TUSCANY & UMBRIA
Scenery, History, Food, Culture, Relaxation - oh and the Wines!
Encounter incredible Florence plus medieval towns and countryside of Tuscany while tasting the delectable and homemade dishes of the region, don’t forget that right next door is Umbria, which we call the "green heart of Italy." We can personalize your itinerary for more time in Umbria, as well as adding other parts of Tuscany such as Pisa, Lucca, Carrara and Volterra, or simply plan a few wine tastings, some pool time and perhaps a cooking class. This itinerary will give you a sample of what we can do for you since after all each of our itineraries is uniquely customized!
UNIQUELY BETHESDA TRAVEL CENTER
“It All Starts with a Conversation!”
Together, in our detailed consultation we create the vision of your very own personalized itinerary. We determine how much time to spend in each destination, choose from our favorite hotels, arrange appropriate transportation and create unique experiences with our dynamic local guides! Relax while our team brings everything to life. Our customized travel app gives you easy access to all itinerary details, plus suggestions for your free time and some dining ideas! We seamlessly integrate technology, experience and attention to detail to create your very own custom-tailored “Trip of a Lifetime!”
OUR SAMPLE ITINERARY
Arrive in Florence, and Get Acquainted with Your Vibrant Neighborhood
Benvenuti a Firenze!! Meet your driver for a private transfer to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day to travel back to the days of the Renaissance and explore the hidden gems of the city of the Medici. Of course, we will make some restaurant suggestions as well for our favorites!
Explore Florence and its Famous Academy Gallery
Enjoy a privately guided visit to discover the secrets of Michelangelo’s treasures at the world-class Galleria dell’ Accademia through the eyes of a Florentine art expert. PM free to explore the city, perhaps visit the Palazzo Pitti and the Medici Chapels, or spend the afternoon shopping in the boutiques of Florence?
Gaze at the Artworks of Botticelli and Michelangelo at the Uffizi Gallery
With your art guide, begin to uncover the beauty of the Renaissance’s masterpieces at the famous Uffizi and the Bargello Sculpture Museum. Take time to learn the progression of art through the Middle Ages into the Renaissance and enjoy a relaxing afternoon
On to Tuscany’s Romantic Countryside
By private driver (or using a rental car) head south into the Chianti countryside and consider stops in Certaldo, Greve, or Radda before checking in to your hotel in the Chianti wine region
Visit Alluring Siena & San Gimignano
Journey to Siena, famous for its biannual Palio horse races and seashell-shaped city center. Together with your knowledgeable guide, visit Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Comunale, Piazza del Duomo - a precious building which contains the gothic cathedral and the Piccolomini Library. In the afternoon, consider a visit to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, iconic Tuscan village with for its many towers and Medieval ambiance
Cruise around Southern Tuscany
Driving to the southern side of Tuscany, consider stopping in the fortified town of Monteriggioni or Cortona, the town made famous from Under the Tuscan Sun, then check-in to a carefully selected hotel to give you the authentic Tuscan village life experience
Free Day to Unwind in the Tranquil Countryside and Sample Tuscany’s Treats and Wines
Great day for a wine tasting or cooking class! Tuscan wines are among the best and you will delve into the secrets of local vino including Chianti Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino and don’t forget the Supertuscans! Some suggestions include the medieval hilltop towns of Montepulciano, famous for its Vino Nobile red wine, and also Pienza, well known for its pecorino cheese, perhaps Montalcino as you further explore the UNESCO Heritage region known as the Val d’Orcia, the Valley of the Orcia River!
Venture to Assisi
Continue your journey into Umbria, reaching Assisi. Consider a stop in Perugia, known for Perugina chocolates. Nearby Assisi, or best suggestion is to consider a stay in our favorite small family-run countryside hotel complete with delectable homemade dinners and a swimming pool! Buone Vacanze! Have a Great Vacation!
Discover Assisi and Umbria
A guided visit to Assisi will feature the life of St Francis, patron saint of Europe and the Basilica decorated by the master Giotto and Cimabue, among others. PM for exploration of local villages including hilltop Montefalco, Bevagna, Spello, Spoleto and more, or just laze at the pool?!
Travel to Rome Airport
Driving south today, some possible stops could be in the ceramic town of Deruta, or Todi and Orvieto before dropping the rental off at Rome Fiumicino Airport (or say farewell to your private driver) for a convenient overnight (you might even consider a couple of days stay to acquaint yourselves with The Eternal City!)
Check-in at the Rome FCO airport for your flight back home. Same day arrival in the USA. Welcome back!
When should I go?
The ideal time is from April to October, note that mid-summer crowds can be an issue. During the winter, the main cities and larger towns are fully operational, however many countryside hotels and restaurants remain closed
At Bethesda Travel, we know Florence, Tuscany and Umbria very well! We are uniquely positioned to give personalized advice and suggestions to make your trip very special and molto romantico too! Have a few extra days? Let’s continue the conversation and add time in the western side of Tuscany visiting Lucca and Pisa plus Pietrasanta and Carrara, or Italy’s adjacent culinary region of Emilia Romagna, the colorful Cinque Terre, Venice, Rome, the scenic Amalfi Coast or the beautiful Lakes – all areas we love and are able to share with you! We will gladly tailor your vacation to your heart's desire! Remember! Our specialty is listening to YOU as we work together to craft the very best itinerary, pace and hotel selections for you and your family!