UMBRIA & TUSCANY WINE TOUR

UMBRIA & TUSCANY ITALY

THE ESSENCE OF WINE – UMBRIA & TUSCANY (Self-Drive Tour)

SPOLETO / PERUGIA / CORTONA / SIENA

web-smallvineyardsmap2008This new package will be the best solution for absolute wine lovers.

The itinerary below is waiting for those wanting to
experience the real wine history and charme.
We are mixing the Umbria & Tuscany wine itinerary selections, both region has so many natural and historic attractions, you just have to be guided through this lovely landscape and admire the outstanding medieval villages and the wine culture you will find in your route along these wonderful hills.
What else for reaching perfection? A very good local wine will stay with you during your entire journey!
1 NIGHT IN SPOLETO , 2 NIGHTS IN PERUGIA, 2 NIGHTS IN CORTONA, 2 NIGHTS IN SIENA
(Tour in b/b basis). MINIMUM 2 PAX
HOTELS:
SPOLETO:
4* Hotel CAVALIERI PALACE or similar
PERUGIA:
4* Hotel GIO’ WINE AREA or similar
CORTONA:
4* Hotel VILLA AUREA or similar
SIENA:
4* Hotel GARDEN or similar
** FOR ITINERARIES BETWEEN 2 SEASONS AND DURING “JAZZ FESTIVAL” IN SPOLETO (05 / 20 July), DURING “EUROCHOCOLATE” IN PERUGIA (17/26 October) AND DURING “PALIO” IN SIENA (01/03 July & 15/16 August) RATES ARE ON REQUEST **
(See our suggested itinerary in FULL ITINERARY section)
This Tour Features:
  • 7 nights accommodations in b/b basis (1 night in Spoleto, 2 nights in Perugia, 2 nights in Cortona, 2 nights in Siena)
  • 4 Wine Tastings as per above mentioned itinerary (one in Bevagna, one in Torgiano, one in Cortona, one in Greve in Chianti)
  • Breakfasts: 7 (Continental)
  • Wine Tastings: 4
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
Car Rental – Entrance Fees to churches, museums and monuments – Eventual parking fees – Anything not mentioned in “Rates Include”

Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights

Departure Dates: Every Day
Timing: To be arranged
Prices from: $ 1,030 /person

Start from: Your hotel or other agreed place, Spoleto, Italy
Tour ends: Your hotel or other agreed place, Siena, Italy

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ITINERARY

Day 1: SPOLETO – Starting point in South-East Umbria

Today’ Highlights:
Spoleto is in the south-east of Umbria. Thanks to its history it has a big range of attractions for its visitors: the famous Ponte delle Torri, an ancient aqueduct of the XIII century, the marvellous Caio Melisso Theatre (many musical events of Spoleto Festival take place in this theatre), the Rocca Albornoziana with its frescos of the XVI century and a lot of Roman ruins as the Arco di Druso.
Not less important, the Teatro Romano and the Ponte Sanguinario,
close to Via Flaminia, one of the most ancient street in Italy built by the Romans. After visit back to hotel in Spoleto city centre and accommodation

Day 2: SPOLETO / MONTEFALCO / BEVAGNA / PERUGIA – 75 km

Today’ Highlights:
Breakfast in hotel. During this day, you will drive along the famous area of “Sagrantine” Wine, one of the best known throughout centre Italy. After 25 Km our first stop is in Montefalco. Called the “Queen of Sagrantino vineyard”, the village, famous not only for wine and oil (but also for very important textile market) may offer a lovely promenade in its medieval streets.
Along the walks, a suggested stop is in the “San Francis Church” (it was a Church but, after its consecration, it is now a museums) with paintings by Benozzo Gozzoli and by Perugino. In the very central Piazza del Comune, we are pleased to offer a wine tasting at Enoteca FEDERICO II, one of the historical Wine Bar throughout Umbria. After the visit in Montefalco, you will proceed toward another masterpiece of Umbria: Bevagna. Officially recognized as the “Wine & Oil city”, Bevagna is one of the best villages in Umbria.
Surrounded by its medieval walls, it keep the enchanting of Roman atmosphere, while the local handicrafts shops will help you to imagine how was the life-style in this wonderful village. During the visit why not enjoying and drink wine.
Go to the Enoteca ONOFRI to taste the unforgettable Umbrian wine and “breathe” the magic of this day (this second wine tasting is not included in tour price).
After visit in Bevagna, proceed to Perugia and arrival in hotel. Overnight.

Day 3: PERUGIA / DERUTA / TORGIANO / PERUGIA – 77 km

Today’ Highlights:
After breakfast in hotel, departure to the south enjoy this exciting day mixing the wonderful ceramic art and the real wine history. After just 20 Km driving, the first stop is in Deruta. The visit of the historic town center, featuring the Gothic Church of San Francesco – built in 1388 – is not complete without a stop at the municipal hall, the Palazzetto Municipale, which dates from about 1300, located on the Piazza dei Consoli (the “Square of the Consuls”). But Deruta is famous throughout the world for its magnificent ceramic art. To know everything about this particular art, you can not miss a visit at the Museum of Ceramics (with its 6000 ceramics masterpieces) or just walking in all village streets admiring the ceramic shops everywhere.
Not less important to see, the Art Gallery (the Pinacoteca), holdings a fresco by Perugino. After this lovely stop, we will then arrive in Torgiano. We are really now in the Wine Temple in Umbria. Thinking at Torgiano means thinking at wine. The city coat is represented by few bunches of grapes and all around this very small village wine history. Do not miss a stop at the Torgiano Wine Museums (one of the best and most complete wine museums in the world) and the Oil Museums inside the medieval buildings of the city. Close to the Wine Museums, we are pleased to offer wine tasting at Enoteca “LUNGAROTTI”. After visit in Torgiano, proceed to Perugia and arrival in hotel.
Overnight.

Day 4: PERUGIA / CORTONA – 48 km

Today’ Highlights:
Breakfast in hotel and full day visit of Perugia. The city is a notable artistic place in the center of Umbria. The town gave his nickname to the famous painter Pietro Vannucci, called Perugino, who decorated with a beautiful series of frescoes the local Sala del Cambio; eight of his pictures can also be admired in the National Gallery of Umbria.
The artistic centre of the city is Piazza IV Novembre, where, between ancient buildings, rises the Fontana Maggiore decorated with the carvings of Nicola and Giovanni Pisano and the Cathedral. From Piazza Dante you can reach the Arco Etrusco, the main door of the city of III-II century b.C. From Piazza IV Novembre you get to Via dei Priori that leads to a characteristic medieval quarter and to the main street. Perugia has become famous for chocolate, mostly because of a single firm, Perugina, whose Baci (kisses) are widely exported. Perugia chocolate is very popular in Italy, and the city hosts a chocolate festival every year in October.
After visit in Perugia, proceed to Cortona and arrival in hotel.
Overnight.

Day 5: CORTONA – Province of Arezzo, Tuscany

Today’ Highlights:
The Etruscan antiquity of the city is not in doubt, but its foundation is lost in the mists of many legends which were already told in classical times. The prevailing character of Cortona’s architecture is medieval with steep narrow streets situated on a hillside, embracing a view of the whole of the Valdichiana. From the Piazza Garibaldi is a fine prospect of Lago Trasimeno.
Parts of the Etruscan city wall can still be seen today as the basis of the present wall. Inside the Palazzo Casali is the Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca that displays items from Etruscan,Roman,and Egyptian civilizations, as well as art and artefacts from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. The Academy Museum includes the very well-known painting Maternità of 1916 by the Cortonese artist Gino Severini and also examples of works of Pietro Berrettini (1596-1669 called Pietro da Cortona). Also noteworthy is the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini.
During the visit of this wonderful village, you will experience a unique wine tasting at Enoteca “MOLESINI”, in the very city centre(tasting of 4 local wines assorted with typical cheese and salami).
After the visit back to hotel and accommodation.

Day 6: CORTONA / MONTEPULCIANO / PIENZA / MONTALCINO / SIENA – 110 km

Today’ Highlights:
Breakfast in hotel and departure toward Montepulciano. It is a medieval and Renaissance hill town of exceptional beauty. Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink.
Wine connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile among Italy’s best. The main street of Montepulciano stretches for 11.5 kilometers from the Porta al Prato to the Piazza Grande at the top of the hill.
The city is renowned for its walkable, car free nature. The main landmarks include the Communal Palace with its outstanding view of the Tuscan valley,the Palazzo Tarugi, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, and Duomo of Montepulciano, constructed between 1594 and 1680 and including paintings masterpieces from the Sienese School.
During this walk in Montepulciano, you can not miss a stop at Caffè Poliziano. It is officially recognized as one of the historic cafes throughout Italy, with many Italian literati (from Carducci to Pirandello) meeting here in the past. Stopping here means breathing the enchant of history. After the visit, we will then proceed to Montalcino but, during the trip, a stop in Pienza is a real must.
Rare example of Renaissance town building (it was completely redesigned by Pope Pius II in Renaissance times) Pienza is defined, from time to time, the “ideal city”, the “utopian city”. It represents one of the best planned Renaissance towns, where a model of ideal living and governing was realized thus working out the idea of a town able to satisfy the need for a pacific, civil and hardworking living. Its location in the middle of Val d’Orcia, a wonderful and untouched valley, enables the town to perfectly embody the basic interest which the humanistic architecture gave to the relationship man – nature. After this short visit in Pienza, you will finally reach one of the most famous “Wine City” in the world: Montalcino. Famous place for the production of the Brunello of Montalcino, it was an ancient Sienese stronghold (you can still admire its imposing fortress) and it still keeps the medieval atmosphere with its nice streets and typical shops, not only for wine but for handicrafts as well (ceramics as first).
For art lovers, the ideal itinerary starts from Piazza del Popolo and the Duomo. The main building on the piazza is the town hall, once the Palazzo dei Priori (built late 13th, early 14th century) but now the Palazzo Comunale. A very high medieval tower is incorporated into the palazzo. After this interesting visit, lets drive again to Siena.
Arrival in hotel and accommodation.

Day 7: SIENA / CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI / GREVE IN CHIANTI / SIENA – 96 km

Today’ Highlights:
After breakfast in hotel, departure by car toward Castellina in Chianti, one of the most important city in Chianti Hills. Walking along its streets, you will feel to stay in the very rural Tuscany. Its city centre is a perfect mix between Renaissance and wine history, with Wine Bar everywhere …….so don’t miss the chance to experience it. After visit in Castellina in Chianti, you will drive to the north for other 20 Km and then you will arrive in Greve in Chianti. You are now in the very main city of “Chianti shire” as you will see the “Gallo Nero” sculpture in the historical centre (the Gallo Nero logo is the oldest and most famous symbol of Chianti Classico producers).
The lovely city centre is around the main Triangular Piazza facing the Giovanni da Verrazzano Statue. Walking along the ancient arcades, you will admire the old libraries, the art galleries and food shops. During the visit of this wonderful village, we will be glad to offer a unique wine tasting at Enoteca “LE CANTINE”, in the very city centre (you will have a pre-paid “wine card” so you can choose which wine kind you want to taste or not …… what more ??).
After the wine tasting, do not miss a self visit in the annex Wine Museums, one of the best and oldest Wine Museums
in Tuscany. Visiting the Museums, you will have the real feeling to understand the sacrifice but the beauty the
be the best wine producers in the world. After whole visit back to hotel in Siena and accommodation.

Day 8: SIENA – Province of Siena, Tuscany

Today’ Highlights:
Breakfast in hotel and end of services.