Italy is the land of artists, musicians, sculptors, designers, stylists, master craftspeople and renowned chefs. There is undoubtedly an innate sense of beauty that along the centuries has taken the form of architectural icons, most incredible frescoes, paintings and sculptures embellishing the “Bel Paese”. This tasteful richness is evidently present in worldwide famous Italian fashion houses and of course: food, glorious Italian cuisine; noted for its regional diversity. This tour enables travellers to plunge into the dazzling atmosphere of style, glamour and luxury of Italian fashion. The worldwide famous fashion Milanese Triad , the best fashion houses of Florence and renowned Marchigian shoe, handbag and accessories business clusters and crafts workshops.
1st. Day: Milan
Arrival at the airport, shuttle services to the hotel and check- in. The hotel is situated in a very central area very near the main streets and the majestic Milanese cathedral dome. Milan is universally known as the Italian capital of fashion and production; a dynamic modern and cosmopolitan metropolis. The lively atmosphere of Milan is a tourist attraction itself. Undoubtedly the stylish boutiques on Della Spiga and Montenapoleone streets are emblematic symbols of world famous outstanding fashion houses. Moreover, Milan is also a city of historic and art interests; travellers will be able to know about the crucial history of the Lombard capital by visiting the many churches and basilicas. Among the most outstanding church buildings and sacred riches travellers will find most pleasurable to visit the church of “S. Ambrogio” and “S. Maria delle Grazie”. The latter is where the world can admire “The Last Supper” mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci. On Festa del Perdono street there lies one of the most impressive and prestigious Milanese buildings: Ca Granda which hosts some of the offices and colleges of the University of Milan. Alla Scala Theatre, which does not need an introduction, can be visited in its magnificent inside. Another must being the Brera Painting Gallery. Then, the Sforza Fortress within which the visitor will find the invaluable Civic Museums. Going a little further, there lies the Sempione Park. The lively atmosphere of Milan during the day turns into exciting evenings with plenty of entertainment. Evenings turn into striking enjoyment for the young and families mainly in the area called Darsena (“docks”). International restaurants, concerts, cabarets and shows are unfailing features of buoyant and industrious Milan.
2nd. Day: Florence
Check-out and set off for Florence. Milan and Florence are easily and swiftly connected by train. Check-in at a hotel downtown; right amidst the beautiful attractions of this enchanting most historical city. Florence possesses immense glorious art. Absolute musts: S. Maria del Fiore Cathedral Dome including the Brunelleschi Chapel and Baptistery; Palazzo Vecchio, which used to belong to the world famous Medici dynasty, the Uffizi Gallery where the visitor can admire the works of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Signorelli, Perugino, Giotto, Caravaggio and many others; the Basilica of Santa Croce where the mortal remains of the greatest characters of all times lie including Galileo, Michelangelo, Canova, Rossini, Macchiavelli and Ugo Foscolo; the Accademia Gallery with its most renowned sculpture: the David by Michelangelo. This is just a small part of grand Florence, birthplace of Renaissance. Dinner is unscheduled. Maraviglia suggests a delicious Florentine roast beef!
3rd. Day: Florence
Florence is not only renowned because of its art and history, it is as well, one of the most important fashion poles in Italy. From Piazza della Signoria, along Tornabuoni and Vigna Nuova streets, Florence enjoys the most famous brands boutiques including Armani, Trussardi, Versace, Enrico Coveri, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Tanino Crisci and Ferragamo shoes; also, Bulgary jewels, Pomellato, Cartier and Casa Damiani. Ponte Vecchio across the Arno is worldwide known because of its traditional goldsmiths and jewellers. Back in 1563 the grand duke Ferdinando I gave the order to local goldsmiths to take the place of butchers and grocers along the bridge; their shops on the Arno were replaced by those belonging to the jewellers’ so that garbage and litter were not thrown into the river ruining the image of this already beautiful city. Across the Arno the neighbourhoods of Santo Spirito and San Frediano house plenty of ancient and traditional small workshops and food shops. Locals like them very much and take pride in their craftspeople and art. They offer a range of choice including shoes and jewels. Traditional antiquity shops are also here along Ognissanti, De Fossi and Maggio streets.
4th. Day: Siena, Montepulciano, Gubbio and Urbino
The itinerary through most tasteful Italy continues by car, travellers will feel the pleasure of driving amidst the wonderful landscapes of the heart of Italy on the boundaries between Tuscany, Umbria and Marche. In the morning, after breakfast, the visitor will be able to make use of the rental car which will be ready for him/ her at the central train station of Florence. The itinerary continues by car to the Marche region. Along the road across the Chianti valley and the Apennines there are different places where visitors will take pleasure to make a stop. In the first place: Siena and its rolling surrounding landscapes, this part of the heart of Italy characterises by the strength of its colours, people’s character and bright sunshine on beautiful cypresses lines, hamlets on hills and flowered fields. In Montepulciano, by the historic fortress, it is possible to taste and buy excellent awarded Italian wine. Later, leaving the Maggiore Lake behind, the suggested itinerary continues towards Gubbio and across the Furlo Gorge, wonderful mountainous area with plenty of truffle, also to be enjoyed in traditional Marchigian dishes. Minutes later: fascinating Urbino. Check-in at the hotel.
5th. Day: Urbino and Urbania
Urbino, birthplace of great Raffaello, takes the visitor by surprise with its ducal palace. A tour around Palazzo Ducale means a plunge into the most splendorous renaissance works of Raffaello, Tiziano, Piero della Francesca and Paolo Uccello; among innumerable works and architectural riches, the palace also offers the incredible carvings of floor to ceiling wooden panels in Duke Federico’s small office. A few minutes away from Urbino, in Urbania, travellers will find the most ancestral crafts skills of majolica workshops and their precious art pieces. Near the Furlo Gorge, in Acqualagna there is the possibility of most precious truffle dishes. Down towards Pesaro, for those in search of most exclusive fashion, there lies Piero Guidi’s leather fashion house; Filottrano is always an option: here, it is possible to find Luca Paolo Rossi’s exceptional boutique; Lardini boutique and many others where to find made-in-Italy tailor-made excellence. Before going back to the hotel, do visit one of the splendid Rosso Conero wineries and taste this full-bodied red, may be on top of the Conero Park while enjoying its stunning cliffs dropping into sea.
6th. Day: Civitanova Marche, Fermo, Ascoli Piceno
On the sixth day of these holidays the visitor is invited to get to the south of the Marche where the fashion cluster of the region is. Here, the leather cluster making shoes, handbags and accessories includes some international brands such as Tod’s, Fay, Hoga, Cesare Paciotti, Fabi, Santoni and many others which stretch between Fermo and Civitanova Marche. There is also Ascoli Piceno, the medieval village of architectural riches of different historic periods in complete harmony with the white travertine stone construction. The visit to this wonderful historical town may start at Piazza del Popolo, one of the most beautiful Italian squares. From the renaissance portal of Palazzo dei Capitani it is possible to have a 360° view of the long crenellated walls of XVI century castles; S. Francesco church, the Loggia dei Mercanti and the art nouveau style of a-hundred-year-old Caffè Meletti by Piazza del Popolo where guests may try its delicious traditional coffee “corrected” with “anisetta” (an espresso coffee with the addition of some anisette liqueur drops). “Fried Ascolan olives” are a must at table in Ascoli Piceno.
7th. Day: Bocca Trabaria, Anghiari, Firenze, Milano
Breakfast, check-out and return to Florence. So as to enjoy some more of the Marchigian landscapes the return ride should take the road crossing Bocca Trabaria and from here it should continue towards the dominance of the enchanting medieval town of Anghiari in Tuscany. Then, the beautiful city of Arezzo, an hour later the visitor will be back in Florence. Returning of the car at the train station of Florence and set off for Milan. Milan will be waiting with its typically lively atmosphere and entertainment. Fascinating Leonardo da Vinci’s Museum of Science and Technology and the Monumental Cemetery (the mortal remains of some historical Milanese characters are buried here including those of great Alessandro Massoni) are two Milanese attractions worth visiting and exploring because of their transcending importance and artistic riches.
Breakfast and check-out.
THE PACkAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE: flight ticket and airport tax, return ticket Milano-Florence, beverages, access tickets, parking, shuttle or transfer services, meals and everything which is not expressly stated under “the package includes”, individual booking processing costs.