This deluxe small group tour through Tuscany and Umbria offers our guests the possibility to experience two of Italy's most beautiful wine regions as well as Florence. There are many highlights on this tour including a private cooking class with a local Tuscan Chef as well as dinner at a farm in the heart of Chianti wine territory.
This journey through Tuscany and Umbria begins and ends in Rome. Gourmet meals including select wines are included in the package price.
The properties where we stay in each location are some of the finest hotels each destination has to offer.
This morning you will meet your tour escort and group at the Piazza Barberini in Rome where will begin our journey north through the Umbria region into Tuscany 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. 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.
In the morning, enjoy a walking tour of the city with guide with Accademia. 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 dellaSignoria, 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.
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.
After breakfast, meet your expert driver guide and continue to Pisa. Here, meet you local guide and visit the city. Pisa is most famous for its Leaning Tower, but the old Maritime Republic offers incredible sights like Miracles’ square, the beautiful Battistero and many other masterpieces. At the end of the excursion, proceed to Cortona, where you will spend the next 2 nights. Dinner will be served in a typical restaurant. Overnight in Cortona.
After breakfast, start your unforgettable cooking experience in Cortona with your local expert. Cortona is a small charming town in the Valdichiana, in southern Tuscany. The city, enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, sits on the top of a hill about 600 meters above sea level. This dominant position over the valley offers a spectacular view from all over the town of the surrounding valley and even Lake Trasimeno. IN the morning, you will have the possibility to visit the fresh market to learn about the local ingredients, then you will have an exciting cooking class to learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine. Then, you will eat what you have prepared with your own hands. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cortona.
Breakfast In the morning meet your driver guide and proceed to Assisi, where you will have free time to discover the town. Continue to Perugia. Your lunch will be served in a nice farm house in the countryside. Upon arrival in Perugia, meet your guide for a visit. At the end, continue to Rome. Your dinner will be served at hotel.
In Rome, we conclude our services. A complimentary transfer to airport or railway station in Rome is included in this package. Should you like to have additional options in Italy post-tour, we would be delighted to provide you with some unique suggestions and assist you in anyway that we can.
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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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.
Assisi is known throughout the world as the city of St Francis, the monk who spoke to the animals and with God, whose cult has spread across the globe. Linked to the Saint are theBasilica of St Francis, as well as the Eremo of the Prisons and the convent of St. Damian, the place where God spoke to the Monk.
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