Pure Tuscany For The Connoisseur From Rome

6 Nights & 7 Days

Perugia • Assisi • Cortona • Montepulciano • Bagno Vignoni • Crete Senesi • Chianti • Siena • San Gimignano

Itinerary

Day 1: From Rome To Val D'Orcia

Independent arrival in Rome.

Meet your driver guide in Rome and transfer to Cortona. We’ll stop on the way to Cortona in Perugia and Assisi for an independent visit. Perugia is medieval-walled hill town famous for its squares, Gothic palaces and jazz cafes. The music is everywhere and became the soundtrack of any visit. This is also a capital of Italian Art. Perugino Gentile da Fabriano, Pinturicchio, Lo Spagna, Raphael and many others lived and worked here. The city is also famous for chocolate maker Perugina. A visit to the Museum of Chocolate and factory is a must if you’re a true lover chocolate (an english tour needs to be reserved in advance so let us know if you want to visit Perugina) Lunch will be in a typical Trattoria with a wine tasting. Afterwards, we’ll continue to the magnificent village of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis .You’ll tour the town with a guide as well as have some leisure time to explore before arriving in Cortona in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Cortona.

Day 2: Cooking Class In Cortona & Vineyards Experience

After breakfast you’ll head to a cooking class followed by lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll have a short visit of Cortona with your driver guide followed by a visit to the Avignonesi Winery for a wine tasting. Cortona is a small charming town in the Valdichiana. The city, high on a hill, is the location of the film, “Under the Tuscan Sun”, It’s surrounded by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times and offers a spectacular view over the valley from every corner of the town. After leaving Cortona, we’ll make a short stop in Montepulciano for an independent visit then continue to Bagno Vignoni. Montepulciano is a medieval town of rare beauty, of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners and boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it.
Overnight in Bagno Vignoni.

Day 3: Crete Senesi

Today is a day to enjoy some free time to explore the Crete Senesi region of Tuscany or take the time to enjoy the Bagno Vignoni Thermal Spa. Crete Senesi literally means Sienese Clays. This is a great place to go to if you are looking for some peaceful time, surrounded by pure and untouched nature; hills, woods, waters and a semi-desert, breaking up the green landscape that is typical of Tuscany. This beautiful part of the region is filled with countless small tiny villages such as Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d’Arbia, Rapolano Terme, San Giovanni d’Asso.
Overnight in Bagno Vignoni.

Day 4: Siena & Monteriggioni

Meet your driver guide at your hotel and transfer to Florence.You’ll stop in Siena and Monteriggioni for an independent visit of these enchanting villages. The drive itself is magnificent: enjoy the view of the Chianti hills covered by vineyards and olive trees, cypresses and castles that dot the countryside. Siena is probably Italy’s loveliest medieval city. Its heart is the central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio, a horse race run around the piazza twice every summer and recently made famous in the James Bond movie, “The Quantum of Solace”. During our drive to Florence, we’ll stop at a wonderful Tuscan Villa and vineyard for a cellar visit followed by lunch and wine tasting. This will be a great day where you’ll get to experience the best aspects of this wonderful region! You’ll arrive late afternoon in Florence and overnight in the heart of the town. Time permitting, we’ll take a short stop in at the charming and tiny castle town of Monteriggioni.
Overnight in Florence.

Day 5: Florence

Today, you’ll join a small group to explore Florence and discover the 2000 years of tumultuous history that changed the world forever. This is a city filled with historic sculptures, frescoes and paintings. You’ll visit 3 churches – the Duomo, Santa Trinità and Orsanmichele. By day’s end, you’ll understand why Florence became one of the greatest art centres the world, home to Michelangelo, da Vinci, Lippi, Botticelli and Brunelleschi to name a few. You’ll walk through the medieval center of the city passing the Baptistery, the Bell Tower, the Gates of Paradise, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and the Ponte Vecchio, along with Medieval towers and Renaissance palaces. When the morning tour ends, enjoy the city or head back to further explore some of the sites we passed earlier in the day. Take time for a relaxing lunch and in the afternoon head over to the Academia to visit Michelangelo’s the David.
Overnight in Florence.

Day 6: Volterra & San Gimignano

After breakfast, meet your driver guide for a full day tour to Volterra & San Gimignano. San Gimignano is the quintessential Tuscan hilltop town, a small walled village famous for its medieval architecture and towers that rise above all the surrounding  buildings .The patrician families of San Gimignano had built 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power but today only 14 remain.

From here, we’ll head to Volterra, a Tuscan hill town that is a wonderfully unspoiled and not on the usual tours towns. The history of Volterra is imbedded in the Etruscan period and there are many examples that date to the 4th century B.C.  It seems that Volterra has managed to avoid the stress of today’s life and whoever comes to Volterra has the immediate impression of stepping into the past, As we walk the medieval streets, you’ll be impressed with the shops that line the streets filled with wonderful assortments of beautifully crafted handiwork. After our visits to these two wonderful towns, we’ll stop at a Tuscan villa estate for lunch along with a cellar visit and wine tasting. This is a great day where you’ll get to experience the best aspects of this wonderful region!
Overnight in Florence.

Day 7: Departure

Independent departure transfer.