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Tuscany and Umbria with Gallo Nero
October 21 - October 28, 2017


Tuscany and Umbria with Gallo Nero – Fall 2017


DAY 0 - October 20 - Fly from the US to Rome - enjoy a pre-night in Rome

DAY 1 - October 21 - Saturday - Civita di Bagnoregio and wine tasting

After meeting in Rome, you will be transported by private bus to Orvieto. En route, you will stop to explore the beautiful, crumbling, historic village of Civita di Bagnoregio. You will also sample typical bruschettas and great local wines before leaving for Orvieto, a picturesque hill town built high on a plateau of tufa rock. In addition to its spectacular cathedral, Orvieto is known for its mysterious Etruscan caves and delicious wine. You will have time to explore the town on your own and sample local cuisine. Sleep in Orvieto.

DAY 2 - October 22 - Sunday - Orvieto

Today you will visit Orvieto. Besides visiting some of the most important monuments of this city, you will also have time to walk the city's grand “corso” with its ancient alleys and a spectacular Etruscan Necropolis just below the city walls. And, you’ll see the very fresco that inspired Michelangelo to paint his “Last Judgment” in the Sistine Chapel. In the late afternoon you will visit some very special caves underneath our friend Maurizio’s pastry shop. Maurizio is an amazing pastry chef and has just recently published his first cooking book about his big sweet passion. You will enjoy a great dinner and different samples of the region. Sleep in Orvieto

DAY 3 - October 23 - Monday - Montepulciano and Bagno Vignoni

This morning you will leave for Tuscany. Your first stop will be in beautiful Montepulciano. You will visit the village and sample the famous wine “Vino Nobile” at a small, family-owned winery. You will then head to Bagno Vignoni, a tiny medieval village built around a large thermal hot-spring pool. The pool, which still marks the village's center, is especially mystical at sunset or in the first light of the morning. Both the Etruscans and the Romans knew of the therapeutic proprieties of these springs and built a spa here! You will enjoy dinner before heading back to your hotel. Sleep in the Tuscany countryside at a beautiful estate.

DAY 4 - October 24 - Tuesday - Montalcino and Sant’Antimo abbey

Today you will travel to Montalcino where you will be introduced to one of Italy’s greatest red wines, the Brunello di Montalcino. After sampling this Sangiovese hybrid at a world-class winery, you will be able to explore the ancient walled city of Montalcino. Afterwards, you will drive along windy Tuscan roads - an experience that will give you the chance to visit several hidden spots that most foreigners never get to see, including the amazing Sant’Antimo abbey. Sleep in the Tuscany countryside at a beautiful estate.

DAY 5 - October 25 - Wednesday -Trasimeno Lake and Cortona

Today you will drive along the shores of Lake Trasimeno to an olive oil mill that we believe produces the best olive oil in Italy. You will sample several grades of olive oil and learn how to recognize the best quality. You will then enjoy a short boat ride to Polvese Island, one of three small islands on this special lake. You will stroll along the island’s perimeter and behold spectacular views of the lake and enjoy a lunch of fresh lake fish. You will have the afternoon to explore the gorgeous Tuscan hill town of Cortona, once an important center of Etruscan civilization. You will have time to stroll and discover this beautiful city center under the Tuscan sun (this is where the movie and the book were set). Sleep in the Tuscany countryside at a beautiful estate.

DAY 6 - October 26 - Thursday - Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, and wine tasting

Today you will head to Florence. Before arriving, you will visit a few highlights en route - Borgo di Monteriggioni, nominated “gateway to the Middle Ages” for its uniqueness among Medieval villages, and San Gimignano, the famous city of towers. In the 14th-century San Gimignano had 70 towers, and although only a few still remain, the town center is well preserved. You will enjoy a glass of local Vernaccia wine and some of San Gimignano's acclaimed gelato. In the afternoon you will stop for a wine tasting in a beautiful castle situated in the Chianti Classico area where you will sample its renowned wines. You will then arrive in Florence in time to enjoy a great evening in this amazing city and dine at one of Davide's favorite restaurants. Sleep in Florence.

DAY 7 - October 27 - Friday - Florence

This is your day to experience Florence, the captivating city of Michelangelo. After a guided tour, you will head to the beautiful Tuscan countryside where Chef Davide will make you an amazing lunch at his father’s estate. Sleep in Florence.

DAY 8 - October 28 - Saturday - Fly back to the US, or start your trip extension in Florence

This morning you will be transferred to Florence airport to catch your flight back home.


Trip Details:
2 nights in Orvieto
3 nights in the Tuscan countryside
2 nights in Florence
Total of 7 nights – 8 days

Price: $2,950 per person, double occupancy
Single room supplement: 450 USD

Deposit: 500 USD

What is included in the trip

  • Accommodation in carefully selected, centrally located first category hotels and charming country inns
  • The services of a professional tour leader throughout the trip and local guides as per itinerary
  • All breakfasts and one main big meal per day including wine
  • Wine tastings, olive oil tastings, produces and local food tastings as per the itinerary
  • All sightseeing and guided tours as per the itinerary
  • All transportation in a deluxe bus with air conditioning
  • The presence of Davide from Gallo Nero as your special guest and guide extraordinaire

What is not included

  • International airfare from and back to the US
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your Customized Journeys guide, driver, and local guides
  • Travel and medical insurance. Please contact CJ for a quote


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