3 Nights Sorrento, 3 Nights Rome, 3 Nights Florence & 3 Nights Venice (DIS)

“Carpe Diem.” Did you know this phrase is from a poem written by Roman poet Horace in 23 BC? Even 2,000 years ago, he knew you should “seize the day!” At Monograms, we agree, and that’s why we’ve made it easy for you to “seize the day” and travel to Sorrento, Rome, Florence, and Venice. On this 13-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, transportation between cities, transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations, and daily breakfast. Plus, to help you feel comfortable and at home in the cities, we've arranged the services of a Local Host®, someone who will answer your questions, offer insights, help arrange your activities, and ensure your vacation runs smoothly.

Your trip begins in Sorrento. The nearest airport is Naples, but we can pick you up at the Naples airport and take you to your selected hotel in Sorrento. Here, your Local Host will be waiting for you to help you get settled and start exploring immediately. You'll be given a set of materials to help familiarize you with the city and the next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll take you on a sightseeing tour with a local expert, someone who knows the city’s little-known secrets and insider stories. In fact, in each city your Local Host will give you a Destination Guide full of helpful information, and we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide.

In Sorrento, your Local Guide will take you for a walk through the Old Town and for a visit to the cloister of St. Francis Church. We've also arranged for you to sample limoncello, the world-famous liqueur made with Sorrento’s lemons. In Rome, your guided sightseeing includes all the attractions you must see while you're in Rome. We’ll take you to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, where you’ll view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. We’ll also take you to St. Peter's Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD and where today the Pope often presides; the iconic Colosseum, built in the 1st century and used for gladiatorial contests; and the Roman Forum, where you’ll see the oldest structures from ancient Rome. In Florence, your sightseeing includes a walk through the city and a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's original David. In Venice, you’ll visit Doges’ Palace, the symbol of Venice, and the Bridge of Sighs, as well as St. Mark's Square and Basilica. Glassmaking has always been important in Venetian history, and we've arranged for you to see a skilled glassblower in action. We've also included entrances to the Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums—just another added feature!

In each city, you’ll have a full day to explore on your own. But don't worry, your Local Hosts will offer you suggestions and help arrange the activities and excursions you desire. In Sorrento, you may want to take a scenic drive along the Amalfi Coast, where you’ll see stunningly beautiful views, or you may just want to relax in this beautiful resort town. In Rome, the possibilities are endless! Perhaps take a walking tour, sample the mouth-watering cuisine, and throw a coin in Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to Rome. In Florence, you may want to take an excursion to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower; enjoy a guided visit of the Uffizi Gallery, one of Europe’s most famous art museums; or browse the Central Market with its colorful displays of olive oil, pasta, herbs, and wine. In Venice, where your vacation ends, you may want to sit back on a gondola as you are serenaded while you float through Venice’s canals, take a ghost tour, or just wander the maze of alleys looking for the perfect souvenir.

And did we mention we've arranged transportation for you via the high-speed trains (first-class) between each city? We’ll even pick you up at your hotel, take you to the train station, pick you up at the next train station, and take you to your hotel in each city. The Italian train system may seem confusing if you’re not local, which is why our Local Host helps you get on the correct train! Between the transportation and transfers we’ve included, the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, and the hotels we’ve booked, all you have to do is remember your camera and pack your bags. Add the comfort of knowing you’ll have a Local Host in each city to assist you, and you’ve got yourself a vacation of a lifetime!


Receive a $125 per person KLM, Air France & Delta Air Credit on select 2018 Globus, Cosmos & Monograms Europe vacations.*

Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

& Destination Guides with city maps

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily

Sightseeing & Activities

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE. ALSO INCLUDED: personal headset for included city sightseeing in Rome, Florence & Venice; entrances to the Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums in Venice

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms package includes (3) high-speed train rides (first-class) through Italy’s countryside between each city. We've even included the transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations.

DAY
1
SORRENTO, ITALY

Arrive in Sorrento (the nearest airport is Naples) and meet your Local Host, who is on hand to help you create lasting memories in this beautiful resort town on the Gulf of Naples.

DAY
2
SORRENTO

Morning guided sightseeing includes a walk along the OLD TOWN’S characteristic lava-stone streets and time to take pictures of amazing Mount Vesuvius. See the 14th-century Sedil Dominova building; the ancient Bell Tower; and St. Antonino Church, dedicated to Sorrento’s patron saint. Visit the CLOISTER of St. Francis Church to enjoy its unique atmosphere and tranquility. TASTE LIMONCELLO and find out how this world-famous liqueur is made.

DAY
3
SORRENTO

A full day at leisure to enjoy many options, including a visit to the Correale Museum, or a ride on the city train—your Local Host can help with information.

DAY
4
SORRENTO–ROME

Transfer to Naples, then travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Rome.

DAY
5
ROME

Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS to see its amazing treasures. In the SISTINE CHAPEL, where the Conclave is held to elect new popes, view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today: enter monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle’s tomb and home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic COLOSSEUM, built for 50,000 spectators, and the ROMAN FORUM, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located.

DAY
6
ROME

Today you may wish to cross the city’s oldest surviving bridge, Ponte Fabricius, to Tiber Island—or many of the other possibilities available in the “Eternal City.” Your Local Host can help you plan the day.

DAY
7
ROME–FLORENCE

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Florence.

DAY
8
FLORENCE

Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s original David. Walk through Cathedral Square; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.

DAY
9
FLORENCE

Your Local Host can assist with suggestions for your day, including how to find the Central Market with its colorful displays of olive oil, pastas, herbs, and wine.

DAY
10
FLORENCE–VENICE

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Venice.

DAY
11
VENICE

Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, features ST. MARK’S SQUARE and BASILICA with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit DOGES’ PALACE and the evocative BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner, and learn why glass-making was so important in Venetian history. ENTRANCES to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.

DAY
12
VENICE

Explore this city of canals and bridges at your own pace, with suggestions from your Local Host. You might be interested in a visit to Squero di San Trovaso, one of the few remaining boatyards in Venice that still builds and repairs traditional gondolas.

DAY
13
VENICE

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Transportation

Travel by high-speed train (first class) between cities; transfers to/from train stations

Included Hotels

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Grand Hotel Flora

Corso Italia, 248
Sorrento, Italy

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

The building is historic in that it was built through different stages over the space of 100 years starting in the early 1800s. Although in recent years the property has undergone significant refurbishing, it still maintains its classic look with ample common spaces, high ceilings, mosaic, marble and wooden fixtures. The hotel boasts an olympic swimming pool with large adjacent sun bathing areas, as well as an indoor and an outdoor bar. There are 2 restaurant/breakfast areas, the main one located on the roof top overviewing the bay. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. There is a small fitness center and ample common areas are available for guests to relax and enjoy a cocktail either by the pool area or in the spaces adjacent to the main lobby.

Location & Highlights

Situated on Via del Corso, the main and most prominent boulevard of down town Sorrento, Grand Hotel Flora is at walking distance from Piazza Tasso, the real heart and hub of the town.

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
102 rooms all in classic Sorrentine style with wooden bed framings, marble or mosaic-tiled floorings. All rooms have Wi-fi access, centralized AC, minibar, safe deposit boxes and view either to the swimming pool or the town of Sorrento. There is a small fitness center, Olympic swimming pool, 2 bars and restaurants. Ample common areas are available to guest to relax and enjoy a cocktail either by the pool area or in the spaces adjacent the main lobby.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

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Florence
Venice

Art Gran Paradiso

Via Catigliano,9
S.Agnello-Sorrento, Italy

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

As indicated by the prefix of its name, this property is the stronghold of artists and arts aficionados who retreat here to isolate themselves from the crowds of the town and benefit from the breathtaking view as well as the large swimming pool and vast sun bathing areas. The hotel offers non stop bar and restaurant services either in the main dining room or on the pool terrace. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. There is a small fitness center, a piano bar and a traditional Italian restaurant featuring rotating chefs from the region that allow for ever original and fresh menus.

Location & Highlights

Located on a luscious hill enveloped by lemon and olive trees and framed on the cusp of the municipalities of Sorrento and Sant'Agnello, this boutique hotel boasts a terrific view of the Sorrentine bay, overlooking the islands of Capri and Ischia and towered at distance only by the volcano Vesuvius.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Wake-Up Calls

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
108 rooms all different from one another, furbished (and signed on the door) by the contemporary artist who designed them. Most rooms overlook the bay and come with centralized AC, minibar, safe deposit box and unique artistic pieces of furniture.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

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Sorrento

Classic Music in Sorrento

Discover the heart of southern Italy during this captivating live musical experience in Sorrento.

Price Range: $$

Dinner in Sorrento

Spend a remarkable evening, enjoying fine food from the Campania region as you bask in the delightful atmosphere at one of Sorrento's most beloved historical restaurants.

Price Range: $$

Pizza Dinner

Enjoy a traditional 3-course Neapolitan pizza dinner at a charming restaurant in the center of Sorrento with al fresco seating available¿a real treat!

Price Range: $

Sorrento Musical

The sights and sounds of Neapolitan culture come to life during this lively performance featuring traditional songs and tarantella folk dancing!

Price Range: $

Cooking Class in Sorrento

Learn to prepare authentic Italian dishes from a real Italian chef at this fun and interactive cooking class that's perfect for kids and adults alike!

Price Range: $$$$

Island of Capri

Discover the jewel of the Mediterranean on this wonderful excursion to the legendary isle of Capri!

Price Range: $$$

Discover Amalfi & Positano

The most thrilling drive in Europe awaits! This full-day guided excursion includes the famed Amalfi Drive, stops in Positano and Ravello, and a light lunch for a day you'll never forget!

Price Range: $$$$

Pompeii

This unique excursion allows you to time travel to a specific day in 79 AD, when this once-bustling area was forever frozen in time by the eruption of towering Mount Vesuvius.

Price Range: $$$$

Discover Naples

Experience the wonders of southern Italy's most beloved city on this incredible introduction to Naples!

Price Range: $$$

Herculaneum

This exceptional half-day guided private excursion introduces you to the UNESCO World Heritage excavations of Herculaneum, the city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Price Range: $$$$

Sorrento Hiking

Travel on the Path of the Gods on this exhilarating guided hike high above the Amalfi Coast for spectacular panoramic views.

Price Range: $$

Sorrento Fishing Boat Experience

Head out on a working fishing vessel to experience the intensity and exhilaration of a day of fishing before seeing the sights of Capri by land and water, swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, and then savoring your catch of the day for lunch!

Price Range: $$$$

Rome

Ghost and Mystery Tour of Rome

When the sun sets, another side of Rome comes to life. Join an expert guide for an eerie nighttime walking tour that reveals the city's spooky, supernatural, and mysterious side.

Price Range: $

Gourmet Dinner in Rome

Bask in the hypnotic atmosphere of the Eternal City as you savor a gourmet dinner with wine at an elegant restaurant

Price Range: $$

Bike Tours

Explore some of Italy's greatest wonders on this exhilarating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $$

Classical Concerts

Enjoy an evening of soul-satisfying classical music at Rome's most inspiring locations.

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

Explore Rome the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide-the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Unforgettable Highlights of Rome

This guided tour has it all: bustling piazzas, the incredible Pantheon, lively Navona Square, and beautiful Trevi Fountain, where legend says tossing a coin will ensure your return to Rome!

Price Range: $$

Cooking Class in Rome

Learn to prepare authentic Italian dishes from a real Italian chef at this fun and interactive cooking class that's perfect for kids and adults alike!

Price Range: $$

Tiber Island and the Underground of St. Nicholas in Prison

Join your expert archaeological local guide for a unique visit to the Isola Tiberina. An underground tour for anyone fascinated with mysteries of places missed by the average tourist.

Price Range: $$$$

Excursion to Ancient Ostia by Train

Life in the Roman Republic springs to life on this mesmerizing half-day guided excursion to the ancient port city of Ostia.

Price Range: $$

The Catacombs

The early Christians created the Catacombs, a network of underground corridors. We will show you the best of them!

Price Range: $$

Florence

Florentine Dinner

Bask in the spirit of Tuscany at this incredible dinner featuring the region's most celebrated Italian dishes and tantalizing wines.

Price Range: $$

Florence by Night

The only thing more impressive than Florence by day is Florence at night! This guided walking tour shows off the beautiful illuminated sites-and even includes a delicious gelato!

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

Explore Florence the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide-the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Come face-to-face with the world's greatest masterpieces faster when you skip the long lines and head right into the Uffizi Gallery on this fantastic guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Palatina Gallery, Royal Apartments and the Modern Art Gallery in Pitti Palace (entrance ticket only)

Discover the city's largest museum complex at Pitti Palace. Marvel at the Royal Apartments, Gallery of Modern Art, and the Medicis' private art collection

Price Range: $

Discover Florence: Boboli Gardens

Discover some of Florence's greatest natural and manmade treasures on this delightful excursion

Price Range: $

Create Your Own Pizza

From the art of dough-making to choosing the best toppings, learn all about pizza, craft your own signature pie, and then savor the tasty results!

Price Range: $$

Bike Tour

Pedal your way past incredible scenery and mesmerizing sights on this invigorating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $$

Harvesting in Tuscany with Wine Tasting

Roll up your sleeves and help bring in the harvest during this fun, hands-on private visit of a working agricultural estate. Lunch and tasting are included!

Price Range: $$$$

Tuscan Cooking Class in Medieval Tower

Ignite your passion for cooking on this unique excursion. A complete culinary adventure awaits you in a Medieval tower located just outside from Florence.

Price Range: $$$$

Chianti countryside, San Gimignano & Wine tasting at Verrazzano castle

The ultimate Tuscan experience! Soak up the legendary Chianti countryside as you drive to the heart of Tuscany, with gentle hills, olive groves, and vineyards. You have time to explore San Gimignano, the most famous of Italy's medieval towns, and stop at Verrazzano Castle.

Price Range: $$$$

Excursion to Pisa and Lucca

From leaning towers to ancient ramparts, this exciting full-day excursion introduces you to Pisa and medieval walled Lucca, two of Italy's cultural gems.

Price Range: $$$$

Discover Florence: Bargello Museum

View art by the world's greatest masters at the medieval Bargello, and judge for yourself whose bronze bas-relief deserved the honor as the Baptistry's "Gates of Paradise".

Price Range: $

Discover Florence: Mosaic Museum

Head behind the scenes at the Mosaic Museum to see skilled artisans at work and to learn just what makes Florentine mosaics unique throughout the world!

Price Range: $

The Vineyards of Tuscany by Horseback

Saddle up for an incredible horseback ride through the scenic Tuscan countryside that includes a winery tour and traditional meal with wine and olive oil tastings!

Price Range: $$$$

Ferraris & Food Private Discovery Tour

Thrill your inner race car driver on this private excursion to the dazzling Ferrari Museum. See how these Supercars are made, marvel at the collection, and enjoy a special pasta lunch!

Price Range: $$$$

Half-Day Siena Private Discovery Tour

Surrounded by exquisite Tuscan scenery, this private guided tour introduces you to Siena, one of Italy's best preserved medieval towns and home to the annual Palio horse race!

Price Range: $$$$

Venice

Venetian Dinner

The magic of Venice comes to life as you enjoy an unforgettable evening of gourmet specialties at one of the city's most celebrated restaurants.

Price Range: $$

Celebration Package

Enjoy an unforgettable romantic evening in Venice! Enjoy a private ride in a traditional gondola, later proceed to one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Italy.

Price Range: $$$$

Classical Concert

Enjoy an evening of soul-satisfying classical music at Venice's prestigious Scuola Grande di San Teodoro concert hall.

Price Range: $$

Gondola

When in Rome, do as the Romans -- and when in Venice, head right for the gondolas! Hop aboard a traditional gondola for a ride through the magical Venetian canals

Price Range: $$

Ghosts Of Venice Private Walking Tour

This spine-tingling private guided walk takes you through the hidden corners of Venice-places of tragic history from the ghostly past-to encounter the city's deepest, darkest secrets.

Price Range: $$$$

Private Guided Tour

Explore Venice the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide-the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Paint Your Own Venetian Mask

Learn the dark secrets and captivating history behind one of Venice's most ancient art forms-Carnival masks-then paint your very own with the help of an expert instructor

Price Range: $$

Drives, Putts & Chips: 18 Holes in Venice

Play an unforgettable 18 holes of golf at the stunningly beautiful Venetian Golf Club, which once hosted the drives and putts of Venetian aristocracy.

Price Range: $$$$

Kayak Adventure Through the Venetian Canals

When you want a relaxing and romantic Venetian canal experience, head to the gondolas. But for a more hands-on, adrenalin-pumping excursion, this guided kayaking adventure can't be beat

Price Range: $$$

Mamma Mia! Serenaded Gondola Ride & Pizza

Enjoy the quintessential Italian experience: a romantic serenaded gondola ride, followed by a dinner of authentic Italian pizza!

Price Range: $$

Cicchetti Aperitif Tour

In Venice "andar a cicchetti" is a way of life! Going out for an aperitif, meeting up with friends and chatting over a nice glass of wine while enjoying appetizers is a big part of everyday life for Venetians. Take part of it!

Price Range: $$

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Experience the floating city from the water as you cruise along the lagoon to charming Burano Island for a delicious four-course meal and time to explore.

Price Range: $$$

Food and Wine Experiences Outside Venice

Trade the crowds of Venice for breathtaking scenery and unforgettable wines on this inspiring private excursion.

Price Range: $$$$

Private Morning Run Through Venice

Hit the ground running and see the magnificent sites of Venice at the same time on this 1-hour private guided running tour.

Price Range: $$$

Insider

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Sorrento

Meet Kay, one of your Local Hosts in SorrentoMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Sorrento and Italy. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Sorrento and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Sorrento insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host

Hello, my name is Kay. I was born in England. However, I have been living and working in Sorrento for the last 15 years. I love being a Local Host here, as Sorrento and the surrounding area have something special to offer everyone—like culture, sightseeing, history such as Pompei, Vesuvius, the Island of Capri, and the breathtaking Amalfi coast. I look forward to seeing you here.

Marina Grande

Walk through the Old Town along the fisherman’s path to Marina Grande, once the main harbor of Sorrento. Sophia Loren was filmed in movies at this picturesque harbor. Stop at one of the restaurants to enjoy fresh fish brought in by the local fleet.

Sedil Dominova

Enjoy a stroll through narrow streets. Pass old churches, the Sedile Dominova (which dates back to the late 14th/early 15th century and is famous for its decoration), the ex cathedral with wonderful examples of inlaid woodwork, and back to Sorrento’s main square.

St. Antonino, St. Francis of Assisi

Ask your Local Host about these walks: perhaps take another church walk to visit the church of St. Antonino (the patron saint of Sorrento) and the St. Francis of Assisi church (Italy’s patron saint) with its 13th-century cloisters. See other fascinating religious monuments or maybe take an intriguing walk following the old city walls.

Queen Giovanna’s Baths

Stroll out of town to the Queen Giovanna’s Baths and ancient fortress to enjoy a swim in the Mediterranean. Walk back or catch the local bus.

Public Gardens

Relax in the gardens and enjoy spectacular views across the Bay of Naples to Vesuvius. Newlyweds head to this shaded oasis for fairytale wedding photos.

Inlaid Wood, Cameos

Good buys of local craftsmanship are inlaid woodwork, intarsio, created in anything from small musical boxes right up to large pieces of furniture. Cameos and corals make splendid jewelry pieces. Admire lifelike Capodimonte figurines created in the Naples area. Other possibilities are embroidery and silk work made at home by local ladies, or look out for ceramics from the Amalfi coastline.

Local Cuisine

The Sorrento and Naples areas are well known for their cuisine, but perhaps the most famous of all is the Pizza Margherita, invented in Naples. Sorrento is renowned for its fresh fish dishes, shell fish (often served with Scialatielli homemade pasta), and other seafood such as the delicious calamari. Spaghetti with clams is certainly one of the favorites. For dessert, maybe try the local Pastiera (cake with ricotta cheese, wheat grain and candied fruit).

Limoncello Liquore

Try Italian wines and a specialty, Limoncello, which is made from the local lemons. Limoncello is something Sorrento housewives make themselves if they have the chance.

Street Markets

Ask your Local Host about street markets for local color and bargains.

Sea, Sun, Music and Culture

Sorrento offers everything to visitors: sea and sun, magnificent mountain views, music and culture, and a relaxing atmosphere—and everything within a short distance.

Rome

Meet Maresa, one of your Local Hosts in RomeMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Rome and Italy. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Rome and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Rome insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host

I have many years of experience in both European and African travel. I was the first-ever, English-speaking guide to lead the Imperial city tour in Morocco. I have a great love of Rome and know all its secrets, which I take great pleasure in sharing. Thanks to my kindness and thoughtfulness, Monograms’ clients like to call me “Mama.”

Pantheon and Piazza Navona

Ask your Local Host for a walking route to see Piazza Navona, the church of San Luigi dei Francesi with its paintings of Caravaggio, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and Piazza del Popolo.

Ara Pacis and Spanish Steps

See the Ara Pacis, Borghese Park, and the Spanish Steps—the longest and widest staircase in Europe.

Castel Sant’Angelo and Trastevere

This is another possibility for a walking route to discover more of Rome’s splendors. See Castel Sant’Angelo, piazza Farnese, and the district of Trastevere with the Basilica of St. Maria in Trastevere.

Capitolini Museums and Picture Galleries, Borghese Gallery and Museum

Rome has many museums and galleries. Ask your Local Host for information.

Church of Santa Maria - Bocca della Verità

Dare to put your hand in the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth), the marble disk presumed to be the face of a river god that, legend has it, will bite off a liar’s hand.

Jewish Roman Synagogue

Visit the imposing Jewish Roman synagogue, which includes a small museum of Roman Jewish life and ritual. Also see the Jewish Quarter with its Tortoise Fountain.

Tiber Island

Cross the oldest surviving bridges, Ponte Fabricius or Ponte Cestius, to explore boat-shaped Tiber Island, which has long been associated with healing.

Marcello Theater

See this Roman theater later converted into a residence.

Giancolo Hill

Families may wish to spend some time at the Gianicolo Park, with its wonderful panoramic views of Rome, carousels, and puppet shows.

Villa Borghese

When in Rome, do as the Romans do and stroll in this vast green area, a combination of old and new parks. Admire its fountains, monuments, and sculptures.

Via Condotti

Shop on Via Condotti, which ends at the Spanish Steps. Here you will find boutiques of many world-famous designers. Italian craftwork and religious artifacts also make good buys.

Pasta and Gelato

Try some special pasta dishes, such as pasta alla carbonara, bucatini all’amatriciana, and lasagna. Also, enjoy memorable gelato and the white Frascati wine made in the Roman Hills for 2000 years.

Florence

Meet Giampaolo, one of your Local Hosts in FlorenceMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Florence. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Florence and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Florence insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host

Hi, I’m Giampaolo, and I am a native of Florence. I have worked with the Globus family of brands since 1967. I am now pleased to welcome Monograms’ guests to the magnificent city of Florence.

Piazzale Michelangelo and San Miniato a Monte

Enjoy a sensational view over the “cradle of the Renaissance” from Florence’s most panoramic square. Climb to one of the highest points of the city, where the Benedictines erected a church in honor of St. Mennas.

Piazza della Repubblica and Ponte Vecchio

Walk through the commercial heart of town—from the elegant and lively cafés of Piazza della Repubblica to the picturesque Old Bridge which crosses the narrowest point of the river Arno. Admire the patient and precious work of the local artisans and goldsmiths. Ask your Local Host about this and other walks to see the best of Florence.

Cathedral Dome and Museum

Climb the interior staircase of the city’s most dominant architectural feature—constructed between 1418 and 1436 on a base of approximately 150 feet in diameter and 330 feet high—by the genius of Filippo Brunelleschi. The Cathedral museum contains the major original artifacts and the original panels of the Baptistery, known as the “Gates of Paradise.”

Church of San Lorenzo

See Brunelleschi’s early-Renaissance masterpiece and the mausoleum of the Medici family, built by Michelangelo, in the New Sacristy.

Central Market

Florence’s best food market is located in the middle of the picturesque street market of San Lorenzo; see displays of olive oil, pastas, herbs, and red wine.

Church of Santa Croce

Erected towards the end of the 13th century by the great architect Arnolfo di Cambio, this Franciscan basilica is a highlight of the specifically Italian architecture of the Gothic style. Wander along the three wide naves enriched by Galileo’s and Michelangelo’s tombs, and admire works of the Early Florentine School from Giotto and his followers in the transept chapels.

Santa Maria Novella

Enjoy the harmony of this medieval architectural jewel. Built in 1246 by the Dominicans, its beautiful arcades and its incredible vaults preserve works by many Renaissance artists.

Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

The pharmacy displays the results of more than 800 years of work by Dominican monks. Following centuries-old formulas, the officina sells ancient remedies and tonics alongside hand-molded soaps and perfumed powders.

Florentine Fashion and Shopping

If you love Italian fashion, a visit to the designer houses of Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, or Ferragamo will make your day. Florentine leatherwork, gold jewelry, Italian craftwork, and art books are also good buys and great presents to take home.

Tuscan Food Specialties

Specialties to try include succulent ‘bistecca fiorentina,’ Florentine steaks; ‘pappa al pomodoro,’ a local bread and tomato soup; ribollita, a cabbage and bean soup; and ‘biscottini di Prato con vin Santo,’ the special biscuit and wine tradition to finish off a meal. Sip Chianti wine, Brunello di Montepulciano, or the Super Tuscans.

Venice

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Venice, ItalyMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Venice. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Venice and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Venice insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Venice

Hi! Monograms Guests, you can call me "Grace" or my Italian name "Graziella." After studying foreign languages in schools abroad, I started my career working on a cruise ship and travelled around the world. I continued as a tour guide around Europe and Morocco until I came back to my hometown of Venice to be a Monograms Local Host. I feel so lucky to work in this magical place, where everything provides our guests with unique emotions - from the canals, monuments, and the lagoon itself, to the colors, perfumes, and music on the Piazza. The splendor of the past and its traditions are all to be shared with my guests who enjoy it very much.

St. Mark's Bell Tower

Travel to the top for an unrivalled view of Venice and its surroundings. The tower is 323 ft (98.6m) tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark’s Square. The belfry houses five bells and a cube with St. Mark’s lion and the female representation of Venice (la Giustizia: Justice). The tower is topped by a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel.

Squero di San Trovaso

A characteristic boatyard (squero) dating back from the 17th century on the rio (small canal), of San Trovaso, in a particularly picturesque position. It's one of the last traditional squeri still constructing gondolas.

Burano Island, Lido Island, Saint Elena Island

The Island of Burano, in the Venetian lagoon, is made of picturesque canals lined with brightly colored houses. It even has a leaning tower, the bell tower of the 15th century San Martino Church. The island is also famous for its artisan lace makers and there's a Lace Museum as well as shops selling lace. An under-appreciated gem, the Lido Island, more residential than traditional Venice, still offers small canals, a variety of dining and impressive views of the city from across the Lagoon. Lido is the beach of Venice and is famous for its Movie Festival. Sant'Elena Island lies at the eastern tip of the main island group and was centered on the Church of Sant'Elena and its monastery, originally built in the 12th century and rebuilt in the 15th.

Venice Museums

Palazzo Mocenigo houses a history of Venetian fashion and perfume. Accademia Gallery contains works by Tintoretto, Bellini and Carpaccio. Peggy Guggenheim Museum located in Peggy Guggenheim's former home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal, houses one of the most important collections of American and European Modern Art. Ca'Rezzonico a beautiful Venetian palace and residence, is home to a collection of 18th century Venetian furnishings and paintings. Jewish Museum Visit the Jewish Ghetto dating back to the early 16th century, its Museum exhibits traditions of goldsmith's and textile arts. The Arsenal and Naval History Museum founded in 1104, was once the hub of Venice's naval power and is now a closed military zone, but its impressive gates are well worth seeing. Visit the Museum's fascinating collection of model ships, including the amazingly lavish ceremonial Doges' barge, the Bucintoro.

Venice Churches

Venice has a wealth of churches showcasing fine religious art and historic testimony. Here is a selection of the most famous which are well worth a visit. Your Local Host is available with more details.

Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo: after the 15th century funeral services of all Venetian Doges were held here, and 25 Doges are buried in the basilica. Church of San Rocco: built between 1489 and 1508, then underwent major alterations in 1725. It holds paintings by Venetian artist Tintoretto (1519-1594), and was one of The Plague sanctuaries. Santa Maria Formosa: built in 1492 on the site of a church dating from the 7th century where the Virgin Mary was believed to have appeared. Santa Maria dei Miracoli: known as the marble church, was built in 1481 to hold a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, and is one of the finest examples of early Venetian Renaissance architecture. Basilica of San Pietro di Castello: designed by Andrea Palladio, dates from the 16th century, but has been a religious site from early times. From 1451 to 1807 it was the city's cathedral, serving as its spiritual and religious administration center. San Giorgio Maggiore: located on St. George Island, is a masterpiece of architect Andrea Palladio. The church houses paintings by famous artists, including Tintoretto.

La Fenice Theater

Visit one of Italy's most famous theaters, the reconstructed La Fenice which is famed for its acoustics. The world was stunned when it was destroyed by fire; millions of dollars were raised and stars such as Luciano Pavarotti and Woody Allen offered their support so that it could be reconstructed.

Murano Island and Traditional Gifts

Murano, the center of the Venetian glass blowing industry for more than 1,000 years, is also known for its Glass Museum and the Byzantine church, Santi Maria e Donato with its beautiful mosaic floor. Venetian shopping specialties include Murano glass crafts and glass pearls, lace, carnival masks, and unique Christmas gift calendars.

Venetian Fabric

Fortuny’s showroom on Giudecca collects and displays the company’s mementos, textiles and other works, plus carries a range of products, including pillows, accessories, and fabric. Fabrics made by the prestigious firm, Bevilacqua, have been used to decorate the Vatican, the Royal Palace of Stockholm, and the White House. Master artisans still weave the fabrics in Venice on 18th-century wooden looms, and the front-room display is just a sample of their artistry.

Carnival Costumes

Atelier Nicolao is in the very heart of the city, and here deft and expert fingers create unique and wonderful costumes that are appreciated all over the world. The Nicolao Atelier has become a point of reference for theatre, opera, films and historical parades and processions.

Venetian Cuisine

Sample “cicchetti” which are various small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional "bàcari" (cicchetti bars or osterie). Some classic Venetian dishes are Sarde in Saor, (sweet & sour sardines), Bigoli in Salsa (pasta in a salted sardine & onion sauce, one of the oldest recipes of Venice), famous Risi e bisi (rice & peas), Baccalà Mantecato (a creamy soft mousse-like cod), Pasta e Fagioli (pasta & beans), Fegato alla Veneziana (liver cooked with onions) and to satisfy your sweet tooth, the traditional Carnival Frittelle (little sweet fried dumplings) and Tiramisù.

Harry's Bar, Caffè Florian

Harry's Bar was one of Hemingway's favorite haunts, see where the novelist created his signature cocktail … made of 15 parts gin to 1 part vermouth! Or try its world famous "Bellini". Stop for a drink at Caffè Florian, situated in the shadows of San Marco and listen to its orchestra.

Verona, Padua and the Dolomites

If you have already visited Venice, take advantage of its excellent location to visit nearby mainland areas such as Verona, Padua and the Dolomite mountains.

In 2015: The 56th Venice Biennale

Held every two years from June through November, The Venice Biennale, has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its foundation in 1895, it has been in the avant-garde, promoting new artistic trends and organizing international events in contemporary arts.

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