OCTOBER 23 -30, 2022
Spend the afternoon with Renaissance masterpieces and sip Vino Nobile while watching the Tuscan sun set. Explore medieval hill towns, make fresh pasta and go antiquing.
Get delightfully lost in the winding cobblestone streets the Medici once travelled, and spoil yourself in Florentine, rustic elegance. This is Tuscany.
HOTEL VILLA MARSILI, CORTONA
Your home in Tuscany for the week is Hotel Villa Marsili. Located within the walls of the picturesque Tuscan city of Cortona, Villa Marsili is within walking distance of the center of the village. A gated entrance, 24 hour concierge, and all of the modern amenities of a luxury property await you.
All 26 guestrooms are all tastefully decorated and have a view of the lush, green Val di Chiana. Ceilings are adorned by frescoes and rooms are decorated with original and antique furniture. A daily breakfast buffet is served in the hotel's softly colored dinning room, and in the evening guests can enjoy a complimentary aperitivo on the garden terrace before dinner.
DAY 1 WELCOME TO ITALY!
We will pick you up at Roma Fiumicino Airport or Roma Termini Station. Check into Villa Marsili, then welcome dinner at a traditional trattoria in the village of Cortona.
DAY 2 COOKING CLASS ON THE FARM
Hands on cooking class making traditional Tuscan dishes at a nearby farm. Aperitivo at the hotel before dinner tonight.
DAY 3 OLIVE HARVEST
Breakfast at Villa Marsili or walk into town for cappuccino and chocolate-filled cornetti in Piazza Signorelli to chat with the locals before we head to Tenuta Il Palazzo to harvest olives today and enjoy lunch and wine tasting too. Olives will be pressed and you will receive your own bottle of oil to take home. Dinner in Cortona tonight.
DAY 4 FLORENCE
Take a our of the Pitti Palace (optional) or have the day free to explore Florence before we meet for dinner tonight across the Arno River.
DAY 5 CHEESE FARM AND WINE TASTING IN MONTEPULCIANO
Cheese tasting at Cugusi at the foothills of Montepulciano then explore the historic center and visit Cantini di Ricci. Dinner on your own tonight in Cortona.
DAY 6 LUNCH AT WILDFLOWER FARM & DINNER AT IL FALCONIERE
Today we visit a very special wildflower farm to have lunch immersed in nature and try saffron beer and other local products from their farm at Podere Santa Maria nestled in the hills of Val d'Orcia. Tonight, our dinner is at the elegant Michelin Star restaurant, Il Falconiere.
DAY 7 FREE DAY & FAREWELL DINNER
Saturday is another market day in Cortona, so enjoy time to explore on your own. In the evening we will visit a hidden studio and workshop of a 3rd generation designer of jewels, shoes, and purses and enjoy an aperitivo before dinner at AD Braceria.
DAY 8 A PRESTO!
After breakfast we will depart from Villa Marsili to Roma Fiumicino Airport or Roma Termini Station as you wish.
Tuscany 7 night tour rate:
$4,200 per person, double occupancy
Included in price:
7 Nights Luxury Accommodations at Hotel Villa Marsili.
Deluxe Room, Queen size bed
24 hour concierge service
Individually controlled air condition
En-suite private bath, TV, Wi-fi,
Complimentary mini bar
6 Lunches & 6 Dinners
Wine included with all meals.
Private transportation throughout the tour.
All entrance fees to excursions outlined in tour itinerary
All taxes and gratuities
Airport transfers to and from Rome