Monferrato Region

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The Region of Monferrato is among the most important wine districts in Italy.

Located in northern Italy Monferrato is part of of the region of Piedmont. The area is divided in two by the Tanaro River: the Low Montferrat and the High Montferrat.

In 2014 the Monferrato Region became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Region is well-known around the world thanks to its wine production. Famous are its white sparkling wines and bold red wine!

Since the Roman domination the abundance of indigenous grapes had made the area very popular among the wine lovers. Thanks to the variety of grapes that are cultivated in the local vineyards the winemaker have been able to offer to the public many excellent wines. The most famous ones are: Barbera d’Asti, Dolcetto d’Asti, Asti Spumante, Moscato d’Asti and Malvasia.

The Monferrato is also renowned for its truffles’ production. Every year during the months of November and December many towns host Truffle Fairs.

While discovering the area visitors can also enjoy the delicious traditional local cuisine! Everybody can be sure to find something that can please the palate; in fact the dishes are very diversified varying from vegetables, cheeses, meat and fish!

Things to see

The entire region was theatre of many battles after the end of the Roman Empire. Different conquerors from south and north had tried to put their hands on this rich and strategic region.

Today it is possible to admire the result of these different dominations thanks to the many well preserved churches, castles and palaces built during the centuries. The styles varies from Romanesque and Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque.

Famous in the area is also the Sacred Mountain of Crea, a sanctuary located in the town of Serralunga di Crea. The sanctuary is one of the nine Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Canelli

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Canelli - Chiesa San RoccoCanelli - City HallCanelli - Muscat GrapeCanelli - San Tommaso ChurchCanelli - VineyardsCanelli - Stabilimento Gancia

The lovely town of Canelli is located in the famous Monferrato Region.

Canelli is mostly known for its vineyards; in fact it is believed that it was in this area that the famous Asti Spumante was born!

In 2014 the town and the Asti Spumante were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The first settlements in the area are dated back to the prehistoric period. During the Roman domination it became a very important town thanks to its wine production. After this period of prosperity however the city followed the unfortunate destiny of many others in the area; it became theatre of many battles and sieges.

To celebrate an important victory by its brave citizens every year in June take place a re-enactment of the Siege of Canelli.

Due to Canelli’s tormented history during the 11th century a Castle was erected in order to protect the area. Five centuries later the building was completely destroyed. Only at the beginning of the 20th century a new castle was rebuilt; however this time the construction resembles more a sophisticate villa than a real castle. Today the villa is part of the Gancia family estate.

Things to see

In its surroundings many different variety of grape are cultivated; among the most famous one are the Moscato, Barbera, Dolcetto and Chardonnay. Canelli’s vineyards produce mainly: Asti Spumante, Moscato d’Asti, Barbera d’Asti and Dolcetto d’Asti.

An interesting fact to know about the town is that many of the white wines produced in the area are aged in Canelli’s underground cellars! Every years millions of bottles ferment in these unique cellars. Their extension is today of about 13 kilometres under the city.

Canelli participates every year in the Palio di Asti. The city also hosts a regional Truffle Fair every second Sunday of November. 

Private Cinque Terre Tour From Genoa

Manarola - Cinque Terre - day panorama
Vernazza - Cinque Terre - viewMonterosso - Cinque Terre - panoramaManarola - Cinque Terre - housesManarola - Cinque Terre - viewManarola - Cinque Terre - day viewVernazza - Cinque Terre - boats

From: $123.72

tour duration

8 Hours

start time

09:00 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, sun

April to October

meeting point

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Discover the famous and unique Cinque Terre with the help of our expert local guides on a full day Private Cinque Terre Tour form Genoa.

Meet your private driver that will transfer you from your hotel in Genoa to the La Spezia train station. Here you will meet your guide. You will explore the area using the local trains; it is the best way to move around the Cinque Terre!

The Cinque Terre area is protected as a National Park and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The small quaint fishing villages which have been built along the coast have been there for many centuries, some dating as far back as the 1st century BCE.

Your first stop will be the lovely fisherman village of Manarola. Stroll around the gorgeous historical center, enjoying the brightly colored buildings, then your guide will unveil in front of your eyes the unique panoramas from the beautiful paths that connect Manarola to Riomaggiore.

After your visit you will take a local train in order to reach the stunning town of Vernazza. It is still considered among the truest fisherman villages of the Riviera Ligure. Here you will explore the historical center; in particular you will visit the beautiful Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia, a 13th century Romanesque church built near the edge of the water. After your tour you will have time on your own to discover the local delicious cuisine; being a coastal village, you will find a large selection of seafood and fish dishes.

After lunch meet again your guide to continue your journey. Next stop will be the unique village of Monterosso al Mare. Discover the lovely historical center and then enjoy some free time for  shopping in the fashionable stores that line its main street. We also suggest to relax drinking an aperitif in one of the many traditional bar as many locals do!

At the end of your visit your guide will help you to meet your driver again. Your driver will take you back to your hotel in Genoa.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local English speaking guide

– Cinque Terre Card – for local train

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Visit of Manarola

– Visit of Vernazza

– Visit of Monterosso al Mare

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Manarola

– Vernazza

– Monterosso al Mare

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:
8 hours

Return details:

Drop-off at your accommodation

Private Asti and Monferrato Region Tour

Canelli - Panorama
Asti - Palio di AstiAsti - Torre TroyanaAsti - VineyardsCanelli - Chiesa San RoccoCanelli - City HallCanelli - San Tommaso Church

From: $116.19

tour duration

7 Hours

start time

09:30 AM

mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

meeting point

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Your Private Asti and Monferrato Tour will take you on a lovely journey to discover the gorgeous  Monferrato Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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

Enjoy immediately your journey while you will pass through this delightful region.

Your first stop will be the charming city of Asti. Here you will have free time to visit the town on your own.

The rich past of Asti is shown in its beautiful city centre, where it is still possible to admire part of the ancient Roman city walls and many gorgeous medieval palaces and merchants houses. The town is also called “the city of 100 towers” because during the medieval period the richest families of the city built many stunning monumental towers. Discovering the city it is also possible to visit several stunning churches. We suggest to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, a 13th century Romanesque-Gothic beautiful church, and the Collegiata di San Secondo dedicated to Secundus of Asti the town’s patron saint.

After your tour we highly recommend to try one of the many delicious restaurants of the city! Remember that Asti is a paradise for the truffle lovers and that in this area are produced some of the best Italian red wines and the delicious Asti Spumante, a sparkling sweet white wine made only with muscat grape!

After lunch meet your driver again to continue your journey through this unique region!

Your next stop will be the lovely town of Canelli. Here you will have some free time to visit this beautiful village on your own. Wonder around the delightful city centre, explore the enchanting medieval streets enjoying the view of the palaces and little churches!

Canelli is mostly known for its vineyards; in fact it is believed that it was in this area that the famous Asti Spumante was born! An interesting fact to know about the town is that many of the white wines produced in the area are aged in Canelli’s underground cellars! Every years millions of bottles ferment in these unique cellars. Their extension is today of about 13 kilometres under the city!

After your tour is time to finally taste the famous wines produced in the Monferrato Region! You will enjoy a tasting of few of the worldwide known wines produced in the area.

Many different variety of grape are cultivated in the region; among the most famous one are the Moscato, Barbera, Dolcetto and Chardonnay. The Monferrato’s vineyards produce mainly: Asti Spumante, Moscato d’Asti, Barbera d’Asti, Dolcetto d’Asti and Malvasia.

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

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver and guide

– Wine Tasting

– Visit of Asti

– Visit of Canelli

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Asti

– Canelli

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

Royal Palace – Turin

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The Royal Palace of Turin was the residence of the Savoy Family for centuries.

Located in the central Piazza Castello the palace was built were once stood the Bishop’s Palace. The location was chosen for two reasons: to be close where the court met, and to monitor the two main entrances of Turin, the Palatine Gate and the Pretoria Gate.

Initially built during the 16th century it was remodeled during the regency of Christine Marie of France a century later. She hired the famous baroque architect Filippo Juvarra. He designed the gorgeous staircase called Scala delle Forbici.

Another important addition to the original palace was the construction of the Chapel of the Holy Shroud. The chapel was built in order to house the famous Shroud of Turin, property of the Savoy Family since 1453.

Things to see

The gate that surround the Palace is decorated with a Golden Medusa; the Medusa symbol was used to scare trespassers.

In 1946 after a referendum abolished the monarchy in Italy the Palace was converted into a museum. It was dedicated to the House of Savoy.

In 1997 the Royal Palace became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

La Collegiata – San Gimignano

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San Gimignano - La Collegiata - InteriorSan Gimignano - view from the topSan Gimignano - day view

The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, simply called the Collegiata, is the most important church of San Gimignano. Located in Piazza Duomo it is mostly famous for its stunning frescoes’ cycles by Ghirlandaio, Gozzoli, Di Bartolo and many other important artists. In 1990 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in particular the frescoes were described as “works of outstanding beauty”.

The original church was built around the 10th century and dedicated to San Gimignano, its remains are buried here. However in less the two centuries the importance of the city had grown so much that a new church was needed. In the following centuries many statues and frescoes were added.

The Collegiate was built in Romanesque style, except the two chapels added later in the Renaissance style. The façade is very simple, there are two doors on the side and no central portal.

The interior is characterized by the use of colors: the nave colonnades are decorated with black and white marble, the volt is painted with lapis lazuli and gold stars.

The famous frescoes were added mostly during the 14th century. They are divided in cycles: Old Testament, New Testament, Last Judgement, Annunciation, San Sebastian and the one dedicated to the local Saint Fina. The different artists, all coming from the Sienese School, were deeply influenced by the Byzantine style and the Giotto’s renaissance style.

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Also one of the Collegiata’s Chapel was dedicated to the local Saint Fina. The legend says that when this young girls passed many miracles occurred. The chapel is considered a stunning example of the Renaissance style.

During the Second World War the church was seriously damaged, luckily a restoration in 1951 bring it back to its original splendor.

Private San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and San Galgano Abbey Tour

San Galgano Abbey - Interior
San Gimignano - La Collegiata - InteriorSan Galgano Abbey - ExteriorMonteriggioni - PanoramaMonteriggioni - Piazza RomaSan Gimignano - view from the topSan Gimignano - view

From: $81.76

tour duration

8 Hours

start time

09:30 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, sun

meeting point

pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Your driver and guide will meet you at your accommodation in Siena to take you on a full day excursion. Enjoy this fantastic journey and discover two beautiful medieval towns in TuscanySan Gimignano and Monteriggioni, and the Abbey of San Galgano.

Your first stop will be the beautiful San Gimignano. The town’s fourteen medieval towers are visible from a great distance, giving the hilltop settlement a remarkable and unforgettable skyline. San Gimignano is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Tuscany, boasting beautiful buildings such as churches and palazzos. You will have time to discover this gorgeous city on your own. We suggest to visit the wonderfully preserved main square called the Piazza della Cisterna, and the 13th century Palazzo del Popolo, San Gimignano’s town hall. Both the plaza and the Palazzo are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the many churches present in San Gimignano we recommend a visit to the two biggest ones: the Collegiata in the Piazza del Duomo and the Chiesa di Sant’Agostino. Both churches contain beautiful frescoes and other important artworks. After your tour try one of the delicious restaurant of the city where you can taste the mouth-watering local cuisine!

Next you will visit the enchanting medieval village of Monteriggioni. Here you will have time to visit the city on your own. We suggest to walk around the distinctive circular walls that surround the village; to visit Piazza Roma with its Romanesque church and Renaissance Palaces. Later you will continue your tour with the visit of the unique ruins of the San Galgano Abbey.

At the end of the visit you will return back to your accommodation in Siena.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver and guide

– Independent visit of San Gimignano

– Independent visit of Monteriggioni

– Independent visit of San Galgano Abbey

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– San Gimignano

– La Collegiata Duomo of San Gimignano

– Monteriggioni

– San Galgano Abbey

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 Assisi Tour from Siena

Assisi - Basilica St Francis - Night view
Assisi - Basilica St Francis - PaxAssisi - Basilica St FrancisAssisi - Piazza del Comune - DayAssisi - St Maria degli AngeliAssisi - San RufinoAssisi - St Rufino - Cappella del sacramentoAssisi - Basilica St Francis - Navata Chiesa SuperioreAssisi - St Clair FacadeAssisi - Fortezza

From: $119.41

 

TOUR DURATION

8 Hours

START TIME

08:00 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Your private driver will pick you up in the morning to bring you on a charming full day excursion to Assisi.

Your journey will start immediately while you enjoy the enchanting views from the car. Leaving Siena you will head to the south and soon enjoy the breath-taking opulence of the Umbria region countryside!

Upon your arrival in Assisi you will meet our local guide that will help you to discover the unique Basilica of St. Francesco. The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. It is composed of two Churches, The Upper and Lower ones, and a Crypt where the vestiges of the Saint are still preserved.

After the guided tour you will have free time to wonder around Assisi by yourself. Enjoy a meal in one of the characteristic restaurants of the city and explore the many attractions that Assisi offers.

We suggest you to visit the Basilica of St. Clare and its Piazza from which you can admire the Umbra Valley. Walk through Corso Mazzini where you can enjoy many medieval buildings and the Temple of Minerva. There is also the opportunity to visit the Roman Forum right below the piazza. If you are interested in artisan shops Via San Francesco is the right place for you. Pass by Piazza del Comune where you can admire beautiful examples of medieval Palaces and a 16th century fountain. From here take Via San Rufino that will bring you to the gorgeous Cathedral of St. Rufino.

At the end of your tour meet your driver again to return to your accommodations in Siena.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver coordinator

– Tour of Saint Francis Basilica’s  with local guide (2.5 hours)

– Headset

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Assisi

– Basilica of Saint Francis

– Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli

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

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

Departure point:
Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation

Private Siena & San Gimignano Tour

Siena - Palazzo Pubblico
Siena - Duomo - side viewSiena  - Duomo - top viewSiena - Palio  - sbandieratoreSiena - TettiSan Gimignano - panoramaSan Gimignano - ChurchSan Gimignano - palazziSiena - Piazza del Campo - view from the topSiena - detailSiena  - San Domenico - ViewSiena - San Domenico - InteriorSiena - San Domenico - Frescoes

From: $86.06

tour duration

8 Hours

start time

09:00 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

meeting point

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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This full day excursion will take you on a fantastic journey to discover two of the most beautiful medieval towns of Tuscany: Siena and San Gimignano. Your first stop will be Siena which, along with Florence and Pisa, is one of the leading art cities in Tuscany. Throughout the centuries, this city has managed to preserve its handsome medieval character.

Your tour will begin with a visit to the Basilica of San Domenico, a 13th century Gothic church much frequented for its venerated relics of Saint Catherine, patron saint of Italy and Europe. You will continue to the Banca Monte dei Paschi, a magnificent palace-like bank that was founded in 1472; it is considered to be the oldest surviving bank in Europe and is in fact still active. From here, you will walk to the nearby Piazza del Campo, a shell-shaped square that is the undoubted center of Siena’s vibrant city life. As your guide will explain, this is where the famed and exhilarating Palio horse race takes place twice a year. Ten representatives from the seventeen districts of Siena will ride bareback around the Piazza at breakneck speeds for the chance to win the Palio. Following a brief stop at the Palazzo Chigi-Saracini, which houses the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, you will arrive at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, also known as the Duomo di Siena. This marvelous medieval cathedral made of white marble is one of Siena’s most impressive architectural wonders, a mixture of Classical, French Gothic and Tuscan Romanesque styles.

From here, you will have some free time in Siena. You can either keep exploring the city on your own or choose to have lunch in one of the delicious restaurants in the area. Just be sure to return on time to continue your tour to San Gimignano!

The town’s fourteen medieval towers are visible from a great distance, giving the hilltop settlement a remarkable and unforgettable skyline. Like Siena, San Gimignano is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Tuscany, boasting beautiful buildings such as churches and palazzos. The tour will take you to the wonderfully preserved main square called the Piazza della Cisterna, and there you will visit the 13th century the Palazzo del Popolo, San Gimignano’s town hall.

At the end of your visit meet your driver again to return to your accommodation in Florence.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver and guide

– Visit of Siena

– Visit of San Gimignano

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Tuscany Landscapes

– Siena

– Piazza del Campo

– San Domenico Church

– Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption

– Piazza della Cisterna

– Palazzo del Popolo

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.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in Churches. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your Accommodation

Private Assisi Tour from Florence

Assisi - Basilica St Francis - Pax
Assisi - Basilica St FrancisAssisi - FortezzaAssisi - Minerva TempleAssisi - Piazza del Comune - DayAssisi - Piazza del Comune - fountainAssisi - San RufinoAssisi - St Clair FacadeAssisi - St Maria degli AngeliAssisi - Basilica St Francis - Navata Chiesa Superiore

From: $142.01

 

TOUR DURATION

8 Hours

START TIME

08:00 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Your private driver will pick you up in the morning to bring you on a charming full day excursion to Assisi.

Your journey will start immediately while you enjoy the enchanting views from the car. Leaving Florence you will head to the south and soon enjoy the breath-taking opulence of the Umbria region countryside!

Upon your arrival in Assisi you will meet our local guide that will help you to discover the unique Basilica of St. Francesco. The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. It is composed of two Churches, The Upper and Lower ones, and a Crypt where the vestiges of the Saint are still preserved.

After the guided tour you will have free time to wonder around Assisi by yourself. Enjoy a meal in one of the characteristic restaurants of the city and explore the many attractions that Assisi offers.

We suggest you to visit the Basilica of St. Clare and its Piazza from which you can admire the Umbra Valley. Walk through Corso Mazzini where you can enjoy many medieval buildings and the Temple of Minerva. There is also the opportunity to visit the Roman Forum right below the piazza. If you are interested in artisan shops Via San Francesco is the right place for you. Pass by Piazza del Comune where you can admire beautiful examples of medieval Palaces and a 16th century fountain. From here take Via San Rufino that will bring you to the gorgeous Cathedral of St. Rufino.

At the end of your tour meet your driver again to return to your accommodations in Florence.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver coordinator

– Tour of Saint Francis Basilica’s  with local guide (2.5 hours)

– Headset

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Assisi

– Basilica of Saint Francis

– Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli

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

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

Departure point:
Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation

Private Umbria and Sagrantino Wine Tour

Spoleto - Rocca Albornoziana - view
Spoleto - Roman TheatreBevagna - Piazza SilvestriBevagna - Church of Madonna della NeveMontefalco - viewMontefalco - Chiesa di Santa LuciaSpoleto - Village - view

From: $155.99

 

TOUR DURATION

8 Hours

START TIME

09:00 AM

Mon,Tue, Wed, Thu, fri, sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Your private Umbria and Sagrantino Wine Tour will take you on an amiable journey to discover the gorgeous towns of Spoleto, Bevagna and Montefalco.

Your driver and guide will meet you at your accommodation in Rome to take you on a full day excursion. Your journey will start straightaway while you enjoy the enchanting views from the car. Leaving Rome you will head to the North and pass through the gorgeous countryside. Your first destination will be beautiful Spoleto.

Spoleto is one of the oldest cities in Umbria. It is located on a low hill at the base of the Apennines and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since the Roman domination Spoleto was also famous for its wine. Your driver will leave you close to the central Piazza del Duomo. From here you can start your tour of Spoleto on your own time. We suggest to begin with the visit of the 12th century Duomo of S. Maria Assunta (Assumption of Mary) a beautiful example of Romanesque style. The Cathedral houses the tomb of the famous artist Filippo Lippi and an original letter wrote by Saint Francis of Assisi. Walking around Spoleto its history will unfold in front of your eyes. In particular the roman presence is still strong: the Ponte Sanguinario (Bloody Bridge) dated 1st century BCE is a unique reminder of that period. Another exceptional attraction of the city is the symbol of Spoleto: the Albornoz fortress.

After your tour of Spoleto meet with your driver: is the time to try the famous Sagrantino Wine! Visiting a typical winery you will taste three famous wines of the area: Rosso di Montefalco (Red of Montefalco) a simple red table wine, the sophisticated Sagrantino Wine and a dessert Wine.

Now your driver and guide will bring you to visit the beautiful town of Bevagna. You will have the time to discover this small beautiful city on your own. We suggested to start your tour from Piazza di Silvestri the principal square of Bevagna. Here you can admire Palazzo dei Consoli, a beautiful example of gothic architecture, and the Church of St. Sylvester and St. Michael built by the architects Brunello and Ridolfo during the 12th century. A fountain was added in the 19th century. The Churches of St. Francis and of The Madonna of the Snow are worth a visit too. They were built on an area were once stand a Roman Temple and the Roman Bath.

Meet again your driver and continue your journey visiting Montefalco. The town has many beautiful churches that spaced from the Romanesque to the Renaissance style. Discover them on your own time. The most famous one is the deconsecrated Church of St. Francis today converted into the city’s museum. Another beautiful church is the one dedicated to Saint Agostino, it is a lovely example of gothic style. 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.

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

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver coordinator

– Wine Tasting

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Spoleto

– Visit of Bevagna

– Visit of Montefalco

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 Southern Tuscany Food and Wine Tour

Val D'Orcia - Landscape
Pienza - viewPienza - Piazza Papa PioIIPienza - Duomo - FacadePecorino di Pienza - SelectionPienza - WellMontepulciano- viewMontepulciano - PiazzaMontepulciano - SquareNobile Montepulciano

From: $161.37

 

TOUR DURATION

8 Hours

START TIME

08:00 AM

Mon,Tue, Wed, Thu, fri, sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

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

Spoleto

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Spoleto is part of the province of Perugia; it is one of the oldest cities in Umbria. The city is located between Rome and Assisi on a low hill at the base of the Apennines.

Spoleto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thanks to its strategic geographical location Spoleto have been very important since the Umbri tribes’ time. They fortified the town in the 5th century BCE; it is still possible to see part of the walls.

During the Roman period it was a flourishing city, its wine was already very popular.

Under the Lombards domination Spoleto became the capital of the Duchy of Spoleto; in 774 it was annexed to the Holy Roman Empire. Almost four centuries later the city was destroyed by Frederick Barbarossa. In 1213 the town became part of the Papal States.

At the beginning of the 19th century when Napoleon’s troops conquered part of the Italian territory Spoleto became the capital of the Trasimene Department. Not even five years later the city went back under the Papal command. In 1860 it became part of the Italian Reign.

Spoleto is dominated by the Albornoz fortress; the fort is considered the symbol of the city. The building was constructed at the end of the 14th century by the architect Matteo Gattapone of Gubbio for Cardinal Albornoz. The Fortress is formed by six towers that divided the structure in two separated spaces: the Cortile delle Armi and the Cortile d’onore. The first one was used by the army while the second one by the Spoleto’s governor.

Very famous is the Camera Pinta (Painted Room) with its stunning frescoes.

The fortress protected the city from many attacks for centuries. At the beginning of the 19th century however it was converted in a jail. Only in 2007 was opened to the public as a museum.

Walking around Spoleto its history will unfold in front of your eyes. In particular the roman presence is still strong; many roman buildings survived the centuries: the Ponte Sanguinario (Bloody Bridge) dated 1st century BCE; a gorgeous house with stunning mosaics floors (probably the house of the Emperor Vespasian’s mother); a theatre and an amphitheater. The last two were heavily rebuilt many times. On the theatre’s stage it was built the former Church of St. Agatha that today houses the National Archeological Museum, however part of the ancient theatre is still used to host various performances. The amphitheatre was converted many times: it became a fortress, later it was used for storage and divided in many shops, and finally when the Albornoz fortress was erected many of its stones were used as building material.

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Notable are also the numerous churches of Spoleto. The Duomo of S. Maria Assunta (Assumption of Mary) is a beautiful example of Romanesque style. The construction started at the end of the 12th century and it was completed in 1227. The Cathedral houses the tomb of the famous artist Filippo Lippi and an original letter wrote by Saint Francis of Assisi.

The Church of San Pietro extra Moenia is considered together with the Church of San Rufino in Assisi the best representation of Umbrian Romanesque architecture. The first church was built on top of a necropolis in 419 to store the chains of Saint Peter; however there are many doubts about their authenticity. Many renovations have interested the building; the most important it was the one that added the Romanesque façade with stunning relief decoration. During the baroque period the interior was restyled.

The Basilica of San Salvatore is considered a very important example of Early Christian Architecture. Originally built during the 4th century it was renovated during the Lombards dominations. In 2011 the UNESCO nominated it a World Heritage Site.

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.

St. Francis Basilica – Assisi

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Immediately after the canonization of St. Francis in 1228 the construction of the Basilica was begun. The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2000.

The Basilica is still one of the main places of pilgrimage in Italy.

Maestro Jacopo Tedesco, one of the most important architects of the time, designed the church. The style chosen is a perfect blend between Romanesque and Gothic styles.

Brother Elias of Cortona, one of the first followers of St. Francis, personally followed the construction.

The Basilica is composed of two Churches, The Upper and Lower ones, and a Crypt where the vestiges of the Saint are still preserved.

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The Churches are decorated with frescoes painted by some of the most famous artist of the period: Cimabue, Giotto, Piero Lorenzetti and in all probability Pietro Cavallini.

Right next to the Basilica there is the Franciscan monastery called the Sacro Convento. The friary is now house to a museum and a library. The museum offers collections of art’s works entirely donated by pilgrims while the library has a vast assortment of medieval codices.

Assisi

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Give us the opportunity to help you discover the unique Assisi and Umbria Region.

The history of Assisi started in 1000 BC when the first Umbrian settlement was founded on this rich land. The Etruscans occupied the area and ruled for 200 years. When the Romans started to conquer central Italy they created a prosperous city. Their presence is still visible, thanks to the many well preserved buildings, which include villas, an amphitheater and the City walls. Until the 13th centuries those were the perimeter of the town.

In the Medieval times the city was under the papal jurisdiction. The Rocca Maggiore, an imperial fortress, was rebuilt to ensure stability. Assisi continued its development during the Renaissance as many 17th century palaces can testify. The city is now mostly famous for the numerous and beautiful churches, its spiritual allure and last but not least amazing food and wine!

Assisi’s fame is strictly connected with the story of S. Francis. The Saint is famous all around the world not only for his religious fervor but also for his love for nature and his messages of peace.

In 1997 two devastating earthquakes hit the region. Immense damages were caused to several historical sites, but the restoration has been extraordinary.

In 2000 the UNESCO nominated the Franciscan complex of Assisi a World Heritage Site.

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The city offers you many attractions. The famous Basilica of San Francesco is unique being composed by two different churches, the Upper and the Lower ones, plus a crypt where for almost six hundreds years the remains of Saint Francis were hidden.  The Basilica of St. Clare in contrast exemplifies simplicity.  Very distinctive is the city’s Cathedral dedicated to St. Rufino, who was martyred after he converted the city to Christianity. The Basilica is partly built on top of a Roman cistern.

There is more to Assisi than just religious history. The Rocca Maggiore Castle dominates the city from a hill; the views from its towers are breathtaking. The Roman amphitheater now houses a beautiful garden, while in the Piazza del Comune you will find beautiful examples of medieval Palazzi and a beautiful 16th century fountain.

San Gimignano

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Located in the province of Siena in Tuscany is San Gimignano, a small medieval hill town surrounded by a lush green landscape. Famous for its architecture and the many towers that mark its unmistakable skyline, San Gimignano is a fascinating town well worth the visit.

The walled town grew around the Church of San Gimignano, later nicknamed Castle San Gimignano, during the 6th century, adopting its name. During the middle ages, the town was located right along Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrim route, and as a result became a popular stopping point for travelers. The richness of the land around San Gimignano also influenced its importance and wealth, birthing an active trade industry.

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In 1200, San Gimignano claimed independence from the bishops of Volterra, who had ruled it up to this point. Many churches and public buildings were erected during this time. Between the 12th and 14th centuries, during a period of conflict between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, the wealthy families of the town built tower houses, one more impressive than the last, to both defend their land and rival each other. By the end of the medieval period, there were 72 towers, the tallest reaching nearly 70 meters in height. Although San Gimignano escaped destruction from wars, catastrophes or urbanization, sadly only fourteen of these towers remain standing today.

Other notable examples of the medieval architecture of the town are the historic city centre, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990, the Piazza della Cisterna, and the Palazzo Comunale. The two biggest churches, the Collegiata in the Piazza del Duomo and the Chiesa di Sant’Agostino, both contain beautiful frescoes and other important artworks by artists such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Benozzo Gozzoli and Taddeo di Bartolo.

Siena

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Probably the most famous medieval town in the Tuscan countryside, Siena offers a wealth of culture, art and cuisine. The town is also renowned for holding the always exhilarating Palio, a historical horse race held twice a year.

Originally an Etruscan settlement, it later became a small Roman town which unfortunately did not prosper under the Roman Empire due to its isolation. It was not until the 4th century, when the Lombards invaded, that Siena began to grow. The town’s medieval period saw the construction of many churches, houses and fortifications that have been wonderfully preserved and can be visited today. Because of its beauty and history, Siena was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Things to see

The Piazza del Campo is the famed shell-shaped town square that hosts the Palio horse race. It also houses the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia, two stunning examples of Sienese medieval architecture. The Duomo di Siena, located near Piazza del Campo, is a beautiful 12th century Romanesque-Gothic cathedral housing an impressive collection of artworks. These include the famed lion-decorated pulpit by Nicola Pisano, perfectly preserved Renaissance frescos by Domenico Ghirlandaio, and bas-reliefs by Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti and Jacopo della Quercia.

The lush hilly countryside that surrounds Siena is also well worth exploring. Perhaps consider stopping in one of restaurants in town to taste the delicious local cuisine and try some of the wines from the area.

Basilica of St. Paul outside the walls

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The Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls belongs to the papal basilicas in Rome. It is one of the four most important basilicas in Rome along with Saint Peter’s Basilica, the papal Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran and the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. The first Basilica was built in 314 by the emperor Constantine the Great. It was built on the same place where Saint Paul was buried, his grave now situated five meters under the altar. It was the biggest Christian monument in the world up until Saint Peter’s Basilica was built.

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During Theodosius the Great’s reign, pagans temples were banned so the emperor renovated the basilica by building five naves, getting his inspiration from another ancient basilica located on Trajan’s Forum.

In 1823, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls was almost entirely destroyed by fire. The reconstruction of the basilica was ordered by Pope Leo XII and he gave this task to the architect Pasquale Belli. The interior was decorated by Poletti and the new basilica was rebuilt according to the original plans; only the façade was new.

Miraculously, the cloister from the 13th century survived the fire and it is still possible to admire its beautiful columns sculpted from different colored marbles. Some 36 frescoes represent the events of Saint Paul’s life, as well as pieces from the former basilica and a few sarcophagi, can all be found inside the basilica. In the middle of the courtyard, a marble statue of Saint Paul stands, created by the sculptor Giuseppe Obici in 1850. Pilgrimages to the Basilica have been organized since the first Holy Year of 1300.

The Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls is the property of the Holy See and it has been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.