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9 Day - Country Roads of Umbria & Tuscany Tour

Explore medieval towns & evocative landscapes of Italy’s two most famous regions

Package Details

Overview

From $3,523* pp

Tour Provider: Insight Vacations
Region: Europe: Mediterranean
Duration: 9 Days


Itinerary

DAY 1  WELCOME TO ROME.

Transfers to your centrally located hotel, not far from the Ancient Roman Ruins, depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in before meeting your Travel Director at 17:30. Get to know your fellow guests during your Welcome Dinner.

Hotel:Kolbe Hotel Rome/Hotel Romanico Palace.

Meals:Dinner with Wine

DAY 2  SISTINE CHAPEL, COOKING IN ORVIETO AND ON TO PERUGIA.

Explore the Vatican Museums in the morning, where a local historian unveils the gems of the vast Papal art collection. Your special VIP visit includes fast-tracked entry and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican normally closed to visitors. View the imposing Basilica of St. Peter, the largest in the world. Journey north to the Umbrian hilltop town of Orvieto; its cathedral is one of Italy’s most celebrated buildings. You’re welcomed into the kitchens of zesty, Etruscan chef Lorenzo Polegri, who shares his virtuoso cooking skills and love of Italian food with you. Delicious pasta fresca, combined with the local staples of olive oil, cheese, prosciutto and focaccia, make for a memorable Highlight Lunch, all washed down with a chilled glass of Orvieto Classico wine. Join a Local Expert in Perugia to navigate the underground labyrinth of little streets, alleys and arches. Walk Corso Vannucci, resplendent in pale-pink stone, passing the princely Priors' Palace, cathedral and finely sculptured Great Fountain in the main square.

Hotel:Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia.

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

DAY 3 - PERUGIA SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME.

Visit an artisanal workshop to meet Marta, beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and her weavers. See how the fascinating art of loom-weaving textiles has been passed down through the generations and learn how this ancient craft is being preserved. Afterwards, you will be free to enjoy the many delights of Umbria's capital city. For dinner, choose your ideal ambience and palate-pleasing menu from a hand-picked selection of Perugian restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. Buon appetito!

Hotel:Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia.

Meals:Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 4 - ASSISI, IN SEARCH OF ST. FRANCIS.

Journey to Assisi, one of Italy's most beautiful medieval hilltop towns, set high up in the mountains and enclosed by fortress walls. In the valley, see the famous Church of St. Mary of the Angels, much venerated as the place of St. Francis' death, then continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town. Step inside the massive, 13th century Basilica of St. Francis with your Local Expert to learn how Giotto masterfully painted frescoes that inspired a variety of Renaissance artists. Continue through the twisted groves that carpet the side of Mount Subasio. At a family-run olive mill, meet a third generation specialist to follow the evolution of the olive from tree to table. Relish the intense flavours drizzled over crusty bread with a sprinkle of salt – delizioso!

Hotel:Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia.

Meals:Breakfast

DAY 5  TUSCANY TO CORTONA, SIENA AND SAN GIMIGNANO.

Follow the shores of Lake Trasimeno to Cortona, one of the oldest hilltop towns in Tuscany. After free time to explore, continue to the narrow cobbled streets of Siena. Standing in the shell-shaped Campo, imagine the frenzied atmosphere of the biannual Palio horse race and see the superb 14th century Town Hall. Then, with your Local Expert, there is time to climb up to the black-and-white striped marble cathedral. Travel to your home for the next three nights, a delightful villa near the medieval town of San Gimignano.

Hotel:Villa San Paolo, San Gimignano.

Meals:Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 6 - SAN GIMIGNANO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME.

In the morning, your Travel Director will show you San Gimignano's medieval skyscrapers, serpentine streets and hidden squares. The town is also home to world champion gelato maestro Sergio Dondoli. At his artisan ice cream parlour on Piazza della Cisterna, the jaunty gelataio doles out his silky, frozen treats in a range of unique flavours. The rest of the day is at leisure; why not join an Optional Experience to Pisa and Lucca?

Hotel:Villa San Paolo, San Gimignano.

Meals:Breakfast

DAY 7 - FLORENCE AND TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE EXPERIENCE.

The morning is devoted to the Renaissance city of Florence. A fascinating walking exploration with a Local Expert takes you to the marble-clad cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi's dome. See the baptistery with its beautiful Gates of Paradise and Giotto's splendid bell tower. Walk on to Piazza della Signoria with its open-air gallery of Renaissance sculptures, followed by free time to shop for top-quality Florentine leather or seek bargains in the gold workshops. Toast to your travels during a delicious Farm-to-Table Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy tasting flavoursome dishes prepared with locally grown ingredients, sourced from the farm or nearby Tuscan region. Relax as the pairing of home-made pastas with the farm's own traditional Chianti wine rounds off your great Italian adventure.

Hotel:Villa San Paolo, San Gimignano.

Meals:Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 8  COUNTRY DRIVE TO ANCIENT ROME.

Descend from the Apennine Mountains, leaving behind the tower topped town of San Gimignano. Enjoy rolling Tuscan hills as you journey through the Italian countryside, making your way to Ancient Rome. On arrival, enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Hotel:The K Boutique, Rome.

Meals:Breakfast

DAY 9  ARRIVEDERCI ROMA.

Your departure transfer arrives at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.

Meals:Breakfast


Description

This magical journey devotes quality time to the medieval hill towns and evocative landscapes of Italy’s two most famous regions. Enjoy favorite recipes and classic wines as you meet with local people to hear their fascinating stories.

Your Guided Holiday Includes:

  • 8 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • 8 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch with wine (LW), 4 dinners with wine (DW) all with tea or coffee
  • VIP access into the Vatican Museums
  • Highly-skilled Travel Director
  • Comfort of Insight's luxury air conditioned coach
  • Complimentary coach & hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • Hotel & restaurant tips

Price is based on 26 July, 9 August & 23 August 2020 departures

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES:

Vatican City: Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums and be among the select few to admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Admire the Popes’ treasure-trove and witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Venture inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome.

Perugia: Meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Learn how Marta and her weavers are preserving the ancient craft of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS:

Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.

Perugia: Join a Local Expert to navigate the underground labyrinth of little streets, alleys and arches. Promenade the wide Corso Vannucci, resplendent in pale pink stone, past the princely Priors' Palace, cathedral and finely sculptured Great Fountain in the main square.

Florence: View the city skyline from the sumptuous terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo. Explore the city and its landmarks with your Local Expert - see the domed cathedral, it's adjacent baptistery with its Gates of Paradise, and the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria.

AUTHENTIC DINING:

Orvieto: Meet Etruscan Chef Lorenzo Polegri, who shares his virtuoso cooking skills, followed by a memorable Highlight Lunch with wine.

Perugia: You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.

Mount Subasio: Follow the evolution of the olive, from tree to table, with a tasting at a family-run olive mill.

Tuscany: Nestled in the rolling hills surrounding Sam Gimignano and surrounded by its own vineyards, olive groves, saffron crop and orchards, is the homely Il Vecchio Maneggio. Admire the beautiful views as you enjoy a drink before sitting down to your Celebration Dinner - a delicious Farm-to-Table experience, with all the organic produce sourced from the surrounding farm.

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