Rome and Medieval Villages in Tuscany


DAY 1

Arrival in Rome

English speaking assistant and local coach for transfer airport-hotel
Dinner and overnight at 3 or 4 star hotel in Rome


DAY 2

Continental breakfast at hotel

Start of long distance coach services.
Coach and guide for a full day sightseeing of Rome including tour of The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore which is a patriarchal basilicas of Rome together with St.Peter's Basilica, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano and the only one to have preserved the original structure paleocristiana . The legend has it that the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream to Pope Liberius, on the night of August 5, 356, calling on the Pope to build a church on place the following morning he found the snow. The miracle came true and it snowed on the site where the church stands today. You will then visit San Pietro in Vincoli which is a minor basilica built in 1470
and houses the chains of St. Peter and the famous statue of Moses by Michelangelo Buonarroti. 
Last but not least The Basilica di San Pietro, part of the Vatican, built over the area in which it was the tomb of St. Peter. The construction began in 324 by Emperor Constantine and immediately became one of the most important churches in Rome. Many are the world fomous artists who worked on this church: from Antonio da Sangallo to Michelangelo who designed the dome. The current appearance of the Basilica of San Pietro is the work of Carlo Maderno who decided the look of the façade, characterized by the great staircase, columns and windows with the benediction loggia. Also Maderno was responsible for the placement of the thirteen statues of the Baptist and the apostles. Finally, Bernini designed the colonnaded portico of St.Peter's Square in the center of the square and put the great obelisk. Its interior features large paintings and mosaics, it contains some of the most famous works of the world, such as the "Canopy" by Bernini and the famous statue of the "Pietà" by Michelangelo.

Lunch at local typical restaurant

In the afternoon the tour continues with visit of the most famous squares or Rome, such as Piazza Navona the ancient roman Stadium of Domitian, built in 85 AD, which could accommodate about 30,000 spectators. Piazza Navona is considered a great example of Baroque masterpieces hosting by architects such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Francesco Borromini and Pietro da Cortona. A popular legend says that the square is indicative of the rivalry that existed between Bernini and Borromini: one of the statues of the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini in fact his eyes are covered, as if not wanting to see the facade of the church of St. Agnes in Agony designed by Borromini. Then Piazza di Spagna that takes its name from 'Spanish Embassy. At the center of the square, at the foot
of the stairs, is the famous fountain known as the "Four Rivers", by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The name of the fountain comes from the longboats that were used for the transport of wine in the port of Ripetta. Also you can see the famous Spanish Steps, a marble stair of 135 steps, built with the intent to connect the embassy to the church of Trinita dei Monti, which is located above the square.
Last but not least the Trevi Fountain, the most famous and arguably the most beautiful fountain in the city. It is located at the end of '"Aqua Virgo", a Roman aqueduct built in 19 AD, and was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1735. The sea has inspired the landscape is dominated by a rocky wall where the center is the statue of Poseidon driving a shell -shaped chariot pulled by two winged horses. 


There are then four Corinthian columns on which there are four allegorical statues smaller (left to right): "Plenty of fruit", "Fertility of the fields," "Wealth of Autumn" and "Amenity of the gardens." The Roman fountain is also well known for the cult scene between Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in Federico Fellini's film "La Dolce Vita". 

Departure for Bolsena. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bolsena.
    

DAY 3

Contintental breakfast at hotel.

Meet the guide for a full day sighseeing. Departure for Capodimonte for a boat tour on the lake.
The Bolsena Lake with its 115 square kilometers wide, is the largest volcanic basin of Italy.
Capodimonte, located on the picturesque promontory that juts out into the lake, is a charming tourist center of Lake Bolsena. Historically Cap is the heir of Vesentum, an important Etruscan city of Umbria, where the vast necropolis brought to light numerous archaeological finds, some of them are real treasures of the Neolithic - Villanovan, Etruscan and Roman art. I Farnese, who in their magnificence left indelible traces in the Duchy, they built in the sixteenth century, by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, the imposing octagonal, called Rocca, on a previous construction of the Lords of Bisenzio. The palace became their favorite seat and place context, many Popes, kings, artists and politicians, both Italian and foreign, stayed there extolling the magnificence. It is part of the municipality also the beautiful island Bisentina, which represents an interesting excursion.

At return, walking tour of Marta an ancient fishing village that looks like a true enchantment of nature: wind-borne seagulls flying over the two islands and the clock tower with the Belvedere. No coincidence that Martha was called Little Venice as the waters of the lake were going to directly touch the houses and people moved by boat. Here you can still see the fishermen weave the nets at the port in front of their boats.

Lunch at local restaurant

In the afternoon back to Bolsena to visit the city. The old medieval core, very well preserved, has its center in the square where stands the Collegiate Church of S. Cristina, in Romanesque style, built in the XI century on the ancient Christian catacombs, still partly unexplored. The church preserves Della Robbia terracotta and a large painting depicting sacred "Scene of the Martyrdom of the Holy" by Giovanni della Robbia. The Chapel of the Eucharistic Miracle was erected in memory of the miracle of the host of the bloody 1263 It is said that in Bolsena in fact, happened the Eucharistic miracle of Corpus Christi from which it took origin the same name festivities. A Bohemian priest then, doubtful about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, he left for a pilgrimage to Rome. On the way back, near the community of Bolsena asked to celebrate Mass. It was during the Eucharistic Prayer saw the hosts bleed and soak the body. Since then, he had no longer any doubt. A Bolsena are still preserved 3 stones bathed in the blood while the corporele is enclosed in a beautiful reliquary kept in a chapel of the Cathedral of Orvieto. Characteristic also the Castle that houses an aquarium.
You will also visit an Oil Mill with a oil tasting.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bolsena.


DAY 4

Continental breakfast at hotel

Meet local guide for full day excursion of Pitigliano and Sovana.
Pitigliano is located on a tuff promontory of striking beauty, surrounded by green valleys is one of the most important Etruscan cities of Italy. The Etruscan name is not known, the name Pitigliano seems to derive from an ancient legend: the foundation of the city was due to two Romans: Petilio and Celiano; from the fusion of their names would be derived Pitigliano.

Lunch at local farmhouse in Sorano. Of ancient Etruscan origin, the medieval village of Sorano, in the center of the "land of tufa", lies at the foot of the fourteenth-century Rocca degli Orsini, one of the most impressive facilities of military engineering of the time.

In the afternoon visit of Sovana charming village atmosphere frozen in time, is a rare jewel of medieval town planning. One of  the most important monuments is the Etruscan necropolis with the tomb "queen" called Hildebrand Tomb in the form of greek temple. It was then an important city in Roman times, so much so that in the early centuries of Christianity became a bishopric. Here is the supposed birthplace of the most famous person of Sovana, Hildebrand who later became Pope with the name of Gregory VII.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bolsena.


DAY 5

Continental breakfast at hotel
     
Departure for San Quirico where you will meet a local guide for a sightseeing. The beautiful village of San Quirico d'Orcia was built on top of a small hill, above the remains of 'ancient village of Hosanna midway between two other famous villages of the Val d' Orcia, Montalcino and Pienza. Due to its elevated position, it offers breathtaking views of the typical landscapes of the Val d'Orcia.
It has a medieval tower severed, a Romanesque church restored (inside was kept a crucifix of Giambologna, now housed at the Museum of Montalcino, and a baptismal font of the fifteenth century, now at the Collegiate Church of San Quirico) and, next to church, the system real estate (rebuilt in the early nineties), the fifteenth-century Palazzo degli Amerighis

Lunch and wine tasting in a local wineyard.

In the afternoon visit of Montalcino. In the Middle Ages the main economic activity was the tannery and Montalcino in possession of numerous factories for the processing of leather factories were famous for the quality of their products. Later, as has happened in many towns in the province of Siena, Montalcino also experienced a serious economic and demographic crisis. Like many of the medieval towns of Tuscany, Montalcino experienced long periods of peace and who allowed the inhabitants a certain prosperity. The fortress incorporates some of the existing structures including the keep of Santo Martini, the tower and an ancient basilica of San Giovanni, which now serves as a chapel of the castle. Near the fortress is the Church of St. Augustine, with its simple Romanesque façade, built in the thirteenth century. The building adjacent to the church was once a convent, but it is the seat of Museums meeting, which is both a museum than a diocesan museum. The museum houses several works, including a wooden crucifix by an unknown artist of the Sienese school.

The fortune of Montalcino was to be at the center of one of the most important areas of cultivation of grapes. The territory, in fact, is celebrated for the presence of Sangiovese vineyards from which we get the famous Brunello di Montalcino, and are also used for the production of two other DOC Rosso di Montalcino and the St. Antimo.

Dinner and overnight in hotel in Chianciano Terme.

DAY 6

Continental breakfast at hotel.

Departure for Civita di Bagnoregio for a half day sightseeing with guide.Civita was founded 2500 years ago by the Etruscans. It stands on one of the oldest streets of Italy, situated in a secluded, is only accessible via a pedestrian bridge. The cause of his isolation is the gradual erosion of the hill and the surrounding valley, which gave rise to the typical forms of gullies and that continues today, threatening to wipe out the village, this is also called "the dying city" or, more rarely, "the dying town". The village is now home to twelve people. The ancient village of Civita is accessed through five doors, but now the door or called Santa Maria della Cava, is the only access to the country.

Lunch at local farmhouse in Civita di Bagnoregio.

Free afternoon at disposal for shopping or optional tour
Departure for Rome
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Rome
End of long distance coach services

DAY 7

Continental breakfast at hotel
English speaking assistant and local coach for transfer hotel – airport




WHAT' S INCLUDED

  • 02 nights accomodation in hotel in Rome
  • 03 nights accomodation in hotel in Bolsena
  • 01 night accomodation in hotel in Chianciano Terme
  • 02 dinners at hotel in Rome (½ water e ¼ wine)
  • 03 dinners at hotel in Bolsena (½ water e ¼ wine)
  • 01 dinner at hotel in Chianciano Terme (½ water e ¼ wine)
  • 01 lunch at local restaurant in Rome including starter, main and side dish, dessert, drinks included (½ water e ¼ wine)
  • 01 lunch at local restaurant in Marta or Capodimonte with a three course meal, drinks included.
  • 01 lunch at local restaurant in Sorano including typical italian hand made pasta, main dish and side dish, dessert, drinks included (½ water e ¼ wine)
  • 01 visit at local winery in Montalcino with the food and wine tasting.
  • 01 lunch at local farmhouse in Bagnoregio including hand made pasta, and local main dish with vegetables, home made dessert, ¼ wine and ½ water.
  • Guide for full day Rome
  • Guide for full day Bolsena Lake-Capodimonte-Marta-Bolsena
  • Guide for full day Pitigliano-Sorano-Sovana
  • Guide for full day S.Quirico d'Orcia-Montalcino
  • Guide for half day Civita di Bagnoregio
  • Boat Tour on the lake
  • Local coach for transfer services airport/hotel and hotel/airport
  • English speaking assistant for transfer services airport/hotel and hotel/airport
  • Long distance coach services for 5 days from day 02 to day 06

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