10 days and a Taste Of Italy

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 – Florence
Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Florence aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Day 2 – Florence
Welcome to Italy! A tour representative welcomes you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for strolling along the cobbled streets and stone bridges of Florence or just relaxing in your hotel. This evening, become acquainted with your fellow travelers as well as the regions famed cuisine at this evenings Welcome Dinner.
Included meals: breakfast (in flight), dinner

Day 3 – Florence
Discover the timeless city of Florence, birthplace of opera and the Italian language. Todays guided tour introduces you to the citys Renaissance splendor. Marvel at Brunelleschis masterpiece Florences massive pink, white and green Duomo. Then enter the church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo as well as the Dante Memorial are displayed. This evening, learn to make cuisine the Italian way at a private Tuscan cooking class. Then enjoy the freshly prepared meal with your fellow chefs.
Included meals: breakfast, dinner
Included entrances: Santa Croce, Tuscan cooking class

Day 4 – Florence
Bask in a free day to explore the Renaissance City on your own. Browse the shops of the Ponte Vecchio or simply people-watch as you sample some tasty gelato. Or opt to join a pastoral excursion to the walled city of Lucca and Colle Verde, a rural farm where olive oil is pressed. Tonight, join an optional dinner at a historic trattoria-style restaurant in the heart of Florences old town.
Included meals: breakfast
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Optional
Florentine Dinner $99 USD
Florentine Dinner

Sit back as you sip a glass of wine and are charmed by the rustic beauty that is Florence, the Tuscan capital, on this traditional Tuscan dinner. This evening promises to be not only an exceptional dinner, but an authentic Tuscan experience.
Lucca & Colle Verde $99 USD
Lucca & Colle Verde

Visit the gorgeous Tuscan town of Lucca, and then travel to Colle Verde, a rural retreat and farm where some of Italys highest-quality olive oil is pressed. Enjoy a light lunch and an olive oil tasting session.
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Day 5 – Siena
En route to the enchanting city of Siena, stop in San Gimignano, the city of beautiful towers. Take in views of glorious scenery before continuing to a local wine tasting, where youll have the opportunity to sample some of the regions fine wines. Arrive in Siena for this evenings included dinner.
Included meals: breakfast, dinner
Included entrances: Tuscan wine tasting

Day 6 – Siena
This morning, travel through vineyards and olive groves to the hilltop town of Montalcino, famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine. Enjoy the opportunity to taste this local treasure and an included light lunch. Follow a local expert guide on this afternoons tour of Siena, longtime rival of nearby Florence. Visit Sienas Romanesque Duomo, which houses major works of art by Donatello and Nicola Pisano. Walk along medieval streets to the Piazza del Campo. Each summer, daredevils race horses bareback around this main piazza during the famed Palio.
Included meals: breakfast, light lunch
Included entrances: Brunello wine tasting

Day 7 – Perugia
Continue your travels across the Italian landscape to reach Cortona, perched on a Tuscan hillside for panoramic views of the plains below. Meander through the steep, narrow streets and look for the remains of the original city wall before a visit to the Museum of the Etruscan Academy of Cortona, home to an impressive collection of Etruscan artifacts. Later, savor an included lunch of traditional Umbrian cuisine.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch
Included entrances: Cortona Museum

Day 8 – Perugia
A local guide introduces you to the vibrant streets and landmarks of Perugia, the medieval town symbolized by the Etruscan Arch. See the Palazzo dei Priori, the gorgeous medieval palace begun in 1298, and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Enjoy a free afternoon by wandering along the stately Corso Vannucci, an avenue reserved for pedestrians, to visit some of the cafés and shops. You might also wish to visit the Duomo, with its elaborately carved choir stalls, or the renowned Archaeological Museum. Or join an optional excursion to the beautiful Assisi, a pilgrimage site and home to the church of St. Francis, and the lesser-known but equally-picturesque Spello.
Included meals: breakfast
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Optional
Assisi and Spello $65 USD
Assisi and Spello

Embark on an afternoon tour of Assisi, a hilltop  medieval town that was the birthplace of Saint  Francis. Then take a guided tour of the town of Spello, known for its tiny stone houses that dot the countryside. Be sure to see the wonderful frescoes by Pinturicchiodepicting scenes from the New Testamentwhich are found in the 12th-century Church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
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Day 9 – Rome
Journey across the Umbrian valleys today en route to Rome. Stop along the way in Orvieto, which you’ll reach via funicular, for a wine tasting followed by a light lunch. Arrive in Rome, the Eternal City, in time for this evenings Farewell Dinner.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Included entrances: Funicular ride, Orvieto wine tasting

Day 10 – Rome
Linger in Rome for two nights on our tour extension. Fly home
Included meals: breakfast
(In the case of early morning departures, breakfast may not be included.)

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