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Italian Art Trip 2018

October 18-26, 2018


While other trips offer excursions to art museums, only Fine Art Connoisseur magazine can leverage its close relationships in the art world to allow privileged access to locations most tourists never see. Private visits to the homes of artists or collectors, personal meetings with important art professionals, and entrance to exquisite art-related locations will create a lifetime of memories for you and your fellow travelers.

Join Editor-in-Chief Peter Trippi and Publisher B. Eric Rhoads for the Italian Art Trip as they take you to some of the most closely guarded art collections of the region.

This annual trip has become the envy of the art world and sells out each year so you must let us know quickly if you would like to join this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Pre-Trip: Milan

3 nights: October 15 – 18, 2018
Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan
Monday night, 15 October; Tuesday night, 16 October; Wednesday night, 17 October


Registration Includes:

  • Three (3) nights hotel accommodation in a Deluxe Room at the Principe di Savoia, a luxury 5 star property operated by Dorchester Hotels
  • Breakfast daily at the hotel
  • Two (2) lunches
  • One (1) dinner
  • Private lecture by Peter Trippi, featuring the artistic highlights of Milan & Lake Como
  • Full day excursion in Milan including a private visit to see “The Last Supper,” painted by Leonardo da Vinci
  • Full day excursion to stunning Lake Como, including a private boat cruise with several stops
  • Transfers during excursions using deluxe motor coaches and English-speaking guides
  • Transfer from Milan hotel to train station, and transfer from Florence train station to Florence hotel for the main program
  • One-way train travel from Milan to Florence in “business class”
  • Gratuities to restaurants, porters, guides, and drivers
  • Hassle-free private luggage transfer via luggage truck from Milan to Florence (luggage will be collected from the hotel in Milan, and delivered to your room in Florence before your arrival)
  • Hosted by the excellent team at Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, including Publisher Eric Rhoads and Editor-In-Chief Peter Trippi
  • Fully escorted by Gabriel Haigazian with The CTP Group


  • Art and architecture walking tour of the historical city center
  • Leonardo’s Last Supper in the refectory of the monastery of S. Maria delle Grazie
  • Pinacoteca di Brera
  • Duomo/Cathedral
  • GAM Manzoni Museum
  • Museo Bagatti Valsecchi
  • Full-day visit to Lake Como, including lunch on an island, Villa Carlotta, Bellagio, Villa Monastero

Train from Milan to Florence

Main Program: Florence & Rome

You’ll depart the US or Canada to Florence on October 17, arriving on October 18. We’ll spend the first 4 nights in Florence at the beautiful and iconic Hotel Savoy, followed by a luxury train ride to Rome on October 22 where we will be staying at the classic and perfectly located Baglioni Hotel Regina. We’ll be based there for the next 4 nights, returning to the US or Canada on October 26.

Hotel Savoy, Florence
Thursday night, 18 October; Friday night, 19 October; Saturday night, 20 October; Sunday night, 21 October


  • Walking tour of central Florence
  • Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
  • Baptistery
  • Galleria degli Uffizi
  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi
  • San Lorenzo complex, including Laurentian Library, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Medici Chapels
  • Accademia (including Michelangelo’s David)
  • Santa Maria Novella (church)
  • Museo di San Marco, Advancing Women Artists Foundation
  • Palazzo Davanzati
  • Florence Academy of Art
  • San Miniato al Monte (church)
  • Piazzale Michelangelo (overlook of city)

Train from Florence to Rome

Grand Hotel Baglioni, Rome
Monday night, 22 October; Tuesday night, 23 October; Wednesday night, 24 October; Thursday night, 25 October


  • Vatican Museum (including Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Candelabras, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Geographical Maps)
  • Colosseum
  • Palazzo Colonna
  • Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
  • Galleria Borghese
  • American Academy in Rome (including Villa Aurelia, Villino Bellacci)
  • Trastevere churches of Santa Maria and Santa Cecilia
  • Church of the Gesù
  • Casina delle Civette (Art Nouveau house of the Owl)
  • Hendrik Andersen Museum (sculpture)
  • Altare della Patria (overlook of city)

Pricing for 8-night land-only program:

  • Double occupancy: $8,797 per person
  • Single occupancy: $9,997

Pricing includes:

  • Hotel accommodations
  • All tours as outlined in itinerary
  • Entrance to all sites
  • Ground transportation during tours
  • Breakfast daily
  • Four lunches and four dinners
  • Lectures by Fine Art Connoisseur Editor-in-Chief Peter Trippi
  • Train travel between Florence and Rome
  • Services of professional travel staff from The CTP Group
  • And much more.

Not included:

  • International airline travel
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals not specifically outlined in final itinerary

Post-Trip: Sorrento and Amalfi Coast

Motorcoach from Rome to Sorrento
Stop at Pompeii en route

Hilton Palace, Sorrento
Friday night, 26 October; Saturday night, 27 October; Sunday night, 28 October; Monday night, 29 October


  • Capri (by boat and bus), including walking of historic center, Axel Munthe’s San Michele, Carthusian Monastery
  • Naples, including Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Cappella Sansevero, Santa Chiara (cloister), Museo di Capodimonte, Palazzo dello Spagnolo, Galleria Umberto I, Teatro San Carlo (opera house)
  • Boat and bus tour of the Amalfi coast, including Positano and a cooking class in the home of a Sorrento family
Sorrento on the Bay of Naples

All trips include

  • Lectures on art and architecture by editor-in-chief Peter Trippi and an array of local experts
  • Plenty of free time for independent shopping/ dining/performances
  • All breakfasts
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • Gratuities to restaurants, porters, guides, and drivers
  • Hosted by the excellent team at Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, including Publisher Eric Rhoads and Editor-In-Chief Peter Trippi
  • Fully escorted by Gabriel Haigazian with The CTP Group

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