When we say Rome and Tuscany, you definitely think of fine wine, a lot of architecture and the very best of Italian tradition and history mixed up in one tour. And that is exactly how this tour begins - with a private guided visit of Rome and the nearby places of Montepulciano, Montalcino and Chianti.
This 9 Nights/10 Days Tour continues with a visit of the magnificent cathedrals and churches in the small UNESCO site of San Gimignano, as well as Siena and the Chianti area where you will enjoy one of the best food and wine tasting events during the tour.
Then visit Florence in the cradle of the renaissance with Pisa and Lucca as well. In Florence you will meet art in person, the tour will take you on a stroll through Italy's most iconic squares, treat you to the perfect gelato (ice cream) and obviously, let you see why Tuscany is known as the best wine region in Italy.
Rome, Tuscany and Florence Tour | 9 Nights/10 Days
Day 01: Rome Arrival | Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Rome airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Private transfer to your hotel in Roma. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the Eternal City. Overnight in Rome.
Day 02: Private Guided Vatican Tour | In the morning meet your driver at the hotel lobby. Transfer to the Vatican to meet your Private Guide for a 4 hours Vatican Private Guided tour. First Visit Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms. Here we will spend plenty of time to absorb the atmosphere of this unique building. You will learn about the life and times of Michaelangelo at the Vatican, his relationship with Pope Julius II and relive how he worked and lived. You will then move onto visit Saint Peter’s Basilica – the world’s most famous and largest Catholic Church. The final part of the tour will focus on Saint Peter’s Square; here you will have time to admire Michaelangelo’s Dome and Bernini’s colonnades. Late afternoon returns you to the hotel. Overnight in Rome.
Day 03: Private Guided Ancient Rome | After breakfast meet your driver and guide at the hotel lobby. Morning Private tour of the wonders of the Ancient Romans. You will be transported back to the days of the Caesars and the Roman legions as you visit, together with your private local guide. This tour begins with a visit to the most famous monument of Ancient Rome - the Colosseum. From here, your guide will take you through the Roman Forum, which was the center of politics as well as public life in Ancient Rome. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. *Afternoon Optional Tours available. Overnight in Rome.
Day 04: Rome - Orvieto Private Guided Tour - Chianti | Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning, meet your private Driver at the hotel lobby. This morning your private driver will take you to Orvieto to meet your Guide for a Private Tour. One of many towns of Etruscan origins in the countryside north of Rome, Orvieto is built on an isolated rock, governing the valley of the Paglia River. The town is most noted for its great gothic cathedral, the Duomo di Orvieto built in the 14th century and whose architecture incorporates its environment: blue volcanic basalt rock is woven into its architecture. Orvieto is home to the miracle of Bolsena, the piece of linen believed to be stained with the blood of Eucharist. On your tour, we will visit these pillars of Orvieto history and experience wondrous Etruscan ruins. Our guide will provide you with the opportunity to experience this small medieval town's three thousand years of history. You will admire the Pozzo di San Patrizio (St. Patrick's well), a masterpiece of engineering constructed by Antonio di Sangallo during the mid-1500s. Continue to the remains of the nearby Tempio del Belvedere (Temple of Belvedere), a structure dedicated to Tinia (the Etruscan Zeus). You will then arrive at the splendid Duomo and its rare mosaics, precious marble, its marvelous rose windows and above all, its many frescoes will all leave you breathless. After your Orvieto visit, your personal driver will accompany you to a local Wine Estate for a Lunch/Food and Wine Tasting. Here, the cuisine is simply delicious; you can enjoy local pasta, wild boar, truffle and mushrooms. For wine lovers, there is an excellent and abundant tasting list, with many local wines such as the famous Orvieto Classico. All of this is seasoned with a splendid panoramic view from this exclusive location. After lunch, you will continue to your Hotel in Chianti. Overnight in Chianti.
Day 05: Montalcino and Montepulciano Food and Wine Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the hotel lobby. Today, you will taste some of the most famous Italian wines: Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. You will first visit Montepulciano on your own, a small village of Etruscan origin and one of the most beautiful hill towns in Tuscany. The main street of Montepulciano stretches from Porta al Prato to Piazza Grande at the top of the hill. The façades of the church of Saint Agostino and of the Oratorio della Misericordia are worth seeing. Notable among the civic buildings are the Tarugi palace, the Mercato, the Contucci palace designed by Sangallo and the fourteenth-century Palazzo Municipale, which contains a small gallery of Sienese and of Umbrian art. It is time for lunch for a fabulous lunch at Avignonesi Wine Estate to be followed by a visit and Wine Tasting of Vino Nobile wines. The Nobile wines of Montepulciano were the first to be given the ultimate quality level of DOCG certification. Continue to Montalcino. an ancient village scarcely changed in appearance since the 16th century. Once you get up to the town, a magnificent spectacle unfolds for your eyes: rolling sunny hills dotted with yellow and red flowers, ancient oak trees, picturesque olive groves, scenic country roads winding through perfect vineyards and isolated cypress trees atop hills. You will have a visit to a Brunello producer such as the prestigious Podere Le Ripi: Taste a selection of 5 wines, including the precious Rosso di Montalcino DOC Bonsai. Tour and tasting Bonsai. Visit the innovative vineyard with a Bonsai vine training system, the densest in the world, brilliant intuition of Francesco Illy. Taste a selection of 5 wines, including the precious Rosso di Montalcino DOC Bonsai. Only 600 bottles per year, the finest expression of the Sangiovese. Late afternoon return to your hotel. Overnight in Montepulciano.
Day 06: Siena and Chianti Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Driver and Guide at the Hotel Lobby. Your day tour starts in Siena where you will visit the Church of San Domenico and Fonte Branda which was one of the city's principal sources of water in the Middle Ages. Your tour continues along the historic streets of Siena admiring the Palazzo Salimbeni built in gothic style is now the headquarters of the bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena and Palazzo Tolomei one of the oldest in Siena. With your private guide, you learn the history and the tradition of Siena visit a Contrada and reach Piazza del Campo. the principal public space of the historic center of Siena and is where the Palio race is held. The Palazzo Pubblico with the frescoes of Lorenzetti, the Torre del Mangia, as well as various noble palaces surrounds the shell-shaped piazza. Leave Siena to visit the Chianti area where you will enjoy a Lunch at Bodia a Coltibuono. After lunch your driver will take you a Tour of the Chianti little towns:, our English-speaking driver will take you through the scenic hills of Chianti. This is the classic Tuscan countryside - Green hills with miles after miles of vineyards producing some of Italy’s best-marketed wines, olive groves, gently rolling hills, ancient walled villages and panoramic roads like you have never seen before. Visit Castellina, Greve and Radda in Chianti. The splendid Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas, and castles dotting the landscape complement the region’s enchanting natural beauty. Late afternoon return to your hotel. Overnight in Chianti.
Day 07: Chianti → San Gimignano → Florence | After breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver in the lobby. On route to your Hotel in Florence stop in San Gimignano to meet your Private Guide a lovely walking tour of the town. San Gimignano is famous worldwide for its urban architecture dating from the XIII-XIV centuries. You will make your way through its tiny, unique streets where Medieval towers and Romanesque churches seem to emerge out of nowhere. The views and the artworks are a must as they testify to the unique character of this city which is both Sienese and Florentine. Founded at the junction between Via Francigena and ancient commercial routes, San Gimignano held a florid trade of saffron and wine with Italian and European markets. After lunch in a characteristic local restaurant, leave San Gimignano for Florence. Overnight in Florence.
Day 08: Florence Private Guided Tour |Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your Guide at the Hotel Lobby for a full day Florence Private Guided Tour. Your morning tour will start with a Private Guided Tour of the Accademia Gallery, home to Florence's most treasured work of art - "Michelangelo's David". After enjoying a discussion of David, you'll also admire "Michelangelo's Slaves": A series of breath-taking sculptures of original captives of the stone. Then head into Florence Old Town to first visit Piazza della Signoria. After lunch at leisure in a characteristic Restaurant, continue by enjoying the less beaten tracks of Florence with a tour through the arts of Florence. Florence arts craft is rich and dates to centuries ago. Visit the most hidden areas of Florence and discover its traditions, its people, it's most authentic made in Italy products out of the usual tourist paths. Jewels and Goldsmith, Florentine mosaic, leather, shoes, paper and bookbinding are the workshops you will visit and where you will learn about these old traditional Florence handicrafts. Together with your Guide visit one of the most famous goldsmith workshops by the Ponte Vecchio. Here assist to the magic creation of a jewel watching the artisans working in front of you explaining the history of this art in Florence. Afterwards proceed to a Florentine Mosaics shop where you will see unique works of art and admire the colored semi-precious stones listening to the origins of this unique Florentine art. End the tour your guide will return you to your Hotel. Overnight in Florence.
Day 09: Pisa and Lucca Private Tour | This morning after breakfast meet your Driver and Personal Guide at the Hotel lobby. Once in Pisa, the tour starts in the incredible Piazza dei Miracoli: here you can admire the baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower, together with a guided visit in the majestic Cathedral. Lunch/Food and Wine Tour in a Characteristic Local Wine Estate before departing for Lucca. In Lucca, famous for its still intact walls, your Tour Guide will lead you to the enchanting old town center walking along a section of the walls and enjoying a breathtaking view over the rooftops. Visit or pass by Anfiteatro Square, Guinigi Tower, San Martino Cathedral and stroll along the picturesque streets of antique shops. Late afternoon return to Florence. Overnight in Florence.
Day 10: Florence Departures | After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a Private Transfer to Florence Airport.
- 3 Nights Rome: Hotel Barocco 4* or Similar
- 3 Nights Chianti: Villa Curina Resort 4* or Similar
- 3 Nights Florence: Hotel Degli Orafi 4* or Similar
- Assistance and Porterage at Airports, Train Stations and Hotels
- Private Transportation by Mercedes E or V Class with English Speaking Driver
- Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides | Door to Door Service
- Entrances to Museums, Galleries, Archeological Parks and other Venues
- Breakfast at Hotels, All Food & Wine Tours/Enogastronomic and Most Lunches.
- 24/7 Assistance and Support from our Ground Operational Office in Italy
Private Package Tours Rates
Low Season (Nov. 16 to April 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 800 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,000 per person/per day.
Shoulder Season (April 16 to May 15) and (Oct. 16 to Nov. 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 650 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 850 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,100 + Euro per person/per day.
High Season (May 16 to Oct. 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 700 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 900 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,200 + Euro per person/per day.
Private Small Groups of 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower
For Custom Made Tours we work with any reasonable Budget