Visiting Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Val d’Orcia, Orvieto, Lake Trasimeno, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Loreto
Tuscany & Umbria
Arrival in Pisa according to your program (apporximately noon). From this world famous town we will start our tour in central Italy. Pisa is a perfectly designed space, artistically unique, a single green meadow hosts four masterpieces of medieval architecture known around the world – the Duomo, the Baptistry, the Campo Santo and the Leaning Tower. This monumental complex represents the architectural perfection of Romanesque style in Pisa, which influenced Tuscan architecture, and offers a combination of classical, palaeo-christian, Lombard and oriental motifs, blending together in harmonious and beautiful vision. Two of the buildings of the Piazza are associated with a decisive step in the history of physical sciences, due to the experiments which Galileo Galilei carried out there and which led him to formulate the equations for falling bodies. In the evening, transfer in your hotel, dinner and overnight.
Firenze. In the afternoon San Gimignano
After breakfast departure from your hotel to Florence for discovering one of the most beautiful cities of the world. Florence’s extraordinary attractions are impossible to describe in a few words; it is doubtless a many-faceted city of art. Cradle of the Renaissance, mother to world renowned artists, birthplace of genius, a blend of gracefulness and history which emerge from every corner, every street, every piazza. After visiting the most important highlights of Florence departure to San Gimignano, that contains all the typical structures of urban life: piazzas and streets, houses and buildings, wells and springs. Art, architecture and history blend together, taking us back to the medieval atmosphere of its 14 perfectly preserved towers over the buildings, a memory of rival factions always ready to fight each other. It was a stopping point for pilgrims on their way to Rome, who then as now made their way through the “town of beautiful towers” along the Via Francigena. In late afternoon, arrival in hotel, dinner and overnight.
Siena. In the afternoon Pienza
After breakfast, departure from hotel to Siena for visiting the city of palio Race! Siena is full of attraction: The contrade of each quarter, the Mangia Tower, Piazza del Campo which comes alive for the Palio: Eugenio Montale’s poetry describes the scenery of Siena, town of eternal amazement. With its rich artistic and monumental heritage, Siena spreads out around the main, shell-shaped piazza. The town still preserves its medieval features: it is laid out in 17 contrade which every year challenge each other during the famous horse race, and which are the location of unmissable palaces and museums ensconced among the alleys of the town. Leaving Siena we will head toward Orcia Valley, a Unesco protected area where we will discover Pienza. Pienza is a masterpiece of Renaissance town planning which, from its strategic position, dominates the whole Orcia valley. But Pienza is not only a utopian city: it is a real city with its own flavours and traditions. “Pecorino di Pienza” , sheep milk cheese with a strong and tasty flavour, is well known. In late afternoon arrival in Hotel, dinner and overnight.
Today our full day excursion Orvieto & Lake Trasimeno
After breakfast finally we will enter Umbria Region and first stop will be amazing ORVIETO. The site of the city is among the most dramatic in Europe, rising above the almost-vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone called Tufa. We will first visit the Underground Tunneling system (extra), a long kept secret with labyrinths and caves and tunnels all lying beneath the surface. Their spectacular nature has also yielded many historical and archeological finds. We will then proceed to the Pozzo di San Patrizio (extra), an enchanting well built by orders of Pope Clement VII. We will also visit the Albornoz Fortress (extra), the Duomo and other sites this city has to offer. We will also have enough time for lunch (extra). In the afternoon arrival in Castiglione del Lago – LAKE TRASIMENO and spare time for a nice walk in the old fishermen’s village and on the Lungolago to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of this little town. After such a wonderful day we will reach our hotel for the dinner, overnight.
Today our full day excursion will take us to Perugia & Deruta
After breakfast we will reach Perugia, the multiethnic and international capital town of Umbria, rich in history and events. Perugia was founded by the Etruscans around the seventh century BC. The centre is one of the largest in Italy and the main monuments of the city date back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. We will have enough time to see the main highlights of this city before we enjoy personal free time for sightseeing, shopping and lunch. In the In the afternoon, we will leave from Deruta where we will visit a workshop where ceramics are handicrafted since ages. In Deruta there is an old tradition of vases and ceramic peinture. We will also assist to the making of vases and pots and to the peinture of plates. Dinner in hotel.
Today our full day excursion Assisi & Spoleto
First we will visit Assisi, birthplace of St Francis. Here we will visit the Unesco World Heritage Site, the Basilica of St Francis and other attractions that make this city really unique. We will later proceed to Spoleto, known to be an important Roman colony. We will see the Duomo, considered to be the most attractive landmark of the town. Here one can find various paintings, including a fifteenth century A.D. painting belonging to Filippo Lippi. At the top of the hill we find Ponte delle Torri, a medieval masterpiece, standing 220 meters high. Along the way, we will visit a typical wine estate with Wine tasting. Dinner in hotel.
After checking out of our rooms, Loreto. After enough time for getting out of Umbria we will dedicate a full day to Marche region visiting Loreto, a small town of Ancona Province, is known all over the world for its Sanctuary that makes it one of the most important places of pilgrimage and pray for the Catholics, together with Medjugorje and Lourdes. The believers go to Loreto to give prays of devotion to the ruins of the Holy House where Jesus lived in Nazareth. On the basis of a former ancient tradition and latter historical and archeological researches, it is confirmed indeed that the Loreto Sanctuary keeps the Nazarene House of Mary; according to tradition, when in 1921 the crusaders were driven from Palestine out, the walls of the house of Mary were brought first to Illyria (to Tersatto, the present Croatia) and than to Loreto (10 December 1294). Dinner in hotel.
Breakfast in hotel and transfer to the airport. End of services.
PRICE IS INCLUSIVE OF:
bus on disposal according to program,
7 overnights in double room in hotel 3 star near (1nt around Florence, 3 nt around siena/trasimeno lake, 3 nt aroud foligno, half board basis in hotel, half day guide at Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, wine tasting in wine estate, Deruta ceramics experience, 1 person free of charge in double room (21° is free), assistance UmbriAction.
City tax not included
tourist bus check point tax and parking fees in Florece, Pisa, S. Gimignano, Siena, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Orvieto, Todi not included
single room supplement € 147,00 x 7 night