Day 1 - Arrival
Arrive at airport Rome, Bologna, Perugia or Pisa and meeting with the guide. Trasfer in deluxe coach to hotel in Chianciano Terme. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 2 - Excursion to SIENA & SAN GIMIGNANO
After breakfast departure fo the full day excursion to Siena, our destination today, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe. Its centrepiece is the shell-shaped Piazza il Campo where the traditional Palio horse race is held each year. From here, we head northwest to discover the ancient towers and medieval architecture of the hill-top fortress of San Gimignano. Return to Hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight in hotel to Chianciano Terme
Day 3 - Excursion to ASSISI & PERUGIA
After breakfast departure fo the full day excursion to Perugia, Umbria’s capital is untypical. Where most of the region’s hilltowns are intimate, Perugia is big and ringed with busy roads and unlovely suburbs. That said, its historic centre is as compelling as any in Italy, filled with fine Etruscan, Roman and medieval monuments. One of the country’s finest Gothic palaces, the Palazzo dei Priori, is home, among other treasures, to the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, a superb gallery of Umbrian and other art spanning several hundred years. Also see the palace’s frescoed Collegio del Cambio; San Severo, which has work by Raphael (a pupil of the Umbrian Renaissance master Perugino); and San Pietro, one of the region’s most sumptuously decorated churches. In the afternoon visit Assisi birthplace of Italy's patron Saint and home to Umbria's greatest glory - the magnificent Basilica Papale di San Francesco d'Assisi is filled with innovative and beautiful frescoes by Giotto, Cimabue, Simone Martini and others. Visit peaceful church San Damiano, the rural Eremo delle Carceri and the Basilica di Santa Chiara – but on a short trip don’t bother with Santa Maria degli Angeli on the plain below. Admire the Romanesque Duomo (cathedral), the Roman temple façade (Tempio di Minerva) in the main Piazza del Comune, and climb to the Rocca Maggiore for sweeping views. Return to Hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight in hotel to Chianciano Terme.
Day 4: Excursion to MONTALCINO & S.ANTIMO
After breakfast departure for the full day excursion to Montalcino & Sant. Antimo. It is located in the green heart of Tuscany, visit of city and wine testing in Typical Farm. Return to Hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Chianciano Terme.
Day 5 - Excursion to SPELLO & NORCIA
After breakfast departure fo the full day excursion to Spello, visit the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore with its famous Cappella Baglioni that has a ceramic Deruta's floor and Pinturicchio's frescoes. Take a visit to the Roman House, dating from the first century AD , whose walls inscriptions suggest that it was owned by the mother of the roman emperor Vespasiano. Our tour continues with the church of S. Andrea built in 1258 and the church of S. Lorenzo with its impressive facade, a twelfth century loggia, rosettes and decorative elements. In the afternoon visit of Norcia, very different to the lower, pastoral hill-towns of western Umbria. True, there’s not much in the way of culture, despite the fact that it was the birthplace of St Benedict (pilgrims flock here), but it is one of Italy’s leading gastronomic centres (truffles, ham, salamis, lentils, cheeses) and a perfect base for the remarkable Piano Grande and Sibillini mountains to the east. In particular we will stop in the church of San Benedetto, situated in the center in the main square and famous for having given life to the Benedictine order. Return to Hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight in hotel to Chianciano Terme.
Day 6 - Excursion to PIENZA & MONTEPULCIANO
After breakfast departure fo the full day excursion to Pienza &
Montepulciano. Visit of the city and Wine Testing in Typical farm. Return to
Hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight in hotel to Chianciano Terme.
Day 7 - Excursion to ORVIETO & CITTA’ DELLA PIEVE
After breakfast departure fo the full day excursion to Orvieto, also boasts a rich underground world. The town sits atop a vast underground network of Etruscan-era caves, wells, and tunnels. Guided tours of the medieval caves offer a glimpse into how these ancient Italians lived, from the remains of an old olive press to a pigeon coop where the birds were reared for roasting. St. Patrick's Well 175 feet deep, 45 feet wide, and 496 steps down Amazing wonder of the world. In the afternoon visit of Città della Pieve. This characteristic village "Città della Pieve" was touched by the events of the medieval history, and indeed, a number of masters had the control of the town until when Clement VII placed it under the direct control of the Church. At the center of the village, still today encircled to a good extension by the walls of 1300, having such a medieval style that here the narrowest street of Italy can be found (via Baciadonne),the Dome dedicated to the SS. Gervasio and Protasio rises; its original structure has to be dated around the XII century. Inside the church, works can be found of Domenico Alfani and of two great painters from Città della Pieve, the Perugino: " Madonna and the SS. Giovanni Evangelista, Giovanni Battista, Pietro Martire e il beato Giacomo Villa ", " Madonna con Bambino e SS. Pietro, Paolo, Gervasio e Protasio ", " Battesimo di Gesu", and the Pomarancio: " Eterno e Angeli ". Beyond to the beautiful tower del Pubblico, high 38 meters and constructed since year 1000, the churches of S. Maria della Mercede and S. Agostino, which conserve respectively a fresco of the Perugino and a table of Pomarancio, one should not forget to visit the castel (La Rocca) and the church of S. Francesco, today sanctuary of the Madonna di Fatima. The former it is a solid defensive structure with towers, the latter, dating back to the XIII century, has works of local school and a "Pentacost" of the Pomarancio; finally, some works of the most famous painter of the city , Peter Vannucci, are conserved in the churches of S. Maria dei Servi e S. Antonio Abbate. Return to Hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight in hotel to Chianciano Terme.
Day 8 - Departure
Transfer back to the Rome, Bologna, Perugia or Pisa airport and check in for your flight home at the end of an unforgettable tour of Italy.
The prices include
»» Deluxe coach for the entire lenght of the tour
»» Welcome drink at hotel
»» 7 nights in 4 stars hotel in Chianciano Terme - Type www.hotel-michelangelo.it
»» Wine Testing in Typical Farm in Montepulciano - www.fattoriapulcino.it
»» B&B treatment - Optional HB (Dinner) to pay on spot
»» Full Italian buffet breakfast
»» 24 hours assistance
»» Excursions to Pienza & Montepulciano, Montalcino & S.Antimo, Siena & San Gimignano, Perugia & Assisi, Spello & Norcia and Città della Pieve & Orvieto,
»» 1 free each 20 paying passengers
»» Minumum 4 rotations for 45 paying pax.
»» Price valid from March to November
»» SUPPLEMENTS Single room € 99,00 (per person per week)
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