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Experience some of the many treasures in Rome and the wonderful Italian region of Tuscany. Visit renowned locations, savour traditional local cuisine, taste fine Chianti wines under the tutorage of the winemaker & stroll through historic streets. Our Rome & Taste of Tuscany Tour is a 7-day experience focusing on life's finer things - Food, wine, culture and time to relax and enjoy them all!
Benvenuti in Italia! Once you have collected your luggage & cleared customs, you’ll find your private driver waiting for you in the Arrivals area displaying your name on a board and ready to whisk you comfortably to your hotel in the centre of historic Rome. Check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing, or start getting acquainted with the Eternal City.
This morning get ready to enter into the legend! Jump into Roman history and discover with an expert guide & Skip-the-Line admission, the “Anfiteatro Flavio”, the Colosseum: the largest amphitheatre not only in the Eternal City but in the world! Access the Palatine hill with no line and discover the hill where Rome was founded at the beginning. Then reach the Colosseum and be amazed by this monument that is the symbol of Rome in the world. The Amphitheatre created to entertain ancient Roman citizens with bloody shows of gladiators, animals and cruel games, is now one of the most fascinating landmarks of the City. Then, walk on the original path of ancient Rome along the Via Sacra and see the Temples of Vesta, Antonino and Faustina, the ancient Basilica Julia and Aemilia and dream about the glorious past of the Roman Empire. Unforgettable! After about 3 hours the tour ends in the Archaeological area and the rest of today is yours to continue exploring on your own. (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before setting out on a unique food walking tour. Whether you’re a seasoned gourmand or just a food lover wishing to find out more about Roman cuisine and Italian food traditions, this tour will be sure to please every palate. You’ll join our local food connoisseur guide for a food walk, in a group of no more than 12 people. And yes, you’ll try and taste lots of different treats! We’ll meet in Piazza Farnese and enjoy a lovely walking tour through local food markets, grocery stores, and gelato shops in the areas of Campo De’ Fiori, Trastevere, and the Jewish Ghetto. It is well known that exercise makes one hungry, that’s why we thought you’d appreciate some pit stops. For instance, you’ll enjoy a slice of freshly baked crispy pizza bianca (Rome’s own version of focaccia) cut in half horizontally and filled with thin slices of freshly cut mortadella: a traditional, more-Roman-than-the-Colosseum easy snack that locals love. And what about trying a supplì? This little ball of deep-fried tomato sauce risotto with a heart of melted mozzarella cheese is everyone’s favourite street food. Pasta will be on the list too, along with some dishes from the Roman Jewish tradition: the 'carciofo alla giudia', a Jewish style deep-fried artichoke that resembles a tiny sunflower, as well as 'filetto di baccalà', a fleshy fillet of cod, battered and deep-fried. And save some space for dessert, because we won’t skip our portion of artisan gelato! After this tasty experience, you are free to spend the afternoon as you choose. Consider visiting the Villa Borghese Gardens or stroll down the famous chic Via Condotti, Rome's leading location for haute couture and "aspirational" window shopping. And don't forget to make your way to the Trevi Fountain where be remember to toss Three Coins to make sure that this is not your last visit to the Eternal City! (B)
This morning after breakfast, and in no great hurry, make your way to Rome’s railway station to board a high-speed train with reserved seats to Florence where you will find your private driver waiting to bring you to Borgo San Luigi. Relais Borgo San Luigi is a four-star hotel ideal for lovers of art, nature and gourmet food and wine. Tonight you will be treated to a Welcome Dinner at Borgo San Luigi's renowned restaurant. (B.D)
Enjoy a leisurely morning at your hotel before being picked up for an afternoon tour of culture and wine as you visit some of the most impressive destinations in Tuscany. In a small group setting you'll explore Montalcino and its stronghold and taste the world-famous wines. Brunello which is presently considered the best wine in the world has its ancestral roots in the passion of the inhabitants of Montalcino and in the ancient winemaking tradition, handed down from one generation to the next. The town of Montalcino, the sanctuary of this wine produced from Sangiovese grapes, stands on a charming hill that will let you relish its natural wholesomeness. This historic town, its century-old fortress, and the best local wineries reviewed in specialized magazines are the main destinations of our outing. Great skill in the cellar, which includes a long maturation in casks made from valuable wood, makes Brunello wine the holder of the title of “the Italian ambassador in the world of our winemaking reality”, the most highly regarded wine in the world. You will have the opportunity to taste prestigious wines in the best wineries of the territory and to discover Montalcino and the wonderful surrounding area. Return to your hotel in the early evening. (B)
Today's program includes a guided wine tour of Chianti. After a leisurely breakfast, depart Borgo San Luigi to visit the charming town of Monteriggioni, followed by a wine tasting in a characteristic castle. The tour continues to the medieval village of Castellina in Chianti where you'll have some free time. Then relax and admire the beautiful panoramic views as you travel back to Borgo San Luigi through the famous Wine Route. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure. (B)
Today marks the end of your Taste of Tuscany vacation. At a time to suit your departing train or flight, your private driver will take you to the airport or railway station of Pisa or Florence to begin your journey home. (B)
Some of the included excursions do not operate daily; the itinerary will be modified to suit.