Tuscany & Amalfi
A tour that will take you from the well-known landscape of the Mediterranean Coast
to volcanic mountain towns, where time stands still.
September 27 – October 7, 2023
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Day 1: Arrival in Rome
Airport pickup at a common time in Rome Fiumicino Airport and then we drive to Cortona, the idyllic commune where Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed. You will stay at Villa Nobile, a stunning 19th Century classical style villa recently restored authentically and with artistic charm, with a private pool. Sitting in 4 acres of natural Tuscan rural land & a private avenue of young cypresses, this brings you to your home while in Tuscany.
Day 2: Cortona
A visit to the old town of Cortona, situated on a hill 500 meters above sea level, gives an amazing view of the Val di Chiana that is unparalleled. Quaint shops and restaurants abound in the old town.
Day 3: Montepulciano, Monticchiello & Pienza
Standing atop a hill is Montepulciano, a medieval town of rare beauty. The city is full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches and boasts picture perfect panoramas of the Val d’ Orcia and Valdichiana valleys.
Monticchielo, another medieval village that seems frozen in time, is also perched high on a hill and offers stunning views across the valley to Pienza. The village center is dominated by the Church of Santi Leonardo and Christoforo which dates back to the 13th century.
Pienza, situated in heart of the Val D’Orcia, is considered to be the incarnation of a Renaissance utopia, created by the great humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II. It exemplifies the principles and philosophy of classical times and of the great Italian renaissance.
Day 4: Florence
A short 1 hour, 15 minute train ride takes you from Cortona to Florence, the capital of Tuscany, where a full day is not enough to see all the treasures the city houses. Start the morning with a 1.5 hour tour of the Uffizi Gallery and a guided city walk thereafter. Thereafter, spend the rest of the day on your own wandering the old streets, visiting another gallery, or simply shopping and eating near the Duomo and Piazza della Republica. A train ride in the late afternoon brings you back to Cortona.
Day 5: Siena
Siena is an eminent medieval city with a historic centre that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Piazza del Campo is the heart of Siena and one of the great medieval squares in Europe. There you will see the Duomo di Siena, a Gothic-era church that is one of the most beautiful in Italy. The Torre del Mangia, inside the Public Palace, has nearly 400 steps but the views from the top (ticket purchase is needed) are simply spectacular.
Siena is also home to the oldest bank in the world, the Monte dei Paschi di Siena.
As Siena is a haven for wine enthusiasts, spend the rest of the day savoring the different wine shops, restaurants and shopping.
Day 6: Perugia
The capital of Umbria in central Italy is crossed by the River Tiber, Perugia was one of the main Etruscan cities. It holds its own when it comes to Italian cultural riches, with Gothic architecture, Renaissance frescoes, ornate former palaces and cobbled squares and yet, has a lively and youthful atmosphere thanks to a large, popular university.
Day 7: Travel to Amalfi passing Orvieto
Today we leave Villa Nobile to drive to the Amalfi Coast, passing through Orvieto, a major centre of Etruscan civilization. After spending time in Orvieto, continue the drive to the Amalfi Coast to our base in the quiet and refined town of Minori.
Minori’s history stretches back millennia. The town was once known as Rheginna Minor, derived from the name of a nearby river and probably dates back to the Etruscan or Greek ages. Minori has a delightful atmosphere of a timeless coastal town bookended by the Mediterranean Sea to one side and the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast to the other. The picturesque center is thick with colorful lanes and historic fishermen’s cottages.
Day 8: Positano
Today, we travel to Positano, the most famous and iconic village on the Amalfi Coast, the spectacular strip of coastline with the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea to one side and the peaks of the Lattari Mountains to the other. The unique charm of Positano make it one of the top destinations in all of Italy for those who want to sample the country’s timeless “la dolce vita” atmosphere.
Day 9: Free day – Capri or Pompeii
Today is your free day and you can choose to either jump on a ferry to the enchanting island of Capri or get on the bus (or request to pre-arrange a tour) to the archeological park in Pompeii. Both trips at your own expense.
Day 10: Ravello
Perched on a hilltop more than 365 meters above the Mediterranean, Ravello is the hidden treasure of the Amalfi Coast. Its villas and vistas have enchanted visitors for centuries, Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone being the two most famous.
Day 11: Departure from Amalfi Coast
Today, we leave Minori to be transferred to either Naples International Airport or Rome Fiumicino Airport for your international flight bound home. You will be taking lasting memories of the 10-day trip to the wondrous Amalfi Coast and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany.
Cortona – Val di Chiana, Eremo le Celle, Basilica of Santa Margherita, Vadichiana Outlet Village
Monticchielo – Church of Santi Leonardo and Christoforo
Florence – Uffizi Gallery, Duomo, Piazza della Republica
Siena – Piazza del Campo, Duomo di Siena, Torre del Mangia, Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Perugia – Pazza dei Priori, National Gallery of Umbria, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo
Orvieto – Duomo di Orvieto, Pozzo di San Patrizio, Necropolis, Temple of Belvedere
Positano – Via Pasitea, Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Madonna Nera, Roman Archaeological Museum, Saracen towers (Torre Trasita, Torre di Sponda, Torre di Fornillo)
Montepertuso – Nocelle, Path of the Gods, Agerola
Capri – Faraglioni, Monte Solaro, Pizzolungo, Arch, gardens of Augustus, Charterhouse of San Giacomo, Tragara, Marina Piccola,Church of Sant’ Andrea, Siren’s Rock, Anacapri, Grotta Azzura
Pompeii – Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii Archeological Park
Ravello – Villa Rufolo, Torre Maggiore, Church of the Annunziata, Villa Cimbrone, Terrazza dell’Infinito
Tour fee is based on double occupancy.
- Airport transfers
- Land transportation
- Breakfasts and dinners (excluding drinks).
- Ferry transfers
- Other activities such as museum and park visits
- Tour guide fees,
- Lunch, snacks, mini-bar consumption and other drinks are for your personal expense.