Gems of Umbria & Tuscany (LT) - 2016

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9 Day Tour from Rome to Rome

Gems of Umbria & Tuscany
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome
Saint Peters Square in Rome
San Gimignano is a small walled hill town in the province of Siena
Assisi is a town in the province of Perugia, Italy

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.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

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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 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