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at once ancient and modern
2,500 year-old culture chronicles the history of the Western World.
story of Italy is the story of the emergence of the modern
Why we go to
To tour its sublime landscapes from volcanic to alpine, from serene seas to
To explore the achievements & excesses of the Roman Empire.
To encounter the enlightenment of Renaissance art, architecture, & philosophy.
To visit the Vatican powerful center of the Catholic Church.
To shop for fashion & design that create global trends.
To enjoy food and wine that influence cuisine worldwide.
Where we go
available for solo weeks or in any combination
with each other or with other Home At First European destinations:
Walled, hilltop, traffic-free, small, central-Tuscan city, Siena
appears much as it
was at the start of the Renaissance. Home At
First's Siena apartments are on a 17th century estate just outside
city walls, a 25-minute walk to the hilltop Piazza del Campo, site of the
colorful Palio horse races. Siena is within two hours drive
time (or less) to Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Assisi, Perugia, and the beaches of Tuscany's Tyrrhenian seacoast.
Our apartments are
located in hilly southern Tuscany midway between the city of Siena and the Tyrrhenian coast.
Nearby are medieval hill towns, including several notable for their red wine. Our rural Tuscany estate
apartments are ideal touring bases within 45-150 minutes drive time of Pisa, Assisi, Florence,
Chianti, Montepulciano, Siena, Montalcino, and the sunny beaches of Grosseto on the
Home At First's Rome
apartments are superbly located in the heart of historic Rome on the east bank of the River Tiber. From here it's 10-15
minutes easy walking distance west to St. Peter's Square at the Vatican and east
to the ancient Roman Pantheon. Many of Rome's top sights are walkable. Our apartments are close to legions of restaurants and cafés lining
the historic district's largely traffic-free streets, alleys, and plazas.
Special Request Destinations
Available by special request only and
custom-priced to fit your precise needs:
AMALFI: on the rugged, stunning Amalfi
coast south of Naples, west of Salerno. Walk to the beach. Explore the
cliffside towns with sumptuous restaurants and marvelous sea
views. Day-trips to the Roman villages Pompeii and Herculaneum preserved by volcanic
eruption in 79AD.
Italy's great Renaissance city, Florence remains associated with great artists: Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Botticelli, and with the powerful Medici
family and Machiavelli. Visitors come for the
museums, the architecture, and the atmosphere of the World Heritage Site city
The largest Mediterranean island, Sicily lies southwest of the toe of
Italy's boot-shaped peninsula. Blessed with outstanding foods,
impressive geography (including volcano Mt. Etna), some
of Italy's finest beaches, and
many classical Greek ruins, Sicily is nearly a country of its own.
romantic, dreamscape city is built on 100+ small islands on a lagoon
of the Adriatic. Venice is known for its canals and
gondoliers, its Renaissance architecture, St. Mark's Square &
Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge, its food, its art, and its
& GETTING AROUND ITALY
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travel packages to Italy that include:
Siena's Piazza del Campo with its elegant
Renaissance Torre del Mangia bell tower,
landmarks in Siena's walled old city a listed
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Round-trip Flights: Our airline experts plan your round-trip flights to
Italy (usually to Rome, but to Milan, Florence or Venice if one of these
is a better choice for your needs) from
your home airport. Our PRICE
CHART includes round-trip fares
based on flights from New York (JFK) or Newark (EWR) to Rome (FCO). Flights from/to all other
airports available for applicable fare supplements or reductions.
APARTMENT HOSTING: A friendly English-speaking host or hostess meets you when you arrive at
your Italian lodgings, and is available during your stay for
questions, suggestions, problems, or emergencies.
Lodgings: Choose from
3 SUPERB LOCATIONS:
Apartments on a gated Tuscan estate just outside the Siena city walls.
Walkable into Siena.
Pool & furnished garden. Extensive views of Siena.
Siena apartments are within 15-20 minutes walk or 5 minutes or less
drive from shops, stores, restaurants, cafés, and services. Driving and
parking can be challenging on the winding maze of streets surrounding
medieval Siena, and cars are not permitted inside the old, walled city.
We may recommend using taxis to get around urban Siena for guests who
are not good walkers. Minimal rental
period in Siena: 7 nights.
Our Siena apartments are
within 15-20 minutes
walk or 5 minutes or less drive from shops, stores, restaurants, cafés,
and services. Driving and parking can be challenging on the winding maze
of streets surrounding medieval Siena, and cars are not permitted inside
the old, walled city. We may recommend using taxis to get around urban
Siena for guests who are not good walkers. Our Siena hosts help guests
make taxi arrangements during their stay.
Apartments on a hilltop estate with fine views across classic Tuscan
rural Tuscany estate apartments are only 5-minutes drive from a major
highway, and a convenient base for day-trips by car throughout the
region. However, guests must drive (about 5 minutes) to the nearest
grocery store and restaurants. The nearest town with a supermarket,
pharmacy, and multiple restaurants is nearly 12 miles away. Minimum
rental period: 7 nights.
Our rural Tuscany estate
apartments are only 5-minutes drive from a major highway, and a convenient base
for day-trips by car throughout the region. However, guests must drive (about 5
minutes) to the nearest grocery store and restaurants. The nearest town with a
supermarket, pharmacy, and multiple restaurants is
hilltop town within sight of our rural
Tuscan estate. The landscapes of this region
have been immortalized in countless
paintings by Renaissance masters.
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nearly 12 miles (a
15-20-minute drive) away.
In Rome the spectacular is
commonplace. The Baroque church and fountains of the Piazza Navona
are rarely mentioned in guidebooks, but would be major attractions
in many other cities.
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in the historic old city. Walkable to the Vatican and many Roman
Our Rome lodgings are
within short walking distance of a wide variety of shops, restaurants,
cafés, activities, and
other services. Use of taxis or public transportation rather than car
rental is strongly recommended in Rome. As part of their full package,
guests staying in Rome more than 3 nights receive a Rome transpass valid
on the metro, buses, streetcars, & certain trains for the number of days
they will be staying at our Rome lodgings.
Minimum lodging in Rome: 3 nights.
CONVENIENT ROME LOCATIONS:
Our Rome lodgings are within short walking distance of a wide variety of shops, restaurants,
cafés, activities, and
getting around Rome using
Use of taxis or public
transportation rather than car rental is strongly recommended in Rome.
As part of their full package, guests staying in Rome more than 3 nights receive
a Rome transpass valid on the metro, buses, streetcars, & certain trains for the
number of days they will be staying at our Rome lodgings.
ADDING TIME &/or
multiple ITALIAN destinations: You can add extra days or
weeks at your initial Italian apartment or at
additional lodging locations
across Italy. See the
to determine the cost of
additional time at any of our lodging locations in
Rome, Siena, and rural Tuscany.
OTHER ITALY LOCATIONS, TOO:
We have apartment resources available in other
parts of Italy, too. Ask us for a custom price for weeks at our
Amalfi Coast, Florence, Sicily, & Venice
WHAT CAN WE
CUSTOM-DESIGN FOR YOU?
Guests to rural Tuscany
need rental cars. Guests to Siena may find rental cars very useful if they hope
to tour the region, but find them of limited usefulness in Siena itself. Siena
guests do have the option of arriving and departing by train and not having a
rental car. Regardless of your destination in Italy, if having use of a rental car is appropriate for
you, we are car rental experts who can arrange the best solutions for needs.
ON-SITE DESTINATION Guide keyed to your regional destination
in Italy to help make the most
out of your
visit. Includes suggestions for touring, walking, restaurants,
shopping, museums, much more.
after your visit to Italy, you may choose to visit
We will arrange for
lodgings, flights, and ground
transportation to combine your destinations on the
efficient itinerary for the best price possible.
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remarkably preserved coastal town of
Amalfi, south of Naples, was once a powerful
independent trading state, like Venice, but no
more. Now, like Venice, Amalfi is a romantic
time machine, available by special request
(like Venice, Florence, and Sicily) from
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