A transfer back to Florence will see you board the Ferrari train once again for your onward journey to Rome, Italy’s iconic capital. Your home for two nights is the beautiful Portrait Roma
, a contemporary boutique hotel housed in a former palazzo.
Your time in Rome includes a time-travelling visit to the nearby town of Tivoli, the traditional summer retreat of Roman elites. A personal guide will take you around Hadrian’s Villa, for a time the seat of the entire Roman Empire, where today the fascinating ruins of a theatre, temples and state rooms can be seen. A passeggiatta
, or traditional leisurely Italian stroll, will see you learn more about the history of Tivoli before a long lunch, after which your tour continues at the Villa d’Este. This 16th
century villa is the former home of the Cardinal d’Este and is beautifully preserved, particularly famous for its ornate fountains. One of these powers an astonishing hydraulic organ, which has been painstakingly restored and today once again plays Renaissance music for visitors every day. The rest of your time in the Eternal City is at your leisure, with no shortage of incredible sights from the Coliseum and Forum to the Catacombs and the Appian Way. Guided tours of all these can be arranged, as can exclusive experiences such as gelato making and vintage Vespa tours.