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The best of Italy in 23 days: we have picked the most intense and emotional experiences in culture, food and wine, trying to give a wholly comprehensive perception of what Italy is.

Some notes about this tour from South to North of Italy: you will travel mainly by train. Nevertheless, some private car transfers have been added, to easily reach hotels and destinations; All local activities include a private guide, always gay o gay friendly; Lunches have been planned in order to offer a tasting experience.

Itinerary

Pick up with private transfer from FCO to Hotel in Rome.

Day off.

Check out at Hotel.
Pick up by private transfer from hotel to Termini Railway Station
Departure and arrival in Naples: Private transfer to the Hotel. 2 nights.
During the afternoon meet your guide Andrea, who will introduce Naples in a four-hour walking tour:
Andrea will take you to the Mercato of Pignasecca, the oldest and most colorful open market in Naples. Here you will taste some local street food such as several types of pizza, mozzarellas, ‘crocchè, and much more. So, if you have lunch before, do not eat too much! At the market you will not find the wine tasting, which will come later. Next, a walk to the the town center, Santa Chiara kiosk and other amenities along the way. You arrive at Piazza Bellini, the gayest square in Naples for a Limoncello aperitif.
Back to hotel and overnight

You meet Andrea, who will take to the ‘San Severo Chapel’ and to the Archeological Museum in Naples.

You will get an overview of Greek art and its several gay expressions. Next, you will move to Posillipo, by car, the most romantic and amazing view on Naples. Here, Andrea will take you to some wine tasting and something more….a surprise!

At the end of the tour, in the afternoon, back to the hotel and overnight.

Check out at Hotel.

Meet Andrea and Massimo. Private car with driver to POMPEI and SORRENTO.

Andrea will be your guide in Pompeii. You will visit the archeological site and the main villas, which openings change from season to season. The car will wait for you. At the end, you head to Sorrento.

Arrival at the Hotel (3 nights).
Free afternoon.
Overnight in hotel.

Meet your private guide and driver (Daniele) at the lobby. Daniele is also a sommelier and he will take to a wine tasting tour.

Daniele will drive you to Positano first, to enjoy the beautiful view on the gulf. You continue to Praiano, Furore,Conte dei Marini, Maiori and minori and the amazing Ravello.

Next, you head to the vineyard. Here, you will enjoy a stroll around the secular vineyards , you will receive an illustration of the different types of grapes used for the production and a visit at the cellar. A sample of local products , cheese, salami ,ricotta, mozzarella, will be served with matched local wines: 3 wines D.O.C. 1 white, 1rose’ and 2 red ones.

Finally, lunch time at the family-run restaurant, to try the local gastronomy , matched locals wines and limoncello all according to the typical delicious , healthy & exquisite Mediterranean diet.

Back to the hotel.
Free evening and overnight in hotel.

After breakfast, walk to the Port of Sorrento at Marina Piccola.
Departure for Capri Island by ferryboat. When you arrive wou will meet your guide Andrea (the same as in Naples) .

You will enjoy Capri with a two-hour tour boat around the Island and see the Blue Grotto, here. Your skipper, Marcello will wait for you and Andrea for an amazing experience on the crystalline Capri Sea.

At around twelve, you are back to the port and ready for a nice walk around. You have lunch with Andrea in a typical trattoria (or pizzeria) and stroll around to discover Capri. A smooth and slow day of relax.

During the afternoon departure for Sorrento by ferryboat.
Free evening and overnight

Check out at Hotel.
Meet your driver (Daniele) in the lobby for your private transfer to Amalfi.

The drive take about 1.15 hrs. Consider the winding roads, but also the breathtaking views along the coast!

Check in at the Hotel.
Day off.

Meet your driver/guide Daniele at the lobby.

Drive to the village of Ravello for a Mozzarella class and wine tasting
Ravello is a small village, also called ‘the music village’.

Here, you will see and learn how mozzarella is made and you will taste different types of cheese. In Furore, a close-by village, you will see the ‘Maria Cuomo winery’, and stroll into the vineyards. Wine tasting and lunch in the in house restaurant, where you will match wines with a tasty Mediterranean meal.

During the afternoon, back to the hotel.
Free evening and overnight.

Check out at the hotel.

Private transfer to Naples Central Station, to catch the train to Rome.

Arrival in Rome (Roma Termini Railway Station) and private transfer to the Hotel room, 4 nights.

Day off – overnight.

Meet your guide, Massimo and visit to the Vatican Museums and to the Sistine Chapel (you get skip-the-line tickets).

Meet your guide, Massimo and visit the Colosseum and the Palatines Fora, with story telling about the Roman gay life

Meet your guide, Massimo. Wine tasting and street food, together with local aperitives. He will give suggestions for your typical dinner in the city.

Checking out from Hotel.
Private transfer from the to Termini Railway Station.
Departure from Rome and arrival in Florence.

Check in at Hotel (2 nights).

During the afternoonmeet your guide in Florence, Gastone. He will take you on a three-hour walking tour in Florence, seeing the Cathedral, the Ponte Vecchio and you will visit the ‘Accademia’ to see the famous ‘Donatello’. Gastone will introduce you to the gay history of Florence.

Back to the hotel.

Evening off and overnight

Meet your guide Gastone in the lobby.

You will visit the Central Market of San Lorenzo to see a local open market. You will see a lot of typical products and Gastone will talk about the Etruscan food diet and how it has changed through centuries.

You will have the opportunity of tasting wine, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sausages and cheese, tripe, coffee and ice-cream. You will follow a tasting tour as it were a lunch, from sour to sweet. You will have coffee in a central gay-friendly bar, very well known by the gay community.

Back to the hotel.

Evening off and overnight

Check out at Hotel in Florence.

Reach the Santa Maria Novella Station. Departure from Florence railway Station and arrival in Siena.

Check in to the hotel (2 nights).

If you have lunch, do not take any dessert, because you’ll have them during the tasting tour. Meet your guide, Gastone (the same as in Florence) in the lobby.

You will visit the ‘Consorzio Agrario’ where you will review the typical products of local gastronomy, Also, a walk in town, and a sweet tasting in a famous pastry shop. Then a bit of truffle, too!
back to the hotel and evening off. Overnight.

Meet your driver, Luciana, who will take you for a full day tour in the Chianti Region.

Luciana will drive you amongst the most amazing colors of Chianti. First stop is the breath taking hamlet of San Giminiano, where you can walk amongst the medieval walls and also do some shopping. Next, Luciana will take to Tenuta Casanova, in the very heart of the Chianti Region. Here you will be offered a special tasting of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and of their wines. You will be served lunch, here. After lunch, you will move to ‘Casa Emma’ where you will see the ‘Chianti classico’ vineyards and taste it.In both farms, you will be able to taste and buy your own wine, oil and vinegar.
In the afternoon back to the hotel.

Free evening.

Overnight.

Check out at Hotel and walk to the Siena station.
Depart to Venice by train.

Check in to the Hotel (2 nights)

Afternoon and evening off.

Overnight.

Meet your guide, Matteo, in the lobby.

Matteo will tell you the story of a great gay Venice: It was the first town to accept ‘the others’ in the 16th century. Not forgetting great personalities, such as Lord Byron and, later Thomas Mann.

You will visit the Palazzo Mocenigo, Rialto Bridge, the Palazzo Ducale and San Marco, through its small squares (campi and campielli) and its narrow streets (calle), you will pass through a numbers of ‘bacaro’ (local taverns) where Venetians are used to stop and drink a sip of wine (cicchetto).

At one bacaro you will be invited to take a light lunch.
In the afternoon you will continue your walk, but also experience a one-hour tour on motorboat on the Canal Grande! The visits may not follow the order, nevertheless, the tour will end around 5.00PM.

Back to the hotel, evening off. Overnight.

 

Check out at hotel.

Walk to the railway station of Santa Lucia and catch the train to Como Railway Station.

When you arrive at Como check in to the hotel (2 nights).

Evening off. Overnight.

Meet your guide, Corrado at the lobby.

A three-hour walking tour, visiting the old town.
Also you will spend some time on the funicular, which will bring you to the highest part of Como: you will enjoy a unique view over the lake, the Alps and the Lake. Lunch in a typical trattoria (Lake fish menu, house wine included)- In the afternoon you get a boat tour on the Lake with Corrado! Boarding at Sant’Agostino Pier.

You will see the beautiful Bellagio, from the lake, and many villas which contribute to give the lake a special allure.
After the tour, you can sit in a bar for a snack or a glass of wine or a good coffee.

Back to the hotel and evening off. Overnight.

Check out at Hotel.
Walk to the railway station of Como San Giovanni and catch the train to Milan.

Check in to the Hotel 2 nights.
Afternoon and evening off. Overnight.

Meet your guide, Corrado, at the lobby.

You will walk and take public transportation to visit the most impressive sites of Milan.
Learn the story of the controversial genius of Leonardo da Vinci, when visiting the Sforza Castle: 2019 was the 500-year anniversary of Leonardo’s death and Milan celebrated this great personality. You will visit the Last Supper’ by Leonardo and the magnificent cathedral.

Corrado will take you for the ‘Milanese rite’ of the aperitive.
Lunch not included.

In the afternoon, a tour in Brera, which is still the outstanding district of art and which used to be the area where ‘the others’ met. The gay district of Porta Venezia (close to the hotel) is nowadays the most provocative and modern one in Milan. Also consider that Corrado can always surprise you with something unknown…

Back to the Hotel, Free evening, Overnight.

Check out at Hotel and transfer to the airport.

End of the services.

What's Included

Accommodation
Boat tour
Cooking Class
Escorted Tours
Meals as scheduled in the itinerary
Professional gay-friendly guide
Street food experience
Ticketing
Transfers
Wine tasting

What's Excluded

Everything not clearly mentioned on what's Included
Flights
Tips
Transfers
City tax (to be paid on the spot)

Additional Information

  • Accommodation in double/twin standard room in four-star hotel, breakfast included
  • The tour is fully customizable to suit your needs.

The Voice of Our Clients

Ian
Ian
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My husband and I booked the tour of the “Vatican in a gay light” for one morning during our trip to Rome. Our guide, Dario, was very knowledgeable of the historical significe of the art works as well as many of the anecdotes that provided context. We learned a great deal and truly enjoyed ourselves. This tour is too notch! Thank you.
Matt Berg
Matt Berg
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Excellent pre-cruise Quiiky tour in Venice. Great guide who had so much intimate knowledge of Venice. Besides being very handsome he is a local resident for more than 2 decades with so much intimate knowledge that you can’t get from a guidebook. This is my second time using Quiiky for tours and transfers; they’re my first choice in Italy!
Dan & Vince
Dan & Vince
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First I would like to thank you and your company and all involved for a wonderful trip. From beginning to end we continued to be amazed by all the wonder service we received from all of you. We had a fabulous time for our anniversary. All the guides were great and all better than we expected. It is hard to pick a best as they were all awesome, that being said, three stand out for being most personable and had a excellent sense of how to move us along our tours. Quiiky gets 5 out of 5 for all other ratings. Yes, we would positively reccommend for anyone considering travel to Italy. AND, Giovanna, you’re the best.
 John Bindlechner-Wigan
John Bindlechner-Wigan
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We adored our Quikky tour of the Vatican with our guide Claudio. We had been a little apprehensive about visiting the Vatican but this tour is the way to go! Claudio had an expert knowledge of the art collection and we enjoyed hearing the "other", more scandalous stories of the private lives of Michelangelo and the popes. We loved our visit to the museums, Sistine Chapel, grotto and St Peters - I recommend joining the queue and adding on the view from the dome of the basilica - well worth the stairs!
Denis Dallaire
Denis Dallaire
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The excursion to Capri was great! The headphone system worked really well and the guide Andrea was super nice and fun! He was a really good guide and would not hesitate to have him again. The food and drink offerings were very good. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Oliver Broad
Oliver Broad
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Thanks for a great alternative tour of the Vatican. Having visited back in 1999 I wanted something a little different to do with my husband who had never visited before. It is great to see Quiiky offering tours with a twist and can most definitely recommend this one for your next visit to Rome.
Greg Brady
Greg Brady
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First had a wonderful pre-cruise Quikky tour in Venice. Our guide was super friendly, knowledgeable, and a great deal of fun. Then I went on a tour of the Vatican and our tour guide was incredible. He is an expert on the Vatican and on the pertinent gay history (which turns out to be much more than you might even think). He literally made the Vatican come alive and provided one of the more fascinating tours I have taken anywhere. And the two wonderful owners of Quiiky picked us up and took us on a vehicular tour of Rome. Others got back from Rome complaining of the crowds and the heat... we got back energized, happy, and filled with fascinating information after an afternoon filled with fun and personalized care. Don't make the mistake thinking you will get an equivalent tour from a straight guide/company -- if you are gay, Quiiky is the way to go.
Auston Matta
Auston Matta
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I highly recommend Quiiky Travel for any guided visit to Rome or Italy. I was both surprised and entertained by everything GAY I learned about the Vatican on my tour. They are passionate about providing an excellent travel experience and I have no doubt that you would enjoy one of their tours or travel products.
Denis Dallaire
Denis Dallaire
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What a wonderful experience to Messina and Taormina. Antonio was a great guide with good knowledge and history-telling. Really enjoyed the history of the museum Cusena. Again the food and drinks on the boat were very good. Thank you so much!
Santiago Stanley
Santiago Stanley
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Our excursion to Messina and Taormina today was excellent. Antonio was amazing. Our food experience was on point … starting with the granita and Brioche in Messina and the arancini and cannoli in Taormina!!! The boat trip around the bays was spectacular and the food again!!! Eggplant Parmesan and the sardine dish and olives… Again Antonio was patient , knowledgeable sweet and always on time!! Excellent experience!!!
Adam Martindale
Adam Martindale
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We had a fantastic tour of the Vatican with Paolo from Quiiky. Paolo was knowledgeable, personable, fun and really gave us a different insight into the history of art and the gay artists that are part of the Vatican’s history and more! Highly recommended!
Theron Clark Stuart
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It was easy to schedule our tour. Everything was explained in great detail, so there was no confusion on the day of the excursion. The vans were spotless and comfortable. Our guide for the Colosseum was exceptional in every way. He was cute, knowledgeable, witty, flexible and engaging. We met so wonderful folks and shared a wonderful lunch with the guys from our group. Could not have been happier with Quiiky.
Curtis Korchinsky
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Fantastic company to work with. Very easy and simple…..and good value. Will definitely book with them again!
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