Departures 2017: High Season: May 22 Jun 19 Jul 10,24 Aug 21 Sep 4, 18 Oct 2,16
Rome – Montepulciano - Pienza -Montalcino -Borgo San Luigi - Siena - Greve - San Gimignano - Borgo San Luigi – Florence
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Day 1: Rome - Montepulciano - Pienza -Montalcino -Borgo San Luigi (B/D)
At 7:15 am, meet your friendly tour guide and depart from Rome by a deluxe coach. You will travel through the provinces Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany to the charming town of Montepulciano, a medieval treasure rich with history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, which can be purchased in wine houses throughout town, Montepulciano is also the host of an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Spend a few hours getting to know Montepulciano at our own pace, enjoying free wine tasting in many of the shops, as well as leisure time to shop and have lunch (not included). Proceed to the beautiful town of Pienza, considered the gem of the Val d’Orcia region. You’ll have free time to explore this small, pretty town, which was planned out by Pope Pius II, the humanist pope, to be the ideal Renaissance town. In the afternoon, arrive in Montalcino, the hilltop town that gives its name to both the region and its wines. Here, you'll have the opportunity to walk around the walls of the fortress, where brave soldiers of the Republic of Siena made their last stand against Florence during battles in Middle Age. Enjoy your Brunello di Montalcino wine and Pecorino cheese tastings at Enoteca La Fortezza. Continue to Borgo San Luigi, a rural village built in the 16th Century that is surrounded by cypress trees and a beautiful landscape. Take in the peaceful setting by relaxing in the shade of the thick gardens or by going for a swim in the Olympic-size pool. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Borgo San Luigi - Siena - Greve - San Gimignano - Borgo San Luigi (B/L/D)
After breakfast, spend the day venturing around Tuscany. Upon reaching the beautiful town of Siena, you’ll be amazed walking along the medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces and the glorious Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful town squares in the world, as well as the site of the famous 600-year old horse race called “Il Palio.” Next, set off into the Chianti hills, enjoying views of beautiful forests, rows of vineyards and pretty medieval hamlets. The beautiful town of Greve is famous for its triangular-shaped piazza and for being the home of the famous sailor named Verrazzano. Spend your leisure time visiting the local boutiques and market stalls before taking a short drive to Castello di Verrazzano, where you’ll have a guided visit of the castle's gardens and historical ageing cellars. Enjoy a guided tasting of some of the best wines, as well as lunch with gastronomic specialties prepared with raw ingredients right from the farm and other local Tuscan producers. After lunch, spend your afternoon in the nearby medieval hill town of San Gimignano, where you can walk around this UNESCO World Heritage site. Try a selection of medieval sweets, such as ricciarelli (rich biscuits) and panforte (moist and sumptuous fruit cake). Explore the town on your own before heading back to Borgo San Luigi for dinner and an overnight.
Day 3: Borgo San Luigi - Florence (B)
Enjoy your last hours in Villa Casalecchi before a relaxing drive to Florence, where your tour will conclude.
Included: Transportation by deluxe motorcoach, Monolingual tour-escort in English, Accommodation, Meals as per itinerary, Entrance fees, Local guides as per itinerary
Excluded: Porterage service, Drinks, Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned, City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
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