Day 1 - Arrival Day/ Benvenuto!
Welcome to Italy! We'll be met at the Rome airport by our private driver who will whisk us off to the Tuscan countryside. We'll stop along the way for lunch - if there is time, the stop will be in Orvieto.
Our accommodations for the next 10 nights is in an agriturismo villa (authentic Tuscan farmhouse) situated in the center of Tuscany, very near the town of Cortona, made famous by Frances Mayes in her book, “Under the Tuscan Sun” and movie by the same name.
Enjoy a welcome cocktail upon arrival at our accommodations and meet the villa owner for an orientation meeting and check in. Settle in to unpack, relax or stroll around the property.
The rest of the afternoon/evening is yours to explore or relax. We'll conclude the day with a group welcome dinner including local wines, served in the comfort of our villa. (D)
Day 2 - Cortona: ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ with a wine-pairing lunch
Morning departure for Cortona after breakfast at our villa. Cortona, which has its roots in Etruscan history, is a quiet and romantic town nestled in the beautiful hills of the Val di Chiana in the province of Arezzo.
It was made famous by Frances Mayes’ book & movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”. After, we'll visit a beautiful and completely organic winery for a guided tour of their vineyards and cellar.
Our tour will be followed by a fabulous lunch situated in beautiful surroundings with views of the vineyards, valley and hills.
Dinner tonight at our villa. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Val d'Orcia & Pecorino Cheese
Today after our breakfast, we will depart for a tour of two of Tuscany’s most famous towns: Montepulciano & Pienza, set in the Val d’Orcia – what many view as the “quintessential” Tuscany.
Along the way, you will breathtaking scenery: Rolling hills dotted with cyprus, miles of vineyards, and olive groves. Our first stop is Pienza, famous for its Pecorino cheese, where we will have a tasting.
After lunch, it's off to the steeply sloped town of Montepulciano where you can wander the streets, stop at shops, churches and town squares.
You can also visit an enoteca and have a wine tasting.
Head back to the villa and relax before dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Florence: Markets & Mysteries of the Medici
After breakfast at our agriturismo, and head off for a full day in the renaissance capitol, Florence.
Our first stop will be the colorful markets where you can find anything: from a tripe sandwich to a silk scarf! We will then meet up with our English speaking local guide and enjoy a walking tour of Florence.
During the tour our guide will point out famous sites such as the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signori, Piazza della Repubblica, and more.
We'll learn all about the dark secrets of Florence's famous noble families and artists with this behind the scenes & highlights tour. Enjoy time on your own for lunch.
The afternoon is free for you to shop, explore art galleries or museums, or just soak in the vibrant life of one of the many piazze while having a caffè or spritz.
Dinner at our Villa. (B, D)
Day 5 - Chianti: Farm Lunch & Wine
After breakfast, we'll depart to the Chianti region – an area of Tuscany made famous by the red wine of the same name.
This is a beautiful region of terra-cotta-roofed towns and winding roads, leading through groves of olive trees, with cypress and endless vineyards stitching sun-dappled rolling hillsides – this is wine country.
We'll visit some quaint villages, have lunch on a local farm and experience some wine tastings. What else would you do in Chianti?
Dinner at our villa with local wines. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Arezzo: Where Life is Beautiful
We'll next stop in the town of Arezzo (made famous by the movie "Life is Beautiful" by Roberto Benigni) to explore .
Even though the medieval center was destroyed during World War II, Arezzo still has a beautiful piazza and many historical buildings and churches as well as a Roman Amphitheater and the remains of a fortress.
Here you will be able to grab lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants or cafes.
We'll conclude the day with dinner including local wines, served in the comfort of our villa. (B, D)
Day 7 - Olive Oil & Lunch with the Locals
Today we're going to an area of Tuscany that is off-the-beaten path.
We’ll head to an ancient olive oil mill and enjoy a tour, tasting & lunch.
After our visit, we will stop at a nearby small medieval village, where you can shop, visit local artisans, or stop and smell the caffè in neighborhood bar.
Dinner tonight at our villa. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Truffle Hunting & Cooking Lesson
This morning we begin the day with an exciting truffle hunting demonstration with a local truffle hunter and his dog in the woods. Let's see how many we find!
Next we will have a cooking demonstration & lesson followed by a delicious lunch with all the dishes we have prepared.
After, we will visit one of the many small medieval villages in the area and learn of its interesting history. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Market Day in a Local Village
Breakfast at your agriturismo. Today we will start out at a local market in a nearby ancient walled town where all the locals come to buy their fruits, vegetables and daily wares.
You'll enjoy some free time to explore the market and town.
Then we're off to a local villa to learn all about its history and wine-making. A tasting will follow, along with their olive oil and other products.
Return to our agriturismo for dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Chestnuts, BBQ, and a Feste
Today we will visit a local ‘Sagra’ or feste that celebrates a specialty food of the area.
We'll enjoy a hearty typical Tuscan BBQ for lunch and soak up the festive fall atmosphere.
(B, L, D)
Day 11 - Departure Day
We'll board our vans and depart for the Rome Airport (FCO).
Bid Arrivederci to Italy! (B)
Dates: October 12 - 22, 2018
11 Days/10 Nights
Group size: 6-12 Guests Maximum
Tour Cost: $4,250 USD per person/double occupancy
$675 USD single supplement
Deposit: $2000.00 at time of booking to reserve your spot
Balance due: 60 Days prior to tour start
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