Tuscan & Umbrian Countryside
Rome, Orvieto, Umbria, Spoleto, Assisi, Pienza, Orcia Valley, Bagno Vignoni, Siena, Chianti Region, Florence, San Gimignano
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.
Day 1 - Overnight Flight
On a journey through Italy's roads less traveled, discover its endless treasures from Rome to Umbria to Tuscany, and the marvels of wine, cuisine, culture, and history in between.
Day 2 - Rome, Italy - Tour Begins
Italy's dynamic capital city beckons. Get a taste of the local culture and start your journey at a delicious welcome dinner. Today dinner will be included.
Day 3 - Rome - Orvieto - Umbria
Olive and cypress trees accent the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto. Stroll the historic streets with a local expert and visit the prominent Gothic cathedral to gaze at a remarkable Signorelli fresco. Continue to discover Orvieto on your own this afternoon. Eat, drink, and disappear into the local scene before taking in the splendors of country life in a pristine Umbrian hill town, your home for the next 3 nights. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 4 - Umbria - Spoleto - Olive Oil Mill - Umbria
Medieval palaces command the foreground of ancient Spoleto. In the shadow of the Apennines, embark on a walking tour to see centuries of architectural history, from the Ponte delle Torri aqueduct to the gilded elegance of the Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta. Explore more of Spoleto on your own before learning about olive oil at a family-run frantoio (olive presser). Venture into a local restaurant in the Nera Valley, where you'll enjoy a cooking class in a former 12th-century abbey. Dig in to your handcrafted meal for dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 5 - 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, learning about its history as you stroll the medieval streets. Visit the famous 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). Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 6 - Umbria - Winery - Pienza
Leave Umbria for the villages of Tuscany, nestled among the vineyards and olive groves of the Val d'Orcia region (UNESCO). Tour a winery's estate and cellar before indulging in an authentic Tuscan lunch. Created by the on-site chef, this meal is expertly paired with the vineyard's very own wines. End your day in Pienza (UNESCO), a Renaissance village where flowers and plants adorn the cobblestone streets. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 7 - Pienza - Orcia Valley - Bagno Vignoni - Pienza
Journey through the Orcia Valley's rolling hills on your way to the 12th-century Abbey of Sant'Antimo. Continue on to the unique hamlet of Bagno Vignoni, whose central piazza is filled with thermal water. Taste the flavors of the region at a local pecorino cheese farm. Snack on some of the cheesemaker's creations before returning to Pienza for an afternoon at leisure. Maybe you'll explore the countryside along one of the many white roads that cut through the farmland. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 8 - Pienza - Siena - Chianti Region
Take a guided walking tour through Siena, delving into the local history as you learn about the world-renowned Palio Horse Race. Enjoy free time to explore more of this hilly town, perhaps visiting its cathedral or the town hall's frescoes. An afternoon drive through Tuscany's Chianti Region takes you to the restored Tuscan villa where your hotel is located. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 9 - Chianti Region - Florence - Chianti Region
Explore Florence, the "Cradle of the Renaissance," with a local expert on foot. Wander along the glittering storefronts on the Ponte Vecchio, where gold shops adorn the only Florentine bridge to survive WWII. You'll also take in the Palazzo Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria, and Santa Croce. Take some time on your own to explore the city's seemingly endless treasures, both historic and modern. Return to your Tuscan villa in the evening. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 10 - Chianti Region - San Gimignano - Chianti Region
Choose how to explore Tuscan landscape because it's your choice! Join a local truffle hunter in search of the elusive mushroom and sample the goods yourself -OR- take to the countryside on an ATV adventure along winding dirt roads, followed with a taste of truffle bruschetta. Spend your afternoon in San Gimignano, whose beautiful 13th-century medieval towers stand tall over the surrounding vineyards. As the sun begins to set, gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner of Tuscan specialties. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 11 - Chianti Region - Tour Ends
Your journey through Tuscany and Umbria comes to a close today in your restored Tuscan villa. Today breakfast will be included.
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on November 3, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $700. International airfare is additional.
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