The name of this Italy tour—Gems of Umbria and Tuscany—says it all, as you’ll visit some of the medieval hill towns and see some of the beautiful gems that call central Italy home. You’ll begin and end in Rome, and in between you’ll overnight in Spoleto, San Martino in Campo, Siena, and Orvieto. History fans will be thrilled throughout this Umbria and Tuscany tour. As you travel through the towns in these regions, you’ll learn about the Etruscans, who lived here for centuries before the Roman Empire, and you’ll see remains from periods throughout Italy’s history, including medieval times.
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Day 1: Arrive In Rome, Italy
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, join your Tour Director and travelling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
Hotel: Starhotels Michelangelo
Day 2 Rome – Narni – Spoleto
In Narni, almost 800 feet high, take a guided visit to the Convent Of San Domenico, and see a cell where prisoners of the Inquisition wrote graffiti on the walls. Then, a true highlight: learn the art of homemade Manfricolo pasta from a chef during a Pasta Demonstration, followed by lunch. Next is Spoleto, a former Roman city and capital of an important Lombard duchy from the 6th to the 8th centuries. During your walking tour with a Local Guide, take pictures of La Rocca, the former papal fortress that was used as a highsecurity prison until 1982; admire the Ponte delle Torri, erected on the foundations of a Roman aqueduct; and visit Piazza Del Duomo. This evening, dinner awaits at Vecchio Camino restaurant.
Hotel: San Luca
Day 3: Spoleto – Frantoio Di Spello – Assisi – San Martino in Campo
You cannot leave Italy without trying one of its most important products. Attend an Olive Oil Tasting at an authentic oil mill at Frantoio di Spello. In Assisi, a guided walking tour includes visits to St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Arrive at your hotel in San Martino in Campo.
Hotel: Alla Posta Dei Donini, 2 nights
Day 4: San Martino in Campo – Excursion to Perugia
Perugia is the capital of Umbria and an important university town. A guided walking tour features the Piazza Iv Novembre, one of the grandest squares in Italy, graced by the Fontana Maggiore (Great Fountain). Admire the gothic cathedral, the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, and Perugia’s stunning medieval municipal palace. Of course, you will taste Italy’s most delectable Baci candy. An optional dinner outing is available.
Day 5: San Martino In Campo – Lake Trasimeno – Siena
Take a stroll along the promenade of Lake Trasimeno in Passignano on your way to Siena, where your Local Guide will take you for a walk through ancient, narrow lanes to Piazza Del Campo. Hear about the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race that is held on this square. An optional dinner in Monteriggioni is available.
Hotel: NH Siena, 2 nights
Day 6: Siena – Excursion to Volterra & San Gimignano
See some of Tuscany’s loveliest towns during this excursion: start with a visit to Volterra, a former important Etruscan centre. Then visit hilltop San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns with its towers and encircling walls. Return to Siena.
Day 7: Siena – Pienza – Montalcino – Orvieto
Famous for pecorino cheese, Pienza has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to a member of the Piccolomini family who became Pope Pius II in the 15th century and redesigned the town in perfect renaissance style. Continue to Montalcino, beautifully located in the Tuscan Hills, for a Brunello Wine Tasting, followed by lunch with local specialties. On to Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock, where a unique visit to the Etruscan Underground Labirinto (labyrinth) awaits. This evening, an exclusive dinner has been prepared by the famous Italian chef Maurizio.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Italia
Day 8: Orvieto – Rome
Hear the history of this fascinating town from your Local Guide during a pleasant walk through the narrow lanes and visit the Cathedral with its San Brizio Chapel. Return to the “Eternal City” for an orientation drive past some of Rome’s main highlights, and a farewell dinner with operatic entertainment at Tanagra restaurant to celebrate your journey to Umbria and Tuscany.
Hotel: Starhotels Michelangelo
Day 9: Rome
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|May: 02, 16, 30||$3,499.00||$4,133.00|
|August: 08, 22||$3,299.00||$3,933.00|
|September: 05, 19||$3,499.00||$4,133.00|
|Meals:||8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners|
|Transport:||First Class air-conditioned coach|
|Accommodation:||8 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||An expert Travel Director and separate Driver|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.