Medieval Italian Vacation

 

Medieval Italian Vacation

Discover medieval Italian history in a variety of incredible towns starting off in the Eternal city of Rome. Discover hilltop towns all around the regions of Umbria and Tuscany including tours of Fara Sabina, Assisi, Perugia & Todi, Citta di Castello, Umbertide, Lago Trasimeno, Spello, Foligno, Spoleto, Gubbio, Sigillo, Gualdo, Tadino, Nocera Umbra,Terni, Orvieto, Arezzo, Anghiari, Poppi, Monte S. Savino, Montepulciano and Pienza. The most intriguing towns in Italy for those passionate about history. You will have a Private English Speaking Driver at your disposal, as well as the best in accommodation.

Duration: 9 Full Days

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day One: Arrival & Castel Sant’Angelo

Buongiorno and Welcome to Italy! Your first day on your Great Italy Tour: Medieval Italian Vacation will include an interesting visit to the antique Castel Sant’Angelo in the Eternal City, Rome where you will learn about the incredible history. You will enjoy lunch at a beautiful trattoria indulging in the best flavors of Italy before strolling around the town of Fara Sabina, famous for being inhabited in the Bronze Age. You will view the famous castle from 1006 BC. Your Private English Speaking Driver will accompany you to your luxury accommodation in Umbria where you will enjoy a lovely dinner.

Day Two: Assisi

Enjoy a wonderful Italian breakfast and get ready for a beautiful day in Assisi, birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi, who in 1208 founded the Franciscan religious order, where you will enjoy a beautiful stroll through the town and enjoy a three hour tour taking you through the towns beautiful sites and churches, including the Basilica of Saint Francis, and the Basilica of Santa Chiara, which holds the tomb of the saint. Many of the sites in the town are part of UNESCO for its incredible religious history. You will enjoy a lovely Umbrian lunch halfway through the day. You will spend the afternoon enjoying the sites in this beautiful religious town of Assisi. Perfect for those who love history and have an interest in Catholicism. Your Private English Speaking Driver will accompany you to your accommodation after your first full day of your fascinating Great Italy Tour: Medieval Italian Vacation. Indulge in a delicious dinner at your hotel.

Day Three: Perugia

Good morning! Have a delicious breakfast and explore Perugia, the capital city of Umbria. This city will be your morning stop where you will love a three hour tour of the incredibly ancient and charming city. This town is filled with architecture and culture and is home to more modern traditions including, Eurochocolate festival in October, and the Umbria Jazz festival in July. You will visit the well renowned churches and piazzas of the town. For lunch you will indulge in wonderful flavors of Umbria and afterwards visit the town of Todi, known for its antique architecture and beautiful duomo. According to legend, this town was built by the mythical Hercules. The cathedral is of gothic style, and is said to have been built over a Roman structure. It is situated in a charming piazza where you can enjoy a coffee or a gelato before strolling around and enjoying the gorgeous panoramic view. At the end of the third day on your Great Italy Tour: Medieval Italian Vacation, your Private English Speaking Driver will chauffeur you back to your hotel to enjoy a lovely dinner.

Day Four: Citta' di Castello

After a nice breakfast, you will continue on your Great Italy Tour: Medieval Italian Vacation; you will visit Città di Castello, a wonderful mountain town, known for its Roman and Etruscan history. The city is fascinating as it is built mostly in brick, and is crossed by the Tiber river. After a stroll in this lovely town, you will be privately chauffeured to Umbertide, a pre-roman Umbrian town famous for its beautiful ceramics and stunning churches. After a lovely stroll here, You will enjoy an indulgent Umbrian lunch before heading to Lago Trasimeno, a breathtaking lake known for its rich Etruscan history and Roman ruins and is filled with beautiful historic castles on the coastline. After a fascinating day you will be accompanied back to the hotel where you will enjoy dinner.

Day Five: Spello, Montefalco & Trevi

Enjoy breakfast and visit Spello, known for its incredible views and Roman history. Here you will visit the famous church, and Roman amphitheater. Next stop will be Foligno, famous for its ancient architecture and duomo. This town is famous for being the place where the first edition of Dante’s ‘Divina Commedia’ was printed in 1472. Another town you will visit is Montefalco, known for its romanesque churches and architecture from the middle ages. Montefalco has a beautiful San Francesco church, which is now also a museum where you can learn more about the history of the life of St. Francis, and also offers beautiful artwork by many famous Italian artists. For lunch you will stop, of course, at a wonderful Umbrian restaurant where you will dine on the finest cuisine. You will continue the day as you move into Trevi, another stunning town famous for its architecture and churches. It is located atop a hill which offers wonderful views. One of the main sights here is the Duomo of Saint Emiliano, a romanesque church. Spoleto will be the last town for the day, famous for its architecture, views, churches and Roman amphitheater. It is one of the most visited towns in Umbria because of it's beauty and connection with many twin cities throughout the world. At the end of this marvelous day of your Great Italy Tour: Medieval Italian Vacation, your Private English Speaking Driver will chauffeur you back to your accommodation where you will enjoy a nice dinner.

Day Six: Gubbio, Sigillo, Gualdo Tadino, & Nocera Umbra

This day on your Great Italy Tour: Medieval Italian Vacation will start with a nice breakfast before heading to visit more beautiful ancient towns of Umbria including Gubbio, Sigillo, Gualdo Tadino, and Nocera Umbra, all famous for their architecture, churches and history. Gubbio is located on a small mountain in the Appenines, and here you will have the opportunity for great pictures, and a visit to the Roman amphitheater as well as the famous duomo. The town is known for its fascinating Gothic architecture from the 14th and 15th century. A truly fascinating town. Your next stop is Sigillo, home of Santa Maria di Scirca, a romanesque-gothic church filled with 15th century frescoes. Perfect for lovers of Italian art and history combined. In Gualdo Tadino, you will see the Rocca Flea, a very famous 12th century castle that is the main sight of the town. Since the middle ages, the town has produced beautiful ceramics. You will be able to stroll around and visit the monuments and shops here in this stunning medieval town. For lunch you will take a break at a great Umbrian restaurant where you will indulge your senses in the finest cuisine and wine. Your stop after lunch will be Nocera Umbra, an incredible town founded in the 7th century BC. During your stroll you will notice the incredible architecture, ancient churches as well as the frescoes located inside. The town is home to great ceramics and jewelry. At the end of this breathtaking medieval-filled day, your Private English Speaking Driver will accompany you back to your wonderful accommodation for a delicious dinner.

Day Seven: Terni & Orvieto

On day seven of your Great Italy Tour: Medieval Italian Vacation, you will enjoy an incredible religious, artistic, and gastronomic experience in Terni, founded in 7th century BC and is home to the patron Saint Valentine, therefore it is known as the city of lovers. You will also visit the town of Norcia where you will experience the history as well as enjoy a lovely wine tasting with 8 different wines and diverse Tuscan cheeses and meats. A truly delectable experience! Afterwards you will have a breathtaking visit to Orvieto, founded by the Etruscan civilization, a charmingly beautiful medieval town where you will enjoy a stroll and a visit to the duomo. The town is also famous for the Well of Saint Patrick, built in 1527. At the end of this exciting day on your Great Italy Tour: Medieval Italian Vacation, you will be chauffeured back to your hotel where you will enjoy a lovely dinner.

Day Eight: Arezzo, Anghiari, Poppi, & Monte S. Savino

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and get ready for a beautiful day. You will explore Tuscan villages including Arezzo, Anghiari, Poppi, Monte S. Savino where you will enjoy strolls through the ancient villages, a lovely lunch, wonderful views and lots of history. Arezzo is one of the twelve most important Etruscan cities in Italy. The main sights include the beautiful Piazza Grande and the Santa Maria della Pieve, a romanesque church from the 12th century. Your next stop will be Anghiari, an ancient town known for being the place of battle between Florence and Milan in 1440. In the Palazzo Vecchio, you will find a sketch of a fresco painted by Leonardo da Vinci who depicted this famous battle. Your lunch will include a delicious array of Umbrian delicacies and wine at a lovely restaurant before continuing on with your fascinating day. The next stop on the list for this day is Poppi, famous for the Poppi Castle from 1191, which is home to beautiful frescos and works of art. The town is built with ancient architecture and will be sure to capture your attention. The next and final stop of the day will be Monte S. Savino, originating in 1100, this town is famous for its history and architecture and buildings including the Palazzo di Monte and Church of Santi Tiburzio and Susanna from the 13th century. You will enjoy a wonderful stroll of the town before being privately chauffeured back to your wonderful accommodation for a nice dinner after day eight of your Great Italy Tour: Medieval Italian Vacation.

Day Nine: Montepulciano & Pienza

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and head out for a lovely morning in Montepulciano, famous for its delicious wines. You will indulge in a wine tasting and beautiful lunch overlooking the Tuscan hills. What better way to spend your morning! This town is known for its production of indulgent flavors of wine and is exported throughout the world. It is also famous for its architecture and history, said to be originated in the 3rd century BC. After a wine tasting and a stroll. you will head to the next stop in Pienza for another superb wine tasting. This town is home to the Valley of Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO world heritage site as it is incredibly remarkable and is home to some of the best wines in Italy! At the end of this delectable day on your Great Italy Tour: Medieval Italian Vacation, your English Speaking Driver will accompany you back to your accommodation in Umbria for your last dinner and evening. A perfect way to end your once in a lifetime Great Italy Tour: Medieval Italian Vacation!

Day Ten: Departure

On the last morning of your Great Italy Tour: Medieval Italian Vacation, your English Speaking Driver will chauffeur you to another accommodation or the local train station or airport.