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


TOUR OUTLINE


APRIL / MAY

DAY 01: Saturday 25th         Arrival IN / Rome / Sightseeing Rome: Cultural Experience / Sleep Casa Montani

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

DAY 03: Monday 27th          Sightseeing Rome: Vatican Experience /Sightseeing Rome: Cultural Experience / Birthday Dinner

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     Cultural Experience  Sightseeing Florence Full Day

DAY 07:  Friday 1st (May)  Sightseeing Siena then the villages of Chianti: Cultural Experience

DAY 08: Saturday 2nd       Check Out Capanna Suites / Sightseeing Arezzo and Cortona: Cultural Experience / Venice and by Rome by Train

Peter and Suzanne 

NOTE: Take Fast Train to Rome / Transfer to Hotel / Farewell Dinner / Sleep Lord Byron Rome

DAY 09:  Sunday 3rd     Check out Lord Byron /  Transfer FCO airport, Flight out of Rome.

Grinnell and Julie

NOTE:  Take Fast Train to Venice / Check In / Sleep Marriott Hotel TBD

DAY 09:  Sunday 3rd    Venice Sightseeing

DAY 11:  Monday 4th    Venice Sightseeing

DAY 11:  Tuesday 5th     Check out / Fly to LAX


BREAKFAST, LUNCHES & DINNERS


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

(B) Breakfast
(L) Lunch

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


Morning

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

Lunch Not Included a la Carte at restaurant to be decided or Play it by ear

Afternoon

Refresh in Rooms

Reception & Departure from Casa Montani with your Expert Guide

Guided Walking City Tour of Rome

Please Note: Focusing on Ancient Rome and Historical Centre:

  • Campo de’ Fiori
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Narvona
  • Spanish Steps
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Popolo
  • Note most of these sites are within easy distance of Casa Montani

 

Arrival at Casa Montani

Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Casa Bleve Restaurant

Website Casa Bleve

Casa Bleve Tripadvisor comments

 

Sleep at Casa Montani


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


Morning

Departure from Casa Montani:

Meeting with your Expert Guide at location TBD

Guided Walking City Tour of Rome

Please Note: Focusing on the Forum and other sites such as Circus Maximus and Caracalla Baths

Lunch Not Included a la Carte at restaurant to be decided or Play it by ear

Afternoon

Free to relax by yourselves

Museums and Borghese Gardens and shopping

Arrival at Casa Montani 

Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Hostaria Da Pietro. Note Walking Distance

Website Hostaria Da Pietro

Hostaria Da Pietro Tripadvisor comments

 

Sleep at Casa Montani

(B)


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


Morning

Departure from Casa Montani

20 minute walk to Vatican

Meet at Vatican Museums with your expert guide 

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

Afternoon

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

Our suggestion for the Birthday Dinner with outstanding views of Rome is Mataer Terrae at the Raphel.

Website : Mataer Terrae

 

Sleep at Casa Montani

(B)


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


Morning

Check OUT from Casa Montani 

Reception & Departure from Casa Montani with Francesco

Private Transfer to Val d’Orcia / Monticchiello

Afternoon

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

Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Capanna Suites Restaurant, on the property

 

Sleep at Capanna Suites

(B) (L)


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


 Morning

Peter and Suzanne

AM Departure from Capanna Suites with Francesco

Transfer to Capanna Winery

AM Premium Winery visit and tasting  in Montalcino. Capanna Winery

 

Grinnell and Julie

Relax, enjoy spa pool and take a light morning

Regroup

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 Or any of these Gorgeous Towns

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 Montalcino


Sleep at Capanna Suites 

(B) (L)


DAY 06: Thursday 30th.
Cultural Experience  Sightseeing Florence Full Day


Morning

Departure from Capanna Suites with Francesco

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

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

Uffizi Museum and  or Academia (Davide) And other sites of interest

Please Note. We would like to buy beforehand any tickets to avoid queuing. Let us know where your interest lies.

We suggest an earlier dinner in Florence. To be discussed.

Private Transfer to Montalcino

 

Sleep at Capanna Suites 

(B)


DAY 07:  Friday 1st (May) Sightseeing Siena then the villages of Chianti: Cultural Experience


Morning

Departure from Capanna Suites with Francesco

Private Transfer to Siena

Accompanied Visit to Siena

Suggested Lunch not included with Reservation at Compagnia Dei Vinattieri

Website: Vinattieri


This Afternoon we will decide on what we have done thus far, how you feel and what you would like to see and do.

Our suggestions would be something like this.

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

and or 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 Capanna Suites

Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Il Silene Restaurant in Seggiano or in Montalcino Boccon Di Vino. Note. Taxi not included. 10 minutes

Website: Boccon Di Vino  and  Website : Il Silene

Return  to Capanna Suites

 

Sleep at Capanna Suites 

(B)


DAY 08: Saturday 2nd May

 Check Out Capanna Suites / Sightseeing Arezzo and Cortona: Cultural Experience / Venice and by Rome by Train 


Morning

Check out and Departure from Capanna Suites with Francesco

We would like to keep your Check out time flexible and will do both Arezzo or Cortona depending on Time.

Private Transfer to Arezzo

Accompanied (Non Guided)  Visit & Cultural Experience in Arezzo

Private Transfer to Cortona

Accompanied   (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 Florence

WE will book your train tickets in Quiet Coach 1st Class and would Imagine 4 to 5 pm trains. Please also Note. We will be buying the train tickets for you once we know your preference for your arrival time in Venice and Rome. Think that both fast trains take about 1 and half hours.


Now we split the Itinerary. 


Peter and Suzanne

NOTE: Take Fast Train to Rome,1 class quiet Coach Tickets included

Private Transfer from Rome Termini to Hotel Lord Bryon

Farewell Dinner Suggestion Ambasciata di Abruzzo

Website Ambasciata di Abruzzo

Sleep: Hotel Lord Byron

(B)


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


Morning

Check out of Lord Byron Hotel

Private Transfer to Rome Airport (FCO)

Flight to USA

(B)

End of Peter and Suzanne’s Services 


Grinnell and Julie 


Continuing DAY 08: Saturday 2nd May


PM

NOTE: Take Fast Train to Venice. 1 class quiet Coach Tickets included

Arrival to Venice Santa Lucia Station.

Your Hotel will arrange your Transfer

Sleep Marriott Venice Hotel TBD

(B)


DAY 10:  Monday 3rd    Venice Sightseeing


If you need our native expert guide let us know.

If you would like our restaurant list and us to help with your dinner reservations please let us know.

Sleep Marriott Venice TBD


DAY 11:  Monday 4th    Venice Sightseeing


If you need out native expert guide let us know.

If you would like our restaurant list and us to help with your dinner reservations please let us know.

Sleep Marriott Venice TBD


DAY 11:  Tuesday 5th     Check out / Fly to LAX


Check out from Marriott Hotel TBD

Hotel Transfer from Marriott Hotel TBD to Venice Marco Polo Airport

Please note we have not added any services in Venice at this point on the tour or in the pricing, Just the Train Tickets to Venice.

 

End of Grinnell and Julie’s Services 

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