Group tour starting from Rome and touching the main areas of Tuscany and Cinque Terre, focusing on the wines of the area
Day 01: ROME
Transfer from the airport in Rome to the hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure. Dinner not included.
Day 02: ROME
American bu‑et breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will enjoy a 3 hour “Discovering Rome” walking tour. You will be picked up at your hotel at approximately 9.00am. The tour will start from Largo Argentina and continue on to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. The tour will end at the Spanish steps (no drop o‑ at the Hotel). Rest of the day at leisure and overnight. Dinner not included.
Day 03: ROME – GROSSETO – PISA – LA SPEZIA
Pick up at the hotel from 6.30am. Meet your tour leader and start a delightful trip along the Tyrrhenian Coast. You will cross the Etruscan lands into the GROSSETO countryside, known as MAREMMA. This is one of the new areas of excellence in Italy’s viticulture. Meandering through the Tuscan countryside you’ll arrive at a beautiful local winery near the regional park and close to wonderful beaches. Experience the winemaking process up close, from the vineyards to the cellar, to the ageing of the wine. At the end of the visit you can taste some of the wines of the region. Proceed along the coast until you reach PISA. Our tour leader will take you for a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical center, visiting Piazza dei Miracoli, with its famous Leaning Tower (exterior visit), The Baptistery (exterior visit) and other beautiful monuments. Proceed to LA SPEZIA. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: LA SPEZIA – PORTOVENERE – GOLFO DEI POETI – CINQUE TERRE – LUCCA – MONTAPERTI
After breakfast, depart by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to discovering of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscapes in the World: Cinque Terre. “CINQUE TERRE” is an area suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer clifs, surrounded by hills and vineyards. You will enter into a little piece of heaven. By touring the coastline by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the sea. (*In case of rough sea, the visit will be done partly by coach and partly by train.) During the tour, the boat will reach Porto Venere and the most important villages, where you can stop and visit them! Take pictures in PORTO VENERE, VERNAZZA and MONTEROSSO, walk the narrow streets and immerse yourself in a colorful postcard! Arrive in La Spezia by train and from there take the bus to reach the region of Tuscany, with a stop en route in LUCCA. Walk the cobblestone streets, explore squares and old Renaissance walls. See the birthplace of local composer Giacomo Puccini. Admire the medieval buildings along Via Fillungo, peek inside the San Frediano church and visit landmarks such as the Cathedral of San Martino, Piazza Anfiteatro and Torre delle Ore. Finally, do not forget to taste a Buccellato cake! Proceed to Montaperti. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 05: MONTAPERTI – RADDA IN CHIANTI – SAN GIMIGNANO – SIENA – CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA – MONTAPERTI
After breakfast at the hotel, depart to discover Chianti Classico GALLO NERO region and admire one of the most iconic villages: RADDA IN CHIANTI. Visit the small town on your own, and then proceed by private coach to SAN GIMIGNANO, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries. Situated on a hilltop, it is famous for its towers, frescoes and other art treasures. Once you have left San Gimignano you will make a stop in a farmhouse to enjoy wine tasting with typical snacks. Now it’s time to move to SIENA, where you will have a visit of old city center. Walk along the medieval streets admiring the splendid palaces. The sightseeing tour will end in Piazza del Campo. This is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the site of the famous 600 years old horse-race, called “Il Palio”. Before returning to the hotel you will stop in CASTEL NUOVO BERARDENGA for a special aperitif in a beautiful cellar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: MONTAPERTI – MONTEPULCIANO – PIENZA – ROME
After breakfast, check out and departure to VAL D’ORCIA to complete the wine tour of Tuscany. Reach the hilltop town of MONTEPULCIANO, an ancient village rich in medieval and Renaissance buildings. It is famous for producing one of the oldest wines in Italy: “Nobile di Montepulciano”.
Here you will visit a local wine cellar where you will taste some wine and local products such as ham, cheese, and salami. Proceed to PIENZA, the Renaissance town built under Pope Pius II, well-known for its pecorino cheese. At the end of the visit you will return to Rome. Drop off at the hotel.
Day 07: ROME
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. End of our services.
Groups tour of maximum 40 people
Payment : deposit of A$500 per person within 7 days of confirmation and balance 60 days before departing from Australia
2019 – Price per person in AUD$ based on 4* Hotels:
|September||13; 20; 27||A$2180|
Cost per person
Hotels or similar standard:
Florence : Hotel Palazzo Ricasoli 4*
Venice; Hotel Continental 4*
Milan : Hotel Starhotel 4*
Lucca: Grand Hotel Guinici 4*