SPRING & SUMMER
This trip is available as a 7 night private group tour, or if you are traveling solo or in a smaller group, email us for dates to hop on one of our open tours and meet new friends.
Spend the afternoon with Renaissance masterpieces and sip Vino Nobile while watching the Tuscan sun set. Explore medieval hill towns, make fresh pasta, hunt for truffles and antiques.
Get delightfully lost in the winding cobblestone streets the Medici once travelled, and spoil yourself in Florentine, rustic elegance.
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.
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 VISIT A CHEESE FARM
Lunch and wine tasting at cheese farm with the view Tuscany is known for. Tour the farm and visit with the goats, peacocks, pigs and more furry friends, and pick up some of their organic products to take home. Visit to the Renaissance village of Pienza afterwards.
DAY 3 HANDS ON COOKING CLASS
Breakfast at Villa Marsili or walk into town for cappucino and chocolate-filled cornetti in Piazza delle Signorelli to chat with the locals. Hands on cooking class, making traditional Tuscan dishes at an agriturismo with wine pairings. NOTE: Yes, Under The Tuscan Sun was filmed in Cortona, and author Frances Mays does live here, so if you would like to walk past her house we can take a trek after lunch. :) Dinner in the village tonight.
RENAISSANCE ART IN FLORENCE
Artisans workshops walk through the city. Tickets to the Pitti Palace and Costume Galleries, once the summer home of the Medici family, are included in the tour if you would like to visit. Otherwise the rest of the day is free to explore Florence before we meet for dinner tonight in a restaurant popular among the locals, across the Arno River.
WINE TASTING IN MONTEPULCIANO
Wine tasting with light bites at a winery in Montepulciano, while painting with wine too!Time in the historic center to explore and shop. Dinner on your own tonight in Cortona.
Food tour today at the outdoor market. We will take a short walk following the "strade bianche", (the white roads), which have been traversed by ancient Romans and pilgrims for centuries to get a picture perfect view of the Tuscan hills in the Val d'Orcia. Tonight, our dinner is at the elegant Michelin Star restaurant, Il Falconiere.
DAY 7 FREE DAY & JEWELRY STUDIO
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:
$3,800 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