This small group tour of Tuscany, which departs from Rome offers guests incredible sights in Italy's central regions and the art capital of Florence. On this tour we enjoy the Chianti Hamlets, the glories of Southern Tuscany and even some of the towns which border Tuscany's border in the region of Umbria.
In Tuscany we base ourselves in the town of Cortona which Francis Mayes made famous in her novel Under the Tuscan Sun.
From here we venture into the delightful hill towns of Souther Tuscany including Pienza and the region knows as the Val D'Orcia which is a UNESCO World Heritgage site snad one of the most inspiring and and beautiful areas in Italy.
This tour truly does offer the best of what Tuscany has to offer including wonderful restaurants, beautiful wineries and numerous opportunities to interact with local Tuscan artisans who create beautifu, one-of-a-kind treasures from leather works to fine jewelry, clothing, olive oil and some of the finest wines in Italy.
In the morning, we will pick you up at the hotel in Rome and depart to the picturesque, medieval town of Siena. The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany, where it is possible to enjoy the view of hills covered by vineyards, olive trees, small villages and original bell towers. Lunch will be served in a typical farm house near Montepulciano, where it is possible to see the hills covered by vineyards and olive trees. Upon arrival in Siena, meeting with your local guide and departure for a walking tour of Siena, probably Italy's loveliest medieval city. Siena's heart is the piazza del'Campo, where the famous horse race Il Palio takes place two times each summer. The town offer magnificent artistic masterpieces and incredible views over the Tuscan region in all directions. From Siena, we continue on to Florence and en route stop in San Gimignano. The town is listed as a World Heritage site and fascinates for its medieval look. Its high towers create a unique skyline. Enjoy the village on your own. Arrival in Florence in the evening and overnight.
In the morning, enjoy a walking tour of the city with guide. Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to whom he commissioned various works. Visit Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, the Dome with Giotto's bell tower, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Florence on your own, visiting the Uffizi or the Accademia or taking the opportunity to visit Pisa or Lucca. Dinner will be served in a local Tuscan restaurant. Overnight in Florence.
After a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our journey through the Southern Hills of Tuscany to the beautiful town of Cortona. Today discover Chianti with your driver-guide. En route stop in the most intriguing villages of Chianti. This is a name we often hear the sound no matter what Restaurant in the world wine lovers go, this name comes from a land where luscious hills takes over the landascape and where tranquillity, good wine and food do the rest. Visit Greve in Chianti and Radda, with their castle, vineyeards, small churches in the countries. The lunch will be served in a typical farm house and during the drive, there will be many chances to taste the world-known red wine named Chianti. Late afternoon arrival in Cortona. Dinner and overnight.
Today discover with your driver guide Umbria, the green heart of Italia. Visit Perugia, located almost in the geographical centre of Italy. Perugia is a lively medieval walled hill town with historic buildings, people-filled squares, and modern shops. Etruscan remains are still visible in several places. Free time for lunch in town. Continue the day and discover on your own Assisi, the small magnificent village of St.Francis. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight in Cortona.
After a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel in Rome this morning it will be time to say Arrivaderci. Upon completion of the tour in Rome we will be delighted to offer you a complimentary transfer to the airport, rail station and/or provide additional nights and services as per your requirements in Rome.
Umbria is one of the most remarkably natural beautiful regions in Italy. Located in the very centre of Italy, it is approximately 1 hour north of Rome and 1 hour south of Florence. It borders the regions of Lazio, Tuscany and Le Marche, making it an ideal region to base oneself for a holiday and enjoy day trips. This region is also becoming a favorite holiday spot for visitors to Italy because it is remarkably less expensive than Tuscany and offers considerable more value for money, since Umbria is less of a touristic destination than Tuscany and in this sense we believe in some ways Umbria offers more value for money since the prices in Umbria are still very reasonable compared to Tuscany, its more frequently visited neighbor to the north.
Assisi is perhaps the town most famous in Umbria, for it is where St. Francis of Assisi lived and one of the regions most important cathedrals and the Duomo of San Francesco is located there.
The town, like many in the Umbria region is located overlooking a sea of green countryside dotted with vineyards, olive groves and farms.
This patchwork quilt of green countryside, the lush valleys between high hills make for naturally beautiful geography, some of the most pristine and dramatic in Italy.
Perugia, is the capital of the region and is home to one of Italy's largest Universities for foreign students called 'Universita' per Stranieri' and is located about 30 minutes north of Assisi.
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Tuscany is among the most beautiful regions of Italy. The gentle curves and slopes of the land will enchant you. Tuscany is as famous for its wine and cuisine as it is for its landscapes. Wine production focuses on red wines like Chianti, San Giovese, Rosso di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano, Bolgheri, and others.
Food is prepared with seasonal ingredients and enjoyed quietly by charming views. There are many medieval towns and castles, and in each of them you can find a treasure or two; it can be a painting by a famous artist hidden in an unusual church, a meal prepared by a passionate cook, or a great conversation with a local - whatever it is, for sure will be genuine.
Journeying through the hills and valleys, discovering the beauty of the land and the calm within yourself has attracted seekers of life and love to beautiful Tuscany for many years. The tradition continues to this day, and Tuscany welcomes them with her open arms. Major attractions: small and bigger medieval towns including Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Volterra, Certaldo, Greve in Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, and many others. Major festivals and events: Siena's Palio horse race, Puccini's Summer Opera Festival in Torre del Lago, Arezzo's Saracen Joust, Estate Fiesolana Music Festival, Cortona music and food festival, other local festivals.)
Once the hub of the Renaissance, Florence is still a city marked by outstanding cultural and artistic splendor. In the modern day this translates into some of the best shopping anywhere for fine products from leather to gold. A perennial favorite of tourists and home to such historical figures as Machiavelli and the Medici clan, all of the finest aspects of Renaissance culture, from literature and art to theater and music still flourish here.
Besides tourism, food and wine production are also prominent industries in this city, which is the main city of the Tuscany wine-producing region. The Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Museum house two of the world’s great art collections and seeing the David by Michealangelo, at the Accademia is a moment never to be forgotten.
The Duomo in Florence is as breathtaking as it is massive. This amazing structure can be seen from many vantage points near the city center and it looms in its majesty above the city’s interesting architecture and unique streets. Major attractions: Uffizi museum, Accademia museum with the David, Piazza della Signoria, Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella churches and squares. Other museums of notice are Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti with the Silver museum, the Boboli Gardens and the Palatine Gallery, the Brancacci Chapel, the Museum San Marco. Major theaters and events: Teatro Comunale, Teatro della Pergola, Toscana Opera Festival, Teatro Verdi.
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