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My Kirker Experience

Jo Witt

16th February 2018 Visiting three cities in three days may seem like a whistle-stop tour but you shouldn’t be worried! My trip with Kirker holidays was exceptionally organised and completely stress-free, so travelling between Venice, Milan and Rome was a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. Each hotel we stayed at provided excellent service and comfort, combined with private transfers, private tours and well-researched itineraries Kirker ensure you make-the-most of your budget and time away.

Venice

My trip began in the iconic city of Venice; a city with over 200 canals spanned by over 40 bridges. Rialto Bridge was one of the landmarks to truly capture my heart.

From arrival at the beginning of the Grand Canal to drifting along and admiring charming hotels, the whole experience was awesome.

Our private water taxi transferred us to our base for the evening, the Londra Palace Hotel. This quaint hotel provides excellent service and all rooms booked with Kirker have spectacular lagoon views at no extra cost.

Londra

For an extra supplement guests can enjoy a room with a terrace which again, comes with stunning views over-looking the lagoon and San Gorgio Island. During your stay, why not make-the-most of the hotel’s al fresco dining options where you can dine on a terrace overlooking the lagoon. I had lunch here and it was amazing, there couldn’t have been a better way to taste my first bite of Italian cuisine.

For me, a must here is a walking tour of this magnificent city. You’ll see all the iconic sights which include Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Marks’s Square plus many more just waiting to be discovered.

St marks square

Our hotel for tonight was the 5* Hotel Luna Baglioni, Venice’s oldest hotel. Just a short walk from St. Mark’s Square, this beautiful hotel has 118 rooms decorated in a traditional Venetian style. A stand-out feature of this hotel is definitely its breakfast room, Marco Polo Salon. The room’s ceiling is covered with glorious paintings and is absolutely breath-taking, you could just imagine the grand doors closing and a masquerade ball being held here.

Luna Baglioni

Milan

Just two-and-a-half hours by Italo train and stunning scenery along the way, we reached our next amazing city; Milan. Many associate the city of Milan with high-fashion as many high profile brands such as Prada, Gucci to name a few but there’s so much more to discover here. Kirker provided us with a fantastic guided walking tour where we saw The Duomo, a cathedral with one thousand spires, La Scala, possibly the most famous opera house in the world, and, Pinacoteca di Brera, where Italy’s best art collection is displayed including Leonardo da Vinci’s famous ‘The Last Supper’ piece.

Our stay this evening was at the Baglioni Hotel Carlton, located between two of the city’s principle fashion streets. The hotel retains an intimate atmosphere and is completed with antique furnishings and rich brocade fabrics.

Rome

The third and final city on this tour brought us to Rome. Just a three hour train journey from Milan, we were treated to a wealth of beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside as we edged closer to this historic city.

Our adventure continued with a private guided tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel as well as the magnificent painted ceiling completed by Michelangelo in 1512.

Vatican

Our tour continued, and, as the sun started to set we reached the Colosseum, located in the heart of this buzzing city. Next we took the time to visit the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain; throw your coin and make your wish. Rome is a magnificent city not only by day but also by night.

Trevi fountain

The Baglioni Hotel Regina was our hotel for our final night and combines classical architecture and art deco furnishings. The Roman Penthouse suite here boasts 360-degree views of the city.

The final morning of this unforgettable tour started at leisure with a spot of shopping before lunch at the Villa Spalletti Trivelli, a luxurious private hideaway and real gem of this city. Owned by the Spalletti Trivelli family, diners here are tempted by delicious homemade dishes in a boutique hotel setting offering a truly unforgettable experience.

Spalletti family hotel

After a quick lunch, it was time to walk back through the bustling streets of Rome where we passed even more iconic sights including the Pantheon.

Final Thoughts

I had a wonderful time discovering these three magnificent cities in as many days. From start to finish Kirker had my every need catered for. Their attention-to-detail is impeccable and I couldn't recommend a tour with them enough. Pop into our Bath Branch and speak to me about how I can find you your dream Kirker holiday.

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