Small gems of Umbria and Tuscany Tour
8 Days/7 Nights
Arrival in Bettona, a lovely medieval village in the heart of the Umbria region. Check in at your Hotel accommodation and enjoy a welcome dinner in the characteristic restaurant. Overnight stay.
Day 2: TORGIANO, DERUTA, PERUGIA
After breakfast depart for the hilltop town of Torgiano, not far from Bettona to visit at leisure the Wine Museum that will delight both the connoisseur as well as the merely curious. You'll have the chance to taste the singular wines of Umbria?s most illustrious wine house Cantine Giorgio Lungarotti which lies just outside Torgiano. The rest of the afternoon can be spent in Deruta, renown for its beautiful ceramic and pottery. Here we suggest you to visit the National Museum of the Pottery, located just in the village centre. You will also have time to a stop to Perugia, elegant town rich in important monuments and renown for its production of Chocolate (the world famous "Bacio" candy was born here). Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Day 3: MONTEFALCO, ASSISI
After breakfast departure for Montefalco, gorgeous medieval town called "the terrace of Umbria" for its incredible panoramic location. Here you will visit an ancient olive oil mill run by a nice woman and her family, for a tasting of traditional local food and olive oil. Typical Italian snacks will be served. The rest of the day is dedicated to visiting Assisi at your leisure. Dinner on your own. Back to the Hotel in Bettona and overnight stay.
Day 4: MONTEPULCIANO, PIENZA, SIENA
After breakfast check out from your hotel accommodation in Bettona and depart towards Tuscany. First stop at the Renaissance town of Montepulciano. The town is the birthplace of the humanist poet Poliziano and host to works of some of Italy?s greatest architects. Quench your thirst with a bit of wine with a tasting and tour with snacks in an ancient wine cellar in the city center. Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon you will have the chance to stop in the lovely town of Pienza and take your time to get lost in the narrow and characteristic streets of the town, which names as "la Via dell?Amore", are so romantic. Arrival in your Hotel in Siena area (Siena or Monteriggioni). Dinner on you own and overnight stay.
Day 5: TUSCAN COOKING CLASS, SAN GIMIGNANO
After breakfast at the Hotel drive into the Sienese countryside to attend a cooking class in a farmhouse. You?ll learn the principle secrets of Italian cuisine, such as the art of making delicious pasta. Enjoy for lunch what you created during the cooking class. The rest of the afternoon can be spent in San Gimignano, wandering among the towers and shops of this timeless medieval town. Dinner on your own and return to your hotel accommodation for the overnight.
Day 6: CHIANTI REGION, SIENA
After breakfast departure for the Chianti region, located between Siena and Florence known around the world for fine wines. Discover the beautiful hamlets and towns of this wine region and stop at a local winery for a tour of the estate and of course a wine tasting. In the afternoon you’ll have chance to wander the medieval streets of Siena and have time for shopping and relax. Dinner on your own and return to your hotel for the overnight.
Day 7: MONTALCINO
After breakfast departure for Montalcino, home of the famous Brunello of Montalcino red wine. Here you will enjoy a winery tour and tasting in a Brunello wine estate. Lunch in a central trattoria and the afternoon, we suggest you a visit to the intimate 11 century Romanesque church of St. Antimo, where you will love the peaceful slow life of its inhabitants. Returning back to Siena area, have a stop to the impressive Benedictin Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, one of the finest holy place of Tuscany region. Dinner on your own and overnight stay.
Day 8: MONTERIGGIONI or SIENA
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and end of our services.
We suggest to visit Florence or maybe extend there your vacation for few more days.