Experience some of the many treasures offered in the wonderful Italian region of Tuscany. Visit renowned locations; learn the secrets of true Tuscan cuisine, taste local wines under the tutorage of the wine maker & stroll through historic streets. Our Taste of Tuscany tour is a 7-day experience focusing on life's finer things - Food, wine, culture and time to relax and enjoy them all!
Benvenuti in Italia! Once you have collected your luggage & cleared customs, you’ll find your private driver waiting for you in the Arrivals area displaying your name on a board and ready to whisk you comfortably to your hotel in the centre of historic Rome. Check-in, relax. At sunset, Rome turns into one of the most romantic places ever: join us on this tour on our panoramic open bus combined with a walking tour while the sun is setting! In a group of no more than 14 people and with a professional guide, we’ll stroll around the stunning city centre of Rome, the Eternal City. Your experience begins on our I Love Rome Panoramic Open Bus to have a first overview of the most important monuments of the Eternal City. From the open upper deck, you will enjoy the best panoramic views in the most comfortable way covering the following route: Santa Maria Maggiore, Colosseum, Circo Massimo and Piazza Venezia. Get off at Piazza Venezia Stop on Via del Teatro Marcello and start your walking tour with a professional guide. You will cross the characteristic area of the Jewish Ghetto, one of Rome’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, full of history and with a real Roman atmosphere. As you know, one of Rome’s typical landmarks is its beautiful fountains and one of the prettiest in the Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe) in Piazza Mattei. The Jewish Ghetto of Rome is the second most ancient after the one in Venice and it can be considered the heart and soul of Roman cuisine! Then you will walk into Piazza Della Rotonda and enjoy the lit view of the Pantheon, the former temple of Marcus Agrippa later converted into a church: this is the only ancient Roman temple that remained untouched through the centuries and it’s stunning at night when the crowds are away. Next Stop…Close your eyes and throw a coin over your right shoulder straight into the Trevi Fountain: it’s said that those who do so, are granted to come back to Rome someday. Your walk continues towards Piazza di Spagna, one of the city’s most popular squares, known for its setting at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. Walk up these famous steps to enjoy a lovely view from the top! After this intense and gratifying walk, there is only one thing missing to end this experience: relax enjoying a creamy and tasty Gelato, it’s on us!
Today is yours to pass as you choose. We recommend a walk down the famous chic Via Condotti, Rome's leading location for haute couture and "aspirational" window shopping. Or, a visit to the Villa Borghese Gardens or make your way to the Trevi Fountain where be sure to toss Three Coins to make sure that this is not your last visit to the Eternal City! (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and the morning at leisure to explore on your own. This afternoon's tour displays how the Romans built an empire of truly gigantic proportions. The testimony of its greatness is still visible in the places where the city was built, more than 2772 years ago, by the legendary twin brothers Romulus and Remus. To see it with your own eyes, join us this afternoon and our professional guide on this 3- hour-tour: we’ll provide you with a pocket radio receiver and earphones, and let you access the Colosseum skipping the long line. You’ll walk inside the Flavian Amphitheater, seeing the places where the Ancient Romans used to watch a variety of events, such as gladiatorial shows or staged animal hunts, and you’ll learn more about the way Romans used to enjoy their leisure time. You’ll stroll around Palatine Hill, the place where Rome was founded and where Roman emperors used to live: the view is spectacular from here, so get your camera ready for some perfect shots from above! You’ll also reach the Roman Forum, the pulsating heart of ancient Roman life, to see some very well preserved ruins of that time: let the tour guide take you back in time and try to imagine how it was like to be a Roman citizen.(B)
This morning after breakfast, and in no great hurry, make your way to Rome’s railway station to board a high-speed train with reserved seats to Florence where you will find your private driver waiting to bring you to Borgo San Luigi. Relais Borgo San Luigi is a four-star hotel ideal for lovers of art, nature and gourmet food and wine. Tonight you will be treated to a Welcome Dinner at Borgo San Luigi's renowned restaurant. (B.D)
Following breakfast at the hotel head off for a guided wine tour of Chianti. Tour the charming town of Castellina where you will enjoy a wine tasting in its characteristic castle and then continue to the medieval village of Radda. In the afternoon relax and admire the lovely panoramic views as you travel back to Borgo San Luigi through the famous Wine Route. (B)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing on your next Chianti discovery. Today's tour starts with a walk in the countryside around Siena and continues with a visit to the Monte Maggiore Abbey famous for its Gregorian Chants. Then to Montalcino, home of the world renowned Brunello de Montalcino wine, for a visit and tasting of the famous Brunello and other wines. Enjoy some free time for a light lunch, on your own, and a visit of Sant' Antimo before returning to the hotel. The afternoon is yours to spend as you please. (B)
Today marks the end of your Taste of Tuscany vacation. At a time to suit your departing train or flight, your private driver will take you to the airport or railway station of Pisa or Florence to begin your journey home. (B)