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Small Gems of Umbria and Tuscany

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Perugia

Perugia

Cypress Trees

Cypress Trees

Assisi

Assisi

Siena

Siena

Tuscan Road

Tuscan Road

Pienza

Pienza

Cities: Perugia, Assisi, Montepulciano, Siena, Chianti, Montalcino

Length of Tour: 7 days

Accommodations: Perugia, Siena Countryside

Day 1

Perugia

Pick up your car rental and depart for Umbria. Arrival at the Castle where you will be staying for the first 3 nights of your stay. The Property lies just outside the city of Perugia. Check in and welcome dinner.

Day 2

Torgiano, Deruta, and Perugia

After breakfast, depart for the hilltop town of Torgiano, not far from Bettona to visit the Wine Museum that will please both the connoisseur as well as the merely curious. You'll have the chance to taste the singular wines of Umbria′s most illustrious wine house: Cantine Giorgio Lungarotti, which lies just outside Torgiano. The rest of the afternoon can be spent in Deruta, renown for its beautiful ceramic and pottery. We suggest you visit the National Museum of Pottery, located just in the village center. Lastly, you will have time for a stop in Perugia, the elegant town, rich in important monuments and renown for its production of Chocolate (the world famous "Bacio" candy was born here). Dinner on your own and overnight stay.

Day 3

Montefalco and Assisi

After breakfast, depart for Montefalco, a gorgeous medieval town known as "The Terrace of Umbria" for its incredible panoramic location. Here you will visit an ancient olive oil mill run by a nice woman and her family, for a tasting of traditional, local food and olive oil. Typical Italian snacks will be served. The rest of the day is dedicated to visiting Assisi at your leisure. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Montepulciano, Pienza, and Siena

After breakfast, depart for Tuscany. Stop at the Renaissance town of Montepulciano. the birthplace of the humanist poet Poliziano, and host to works of some of Italy′s greatest architects. In the afternoon you will have the chance to stop in the lovely town of Pienza, and get lost in the narrow and characteristic streets of the town. Arrival at your Hotel and check in. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Siena and San Gimignano

After breakfast at the Hotel, drive into the Sienese countryside to attend a cooking class in a farmhouse. You will learn the principle secrets of Italian cuisine, such as the art of making a delicious pasta. Enjoy the lunch you created during the cooking class. The reminder of the afternoon can be spent in San Gimignano, wandering among the towers and shops of this timeless, medieval town. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Siena and Chianti

After breakfast, departure for the Chianti region, located between Siena and Florence. Enjoy a bit of culture with a tasting/tour of a winery. In the afternoon you’ll have chance to wander the medieval streets of Siena. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7

Siena and Montalcino

After breakfast, departure for Montalcino, where you will enjoy a winery tour and tasting in a Brunello wine estate. Enjoy a lunch in a typical Tuscan trattoria. In the afternoon, we suggest a visit to the intimate 11th century Romanesque church of St. Antimo. While returning to Siena, make time to witness the impressive Benedictin Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Dinner and overnight.