|Highlights: Tuscany, Assisi, Orvieto, Siena, Florence
Cooking Class, Two Winery Visits, Olive Oil Visit Home Hosted Lunch, Private Local Guides
This is the Italy you always imagined and heard of. With immense historical, cultural and artistic heritage you will be awed as you stroll within
the fortified towns of castles and towers. Be amazed by the expressive churches and expan- sive cathedral domes. And find unique
shopping down side streets that open up to breathtaking landscapes.
Mostly I choose this tour for our Coco’s patrons because of all the time we spend in Umbria. With my repeated travel to this area I think that
several days in Umbria would be a preferred experience for you. It has all the charm, beauty and deliciousness of Tuscany, but far fewer
tourists. All of the towns you will visit: Orvieto, Spoleto, Assisi, Montefalco and Perugia are totally unique and photo- genic, with charming
local shops and their own regional food traditions.
And within these walled towns of ruins and legends is great cuisine and cooking traditions that date back thousands of years. Imagine plate
after plate of fresh foods, cured meats, giant mounds of fresh ricotta as well as world famous wines. It’s always a good time for a great glass
This is a great tour for first-time travelers to Italy, with so many sites that you’ve seen in the movies and travel posters you will love this area
of Italy. Plus I will be with you too to and ensure you will have a dream vacation.
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Day 1 Overnight Flight - Rome
Your journey begins with an overnight flight. Buongiorno (Good Morning) Welcome to Italy, a
land rich in history, culture, art and romance. Once we settle into the hotel I will help you plan
your first evening in the Eternal City
DAY 2 Rome
This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special
welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant featuring
regional delicacies and fine Italian wines.
DAY 3 Rome - Orvieto - Umbria
Have your cameras charged because, after breakfast we take a short scenic drive to the
perfectly preserved Orvieto which sits majestically above the valley and is virtually traffic free.
Today a local guide leads us on a walking tour. You will marvel upon the Cathedral’s facade of
massive mosaics, stained glass, and sculpture dating back to the early 1300’s and it is home to
a Signorelli fresco. Behind the Duomo, are medieval palaces called Palazzi Papali with
examples of the towns best devotional art. You will have plenty of time on your own for
exploration, shopping or perhaps pause for a leisurely lunch, sip on some wine and become a
part of the local scene. Since pre-Roman times Orvieto boasts some of Italy's best Classico
wine. The volcanic soil is very rich in minerals and grape vines thrive here. The caves dug out
of tufo rock provide the most ideal climate for aging their wines. This early evening we head to
our next hotel for the next four nights and have dinner together.
DAY 4 Umbria Spoleto Cooking Class
Have a hearty breakfast as we will have a private guided tour through the medieval town of
Spoleto. You will marvel at the ornate Dumo Santa Maria Assunta, and the Ponte delle Torri,
an amazing aqueduct from the 13th-century. You will have leisure time to stroll through the
rest of this medieval town and work up an appetite because up next is our cooking class. We
visit a country restaurant housed in a 16th-century farmhouse. This is the Italy few get to
experience. Take a stroll through their herb garden and see how they make their own
cheese. Afterwards we join the chef for a hands-on Umbrian cooking lesson. Tonight
indulge in an early dinner in the countryside before resting up for our next adventure.
DAY 5 Umbria - Assisi - Home-Hosted Lunch
Obviously Assisi is one of Italy's most famous towns being the birthplace of St. Francis, the 12
century monk that founded the Franciscan order and a popular pilgrimage for the religious Italians.
All of that will be expounded upon with our local tour guide. During our free time do yourself a favor
and explore the pictures narrow steps and side streets to find a new surprise, have your camera
Next we are all in for a real treat when we are welcomed into the country home of an Umbrian family.
They will have prepared a delicious home cooked meal for us to enjoy. By now you will have noticed
the pride the residents have in their homes and way of life.
DAY 6 Umbria - Montefalco - Winery - Bevagna - Olive Oil Farm
Today we head to the “Balcony of Umbria.” Montefalco. The charming town received this moniker because of its unobstructed views of the
Umbrian countryside. Step back in time as you explore those cobble-stone lanes and rugged stone buildings. Then, it’s on to a local winery to
sample some of this region’s most prized wine, Sagrantino and savor a lunch of authentic Umbrian dishes.
We continue on to the lovely walled town of Bevagna, where our local tour expert shows us the can’t-miss sights include the 12th-century
Palazzo dei Consoli, the churches of St. Sylvester and St. Michael Arcangel, and the Madonna of the Snow. We cap off your day by learning
about another locally made product - olive oil - at a family-run ‘frantoio’ (olive-presser).
DAY 7 Umbria - Winery - Tuscany
After breakfast it’s on to Tuscany! The region has everything that visitors to Italy come to see and
experience and you will fall in love with the picturesque Renaissance landscape of hills and
villages as we make your way through the Val D’Orcia region. Of course we’ll make a stop at a
local winery to see the wine cellar, family estate, vineyards and olive groves. The winery’s chef
creates an authentic Tuscan lunch for us, expertly paired with wines produced on-site. Later,
make yourself at home for the next four nights in the newly renovated and highly rated; Una
DAY 8 Tuscany - Florence
Today it’s Florence, “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” Our local guide takes us on a walking tour of the city’s iconic
sights. Return to another age as you view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, located in the religious center of
the Piazza Del Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio. Make notes as to where you may want to go back for more
shopping, or mu- seums then use your free time to browse the shops and explore Florence on your own. Perhaps
stumble in work shops and visit local craftsman. This part of Italy is famous for it’s leather goods. We are on our own
for lunch and dinner so get with me for recommendations on foods, more sites and shopping.
DAY 9 Tuscany - Siena - Monteriggioni
After Breakfast today’s excursion takes us to probably the Italy’s loveliest medieval city, Siena. It is said to have
been founded by Senius, son of Remus, one of the two legendary founders of Rome. During your locally guided
walking tour we visit the historic piazza Il Campo, world famous for the Palio Horse Race. Then, the choice is yours!
Explore the 14th- century Tower del Mangia, the 3rd tallest tower in Italy at your own pace or join your guide to get to
know local life in a Contrada (neighborhood). Each of these small, close-knit communities is unique and has
traditions all their own. Next we are off to the walled town of Monteriggioni. Stroll its quaint streets, seemingly frozen
in time. Take an afternoon break and try some local snacks before heading back to our quiet Tuscan retreat.
Day 10 Tuscany - Volterra - San Gimignano
Roll along the country roads to Volterra, a former Etruscan city perched high above the countryside.
We will spend some time at the Guarnacci Museum, one of the oldest public museums in Europe,
founded in 1761. Then it’s on to an alabaster carving demonstration at a local workshop. Later, we
travel to San Gimignano, known as the "City of Beautiful Towers." Look up to marvel at the town's
fourteen medieval towers that date back to the 13th century. Enjoy a stroll along Piazza del Duomo and
Piazza della Cisterna. Tonight we exchange emails and phone numbers as we gather for a farewell
dinner with our fellow travelers and new friends. We have a fun and interactive presentation on wine by
the restaurant’s sommelier planned.
Day 11 Florence - USA or optional extension
This journey ends or you can elect to stay a little longer
in Italy or Europe while you are on that side of the pond.
Ask Chuck and Cynthia for some suggestions and