The Heart of Italy: Rome, Tuscany, Chianti and Florence Back

Departs from : Rome

Duration : 7 days

Type : Public

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Price Per Person : EUR 1,100.00

Meals Included

Breakfasts : 7

Dinners : 3

Wine Tastings : 3

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This is a fantastic small group tour (max 10 participants) which includes excellent accommodations in both Rome and Florence as well as gourmet meals including wine. The journey begins in Rome, known as the Eternal city and includes privately guided tours. VIP tickets to sites and locations we visit are also included in this tour. 

 


Day 1 : Arrival in Rome

Where we visit : Rome

Meeting Location : Airport or Rail Station

Description :

Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Rome airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the Eternal City. In the evening, meeting at the hotel with tour host which will provide information regarding the program and literature of the destination that are about to be visited and will offer a welcome cocktail and light dinner at 7.30pm Overnight in Rome.

Meals : Dinner

Day 2 : Ancient Rome including the Collosseum & the Vatican

Where we visit : Rome

Description :

After breakfast, Guided visit of Colosseo. At the end, stop for a lunch. In the afternoon, continue the exploration of Rome with Vatican Museum: the masterpieces of Greek and Roman ancient art, works of Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. After the tour ends, return to the hotel by private coach. In the evening, we will enjoy a tasty dinner at a favorite Roman restaurant. Overnight in Rome.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Rome

Where we visit : Rome

Description :

Day at Leisure in Rome. Overnight in Rome.

Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 : Siena & San Gimignano

Where we visit : Siena

Description :

Today, enjoy a visit of Siena ( guided visit) & San Gimignano ( free time). After breakfast, meet your driver and your tour leader and drive to Florence. 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, olives tree, small villages and original bell towers. The first stop is Siena, probably Italy's loveliest medieval city, for a walking tour with a local guide. Siena's heart is Il Campo or Campo's square, where the famous horse race Il Palio takes place two times each summer. The town offer magnificent masterpieces and incredible views. In Siena, we will enjoy a wine tasting with cheese and salami. Continue 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 late afternoon. Free time for dinner. Overnight in Florence.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tasting

Day 5 : Florence

Where we visit : Florence

Description :

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 taking the opportunity to visit Chianti or Lucca. Overnight in Florence.

Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 : Dinner in Chianti

Where we visit : Chianti

Description :

The day is free at leisure. There are many optional tours available: Pisa with its leaning tower, Montepucliano and Montalcino, Cortona, Assisi and Perigia and many other. In the late afternoon, transfer to Chianti area for a unique experience. Enjoy the view of the beautiful hills covered by vineyards and have a fantastic dinner in a farm house, accompanied with Chianti wine. Return late evening at hotel. Overnight in Florence.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : Time to Say Arrivaderci! Transfer to Hotel or Airport

Where we visit : Florence

Description :

Transfer to Airport or Railways Station in connection with your own flight/train on your own

Meals : Breakfast

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. Walking Tour of Florence
  2. Arrival transfer
  3. Bus As Per Itinerary
  4. Tour Escort Welcome Cocktail
  5. 3 Nights In Rome
  6. 3 Nights In Florence
  7. 2 Dinners, Wine Included
  8. 1 Dinner in Chianti with wine tasting
  9. 1 lunch, wine included, in Rome
  10. 1 wine tasting with cheese and salumi in Siena
  11. Visit of Colosseo and Vatican, entrance fee included
  12. Visit Of Siena and free time in San Gimignano
  13. Hotel And City Tax
  14. Luggage Handling At Hotel

What's Not Included

  1. Departure Transfer
  2. Optional excursions during your tour
  3. Travel Insurance
  4. Porterage at airport on arrival
  5. City Tax ( 4€ per person per night, to be paid locally. The amount may change according to local policy )
  6. Tips
  7. Beverages and meals not mentioned in the program

Tuscany


 

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.)

Chianti


 

If you have ever believed in fairy-tales and landscapes where Kings and Queens ruled beautiful country-sides adorned with vineyards and picturesque gardens at every corner, the Chianti region is for you!  
 
Many people ask what is the "Chianti"?  There are no borders here, it is an un-spoken territory, in the Tuscan countryside between Siena and Florence, that has no precise name.  No name is necessary, because when you enter the borders here, you will know very clearly that you in Chianti when the names on signs like Radda - Greve - Panzano - Castellina - and many others you will see, all end with the word Chianti!  
 
The Chianti region comprises numerous towns, all once Medieval settlements, with castles, villas, old mills, fortifications and farmsteads. Among the popular events, the Palio horse race of Siena is perhaps the best known, although the numerous smaller scale wine Festivals, markets, and concerts organized in the castles should not be missed.
 
Chianti is an unspoilt land with a patchwork of meadows and fields where the famous blue-violet Iris grow wild, (the flower which was chosen as symbol of Florence and used for centuries in perfumes). Articles in Terracotta are still produced by local craftsmen.
 
Its natural environment is its fortune: Chianti is a splendid countryside which stretches from Florence to Siena, over great expanses of vineyards resting on the hillside from where the famous red wine is exported throughout the world.
 
The region's game dishes of wild boar, quail and pigeon accompanied by wild mushrooms are as famous as the area's cold meats, Chianina beef and Cinta Senese pork. The countryside is also characterized by its olive groves which produce a highly acclaimed oil.
 
 

Rome


 

Rome is known as the 'Eternal City', the centre of Western Civilization and one of the most widely visited cities in the world.  It is a city of contrasts, both ancient and modern. Romantic and harsh. It is a place of beautiful warm light and many dark corners. 
 
The layers of history in Rome are second to none in the world and to appreciate Rome, in all its glory, it is useful and helpful to have some understanding of what happened here over the centuries.  Whether you do tours with us or another company, it is most helpful to read - do guided tours - watch films.  
 
This city is one of the most important cultural, artistic and intellectual centres in Europe.  It is also home to Vatican City, the centre of the Catholic Church.
 
The history of Rome and Vatican City draw over 58 million visitors each year, almost as many people who live in Italy.  
 
 

 

Siena


 

 

Siena is reknowned, both nationally and internationally, for the Palio horse race contested by the 17 contrada which divide this small city. But Siena is also unique thanks to its maze of narrow streets, its numerous towers and elegant town houses, the immense Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral which dominate the heart of the Medieval city encircled by impressive walls.
 
Those living in Siena enjoy an incredibly high quality of life. It is also the first city in Italy to close its center to traffic. As far as culture is concerned, Siena has been a city of great artistic significance since ancient times with internationally acclaimed institutions such as theChigiana Musical Academy, the Accademia dei Fisiocritici and Accademia degli Intronati, as well as the University for Foreigners.
 
Sites not to be missed: the Church of St Domenico, the Church of St Francesco, theDiocesan Museum of Sacred Art and Palazzo Salimbeni which houses important frescoes. The surrounding countryside is superbly peaceful with vineyards, olive groves,medieval hamlets and castles. The gastronomic traditions have gained international fame with the sweet Panpepato, Ricciarelli and Cavallucci being exported throughout the world.

Florence


 

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.

San Gimignano


 

San Gimignano is located in the region of Tuscany approximately. a 1 hour drive (traffic and roads considering).  It is a town that occupies a magnificent position over the sprawling countryside covered in vineyards.

This is a great base for exploring the region of Tuscany and the nearby towns of Volterra - Siena, the entire region of Chianti

 

 
A Florentine jewel the Hotel Berchielli has been welcoming visitors since 1890. Timeless elegance and sophisticated surroundings enriched with stained glass windows, chrome and wrought iron works by local craftsman, fine marbles and stone along with breathtaking views over the river Arno, Ponte Vecchio and SS Apostoli all combined with modern comforts make the Berchielli an ideal place to stay.
 
The superior 4-star Hotel Ponte Sisto sits on a quiet downtown street in historic Rome convenient to the Trastevere district, the Jewish Ghetto, the fascinating Piazza Navona and all the city's main attractions like the Campo de’ Fiori, the Trevi fountain, the Spanish Stairs and Via Giulia.
 
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