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Alba

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The gorgeous city of Alba is well known around the world as the centre of the UNESCO Human Heritage area of Langhe; however its wines and white truffles are probably even more famous!

The first settlements in the area were founded by the Celtics and Ligurians. Alba today is located exactly where once was built a Roman city. During the Roman period the town went through a period of prosperity and peace; unfortunately during the centuries that followed the end of the Roman Empire Alba was sacked numerous times. Only when the city passed under the control of the Savoy family at the beginning of the 17th century peace was brought back. 

Luckily it is still possible to admire few well preserved roman buildings and parts of the roman walls erected to protect the city.

Visiting the town centre there are many beautiful churches worth a visit.

The Duomo built following the Romanesque style during the 12th century has gone through many renovations. Only the campanile was never restyled. The Church of San Domenico is considered by many the most beautiful one in town. The Church of San Giovanni Battista has many lovely paintings.

Gorgeous are also the Bishop’s Palace and the Palazzo Comunale.

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Alba has a very strong economy, thanks to the presence in the territory of many successful business. Around the world the city is mostly famous for its wine production. Some of the finest Italian’s wines come from this area. This small town can count on almost 300 wineries!

The wines product in the area are: Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, Barolo and Moscato.

Food lovers visit this town all year round not only for the incredible choice of wines but also for its delicious and exquisite white truffles!

When exploring this lovely city visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a gorgeous historical centre, to taste some of the most renowned Italian’s wines and to indulge in a delicious cuisine!

Private Alba and Langhe Tour

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From: $150.09

tour duration

7 Hours

start time

09:00 AM

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Your Private Alba and Langhe Tour will take you on a unique journey to discover the beautiful and rich Langhe Region. Your driver and guide will meet you at your accommodation in Turin to take you on a full day excursion.

The journey will start immediately while you enjoy the delightful views from the car. The Langhe Region is famous around the world for its production of fine wines and for the precious Alba’s White Truffle.

Your first stop will be in the lovely town of Alba the center of the UNESCO Human Heritage area of Langhe. Here you will have some free time to discover the city on your own. We suggest to walk around its gorgeous historical center and to visit some of its beautiful churches and palaces. In particular worth a visit are the 12th century Duomo, the Church of San Domenico, the Church of San Giovanni Battista, the Bishop’s Palace and the Palazzo Comunale.

At the end of your tour meet again your driver, you still have a lot to discover!

Your tour will continue in the charming tiny village of Barbaresco. Here you will immediately have a tasting of its famous wines. Barbaresco is strictly produced only from Nebbiolo grapes; it is aged 3 years before being ready for the market. Other wines produced in the area are: Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Langhe Chardonnay and Langhe Rosso.

After your tasting you will have time to discover the city on your own. Barbaresco offers few attractions like a characteristic medieval tower or the ex-Church of San Donato. The 11th century tower is the symbol of the city. Once used to protect the village against the barbarian invasions today it is the perfect spot from where enjoy a breath-taking view over the lovely countryside. The charming ex-Church of San Donato houses the Barbaresco Regional Enoteca Wine Shop where it is possible to find more than 100 local wine labels.

We suggest also to try a few of the mouth-watering dishes of the area in one of the delicious restaurants that the city offers.

Your next stop will be in the delightful village of Barolo. Here you will enjoy a tasting of one of the most famous Italian wines. Barolo wine is made 100% from Nebbiolo grapes and it is aged a  minimum of 38 months. Barolo is a rich and full bodied wine, lightly colored with a complex aroma.

After your tasting you will have some free time to visit this lovely little village on your own. The best way to explore Barolo is walking around enjoying its little streets and typical buildings. Gorgeous is the ancient Castello Faletti built during the 10th century. It is located right in the center of Barolo and offers to its visitors many attractions like a museum and an enoteca. Visiting the museum it is possible to discover the history of the village and its surroundings, while the enoteca has a huge collection of local wines.

At the end of your tour your driver will bring you back to your accommodation in Turin.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver and guide

– Barbaresco Wine Tasting

– Barolo Wine Tasting

– Visit of Alba

– Visit of Barbaresco

– Visit of Barolo

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Alba

– Barbaresco

– Barolo

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in churches. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.

– Adult pricing applies to all travellers.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
7 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation

San Miniato

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San Miniato is an enchanting little town located in the beautiful Tuscany region.

The first settlement in the area go back to the Paleolithic era. Both Etruscans and Romans have lived here. During the medieval period the city was crossed by the via Francigena, the most important route among Rome and Northern Europe. Many armies passed by together with merchants and travelers. Under the Frederick Barbarossa domination the city was fortified with walls and towers. During the first half of the 13th century San Miniato passed under the Florentine dominion until 1860 when it was annexed in the newly born Italian Kingdom.

This small village has a lot to offers to its visitors. Famous is the 13th century Tower of Frederick, from which it is possible to enjoy a breath-taking view of the Valdarno. The tower was destroyed by the Nazi during the Second World War but luckily it was rebuilt in the late ’50. The Cathedral of Sant’Assunta and San Genesio, also simply known as Duomo di San Miniato, has a unique façade decorated with majolica bowls. The church was initially built in Romanesque style, it was later remodeled several times, and today we can see also a Gothic and Renaissance influence. The Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) was built during the 14th century and has a beautiful great hall. The building is still used as San Miniato’s City Hall! Worth a visit are the Church of San Francesco and the Church of San Domenico both built between the 13th and 14th century. Visitors of San Miniato can also enjoy the view of many beautiful Palazzi built during the Renaissance Period by the local aristocratic families.

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San Miniato is mostly known around the world for the white truffles, which is possible to find in the area around the town. The white truffle is even more valuable than the black one. The month of November is dedicated to this precious truffle with a three weeks long festival.

In 1954 an incredible 2.5 kg white truffle was found and it was sent as a gift to the United States President Eisenhower!

 

Private Southern Tuscany Food and Wine Tour

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From: $178.68

 

TOUR DURATION

8 Hours

START TIME

08:00 AM

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Your private Southern Tuscany Food & Wine Tour will take you on a charming journey to discover the beautiful towns of Montepulciano and Pienza.

Your driver and guide will meet you at your accommodation in Rome to take you on a full day excursion.

The journey will start immediately while you enjoy the delightful views from the car. Leaving Rome you will head to the North and pass through the gorgeous countryside. In two hours you will reach your first destination: Montepulciano.

The medieval town of Montepulciano is located southeast of Siena on a hill. The city is famous not only for the beautiful historical center but also for the delicious food and wine.

The origins of Montepulciano are Etruscan. When the Romans took over the Etruscan possessions it became a garrison for road patrols. Later the Lombards turned the town into a religious center. During the Renaissance period many beautiful palaces were added to the city. The tour will take you to the wonderfully preserved historical center of the city. During your 90 minutes walk your private guide will showcase you the main sights of the city: the Palazzo Comunale, the town hall designed in the same style as Florence’s, Palazzo Tarugi, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, also called the Duomo of Montepulciano.

After the city tour is the time to try the famous wine of Montepulciano! Visiting a historical winery you will taste three famous wines of the area: Rosso di Montepulciano (Red of Montepulciano), Vino Nobile (Noble Wine) and Vin Santo (Holy Wine). These incredible wines will be pared with a mouth-watering “tagliere” a selection of local charcuteries and cheeses.

Montepulciano’s wineries are very interesting. The historical ones have adapted Etruscan tombs into “cantine” (cellars). Those locales maintain the perfect climate all year round, not too cold during the winter and not too hot during the summer.

Now your driver and guide will bring you to visit the unique renaissance town of Pienza. Pope Pius II decided to have the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance one. Many Italian and European cities later adopted this model. UNESCO declared Pienza a World Heritage Site in 1996. The most important buildings of Pienza are located in the central Piazza PIo II. Your guide will show you the beautiful Palazzo Piccolomini, Palazzo Vescovile and the Duomo.

At the end of Pienza’s tour you will return to your accommodations in Rome.

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver coordinator

– Wine tasting and light lunch

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Montepulciano

– Visit of Pienza

– Visit of a Historical Winery

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Departure point:
Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation

Private Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio Tour

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From: $154.86

 

TOUR DURATION

8 Hours

START TIME

08:00 AM

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MEETING POINT

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Your private driver will pick you up in the morning to bring you on a charming full day excursion to Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio, two gorgeous central Italy towns.

Your first stop will be Orvieto which is one of the leading art cities in Umbria. Thanks to its unique location and its stunning defensive tuff‘s walls Orvieto is considered one of the most spectacular towns in Europe.

Your driver will leave you in the central Piazza del Duomo. From here you can start your tour of Orvieto on your own time. We suggested to begin with the visit of the 13th century Duomo di Orvieto (Orvieto’s Cathedral) with its five bells added during the renaissance period. Then you may continue your tour exploring Via del Duomo surrounds by numerous beautiful buildings. Keep walking until you arrive in front of the 13th century Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (Palace of the Captain of the people). Going back on Via del Duomo make a right turns on Corso Camillo Benso until you reach the beautiful Palazzo Comunale. While you wandering around this enchanting city try one of the many delicious restaurants that the town offers; the truffle pasta is Orvieto’s specialty dish. Afterwards meet again your driver who will take you to the unique Pozzo di San Patrizio (St. Patrick’s well). Once you arrive at the well you can decide if you want to go down the 248 steps or just admire the building from the outside.

Your tour will now continue with the visit of the city of Civita di Bagnoregio a unique small town that dangerously hangs from a tuff hill. Your driver will stop on a panoramic terrace opposite to the city to give you the opportunity to enjoy a stunning view of Civita di Bagnoregio. You will then reach the spectacular bridge that connects the city with the rest of the world.  As you cross the bridge you will pass through the Etruscan Gate and you will be able to walk around the city admiring the beautiful medieval buildings with their magnificent Renaissance doors that lead nowhere; visit the nice San Donato Church. A small terrace is located at the end of the main street; from here you can enjoy a beautiful view over the Calanchi Valley.

At the end of your visit meet your driver again to return to your accommodations in Rome.

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver coordinator

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Orvieto

– Visit of Civita di Bagnoregio

– St. Patrick’s Well

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Departure point:
Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation

Montefalco

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Montefalco is an enchanting little town situated high in the Colli Martani, in the Umbria region.

The town was founded by the ancient Umbri Tribe. Montefalco was dominated by the Etruscans, the Romans and the Lombards. In the mid 13th century it was destroyed by Frederick Barbarossa’s army. The Porta di Federico II (Door of Frederick II) still showcases the Swabian Cross and the Imperial Eagle to remember the Emperor’s “passage”. The town later became a free commune governed by the local nobles. In 1446 Montefalco was annexed to the Papal States until in 1861 it became part of the Italian Reign.

The city has many beautiful churches that spaced from the Romanesque to the Renaissance style. The most famous one is the deconsecrated Church of St. Francis today converted into the city’s museum. The Church was built by the Franciscan monks in 1336. The façade was heavily remodeled during the 16th century. The 15th century frescoes dedicated to the life of St. Francis are gorgeous.

Another beautiful church is the one dedicated to Saint Agostino, it is a beautiful example of gothic style.

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The most important public buildings of the city are located in the central Piazza del Comune; they were all built between the 15th and 16th centuries. The Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) in particular has gorgeous windows dated 13th century and a beautiful 15th century portal.

The Montefalco countryside is very famous for the production of wines. Every year around the Easter period the town hosts the Settimana Enologica (Wine Week). the most famous wines of the area are the Montefalco Rosso, a simple red table wine, the sophisticated Sagrantino Wine and the Montefalco Sagrantino Secco.

Pienza

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Pienza is part of the province of Siena, located in the Val d’Orcia, Tuscany.

Until the beginning of the 15th century the name of the town was Corsignano. Here was born Enea Silvio Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II. He was a Renaissance humanist that decided to have the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance one. The city was the first example of humanist urban planning projects. Many Italian and European cities later adopted this model.

The project was given to Bernardo Rossellino an architect from Florence; he was very popular at the time. In 1459 the rebuild started. Only three years later the Duomo was consecrated by the Pope.

The UNESCO declared Pienza a World Heritage Site in 1996 and 10 years later the Val d’Orcia became part of the UNESCO’s World Cultural Landscapes.

The most important buildings of Pienza are located in the central Piazza PIo II. Remodeling the old Corsignano’s piazza Rossellino had to give the new one a trapezoidal form in order to fit all the buildings he planned.

The principal Palace of the city is Palazzo Piccolomini; it is situated on the west side of Piazza Pio II. The building has a gorgeous internal court. From the loggia located on the back of the palace is possible to enjoy a stunning view of the Val d’Orcia.

Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, who will become Pope Alexander VI, financed the construction of the Palazzo Vescovile. The palace was built to accommodate the Bishop who would spend time in the city to attend the Pope. Today the building houses the Diocesan Museum and the Cathedral Museum.

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The Duomo is one of the first examples of Renaissance Cathedral. However the bell tower resembles the German style. Pius II in fact, before he became Pope, had spent many years in Germany and had always admired the effects of light in the German churches.

When the village of Corsignano became the city of Pienza a town hall was required. The Palazzo Comunale was built right across the Duomo; probably Rossellino choose this location to separate the religious space dedicated to the Cathedral from the secular market square located right behind it. The Palazzo Comunale’s bell tower is shorter than the Cathedral’s to remind the population the church’s superior power.

Viterbo

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The Medieval city of Viterbo is located 80 km north of Rome and it is surrounded by the Monti Cimini and Monti Volsini.

The walls built during the Middle Ages to protect the city are still perfect; to enter the town center is necessary to pass through one of the ancient gates.

Due to its strategic position the city was the site of many battles.

When the Lombards tried to conquer Rome in 773 they started to fortify Viterbo where they were staying.

Until 1095 the town was a free “comune”. Then it became part of the Papal States.

In 1275 Pope Alexander IV moved the Papal Curia from Rome to Viterbo. Five Popes were elected here included John XXI who died when the ceiling of his library collapsed.

When the King of Naples was able to influence the election of a new Pope and a French One was elected the populations arose. They arrested two cardinals and attacked the city’s cathedral. The Pope left and excommunicated the town. The city passed under the control of the Di Vico family until 1431 when the Pope conquered Viterbo back.

Viterbo started to lose power and became a secondary city.

In 1871 it was annexed to the Reign of Italy.

Viterbo is also famous for the springs located on its west side in the Arcione River’s valley. This large thermal area attract every years many tourists.

The springs are in use since the Etruscan time. It is still possible to admire the impressive remains of a massive Roman bath.

The most famous springs are called “Bullicame” (bubbling place); these baths were always open air.

Not far from the Bullicame the Bagno del Papa (Bath of the Pope) is today a modern luxury spa hotel. However the first bath palace was commissioned by Pope Nicholas V during the 15th century. In 1944 the retreating Nazi Army destroyed the building. Only the corner towers and some vaulted chambers survived.

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The historic centre of Viterbo is a perfect example of a medieval one.  Despite the troubled history of the city the old town is still considered one of the best preserved of central Italy.

The most important buildings were constructed on top of ancient ones.

The beautiful Palazzo dei Papi housed the Roman Curia for a quarter of a century. Every time that the Popes weren’t feeling safe in Rome they refuge here.

Where once was standing the temple of Hercules, the mythological founder of Viterbo, it was built the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Designed in Romanesque style the Cathedral was heavily modified during the Renaissance period. In 1944 it was seriously damaged by Allied bombs.

The central Piazza del Plebiscito is surrounded by three gorgeous civic buildings: Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo della Prefettura and Plazzo del Podesta’.