1st day: ARRIVAL
Arrival, accommodation, dinner and overnight in hotel.
2nd day: ASSISI/PERUGIA
After breakfast, departure to Assisi. Visit of St. Maria degli Angeli church, with the Cappella del Transito, where St. Francis died, and the Porziuncola. Then visit of 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 also in this Basilica that St. Francis is interred. The churches are decorated with many beautiful frescoes by late medieval painters including Cimabue, Giotto di Bondone, Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti. The basilica was begun immediately after St. Francis’ canonization in 1228. In the afternoon continuation to Perugia to see the Gothic austere Duomo, the 13th century Fontana Maggiore, the Paolina Fortress dating back to the 16th century, the Church of St. Peter, which was built in the 10th century and then restyled in the Renaissance age. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
3rd day: SIENA/SAN GIMIGNANO
After breakfast, departure to Siena, famous for its Palio taking place every year on the main square Piazza del Campo. Visit of S. Domenico’s basilica, an imposing Gothic building built by the Dominican between 1226 and 1262 where it is possible to admire the chapel with the relic of S. Caterina da Siena. Then further on along the main street, Via Banchi di Sopra, till Piazza Salimbeni, where the historical seat of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena lies. In the afternoon continuation to San Gimignano, famous for its 14 towers. Walking along the main street to towers medieval town and visit of Piazza della Cisterna, Piazza della Collegiata with the Roman church Collegiata and Palazzo del Popolo as far as the Fortezza Medicea, from which it is possible to enjoy wonderful sights.
4th day: PISA/LUCCA
After breakfast, departure to Pisa. Visit of Piazza del Duomo, well known as “Piazza dei Miracoli”, where you can admire the Santa Maria Maggiore Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Cemetery, symbolically the three fundamental moments in men’s life: Birth (Baptistery), Life (Cathedral) and Death (Cemetery). In the afternoon continuation to Lucca for a walking from Piazza S. Michele in Foro, centre of the town life with the Romanic Church, one of the most typical examples of the Pisan-Luccan architecture, to S. Martino Dom, the National Pinacoteca, the characteristic medieval streets Via degli Antiquari and Via Fillungo, Piazza del Mercato and walk on the beautiful walls of the town dating back to the XVI century. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
5th day: MONTEPULCIANO/PIENZA
After breakfast, departure to Montepulciano, which is an old Medieval town. It is famous for its Vino Nobile, which is the oldest Sangiovese wine produced in Tuscany. Walking along the tiny alley ways of the town it is possible to learn more about this Nobile wine and have a tasting in one of many historical cellars in town. In the afternoon continuation to the Val d’Orcia, where it is located Pienza. The village of Pienza is located high on one of Tuscany’s hillsides and was formerly known as Corsignano until the late 1400’s. Named after Pope Pius II, a fine humanist, who hired the best architects of the time to give birth to buildings and piazzas where symmetry and proportions are so natural, Pienza is considered the perfect Renaissance city. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
6th day: TRASIMENO LAKE
After breakfast, departure to Trasimeno Lake. Surrounded by green, tickly growing rushes and by the hills covered with olive groves, Lake Trasimeno is the largest stretch of inland water in Italy with ts 125 km2 surface. There are three islands on it: Isola Polvese, Isola Maggiore (the only one to be inhabited and destination for boat tours) and Isola Minore. The first town on the lake is Passignano sul Trasimeno, a small medieval walled town, dominated by an impressive fortress. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
7th day: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, departure and end of our services.