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. You’ll begin and end in Rome, and in between you’ll overnight in Spoleto, San Martino in Campo, Siena, and Orvieto. </BR></BR>History fans will be thrilled throughout this Umbria and Tuscany tour. As you travel through the towns in these regions, you’ll learn about the Etruscans, who lived here for centuries before the Roman Empire, and you’ll 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 Etruscans. You’ll 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, you’ll walk through its Piazza del Campo, perhaps one of the finest piazzas in Europe. From Siena, you’ll also take an excursion to Volterra, an 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. </BR></BR>Of course, these regions are known not only for history, but also for wine and olive oil. That’s why we’ve arranged a Brunello wine tasting 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!
ROME Special welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; orientation, visit St. Peter’s Square NARNI Visit the Convent of San Domenico; [LF] homemade pasta demonstration with a chef, followed by lunchSPOLETO Guided walking tour, visit Piazza del Duomo; dinner with wine at a local restaurantSPELLO Olive oil tastingASSISI Visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ BasilicaPERUGIA Guided walking tour, visit Piazza IV Novembre; [LF] visit the Perugina Baci chocolate factoryCORTONA Orientation of the town made famous by the movie Under the Tuscan SunSIENA Guided walking tour, visit the Piazza del CampoVOLTERRA Orientation SAN GIMIGNANO OrientationPIENZA Visit this UNESCO World Heritage SiteMONTALCINO [LF] Brunello wine tasting and lunchORVIETO Visit the Etruscan underground Labirinto; dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedralHeadsets throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 special lunches with wine in Narni and Montalcino; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including special dinners in Rome, Spoleto, and Orvieto
Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.