Taste of Tuscany
Experience some of the many treasures offered in this 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!
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Day 1: Rome
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 and then set out on foot to begin your discovery of “Eternal Rome”.
Day 2: Rome | Pantheon, Trevi Fountain & Spanish Steps
In a single morning you will discover the city's top attractions during your Discovering Rome Elite Tour, beginning at Campo dei Fiori, one of the most characteristic squares in Rome with its 'open-air' market. Then on to admire the magical charm of Piazza Farnese, & Palazzo Farnese & Piazza Navona, one of the most famous squares in the world. The symbol of the square is the 'Fountain of Four Rivers', designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and competing with Borromini’s famed church Sant'Agnese in Agone. The Pantheon, a building of ancient Rome, has been well preserved and is a true masterpiece of architecture. Once inside, our expert guide will be glad to give a short explanation about the history and the architectural secrets of the building. From Piazza della Rotonda the distance is short to Piazza Colonna, thus named after the 2nd century marble column celebrating the victories of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius over the Germanic populations. At present the square is the centre of the Italian political life, which gravitates around Palazzo Chigi, the seat of the Prime Minister. We then cross Via del Corso and in just 5 minutes we are at the Trevi Fountain, a true masterpiece and certainly the most famous and spectacular fountain in Rome. The last stop of our itinerary will be Piazza di Spagna, (Spanish Steps). Extremely original in shape, it has always been the meeting place for travellers coming from all over the world. After the tour you can keep walking on your own along the famed shopping area of Via Condotti, or you can just have fun and relax and spend the afternoon in the numerous shops and cafes of the area. (B)
Day 3: Rome | Colloseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and the morning at leisure to explore on your own. This afternoon's Imperial Rome Elite Tour includes a full visit to the three world-famous symbols of Ancient Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Today's tour starts at the Arch of Constantine, the largest and one of the best preserved triumphal arches in Rome. From here our guide will take you inside the Colosseum (Skip-the-Line entrance tickets). After exiting the Colosseum, you will visit its surrounding monuments and the Palatine Hill with the Roman Forum Archaeological Area (Skip-the-Line entrance tickets). Just the views from the Palatine over the Forums or the Circus Maximus would be worth a trip to Italy. You will discover also the House of the Vestals, the various Temples, the Senate House, the Capitol Palace the Sacred Way and the Triumph Arches. The tour ends inside the Roman Forum and the rest of the afternoon yours to spend as you please. (B)
Day 4: Rome | Florence | Tuscany
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)
Day 5: Tuscany | Castellina & Radda in Chianti
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)
Day 6: Tuscany | Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey & Montalcino
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)
Day 7: Tuscany
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)