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Gems of Umbria & Tuscany
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16 May 2015 - 03 Oct 2015

Gems of Umbria & Tuscany

9 Day Tour from Rome to Rome


Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, join your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (D)

Day 2 Rome–Narni–Spoleto Your discovery of the green province of Umbria, made famous by the movie My House in Umbria with unforgettable Maggie Smith, starts in the hilltop town of Narni, almost 800 feet high. Narni is the town that is said to have been the inspiration for the Chronicles of Narnia. Enjoy a guided visit of the CONVENT OF SAN DOMENICO basement, and see a cell where prisoners of the Inquisition wrote graffiti on the walls. Learn the art of homemade Manfricolo pasta from a chef during a PASTA DEMONSTRATION, and, of course, enjoy lunch afterwards. Next is Spoleto, a former Roman municipium 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, a special dinner with wine awaits you at Vecchio Camino restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Spoleto–Spello–Assisi In Spello, enjoy an OLIVE OIL TASTING at an authentic oil mill. Time to browse through the little shops before continuing to Assisi. Start your guided walking tour with 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. (B)

Day 4 Assisi. Excursion to Perugia & Deruta A short drive brings you to Perugia, 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. Admire the gothic cathedral, the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, and Perugia’s stunning medieval municipal palace. Then, a special treat: [LF] visit the original PERUGINA BACI CHOCOLATE FACTORY, and taste Italy’s most delectable candy. End in Deruta, and enjoy dinner at a local taverna, L’Antico Forziere. (B, D)

Day 5 Assisi–Cortona–Siena Enter Tuscany and stop in the town of Cortona, made famous by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. Arrive in Siena, and follow your Local Guide on 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. This evening, an optional dinner outing to Monteriggioni is available. (B)

Day 6 Siena. Excursion to Pienza & Montalcino 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, and [LF] enjoy a Brunello WINE TASTING, followed by lunch with local specialties. Return to Siena. An optional excursion to Asciano to visit the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, followed by dinner, is available to make the most of your stay. (B, L)

Day 7 Siena–San Gimignano–Volterra–Orvieto A scenic day: visit San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns. Next is the town of Volterra, an important Etruscan center, and mentioned in the movie New Moon in the Twilight saga. On to Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock, where a unique visit to the ETRUSCAN UNDERGROUND Labirinto (labyrinth) awaits you. This evening, an exclusive dinner has been prepared for you by the famous Italian cook, Maurizio. (B, D)

Day 8 Orvieto–Rome 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 a drive past Rome’s main highlights, ending at ST. PETER’S SQUARE. A special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant awaits you to celebrate the success of your vacation in Umbria and Tuscany. (B, D)

Day 9 Rome Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Vacation Highlights


Special welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; orientation, visit St. Peter’s Square


Visit the Convent of San Domenico; [LF] homemade pasta demonstration with a chef, followed by lunch


Guided walking tour, visit Piazza del Duomo; dinner with wine at a local restaurant


Olive oil tasting


Visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica


Guided walking tour, visit Piazza IV Novembre; [LF] visit the Perugina Baci chocolate factory


Dinner with wine at a local taverna


Orientation of the town made famous by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun


Guided walking tour, visit the Piazza del Campo


Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site


[LF] Brunello wine tasting and lunch






Visit the Etruscan underground Labirinto; dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral

Headsets throughout the tour



Una Hotel Roma First-Class. Six story Hotel with early 20th century furnishings; located downtown; 100 meters from Termini Station.

Grand Hotel Beverly Hills First-Class. Contemporary hotel centrally located near Via Veneto for shopping and Villa Borghese - Spacious, elegantly furnished guestrooms.

Hilton Garden Inn Claridge First-Class. Set in the elegant residential district of Parioli, within walking distance from the Borghese Gardens with its extraordinary museum, the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge hotel is perfect for either a business break or a relaxed Roman holiday.

Assisi Roseo Hotel Assisi

First-Class. Set in a charming place of peace, between the green of the olive trees of the surrounding hills, the Ròseo Hotel Assisi enhances the nuances, aromas and flavors of this earth uniting with the best hospitality and courtesy taste, refinement and elegance to the attention for every little detail.


San Luca First-Class. Gracious Hotel housed in a completely restructured building dating from 1800.


NH Excelsior

First-Class. Impressive Eight-story Hotel with contemporary interiors throughout.

Orvieto Grand Hotel Italia

First-Class. The GRAND HOTEL ITALIA is located in the historic center of Orvieto, next to the suggestive "Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo", now Convention center, to the Cathedral and to the most important monuments of the medieval city. Its large terraces with hanging gardens are open over the panorama of the city of the tuff, discovering the antique beauties.

Dates and Prices

Departures from Toronto:


MAY 16; MAY 23; Jun 13; JUN 27; JUL 18; SEP 05; SEP 26; Oct 03

The price listed does not include your airfare.


Gems of Umbria & Tuscany

9 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

Enjoy a unique in-depth vacation in the fascinating regions of Umbria and Tuscany, and learn about the mysterious Etruscans. Start and end in Rome, where you will enjoy welcome and farewell dinners with wine at local restaurants, and a visit to St. Peter’s Square. Travel to Spoleto, stopping in the hilltop town of Narni, inspiration for the Chronicles of Narnia, where you visit the Convent of San Domenico. Highlights are a pasta demonstration by a chef to learn the art of homemade Manfricolo pasta, followed by lunch, and an olive oil tasting in Spello. Stay two nights in Assisi, and hear all about St. Francis and St. Clare as you visit their basilicas with a Local Guide. Enjoy an excursion to Perugia, where a visit to the Perugina Baci chocolate factory is included, as well as dinner in the town of Deruta. Stop in Cortona, made famous by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, then stay two nights in Siena with an included excursion to picturesque Pienza, famous for pecorino cheese, and Montalcino, where a Brunello wine tasting and lunch await you. Enjoy picturesque San Gimignano and the town of Volterra before arriving in Orvieto, high atop a volcanic rock, and hear about the Etruscans during a unique visit to the Etruscan underground Labirinto. An exclusive dinner has been prepared for you by the famous Italian cook, Maurizio. An unforgettable vacation!