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Italy – July 3-15, 2022

Day 1 – July 3

Fly in from USA to Italy.

Day 2 – July 4

Settling in with stroll and a glass of something nice.

Touchdown in Rome where your tour leader Joel is waiting to meet you. The hotel in Rome is centrally located and within easy reach of many well-known ancient sites. A gentle meander around the neighborhood will precede your included welcome dinner, an initial opportunity embark on an odyssey in Italian cuisine. There will be vino! Hotel Rome.

Day 3 – July 5

Roman Culture, ancient and modern.

Whilst in Rome, you will be able to choose between following a 'First Timers' (FT) or 'Welcome Back' (WB) schedule. Some of you may have visited Rome before and wish to see the city from a new perspective whereas others will be experiencing the Eternal City for the very first time. Therefore, you may decide on this day to either visit the Colosseum and Ancient Forum (FT) or Capitoline Museums and Forum Views (WB).

Both options will be in the company of a local guide. This evening the group reunites with a stroll by the most famous squares and fountains; a perfect activity to enjoy with gelato in hand. Hotel Rome.

Day 4 – July 6

Aspects on the Eternal City.

This morning, the FT crew heads off for a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica while the WB gang goes in depth to the Jewish Ghetto and Roman heartland, Trastevere.

There will be free time for all later today in order to pursue personal interests. Joel will be on hand as ever to suggest cultural, retail and gastronomic options. This evening is free. Hotel Rome.

Day 5 – July 7

Etruscan Surprises.

Today you leave Rome behind and begin your exploration of Italy stripped bare of the masses. Head up through the region of Lazio and visit the lovely 400-year-old gardens of the Villa Lante.

Later on, a stroll on the shores of Lake Bolsano is the warm up for hike along Etruscan roads carved out before the Romans. This is an opportunity to get up close and personal with the ancient landscape in a rewarding out of the ordinary way.

Tonight's destination is the stunning hill top town of Orvieto. Hotel Orvieto.

Day 6 – July 8

Gastronomic Fantastic.

You are now in Umbria. Orvieto offers a gallimaufry of pleasures and this morning's guided walk will incorporate its Etruscan heritage as well as visiting the show-stopping cathedral with its extraordinary frescoes of apocalypse. This afternoon offers a highlight for the foodies in the group as you are invited to join in with the making of your included dinner with a local chef. Hotel Orvieto.

Day 7 – July 9

Matters mysterious, ecstatic and spiritual.

Cross the Tiber valley this morning and head through the wardrobe to Narni. The town's name inspired CS Lewis, and perhaps there really are magical realms here as you are given an exclusive insight to its underground world.

This afternoon is a joyous one for the lovers of olive oil as you visit a grove and meet the people who tend the trees and produce the miraculous oil. There will be a meal and a chance to taste test the varieties.

This evening you head up to one of the most spiritual spots in Italy, Assisi. Hotel Assisi.

Day 8 – July 10

Saints and Sinners, Saint Francis and Dessert.

This morning, a guided tour of Assisi follows the life of Saint Francis and includes a visit to the famous basilica where the saint is entombed. A Franciscan monk will give you a lowdown on the lifestyle and talk through the frescoes of Giotto.

There will be time aplenty to enjoy the atmosphere of the town before indulging in a 'sweet surprise' experience. La Dolce Vita! Hotel Assisi.

Day 9 – July 11

Heading off the beaten path to visit the uncorrupted saints.

Today you will visit Cortona in order to visit the basilica of Saint Margaret and greet the uncorrupted corpse of the saint in her diaphanous casket. Later, head for the wilds, branching off the run of the mill routes to visit far reaches of Umbria.

Picturesque hilltops and medieval villages await as you wend your way along country roads towards Tuscany. A wonderful farmhouse setting will be your base for three nights.

Dinner is included tonight. Hotel Tuscan countryside.

Day 10 – July 12

Life on the farm. Being in the moment, beside the pool.

Your trip has been proceeding at an admirable clip and now comes the chance to relax and recharge somewhat. Fattoria Lavacchio is an organic farm estate that produces wine, olive oil and other Tuscan products.

This morning, the group heads for a private forest where the truffles grow beneath oaks. A specialist hunter with hounds will take you with on a mission to sniff out the buried treasure.

In free time this afternoon you may choose to hike, horse ride or visit the nearby working windmill, or you may choose to reset by the pool if you'd prefer.

In the early evening there is a tour of the wine cellars and tasting. Dinner is included. Hotel Tuscan countryside.

Day 11 – July 13

Renaissance day in Florence.

This morning you roll out early to beat the crowds for a full day in Florence. Having spent time in the nearby countryside provides you with good context for understanding this renaissance city of arts, commerce and luxuries.

There is a walking tour with a local guide and a visit to the tomb of Michelangelo inside Santa Croce. There will be time enough for visiting the Duomo, museums and a look around the markets before heading back to the country. Hotel Tuscan countryside.

Day 12 – July 14

A jaunt through Chiantishire.

A lovely last day's journey full of surprises calls in at fantasy castles and moving memorials. There is a chance to stroll through the countryside so loved by English rock stars that it is sometimes nicknamed Chianti-shire!

A light lunch amongst the vineyards will be provided before heading back down towards Lazio for a last night's gathering to say farewell. Hotel Lazio.

Day 13 – July 15

Fly Home from Rome

Joel accompanies you to the airport and waves cheerio as you set off for the flight home.