Day 1 – Rome Arrival at the Rome International airport and meet your tour escort who will be with the group throughout your stay in Italy. Transfer to your hotel. Check-in and day at leisure. Overnight in Rome.
Day 2 – Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide and start your guided tour of Rome. An itinerary to visit the classic monuments of Rome. Crossing Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of the Nayads, our local guide will take you on a pleasant stroll through the historical center, where you can admire the Trevi Fountain, La Colonna di Marco Aurelio, the Palazzo di Montecitorio, designed by Bernini, Palazzo Madama - seat of the senate and Piazza Navona.
I’ve been saying this forever. The terrace at the Hotel Eden has the best sunset view of any hotel in Rome. It’s expensive, but the drinks are delicious (I like all the red wines, and the apple martini) and you get a constantly refilled tray of very solid snacks.
After breakfast at the hotel, we travel to Florence by high speed train. This really is my favourite way to travel in Italy. We reserved first class seats for you so sit back and at 300km per hour watch the countryside fly past.
On arrival we will enjoy a short city tour and free time before sundowners in a beautiful spot overlooking the river.
Overnight in Florence.
Day 4 - After a delicious breakfast. you will meet your guide and start your guided walking tour of Florence. We take a break at one of Florence’s oldest ice cream parlours, “Perché no!”, that offers more than 33 different flavours and a precise selection of raw materials (including pistachios from Bronte, a Slow Food Presidium product, saffron and cardamom). In the evening you will have the option to visit a concert after dinner. Overnight in Florence.
Day 5 – Chianti area After the breakfast at the hotel, you’ll head into Tuscany. Early departure from your hotel to Chianti area. Entire day given over to discovering the Chianti hills along the Via Chiantigena (an ancient road connecting Siena with Florence crossing over the hills of Chianti). Visit to cellars and private wine tasting in Chianti area.
Arrive at Greve in Chianti, where we suggest a degustation to the Antica Macelleria Falorni, to taste some typical salami. Check in at your hotel in a Chianti area and free time. Dinner in hotel or in a local Restaurant. Overnight.
Day 6 – Siena and San Gimignano After breakfast departure to reach Siena, often considered one of the most enchanting cities in Italy. You’ll wander through this medieval city viewing its gothic architecture and art-filled piazzas. The Piazza del Campo is the famous site of Siena’s horserace, the Palio.
We sample of some delicious traditional desserts like the Panforte in one of the most famous pastry shops in town. Free time for shopping. On the way to San Gimignano along the ancient Via Francigena, lunch wine tasting and light lunch at a little family-run farmhouse. We have special connections in Italy and are able to visit smaller wineries that are family owned and wines that are also available in Canada.
Visit and have a talk on the techniques used in producing organic olive oil. In the afternoon, visit San Gimignano, one of the best preserved medieval villages in Italy. Admire the many towers, once the skyscrapers of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
Stroll through the tiny streets leading to the top of the village and we suggest to stop in one of the many cafes to try to local Vernaccia wine. Return to the hotel and overnight in Chianti area.
After breakfast at the hotel, early departure for Montepulciano, one of the most characteristic and intact medieval cities in Italy which from a height of 605 meters above sea level offers amazing views over the surrounding hillsides.
We visit the Enoteca Contucci winery for a tasting, then explore the wonderful town centre of Montepulciano. Departure for Pienza, the perfect example of a renaissance city, famous for its Pecorino cheese.
Enjoy a cheese tasting and light lunch in a typical farm. Return to the hotel and overnight in Chianti area.
Our host for the day is a famous Master Som from the area who was the Som for the Obamas during their visit in 2016.
Today we will offer an optional Private tasting of very high end wines for those who would like and this will take place in a private cellar.
Famous for its Brunello, one of the best red wines in the world. Montalcino, however, is also a beautiful art city which, from upon high dominates 3,000 hectares of vineyards (1,500 for Brunello alone).
We take a visit to the Mastio della Rocca which is home to the Enoteca La Fortezza where it will be possible to buy some local products and the exceptional honey, a local specialty, and of course sampling some wine. We have two secret VIP tastings today so be ready as it will blow your mind!
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