Gems of Umbria & Tuscany (LT)

9 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

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The name of this Italy tour—Gems of Umbria & Tuscany—says it all, as you’ll visit some of the medieval hill towns and see some of the beautiful gems that call central Italy home. You’ll begin and end in Rome, and in between you’ll overnight in Spoleto, San Martino in Campo, Siena, and Orvieto.

History fans will be thrilled throughout this Umbria and Tuscany tour. As you travel through the towns in these regions, you’ll learn about the Etruscans, who lived here for centuries before the Roman Empire, and you’ll see remains from periods throughout Italy’s history, including medieval times. Orvieto sits atop a volcanic rock and has a labyrinth of caves carved by Etruscans. You’ll visit these caves as well as Orvieto’s cathedral, dating back to the early 14th century. In Siena, one of Italy's best-preserved medieval towns, you’ll walk through its Piazza del Campo, perhaps one of the finest piazzas in Europe. From Siena, you'll also take an excursion to Volterra, an important Etruscan city, and San Gimignano, a picturesque, perfectly preserved medieval town with its 14 towers from the 13th century. In Narni, a guided visit of the Convent of San Domenico basement reveals a cell where prisoners of the Inquisition wrote graffiti on the walls.

Of course, these regions are known not only for history, but also for wine and olive oil. That’s why we’ve arranged a Brunello wine tasting in Montalcino, beautifully located in the Tuscan Hills, and an olive oil tasting at an authentic mill in Frantoio di Spello—just two of the unique experiences offered by Globus! From the historic gems and the wonderful piazzas to the special adventures, this Umbria and Tuscany tour offers all of this and much more. A vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
Special welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; orientation, visit St. Peter’s Square
NARNI
Visit the Convent of San Domenico; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite homemade pasta demonstration with a chef, followed by lunch
SPOLETO
Guided walking tour, visit Piazza del Duomo; dinner with wine at a local restaurant
SPELLO
Olive oil tasting
ASSISI
Visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica
PERUGIA
Guided walking tour, visit Piazza IV Novembre; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the Perugina Baci chocolate factory
CORTONA
Orientation of the town made famous by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun
SIENA
Guided walking tour, visit the Piazza del Campo
VOLTERRA
Orientation
SAN GIMIGNANO
Orientation
PIENZA
Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site
MONTALCINO
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Brunello wine tasting and lunch
ORVIETO
Visit the Etruscan underground Labirinto; dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral
Headsets throughout the tour

Transportation:

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 special lunches with wine in Narni and Montalcino; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including special dinners in Rome, Spoleto, and Orvieto

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive 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.

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Day 2 Rome–Narni–Spoleto

Your discovery of the green province 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: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite learn the art of homemade Manfricolo pasta from a chef during a PASTA DEMONSTRATION, and, of course, enjoy lunch afterwards. Next is Spoleto, a former Roman city 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 Vecchio Camino restaurant.

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Day 3 Spoleto–Frantoio di Spello–Assisi–San Martino in Campo

Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy an OLIVE OIL TASTING at an authentic oil mill at Frantoio di Spello. Continue to Assisi and 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. Arrive at your hotel in San Martino in Campo.

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Day 4 San Martino in Campo. 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 (Great Fountain). 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. An optional dinner outing to Deruta is available.

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Day 5 San Martino in Campo–Cortona–Siena

Enter Tuscany and stop in the town of Cortona, made famous by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. 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 excursion to Monteriggioni is available.

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Day 6 Siena. Excursion to Volterra & San Gimignano

A scenic day starts with a visit to the town of Volterra, an important Etruscan center. Next is San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns. Return to Siena. An optional excursion to Asciano to visit the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, followed by dinner, is available to make the most of your stay.

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Day 7 Siena–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 with local specialties. Next, on to Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock, where a unique visit to the ETRUSCAN UNDERGROUND Labirinto (labyrinth) awaits you. This evening, an exclusive dinner has been prepared for you by the famous Italian cook, Maurizio.

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Day 8 Orvieto–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. This evening, a special farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment at Tanagra restaurant awaits you to celebrate the success of your vacation in Umbria and Tuscany.

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Day 9 Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

IGOR SPINELLI

Years of Experience: 10

Italy is a treasure trove of art, culture, and history. But that's not all. It is matched with warm people that still know how to enjoy life, incredible food and wine, picturesque little villages, and breathtaking scenery. I am proud and delighted every time I see Italy's magic shining in my guests' eyes. That is what I love the most about being an Italian Tour Director.

Tour Director - IGOR SPINELLI

 Accommodations

Rome
Spoleto
San Martino
Siena
Orvieto
Rome

Rome

Starhotels Michelangelo

Superior First-Class

Starhotels Michelangelo Via Stazione S.Pietro,14, Roma,   Italy

Via Stazione S.Pietro,14
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Modern hotel catering to business and leisure travelers is located a short walk to St Peter's Square; staff is multilingual.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk

Spoleto

San Luca

First-Class

San Luca Via Interna Delle Mura 21, Spoleto,  Italy

Via Interna Delle Mura 21
Spoleto, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Gracious Hotel housed in a completely restructured building dating from 1800.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Phone

San Martino

Alla Posta Dei Donini

Superior First-Class

Alla Posta Dei Donini Via Deruta, 43, S.Martino In Campo-Pg-,  Italy

Via Deruta, 43
S.Martino In Campo-Pg-, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Alla Posta dei Donini is an Historical 48 room Villa located near Perugia. Built in the 17th century as the summer residence of the noble Donini family, it features original paintings and frescoes by Perugian artists. Facilities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, wellness centre with indoor swimming pooland is surrounded by a magical botanical park. There is also a bar and restaurant serving local and italian specialities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Hot Tub
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access

Siena

NH Siena

First-Class

NH Siena Piazza La Lizza, Siena,  Italy

Piazza La Lizza
Siena, Italy

Impressive Eight-story Hotel with contemporary interiors throughout.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer

Orvieto

Aquila Bianca

First-Class

Aquila Bianca Via Garibaldi, 13, Orvieto,  Italy

Via Garibaldi, 13
Orvieto, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This delightful 37 room hotel is perfectly placed in the heart of the historical center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Ice Machine
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite

Rome

Una Hotel Roma

First-Class

Una Hotel Roma Via G.Amendola 57, Rome,  Italy

Via G.Amendola 57
Rome, Italy

Six story Hotel with early 20th century furnishings; located downtown; 100 meters from Termini Station.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Pay Movies
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Newspaper

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

San Martino
Siena

San Martino

Italian Ceramics and Umbrian Dinner

Italian Ceramics and Umbrian Dinner

Learn everything about the evolution of Deruta majolica from archaic production to the twentieth century. The Regional Museum of Deruta Ceramics is the oldest Italian museum for ceramics; established in 1898, it preserves over 6,000 works of art and is housed in the completely restored fourteenth-century monastery of San Francesco. After the visit enjoy a typical Italian dinner in a gourmet restaurant where great attention is given to seasonality and freshness of the products which will allow you to taste a 3 course dinner that will satisfy the most demanding tastes.

Approximate value: €67 EUR per person

Siena

Excursion to Monteriggioni and Tuscan Farm Dinner

Excursion to Monteriggioni and Tuscan Farm Dinner

Nested on a natural hillock about 12 miles (20 km) from Siena, Monteriggioni is undoubtedly one of the most classical, well preserved and best known medieval walled towns. Even the Italian poet Dante Alighieri mentions his 'round enclosure' in the Divine Comedy (Hell, chant XXXI vv. 40-41). The town was built by the Senesis in the 13th century and its ideal position allowed them to control the Elsa and Staggia Valleys in the direction of Florence, the historic enemy of Siena, that at that time was rapidly expanding its territory. The walls, nearly intact, cover a length of 570 meters and are alternated by 14 towers and two gates, the Senese Gate and the Florence Gate. Recently a part of the wall walk of the town walls has been restored and made accessible. From the top of the walled circuit, it is possible to admire the surrounding Chianti countryside. After the visit let us spoil you with a delicious 4-course dinner, including unlimited drinks, in a traditional family owned agriturismo (farmhouse). Taste locally produced wines, Italian antipasti, home made pasta and much more.

Approximate value: €53 EUR per person

The Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore Followed By Dinner

The Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore Followed By Dinner

The imposing Arch Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore has been built thanks to the initiative of Bernardo Tolomei (1272-1348), a man of God who embraced the rule of St. Benedict order. Together with a Olivetan Benedictine Monk visit the Church constructed between 1400 and 1417 in Romanesque-Gothic style, see the crypt used by the Community for liturgical celebration in winter, the Library and the Cloister with its 35 large frescoes depicting the life of St. Benedict. In the herbalist shops you can find locally produced tea, soaps, oils and organic juices. After the visit, drive to a nearby Trattoria where you will be served a tasty 3-course dinner based on local specialties. Local wine is included and Buon Appetito!

Approximate value: €58 EUR per person

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