8 days/7 nights - Rome airport - Perugia - Corciano & Borgo Solomeo - Spello - Hands-on Italian cooking class -
Enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of Umbria and Tuscany through this premier tour package. Walk the cobblestone-limned streets of Corciano before exploring the medieval streets sprinkled with cafe and local eateries. Sip a caffè corretto in Florence while watching artists, chefs, and professionals go about their day-to-day routines in a Renaissance-inspired mecca. Become spellbound by the scents of fresh pasta and simmering sauces in an exclusive, personalized cooking class. Blending old-world traditions, rich culture, and fragrant wines, this tour will surely alight your senses and immerse you in a country refined by centuries of creativity and perseverance. Forget the traffic and mayhem of a typical Italian tour - our package offers the chance to see Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy, through olive groves and fertile agricultural lands, as well as Florence and Tuscany - the heart of the arts in Italy.
“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life"
- ANNA AKHMATOVA -
DAY 1 - Pick-up at Rome Fiumicino airport and drop off in the Umbria region
Welcome to Italy! After your arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, we will transfer you to your hotel near Perugia (about 2 hour 40 minute transfer time), the capital of the Umbria region. This Italian region is a perfect fusion of art, nature, peace, and calm , the inspirations behind its various locales that inspired Renaissance masterpieces centuries ago. Throughout Umbria, we will explore Medieval town perched -sometimes precariously-on hillsides and mountaintops. After your arrival at the hotel, you will have time to relax and enjoy the surrounding areas. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight stay at a 4- star hotel.
DAY 2 - Corciano, Borgo Solomeo & Perugia
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we will transfer you to Corciano, a little medieval town in the Umbrian hills between Perugia and Lake Trasimeno. You will explore the historic center, full of priceless works of art and architecture with our expert guide. After the visit, you will be transferred to Borgo Solomeo, another medieval hamlet steeped in history. Its foundation likely dates back to the land reclamation of the twelfth century that saved the valley from abandonment, thus marking the beginning of agricultural recovery in the area. Borgo Solomeo is not only an enchanting hamlet, but is also the home of Brunelli Cucinelli, a philosopher-entrepreneur who is currently embarking on a Project for Beauty. His belief in, the genius loci, the spirit of the place, is evident in his work and throughout the town - which was restored partially in thanks to Brunelli’s vision. After visiting the hamlet, we will visit one of the most important Brunelli Cucinelli boutiques in the heart of Borgo Solomeo. You will then be transferred to Perugia, where we will stop for lunch (on your own with recommendations from our guide). Next we will embark on a walking tour of Perugia, the splendid capital of the Region of Umbria. You will visit the Rocca Paolina, the Porta Marzia (Etruscan gate), the Piazza del Sopramuro with the Loggia dei Lanari and Palazzo of the Captain of the People, the Corso Vannucci, the Piazza IV Novembre with the Palazzo dei Priori and Sala dei Notari, the Cathedral and the Fontana Maggiore. While exploring the hidden squares and regal architecture, you will be enchanted by the lush trees and geenery throughout the Umbria region. After the tour of the city center, you will be transferred back to the hotel. Dinner at hotel restaurant. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel.
DAY 3 - Montepulciano, Pienza and Bagno Vignoni
A full day in Val d’Orcia, one of the most stunning Tuscan valleys! After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to this area of Tuscany that boasts endless rolling hills covered with grain and sunflowers, a rich green valley encompassing the Orcia river (from which the area derives its name). The first stop is Montepulciano, a medieval town of rare beauty. This hidden gem is perched on pristine limestone ridges with meandering streets and a quintessential town squares. Full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares, and hidden corners, the town boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys surrounding it. Imagine seeing the very grapes you will later enjoy in a full-bodied, aromatic wine... this will soon be your reality as our tour of the historical center includes a visit to an ancient winery located in the heart of Montepulciano and an exclusive wine tasting experience. Lunch will be on your own with recommendations from our guide if needed. After lunch, you will be transferred to Pienza, a tiny charming village known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is unparalleled in the natural beauty surrounding it, with vast vineyards, olive groves - and grain fields capitivating your views. Inside, this small town has flower-lined streets, quaint cafes, and beautiful architecture to keep you enchanted for hours. Times permitting, we will then visit the thermal village of Bagno Vignoni. Where traditional towns would have a main square, Bagno Vignoni boasts a large pool (49 meters long and 29 meters wide), from the bottom of which bubble up a number of hot springs whose therapeutic quality has been renowned since antiquity. In the evening, you will be transferred back to the hotel. Dinner at hotel restaurant. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel.
DAY 4 - Assisi & Spello
After breakfast at the hotel, you will transferred to the Medieval town of Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and homeland of St. Francis, the famed saint who renounced all his possessions in order to devote his life to helping the needy. With our guide, you will visit the amazing historical center, Piazza del Comune (central square), the Basilica of St. Francis, and the Oratory of St. Francesco Piccolino. Cathedrals and fortresses dot the city and strike an image both imposing and memorable. Lunch will be on your own with recommendations from our guide. In the afternoon, we will visit Spello, another authentic hilltown of Umbria famous for its by flower-decorated, meandering streets. In Spello, you will enjoy the historical center and the Renaissance art by Pinturicchio, a 15th Century painter who has also worked in the Vatican in Rome. This alluring city’s stone houses abut one another to form a near-continuous interwoven landscape. You could spend hours meandering through the streets and enjoying the views of the Umbria valley. After the visit, you will be transferred back to the hotel. Dinner at hotel restaurant. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel.
DAY 5 - Chianti Valley: hands-on cooking class, winery tour and tasting
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from the hotel and transfer to Florence. On the way to Florence, we will stop to Chianti Valley - one of Italy’s main wine areas known all over the world for its iconic and prestigious Chianti wine. We will visit a family-run winery nestled in the heart of Chianti hills, where you will learn about their production process and see the wine at various stages of aging and enjoyment. You will then enjoy the wine through an authentic hands-on cooking class followed by lunch (with wine, of course!) Discover time-tested techniques for creating the best meal, including from-scratch pasta and perfectly simmered sauces. These techniques have remained secret in this valley for centuries, and we will unlock their traditions to create and enjoy the perfect meal. After lunch, you will be transferred to your preferred hotel in Florence. Arrival to the hotel will be followed by time to check-in and relax. Dinner on your own. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel.
DAY 6 - Florence 3h walking tour
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met at the lobby of your hotel by our guide who will lead through the beauty of Florence, otherwise known as the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance”. We will discover the Piazza Duomo with Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Giotto’s Bell Tower, Piazza del Signoria with imposing Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio (the old bridge) and the area of Santa Croce. Florence is every art aficionado’s dream come true, alongside striking architecture, bustling markets, and the sweet aroma of homemade, authentic gelato. Lunch will be on your own with recommendations from guide. The afternoon can be spent at your leisure. Immerse yourself in the largest collection of Renaissance art in the world, then hop over to the museum to peruse monastic treasures and jaw-dropping ancient scrolls. Sit in alleyway cafes while eating mouthwatering gelato and watching the spectacular Florentine sunset. Dinner on your own. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel.
DAY 7 - day at leisure
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend your final day at your leisure Did you spot a local market with handcrafted jewelry? See a cafe in an idyllic side street with views of the cathedral? Indulge your whims throughout the day as you explore and immerse yourself in the impressive city center. This is your chance to make the trip your own, with opportunities for foodies, treasure hunters, wine-o’s, and art lovers. If you are searching for a structured activity we recommend visiting the Uffizi Gallery or have a gastronomic tour of Bologna. More information will be provided about these opportunities from your organizer. Dinner on your own. Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel.
DAY 8 - Pick-up at the hotel and drop off to Florence airport Services included
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick-up at your hotel and drop off to Florence airport according to your flight schedule. End of the services. Arrivederci and we hope you will join us for another tour soon!
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