On this delightful Tuscany and Umbria tour package you’ll have the opportunity to explore the fascinating Umbria region, which is characterized by its beautiful medieval towns, warm hills, and extensive history. You’ll also explore the popular region of Tuscany to uncover “la dolce vita” and other secrets of life from the ancient Etruscans. Start and end in Rome, the eternal city where you will enjoy welcome and farewell dinners with wine at a local restaurant, and visits to St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Journey into the heart of civilization on this Tuscany and Umbria tour package.
ROME – Welcome and farewell dinners with wine at a local restaurant; orientation, visit St. Peter’s Square
NARNI – Visit the Convent of San Domenico; homemade pasta demonstration with a chef, followed by lunch
SPOLETO – Guided walking tour, visit Piazza del Duomo; dinner with wine at a local restaurant
SPELLO – Olive oil tasting
ASSISI – Visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica; guided walking tour, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica; dinner with wine at a local restaurant
PERUGIA – Guided walking tour, visit Piazza IV Novembre; visit Perugina Baci chocolate factory
DERUTA – Dinner with wine at a local taverna
CORTONA – Orientation, see Villa Bramasole, where the author of Under the Sun lived
SIENA – Guided walking tour, visit the Piazza del Campo
SAN GIMIGNANO – Orientation
VOLTERRA – Orientation
PIENZA – Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site
MONTALCINO – Brunello wine tasting and lunch
ORVIETO – Ride a funicular through the ramparts; visit the Etruscan underground Labirinto; dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral
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Tour Directors – Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.
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Travel to Spoleto, and stop in the hilltop town of Narni, inspiration for the Chronicles of Narnia, and visit the Convent of San Domenico. A highlight is a pasta demonstration by a chef to learn the art of homemade Manfricolo pasta, followed by lunch. In Spoleto you will visit the Piazza del Duomo.
Your home base will be Assisi, so you can explore the region and its many towns without the hassles of packing and unpacking. Assisi is a small medieval town and the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan order. Stay three nights in Assisi, and hear all about St. Francis and St. Clare as you visit their basilicas with a Local Guide. It is an important pilgrimage sight, and on this tour, you’ll see the Basilica of St. Francis, where St. Francis is buried, as well as the site where St. Francis came to meditate and pray. Also visit the St. Mary of the Angels Basilica.
In addition to history, this area of Italy also offers delicious food. The Umbrian cuisine reflects the rural nature of the area—with simple, yet flavorful ingredients, fresh fruits and vegetables, and high quality olive oil. Perugia has become famous for its chocolate, so be sure to sample some.
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, famous for its ceramics.
See Villa Bramasole in Cortona, where the author of the book Under the Tuscan Sun used to live, and stay two nights in Siena, with an included excursion to picturesque San Gimignano and Volterra.
Visit Pienza, famous for pecorino cheese, and Montalcino, where a Brunello wine tasting and lunch await. Explore Orvieto, set high atop an ancient volcanic rock, and hear about the Etruscans during your exclusive visit to the Etruscan underground Labirinto. An exclusive dinner has been prepared by the famous Italian cook, Maurizio—an unforgettable vacation!
Tuscany & Umbria Guided Tour Package
DAY 1 Depart the United States for your Tuscany and Umbria Guided Tour Package
Day 2 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. (Dinner)
DAY 3 Rome–Narni–Spoleto
Your discovery of the green provence 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. Then, a true highlight: 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 a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4 Spoleto–Spello–Assisi
In the pretty town of Spello, enjoy a tour and an OLIVE OIL TASTING at an authentic oil mill. Time for lunch and to browse through the little shops before continuing to Assisi. Visit ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS BASILICA, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the “Bride of Christ,” then 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. A dinner with wine has been prepared at one of Assisi’s quaint restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 5 Assisi. Excursion to Perugia
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: visit the original PERUGINA BACI CHOCOLATE FACTORY, and taste Italy’s most delectable candy. End in Deruta, famous for its ceramics, and have dinner at a local taverna. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 6 Assisi–Cortona–Siena
Enter Tuscany, and stop in the town of Cortona, made famous by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun and see Villa Bramasole, where the author of the book used to live. 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. (Breakfast)
DAY 7 – Siena. Excursion to San Gimignano & Volterra
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, where the famous movie New Moon in the Twilight Sagas was made. Return to Siena. An optional excursion to Asciano, to visit the Abbazia Monte Oliveto Maggiore, followed by dinner, is available to make the most of your stay. (Breakfast)
DAY 8 Siena–Pienza–Montalcino–Orvieto
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 enjoy a Brunello WINE TASTING, followed by lunch in a family-owned estate. On to Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock. Access, denied to many a would-be conqueror through the ages, is easy for you. Ride a modern FUNICULAR right through the forbidding ramparts, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 9 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 restaurants awaits you to celebrate the success of your vacation in Umbria and Tuscany. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 10 Rome
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
All of this and much more—including time in Rome—are waiting for you on this wonderful Tuscany and Umbria tour package.