Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Join us under the Tuscan – and Umbrian – sun, on a leisurely idyll through two of Italy’s most storied regions. Ancient Etruscan hill towns, timeless landscapes, awe-inspiring art, and especially, openhearted people, render the essence of Italy. And a stay in the Eternal City of Rome adds the grace note to this very special small group tour.
Depart for Florence, Italy
Transfer to your hotel, a historic country estate where you’ll meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a briefing and dinner.
This morning you’ll visit Pitti Palace, the 15th-century Renaissance stronghold later owned by the Medici. Now a museum, the Pitti Palace holds important collections of porcelain, silver, and costumes and also boasts the 111-acre Boboli Gardens.
Leaving Florence today, you’ll stop in the Tuscan hill town of Siena whose historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Piazza del Campo is one of Europe’s greatest public squares and the setting of the annual Palio horse race. You’ll enyoy a guided walking tour here and then continue on to Cortona mid-afternoon.
You’ll explore the medieval gem of Cortona today. You’ll tour the historic city center, and walk the steep, narrow streets that characterize Etruscan design. This is the town depicted in Under the Tuscan Sun – so you’ll visit Casa Bramasole, the 200-year-old farmhouse the author lovingly restored.
Today you’ll travel through one of Tuscany’s most beautiful regions, the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Val d’Orcia is home to Pienza, conceived in 1459 as an ideal Renaissance town. Your tour begins in Pienza’s historic center where you’ll walk cobblestone streets to a lookout point for breathtaking views of Val d’Orcia below. Next, you’ll enjoy lunch and a special tasting of Montepulciano wines.
You’ll off to Umbria today and a stop in Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. You’ll tour the famed 13th-century church, Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, seeing priceless frescoes by Giotto and Cavellini. You’ll have time for lunch and a stroll through town before you depart for the walled medieval city of Bettona.
You’ll travel to the hilltop town of Todi whose Piazza del Popolo ranks as the finest public square in all Italy. You’ll also visit a local museum featuring Etruscan and Roman artifacts unearthed in the region.
Today you’ll visit the hilltop town of Orvieto. Highlights include Orvieto Cathedral, the medieval Duomo featuring a chapel with a fresco by Fra Angelico, as well as Luca Signorelli’s masterpiece, “The Last Judgment.” Then you’ll enjoy a highlight as guests at the country home of the celebrated chef of Orvieto’s Ristorante Zeppelin for a cooking lesson and dinner overlooking the vineyards.
You’ll leave the Italian countryside today for Rome and enjoy a beautiful drive on the way.
This morning you’ll encounter ancient Rome, beginning at the Colosseum, and the temples of the Forum, ancient Rome’s political and legal center. This afternoon is at leisure to explore independently; tonight you’ll bid “arrivederci” to Italy at a farewell dinner.
Depart for U.S.
Spend an additional three days and two nights in Rome.
Program Itinerary is subject to change. See final brochure for complete details.
Land Only: $3,195
With Group Air from Seattle: $4,687 (includes $692 in taxes and fees)
Single Supplement: $895
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