On any first-time vacation to Italy it can be a challenge to narrow down exactly where you want to go. With so many famous cities, where do you leave out? But behind the fame lies the authentic soul of Italia. This signature Italy tour provides a neat blend of the famous and unknown, showing you an Italy of charm and captivation. Of course, it’s just one example of an itinerary we can customize for your vacation.
All our tours are individually customized to your interests. This day to day program was designed for previous guests of Italy Charme. While we loved guiding this private tour, it is purely an example of what can be possible and we will tailor your day to day program to your interests.
DAY 1 – Arriving in Italy
Arriving in Italy.. Half day tour of Milan with local guide english speaking. Overnight in Milan
DAY 2- LAKE ORTA
Upon arrival in Milan, we are transferred to our hotel in Lake Orta. We have time this afternoon to become acclimated to a new time zone. Welcome dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant and our first opportunity to taste the wine from this region. (D)
DAY 3- PIEMONTE
Today we explore Piedmont region of Italy, with its famous gourmet foods and wines. Piemonte along with Tuscany is the biggest producer of DOCG wines, most notably the reds Barolo and Barbaresco, the white Gavi, and the sweet Brachetto and Asti Spumante. We visit a local vineyard and taste some of these famous wines. Dinner in a restaurant features local cuisine accompanied by a serving of local wines. (B.D.)
DAY 4- LUCCA
Today we depart for Tuscany. Arrival and visit Pisa with its leaning tower and Lucca. Dinner at the farm is typically Tuscan, free range chicken, baked bread with olive oil and genuine farmhouse wines.
DAY 5- FLORENCE
We enjoy a full day visit of Florence, including a visit to the Academy to see the famous sculpture of David by Michelangelo and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Afternoon is at leisure for shopping and museum visit. Overnight
DAY 6- CORTONA- CHIANTI
This morning we stop at Villa Castello, one of the most beautiful of the Medici villas to see the gardens and the sculptures. We then visit Cortona, made famous by Francis Mayes in her books “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “Bella Tuscany.” Here we enjoy a break and time to explore the city and have lunch. Continue in the afternoon along the Black Rooster road in the Chianti region, enjoying the scenic views before stopping at the Castello di Volpaia for wine tasting and a tour of the cellar. Overnight
We have a walking tour of Siena and visit Enoteca Nazionale, which has the best inventory of vintage Italian wines. The afternoon is dedicated to exploration of the Montalcino wine area, including the Brunello, a superb “Super-Tuscan.” We tour “Villa Banfi” winery, and stop for a sampling of Vino Nobile, the famous sweet Nobel wine made only in Tuscany,
Return to Florence and Overnight
DAY 8- ORVIETO
We depart Tuscany for Umbria this morning. Our destination is the hilltop town of Orvieto, famous for the production of Ruffino Classico wine. We tour the city, visit the imposing Cathedral, sample the local wines and have dinner at La Badia (the Abbey), a 14th century monastery which has been converted into an excellent restaurant. Overnight Orvieto.
DAY 9- ROME
This morning we depart for Rome: Full day sightseeing tour of this wonderful city. Dinner in a tipycal “osteria”. Overnight in Rome.
DAY 10- ROMAN HILLS-FRASCATI
Today we journey into the Roman Hills where we have an opportunity to taste Frascati wine, and enjoy lunch in a lovely restaurant overlooking a lake. We return to Rome for farewell dinner with wine.
DAY 11- RETURN TO HOME
Transfer to the airport for flight home. (B)