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Northern Italy: Florence, Bologna + Milan

8 days

A private journey for departure any day

Our Distinctive A+R Style

  • Experience more of Italy’s history, architecture, culture and food: With chauffeured transportation and your own private guides, we promise a more relaxed, enriching and immersive exploration of these classic Italian cities.
  • Tailor your exploration to your own personal interests with our flexible, privately guided sightseeing in Florence and Milan… It’s all included. Just choose the ones you like!
  • Our engaging resident guide in Bologna will take you to some of their favorite places to sample local wine and regional delicacies like Mortadella and Parmigiano Reggiano.
  • Delight in a walking tour through the medieval streets of Parma to visit the 13th-century Baptistery, famed for its magnificent interior and regarded as one of Europe’s most important medieval monuments.
  • With 7 nights in our deluxe hotels; 7 meals; comprehensive privately guided sightseeing; chauffeured transfers throughout; and all gratuities except your Private Guide.

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On arrival at the airport or rail station, you’ll be warmly greeted and chauffeured to the deluxe Hotel Santa Maria Novella in a superior room, set on the historic piazza of the same name in the heart of town.

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Personalize Your Stay in Florence c

Hotel Santa Maria Novella - Florence, Italy

Rich in history, art and modern-day culture, Florence offers so much to enjoy. Today you’ll have the opportunity to personalize your exploration based upon your interests. Just choose one of these included half-day tours and let your private guide immerse you in the city they love and know so well! 
 
Half-Day Walking Tour: Join your personal guide for a narrated stroll designed to immerse you in all of Florence’s celebrated splendor. Enhanced by historical insights and colorful anecdotes, your sightseeing tour will include the city’s best known highlights including Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Cathedral – capped by Brunelleschi’s spectacular cupola. You’ll walk through lovely public squares like the Piazza della Signoria and see the world-famous Ponte Vecchio. This 3-hour tour is offered daily. Some blackout dates may apply.
 
Half-Day Walking Tour with The Academy: Begin your sightseeing with a privately guided tour encompassing Florentine highlights like Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Duomo, the spectacular Cathedral begun in the 13th century and topped by one of Brunelleschi’s most significant architectural achievements. Then cap off this enriching experience with a privately guided tour through the Academy Museum, home to Renaissance masterpieces including some of Michelangelo’s most famous works like the David and the unfinished Prigioni. This 3-hour tour is offered daily except Monday. Some blackout dates including Dec 25 may apply.
 
Half-Day Walking Tour with Uffizi Gallery: Enhanced by the historical knowledge and cultural perspectives of your private guide, a walking tour is the best way to experience Florentine treasures up-close. After seeing highlights like the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, you’ll continue to the world-famous Uffizi Gallery for a privately guided visit. Home to one of the world’s finest collections of European paintings, you’ll see works by noted Renaissance masters like Raphael, Michelangelo and Botticelli. This 3-hour tour is offered daily except Monday. Some blackout dates including Dec 25 may apply.
 
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With an unbeatable heart-of-it-all location close to some of the city’s most notable landmarks, our deluxe hotel is the perfect base for enjoying this glorious city at your own pace.  Meals B
 
If you prefer additional privately guided touring, we offer a variety of excursions throughout the region that you might choose to enhance or even extend your stay in Florence. CLICK HERE to see our Privately Guided Tours from Florence.

Leaving Florence behind, this morning’s chauffeured journey to Bologna will take about 90 minutes. On arrival, check in in to your guestroom at the deluxe Grand Hotel Majestic Già Baglioni. This afternoon, you’ll join your guide to explore this captivating city – heralded for its fine food and culture. It is also home to one of the world’s oldest universities and famous Italian companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Ducati. Mortadella sausage, Balsamic vinegar and Bolognese spaghetti are just some of its culinary specialties. Enhanced by your guide’s deep knowledge and insights, your private tour includes historic landmarks like the Torre degli Asinelli, a soaring defensive tower from the 12th century, and the Basilica of San Petronio that dominates the Piazza Maggiore, the 13th-century town square that remains the vibrant heart of the city. Of course, no guided tour would be complete without experiencing some of Bologna’s gastronomic specialties! So you can be sure that your guide will take you to some of their favorite spots where you can sample sweet and savory delights accompanied by some local wine. Meals B

Our hotel’s unbeatable location near the bustling Piazza Maggiore and other city landmarks makes it an ideal base for experiencing more of Bologna’s charms at your own pace.  Meals B
 
If you prefer additional privately guided touring, we offer a variety of excursions throughout the region that you might choose to enhance your stay. CLICK HERE to see our Privately Guided Tours from Bologna.

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Onward to Parma and Milan

The Square Hotel - Milan, Italy

Leaving Bologna behind, the first stop this morning will be the historic town of Parma where your personal resident guide will be waiting to take you on a walking tour. Stroll through the historic quarter to see notable landmarks including the Romanesque 12th-century Cathedral and the Teatro Regio, one of Italy’s premier opera venues. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of the Baptistery of Parma, famed for its magnificent interior and regarded as one of Europe’s most important medieval monuments. After sightseeing, continue to Milan and check in to your deluxe room at The Square Hotel . Meals B

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Choose Your Sightseeing in Milan

The Square Hotel - Milan, Italy

The capital of Italy’s northern Lombardy region, Milan is famed as a global center for fashion and design. It is also an important financial hub and home to significant architectural monuments. Today you’ll have the opportunity to personalize your exploration to your own interests and style. Just choose one of these included private tours and join your personal guide to explore the city they love and know so well.
 
Walking Tour with Last Supper: With expert narration from your guide, you’ll see some of Milan’s most notable landmarks including the Royal Palace, Sforza Castle and the famed La Scala Opera House. You’ll also explore impressive public spaces like the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II; with its extravagant, barrel-vaulted, glass ceiling, this 19th-century shopping gallery is home to some of Italy’s oldest and most prestigious shops and restaurants. Then stroll through Milan’s world-famous fashion district before continuing to the Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie  to see da Vinci’s Last Supper. This 4-hour tour begins in front of Bar Camparino in Galleria at Piazza Duomo 21 and ends after your viewing of The Last Supper. It is offered daily except Monday. Some blackout dates may apply.
 
Chauffeured City Tour: This privately-guided tour in your own chauffeured vehicle is a comfortable and relaxed way to take in the city’s most notable highlights including the Cathedral with its soaring Gothic spires, the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II and La Scala – home to one of Italy’s most celebrated opera companies. You’ll also see the elegant boulevards and streets where Italy’s most famous designers have their clothing boutiques – the Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Sant’ Andrea. This 3-hour tour begins and ends at your hotel. It is offered daily. Some blackout dates may apply.
 
Walking Tour in “The Silent Quadrilateral”: The city district between the Cathedral and the high-end shops of Via Montenapoleone is referred to by in-the-know residents as the Quadrilatero del Silenzio. Tracing its elegant history to the Habsburg era, it is now an enchanting enclave of architectural treasures including gorgeous Art Nouveau villas. With keen insights and informative narration from your personal guide, this walking tour will take you along the district’s charming streets to see notable buildings like the Villa Necchi Campiglio. This 3-hour tour begins outside the entrance to St. Babila Church at Casa Monforte 1. It is offered daily. Some blackout dates may apply.
 
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Depart Milan

After breakfast, your car and driver will take you to the airport or rail station for your onward journey. Or extend your travels with us to beautiful Lake Como—or anywhere in Italy and beyond. We can arrange your transportation, fine hotels, memorable dining, and expertly guided sightseeing.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Lake Como

3 days from $1,199

We include roundtrip chauffeured transfers from Milan, 2 nights in our deluxe hotel, daily breakfast and sightseeing.

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Milan to Lake Como

After a leisurely breakfast on the last day of your Florence, Bologna + Milan tour, your car and driver will take you northward into Italy’s enchanting Lake District. Arriving on the shores of Lake Como, you’ll check in to the deluxe Hotel Metropole Suisse where a Classic Lake Side guestroom has been reserved for you.
 
Graced with grand villas and erstwhile seasonal palaces, the western side of Lake Como is fondly referred to as The Noble Wing. Lovely lakeside gardens and the soaring Alpine backdrop just add to the majesty of the landscapes. Setting out this afternoon in a privately chartered motorboat with an experienced skipper and English-speaking guide, your exploration of Lake Como will be intimate and paced to your comfort. We include a one-hour stop in the charming village of Bellagio where you can go ashore to explore at your own pace before returning to your hotel.  Meals B

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Lake Como at Your Leisure

Located in the heart of Como on the shores of the eponymous lake, our deluxe hotel is the perfect base for exploring this wonderful lakeside town. If you prefer additional privately guided touring, we can make sightseeing arrangements tailored to your interests and style.
 
A classic 3-hour Walking Tour is one of our most popular options. Accompanied by your own private guide, you’ll discover Como and its rich history through the towns many monuments, palaces, churches, courtyards and grand residences. Offered daily, this tour also includes a funicular ride to the hilltop town of Brunate, perched 1,600 feet above Lake Como.
 
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Back to Milan

After breakfast, your car and driver will take you the airport in Milan for your onward journey.  Meals B

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Cinque Terre + Genoa + Lake Como
La Spezia + Ligure + Lucca + Milan
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