8 DAYS - 7 NIGHTS
(approx. 50 km)
Benvenuti a Firenze, the “cradle of Renaissance”, where we will spend the first day. Our local guide will introduce us to the many delights of this city: the Duomo, with its iconic red-tiled dome and the beautiful Ponte Vecchio, that is home to 43 jewellers’ shops, Piazza della Signoria with its Palazzo, also known as Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Free time at leisure to explore Florence and as many as 1.700 masterpieces in the world famous Uffizi Gallery. At the end of this day we will go to our hotel in Montecatini area for dinner and overnight stay.
Montecatini, Vinci, Pisa, Lucca, Montecatini
(approx. 130 km)
The day is dedicated to the discovery of marvelous Tuscany. After breakfast, we leave for Vinci, the town where Leonardo was born. It is located in the center of lush countryside which gives it a unique and highly striking appearance. The church of Santa Croce preserves the baptismal font where Leonardo was baptized. The Leonardo museum is located within the castle. Next, we proceed to Pisa where our guide will lead us to discover the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its well known symbol: the leaning tower. We will then leave for Lucca, a place of true beauty. Majestic city walls encircle a Roman and Medieval center with an ancient arena, now tranfor- med in a semicircular square Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Tiny churches and narrow streets make of Lucca a real beauty. At the end of this unforgettable day we will get to the hotel in Montecatini for dinner and overnight stay.
Montecatini, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Siena, Arezzo
(approx. 240 km)
We continue the visit of our Tuscany and after breakfast head toward San Gimignano; walking along the streets of San Gimignano is like taking a dive into the middle of medieval times. Streets, piazzas, palaces, simple houses, churches make the town charming and unforgettable. Its famous towers dominate the valley from the top of the hill. We then continue to Monteriggioni, a small jewel immersed in the hills of Siena, which appears suddenly like a crown placed on the summit of the hill. It’s a medieval town born within a ring of walls which is still intact, distinguished by fourteen towers, which surround the unique piazza. To conclude, we reach Siena, one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany. Rising up from the top of three hills, the city is crossed by broad boulevards and narrow alleys which lead to its heart: Piazza del Campo with the Torre del Mangia tower and the Duomo. At the end, we will return to our hotel in the Arezzo area for dinner and the overnight stay.
Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia
(approx. 130 km)
After breakfast we depart to discover Arezzo, an ancient city which gave birth to many famous characters of Italian literature. We will freely visit the fabulous Piazza Grande, the Duomo, the Roman amphitheater, the Tower, and the Town Palace before continuing on our trip toward Assisi, the city of St. Francis, patron saint of Italy. Our guide will accompany us to the Rocca Maggiore and the Basilica of the Saint with its famous paintings by Giotto and Cimabue. We will visit the many churches where Francis preached peace and serenity, which still today characterize this medieval town. In the evening, we will reach our hotel in the Perugia area for dinner and the overnight stay.
Perugia, Spello, Bevagna, Spoleto
(approx. 75 km)
After breakfast we depart to discover Perugia and with our guide we visit this picturesque ancient city located on top of a hill, from which one can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view. The many streets running up and downhill make Perugia the pearl of central Italy. We will follow them until we arrive at the fulcrum of the city, the Fontana Maggiore fountain. At the end of the visit we continue toward Spello, a beautiful town ensconced among beautiful olive groves, which climbs uphill until reaching the towers, up through small streets and alleyways beautified by multicolored flowers. Next stop is Bevagna, one of the few plains towns of Umbria... a rest for the legs! Crossing the historic center to arrive at the splendid Piazza Silvestri gives the sensation of entering a film. At the end of the day, we head for our hotel in the Spoleto area for dinner and the overnight stay.
Spoleto, Todi, Bolsena
(approx. 95 km)
After breakfast we reach Spoleto and with our guide we visit this splendid city, nestled among green trees and beautified by the majestic Duomo and monumental castle. The entire historic area is focused on the ups and downs of small pedestrian streets. Afterwards, we leave for Todi, the me- dieval city of the poet Jacopone da Todi. The town is located on a hill that dominates the valley of the Tiber river. We will visit this concentration of beauty among which its walls and the historic Piazza del Popolo, the Peo- ple’s Square, stand out. Last but not least, we arrive at Bolsena for dinner and the overnight stay.
Bolsena, Civita Di Bagnoregio, Orvieto, Viterbo, Rome
(approx. 180 km)
After breakfast today, we leave for Civita di Bagnoregio, an ancient town abandoned by its inhabitants but not by tourists who are fascinated by this fairytale like place, connected to the rest of the world by an infinite bridge. It’s called “the city that dies” because of the slow collapse of the tufa stone walls. We continue with the discovery of the beauties of Orvieto, which rises up on a tufa cliff that dominates the valley. A cablecar will take us to the Well of Saint Patrick, where our itinerary begins with our local guide, reaching the spectacular gothic Cathedral which is famous throughout the world. Now Viterbo awaits us, the medieval city of ancient origins histori- cally known as the City of Popes for having been the seat of the papacy in the past. With our guide we will visit the Palace of the Popes, the Duomo of San Lorenzo and some of the many churches in the city. The day ends with the arrival at the hotel in the Rome area for dinner and the overnight stay.
Today, the Eternal City will surprise us! Walking through its streets is like traveling backwards in time among ancient Roman ruins, monuments, marvelous piazzas, fountains, gardens, villas, and churches of all historic periods where each time one discovers amazing paintings, statues and altars. We will visit Rome with our guide in the morning both in a bus and by foot, and we will have free time available to admire this incredible city: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the altar of the Country await us! Our tour ends here. In the afternoon you will be able to visit the Vatican City across the Tiber, the heart of Catholic Christianity. The time has come to say goodbye with a warm ARRIVEDERCI!
For those who wish to further explore Italy this tour can be combined with our tours “Colours of South-Western Italy” or “Flavours of South-Eastern Italy”.
The itinerary as described includes:
• 2 hour guided tour of Florence • Entrance to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum
• 2 hour guided tour of Pisa • Full day in San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Siena
• 2 hour guided tour of Assisi • 2 hour guided tour of Perugia
• 2 hour guided tour of Spoleto • 2 hour guided tour of Orvieto
• 2 hour guided tour of Viterbo • Guided tour of Rome
• Accompaniment for the whole duration of the trip
• Bus according to the program
• Overnight stays with half pension plans (breakfast and dinner) in 3 or 4 star hotels according to the schedule (2 nights in the Montecatini Terme area; 1 night in the Arezzo area; 1 night in the Perugia area; 1 night in the Spoleto area; 1 night in the Lago di Bolsena area; 1 night in the Rome area)
The itinerary as described does not include:
• Tourist tax where due
• Drinks with meals
• Entrances to parks, monuments and museums (unless otherwise specified in the section “The price includes”)
• Transfer on arrival and departure • Porter services
• Tips, extras and personal
• Anything else not included
in section “The itinerary as described includes”.