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The Tastes of Tuscany and Umbria (12 Days)

Eat and drink your way through the legendary cities, charming hill towns and expansive vineyards that make Italy a foodie mecca. This tour gives you an opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful regions in the world, Tuscany and Umbria, bringing their own unique flavors to the table. But delectable cuisine and fine wines are just the beginning of this food and wine tour. The renaissance was born here, and you’ll also get a taste for the history, hospitality and culture that has made this region so enticing. This delicious tour is a must for every connoisseur!
This Edventure includes:
  • Round-trip airfare out of SFO or LAX (price may vary based on choice of additional gateways)
  • 10 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 lunches
  • 4 three-course dinners, including wine or beer
  • 3 wine-tasting excursions
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • Transportation (planes, trains, boats, etc.) while on tour
  • Full-time tour coordinator
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Select admissions with priority entry
  • Fortezza Medicea Prison in Volterra (Correctional/ Law Enforcement Officials only)
The Duomo in Florance at Night

Botticelli's "Birth of Venus"

Vineyards in the Lucca Valley

Montalcino

Statue of St. Francis in Assisi

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Price: $4,827.00 (2018) based on double occupancy, plus optional $374.00 for premium trip protection*

Departure Dates:
 
August 2020 (ITTU0820)
August 2021 (ITTU0821)
June 2022 (ITTU0622)
October 2022 (ITTU1022
)

Contact us for exact departure dates

Edventure Highlights Include:

~ Welcome Dinner


Florence, birthplace of opera, the Italian language, and the Renaissance, with Brunelleschi’s masterpiece, located in Florence’s massive Duomo, to the church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are displayed


~ A cooking lesson in Italian cuisine at a private Tuscan cooking class to prepare a fresh Tuscan meal with your fellow chefs


~ The Lucca Valley, north of Pisa, and the small town of Colleverde for wine and olive-oil tasting and a light lunch

~ An optional evening excursion to Fiesole for a three-course Tuscan dinner in a hilltop villa overlooking the Renaissance city below ($95/pp)

~ A stop in San Gimignano, “the city of beautiful towers”, to take in its views of glorious landscapes before continuing to a local wine-tasting for the opportunity to sample some of the region’s wines

~ Traveling through vineyards and olive groves to the hilltop town of Montalcino, famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine, with a tasting of this local treasure

~ Siena, including a visit to the Romanesque Duomo, which houses the works of Donatello and Pisano, followed by a walk along its medieval streets to the Piazza del Campo

~ Fortezza Medicea Prison in Volterra (Correctional/law enforcement officials only)

~ Driving through the Tuscan countryside, with a stop near Lake Trasimeno, where Hannibal battled the Romans, to indulge in a lunch of regional specialties

~ Meandering through steep, narrow streets of Cortona, a village perched on a breathtaking hillside, to look for the remains of the original city wall before visiting the Museum of the Etruscan Academy, home to an impressive collection of Etruscan artifacts

~ An expert-led tour of Perugia, the medieval Umbrian capital symbolized by the Etruscan Arch, and including the Palazzo dei Priori, the gorgeous medieval palace begun in 1298, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, and the tunnels of Rocco Paolina, Perugia's historic underground city

~ Assisi, a hilltop medieval town and the birthplace of Saint Francis, to marvel at the Basilica of St. Francis, damaged by twin earthquakes in 1997 and painstakingly restored to its original form

~ Spello for a guided walking tour, beginning at one of the town's three Roman arches, to explore the cobblestone streets that wind through the village while listening to an audio tour of the 12th-century Church of Santa Maria Maggiore (this tour involves over 3.5 hours of walking uphill, and over challenging terrain)

~ A stop in Orvieto, a village reached via funicular or on foot, for a wine tasting, followed by a lunch of regional specialties

~ The Eternal City, Rome, including Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia in the city’s central hub, the ruins of the Forum, where the Caesars ruled their vast empire, the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Rome and the Temple of Venus before entering the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire

~ Vatican City for a tour of the Vatican Museums, which hold many of the world’s most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures, the Sistine Chapel to gaze upon what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece, and the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith

~ Masterpieces by some of the most incredible artists in history, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà

~ Tenors performing some of opera's best-loved arias while an elegant four-course dinner is served at one of Rome's most traditional restaurants

Tour Activity Estimates
 Average Daily Walking: 3.5 Hours
Average Activity Level: Moderate (uneven terrain, including paved and unpaved roads, cobblestone streets, some hills and steep stairs)

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