2020 Hilltop Jewels of Italy – Small Group Tour
FLORENCE • SIENA • CASOLE D’ELSA • PIENZA • BOLGHERI • PORTO ERCOLE • SATURNIA • ORVIETO • PERUGIA • ASSISI • ROME
SMALL GROUP Tour – October 4 – 15, 2020 Limited to 14 Travelers
Italy | Starts: Florence Ends: Rome
Join your expert Lakani Tour Manager and an exclusive group of like-minded travelers on a fascinating journey thorough the Italian hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria.
Uncover Etruscan history and Romanesque architecture; sample regional cheese and wine; indulge in gourmet cuisine; marvel at stunning panoramas of the countryside; and visit off the beaten path villages with their own unique culture and history. Luxuriate in idyllic hotels with fabulous views and ideal locations. Travel in seamless comfort without a care in the world and just enjoy these unforgettable gems of Italy!
Highlights & Inclusions
- Visit Pienza in the beautiful Val d’Orcia and taste its world-renowned Pecorino di Pienza
- Marvel at the sublime beauty of the hamlet of Bolgheri and taste its famous wine, Sassicaia
- Soak in the therapeutic thermal springs of Saturnia, where the Etruscans came to relax and rejuvenate
- Dine at Da Caino, one of the best restaurants in Italy in the medieval village of Montemerano
- Visit the Etruscan Necropolis of Sovana and walk the unique Via Cava, dating back 3rd-2nd centuries B.C
- Witness the horsemanship of the Butteri (Italian cowboys) at a farm in Tuscany’s Maremma country
- View the most precious treasure of Spello, the frescoes of Pinturicchio, in the Baglioni Chapel
Cost Per Person
To Be Announced
Single Room Supplement
October 4, 2020 • Florence -- The St. RegisArrive Florence where you will be met by your VIP greeter and transferred to your splendid hotel. Gather together for a welcome dinner party to meet fellow travelers and your Lakani Tour Manager.
October 5 - 6, 2020 • Casole d'Elsa -- Belmond Castello Di CasoleDrive into the picturesque Tuscan countryside to the charming hill town of Siena. Explore the historic center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Casole d’Elsa and your enchanting hotel. Take a morning excursion into the Val d’Orsia, inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list for its scenic beauty. Walk through Pienza, and stop at a local farm to taste “Cacio di Pienza,” one of the best Pecorino cheeses in Italy.
October 7 - 8 • Porto Ercole -- Hotel Il PelicanoTravel to the village of Bolgheri, known for its red Bordeaux-style wines. Tour the historic center on foot, then indulge in a tasting of the famous Sassicaia wine with lunch. Visit a Tuscan farm to witness the horsemanship of the Butteri (Tuscan cowboys) known for their unsurpassed riding ability working with long-horn cattle unique to the region.
October 9 - 10 • Saturnia -- Hotel Terme Di SaturniaDrive inland to the tufa area of southern Tuscany, nicknamed for the volcanic rock, tuff, used for much of the construction of the cities. Visit the walled town of Pitigliano and see the Palazzo Orsini and the Jewish Ghetto quarter. Discover Romanesque churches and buildings as well as ancient Etruscan remains in the small town of Sovana. Arrive in Saturnia in time to enjoy the natural hot springs, for which the area is known. Dine in a celebrated medieval village stone house restaurant.
Take an excursion to historic Tuscania, a picturesque small town in the Northern Lazio region. Visit the scenic port of Capodimonte, on Lake Bolsena to cruise the lake and see volcanic Bisentina Island with seven chapels and churches in the soaring volcanic cliffs. Enjoy lunch in a lakeside town before returning to your hotel.
October 11 - 13 • Perugia -- Sina BrufaniVisit the Umbrian town of Orvieto, sitting majestically high above the valley on a volcanic stone cliff. See the Duomo of Oriveto and its Capella di San Brizio.
Tour medieval Perugia, the capital of the province and the Umbrian region, to see the Palazzo dei Priori and National Gallery of Umbria. Discover the luxury fashion brand of Brunello Cucinelli in the village of Solomeo.
Embark on a morning tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Assisi and visit the Basilica di San Francesco. Visit Spello and marvel at the striking Renaissance fresco by Pinturicchio in the Baglioni Chapel.
October 14 - 15 • Rome -- The St. Regis RomeAdmire the Umbrian vistas en route to Rome, arriving in time for lunch at Pincio Terrace. Capture views of the city from Gianicolo Hill, Aventine Hill, and from the top of Vittorio Emanuel monument. Reminisce with fellow travelers at a festive farewell party.
The St. Regis • FlorenceThe St Regis Florence delivers old world grandeur, five-star service, and an exceptional location that’s literally a stone’s throw from the Arno River.
Belmond Castello Di Casole • Casole d'ElsaSpread across 4,200 acres, this 10th-century estate is the perfect place to experience the wonders of rural Italy.
Hotel Il Pelicano • Porto ErcoleLuxury boutique hotel in Porto Ercole is a familiar romantic getaway for discerning guests all over the world on the Tuscan Coast.
Hotel Terme Di Saturnia • SaturniaThe age-old geological formations of the southernmost part of the Tuscan Maremma ensure the spring water is completely pure.
Sina Brufani • PerugiaLocated in the center of Perugia, Sina Brufani with an ancient tradition in the luxury hospitality is home of royalty and celebrities since 1884.
The St. Regis • RomeThe Grande Dame of Rome. Rome’s first deluxe hotel, conveniently located in the heart of the city.