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SLOW FOOD GOURMET TUSCANY & UMBRIA
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ITINERARY

  • DAY 1: Day 1) Arrival Arrival at Rome airport and transfer to your hotel in Rome on your own. Time to settle in, meet tour escort and welcome dinner in a typical restaurant: Grappolo doro. During the evening there will be an introduction to the tour and to the Slow Food philosophy and the activities carried out by the Association and the Terra Madre Foundation. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay. (D)
  • DAY 2: Day 2 ) Montepulciano, Pienza Morning departure for Montepulciano, one of the most characteristic and intact medieval cities in Italy which, from a height of 605 meters above sea level, offers amazing views over the surrounding hillsides. Visit the Enoteca Contucci winery for a tasting, then explore the wonderful town center of Montepulciano where lunch will be held in the old Osteria dellAcquacheta, with its rustic and familial atmosphere. Here, sample some of Tuscanys best recipes (such as the Pici allAglione). In the afternoon, head for Pienza, the perfect example of a renaissance city, famous for its Pecorino cheese. Visit a Pecorino cheese producer Pianporcino Farm and learn something about the cheese-making process and sample the fare. Transfer to hotel Villa Il Palagio in Rignano SullArno (Florence) and overnight stay. (BB,T, L, T)
  • DAY 3: Day 3) Castellina in Chianti, Greve in Chianti Entire day given to discover the Chianti hills along the Via Chiantigena (an ancient road connecting Siena with Florence crossing over the hills of Chianti). Stop at Castellina in Chianti for an explanation on aromatic herbs harvested and dried following the ancient techniques of Duccio Fontani. Lunch at the Osteria Mangiando Mangiando in Greve in Chianti. Set off for the wonderful city of Greve, to visit the little historical town center and then head for the Podere Le Fornaci where there will be some sampling of organic cheeses (including baby goats cheese and fresh ricotta) made from the milk of the goats that graze in the Chianti hills. Return to the hotel and overnight stay. (BB, L, T)
  • DAY 4: Day 4) Florence Morning departure for Florence. Walk through the historical center of this amazing city and visit the Santa Croce church, known as the "Pantheon of Italian Glories" where many illustrious Italians such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli are buried. The visit also takes in the other religious buildings (the Baptistry, the Duomo and Giottos bell tower) and the houses of power in the old city (the Piazza della Signoria). Free afternoon to stroll along Florences elegant streets, visit the Uffizi Gallery or shop at the leather market, then traditional dinner at Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino. Transfer to hotel and overnight stay. (BB, D)
  • DAY 5: Day 5) Siena, San Gimignano Morning departure for San Gimignano, visit the famous towers and the San Gimignano 1300 Museum: storyboards, multi-media exhibits, street scenes and a ceramic recreation of the city as it was back in 1300. On the way to Siena along the ancient Via Francigena, lunch with some of the traditional local produce such as the Certaldo onion (Slow Food Presidium), and the organic extra virgin olive oil from San Gimignano at the little family-run farmhouse Il Castagnolino. Visit and have a talk on the techniques used in producing organic olive oil. Guided tour of the most important and most beautiful architecture in Siena, including the Museum delle Contrade (each horse in the famous Palio, runs for a different Contrada or district). Sampling of some delicious traditional desserts like the Panforte in one of the most famous pastry shops in town. Free time for shopping before returning to the hotel. Overnight stay. (BB, LL)
  • DAY 6: Day 6) Montalcino Morning departure for Montalcino, famous for its Brunello, one of the best red wines in the world. Montalcino, however, is also a beautiful art city which dominates 3,000 hectares of vineyards (1,500 for Brunello alone). A visit to the Mastio della Rocca which is home to the Enoteca La Fortezza where it will be possible to buy some local products and the exceptional honey, a local specialty, and sample some wine. Free time. Return to Florence area and join a cooking class dedicated to the Tuscany tradition, followed by dinner. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay. (BB, T, C, D)
  • DAY 7: Day 7) Orvieto, Todi Early morning departure to Orvieto, situated on top of a rock offering the most splendid of views. Tour of the city and a visit to the Palazzo del Gusto, head office of the Enoteca Regionale of Umbria where there will be a guided tour and a light lunch consisting of a tasting of Umbrian wines accompanied by local fare. An afternoon visit to Todi, a splendid medieval town, where it is pleasant to wander around and discover the old monuments and craft shops. Transfer to Hotel Alla Posta dei Donini in San Martino in Campo (Perugia) and overnight stay. (BB, LL)
  • DAY 8: Day 8) Assisi, Perugia Morning guided tour of Assisi, including the Basilica of St Francis. Free time. Transfer to Perugia. Perched on a hill, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. A visit to the Perugina chocolate museum, famous for its Baci Perugina chocolates. Free time to discover the old city. Stop off at the historical Pasticceria Sandri pastry shop. For dinner: the traditional Umbrian dishes at the Osteria La Lumera. Return to the hotel and overnight stay. (BB, D)
  • DAY 9: Day 9) Montefalco, Rome Early morning departure to Montefalco, another splendid town situated on top of a hill, offering spectacular views over the hills. Visit the city and taste the Sagrantino wine at the Cantine di Antonelli, then move to the ancient olive groves - 3,000 plants - belonging to the Romanelli family, to discover the many plant varieties and the extra virgin olive oil production techniques and wines, along with a tasting. Transfer to your hotel in Rome and check in. Dinner in a typical local restaurant and overnight stay. (BB, T, T, D)
  • DAY 10: Day 10) Departure After breakfast end of services. (BB)

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