Home to many of the world's greatest works of art, architecture and gastronomy, Italy elates, inspires and moves like no other. Come take a journey, or a gondola ride, into the past with stays in the beloved cities of Rome and Venice, where you can discover their character, nuances, food, romance and fascinating histories on three tours. With a food tour in Trastevere, a golf cart tour in the Eternal City, and a private cooking class on Murano Island in the Venetian Lagoon, you'll get a taste of authentic Italy.
Trastevere is a charming medieval neighborhood that comes alive at night when shutters are raised to reveal bars and nightclubs across the neighborhood, trattorias fill to bursting point with eager diners, and groups gather in the streets smoking and chatting. You can't leave Rome without walking through these streets, tasting the best food on offer (take your pick of trattorias and pizzerias!), and taking tons of pictures of this amazing hotspot. After private transfers from your hotel to the Trastavere district, where you'll meet your tour guide, it's time to begin this three-hour walking food tour! Explore this ancient and photogenic pocket of Rome as you indulge in sumptuous food and wine tastings along the way at some of Rome's most historic and locally loved places. Savor a blend of Italian classics like pizza and pasta, real Roman street food, lesser-known meats and cheeses, and amazing wine. You will also get a chance to meet the families that have been serving up these foodie treasures for generations – perhaps they'll impart some of their culinary wisdom and share their secrets! Few activities in Rome deliver as many hidden surprises and enchanting moments as this tour!
Experience over 2,500 years of Roman history on a private, three-hour golf cart tour, which will take you to historical centers, charming piazzas, churches, fountains and markets! From the comfort of your golf cart, your guide will take you to more sites in three hours than you'd be able to on foot. See the remaining 15 columns of the Temple of Hadrian, ensure a return trip to Rome with the throw of a coin into the Trevi Fountain, visit the central hub of Rome at the Piazza Venezia, the Spanish Steps, Jewish Ghetto, Turtle Fountain, Column of Trajan, St. Ignazio Church, Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Pincian Hill, and the Pantheon, which is the best preserved ancient Roman monument.
Mix things up a bit with a private water taxi ride to Murano Island (actually seven islands linked by bridges) for a private cooking course in a villa! Venetian food is known for delicate and very different flavors, neither sweet or savory, where simple ingredients create unique and authentic flavors that have their roots in the history and geography of Veneto. Specialties include Vicentina baccalà, risotto, vegetable or fish lasagna, sardines in sauce pasta and beans, rice and peas, and polenta – all of which exemplify the very soul of this branch of Italian cuisine. Your cooking class will reveal the secrets of traditional Venetian food with recipes that use only the freshest seasonal ingredients. After an entertaining class, you'll get to savor the fruits of your labor by dining on the dishes you've prepared, which will be served with local wines, all while you take in the gorgeous view of a Venetian canal.
Sitting across from the Piazza Barberini, where the stunning Fontana del Tritone represents Pope Urban VII and the Barberini family, is the marvelous four-star Hotel Barocco, a tribute itself to the spectacular city of Rome. Carefully refurbished in 2017, the stylish Hotel Barocco exudes Italian warmth and hospitality, and proudly offers its guests superior standards of comfort, elegance and luxury. With an acute attention to detail, pristine accommodations, an atmosphere that hearkens back to an era long ago, and 21st century technology, your stay at the Barocco is sure to be a charming Italian experience.
Relive the magic of ancient Venice and the splendor of its lagoon at the Locanda Vivaldi hotel, a historic residence of the composer Antonio Vivaldi, which has now been completely restructured and transformed into a charming boutique hotel. Reflected in the waters of the Venice lagoon and only a short walk away from St. Mark's Square, the Locanda Vivaldi hotel offers its guests the pleasure of an exclusive stay in such a unique and unforgettable city. Stuccos, gildings, marble and antique furniture welcome you into this Venetian dwelling, which has been decorated according to the ancient tradition with precious fabrics, drapes, oriental carpets, and Murano glass chandeliers that illuminate this refined hotel.
Your trip for two includes:
• 3 nights accommodations at Hotel Barocco in Rome
• 2 nights accommodations at Locanda Vivaldi Hotel in Venice
• Daily breakfast
• Private 3-hour Trastevere Street Food Tour, including hotel pick-up
• Private half-day Electric Golf Cart Rome Tour, including hotel pick-up and drop-off
• Private cooking class in a villa on Murano Island
• First class one-way train transfer between Rome and Venice
• Round trip airport and train station transfers
• All room-related taxes (including VAT)
• Free concierge reservation service