Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy this unique tour of Italy’s beautiful hilltop towns.
We begin in the great Renaissance town of Perugia for a 2-night stay. As well as touring in this well known artistic centre, we will also visit the nearby rose coloured medieval town of Assisi - birthplace of St. Francis.
Our next stop is Rimini, a premier resort on the Adriatic, for a 2-night stay. Excursions from here include the smallest and oldest independent republic in the world - San Marino, and Ravenna - which boasts some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world (Ravenna was the capital of the Roman Empire during the 5th century).
Our next 3 nights are in the small town of Mestre, close to the historic centre of Venice. We will cross the lagoon into Venice by private boat and make our triumphant entry into this magical city in order to explore its treasures.
Then comes a 4-night stay in Tuscany, a favourite region of Italy for visitors. Our touring here will take in Pisa with its leaning tower, and Florence - “Cradle of the Renaissance” - one of Europe's most magnificent cities.
We continue to the elegant spa town of Chianciano Terme. This resort area is famous for its healing waters that for centuries have provided its visitors with cures for all sorts of aliments. Situated about 550 meters above sea level, Chianciano Terme boasts an ideal climate and is surrounded by hills of forests rich with oak, beach wood and chestnut. The greenery and dramatic landscape, unlike anywhere else in Italy, make this unspoiled region a pleasure for all the senses. During our stay here our excursions will include medieval Cortona - built on the dramatic slopes once enclosed by vast Etruscan walls, and Montepulciano - one of the region’s loveliest villages.
We end our tour in Rome - the "Eternal City" of endless art, romance, fountain-splashed piazzas and monuments that testify to its ancient, imperial and Christian past.
*** Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.