The Luxury In this economy, one of European travel’s most classic experiences a grand tour of Italys most iconic cities, Rome, Florence and Venice could seem more a luxury than an imperative. And if a week is all the vacation time you have, it helps to have the legwork done for you. Select Italy is giving a smart twist to the classic urban trinity tour with its new Big Three package. Youll still see the big sights over the course of a seven days, but with thoughtful touches like a tasting at Romes most exclusive wine bar, Casa Bleve (with ruins in the wine cellar, naturally), advance reservations to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and Florences Uffizi (as infamous for its long lines as famous for its great art!).
The Value In addition to the above, youll partake in a half-day private walking tour, be transported betwixt each city by first-class train, and bed down at trio of upscale properties, including Romes Hotel Fontanella Borghese, Florences Hotel Relais Uffizi, and Venices Hotel Violino dOro. Rates start at $1,766.50 per person.
The Catch The urban orientation of the package doesnt leave much time to explore points of interest outside the cities. Rates rise to over $2,000 in high season, and airfare is not included.
The Details 800-877-1755, www.selectitaly.com