Authentic allure, tradition, and hospitality

Play a starring role in this adventure through central Italy as we join in on the local scene.  Stay in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse and learn the secrets of local cooking as our hosts lead a walk of their estate to collect ingredients for dinner.  Visit the artistic soul of Italy as we journey through Florence where masterpieces and iconic sights surround us.

Highlights

  • Live the Tuscan life for three nights at a farmhouse

  • Cook your own Italian feast with local ingredients

  • See Rome and Florence from the eyes of an Insider Expert

  • Experience a Tuscan wine tasting

  • Taste fresh-pressed olive oils

Itinerary for Italy

Day 1: Rome

Benvenuti a Roma! Tonight, meet your Local Leader and fellow travelers as we discuss the adventure ahead.

  • Transfers are not included in this product.
  • Our hotel in Rome: Hotel Regina Giovanna

Day 2: Rome

Led by our Insider Expert, a walking tour brings alive the ancient city of Rome. Admire the spectacular attractions, including the vast Colosseum and Ancient Forum, the impressive Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Piazza Navona — the world’s most beautiful square. The afternoon is yours to explore more as you choose. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Rome: Hotel Regina Giovanna

Day 3: Rome > San Gimignano

We journey into the Tuscan hills today. Visit Monteriggioni and learn about the circular walls and 14 towers which played a significant role in the attacks staged by the Bishop of Volterra. Continue to the village of Pancole — located in the heart of Tuscany, between Florence and Siena. This region is renowned for a cuisine that celebrates simplicity and the bounty of locally grown produce in hearty, rustic dishes. Our home for the next three nights is a traditional Tuscan farmhouse — owned by a local family and set outside the enchanting village of San Gimignano. Surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, the family has been producing excellent organic wine and olive oil for over 50 years. Accompanied by the owners, we’ll feel more like visiting relatives as we walk through the vineyards and cellars of the property. To cap off our personal estate tour, a tasting of some signature Tuscan wines is accompanied by delicious local specialties. (b, d)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Dinner tonight will be at our farmhouse and will consist of local specialties and Tuscan wines
  • Our hotel in San Gimignano: Poderi Arcangelo Agriturimo

Day 4: San Gimignano

A major pilgrimage route to Rome during the Middle Ages, the Via Francigena provides a stunning backdrop for our morning walk. Explore the medieval walled town of San Gimignano — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and often called the “Town of Fine Towers.” Stop by an award-winning gelateria, where your taste buds will be put to the test with intriguing flavors like Gorgonzola cheese and walnut. The rest of your day is unscripted at our farmhouse. Wander the walking paths or relax by the pool, enjoying beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in San Gimignano: Poderi Arcangelo Agriturimo

Day 5: San Gimignano

We take on the role of master chefs today, crafting our own farm-to-table experience. We’ll source the ingredients right from the grange, as our hosts teach us the secrets of Tuscan cuisine. An olive oil tasting will bring to life the amazing flavors and subtle notes of a variety of oils. Of course, the fruits of our labor will provide us with a delightful lunch. (b, l)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Lunch today will be a variety of foods as we create our own farm-to-table dining experience
  • Our hotel in San Gimignano: Poderi Arcangelo Agriturimo

Day 6: San Gimignano > Florence

Florence is known to many as the beating heart of Tuscany — and Italy’s center of art and culture. Discover the soul of Florence with our Insider Expert, who shares legends and facts along the way. We’ll visit the Duomo, the Piazza della Signoria and the church of Santa Maria Novella. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Florence: Hotel Ambasciatori

Day 7: Florence

While in Florence, it’s a must to explore its famous museums and galleries. Take your time and create your perfect day. Visit the Uffizi — one of the oldest galleries in the world — and a building of great beauty. Or, perhaps meander through the incredible markets and delis of the city on a foodie walking tour. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Florence: Hotel Ambasciatori

Day 8: Florence > Pisa > Florence

In Pisa, we’ll view the architectural wonder of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You may also wish to visit the Cathedral, Baptistery and Camposanto. Continue to Lucca for some free time to explore the Piazza Anfiteatro, the Torre Guinigi and the Duomo di San Martino. Walk along the famous city walls, dating back to the 16th century. Take a moment to unwind with a sweet stop for a coffee and pastry at a local pasticceria. Return to Florence — where the remainder of the day is yours to close the chapter of your Italian adventure your own way. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Florence: Hotel Ambasciatori

Day 9: Florence

Our journey through Tuscany ends today. (b)

  • Airport transfers are not included in this product
  • You may choose to extend your Italian adventure by joining our ‘Cinque Terre in Motion’ tour immediately after

Things to know before traveling to Italy

Summer temperatures can be extreme in many regions of Italy (over 100°F), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

This tour includes 10 meals. We’ve allotted time for you to experience the local cuisine on your own accord. When eating on your own, please note that lunches typically cost $25USD and dinners range from $30USD per person. All breakfasts are included in this tour.

The official currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR).

While travelling with us you’ll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your Local Leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There’s no obligation to do this though.

Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and generally the choices are basic, involving vegetables, soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

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The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money in Europe is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied. You can withdraw local currencies easily at airports, major train stations and most city centres, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning. When leaving home don’t forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place. Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. We recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Italy

Pre-Night Add-ons

Pre-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Post-Night Add-ons

Post-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Optional Tours

  • Leaning Tower of Pisa – 18EUR per person

9 days, from $2,699 USD