The Destination: ROME, ITALY
Italy's largest city and capital Rome counts itself among Europe's most visited destinations. For those visiting the city, more than 2,500 years of spectacular history awaits at nearly every turn. Traveling to Rome is literally like traveling through time. The city's historic center is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Also known as the Eternal City, the metropolis is where Julius Caesar lived and died, and where the Pope currently lives.
An Iconic City. History and Culture are front and center in this city often referred to as the world’s largest outdoor museum. The list of “must-sees” are almost endless and carry celebrity status - The Pantheon, The Vatican, The Sistine Chapel, The Colosseum, St Peter's Basilica, The Trevi Fountain…and the list goes on.
The Food! Italy has impacted on the way the rest of the world eats maybe more than any other area of the globe. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the Roman cuisine. Even the pickiest of all eaters will fall in love with the Roman Trattorias, the pizza, the coffee, the pasta! You’ll never see food the same way again.
Accessibility - Rome is easily accessible from all over the world. Its principal airport, Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, is served by several international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all major parts of the globe.
The Hotel: The Rome Cavalieri
The Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort exceeds the expectations of a stay in Rome. As the only resort retreat in the Eternal City, it boasts an enviable position atop Monte Mario hill, and is located just 15 minutes from the city center. This iconic hotel offers unforgettable sensory experiences and outstanding facilities: 345 guestrooms and 25 Suites, all with private balcony or terrace; four bars and two restaurants including the supreme 3-Michelin star rooftop restaurant “La Pergola” headed by Chef Heinz Beck; museum-worthy private art collection, with more than 1,100 authentic masterpieces; fabulous Grand Spa Club over 2,500 sqm and with an array of signature beauty and relaxation treatments, cutting-edge fitness area, 1 indoor/3 outdoor swimming pools and a 15-acre private Mediterranean parkland.
Marvel at breathtaking pieces such as three Tiepolo masterpieces that decorate the lobby, feel quality beneath your feet with the grand Savonnerie carpet in the Napoleon Suite, or contemplate the Robert Indiana series that beautifies the Planetarium Suite. Nestled in the stunning park grounds of the hotel, you will find many world-class services such as an award-winning Grand Spa, Davis cup standard tennis courts, and a modern fitness center. The Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has the only 3Michelin Star restaurant in Rome, La Pergola, offering a mix of innovative yet traditional cuisine by head chef, Heinz Beck.
GLADIATOR TRAINING: YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!
At the Rome Cavalieri guests can experience the world of the gladiators who fought and often died in the Colosseum two thousand years ago.
In the Rome Cavalieri hotel's private park, overlooking the Roman skyline, instructors from Rome's Gladiatorial School will instruct guests in ancient combat techniques as well as explaining the life and times of the gladiators. Available on request, and open to all guests over the age of seven, the course is a wonderful mix of sport and culture. A gladiator kit is included with traditional tunic, Roman sandals, belt, protective gloves, and wooden training sword, and on completion students are presented with a medal declaring them a 'Tiro', or first level gladiator.
MAke them say “wow!” - INCREDIBLE ACTIVITIES
See the Icons – The Pantheon, Vatican City, The Sistine Chapel, The Colosseum, St Peter's Basilica, The Trevi Fountain and so many more - get in as many as you can! Insider tip: At The Colosseum, spend a little time on the second story exhibition area, check out the artists' renderings of the building's ancient and medieval incarnations.
The Baths of Caracalla - Once a massive public bathing complex built in the third century. Throughout the year, the site is open during the day for visitors to stroll through ruins that were so magnificent they inspired the Main Concourse at Grand Central Terminal.
Live like a Local in Monti – A residential district near the Colosseum and Roman Forum that's evolved, over the past two decades, from a run-down zone into a trendy shopping district and nightlife destination. Explore it by way of giving yourself an afternoon off from Big Rome.
Shop Locally- The Mercato di Campagna Amica is Rome's largest farmers market. Though there are more than 100 markets in town, there are relatively few farm stalls. Don’t leave without some Pecorino cheese.
Palatine Hill - This sprawling open-air museum features emperors' palaces, manicured gardens, medieval churches, and a terrace overlooking the Forum and beyond.
Dinner at Romeo - Travel + Leisure’s “Insider’s Pick” - Joining forces of the famed brothers Pierluigi and Alessandro Roscoli and Cristina Bowerman, the food is unparalleled and the atmosphere is memorable! Insider tip: The pillowy ravioli with Castelmagno cheese and pumpkin velouté is incredible!
SAMPLE ITINERARY(5 DAYS, 4 NIGHTS)
ESTIMATED PROGRAM BUDGET
(4) nights deluxe accommodations*, inclusive of all taxes and fees.
(5) nights upgraded accommodations for top performers*, VIPs and Executive Team, inclusive of all taxes and fees.
*All accommodations will be pre-booked for early morning arrivals. This assumes AIS would contract a full extra night of rooms on the front end for both waves to ensure rooms are ready for check in for a morning arrival. This is optional should you decide to remove.
FOOD + BEVERAGE/EVENTS
(5) Breakfasts at Leisure (includes breakfast provided morning of arrival with pre-booked rooms)
Welcome Reception + Dinner
Final Night Awards Reception + Dinner
Allowance for Audio Visual and Decor/Entertainment enhancements during event functions
AIR + GROUND TRANSPORTATION
Round-Trip Coach Airfare from home cities
Round-Trip Airport Transportation to and from resort
Round-Trip activity transfers
$300 per person budget allowance for sponsored activities during the program
Budget Allowance for site inspection expenses
GIFTS + AMENITIES
$150 allowance per couple for pre-trip teaser gift
$350 Per Person budget allowance for onsite gifts and amenities
$150 allowance per winner for sales award gift
Full-Service Meeting Management
Customized Event Mobile App
Customized Program Website + Attendee Registration
Program documentation, including welcome packets, name badges, signage and pre-trip materials
All on-site staff expenses including air travel, salary, meals and travel expenses