This small group Harvest tour of Tuscany, takes place during one of the most festive times in Tuscany when the grapes are being brought in off the vines and there are numerous local town festivals happening.
The tour departs from Rome and offers guests a wonderful opportunity to experience the rural towns in Tuscany which offer some of the regions most impressive scenery.
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 at La Foce estate, which is one of the most impressive properties in the region.
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 Heritage site andone of the most inspiring and and beautiful areas in Italy. Over the course of the journey we will visit numerous towns in Tuscany and experience the region in all its glory during harvest time.
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 beautiful, 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 Orvieto. The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Umbria, where it is possible to enjoy the view of hills covered by vineyards, olive trees, small villages and original bell towers.
Today we will enjoy lunch on a local farm near Orvieto, where it is possible to see the hills covered by vineyards and olive trees, where we will enjoy some fine wines and get to know some of the local traditions.
After lunch we head to La Foce, for an orientation, relax and welcome dinner at the esate.
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 we experience the famous Val D'Orcia and the wonderful Brunello di Montalcino vintages.
The wineries today will include Castello di Banfi, Barbi and Martina.
Lovely foods throughout the day will accompany the wine.
Return in the evening to the hotel.
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.
Today we head from Tuscany to Rome, to explore the highlights of the Eternal City including Rome's Major monuments and Ancient Rome.
This afternoon, we explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum and end our evening in Trastevere, one of Rome's most beautiful neighbourhoods for dinner.
Overnight in Rome
This morning we will experience the incredible history and art found inside Vatican City where we will enjoy a guided tour and have the opportunity to see St. Peter's Cathedral, the Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel Gallery of Maps and La Pieta'.
This afternoon will be spent at leisure for time for shopping before our farewell dinner in historical Rome this evning.
Overnight in Rome.
After 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.
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.)
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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