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Pair the pleasures of gourmet Italian food and fine wine with the history of Italy’s most influential regions, and you will have a trip to remember!  Italy is filled with artistic monuments and museums, picturesque countrysides, fabulous restaurants and possibly the best cafes and restaurants in the world.  You’ll have fun while having a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the slow culture of the Italian lifestyle.  Learn the delightful secrets of authentic Italian cooking in a restored villa and monastery, each exuding rustic beauty and tranquility.

Only in cities like Rome and Florence can you savor gelato at outdoor cafes amongst famous historic monuments and statues, and buy local wine and truffles at a centuries-old market.  Sip a cappuccino in Rome and stare up at the Pantheon Dome’s classical beauty as it towers over you.  Browse through the elegant gold jewelry in Florence from shops that run along the city’s famous bridge, Ponte Vecchio.  Stop at one of the lovely cafes along the Arno River and enjoy a glass of Chianti Classico while looking out at Europe’s oldest medieval archway.

You’ll explore the tiny medieval villages that signify the Tuscan countryside.  Enjoy your stay at an ancient monastery nestled deep in the heart of the forest complete with a native Italian family that wants to enlighten you with the renowned food and wine products of the region. Amongst the woodsy and peaceful ambiance, stimulate your palette with farm to table organic dishes and taste salami platters that hold intense flavors like the wild boar ham Prosciutto di Cinghiale and the regions renowned salty and aromatic Tuscan ham, Prosciutto Toscano.  In Cortona, you can shop through an assortment of splendid olive motif linens and brightly colored table clothes.  After shopping, explore the ancient Etruscan walls and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Valdichiana.  In Montepulciano, sample the regions finest wines produced locally amongst lush vineyards and feel transformed into a wine expert.

The end of the trip will bring you to Umbria where you’ll wander the labyrinth of underground tunnels and caves in Orvieto and witness remnants of Etruscan Civilization.  A mysterious city that sits on volcanic rock, learn Orvieto’s ancient history and how the region produces its famous array of wines

A guided tour of the Vatican in Rome and hotel accommodations located near some of the cities’ iconic historical monumentsthe, hotel L’Albergo Cesari.
Depart Rome and drive off into the hills, enjoying picturesque valleys and mountains that border the neighboring regions of Tuscany and Umbria. It’s a captivating rural vision. Accommodations at the elegant Relais Parco Fiorito and Villia Pitiana, incredibly restored ancient monasteries. Experience rustic Italian cooking in small and intimate classes with local ingredients plucked fresh from their farmland.
Today you’ll explore the natural foliage and gastronomic culture that exemplifies the Italian countryside. End your day by spoiling yourself with one of the fun and relaxing services offered in the wellness center conveniently located at Relais Parco Fiorito . Take a dip in the Jacuzzi and feel rejuvenated after having a massage where you overlook an endless valley of olive groves stretching to Cortona.
The movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, gave Cortona a second wind of fame. Cortona is known as one of Italy’s oldest hill towns that preserves Etruscan Civilization, dating back to 600 BC. In Cortona, exlore narrow passageways and medieval walls. Tour a winery in Vino Nobile and sip fine red wines from Montepulciano over platters of crostini.
Revitalized after a luxury adventure through the countryside, a pleasant change of scenery leads you to Florence where you’ll explore the classical wonders that flourish the city. Stroll Florence’s cobble streets and visit the Renaissance treasures in the Accedemia Museum. In the evening, before a gourmet dinner of Tuscan fare, enjoy an intimate cooking class in the refurbished monastery and learn the art of preparing traditional, regional dishes with some contemporary flair.
In the morning you’ll travel through Umbria southwest to Orvieto and visit an ancient city that sits on volcanic rock. Orvieto offers dramatic views of the surrounding valleys, olive groves and vineyards. After an unforgettable experience, you’ll be ready for your final gourmet lunch of Umbrian dishes paired with the region’s best wines.
A shuttle service will bring you to the airport.

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