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  • ‘Laboratory of Hard Stones’ Exclusive Access

    This tour gives exclusive access to the Laboratory of Hard Stones (Opificio delle Pietre Dure), opened by the Medici’s in 1588 to create mosaics and inlays.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Exclusive access to the The Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Laboratory of Hard stones)
    • View exquisite collection kept in the Fortezza da Basso, normally closed to the public
    • Visit the laboratory itself to see the artisans hard at work
    • Dedicated restorer at your disposal to show you the current restoration projects

  • After Hours Visit to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel

    An exclusive, private after hours Vatican Museums tour. Let Italy's Best organize this once in a lifetime experience with a expert guide.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • This exclusive tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel begins after it closes to the general public.
    • Visit the Vatican art galleries after closing hours — a special once-in-a-lifetime experience
    • Visit the Museo Pio Clementino, Le Stanze di Raffaello (The Raphael Rooms) painted by Raffaelo for Pope Julius II,
    • End in the fabled Sistine Chapel where you’ll get to experience the magic of viewing Michelangelo's masterpiece without the crowds.
  • Cruise Along the Arno River

    Enjoy this Arno river cruise on a vintage boat where you will be joined by a licensed English speaking guide who will explain the highlights of Florence.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • The most ROMANTIC TOUR in town!
    • Mini cruise on the Arno River on board of a vintage Barchetto, Florence Gondola-style traditional boat (approx. 50 minutes)
    • Celebrate this amazing perspective on Florence with a cool prosecco wine or soft drinks
    • Licensed English speaking guide on board
  • Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries Tour & Mask Making

    This Secret Itineraries Tour of the Doge’s Palace is followed by a mask making workshop, making a perfect day for the entire family.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Marvel at the magnificent frescoes by Tintoretto on the ceiling of the Hall of Four Doors
    • Get privileged insights into the private rooms in the palace like the Office of the Doge’s Secretary, the rooms of the Deputy of the Secret Works of the Council of Ten, the Office of the Grand Chancellor, and the Secret Chancellery
    • Continue to the Salon of the Regent to the Chancellery for some of Venice’s more sinister secrets, starting with the Torture Room and the Piombi (the attic prison which Casanova successfully escaped), the attic at Ponte della Paglia, and the Inquisitors’ Room
    • Finish your exclusive tour in the Room of the Three Heads and take a walk toward the Accademia bridge and the Dorsoduro area for great views of the Grand Canal
    • Visit an expert Venetian mask maker to learn about Venice’s most iconic product
    • Create your own mask with the tools, paints, techniques, and secrets of the experts
  • Doge’s Palace Secret Itinerary Tour

    Enjoy this visit to the Doge’s Palace on the Secret Itinerary tour to view areas of the palace normally closed to the public.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Start your secret reconnaissance in the Office of the Doge’s Secretary, the assistant to many of Venice’s ministers.
    • Move on to the rooms of the Deputy of the Secret Works of the Council of Ten.
    • See the Office of the Grand Chancellor, the only Venetian official elected directly by the Grand Council.
    • Explore the Secret Chancellery where cupboard-covered walls were once filled with documents charting both public acts and secret deals.
    • Continue from the Salon of the Regent to the Chancellery to some of Venice’s more sinister secrets, starting with the Torture Room.
    • Get privileged insights into the Piombi, the attic prison where Casanova, Venice’s famous lover and writer, was kept for months before he managed a successful escape.
    • Visit the attic at Ponte della Paglia where the walls bear coats of arms.
    • Marvel at the Inquisitors’ Room’s beautiful ceiling, decorated by Tintoretto.
    • Finish this exclusive tour at the Room of the Three Heads.
  • Family Tour: Gelato Making Lesson

    During this private gelato making lesson in Rome, kids will make alll the gelato they can eat in one of Rome’s oldest gelato parlours.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Hands-on gelato making class for kids
    • Lesson unfolds in one of Rome’s oldest gelato parlours under the supervision of professional gelatieri
    • Kids will love tasting the masterpieces they have just created!
  • Ferrari Day in Maranello

    Enjoy this exclusive ride in a Ferrari on a track typically reserved for Formula 1 race drivers. In Maranello you’ll also tour the Fiorano factory.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Driving sessions on a professional track with a Ferrari
    • Private tour of Fiorano factory (outside view) and Gallery with private vehicle
    • Typical regional lunch with salami, parmigiano, balsamic vinegar and cured meats
  • Fresco Workshop

    Enjoy a hands-on Florence fresco workshop at an artist’s studio and take away a one of a kind souvenir. An excellent choice for kids and adults alike.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Hands-on fresco class at an artist’s studio
    • Perfect for adults and families
    • Begin with an overview on the art of fresco
    • Create your own unique fresco to bring home as a souvenir 
  • Leather School with Private Master

    During this exclusive visit to a leather school in Florence, learn how to make your own handcrafted leather souvenir to bring home.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Private lesson with a Scuola del Cuoio Master Craftsman
    • Make your own exclusive Italian leather journal, or a traditional pouch-style handbag or even a monogrammed belt
    • Demonstration on the traditional leather gilding technique, using 22 karat gold
    • Walk away with a handmade Italian souvenir

     

  • Palazzo Vecchio Secret Itinerary Tour

    Enjoy this exclusive Palazzo Vecchio secret itinerary tour in Florence with an expert English speaking guide from Italy’s Best.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Exclusive private tour of Palazzo Vecchio’s secret passages
    • English-speaking guide will bring its intriguing history to life
    • See hidden rooms, secret staircases and more—including the Studiolo of Francesco I
  • Private After Hours Sistine Chapel & Secret Rooms of the Vatican

    Enjoy this private after hours Vatican tour with an expert Vatican lecturer. You will have access to secret rooms normally closed to the public, as well as 30 minutes of private touring inside the Sistine Chapel to explore Michelangelo’s masterpiece.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Explore some of the Museum’s intriguing areas that are not usually open to the public
    • Have the Sistine Chapel all to yourself — with no crowds
    • Have an up-close look at the Pope’s private place of worship — the Cappella Niccolina
  • St. Mark’s Basilica After Hours

    Tour St. Mark’s Basilica after hours with this exclusive experience from Italy’s Best. Enjoy a private tour with a VIP opening of St. Mark’s in Venice.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • This tour itself is one big highlight! On this private after-hours visit, you’ll submerge yourself in the beauty and peace of the magnificent San Marco Basilica, with its mix of Italo-Byzantine, Gothic, and Romanesque styles
    • Marvel at the colorful columns that decorate the façade of the church
    • Admire the basilica’s world-famous gleaming, golden Byzantine mosaics
    • See the gorgeous Pala d’Oro, a golden altarpiece decorated with valuable jewels
    • Pass by the tomb of Saint Mark, the church’s namesake
    • View many more impressive pieces of art inside this incredible building