7 Days / 6 Nights - Rome, Montepulciano, Pienza, Siena, San Gimignano, Tavernelle Chianti Area, Lucca, Pisa, La Spezia, Portovenere (Golfo Dei Poeti) Cinque Terre, Carrara Marble Caves, Montecarlo Di Lucca, Rome
Day 1 - Friday: ROME
Transfer from the airport in Rome to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 - Saturday: ROME
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will enjoy a 3 hrs “Discovering Rome”, walking tour (English only). You will be picked up at your hotel at about 9.00am. The tour will start from Largo Argentina and continue to Piazza Navona,
Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps. (No Drop Off at The Hotel). Rest of the day at leisure and overnight.
Day 3 - Sunday: ROMA-MONTEPULCIANO-PIENZA -SIENA
This morning meet your multilingual tour leader and start a delightful trip through the rolling hills of the Chianti Region. We will reach the hilltop town of MONTEPULCIANO, an ancient village rich of medieval and Renaissance buildings, famous for producing one of the oldest wines of Italy, the "Nobile di Montepulciano." We will stop for a visit to a wine cellar and experience a tasting of wines and local products like ham, cheese, and salami.
Proceed to PIENZA, the Renaissance town built under Pope Pius II and also well known for its pecorino cheese. The tour will then proceed to SIENA, where you will enjoy a visit of the old city centre. We will be walking along the medieval streets admiring splendid palaces. The sightseeing tour will end in the Piazza del Campo with its spectacular Cathedral. This is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and site of the famous 600 years old horse-race, called "Il Palio". Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 4 - Monday: SIENA-SAN GIMIGNANO-TAVERNELLE-CHIANTI AREA- LUCCA PISA-LA SPEZIA
After breakfast at the hotel, departure to SAN GIMIGNANO, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries; situated on a hilltop and famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and other art treasures.
You will then proceed to Tavernelle Val di Pesa located within the CHIANTI CLASSICO "Gallo Nero" region, where we will make a stop at the farmhouse LA TANCIA to enjoy an excellent wine tasting with light lunch.
The tour continues onto LUCCA, where you will have free time for lunch. Our expert tour leader will also take you for a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical centre, where you will admire the Anfiteatro Square, the Guinigi Tower, the San Martino Dome and the local antique shops.
In the early afternoon, we will proceed to PISA. Upon arrival we will take a walking tour of the Piazza dei Miracoli, with its famous Leaning Tower (exterior visit), Baptistery (exterior visit) and other beautiful monuments.
Later, depart for LA SPEZIA. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 5 - Tuesday: LA SPEZIA - PORTOVENERE - GOLFO DEI POETI - CINQUE TERRE- LA SPEZIA
Depart by boat this morning for an unforgettable day dedicated to the discovery of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscape in the World.
The five villages, CINQUE TERRE, is an area suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs surrounded by hills and vineyards. You will enter into a little piece of heaven. By touring the coastline by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the seaside, as if in a postcard.
During the tour, the boat will reach Portovenere and all the villages. You will be able to stop and visit them at leisure.
You will see:
PORTOVENERE: Portovenere, on the Gulf of Poets, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its picturesque harbor is lined with brightly colored houses, while narrow medieval streets lined with shops lead up the hill from the ancient city gate to the castle.
RIOMAGGIORE: Caught between two steep terraced hills descending in steep cliffs to the sea, the ancient village of Riomaggiore strikes visitors with its delightfully colored houses built vertically.
If you stop in Riomaggiore, you can reach Manarola through an unforgettable walking path along the coast called, "VIA DELL'AMORE".
MANAROLA: Built on a high rock 70 metres above sea level, is one of the most charming and romantic villages. The tiny harbor features a boat ramp, picturesque multicoloured houses facing the sea, a tiny piazza with seafood restaurants.
CORNIGLIA: Corniglia is an ancient Roman village that has a long and rich agricultural tradition. The village is surrounded on three sides by vineyards and terraces. Its architecture is closer to that of a rural inland village than that of a coastal village.
VERNAZZA: The small fishing village Vernazza is probably the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The village is surrounded by very steeply-terraced olive groves which are said to produce among the finest olive oil in the country.
MONTEROSSO: It is the largest of the five coastal villages. Its amazing beaches, its beautiful reefs and the sea's crystal clear waters, make this small village one of the most hospitable of the Ligurian Riviera.
Once in Monterosso you will either walk back to Riomaggiore and then take the train to La Spezia or board the train from Monterosso and arrive in La Spezia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 6 - Wednesday : LA SPEZIA- CARRARA MARBLE CAVES - MONTECARLO DI LUCCA- ROME
After breakfast at the hotel, the tour will take you to CARRARA for a visit of the impressive marble quarries carved deep into the mountain. This is where Michelangelo took the raw material to create his superb masterpieces. At the quarry museum you will see ancient tools, sculptures and the quarryman's house.
Continue to MONTECARLO DI LUCCA, a lovely town located on the hills around Lucca. This territory is ideal for the production of top quality wine and extra virgin olive oil. We will stop and visit a farmhouse where the owners will have you taste delicious Tuscan food specialities, from olive oil to cheese, to bread and wine and of course pasta, which you will pair with different wines.
Depart for Rome and arrive in the evening. (B)
Day 7 - Thursday: ROME
Following breakfast you will be transferred to Rome Airport for your onward flight.
Maximum Guests - 40 Pax
- Multilingual tour
- City Tax cannot be pre-paid and is not included. Hence this must be paid directly at each hotel. The tax varies from Euro 3.00 to Euro 4.5 per room per night
- Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one hand luggage