Day 1 – Rome: arrival and transfer to Sorrento
Upon arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport, you will be met by your private English speaking driver and transfer to Sorrento by luxury car , directly to Hotel Corallo 4****. Check in and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Located in the town of Sant’Agnello, just 2 km from the center of Sorrento, the Hotel Corallo is built on a cliff on the sea, with scenic terraces overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the Sorrento Peninsula. An elegant aristocratic home, the hotel was once a meeting point for intellectuals and artists, such as writer Luigi Pirandello, who stayed there in the Thirties. An exclusive blend of past and present, the hotel has 53 rooms, all elegantly furnished and equipped with a balcony or terrace with chaise lounges. The restaurant serves Mediterranean specialties from an à la carte menu featuring delicious, sophisticated dishes. Guests have access to the beach of La Marinella, just 50 m away, which can be reached via elevator or a walkway. Other facilities include a splendid infinity Jacuzzi on one of the scenic terraces, a solarium, a meeting room that can host up to 150 guests and a magnificent banquet hall.
Day 2 – Sorrento: Capri on a private boat
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will have the chance to enjoy the splendid sea surrounding the strip of land of the Sorrentina Peninsula and discover the secrets of the Island of Capri by private boat. Reach Sorrento port by the hotel shuttle service and here your private English-speaking Captain will be waiting for you. After a pleasant ride (of about 30 minutes) during which you are able to admire the gorgeous Sorrento Coast, you will arrive in Capri. Only a boat trip can give you the most beautiful views of the island, many of which are inaccessible by land, offering you a complete visit of Capri. You will reach small hidden coves where you can swim or lie in the sun and enjoy to the full this spectacular vision of the beauty of Capri. The excursion includes a circumnavigation around the island so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, for example the Faraglioni Rocks, the numerous caves like the White Grotto, the Emerald Grotto and the Blue Grotto, famous all over the world for its intense azure color; entrance into the Grotto, is always subject to excellent weather conditions. The entrance fee is about 15 Euro per person and can only be paid on the spot, as you transfer directly to small rowing boats to enter the Grotto. During the tour there you will have time to stop to explore the island of Capri by foot to visit its incredible attractions. Your return to Sorrento is planned for 05:00 pm. Transfer back to your hotel, where you will have plenty of time to relax. Overnight in Sorrento.
Day 3 – Sorrento: Pompeii and Hercolaneum with a typical Neopolitan lunch
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be met by your private English-speaking driver for a direct transfer to Herculaneum. Here your private guide will illustrate this unbelievable city that was destroyed along with Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and covered by a layer of mud, lava and ashes that has over time become a solid layer of tuff , in some places more than 20 meters tall. Herculaneum is the only example in the world of an ancient city which remained intact whole wooden structures of the houses and furnishings of daily use. After this first visit we will reserve a table for you in a lovely restaurant just by the archeological site of Pompeii where you can enjoy a little rest and a delicious lunch. Meet up again with your private guide after lunch and start your visit of the fascinating and ancient town of Pompeii and the unique excavations. You will admire the ruins of this famous city that, in AD 79 was submerged by lava and ashes just like Herculaneum. You will be able to see from right close up the daily life of how the Romans lived and how the whole town was devastated by one of the worst natural disasters in ancient history. The excavations of Pompeii are, due to their importance and relevance, the most visited archeological site in the world. End of the tour and transfer back to your hotel in Sorrento.
Day 4 – Sorrento: Pizza making class
Today you will enjoy a special experience near Sorrento: a pizza making class. Your private English-speaking driver will escort you to a farmhouse overlooking the bay of Naples and Salerno surrounded by lush vegetation and with the beautiful olive groves, vineyards and most famous of all, the lemon groves. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by your private chef and be given a hat and an apron. Then together, you will learn the tricks of the trade from the experts. As you fire up the wood stove, you will learn how the dough is rigorously made from scratch and choose from a variety of toppings: from the simple style of the ‘pizza Margherita’ with tomato, mozzarella and basil to the more elaborate prosciutto, mushrooms, anchovies and more. Remember this is a hands on lesson so you will eat the pizza you have kneaded, rolled and rubbed with great satisfaction!
End of the cooking class, and return to your hotel by private car. Time at leisure.
Day 5 – Sorrento: Free day
Breakfast at the hotel and a free day at leisure.
Day 6 – From Sorrento to Assisi and a half day guided tour
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. You will leave for Assisi with your private car and driver. Arrival and check in at Giotto Hotel and Spa Assisi 4****.
This romantic hotel is close to Roman Temple of Minerva and the Cathedral and located in the center of Assisi, a short walk from major monuments of the city and a few minutes from the major Umbrian towns: Perugia, Gubbio, Spoleto, Spello, Cascia and Norcia just a few kilometers from us. In the afternoon, meet your private English-speaking guide at the hotel and start your walking tour of the city. The oldest part of the city is protected by a defensive surrounded walls made up of eight fortified towers/entrances still in excellent condition. St. Francis is perhaps the most well-loved saint in Italy and perhaps even the whole world. His birthplace, Assisi, is one of the most beautiful cities on your trip to Italy with incredible views of the region of Umbria, the greenest area in Italy. You will visit the Basilica of St. Francis, which consists of an upper level and a lower level, known as the upper church and the lower church. It is here that St. Francis is buried. The church is decorated with many beautiful frescoes by late medieval painters including Cimabue, Giotto di Bondone, Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti, some of the most famous artists of the 1300’s. You will visit the Roman Forum, an area of great historical significance and well-preserved Roman ruins together with other interesting sites in the area. After the tour, you will have free time to relax.
Day 7 – Assisi: full day gourmet experience in Perugia
Umbria is worldwide famous for its wines and for its chocolates. So we have designed this full day for food and wine lovers. After breakfast at the hotel you will meet up with your private driver and transfer to Perugia.
This day will start with a private cooking class where you will prepare a four-course meal which you can savor and enjoy after the lesson. This class enables you to learn more about Italian cuisine and how to develop new skills to replicate classic Umbrian cooking at home. The excursion in the afternoon includes a "sweet" visit to the historical Perugina Chocolate Museum and a wine tour where you will taste red, white, sparkling and sweet wines.
•09,30am Arrive in the country farm in Perugia. You will start with some local cooking secrets highlighting the history of Umbrian cooking, and a presentation of today's menu. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves for your hands-on lesson and the preparation of a delicious meal.
•01,00pm Enjoy the result of your work! Savor the food that you just created accompanied by a good local wine and enjoy the delicious extra-virgin olive oil.
•02,30pm / 06,00 pm You will visit the Perugina’s chocolate factory and the Chocolate Museum to learn about chocolate production. The "House of Chocolate" includes a chance to see the Perugina chocolate factory in operation, as well as a visit to the Museo Storico (Historic Museum). In the museum you can learn about the process of converting cocoa into chocolate, and have an introduction to the history of the Perugina chocolate company. After this you will have a wine tour in a Winemakers Company near Perugia. It is a family run vineyard that produces D.O.C. Colli Perugini wines and IGT from Umbria: white, red and rosè wines. Take a guided tour of the vineyard and the Winery itself, finishing up with your tasting together with some local Umbrian specialties.
End of tour and return to your hotel in Assisi .
Day 8 - Private transfer from Assisi to Radda in Chianti
Breakfast and check out from your Hotel in Assisi. Meet your private driver for a direct transfer to your hotel in Radda in Chianti. Arrive at the luxury country House “Livernano” 4**** and check in. Free time at leisure.
Located right in the heart of the Chianti area, Livernano is a truly ancient place: it was first inhabited by Etruscans, whose culture reached its high-point in Tuscany over 2500 years ago, around 500BC. The Tuscan style of the rooms lend many of its features to the Mediterranean style: the use of stone, the same Roman arched windows and doors, and even more warm colored roofs and homes are distinctive to this style. Three houses of this hamlet have been completely redesigned to accommodate guests in an atmosphere of understated luxury. All rooms are spacious and beautifully furnished with fine, local antiques and en-suite marble bathrooms. You can also enjoy the beautiful landscaped swimming pool and an authentic four-course dinner prepared by a local chef.
Day 9 – Radda in Chianti: Wine tasting in Chianti area with lunch
Today you will experience a historical winery of the Chianti Region specializing in “Chianti classico wine”. One of the most attractive views in Chianti can be seen only if you go to the piazza of the little village of Lamole, an ancient rural settlement that is situated on the top of a hill, with the buildings of the hamlet encircling the Romanesque church of San Donato. It is here that your voyage to discover Chianti Classico begins: a visit to the Piazza and to the Church is followed by a detailed description of the unique characteristics of this terrain and of organic vine-growing practices, demonstrated directly in Campolungo Vineyard. This introduction is accompanied by a welcoming glass of sparkling wine, with a breathtaking view over Chianti Classico area. A brief walk through the vineyards will bring guests to the winery and afterwards visit the Vinsantaia, where one of the iconic products of Chianti Classico slowly matures: Vinsanto, with its very traditional method of production. Tour includes the winery tour: Historic and Experimental Vineyards, vinification cellar, historic cellar and Vinsantaia.
Tasting: 4 wines from the Tuscan estates
Pairing: A 4-course tasting lunch included.
End of tour and make your way back to your hotel.
Day 10 – Radda in Chianti: Montalcino wine tasting with Tuscan lunch and visit to Pienza
Today, you will discover the famous towns of Montalcino and Pienza.
You will be chauffeured in luxury car from the you hotel, in the Sienese area of one of the most famous wineries in the region, you will discover the legendary land of Brunello di Montalcino. This is the first winery in Italy run by an all female staff, producing one of the best Brunello di Montalcino of the area. Enjoy a visit of the winery, and, of course, have a wine tasting of their marvelous wines, including the renowned Brunello Riserva. We have booked a typical Tuscan light lunch with local produce for you to enjoy, before the end of the tour. After this you will transfer to the beautiful town of Pienza, where you will have free time (approx. 2 hours) to explore on your own. Pienza started off as a tiny Sienese citadel, called Corsignano. Built by order of the Pope Pio II – Enea Silvio Piccolomini , done completely in Renaissance style, as the Pope had decided to transform his home town in a beautiful place for him and his court to be protected and relaxed near the water risings of Valdorcia. Pienza is also the capital city of the “Pecorino” – sheep cheese. The milk is particularly aromatic because of the configuration of the clayey land where many aromatic herbs grow, where their sheep all graze freely, producing a unique perfumed milk and cheese. Pienza Pecorino cheese has the D.O.P. European label (which means a Protected Origin Denomination). Pecorino cheese and Brunello di Montalcino are undoubtedly the perfect match! After the visit your private driver will escort you back to your hotel.
Day 11 – From Radda in Chianti to Cortona with stop and visit a Crystal Factory
After breakfast and check out, meet up with your private driver and transfer to the fantastic scenic village of Colle Val d’Elsa, famous worldwide for its production of crystal. The first stop will be to one of the latest Italian crystal factories, a family fun business where the owners produce objects in the purest crystal. Your private guide, daughter of the owner, will lead you to the discovery of the secrets of the production processes, right up to the final demonstration of the manufacturing of the crystal by an expert craftsman. You will also discover the magic of glass blowing: a technique capable of transforming, with what looks like a simple blow, the incandescent material, into a unique object. After the tour, we can suggest a lovely restaurant where you will enjoy a nice lunch, (the lunch is not included in the tour) and afterwards make you way to the Cortona Resort & Spa 4****. Check in and time to relax.
The Cortona Resort and Spa is a village of unique charm, elegant venues dominated by an eighteenth-century villa which together with features Tuscan-style buildings are part of a secular park of over 30,000 square meters with formal gardens that weave tracks, evocative spaces and an ancient redwood overlooking the swimming pool and the solarium. The resort, with its elegantly furnished rooms, enjoys the best location being just over a mile from the center of the beautiful Etruscan town.
After breakfast, a day at leisure to enjoy your Resort and explore the local neighborhood on your own.
Day 13 – Cortona: Half day guided visit in Cortona including lunch
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your private driver and guide to reach the city center of Cortona for a pleasant walking tour of this tiny medieval village. A lovely mountaintop town straddling Tuscany and Umbria. This village is a very well preserved Etruscan town, which belonged to the “dodecapolis” of the 12 main Etruscan cities. Today, it is possible to see the original city walls dating back to 5th century B.C. You can also visit a very interesting Etruscan Academy displaying bronzes, vases and other objects from the Etruscan period. Then, you will head to Le Celle, referred to as "Santuario Le Celle" or (Convent of the cells). It is located outside the walls of Cortona. Saint Francis founded this monastery in the early 13th century, preaching here in 1211. After the visit, lunch is reserved for you in a characteristic restaurant in the heart of Cortona: it is a cozy, family-run restaurant. The owner accurately prepares superb traditional dishes from the Tuscan cuisine, including soups, hand-made pasta, I.G.P. Chianina beef and traditional desserts, using impeccable seasonal ingredients (to be paid on spot). After lunch you will make your way back to your hotel and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 14 - From Cortona to Rome
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Meet your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to Rome, at your centrally located Hotel Degli Artisti 4****.
Degli Artisti Hotel is a cozy, elegant 4-star hotel in the heart of Rome, in the lovely neighborhood of the Ludovisi district on the Pincian Hill, a stone’s throw from the city’s main destinations. It has 35 large rooms and suites all featuring classic furnishing, exquisite fabrics and modern technologies. The Terrace Bar, on the rooftop, serves drinks, aperitifs, cocktails and delicious dinners in an exclusive location overlooking the beautiful garden of Saint Isidores College. Highly-qualified staff is always ready to assist with anything guests might need, including tickets and reservations for shows, events or restaurants.
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Meet your private English speaking driver with a luxury car, for a transfer to Rome airport for your flight back home.