Day 1: Arrival & Transfer to Assisi
Buongiorno and welcome to the capital of Italy, Rome*! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel in Assisi for check-in.
The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.
*Please note: alternatively, you may have a transfer to Assisi from Florence.
Day 2: Assisi City Tour & Trip to Gubbio
After breakfast you meet your guide and start a walking tour of Assisi which is described as the cradle of Romanesque art and design. UNESCO-listed Basilica of San Francesco with traces of the most famous artists of the period and the other Franciscan Sites in Assisi definitely make you immerse into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages.
Following break for lunch you are transferred to Gubbio set on the slope of Mt. Ingino. Beautiful Piazza Grande with the public palaces on it, Palazzo dei Consoli, a magnificent Gothic building completed around 1340, Palazzo del Podestà which holds the Town Hall and Ruins of Roman amphitheatre are among the sights you see here.
After the tour you return back to your Assisi hotel.
Day 3: Exploring Umbria Countryside
In the morning you meet your driver in the hotel lobby and start an exciting tour of Umbria countryside.
Your first stop for today is the medieval fortress city of Spoleto. Here you enjoy a private guided walk of the town covering its numerous Roman temples, theatres and arches.
The next on your list is Bevagna. The town excites its visitors with half a dozen medieval churches, two of Roman temples and the remains of a Roman theatre.
You continue to Spello. Its Roman origins can be seen in the stone gates and the ancient walls surrounding the village.
After the tour you are driven back to Assisi.
Day 4: Departure
After breakfast you check out and depart from Assisi.
Day 4: Arrival
Upon arrival, you check in to your hotel and have a good rest.
Day 5: Tour to Cheese Farm and Winery in Pienza & Montepulciano
In the morning after breakfast you have another amazing experience as today you visit a Pecorino cheese farm.
Your driver-guide takes you to Pienza, the area known for the wonderful Pecorino di Pienza cheese, which gets its name from the word pecora, Italian for "sheep". This delicious "sheep" cheese is made exclusively in and around the town of Pienza from sheep’s milk. In the beginning, you have a tour of the historical center of Pienza, included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You enjoy the views of wonderful Renaissance Palazzo Piccolomini, the beautiful Cathedral of Pienza and Palazzo Comunale.
You are then driven to a gorgeous rustic organic cheese farm that sits on top of a hill overlooking the entire Val d’Orcia and even Pienza itself. Here the local cheese producer shows you how the pecorino sheep cheese is made and the many stages of aging from soft and fresh to hard and complex.
You proceed with a visit to a traditional winery on a small farm near Montepulciano. Here you enjoy tasting one of the most famous Italian wines: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano*. The Nobile wines of Montepulciano were the first to be given the ultimate quality level of DOCG certification.
You have a guided tour of the Montepulciano historical center before you finally return to your hotel.
*Please note: there are 255 wineries in the region so if there is any particular that you wish to visit - let us know and we will modify program accordingly.
Day 6: Cooking Class in Montalcino
Today following breakfast your private driver-guide picks you up from the hotel and drives you first to Montalcino. The ancient village is best known for its red Brunello di Montalcino wines, made with Sangiovese Grosso grapes.
Upon arrival, you have a cooking class in a local farm restaurant located just few kilometers outside of the village. Here you learn how to cook a traditional Italian meal and about Italian dining traditions. Your experience starts from picking spices and vegetables and collecting the eggs. After about 3 hours of the workshop, you enjoy a full Italian lunch which includes starters, home-made fresh pasta with sauce, the main course and a dessert.
Later you have a private visit to an amazing winery located inside a historical castle. At the winery you have a tour of the cellars, the vineyards, take in the gorgeous views and taste Brunello "Riserva" and also Rosso di Montalcino.
After the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel and have the evening on your own.
Day 7: Departure
In the morning you check out from the hotel and depart from Montepulciano.
Day 7: Arrival in Florence
Upon arrival, you check in to your hotel and have a good rest after a busy though exciting day.
Day 8: Florence Sightseeing
After breakfast at your hotel, meet with your private guide and go on a comprehensive walking tour of Florence's highlights.
Today's program includes exploration of the Piazza del Duomo with a visit to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
Your ticket to the Grande Museo del Duomo allows you to visit the other magnificent monuments of Piazza del Duomo in your free time within 72 hours: the Cathedral itself, the famous Dome, the Bell Tower, and the Cathedral Museum with works by Michelangelo and Donatello.
As you proceed to the main square of the city - Piazza della Signoria - you pass through the heart of the historical center with its landmark sites like Piazza della Repubblica and the Strozzi Palace. Stroll down via Tornabuoni, one of the most beautiful streets of the city, famous for its fine shops.
We will also cross over the Arno River on the Ponte Vecchio to enter the Oltrarno district where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and the beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Agostinians. In this very part of the city you can find an early work of Michelangelo dating back to when he was just 17 years old.
During the tour we also visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo's famous colossal statue of David, a must-see in Florence.
After the tour return to your hotel and enjoy an evening at your own leisure.
Day 9: Day Trip to Lucca & Pisa
Following breakfast, prepare for a beautiful journey outside of Florence. You head for the station to start a train journey which is a great opportunity to enjoy a Tuscany scenic landscape.
In about 1.5 hours you arrive in the town of Lucca, this Italian gem is encircled by an unspoiled Renaissance wall. Here you are met by a local guide and go on a 2-hour sightseeing tour of Lucca's main sights.
Later you take a 30-minute train to Pisa. Upon arrival, you have some free time to explore the highlights of Pisa. You get to see Pisa's Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its world-recognized symbol - the Leaning Tower. This is the world's most famous leaning tower, even though there are at least three dozen leaning towers all over the world.
Following time for your independent sightseeing, you take a return train ride. After a 1-hour ride, you arrive in Florence and have the rest of the evening is free.
Day 10: Departure
This is the last day of your amazing Umbria & Tuscany exploration! After breakfast your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!
Not included:international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
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