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Italy - Gems of Umbria & Tuscany

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): Italy  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: June - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2349 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2369 US Dollar (USD)

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Imperial Splendors: •Historical Centre of the City of Salzburg
•Historical Centre of Vienna
•Historical Centre of Prague
•Palaces and Ponts of Potsdam and Berlin
•Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue


Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, join your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (D)

Day 2 Rome–Narni–Spoleto

Your discovery of the green provence of Umbria, made famous by the movie My House in Umbria with unforgettable Maggie Smith, starts in the hilltop town of Narni, almost 800 feet high. Narni is the town that is said to have been the inspiration for the Chronicles of Narnia. Enjoy a guided visit of the CONVENT OF SAN DOMENICO basement, and see a cell where prisoners of the Inquisition wrote graffiti on the walls. Then, a true highlight: learn the art of homemade Manfricolo pasta from a chef during a [LF] PASTA DEMONSTRATION, and, of course, enjoy lunch afterwards. Next is Spoleto, a former Roman municipium and capital of an important Lombard duchy from the 6th to the 8th centuries. During your walking tour with a Local Guide, take pictures of La Rocca, the former Papal fortress that was used as a high-security prison until 1982; admire the Ponte delle Torri, erected on the foundations of a Roman aqueduct; and visit PIAZZA DEL DUOMO. This evening, a special dinner with wine awaits you at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Spoleto–Spello–Assisi

In the pretty town of Spello, enjoy a tour and an OLIVE OIL TASTING at an authentic oil mill. Time for lunch and to browse through the little shops before continuing to Assisi. Visit ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS BASILICA, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the “Bride of Christ,” then start your guided walking tour with visits to ST. CLARE’S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. A dinner with wine has been prepared at one of Assisi’s quaint restaurants. (B,D)

Day 4 Assisi. Excursion to Perugia

A short drive brings you to Perugia, capital of Umbria and an important university town. A guided walking tour features the PIAZZA IV NOVEMBRE, one of the grandest squares in Italy, graced by the Fontana Maggiore. Admire the gothic cathedral, the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, and Perugia’s stunning medieval municipal palace. Then, a special treat: [LF] visit the original PERUGINA BACI CHOCOLATE FACTORY, and taste Italy’s most delectable candy. End in Deruta, famous for its ceramics, and have dinner at a local taverna. (B,D)

Day 5 Assisi–Cortona–Siena

Enter Tuscany, and stop in the town of Cortona, made famous by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun and see Villa Bramasole, where the author of the book used to live. Arrive in Siena, and follow your Local Guide on a walk through ancient, narrow lanes to PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. Hear about the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race that is held on this square. This evening, an optional dinner outing to Monteriggioni is available. (B)

Day 6 Siena. Excursion to San Gimignano & Volterra

A scenic day: visit San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns. Next is the town of Volterra, an important Etruscan center, where the famous movie New Moon in the Twilight Sagas was made. Return to Siena. An optional excursion to Asciano, to visit the Abbazia Monte Oliveto Maggiore, followed by dinner, is available to make the most of your stay. (B)

Day 7 Siena–Pienza–Montalcino–Orvieto

Famous for pecorino cheese, Pienza has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to a member of the Piccolomini family who became Pope Pius II in the 15th century and redesigned the town in perfect renaissance style. Continue to Montalcino, beautifully located in the Tuscan Hills, and [LF] enjoy a Brunello WINE TASTING, followed by lunch in a family-owned estate. On to Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock. Access, denied to many a would-be conqueror through the ages, is easy for you. Ride a modern FUNICULAR right through the forbidding ramparts, where a unique visit to the [LF] Etruscan underground Labirinto (labyrinth) awaits you. This evening, an exclusive dinner has been prepared for you by the famous Italian cook, Maurizio. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Orvieto–Rome

Hear the history of this fascinating town from your Local Guide during a pleasant walk through the narrow lanes and visit the CATHEDRAL with its San Brizio Chapel. Return to the “Eternal City” for a drive past Rome’s main highlights, ending at ST. PETER’S SQUARE. A special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurants awaits you to celebrate the success of your vacation in Umbria and Tuscany. (B,D)

Day 9 Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Vacation Highlights

Welcome and farewell dinners with wine at a local restaurant; orientation, visit St. Peter’s Square

Visit the Convent of San Domenico; [LF] homemade pasta demonstration with a chef, followed by lunch

Guided walking tour, visit Piazza del Duomo; dinner with wine at a local restaurant

Olive oil tasting

Visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica; guided walking tour, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica; dinner with wine at a local restaurant

Guided walking tour, visit Piazza IV Novembre; [LF] visit Perugina Baci chocolate factory

Dinner with wine at a local taverna

Orientation, see Villa Bramasole, where the author of Under the Sun lived

Guided walking tour, visit the Piazza del Campo



Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site

[LF] Brunello wine tasting and lunch

Ride a funicular through the ramparts; visit the [LF] Etruscan underground Labirinto; dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral

Headsets throughout the tour


ROME Una Hotel Roma (F)
SPOLETO San Luca (F)
ASSISI Giotto (F)
SIENA NH Excelsior (F)
ORVIETO Grand Hotel Italia (F)
ROME Holiday Inn Rome Aurelia (F)


Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 special lunches in Narni and Montalcino; 6 three-course dinners, including special dinners with wine in Rome, Spoleto, Assisi, Deruta, and Orvieto

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are based on double occupancy land only, they vary on departure dates.

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