RAFFAELLO TOUR - Rome, Assisi and Florence

From Rome, the “Eternal City”, to Florence, the land of Giotto and Dante, through the enchanting towns of Umbria and Tuscany, tasting gourmet specialities. A special tour at the discovery of the characteristic Italian countryside

SUMMARY

  • 8 full Days + 8 Nights
  • Type of Tour: Circular
  • Start in: Rome
  • End in: Rome
  • Minimum number of participants: 4

 

PRICE PER PERSON

Double Occupancy in 3 Star Hotel - Country House

  • Spring Summer 2018: 2,535 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 2,450 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Autumn Winter 2017- 2018: 2,435 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) -2,350 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Supplement per person for accomodation in single room: 240 €

Double Occupancy in 4 Star Hotel*

  • Spring Summer 2018: 2,995 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) - 2,925 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Autumn Winter 2017- 2018: 2,895 € (Groups of 4 to 5 travellers) -2,825 € (Groups of 6 to 7 travellers)
  • Supplement per person for accomodation in single room: 320 €

Quotation on request for accomodation in 5 Star Hotel - Historical Palace - Groups up to 18 pax

* In Montalcino accomodation is in 3 Star Hotel

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • 8 nights with European Breakfast
  • 8 3-course dinners (wine not included)
  • Private transportation in comfortable air-conditioned vans
  • English speaking full-time Tour Leader
  • Admission to Coliseum and Imperial Forums in Rome
  • Admission to Villa d’Este in Tivoli
  • Cooking class in Chianti
  • Admission to Galleria degli Uffizi OR Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence
  • All taxes and tips

 

OPTIONALS:

  • Private tours of all attractions with an Authorised Tourist Guide

Day 1 - ROME

Welcome to Italy! Our Tour Leader will meet you at the hotel. Let’s have a coffee together just to know each other! Our tour starts from the “Eternal City”! There so much to do in Rome! We will visit from the 2,000 years old Colosseum and the Imperial Forums , the administrative and monumental centre of the Roman Empire. In the afternoon we will move from the Pantheon, dedicated to the worship of every god (Pan-every Theon-divinity), now memorial chapel of great Italian people of the past, to the Church of St. Louis of the French, famous for the cycle of paintings by the Baroque master Caravaggio at the end of the 16th century, and finally we will stand in front of Fontana di Trevi, a Rome icon known all over the world.
Tonight we will have dinner in Trastevere, a charming medieval neighbourhood with a fiery temperament! We will taste the Roman Cuisine in a typical Trattoria where you may try “Saltimbocca alla Romana” ( veal lined or topped with prosciutto and sage),“Bucatini cacio e pepe” (pasta with Pecorino Romano cheese and ground black pepper) and, in season ,”Fiori di Zucca Fritti” (fried zucchini flowers)!!
Overnight in Rome 

Day 2 – ROME

In the morning we’ll admire the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, framed by the magnificent four column-deep colonnade designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. In the afternoon we will reach Villa d’Este in Tivoli, masterpiece of the Italian Garden included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, which will astonish you with its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water and music.
Overnight in Tivoli 

Day 3 – SPOLETO and ASSISI

Our first stop today will be Spoleto, a medieval hill town in the Umbria region, famous for its summer music festival, “Festival dei Due Mondi” (Festival of the Two Worlds). Thick walls and a magnificent gorge surround Spoleto, and fine medieval and Roman monuments sit along the streets. The Duomo is one of Spoleto's finest sights. Begun in the 12th century, the cathedral is set against a backdrop of hills and valleys; high above the town is the Rocca, a Papal fortress which was used as a prison until the 1980s. A massive bridge, Ponte delle Torri, built in the 14th century, functioned as both a bridge and aqueduct; we can walk on the bridge for breath-taking views of the valley and gorge below. We will have lunch in Spoleto; you may try a typical Spoleto food, “torta al testo” (bread prepared with water, flour, salt, pepper, and olive oil, and cooked on a special marble stone in a wood burning oven). It is sometimes stuffed with ham, sausage, or simply with herbs prepared in olive oil.
In the afternoon we will move to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, where we will admire the famous Basilica di San Francesco. The construction of the Basilica began two years after his death, in 1228, and between the end of the 13th and the beginning of the 14th century the basilica's walls were frescoed by the best artists of that time: Giotto, Cimabue, Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti. “The Basilica di San Francesco is unique: nowhere in Italy there is so rich and complete representation of the art of this period. One of the supremely important events in the history not only of Italian but of European art”. This is what is said about the Basilica …. surely worth a visit!!
Tonight for dinner we’ll enjoy “salumi di cinghiale o cervo” (boar or deer sausage) and pecorino cheese, or taste the region's prized white truffle oil. Don’t forget to sip the red wine Rubesco Riserva or the red Sagrantino di Montefalco.
Overnight in Assisi 

Day 4 – CHIANTI

It’s time to get to Chianti, renowned for its excellent wine! We will spend our afternoon in a splendid country house among vineyards and olive trees! We will also attend a cooking class and taste the excellent wine of the estate. Dinner will be served in this relaxing place, where you will eat what you have cooked in the afternoon!
Overnight in Chianti 

DAY 5 - FLORENCE

Welcome to Florence, the land of Giotto and Dante! We’ll admire the Duomo, Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in the city, in the Florentine Romanesque style with its famous bronze doors made by Pisano and Ghiberti in the 14th and 15th centuries. In Piazza della Signoria we will see the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, one of the symbols of Florence and still the seat of government of the city, with the crenellated tower of Arnolfo, and the famous “Loggia dei Lanzi” with its incredible classical statues, a true museum in open air. At midday we will have lunch with “Panino con Lampredotto” in a typical Florentine market. In the afternoon we will reach Galleria dell’Accademia, hosting Michelangelo's David, the most famous sculpture in the world! Alternatively, we may visit Galleria degli Uffizi, the impressive collection of masterpieces of the most acclaimed artists of the Reinassance. We will also take some free time to relax, shopping in a typical market, strolling through the pedestrian streets of the city and walking across the oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio.
Tonight dinner in Oltrarno, the Florence of the Florentines!
Overnight in Florence 

Day 6 – S. GIMIGNANO and PISA

Today we’ll move to San Gimignano, also known as the "Medieval Manhattan", thanks to its very old and impressive 14 towers that dominate the town skyline. The tallest tower is Torre Grossa, 54 meters high, dating back to 1298. If you wish, you may climb to the top of the tower and enjoy a fantastic view of the city and the picturesque countryside!
Then we will transfer to Pisa, the beautiful Tuscan town famous all over the world for its “Torre Pendente” (Leaning Tower). Its construction started in 1173 but was finished at the end of the 14th century; the cylindrical tower, 54 meters tall, has eight floors, six of them with open galleries, and inside the spiral staircase has 294 steps leading to the top. Then we will visit the large square “Campo dei Miracoli” (Field of Miracles), with its Romanesque buildings, the Duomo and the Baptistery, to end with the Camposanto, the cemetery for noble citizens of Pisa in the past. Upon request we may climb to the top of the tower (please note that advance booking is required).
Overnight in Florence 

Day 7 - VAL d’ORCIA

Heading south, we will visit Val d’Orcia, one of the most scenic areas of Tuscany. Here we will stop in Pienza, “Pio’s town”, famous for its Palace and for the Pecorino Cheese, then Bagno Vignoni, a tiny and charming village where the main square is a pool 49 meters long and 29 wide, from the bottom of which bubble up a number of hot springs whose therapeutic quality has been renowned since antiquity! All this creates such a pleasant sensation, it will be hard to leave! Our next stop will be the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a former Benedictine monastery near Montalcino. In this elegant Romanesque edifice of the early 12th century, when possible, we will listen to the Gregorian chants of the Monks living here. Quite a moving experience! We will spend the afternoon in a splendid country house in Val d’Orcia, among vineyards and olive trees!
Overnight in Montalcino 

Day 8 - ORVIETO

On the way to Rome 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 Duomo – a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a glistening façade of stained glass, mosaics and sculptures. In the evening we will finally get to Rome.
Arrivederci with another tour at the discovery of Italy with VITOR.
Overnight in Rome