• In green, red, and white marble, Florence’s Duomo illustrates the Renaissance masons’ artistry.

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  • Admire Lake Como from ashore or aboard your private boat.

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  • St. Peter's Basilica: gold, marble, mosaics, a masterpiece.

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  • Pompeii's Roman Amphitheater, built in 70 B.C., is older than the Colosseum in Rome.

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  • The picture-perfect Positano. Almafi Coast.

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  • Venice. Captivating both day and night.

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Investigating Italy.

"Outstanding! I am beginning to suspect you try to match the local guides with your travelers. Both the ladies in Sorrento and Rome were absolutely lovely; we had great chemistry and had lots of fun together. We didn't feel that they were 'just doing their job,' and we genuinely enjoyed their company."

—Sim & Timothy, journey to Italy


See Italy from the inside out. Get intimately acquainted with Venice, Florence, Siena, Rome. Experience her Ravishing Lakes—Maggiore and Como—then alight in rose-colored Verona. Trace the romantic Amalfi Coast from ancient Pompeii to Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and delightful Capri.


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Sample Journey

This is a three-part sample itinerary. Consider taking the entire journey, or combine some of its parts. Remember that R. Crusoe can create an Italy journey of any length to meet your exact specifications.

Ravishing Italian Lakes.
Day 1: United States

• Fly to Milan.
Overnight in flight.

Day 2: Milan, Lake Como, Italy
• Drive to Lake Como, leisure time.
Overnight at Lake Como

Day 3: Tremezzo, Bellagio
• Explore Lake Como by private boat including Tremezzo gardens, Villa Carlotta or Villa Balbianello.
• Walking tour of Bellagio including Gardens of Augustus.
Overnight at Lake Como

Day 4: Stresa, Lake Maggiore
• Drive to Stresa on Lake Maggiore.
• Tour Borromean Islands.
Overnight at Lake Como

Day 5: Verona
• Drive to Verona.
• Guided walking tour including Piazza della Erbe, San Zeno Maggiore, balcony of Giulietta.
Overnight in Verona

Day 6: Verona; United States or Venice
• Fly home, or continue on R. Crusoe's Investigating Italy journey.

Investigating Italy.
Day 1: United States

• Fly to Italy.
Overnight in flight

Day 2-4: Venice, Italy
• Arrive in Venice.
• City tour including Piazza San Marco, Basilica San Marco, Doges' Palace, Bridge of Sighs.
• Option to Palazzo Grassi contemporary art museum.
• Day at leisure with option for private tour of the lagoon islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello.
Overnights in Venice

Day 5: Florence
• Ride first-class rail to Florence.
• Walking city tour including Piazza Duomo, Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, duomo, baptistry, and campanile.
• Galleria dell'Academia reserved entry (no waiting in line).
• Option to drive from Venice to Florence with visit in Modena, family farm where balsamic vinegar is produced.
Overnight in Florence

Day 6: Siena, Florence
• Drive through Tuscany to Siena.
• Private tour of one neighborhood (contrada), old town tour.
• Wine estate for private tour and tasting.
• Return to Florence.
Overnight in Florence

Day 7: Florence
• Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery reserved entry (no waiting in line).
• Option to the Vasari Corridor.
• Afternoon at leisure, option to Bargello National Museum or Church of Sante Croce, leather school, and Pazzi Chapel.
Overnight in Florence

Day 8-10: Rome
• First-class train to Rome.
• City tour including Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona.
• Imperial Rome including Forum, Triumphal Arch of Constantine, Curia, Colosseum, Capitoline Hill, Piazza del Campidoglio, Capitoline Museum.
• Leisure time.
• Vatican museums including Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, St. Peter's Square.
Overnights in Rome

Day 11: Rome; United States or the Amalfi Coast
• Fly home, or continue on in Italy with Crusoe's Romantic Amalfi Coast journey.

Romantic Amalfi Coast.
Day 1: Rome, Pompeii, Positano

• Drive from Rome to Pompeii.
• Tour of ancient Pompeii with expert guide.
• Trace the corniche along the Amalfi coast.
Overnight in Positano

Day 2: Amalfi, Ravello, Positano
• Tour hill town of Amalfi, Ravello, and Positano.
• Tour Ravello including San Pantaleone cathedral.
• Visit a family lemon farm (the lemons are used to make limoncello).
• Tour Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo.
• Return to Positano.
Overnight in Positano

Day 3: Capri, Positano
• Hydrofoil to Capri.
• Option to explore the island by private boat including Blue Grotto and grottos rarely seen by visitors.
• Gardens of Augustus.
• Return to Positano by hydrofoil.
Overnight in Positano

Day 4: Naples; United States
• Drive to Naples, fly home.

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Sample Pricing

Investigating Italy:
Per person sharing room from $11,980 for an 11-day sample itinerary.

Italian Lakes:
Per person sharing room from $5,880 for a six-day sample extension.

Amalfi Coast:
Per person sharing room from $4,490 for a four-day sample extension.

For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son tour specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

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Gritti Palace. On the Grand Canal, the Gritti was constructed in 1525 as the residence of Doge Andrea Gritti. Just try to imagine this place as your private home... Its 82 rooms have Murano glass chandeliers, gorgeous appointments, and original gold-trimmed ceilings. And all just a short stroll from Piazza San Marco. Amenities: health club, spa, hair salon, and nine-hole golf course, 1 restaurant, 1 bar.

Londra Palace. Overlooking St. Mark’s Basin and just steps for Piazza San Marco, the Londra Palace has been a gathering place for artists, cultural figures, and travelers for 140 years.

Hotel Danieli. Steps away from Piazza San Marco, the Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. A favorite hotel of discerning visitors for generations. Who has come before you? Goethe, Wagner, Dickens, and George Sand, and more recently Leonard Bernstein, Harrison Ford, and Steven Spielberg. Its main building is a landmark appointed with pink marble, stained glass, gold leaf columns, Murano chandeliers, and antiques. 215 guest rooms and suites. Amenities: 1 restaurant, 2 bars.

Aman Hotel. Set in one of the city’s eight monumental palazzos on the Grand Canal, the Aman Venice embodies all that is sumptuous and sensuous about the city, melding ornate frescoed interiors with a clean contemporary aesthetic. Twenty-four rooms look out on the hotel’s private garden or the Grand Canal. Amenities include a full-service spa, fitness room, and two restaurant-bars.



St. Regis. Just what you'd expect from a grand hotel in Florence—rooms adorned with frescoes and plenty of marble. On Piazza Ognissanti by the River Arno and walking distance from Ponte Vecchio, shopping, and renowned museums. 100 guest rooms and suites. Amenities: fitness center, 2 restaurants, 1 bar.

Four Seasons. Historic palazzo in one of the largest private (and ancient—this is Italy, after all) gardens in the city, bordered by an ornate conventino and Renaissance palazzo. It's everything you'd expect from a Four Seasons. 116 guest rooms and suites. Amenities: fitness center, pool, spa, 3 restaurants, 1 bar.

Hotel Brunelleschi. Right in the heart of the pedestrian area within the historical center of Florence, near the Duomo and Signoria Square. The hotel encompasses an old tower, the Torre La Pagliazza, built as a women's prison in the mid-1500s. My, but times have changed. 96 guest rooms and suites. Amenities: fitness center, 2 restaurants, 1 bar.


Hotel de Russie. Between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo and within walking distance of key sites. The terraced interior garden is a “wow.” 122 guest rooms and suites. Amenities: fitness center, spa, massage services, 1 restaurant/bar.

Westin Excelsior. The is one of the city’s most iconic historic palace. Located on the legendary Via Veneto between the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens, the hotel has 281 rooms and 35 suites. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness room, and one restuarant-bar.

Hotel Eden. This elegant property, located close to the Spanish Steps, opened its doors in Rome in 1889, and it has been earning accolades ever since. The Eden has 98 rooms and suites. Amenities include a fitness room, access to a nearby outdoor pool, two restaurants (one is Michelin-starred) and two bars.

Lake Como.

Villa d'Este Terrace Bar.

Villa d’Este. Cernobbio. Built in 1557 as the home of a cardinal, Villa d’Este has operated as a hotel since 1873. The rooms are filled with antiques and reproductions, and the public rooms are outstanding. 152 guest rooms and suites. Amenities: indoor and outdoor pools, gym room, sauna, Turkish bath, squash courts, golf simulator, water sports, 3 restaurants, 4 bars.

Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como. Blevio. Elegant hotel housed in an historic villa and gardens on the shores of Lake Como. It was originally called Casino Ribiere after its owner, Madame Ribier, an eccentric dressmaker from Paris who made a fortune dressing the ladies of the high society—and possibly undressing their husbands. Her reputation as a libertine outlives Madame. 73 guest rooms and suites, 2 villas. Amenities: outdoor pool, spa, golf at nearby courses, 1 restaurant, 1 bar.

Grnd Hotel Villa Serbelloni. Bellagio. The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is one of the oldest and most elegant in the Lake Como area and the only deluxe hotel in Bellagio. Amenities include a pool, spa, fitness center, and tennis courts.


Due Torri Hotel Lobby.

Due Torri Hotel. A 14th-century palazzo that once belonged to the influential Della Scala family. Rooms are elegant and meticulously appointed, and the location of the hotel is perfect for sightseeing. 88 guest rooms and suites. Amenitries: 3 restaurants, 1 bar.

Amalfi Coast.

Le Sirenuse exterior lounge.

Le Sirenuse. Positano. Stunningly situated, the hotel overlooks the famous Amalfi coastline. A former 18th-century palace, it is a destination in and of itself, with countless antiques throughout. This hotel is known for fine cuisine. 59 guest rooms and suites. Please note: If you plan to have dinner at the hotel, Le Sirenuse’s dining room requires jackets for men. Amenities: 1 restaurant/bar.

Hotel Caruso Belmond. Ravello. A former 11th-century palace on the Amalfi Coast above the Mediterranean. Beautifully restored with frescoed walls. 24 guest rooms and suites. Amenities: terraced gardens, infinity pool, fitness center, 2 restaurants, 2 bars.

Il San Pietro di Positano. Positano. Sixty-two exquisite rooms cleverly tucked into the Amalfi Coast. Each is distinctly private, with its own balcony and views over the water. 58 guest rooms and suites. Amenities: fitness center, private beach, pool, 1 Michelin-starred restaurant (with bar).

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One Enchanted Garden. 

“At last I found Klingsor's enchanted garden.”

—Richard Wagner, signing the guestbook at the Villa Rufolo, 1880

The maestro came to Ravello, on Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast, looking for inspiration for his opera Parsifal, which he based loosely on Wolfram von Eschenbach’s 13th-century epic poem “Parzival” about the eponymous knight and his quest for the Holy Grail.

     Wagner and his stage designer, Paul Joukovsky, arrived in Italy in the spring and found what they were looking for in Villa Rufolo’s romantic gardens. They were so overcome by the beauty of the location that Wagner used it as inspiration for the garden in his opera’s second act.

     Villa Rufolo, which dates from the 13th century, is located within the historic center of Ravello, historically a destination for artists, musicians, and writers—among them not only Wagner, but also Edvard Grieg, M. C. Escher,Giovanni Boccaccio, Virginia Woolf, Greta Garbo, Gore Vidal, André Gide, Joan Miró, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Graham Greene, Leonard Bernstein, and Sara Teasdale.

     In commemoration of Wagner’s admiration, every year Villa Rufolo hosts a Wagner concert in its gardens.

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