Tuscan Experience with Rome

Highlights

Tuscan Experience with Rome!

Our new Tuscan Experience will continue to enchant you! Enjoy an independent night in Rome, the Eternal City! Followed by 5-nights at the Villa Casagrande, a wine-producing villa constructed in 1392. You will find ourselves strolling down quiet lanes bound by stone walls, cypress trees and cream-colored villas. A true Tuscan Experience!

Tour Highlights:

  • Daily touring from one location - no unpacking!
  • 8 meals; Breakfast & Dinners - with drinks included
  • See Florence and the Tuscany Region, Chianti, Sienna and San Gimignano
Your Tuscan Experience tour includes:
  • Private transfer on arrival from Rome airport to your Rome hotel.
  • One (1) night accommodation at Hotel Windrose or similar in Rome. (Upgrades to other hotels available).
  • Five (5) nights accommodations at Villa Casagrande in Chianti, Italy.
  • Private transfer from your Rome hotel to the Villa Casagrande.
  • Welcome dinner at the Villa with drinks included.
  • Italian buffet breakfast daily excluding the day of arrival.
  • Half-day English speaking guide for Florence visit (3-hours).
  • One farewell dinner at the Villa with wine and water included.
  • Full day tour excursion to Chianti region (8-hours).
  • Full day English speaking guide (6-hours) in Chianti.
  • Visit to a butcher in Chianti for Tuscan salami tasting.
  • Visit and wine tasting at Verrazzano Castle.
  • Optional Cooking Class
  • Roundtrip transfer by car or minibus for Siena and San Gimignano visit.
  • Half-day English speaking guide for Siena visit (3-hours)
  • Private transfer from Villa to Florence Airport (transfer from Villa to Rome can also be arranged for a supplement)

Itinerary

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Day 01, Saturday: U.S. - Rome.
Depart U.S. for our overnight flight to Rome, Italy. Dinner will be served on board.

Day 02, Sunday: Arrive Rome. Morning arrival into Rome, where you are met with a private transfer to your Rome hotel. An independent day in Rome to enjoy the Eternal City. Your Rome stay is based on the Hotel Windrose (subject to availability). Other hotels may be booked at a supplement.

Day 03, Monday: Rome to Tuscany. After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your driver and depart by car or minibus* to Florence. En-route, we reach the hilltop town of Montepulciano, an ancient village full of medieval and renaissance buildings. Montepulciano is famous for one of the oldest wines in Italy, "Nobile" of Montepulciano. We stop for a visit to a wine cellar, tasting wines and local products like ham, cheese and salami. We proceed to Pienze, the renaissance town, built by Pope Pius II, well known for it's pecorino (sheep) cheese. We continue to our Tuscan villa; theVilla Casagrande, where we will enjoy a 5-night stay.

This evening we enjoy a welcome "Tuscan Feast" dinner featuring local wines and traditional Tuscan fare. Buon Appetito!! Over at the villa.

Italy VacationsDay 04, Tuesday: A day in Florence. After breakfast at the villa, we journey to Florence for a moringin guided walking tour. Stroll down the cobblestone lanes, through majestic squares and across ancient bridges, pausing along the way to visit and learn about Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the cathedral and Giotto's Bell Tower and the Accedemia (entrance fees and reservations included). Florence offers the largest number of historical buildings and workds of art in Italy, as well as several world clas smuseums. Durring the afternoon, you are free to enjoy the city. Perhaps shop for leather, gold and clothing near the Ponte Vecchio. We return to the Villa, where dinner is on our own this evening. Overnight at the villa.

Day 05, Wednesday: Free day at the Villa.  After breakfast, you are free to enjoy the Villa and local town on your own, at your own pace. Perhaps rent bikes, take a walk into town or visit the cellar and the museum of the Villa which has been host to Popes and Princes.

This afternoon, you may wish to take part in an Optional 3-hour cooking class, where you will learn the basics of traditional Tuscan cooking as well as savor the foods prepared by you (a minimum of 2 participants is required for this class).

Day 06, Thursday: Chianti Tour. After breakfast at the Villa, we enjoy a full day Chianti Tour! Meet your local guide and depart to Castellina in Chianti, which stands on the border line between Florentine and Senese Chianti. It has Etruscan roots and always played an important role in the fights between Florence and Siena. The majestic fortress and massive walls prove this glorious past. We continue to Greve in Chianti and stop tat Antica Macelleria Falorni to visit this historic butcher and taste the original Tuscan salami. Enjoy the visit in Greve, Chianti, where the great explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano was born, as celebrated by his statue in the main square. Independently, enjoy Piazza Matteotti with excellent restaurants and shops or the Church of Santa Croce keeps important artworks by Florentine artists such as Andrea Della Robbia and deserved a visit. We continue with a stop at the wonderful Castle of Verrazzano for a visit and wine tasting, before returning to the Villa, with dinner on our own this evening.


Day 07, Friday: Tour of Siena & San Gimignano:

Breakfast at the hotel before we depart for Siena, for a half day guided tour of this unique citywith the Piazza del Campo, the commanding Duomo,  surrounded by narrow streets and alleys. Enjoy sweet-smelling trattorias, the sounds of the artisans and spouting fountains; Fontebrande and the mystery of the Diana, a famous river underneath Siena. After lunch on your own, we depart Siena for San Gimignano and stop for a visit and wine tasting at a local farm. Free time in San Gimignano, with its towered silhouette rising from the hills of the Upper Elsa Valley, facing the land of Volterra and positioned right on one of the most important stretches of the medieval Via Francigena.  We return in the evening to our Villa.

Tonight we enjoy a festive "Farewell Dinner" at the Villa.


Day 08, Saturday: Tuscany - U.S. Morning transfer to the airport for our return flight home, taking with us the memories of the best of Italy. “Arrivederci” - a nostalgic goodbye with a promise to return.

 

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