In the hill towns and centuries of cities of Tuscany and Umbria, discover another side of Italy, where time stands still across the painted countryside. On the fertile grounds of golden vineyards and on the tables of country homes, learn the secrets of Umbrian cuisine and savor wines fit for the gods at local wineries. Visit Florence, the 'Cradle of the Renaissance.' In Siena, stand inside one of Tuscany's most ancient piazzas. Stroll Assisi's old city, and explore the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto, where one of history's rarest frescoes is on display inside a Gothic cathedral. Browse the hallways of Europe's oldest museum and witness a live alabaster carving demonstration in Volterra. Explore the famous towers of San Gimignano and delight in regional specialties and Italian wine with every dinner on this incredible journey through the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside.
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- Offer valid through 3/31/2019
- 10 Days
|Day 1||Rome||Overnight Flight: On a journey through Italy's roads less traveled, discover its myriad treasures from Rome to Umbria to Tuscany, and the marvels of wine, cuisine, culture, and history in between.|
|Day 2||Rome||Rome, Italy - Tour Begins: Italy's dynamic capital city beckons. When in Rome, start your journey at a welcome dinner.|
|Day 3||Rome||Rome - Orvieto - Umbria: Olive and cypress trees dominate the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto. Stroll the historic streets as a local expert points out the city's many treasures and visit the prominent Gothic cathedral to gaze at a remarkable Signorelli fresco. Orvieto's many faces are yours to uncover independently this afternoon. Eat, drink, and disappear into the local scene - perhaps with a glass of Pinot Nero or Sangiovese in hand. Spend the next four nights enveloped in the splendors of country life in a pristine Umbrian hill town.|
|Day 4||Umbria||Umbria - Spoleto - Cooking Class - Umbria: Medieval palaces dominate the foreground of ancient Spoleto. In the shadow of the Apennines, a walking tour through the city's streets reveals centuries of architectural history, from the Ponte delle Torri aqueduct to the gilded elegance of the Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta. Have the pleasure of exploring Spoleto's many shops and cafes during time on your own this afternoon. A visit to a country restaurant, sheltered inside a 16th-century farmhouse, is the Italy few get to experience. Stroll the herb garden (weather permitting), and learn how cheese is made on the farm. Your palate-expanding journey continues as you join the chef for a hands-on Umbrian cooking lesson. Afterward, enjoy an early dinner in the countryside.|
|Day 5||Umbria||Umbria - Montefalco - Winery - Bevagna - Olive Oil Farm - Umbria: Explore the charming medieval town of Montefalco, and take a step back in time in the place they call the 'Balcony of Umbria' - a moniker given to the town for its unobstructed views of the Umbrian countryside. Sagrantino is this region's most-prized wine; head to a local winery to see why during a tasting before sampling a variety of authentic Umbrian dishes at lunch. In Bevagna, marvels of Roman and medieval archaeology and architecture highlight an impressive walking tour. Cap the day off learning about local olive oil at a family-run 'frantoio' or olive presser.|
|Day 6||Umbria||Umbria - Assisi - Home-Hosted Lunch - Umbria: Travel to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Set out on a walking tour of the old city with a local guide. Come to know its history as you stroll the medieval streets, pausing along the way to see its famed Basilica of St. Francis. Later, a local family welcomes you to their country home for lunch as their honored guest. Share stories and make an Umbrian friend (or two).|
|Day 7||Umbria||Umbria - Winery - Tuscany: Time slows down among the sunflower-covered hills and villages of Tuscany's Val d'Orcia region. Among the vineyards and olive groves of this UNESCO World Heritage site, tour a winery's family estate and cellar before indulging in an authentic Tuscan lunch, created by the winery's chef and paired expertly with the vineyard's very own wines. Retire later to a restored Tuscan palazzo.|
|Day 8||Tuscany||Tuscany - Florence - Tuscany: Explore another age altogether on a locally guided walking tour of Florence, the 'Cradle of the Renaissance.' Behold the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in the religious center of the Piazza del Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio, and tap in to Florence's creative side at a local artisan's workshop. After, take some time on your own to explore the city's bounty of treasures, both historic and modern.|
|Day 9||Tuscany||Tuscany - Siena - Monteriggioni - Tuscany: Medieval Italy at its most visually striking is in Siena. On a visit to the Piazza del Campo during your guided walking tour of the city, learn about the world-renowned Palio Horse Race - which the historic piazza plays host to twice each year. Then, it's your choice! Explore Siena's beautiful Gothic cathedral at your own pace -OR- join a guide and immerse yourself in local life in a contrada, one of many small, close-knit communities, each one unique with traditions all its own. In the walled town of Monteriggioni, wander its quaint streets, seemingly frozen in time.|
|Day 10||Tuscany||Tuscany - Volterra - San Gimignano - Tuscany: Country roads lead to the 'City of Alabaster,' Volterra. A former Etruscan city, this walled town perched high above the countryside boasts a history that dates back to the 7th century B.C. Spend time inside the Guarnacci Museum, one of the oldest public museums in Europe, circa 1761. Delight in witnessing a live alabaster-carving demonstration* at a local workshop. Travel later to the 'City of Beautiful Towers,' San Gimignano. Below fourteen 13th-century medieval towers, stroll the Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cistema. Tonight, gather together for a farewell dinner paired with an entertaining interactive presentation on wine, delivered by the restaurant's own sommelier.|
|Day 11||Tuscany||Tuscany - Tour Ends: Your journey through Tuscany and Umbria comes to a close today in Montaione.|
- UNA Palazzo Mannaioni Montaione (Fi), Italy
- Antica Dimora Alla Rocca Trevi (PG), Italy
- Kolbe Hotel Rome Roma, Italy
- Hotel Dei Duchi Spoleto, Italy
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.