Fly & Drive
Umbria and Tuscany
Art, Culture, Sport, Nature, Wine and gourmet Food in Umbria and Tuscany
Arrival in ITALY and car rental for your private transfer to your first accommodation in Umbria, a 4* hotel, near Assisi. Welcome drink. tgime at leisure to indulge in the Spa or by the pool! Dinner with special local typical menu!
From ASSISI it is possible to visit many interesting places. First PERUGIA, the capital town of Umbria. It will a pleasure discovering the incredible richness of this beautiful city: The Cathedral, the major fountain, Palazzo dei Priori, Saint Peter’s Church and the old narrow streets (“vicoli”) of medieval Perugia, including the Rocca Paolina. Afternoon at leisure for enjoying the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Perugia where a lot of events always take place or for visiting the “National gallery of Umbria” exhibiting important paintings and frescos of Perugino, Pinturicchio and many other local medieval important painters. Otherwise It is possible to arrange a visit to the Chocolate Industry Perugina (including also the tasting of chocolate) or a visit with a private guide to Perugia Underground; during this underground trekking (2 hours) you will see the Etruscan basement of the town, Etruscan walls and well, that dates back to more than 3000 years, the medieval tunnels, anti-bombing shelters of the second world war and also interesting sections of Rocca Paolina, the medieval underground fortress constructed by Pope Paolo III to protect the town!
Today you will visit the beauty of Assisi for discovering Giotto Frescos in the upper Basilica and the mystic atmosphere of the lower one! Assisi has a lot to offer to the visitors; first of all, it is a perfect chance for getting in touch with more than 1 thousand years of Italian history, architecture, art! Don’t forget to pay a visit to the amazing Hermitage, the place where saint Francis used to pray. It was a cave in the rock and later a monastery was built in the same place to protect this important place! In Assisi for the lunch break we have a special surprise: a snack including many local delicacies including wild boar ham, cheese and a glass of very good wine.
Today you can take a long ride along Sagrantino Wine Road for discovering the beauty of Montefalco, Bevagna and the hundreds of wine estates of this area. We have reserved for you a very interesting wine tasting melting wine and art. You will taste precious Sagrantino Wine while visiting the “Carapace”, a sculpture/building created by Master Arnaldo Pomodoro. Second stop will be a more traditional Wine Estate, based in an old villa with a private garden. Visit to the wine cellar and tasting!
Departure from Assisi for a new thrilling adventure to Tuscany! While driving heading north west don’t forget to stop on the Lake Trasimeno shores. Take the chance for visiting Oasi La Valle, in San Feliciano, a naturalistic area where migratory birds always stop during their journey from Norther Europe to Norther Africa, or take a ferry to Maggiore Island, one small island in the lake that is a secluded paradise where only 15 people are living in the old fishermen’s village. Here you can have a nice lunch and walk as far as the little church of Saint Michael and to the retreat of Sabn Francesco, close to the collapsing castles. the atmosphere of the island is fantastic and you will discover a rich history of many centuries! , If you prefer, instead of the lake you can visit Cortona, the famous set of the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”. Cortona has always somthing special to offer to its visitors.
Now it is time to get to Pienza, in world famous VAL D’ORCIA, the heart of Tuscany. Accommodation in a nice country hotel in PIENZA. Time for browsing around to discover the beauty of this Unesco Heritage protected town.
Val d’Orcia is an incredibly beautiful area of Tuscany. From here a lot of world famous attractions are close at hand! MONTALCINO, the town of the wine Brunello, Pienza, the town of pecorino cheese, MONTEPULCIANO, the town of wine Nobile, towns with old spas and much more! You will start you vacation in Tuscany visiting Siena, with its Piazza del Campo where every year the “Palio” takes place, and later Monteriggioni, a medieval castle that dates back to XI century. At sunset Monteriggioni gives wonderful views over the countryside, where olive groves dominate. Mysterious hidden secrets are kept inside the old walls of this castle!
Driving slowly around you will discover the great beauty of this land! Ancient medieval hamlets, perched on the tops of arid hills covered only with vineyards, the brown of the burnt earth create a magic landscape you won’t easily forget. Even the taste of its wines and food are not easy to forget. Today you will visit fantastic Montalcino, the hometown of Wine Brunello, the king among Italian wines! We have arranged for you the visit to 2 traditional wine estates. You will discover the production of this wine, including the ageing, and later you will have different wines to taste! If you love horse riding we can arrange for you a horse-back ride in the countryside with a guide (supplement on request) and if you are brave why not trying a hot-air-balloon ride (supplement on request)!
Today it is a day for foodies! Finally today you will have an amazing cookery class in a country house in Val d’Orcia; our landlady, a chef, will introduce you to the secrets of Tuscany and Italian cooking art! At the end of the class you will have your lunch including your hand-made products! Buon Appetito!
If you want to burn some calories don’t hesitate to use the hiking tracks you will receive together with your travelling documents! Walking slowly in Tuscan countryside is the best way to discover the Italian way of living and the beauty of the landscape!
Breakfast in Hotel. Departure from Pienza to ORVIETO. Back to Umbria! Orvieto, the Etruscan town situated on a large butte of volcanic tuff. Orvieto is world famous for the amazing Cathedral, the Well of Saint Patrick 54 mt deep, and for the delicious White Wine Classic Orvieto, that was the first Italian wine to receive a protected label. We have arranged for you a visit to one of the most traditional wine estates in Orvieto! Arrival in Orvieto and accommodation in an old historical hotel in the very center of the old town. The first day is dedicated to the visit of the town, including the Etruscan necropolis! From Pienza to Orvieto km 100. Dinner in a very typical restaurant carved in the stone.
After breakfast, you have a whole day for discovering the town, its secret and surroundings including Lake Bolsena, Bomarzo monsters Park (a garden of the XVI century) and Civita di Bagnoregio, the dying town!
Accomodations: 10 Overnights in charming 4*/ 4*s hotels in Assisi, Pienza and Orvieto.
10 overnights in standard double room as above described in 3 different properties in 3 different destinations (4 nights in Assisi, 4 nights in Pienza, 2 night in Orvieto), rich buffet breakfast in the morning, 1 dinner in an Assisi Resort (beverages not included), 1 lunch in Siena, welcome drink in a Resort, wine tour including tasting in 2 different wine estates in Montalcino, 1 cookery class in Val d’Orcia, 1 wine tasting in Carapace Wine Estate, 1 wine tasting in a wine estate in Orvieto, guides, maps and itinerary description, assistance UmbriAction.
PRICE DO NOT INCLUDE
city tax (to be paid on spot when stated by local government), car rental, lunch, beverages, dinners when not stated, sanitary insurance ( with supplement), transfer on arrival and departure.
Please note that the program can be extended or reduced according to your need; we can change accommodation category and include also the half board service in one or in every accommodation!
After breakfast you leave from Orvieto to get to the Airport. Car drop off and departure - END OF SERVICE