magnificent black and white Italian Romanesque cathedral including the Libreria Piccolomini, Baptistery and an attached Museo dell'Opera del Duomo which includes the famous Maestà by Duccio. • The Pinacoteca, full of Sienese painting from the city's Medieval heyday. • The Palazzo Salimbeni, built in 1472, is the world headquarters of Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the major banking corporation which has a hand in much of the economic and cultural life of the city. • The house where St. Catherine of Siena was born is just a few blocks from the duomo. • The Piccolomini Palace built in 1459 by the well-known architect Bernardo Rossellino, disciple of Leon Battista Alberti. The Piccolomini Palace is one of the most popular sites on the Piazza del Campo. The Florentine style palace is home to the official archives of Siena."

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Hotel Le Fontanelle

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  • At 9.3 km from the center
  • Pianella, sp 408 km 14.700, 1, Pianella, castelnuovo berardenga - siena 20260
This charming eco hotel is located only 15 km from Siena and its many shops (20 km from the train station). Restaurants can be found 5 km from the family-friendly historical hotel and nearby cities include Florence (70 km), Arezzo (60 km) and San Gim...
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  • DOUBLE CLASSIC (1)

  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 4 Nights

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Winery Visit & Guided Visit of Siena and San Gimignano

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Departing from and returning to Florence, this full day excursion begins with a visit to the picturesque village of San Gimignano, famous for the 13th century towers that stand as a testament to its medieval prosperity and the wealth of its merchants.


After a tour of San Gimignano you'll head to the Setriolo estate in Castellina in Chianti, known for their fine Chianti Classico and Riserva wines. A visit to the cellars and a guided wine tasting are included. Next stop will be lunch at the Osteria di Lornano, a lovely place serving typical Tuscan cuisine. 


Afterwards, you will drive through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside to Siena. In this cradle of the Italian Gothic style, your expert, private guide will introduce you to the artistic marvels of the historic center. See the spectacular Duomo and baptistery, both of which beautifully symbolize the devout religious nature of the Sienese. 


The city's heart is the gracious, shell-shaped main piazza, or Campo, site of the celebrated Palio - this thrilling horserace is run twice each summer, on July 2nd and August 16th. Looming over it is the Palazzo Pubblico(City Hall), a crenellated, medieval building that represents the independence and economic might of the Sienese oligarchy.


Time permitting, the driver will take a slight detour to Monteriggioni, a tiny village surrounded by high walls and 14 square towers. It is one of the finest examples of medieval military architecture in existence.


TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle with English-speaking driver
  • Guided tour of San Gimignano
  • Visit to the winery Setriolo (or Lornano) and wine tasting
  • Lunch at Osteria di Lornano(included in the tour price)
  • Guided tour of Siena (Piazza del Campo and Cathedral)
  • Short stop in Monteriggioni (Time permitting)


Please note that if a winery is not available, it will be replaced by one of the same level.

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Siena
Florence
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Florence

About the city

Florence is as vital and beautiful today as when its wool and silk merchants and bankers revolutionized the economy of 13th century Tuscany, and the art of Dante and Michelangelo stunned the world. Florence was the centre of the Italian Renaissance. The fruits of the city’s rebirth are still evident in its seemingly endless array of museums, churches and palazzi. With its historic centre classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Duomo, the elegant and beautiful cathedral, dominates the city and is an unmistakable reference point in your wanderings. The River Arno, which cuts through the oldest part of the city, is crowned with the Ponte Vecchio bridge lined with shops and held up by stilts. Dating back to the 14th century, it is the only bridge that survived attacks during WWII. Standing by the river at night, when the city is illuminated with a myriad twinkling lights, is unforgettable. But more remains of Florence’s incomparable heritage than stones and paint, the city’s indomitable spirit has also survived the centuries, ensuring Florentine life today its liveliness and sophistication.

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26/06/2019ECONOMY
Florence
Naples
Italy
Santa Maria Novella Railway Station / 9:33 AM
AccesRail and Partner Railways 9B 7007 AccesRail and Partner Railways
5h 50m 1 Stop - Rome Termini (3h 10m)
Italy
3:23 PM NAPLES CENTRAL RAILWAY STN
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Naples

About the city

Most travellers hear the rumour Naples is a dirty, dangerous city not worth visiting. Nonsense. It is the heart of southern Italy, overflowing with energy and an abundant love of life. The local mafia gangs have earned the city its infamous reputation, but if you look beyond the fame, you’ll discover a city of breathtaking frescoes, sculptures and panoramas. Naples is rich in museums. The National Museum of Archaeology contains all the frescoes and jewellery excavated from Pompeii and outstanding sculpture and ceramics. The Galleria Nazionale features artists ranging from Massacio to Raphael. The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s filled with royal palaces and castles. Stroll along the pedestrian seafront and enjoy delicious seafood dishes in one of its cosy restaurants. Neapolitans feel a cultural and communal identity that separated them from the rest of Italy; their passionate loyalties begin at home with the family, and, in many cases, end with the city. Ignore Naples’s honking horns and garbage-filled streets and enjoy a city of bewitching street life, of spontaneous conversations and profound humanity.

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26/06/2019
Naples
Positano
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Positano

About the city

Positano is a village and comune on the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), in Campania, Italy, mainly in an enclave in the hills leading down to the coast. MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS - Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta. This is one of the most famous attractions in Positano. The old church, boasting a majestic dome, was built in the 1920s and is the location of the famous 13th century Byzantine icon, the Madonna di Positano. - The harbor.

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Grand Hotel Angiolieri

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  • At 5.9 km from the center
  • Via santa maria vecchia, 2, Seiano di vico equense 80066
Overlooking the sea with panoramic views, this distinguished and landmark hotel is the ideal choice of accommodation for anyone in search of utmost luxury and a convenient location on the Sorrento coastline. Not far from the city centre, guests will...
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  • SUITE WITH BALCONY (1)

  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 4 Nights

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Mediterranean Cooking Class & Wine Tasting in Positano

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Immerse yourself in the tastes and traditions of the stunning Amalfi Coast in this small group wine tasting and seafood cooking class at a private villa in Positano.


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Immerse yourself in the traditions, tastes, and sights of the Amalfi Coast with this small group wine tasting and seafood cooking class. A local family will greet you in their gorgeous whitewashed private home, which was one of the first houses to be build in Positano, and teach you how to prepare some typical Mediterranean dishes and how to pair them with wine.


The wine tasting and cooking class takes place on a sea facing terrace surrounded by a lush Mediterranean garden. The terrace has its own kitchen where you will get busy cooking after you have sampled the wines and the antipasti. Your class will start with a tasting of four glasses of wines (two reds and two whites) produced by local boutique wineries. The wines will be paired with local cheeses such as caciocavallo and scamorza, and accompanied by olive oil dips and balsamic vinegars. 


The cooking class is hands-on and the food varies from day to day as the ingredients, mostly vegetables and seafood, are selected and bought fresh each day by the Chef. During the class, Chef Peter will share with you the cooking traditions and stories that have been passed down in his family, his love for the land where he lives and the people who every day produce organic high quality products. After preparing the meal, you'll seat down and enjoy the dishes you cooked with your fellow students while admiring amazing views of the Amalfi Coast.


This is an unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, and is a must for anyone interested in Italian culture and cuisine.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This Small Group Wine Tasting & Cooking Class includes:

  • Welcome drink
  • Wine tasting paired with freshly prepared antipasti and local cheeses
  • Hands-on seafood cooking class
  • Meal on the terrace with the food you have personally prepared accompanied by local wines

Participants of this tour are both Select Italy and non-Select Italy clients. Maximum number of participants is 8. Minimum is 2.


Please inform us or the chef if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Please note that transportation is not included in the total price. Select Italy will be happy to arrange a private transfer for a supplemental fee.

Service duration is approximately 4 hours in length.


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Capri - Island of Romance

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The sun-kissed island of Capri, basking in the midst of the Tyrrhenian Sea, has been enchanting visitors for centuries. This full day boat excursion takes you around this stunning Mediterranean island so you can explore its celebrated rocky coastline, which hides many caves and secret grottos in its depths.


Departing from Positano, as you come into Capri you'll pass the infamous Tiberio's leap - legend has it that this was the place where disobedient servants and unwanted guests were thrown over the cliff! Upon reaching the island's port, your captain provides you with maps of the island, as well as information about the must-see sites; then you have about four hours to independently explore the island. 


Once you return to the boat, a panoramic ride around the island begins and you will be able to admire Capri's rugged cliffs, white sand beaches, lemon trees, flowers and magnificent views from the water. An optional stop at the beautiful Blue Grotto, known for the intense blue tones of its interior and the magical silvery light, gives you a chance to enter the mouth of the cave to admire the spectacular colors. Then, you'll head to the Green Grotto, named for the emerald colored waters that fill its interior. 


Capri's iconic symbol is the trio of three rugged rock formations known as the Faraglioni. On your way to see them, you can stop for a swim in one of the island's hidden bays. Last stop of the tour is the White Grotto. At the conclusion of the excursion, you'll return to Positano with many happy memories and pictures of the fabled isle of Capri.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Transportation to the Positano pier is NOT included in the total price. Please note that if you are NOT staying in Positano, we strongly recommend that you book a private transfer or that you take a cab to the meeting point. If you wish to book a private transfer, we will gladly assist you.


Service includes:

  • Cruise along the Capri coast
  • Optional visit to the Blue Grotto (weather and crowd permitting)
  • Green Grotto
  • Faraglioni
  • White Grotto


Entrance to the Blue Grotto is dependent on the weather and crowd conditions; the entrance fee is approximately 13 euros plus gratuities which must be paid on site.


Lunch is NOT included in the tour price. Cold drinks (sparkling wine, beer and soft drinks) and towels are available on board.


Please note that participants on the small group tour are both Select Italy and non-Select Italy clients. A minimum of four people will be required to confirm the tour; the maximum is twelve participants.


Duration: The boat tour lasts approximately 8 hours. 

Sites Included: Cruise along the Capri coast

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Amalfi Coast - Private Chauffeured Road Trip

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The Amalfi Coast has been enchanting visitors for hundreds of years - from La Dolce Vita to Under the Tuscan Sun, this area has exemplified the romance of Southern Italy on the silver screen. This excursion, departing from and returning to anywhere on the Amalfi Coast, including Naples, Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi, and Ravello, will take you along this picturesque stretch of coast in a private, chauffeured, luxury sedan or minivan, allowing you to experience the charm of this area without the stress of navigating hairpin turns on your own.


The best part of this tour is the flexibility which it offers: there is no set itinerary! Your driver will pick you up at your designated address and continue along the coast: you can decide where you want to stop along the way or rely on your driver for suggestions of particularly lovely stops. You can choose to make a stop in Sorrento to shop and then head to Positano and lounge on the beach, or head for the hills and take a stroll on lemon-scented trails above glorious ocean vistas. Do whatever you want! Your car and driver are at your disposal for eight full hours.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

You have 8 hours of time with the car & driver. There is no guide for you in the towns but you are free to explore on your own as you wish.


Departs from and returns anywhere in the Amalfi Coast.


Sites Included: Amalfi Coast - You will be driven along the coast and choose where to stop en route.

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