Day 1: ROME | FLORENCE.
Arrive at the Rome airport, meet your tour escort and travel to Florence. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: FLORENCE.
The guided sightseeing tour includes magnificent cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze 'Gate of Paradise' doors and sculpture-filled Piazza della Signoria. As a climax, admire Michelangelo's celebrated David in the Accademia Gallery. There will be time afterwards to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry. Independent lunch.
During the afternoon visit the antique shops at your leisure in the historic center of Florence. Dinner will be at a romantic trattoria with plenty of wine to mark the beginning of our Italian wine journey. Overnight.
Day 3: ORVIETO | TORGIANO | PERUGIA AREA.
After breakfast we will head south to begin our experience of Umbria and Tuscany. Our first stop is in Orvieto. After a guided tour of the town and cathedral, including the famed Last Judgment by Signorelli, you are on your own to have lunch, enjoy the village, and explore the archeology museums filled with Etruscan treasures.
Winery visit and wine-tasting of Orvieto Classico. This is one of the oldest wines in Italy and has been the favorite of popes for generations. Descending further into the rolling hills of Umbria, our next stop is in the small wine village of Torgiano. The winery visit includes tasting the Torgiano Rosso Riserva, a complex and elegant Umbrian wine produced by a single estate. We will also have the chance to see a wonderful wine museum. To complete the afternoon, we will stop at one of the best-preserved Etruscan tombs before making our way to Perugia to check into the hotel. Join the Perugians by taking the evening ‘passeggiata’ up and down the Corso Vannucci. Dinner and overnight will be in Perugia.
Day 4: ASSISI | MONTEPULCIANO.
After breakfast, we will travel to the famed town of Assisi, where you can explore the cathedral and museums. Lunch will be enjoyed at a rustic Umbrian trattoria before we head into the foothills of Tuscany. Montepulciano will enchant us with its medieval side-streets and Renaissance treasures. Here we will have a chance to visit a winery to sample Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a powerfully deep red wine. We will also sample local goods, such as salami, honey, olive oil, goat cheese (pecorino) and wander into a few wine cellars. Continue to Siena, where we will stay for the next five nights. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: SIENA.
After breakfast, meet the guide for a half day Tour to discover the treasures of medieval Siena. The visit finishes at the Enoteca Italiana Permanente – Italy's official museum of wine. Sitting under olive trees in the fine gardens of the majestic 16th century Fortezza Medicea, we have the opportunity to sample wines by the glass. The more adventurous can choose their own bottle from the vast selection of Italian wines. Free time until dinner in a typical restaurant. Overnight.
Day 6: CHIANTI REGION.
The flagship of Tuscany, the Chianti Classico region enjoys worldwide fame. We will spend the day traversing from one luscious vineyard to another, partaking in both wine and olive oil tastings. Lunch will be enjoyed at a rustic Tuscan restaurant. The tastings will be interspersed with visits to exquisite castles and a monastery that exude histories all their own. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: PIENZA | MONTALCINO.
After breakfast we head to Southern Tuscany. Our first stop is in the wonderful Renaissance town of Pienza. This is a perfect place to purchase wines, cheeses, and ceramics from producers all over Tuscany. Pecorino tasting will be in a local cheese boutique. Then Montalcino which can be seen from miles away. Aside from admiring the sweeping views of the valley and the medieval winding streets through the city, we will be able to taste the sumptuous Brunello. Be sure to take a few bottles for your wine cellar at home as they age very well. We will go to the Enoteca La Fortezza for a light lunch and begin to sample the wonderful treasures of Montalcino--prosciutto, salami, biscotti, honey, cheese, wines and grappa. We will also visit a winery to sample their reserves. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8: SIENA.
Day 8 is at your leisure, to relax and shop or for you to discover this beautiful Italian town. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening with Tuscany specialties. Overnight.
Day 9: DEPARTURE.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Rome airport.