We’ll tag along with the procession as Italy' s own Funk Off struts their stuff along the ancient streets, enjoy Orvieto’s noteworthy cuisine and celebrated white wine as we listen to a jazz combo, and celebrate with music-laced feast as we bring in the New Year. We’ll see how many colorful ceramics from the famed workshops of Deruta we can fit in our luggage, stop by fabulous designer outlets on our way from Florence, and shop the terrific January sales for winter bargains. From wine and olive oil estates we’ll discover the unique tastes of the region and take home samples to remember the journey. We’ll explore vineyard-wrapped villages of Tuscany and little known corners of Florence, enjoying the region’s tempting cuisine at country inns and city trattorias as we go. Don’t miss this exceptional winter experience!
Day 1: From 1 to 3 in the afternoon we' ll await you at our Florence hotel. Unpack what you need for one night, and make yourself comfortable. After an introductory stroll around the holiday- lit streets of Florence' s historic center, we'll relish our first dinner together - the beginning of a week of delicious Tuscan and Umbrian cuisine.
Day 2: After breakfast we'll drive through winter-bare but still lovely Tuscan countryside, make an essential stop at the designer outlets (Prada, Gucci, and more) and then stop for lunch on our way to Orvieto. A beautifully restored historic palazzo in Orvieto will be our home for the next three nights. Settle in and make yourself comfortable. One of our favorite Orvieto restaurants, renowned for it's outstanding young chef/owner, will serve us an early dinner then we'll walk down the street to the Teatro Mancinelli for an evening of jazz.
Day 3: Breakfast, and a walking introduction to hill-top Orvieto, we'll enjoy a concert in the intimate Greco museum. After a quick lunch we'll drive to an old olive oil farm, which has been lovingly tended by several generations of the Bartolomei family. We'll see how the oil has been produced over the years, taste this year's bounty, and have the opportunity to buy a few litres to take home. We enjoy the Bartolomei's piquant olive oil almost daily at home. Dinner and jazz back "home" in Orvieto.
Day 4: After breakfast, we'll spiral down from our hill-top town, and explore the Umbrian countryside, including a town famous for its beautiful ceramics - Deruta. Pick up a souvenir, or order an entire set of dinnerware (they'll gladly ship) to carry on the delights of Italy in your dining room at home. Impressive Assisi awaits, where you'll have lunch on your own after exploring the town. Afternoon free time - stroll the streets, or rest up for the BIG event - the. Gran Cenone di Capodanno. The feasting and jazz will start at 9 and go on til.
Day 5: Wake up in time to enjoy breakfast, then pack up for our afternoon journey north before a Jazz lunch at a selected Orvieto restaurant. We'll say arriverderci to Orvieto, and drive north to the intimate hilltop town of Monte San Savino, where we'll stay in an elegant town-house hotel in the historic center. After unpacking and settling in, we'll explore the town before dinner in a "Slow Food" restaurant in the nearby walled village of Lucignano.
Day 6: Today we'll explore the glorious Tuscan countryside, a photo-op awaiting at every turn. We'll stop at a wine estate in the picturesque Montepulciano region, renowned for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, at the hilltop Renaissance village of Pienza, famed for its Pecorino cheese, and enjoy a bountiful lunch in the tiny hamlet of Montichiello. More Tuscan beauty awaits in the afternoon, then we'll return to Monte San Savino for a quiet evening.
Day 7: Breakfast and pack your bags to head back to Florence, and a day to sample the unmatched riches of the city - either explore on your own, or we'll introduce you to our favorite shops, hidden treasures, and museums. Choose a spot for lunch on your own - it's hard to go wrong in Florence, but we're always glad to steer you to a favorite of ours. One more delicious Tuscan dinner - and time to remember together an unforgettable New Year's week.
Day 8: Relax over breakfast then ciao to new-found friends before leaving Florence on your journey homeward.
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