Tour: LT - 2013 (LT) - 2013 / 2014

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Tuscany
Tuscany
Tuscany
Tuscany
Tuscany

Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, join your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (Dinner)

Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome Saint Peter 
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DAY 2Rome–Narni–Spoleto

Your discovery of the green provence of Umbria, made famous by the movie My House in Umbria with unforgettable Maggie Smith, starts in the hilltop town of Narni, almost 800 feet high. Narni is the town that is said to have been the inspiration for the Chronicles of Narnia. Enjoy a guided visit of the CONVENT OF SAN DOMENICO basement, and see a cell where prisoners of the Inquisition wrote graffiti on the walls. Then, a true highlight: learn the art of homemade Manfricolo pasta from a chef during a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite PASTA DEMONSTRATION, and, of course, enjoy lunch afterwards. Next is Spoleto, a former Roman municipium and capital of an important Lombard duchy from the 6th to the 8th centuries. During your walking tour with a Local Guide, take pictures of La Rocca, the former Papal fortress that was used as a high-security prison until 1982; admire the Ponte delle Torri, erected on the foundations of a Roman aqueduct; and visit PIAZZA DEL DUOMO. This evening, a special dinner with wine awaits you at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 3Spoleto–Spello–Assisi

In the pretty town of Spello, enjoy a tour and an OLIVE OIL TASTING at an authentic oil mill. Time for lunch and to browse through the little shops before continuing to Assisi. Visit ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS BASILICA, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the “Bride of Christ,” then start your guided walking tour with visits to ST. CLARE’S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. A dinner with wine has been prepared at one of Assisi’s quaint restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Assisi is a town in the province of Perugia, Italy

Assisi


"Saint Francis may be Assisi’s most internationally famous son, the charismatic preacher who has been the subject of numerous bio-pics. But his female counterpart, Saint Clare, evokes almost as much devotion amongst Italians. Her life story reads like a medieval inversion of The Sound of Music: A beautiful young woman born into a wealthy family, she was betrothed at an early age to a dashing local noble and seemed destined for a conventional life of luxury and pleasure. But her future was transformed in 1210, when she saw the handsome young Francis, espousing the sacred virtues of poverty in the streets of Assisi. Clare immediately cut off her long golden hair, took a vow of celibacy, gave away all her fine clothes and began to dress in a simple cassock. She soon founded her own religious order for women, the Poor Sisters of Saint Clare, which demonstrated a devotion to good works that matches the all-male Franciscan order of monks. In fact, she is often known to Catholics as alter Franciscus, another Francis."
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DAY 4Assisi. Excursion to Perugia

A short drive brings you to Perugia, capital of Umbria and an important university town. A guided walking tour features the PIAZZA IV NOVEMBRE, one of the grandest squares in Italy, graced by the Fontana Maggiore. Admire the gothic cathedral, the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, and Perugia’s stunning medieval municipal palace. Then, a special treat: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the original PERUGINA BACI CHOCOLATE FACTORY, and taste Italy’s most delectable candy. End in Deruta, famous for its ceramics, and have dinner at a local taverna. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Assisi–Cortona–Siena

Enter Tuscany, and stop in the town of Cortona, made famous by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun and see Villa Bramasole, where the author of the book used to live. Arrive in Siena, and follow your Local Guide on a walk through ancient, narrow lanes to PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. Hear about the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race that is held on this square. This evening, an optional dinner outing to Monteriggioni is available. (Breakfast)

Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy See the vineyard covered hillsides of Tuscany 
Siena

Siena


"Siena’s Piazza del Campo is a town square shaped like an oval slopping gently down to the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia, it is divided into sections representing the city’s nine rulers in the 1400s, known (bluntly enough) as the Council of Nine. But the Piazza’s striking medieval ambiance is not only due to the surrounding architecture – but for a race. For most of June, July and August, the entire city is devoted to Il Palio, a series of horse races held in the Piazza whose ancient passions makes the Kentucky Derby seem like a fly-by-night event. The festival’s contours have not changed since the 1100s, when members of the city’s 17 contrade, or town districts, began to compete with one another in track events. The two central races are held every July 2 and August 16, but the pageantry and excitement dominate Siena for the entire summer. "
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DAY 6Siena. Excursion to San Gimignano & Volterra

A scenic day: visit San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns. Next is the town of Volterra, an important Etruscan center, where the famous movie New Moon in the Twilight Sagas was made. Return to Siena. An optional excursion to Asciano, to visit the Abbazia Monte Oliveto Maggiore, followed by dinner, is available to make the most of your stay. (Breakfast)

San Gimignano is a small walled hill town in the province of Siena 
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DAY 7Siena–Pienza–Montalcino–Orvieto

Famous for pecorino cheese, Pienza has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to a member of the Piccolomini family who became Pope Pius II in the 15th century and redesigned the town in perfect renaissance style. Continue to Montalcino, beautifully located in the Tuscan Hills, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a Brunello WINE TASTING, followed by lunch in a family-owned estate. On to Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock. Access, denied to many a would-be conqueror through the ages, is easy for you. Ride a modern FUNICULAR right through the forbidding ramparts, where a unique visit to the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Etruscan underground Labirinto (labyrinth) awaits you. This evening, an exclusive dinner has been prepared for you by the famous Italian cook, Maurizio. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 8Orvieto–Rome

Hear the history of this fascinating town from your Local Guide during a pleasant walk through the narrow lanes and visit the CATHEDRAL with its San Brizio Chapel. Return to the “Eternal City” for a drive past Rome’s main highlights, ending at ST. PETER’S SQUARE. A special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurants awaits you to celebrate the success of your vacation in Umbria and Tuscany. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome Saint Peter See the vineyard covered hillsides of Tuscany Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy 
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DAY 9Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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