- 5 Full Days + 5 Nights
- Type of Tour: circular
- Start and End in: Rome
- 5 nights with European Breakfast
- 2 3-course dinners (wine not included)
- Private transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned van
- Visit of a wine cellar in Montalcino with tasting
- Admission to Galleria degli Uffizi OR Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence
- Admission to Coliseum and Imperial Forums in Rome
- All taxes and tips
Day 1 – ORVIETO
Welcome to Italy! In Florence, your Tour Leader will meet you at the hotel. There you’ll meet also your travel mates; who will join you in this unforgettable tour around Italy. Let’s have a coffee together, just to know each other!
Heading north, on the way to Florence we will stop in Orvieto, one of the most interesting hill towns in Italy, perched up on volcanic rock, its history dating back to the Etruscans. Although just one hour from Rome, the architecture is different, with many of the buildings constructed out of "tufo", a volcanic rock. Orvieto's main attraction is its 14th century Cathedral - a mastrepiece of Gothic architecture with a glistening façade of stained glass, mosaics and sculptures.
Day 2 – FLORENCE
Do you like anchovies? They are a local specialty of Monterosso! Ever tried “Linguine al Pesto”, a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese? And what about Ligurian wines? Sciachetrà will seduce you!! Tonight, after a long but satisfying day, we will appreciate a typical Ligurian dinner!
Day 3 – PISA and SAN GIMIGNANO
We will have lunch here before leaving for Volterra, one of Tuscany's most evocative hill towns, a little south of San Gimignano. It is Tuscany’s oldest continuously-inhabited town, with settlements documented since 1,500 B.C. It’s, therefore, a good way to know not only about Volterra’s history but also about Tuscany as a whole. We will visit Piazza dei Priori, the main square, center of civic power since the 8th century, Porta all'Arco, the 4th century B.C. Etruscan gate to the city walls, its 12th century Cathedral and the ruins of the Roman Theater (40 B.C.) and Roman Baths (3rd century AD). Volterra is famous for its Alabaster. In the city, you can find shops selling artifacts and handmade unique pieces carved into this semi-transparent stone.
What’s for dinner tonight? We suggest you a Bruschetta for appetizer, a pasta with truffle sauce (Volterra is the heart of Italy's truffle country), “salsiccia di cinghiale” (wild boar sausage) and “pane di pescatore” (fisherman’s bread) as dessert! All served with a good Chianti wine or, if you prefer, a dry white wine, Vernaccia!
Day 4 – MONTALCINO
In the afternoon we will arrive in Florence. A guided sightseeing tour introduces us to the city’s splendor. We’ll visit the Duomo, Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery , one of the oldest buildings in the city, in the Florentine Romanesque style.
Tonight dinner in Oltrarno, the Florence of the Florentines!
Day 5 - ROME
In the afternoon we will reach Galleria dell’Accademia which hosts Michelangelo's David, the most famous sculpture in the world! After that we’ll visit the Convent of Santa Croce where Michelangelo, Galileo and other Italian glories are buried. We will also spare some time to relax, visiting a typical market for shopping, strolling through the pedestrian streets of the city and crossing the oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio, rich of jewellery shops.
Tonight will be our last night in Italy! We will have our farewell dinner in a typical restaurant in Fiesole with a breath-taking panorama over Florence.