DEPARTURE DAY…25 May 2019, SATURDAY
Day ONE: 26May 2019, SUNDAY. VILLA La MUCCHIA
Transfer from Firenze airport to Villa La Mucchia via private motor coach. www.hometuscany.com
Dinner at Il Vallone for THE best pizza in Tuscany, included. www.ilvallone.it
Day TWO: 27May 2019, MONDAY, CORTONA
After breakfast, visit the lovely hilltop town of Cortona with our host Uri as guide. You will visit the Monastery of the Franciscan Cappuccini, Catedrale di Santa Margherita, ‘Bramasole’ from the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, then stroll the main street, Via Nationale, to the panoramic terrace in Piazza Garibaldi. Free afternoon for lunch on own, strolling, shopping and a suggested visit to Museo dell’ Accademia Etrusca and The Circle of Life Art Gallery of Andrea Roggi. Late afternoon return to relax at the pool and gardens of LaMucchia. Dinner at Villa, included.
Day THREE: 28 May 2019, TUESDAY, SIENA
After breakfast, take scenic drive to Siena for 1-hour guided walking tour and visit one of the world’s most famous gothic cathedrals built over 300 years, from 1300-1600. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siena#Culture Lunch, shopping and browsing on own. Meet up with your group in late afternoon for a grocery stop in Camucia to pick up food & beverage items for dinner on your own in your suite or outdoors in the garden or poolside.
Day FOUR: 29 May 2019, WEDNESDAY, FLORENCE (Firenze)
Early breakfast, then hop the local train to explore Firenze with our host, Quirina.
OPTIONAL site visits: Accademia/Statue of David, Uffizi Museum, Duomo, Museo Galileo (entrance fees, additional; reserve in advance with Melina).
Lunch/shopping on own. Return to Villa La Mucchia, late afternoon/early evening.
Dinner at Villa La Mucchia, included.
Day FIVE: 30 May 2019, THURSDAY, MARKET DAY & ASSISI (optional)
After breakfast, stroll the local farmer’s market in Camucia, a nearby village, that offers many cafes for sitting and people-watching. Return to Villa for free afternoon to relax by the pool. Pot Luck Dinner at Villa… guests can pick up food/beverage items at fresh market in morning or at local grocery.
OPTIONAL Afternoon Excursion: ASSISI, 1-hour guided walking tour (additional cost) with free time for lunch and to make visit to Basilica di San Francesco d’ Assisi, and browse/shop on your own (late afternoon return;transportation provided). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assisi
Day SIX: 31 May 2019, FRIDAY…FREE DAY or THERMAL BATHS
After breakfast, a free day to further explore Cortona and/or nearby sites/towns, on own (transportation arranged upon request).
OPTIONAL After breakfast, take a scenic one hour drive to Thermal Day Spa in Theia Chiancano (additional cost). http://www.piscinetermalitheia.it/
The waters are rich in sulphur and calcium and with natural mud. Late afternoon return to Villa La Mucchia. Dinner on own at nearby restaurant (transport provided).
OPTIONAL DINNER (must reserve in advance with Melina; approx $150/person): Villa Rosa dei Venti for an extraordinary cooking demonstration/class at with Chef Barbara & Mama who will prepare (with us) a delicious dinner demonstrating “cucina Toscana” menu of antipasti, pappardelle, ragu Toscano, meats, salads and dolce (dessert); vino e caffe, of course! http://www.rosadeiventi.net/en/cookbook-tuscan-recipes
Day SEVEN: 01 June 2019, SATURDAY, WINERY TOUR & MULTEPULCIANO
After breakfast, drive the luscious Wine Road to Poliziano. Visit Vineyard Poliziano, http://www.italyandwine.info/schede/poliziano.htm for winery tour and wine tasting; then short journey to Montepulciano’s old city. You can enjoy mid-day meal and/or coffee & pastry at the famous Caffe Poliziano (on own) www.caffepoliziano.it Back to Villa La Mucchia for happy hour (included) to enjoy the evening poolside with vino rosso e bianco di casa & an array of Mediterranean appetizers.
Day EIGHT: 02 June 2019, SUNDAY, AREZZO & LAKE TRASIMENO
After early breakfast, visit AREZZO’s famous Antique Fair and Fresh Market http://www.fieraantiquaria.org/ Then take a short drive to the breathtaking walled town on Lake Trasimeno, Castiglione del Lago, and walk the fortress walls for a spectacular panoramic view of the lake. Lunch on own. This evening we offer a toast of gratitude to our hosts, Uri & Quirina and Zeev & Ilana at a Farewell Dinner at Villa, included.
Day NINE: 03 June 2019, MONDAY, RETURN FLIGHT
Early morning transfer (5am) to Firenze airport for flight back home!
*Some itinerary details may be subject to change.