Gems of Umbria & Tuscany


  • 9 days

  • Tuscany

  • Steady pace

tour : LT

Overview

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The name of this Italy tour—Gems of Umbria & Tuscany—says it all, as you’ll visit some of the medieval hill towns and see some of the beautiful gems that call central Italy home. Begin and end in Rome; and in between overnight in Spoleto, San Martino in Campo, Siena, and Orvieto.

History fans will be thrilled throughout this Umbria and Tuscany tour. As you travel through the towns in these regions “off the beaten path”, learn about the Etruscans, who lived here for centuries before the Romans did, and see remains from periods throughout Italy’s history, including medieval times. Orvieto sits atop a volcanic rock and has a labyrinth of caves carved by the Etruscans. Visit these caves as well as Orvieto’s cathedral, dating back to the early 14th century. In Siena, one of Italy's best-preserved medieval towns, walk through its narrow lanes to Piazza del Campo, perhaps one of the finest piazzas in Europe. From Siena, take an excursion to Volterra, a former important Etruscan city, and San Gimignano, a picturesque, perfectly preserved medieval town with its 14 towers from the 13th century. In Narni, a guided visit of the Convent of San Domenico basement reveals a cell where prisoners of the Inquisition wrote graffiti on the walls. Also, enjoy guided walking tours in Spoleto, Assisi and Perugia.

Of course, these regions are not only known for their history, but also for their wine and olive oil. That’s why we’ve arranged a Brunello wine tasting with lunch in Montalcino, beautifully located in the Tuscan Hills, and an olive oil tasting at an authentic mill in Frantoio di Spello—just two of the unique experiences offered by Globus! From the historic gems and the wonderful piazzas to the special adventures, this Umbria and Tuscany tour offers all of this and much more. A vacation of a lifetime!

Highlights

ROME
Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; orientation
NARNI Visit the Convent of San Domenico; LF homemade pasta demonstration with a chef, followed by lunch
SPOLETO Guided walking tour, visit Piazza del Duomo; dinner at a local restaurant
FRANTOIO DI SPELLOLF Olive oil tasting
ASSISI Guided walking tour, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica
PERUGIA Guided walking tour, visit Piazza IV Novembre
LAKE TRASIMENOStop in Passignano
SIENA Guided walking tour, visit the Piazza del Campo
VOLTERRA Orientation
SAN GIMIGNANO Orientation
PIENZA Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site
MONTALCINO LF Brunello wine tasting and lunch
ORVIETO Visit the Etruscan underground Labirinto; dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners

ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.

Day
1

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

Meals included:

  • Dinner

ROME–NARNI–SPOLETO

Day
2

In Narni, almost 800 feet high, take a guided visit to the CONVENT OF SAN DOMENICO, and see a cell where prisoners of the Inquisition wrote graffiti on the walls. Then, a true highlight: LF learn the art of homemade Manfricolo pasta from a chef during a PASTA DEMONSTRATION, followed by lunch. Next is Spoleto, a former Roman city 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, dinner awaits at Vecchio Camino restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SPOLETO–FRANTOIO DI SPELLO–ASSISI–SAN MARTINO IN CAMPO

Day
3

You cannot leave Italy without trying one of its most important products. Attend LF an OLIVE OIL TASTING at an authentic oil mill at Frantoio di Spello. In Assisi, a guided walking tour includes 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. Arrive at your hotel in San Martino in Campo.
Today’s Distance: 68 mi / 110 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SAN MARTINO IN CAMPO. EXCURSION TO PERUGIA

Day
4

Perugia is the 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 (Great Fountain). Admire the gothic cathedral, the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, and Perugia’s stunning medieval municipal palace. Of course, you will taste Italy's most delectable Baci candy. An optional dinner outing is available.
Today’s Distance: 25 mi / 40 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SAN MARTINO IN CAMPO–LAKE TRASIMENO–SIENA

Day
5

Take a stroll along the promenade of Lake Trasimeno in Passignano on your way to Siena, where your Local Guide will take you for 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. An optional dinner in Monteriggioni is available.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi / 240 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SIENA. EXCURSION TO VOLTERRA & SAN GIMIGNANO

Day
6

See some of Tuscany’s loveliest towns during this excursion: start with a visit to Volterra, a former important Etruscan center. Then visit hilltop San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns with its towers and encircling walls. Return to Siena.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SIENA–PIENZA–MONTALCINO–ORVIETO.

Day
7

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, for LF a Brunello WINE TASTING, followed by lunch with local specialties. On to Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock, where a unique visit to the ETRUSCAN UNDERGROUND Labirinto (labyrinth) awaits. This evening, an exclusive dinner has been prepared by the famous Italian chef Maurizio.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi / 240 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

ORVIETO–ROME

Day
8

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 an orientation drive past some of Rome’s main highlights, and a farewell dinner with operatic entertainment at Tanagra restaurant to celebrate your journey to Umbria and Tuscany.
Today’s Distance: 106 mi / 170 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ROME

Day
9

. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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