The heart of Italy
8 days / 7 nights
Rome, Florence & Tuscany + Spoleto,
What is Included
Land transportation in Italy via private motor coach, as indicated on itinerary .
Accommodation in double-occupancy rooms in 4 star hotels for 07 nights ( 3 nights in Montecatini Terme, 2 nights in Chianciano Terme, 2 nights in Rome ).
20 meals ( 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners )
1 Hand-made pasta cooking class
1 pizza cooking class
Olive oil tasting
Pecorino cheese tasting
Wine tasting in a Chianti castle
Visit to the cellar and vineyards of Chianti castle
Reservation and Entrance fees into the Colosseo and roman forum
Services of a full-time tour guide
All guided tours as indicated on itinerary
Audio headset during the tour
Airfare to and from Italy
Shopping and personal expenses
All other expenses incurred during free time
Single room supplement
Explore The Coliseum and the Trevi Fountain in the eternal city : Rome Prepare your meals : hand-made pasta and pizza Stop by some of the most charming and alluring towns of Tuscany, from the dramatic setting of the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi to the remarkable medieval city center of Siena Spoleto: Charleston Twin Town Experience a Renaissance castle Wind your way through the streets of Florence and marvel at some of the great works of the Italian masters, from the statues of Michelangelo to the unforgettable dome that crowns the city’s renowned Duomo
Trip at a glance
(Day 1) Arrive in Rome and Step Back in Time with a Tour of Ancient Rome: Colosseo and roman forum
(Day 2) Tuscany:
olive Oil Tasting & Tuscan Cooking Class + Cortona ”Under the Tuscan sun”
(Day 3) Umbria :
Spoleto: Charleston Twin Town—Assisi: The Basilica of St Francis
(Day 4) Siena and Val d’Orcia Unesco area – Pienza: Pecorino Cheese Tasting and Montepulciano Twilight saga
(Day 5) Chianti – “Life is beautiful” Wineries Tour with a typical Tuscan lunch and Wine Tasting in a Renaissance Castle
(Day 6) Florence—Discover the Renaissance
(Day 7) See the Best of Rome’s Sights and Trevi fountain.
(Day 8) Arrivederci, Italia! Depart Italy from Rome
(Day 1) Saturday 24 september.
Arrive in Rome and enjoy a sightseeing tour by bus including the VATICAN area.
Lunch in restaurant.
Step Back in Time with a Tour of Ancient Rome: Colosseo and roman forum. You’ll skip the lines and pass undisturbed through the gates of the world’s most famous sporting structure, the incomparable Roman Colosseum: you’ll discover the events that happened here and the structure’s legacy in the history of ancient Rome, gaining a new understanding and appreciation of this complex society
Dinner. Overnight in hotel.
(Day 2) Sunday . Umbria: Spoleto: Charleston Twin Town— Assisi: the Basilica of St Francis
Breakfast and dinner in hotel. Lunch in Umbria trattoria .
In the morning you will drive through the heart of Umbria till Spoleto, Charleston twin town. You will walk down the monumental staircase to the magnificent cathedral in its spectacular scenic location and at the top of the hill you will see the fortress of Spoleto that features an impressive tower.
In the afternoon arrive at the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. See the sights of St. Francis’ birthplace, including the medieval ramparts and the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels, built on the site where St. Francis died. Assisi, the home of one of the Catholicism’s most beloved saints and the birthplace of the Franciscans. The town is dominated by the impressive expanse of the incredible Basilica di San Francesco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 and one of the key sites for Christian pilgrimage in Europe. Take in the incredible gothic interior of the Upper Church and the impressive portico before marveling at the simply spectacular nave, whose floods are covered with patterned marble and whose walls and ceilings reflect the brightness of the countryside beyond, shimmering blue and serene green, passionate red and soothing gold. From the incredible art to the unbeatable legacy, this is a church that is not to be missed.
We will check-in late afternoon for your 2-night stay in Chianciano Terme, considered among the finest health resorts in Europe , situated approximately 550 meters above sea level, offers great climate and every advantage for tourists due to its exceptional geographical position, Surrounded by hills with woods of oak, beechwood, ilex and chestnut.
(Day 3)Monday. Olive Oil Tasting & Tuscan Cooking Class + Cortona ”Under the Tuscan sun”
After breakfast, This morning visit an oil mill, experience the true flavours of Tuscany as you partake in your very own Cooking Class. Prepare a hand made pasta meal like “grandma” would in a warm and down-to-Earth atmosphere with local ingredients accompanied by an Italian Chef. Take good care in your creations as this will be your meal for lunch.
In the afternoon we will take you to Cortona, one of the oldest hill towns in Tuscany, where you will recognize the scenery from the movie Under the Tuscan Sun.
Breakfast and Dinner in hotel.
(Day 4) Tuesday Tuscany
Breakfast in hotel Today we travel through the the rolling countryside of Tuscany toward its northern side: This Morning will be dedicated to Val d’Orcia Unesco area with visits to Renaissance villages of Pienza for a Pecorino Cheese Tasting and Montepulciano, the location of the Twilight saga.
Lunch in a Osteria After lunch the tour continue with a 1 .1/2 hour ride to The remarkable medieval Siena whose historic city center is a World Heritage Site, riddled with winding cobblestone lanes and fringed with a number of impressive structures, like the Torre del Mangia that juts dramatically within the city’s skyline. You will witness one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares: Piazza del Campo, where the red brick Palazzo Publico is striking and impressive, covered with flags and vivid banners during the twice annual horse race known as the Palio.
After departing Siena, we will Arrive in the Garden-town of Montecatini Terme in about 1.1/2 hour for your 3-night stay. With its wonderful parks, suggestive old village, trendy coffee bars and wine-bars, its palaces that still recall our ancient history and bygone memories offer a holiday characterized by wellbeing, culture and relaxation..
Accommodation, Dinner in hotel and overnight.
(Day 5 ) Wednesday . Florence
After breakfast Florence is waiting for you , the capital of Tuscany and the center of the most important art movement in the Western world, the home to the Medici and Machiavelli, Leonardo and Michelangelo. Florence enjoys a unique artistic heritage. Experience the delights during your sightseeing tour on foot with your knowledgeable Guide. Admire the Baptistery, renowned for its carved bronze-gold doors, the marble Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s impressive bell tower, Ponte Vecchio the oldest bridge of Europe and the Piazza Signoria where you will see the famous statue of David by Michelangelo .
Lunch in a Florentine ristorante
Enjoy free time to explore or to shop for high quality Italian leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery and then transfer to the hotel .
(Day 6) thu
Chianti –Wineries Tour with a typical Tuscan Lunch and Wine Tasting in a Renaissance Castle — San Gimignano
Breakfast and dinner in hotel . Today we transport you through the verdant undulations of Tuscany until you reach arresting Chianti area, the garden of Tuscany, where we will visit the vineyards and wineries of a Renaissance castle and we will enjoy a wine tasting followed by an authentic Tuscan lunch experience made with locally sourced fresh produce. In the afternoon we drive through the Chianti vineyards to the medieval village of San Gimignano and its famous skyline dominated by 13 towers, almost unchanged since the middle ages. You will wander through the streets of this medieval town rich of works of art, shops and restaurants. Before returning to the hotel we will be back to the origins of the art genius : LEONARDO DA VINCI´s birthplace
(Day 7) fri
After breakfast we load the coach and say goodbye to Tuscany.
Lunch in Roma Trattoria.
Walking tour of Baroquean Rome: stroll through picturesque cobblestone alleyways and discover the enchanting sites, such as the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain
Accomodation in your room and at half afternoon start your pizza school , where you will learn from a local italian family how to make your own homemade italian style pizza
(Day 8 ) sat Arrivederci, Italia ! Depart Italy from Roma airport
This morning you will be transfered from your hotel to the Rome airport for your return flight home.