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When in Rome (and Florence)….

Roma a Firenze – on this luxurious vacation, get a real taste of Italy starting in the beautiful city of Rome where art, statues, and monumental architecture dominate the landscape, to the flourishing vineyards and countryside of Tuscany. For seven nights, we’ll get you behind the scenes with exclusive access to Rome’s must-see spots before holing you up in Florence where you’ll wine and dine your days away. Enjoy.

In so many ways, Rome is everything the rest of the world wants to be. Beauty piled high, layer upon layer of history and centuries of tradition, substance and power. This is civilisation’s ultimate onion. And to truly discover what makes this city tick, whatever your penchant, we’ll put together a tailor-made trip that’s perfect for you. From your base at the stylish townhouse hotel Portrait Suites, you’ll have four nights in Italy’s capital before heading north, gaining exclusive access to some of the city’s most queued-for treasures.

DON’T FORGET TO LOOK UP

99.9% of the world’s ceilings are boring. Fact. Even if all the planet’s walls were topped and joined with a colorful lick of paint, very few would hold a candle to the Sistine Chapel. We called the cardinals and (flexing our diplomatic muscles) we’ve arranged an after-hours tour of the Vatican Museum and a once in a lifetime chance to skip the crowds and experience Michelangelo’s peerless masterpiece unencumbered by echoes of noise, craning necks, and pointy elbows. Take your time to contemplate one of the art world’s true wonders and appreciate it in a way few will ever get the chance to.

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In a city whose classical remains inspired the Renaissance; if art’s your thing then Rome is definitely your place. Our expert guides will take you around the Galleria Borghese, the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, or both. Here’s your chance to rack up the cultural kudos and feast your eyes on exquisite works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian and many more. For insight into the shady labyrinth of Italian politics, we’ll guide you through the corridors of power at the Palazzo del Quirinale. Head to the Via dei Condotti (over by the famous Spanish Steps) and store till you drop in one of the world’s most fashionable districts. After living the Dolce Vita for four days in Rome it’s time take the train north to the golden fields of Tuscany.

HIDEAWAY IN TUSCANY

Grand, elegant and refined. Just three of the things on top of the tick list when looking for an authentic escape into the Tuscan countryside, right?

Well, perched overlooking Florence is Villa Cora,  a unique and utterly charming 14th century hotel that not only ticks these boxes, but oozes traditional Italian glamour and luxurious charm like no where else.

Sleep on handmade authentic Tuscan linen, relax in huge ancient stone bath tubs and take in the seriously incredible views over the enchanting terracotta skyline of Florence, all from your individually decorated suite.

Head to Villa Cora’s spa and treatment rooms for some indulgent rest and rejuvenation and take a dip in the heated pool before heading for some of the finest authentic, classic Tuscan cuisine in the region at one of the hotels two restaurants.

But the best bit of all? At Villa Cora you’ll be fully immersed in the stunning Tuscan countryside while being just a 15 minute drive away from the attractions of Florence. Without a doubt the best of both worlds. The ultimate place for a romantic honeymoon vacation? Definitely.

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