Wine & Food Experience in Central Italy: Rome & Tuscany

Rome & Tuscany - 8 Nights for Suzanne & Peter and Julie & Peter

Tentative Dates: Saturday 25th April 2020 - Sunday   03rd May  2020

TOUR OVERVIEW


Dear Family Grinnell Morris Its a great pleasure for us to present this first draft for you. Having taken into account the points brought up in our call this is our first proposal for you but it really tick all the boxes, its stress free, plenty of flexibility, Perfectly paced. You will enjoy the best of Caput Mundi and Tuscany. We have tried to outline the tour with some structure, and how we we would play it.

Once we agree on Dates and Hotels and you get your Air locked in we do have a good chunk of time to make adjustments, cover any sights or zones you would like to include. Hotels these are our first choices (We have shown two options in Rome), If you do not like them for whatever reason please do not worry we have plenty of options. Restaurants are just good ideas of where we like and having noted your preference for authentic, local restaurants, naturally we have added some extra special spots too.

We have kept the wine to a minimum as asked for, Just one or two wineries we really do think is warranted, hope you agree! We have offered you 2 options on Day 07 which is Friday 1st May. You mentioned Siena was not of interest, but a early evening stroll prior to dinner could really work.

As we design everything for our clients accordingly we will work with you to ensure you have the tour you want and we trust that having travelled before with our company that will give you peace of mind. Saluti Tim

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Hotels:

Hotel: Donna Camilla Savelli, Rome

Housed in a beautifully restored 17th-century monastery designed by Borromini (a major figure in Roman Baroque architecture), the Donna Camilla Savelli is located just over a bridge from the heart of old Rome and immersed in the bohemian district of Trastevere. The 76 rooms and suites are sober in decoration very much in harmony with the monastic concept of the historic building. The magnificent view of Rome from the panoramic roof terrace is too much of a treat to miss. Not a luxury stay, but one of the cleverest choices around. You will not feel like a tourist here. We do recommend the premiere suite with terrace, if you can justify it.

Website Hotel Donna Camilla Savelli

TripAdvisor Comments 

Hotel: Casa Montani. Rome

Casa Montani, a small and perfectly formed luxurious B&B  run and owned by Guiseppe and Carlotta the owners, with just 5 bedrooms and two brand new apartments. Fantastically Located 1 minute from Plaza del Popolo, the original gateway to Rome and the entrance to the Borghese Gardens. The facilities and decoration reflect their attention to detail and superb continental breakfast is served in the room is a lovely plus. Memory foam beds and the softest of pillows and total sound proofing ensure a very comfortable stay. Housed on the third floor of a beautiful building with furniture and fabrics from the best Italian and French brands and commissioned furniture, each room is unique.  Being so small we suggest booking early. The feeling is very personal and intimate.

Website Casa Montani

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel: Capanna Suites. Montalcino, Tuscany

We have been working with this winery over the years and finally they have inaugurated their Lodging, Its taken a lot longer than anticipated.  Its not only superb in all aspects its run by very competent people. who we trust. Intimate with just 11 rooms and suites. Capanna is our go to winery finally having a good lodging in Montalcino that is not as expensive and more relaxed than Castiglion del Bosco. All Amenities are spot on, design touches and great Italian finishes everywhere. Small Spa with treatments and a pool with the most incredible 180 View of the vineyards of South Eastern Brunello Vines. with Montosoli being one of the great zones. Chef has a star and like everything else here the mood is relaxed and attracts the same. You wont find a great meal so easy as this one. We are very pleased to be working with Capanna. They know what is expected for our customers.

 

Website: Capanna Suites

 

Tour Outline – Rome & Tuscany – 8 Nights for Suzanne & Peter and Julie & Grinnell


GUIDING


Katharine (Your Dedicated Driver and Tour Director)


Your driver will be Katharine in Florence, who will also act as your tour Director. Florence and the entire region of Tuscany are so rich in cultural heritage, stunning art, superb architecture, picturesque landscapes, good food and incredible wine that if you are not careful you will fall in love with the place and spend the rest of your life here. This is exactly what has happened to Katharine. Born in California and graduate of the University of Berkeley (California), Katharine has been living in Italy for the last thirty years now. With a handle on both languages and cultures, she really enjoys exposing clients to those aspects of the land, the language and the lifestyle of the Bel Paese that give them something to chew on in addition to the sumptuous offerings of Italy.

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Tim (Your Dedicated Driver and Tour Director)


Tim was born in the UK and is of Scottish descent. Tim was introduced to fine wines in 1988 when he worked for Sakagura Wine & Liquor … part of Intercontinental Group in Hong Kong. He was responsible for selling their collection of Bordeaux Wines and other top quality new world wines, probably the best collection in Asia at that time. He never quite recovered from tasting the very best at early age of 18. However, he went on to complete his studies in Economics and Business. He was unable to find a suitably well-paid job in wine in London and so embarked on a career in finance, including, Fidelity Investments, Schroders and CSFB. He decided to leave finance in 1998 to refocus on finding a project involving his love: the wine. Tim inaugurated Robertson Wine Tours (RWT) in 2003. The business has grown organically over the years and despite efforts to get involved in exporting he has stuck to the tried and tested formula of offering his clients the best the wine countries have to offer. The client base of RWT is rightly demanding of the best, extremely well travelled and generally with knowledge or love of wine.

 


Cristina (Florence Cultural Expert)


Cristina graduated at the Florence University with a Master Degree in Art History on XVI Century Florentine Private Art Collections. She also attended the Florence University Institute of Fine Arts with studies toward a PHD in Art History with focus on history of technical restoration of paintings. She taught Early XX Century European Vanguards at the Syracuse University and Early Renaissance Art at Pepperdine (James Madison) University in Florence. Cristina is also a long time lecturer and docent at the New York University (Villa La Pietra) in Florence, with focus on the Acton Art Collection, the Anglo-Americans in Florence and the history of the formal gardens of Italy. She has been working for many years within the Uffizi Education Department as an art history teacher, lecturer and thematic researcher for schools and adults.


TOUR OUTLINE


APRIL / MAY

DAY 01: Saturday 25th         Arrival IN / Rome / Sightseeing Rome: Cultural Experience / Sleep Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli
DAY 02: Sunday 26th           Sightseeing Rome: Sightseeing Rome: Cultural Experience
DAY 03: Monday 27th          Sightseeing Rome: Vatican Experience /Sightseeing Rome: Cultural Experience

DAY 04: Tuesday 28th          Check out Rome / Sightseeing  Val d’Orcia / Check in Montalcino/ Sleep Capanna Suites
DAY 05: Wednesday 29th    Sightseeing Val d’Orcia and Montalcino: Cultural Experience
DAY 06:  Thursday 30th      Sightseeing Florence: Cultural Experience : Cultural Experience
DAY 07:  Friday 1st (May)   Sightseeing Arezzo and Cortona Or Umbria (Assisi): Cultural Experience
DAY 08: Saturday 2nd         Sightseeing Chianti, San Gimignano and Siena: Cultural Experience

DAY 09:  Sunday 3rd           Check out, Transfer to Rome, Flight out of Rome.

 


BREAKFAST, LUNCHES & DINNERS


In this itinerary, we make it clear where meals are included:

(B) Breakfast
(L) Lunch
(D) Dinner

Tour Day by Day – Rome & Tuscany – 8 Nights for Suzanne & Peter and Julie & Grinnell

 


DAY 01: Saturday 25th.
Arrival IN / Rome / Sightseeing Rome: Cultural Experience / Sleep Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli



Flight IN
at Rome Airport (FCO)

Reception & Departure from Rome Airport with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Rome

Arrival & Check IN at Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli

Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Lagana Restaurant

Website Ristorante Laganà
Ristorante Laganà Tripadvisor comments

 

Reception & Departure from Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli  with your Expert Guide

Guided City Tour of Rome (Walking, post flight we think think this a good way to stretch the legs and get acclimatised)

Note If you think you would prefer Private Transport with guiding this afternoon just let us know

Also Note: As we are ahead of the game time wise we will have the same Roman Cultural guide throughout your time in Rome


Please Note: Focusing on Ancient Rome and Historical Centre:

  • Campo de’ Fiori
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Narvona
  • Spanish Steps
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Popolo

 

Arrival at Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli

Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Casa Bleve Restaurant

Website Casa Bleve

Casa Bleve Tripadvisor comments

 

Sleep at Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli


DAY 02: Sunday 26th.
Sightseeing Rome: Sightseeing Rome: Cultural Experience


 

Departure from Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli with your expert guide and driver with transport

Sightseeing Rome with Transport. Guided City Tour of Rome

Please Note: Focusing on the Appia Antica Way, Forum, Circus Maximus and Caracalla Baths

Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Riscoli Restaurant

Website Roscioli

Roscioli Tripadvisor comments

Afternoon free to relax by yourselves

Museums and Borghese Gardens and shopping

Arrival at Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli

Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Hostaria Da Pietro

Website Hostaria Da Pietro

Hostaria Da Pietro Tripadvisor comments

 

Sleep at Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli

(B)


DAY 03: Monday 27th.
Sightseeing Rome full Day: Vatican Experience /Sightseeing Rome: Cultural Experience


 

Departure from Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli with your expert guide 

Guided Visit at Vatican Museums & Sistine ChapelPlease Note: Vatican Museums & Early Entry

Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Zio Umberto Restaurant

Tripadvisor: Zio Umberto

Continue Sightseeing and investigating ancient Rome with your expert guide.

Walk to Villa Farnisina (close) www.villafarnesina.it

See this incredible Villa and frescoes

See Trastevere and Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Cross to the Jewish district and do other sites not looked at previous days with your expert Guide, We will keep this afternoon unstructured and we can decide at the time how the group wants to play this afternoon what sites, museums you would like to see.

Arrival at Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli

Dinner Reservation not included at Clemente Alla Maddalena

Website Clemente alla Maddalena
Clemente alla Maddalena Tripadvisor comments

 

Sleep at Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli

(B)


DAY 04: Tuesday 28th.   
    Check out Rome / Sightseeing  Val d’Orcia / Check in Montalcino/ Sleep Capanna Suites


 

Check OUT from Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli

Reception & Departure from Casa Montani or Donna Camilla Savelli with Katharine or Tim

Private Transfer to Val d’Orcia / Monticchiello

Lunch with Wines included at Daria Restaurant

Website Ristorante Daria

Private Transfer to Pienza

Visit & Cultural Experience in Pienza

Private Transfer to Montalcino

Arrival & Check IN at Capanna Suites

Informal Sangiovese Tasting  at Capanna

Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Capanna Suites Restaurant 

 

Sleep at Capanna Suites

(B) (L)


DAY 05:  Wednesday 29th.   
Sightseeing  Montalcino and Val d’Orcia: Cultural Experience


 

Departure from Capanna Suites with Katharine or Tim

AM Winery visit in Montalcino. Castello Tricherci

Website Castello Tricerchi

or

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Website: Cinelli Colombini

Late morning Visit to Montalcino

Lunch with wines Included at Re Di Macchia

Tripadvisor Comments. Re di Macchia

Afternoon

Suggested Visit to the beautiful  Abbey of Sant Antimo and a walk along part of the Via Francigena

Private Transfer to Montepulciano

Non Guided Visit & Cultural Experience in Montepulciano

Private Transfer to Certona

Non Guided Visit & Cultural Experience in Certona

Transfer to Sarteano

Earlier Dinner in Sarteano at Osteria Da Gagliano Restaurant

Tripadvisor Comments. Da Gagliano

Private Transfer to Capanna Suites

 

Sleep at Capanna Suites 

(B) (L)

 


DAY 06: Thursday 30th.
Florence: Cultural Experience


 

Departure from Capanna Suites with Katharine or Tim

Private Transfer to Florence

Walking Guided City Tour of Florence with Cristina your expert Cultural guide

Suggested Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Caffè Cibreo Restaurant in Florence

Website: Cibreo Caffe

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Florence On Your Own, time to do Uffizi Museum, Academia (Davide) And other sites of interest

Please note. We would like to buy beforehand any tickets to avoid queuing

Please also Note. With so much to see we could certainly make this a full days guided touring in Florence, comments please

Early dinner reserved not included at Pitti Gola Restaurant & Wine Bar

Website: Pitti Gola e Cantina

Private Transfer to Capanna Suites

 

Sleep at Capanna Suites 

(B)


DAY 07:  Friday 1st May.
Sightseeing. Option 1.  Arezzo and Cortona Or Option 2. Umbria (Assisi): Cultural Experience


OPTION 1. Arezzo and Cortona 


Departure from Capanna Suites with Katharine or Tim

Private Transfer to Arezzo

Non Guided Visit & Cultural Experience in Arezzo

Private Transfer to Cortona

Non Guided Visit & Cultural Experience in Cortona

Suggested reserved Lunch not included at Relais La Corte dei Papi

Website: La Corte Dei Papi

Private Transfer to Castelnuovo Berardenga

Informal Tasting (just tasting not the visit) at Felsina winery

Website: Felsina

Private transfer to Capanna Suites

Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Il Silene Restaurant in Seggiano

Please Note: 30-Minute Drive (Included)

Website : Il Silene

Private Transfer to Capanna Suites

 

Sleep at Capanna Suites 

(B)


OPTION 2. Umbria Assisi and Beyond

We Suggest a slightly earlier start today

Private Transfer to Assisi.  Note: 1 hour and 45 Minutes

Non Guided Visit & Cultural Experience  Assisi

Sites included: Saint Francis (San Francesco) and Saint Clare (Santa Chiara). The Basilica, Saint Clare’s church. Minerva ‘s Temple, “Capitano del popolo” and  “Rocca Maggiore”

Lunch suggestion. Bibenda. Super located for you and great host and lots of Umbrian wines by the glass. Note this is a place for a light snack not a full lunch

http://www.bibendaassisi.it

Private Transfer to Montalcino.

NOTE: Depending on your energy levels and interest we can see Perugia or Arezzo or Cortona or  head straight back to Capanna Suites

Dinner Suggestion in Montalcino Boccon Di Vino. Note Dinner transfer included. 10 minutes

Website: Boccon Di Vino

 

Sleep at Capanna Suites 

(B)


DAY 08: Saturday 2nd May
Sightseeing Chianti, San Gimignano and Siena 



Departure from Capanna Suites with Katharine or Tim

Private Transfer to Monteriggioni

Sightseeing in the Fortified Borgo of Monteriggioni

Stopping for a Coffee, Cheeses and Wines and Gelato where ever we want

Greve in Chianti and Panzano and  Castellina in Chianti

Lunch suggestion at La Cantinetta di Rignana

Website: La Cantinetta di Rignana

Private Transfer to San Gimignano

Visit one of  of the most Iconic Villages in Italy  San Gimignano

Non Guided Visit & Cultural Experience  San Gimignano

Private Transfer to Siena

You mentioned that Siena was not of interest. We think a stroll around the centre, enjoying an Aperitivo and Dinner would be super ending to the cultural tour we are proposing

Accompanied Visit to Siena

Dinner Suggestion Reserved at Compagnia Dei Vinattieri

Website: Vinattieri

Private Transfer to Capanna Suites

 

Sleep at Capanna Suites 

(B)


DAY 09:  Sunday 3rd May.
Check out, Transfer to Rome, Flight out of Rome


Check out of Capanna Suites

Private Transfer to Rome Airport (FCO)

POINTS TO NOTE:

This transfer will only work if your flight is later than Midday. Any earlier would seem a stressful way to finish your Italian Immersion

Travel Time is 2 and half hours and you need to be at the FCO 2 hours (you may prefer more) prior to departure Time

There are 2 great flights from FCO to JFK at 12.50 and 2,50 operated by Delta and Alitalia that our clients often take, It is a great departure time, however you may have other preferences

Flying out of Florence or Pisa Airport is also another option but that would imply a stop in a European Hub, Lufthansa Part of the Star Alliance works very well

If you do Not like this idea we can play it a number of other ways

The best way to counter this is we head straight to Tuscany and we make Rome at the end
or
We alter the Tour around a little logistically and we head to Rome the night before (Saturday 2nd May) to be able to secure an earlier morning flight out of FCO without a long transfer. Note Many flights leave 9 to 9.30 AM to the USA

It really depends on the flights that work for all 4 of you and your airline Preference. Very happy to discuss this point as it does come up a lot.


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