FOCUS

The main objective of this tour is for you to have a great overview of Rome and Tuscany, taste very interesting wines (not just the most expensive or famous) and gain a great sense of both places and the local cuisine in the time you have in a relaxed and enjoyable fashion. We have presented two options for you which only differ in the accommodations (costs) we have chosen for you both. We have been extremely vigilant in taking into account all your comments and ideas for the tour from the conversation we had and of course our and our guides' extensive ground knowledge.

In Rome we are going to gently start on the first day with giving you an overview of Rome with a local guide who has worked in many parts of the Vatican over the years. Now she is a freelance guide and we have been working with Anna since we began in Italy and love her insights and ability to capture our clients' attention and hearts. We will discuss with you your Roman itinerary before your arrival to ensure in the two four hour long slots you have with Anna you can enjoy anything you have particular affinity for. Naturally Anna will be able to structure the time you have together to make logistic sense. With Anna the tours are with a private transport (Mercedes) and driver so you will not have to worry about getting too tired. Rome in July is very hot (80F). There is no getting away from it, but keeping plenty of water in the van and with few shots of Italian Espresso here and there you will be fighting fit. We have chosen the best room at the Donna Camilla Savelli which has outstanding views and terrace over the district of Trastevere and I really cannot think of a better place to spend a few hours sipping a prosecco on your terrace before you head out for the dinner. We will be able to help you with all your dining requirements throughout the tour. We leave Rome with Katharine ... who will be accompanying you throughout the tour. We are going to drive up an hour out of Rome and we thought we would stop at Orvieto ... a beautiful cathedral town that looks over Tuscany and Umbria. Shortly after Orvieto we take one of the most suggestive roads in Italy through from Chiusi to Pienza and then on to the southern hills of Florence. You will have time to stop for an amazing lunch at a hidden and delightful local trattoria and wend our way through Montepulciano and Pienza. The scenery is just stunning. We can head to the hotel as quickly or as slowly as you like and I think it is important to note that you are able to make changes on this tour depending how you feel at all times. That is the beauty of having a tour like this architected for you. There will always be things you would like to see but here we are trying to give you a holiday that is not only relaxing ... but utterly stress free. Next stop will be Castello del Nero. All we can tell you is that is totally relaxing luxury: the service levels are brilliant, clients adore the place and one of the major draws is the SPA: treatments are exceedingly well regarded. Castello del Nero is wonderfully located for getting out into the vineyards and the countryside each day. Naturally we have added in some of the best wineries in the region, but we are not overdoing it and you must always remember the journeys on these days in wine are as much of an attraction too. Some long and very leisurely lunches just top it off. On Day 6 you will enjoy the delights of Montalcino with its Brunello wines that are perhaps the pinnacle of expression for Sangiovese in the world. There is a chance for you to see Siena if you are feeling up to it. If not ... then we will get you back to Florence for checking in at the Villa Cora. We cannot say enough good things about this spectacular villa, apart from you are going to love it. The views over Florence are stunning and it is a delightful walk through gardens and woodland to get to the centre of Florence. They have a shuttle ... which is very useful. Katharine is going to give to you a very simple overview of Florence in a three hour walking tour, showing you insider places and museums that you should visit in your free time. Finally on Day 8 we will let you enjoy the morning free. For lunch we have a great suggestion for you for some delightful alfresco dining in the heart of Florence at the caffè of Teatro del Sale. Katharine will then transfer you to the train station, get you settled on your reserved first class seats and you are back to Rome in just under two hours. Once at the station your driver will be looking out for you with a sign and then back to enjoy a last afternoon in Rome. The following day we will take you to the airport. All in all a magical journey in Italy.


WHY CHOOSE RWT?


The reason for choosing us is very simple: we are wine lovers and want to share with you our insights and the things we love most: outstanding wines with excellent food, great company and stunning landscapes. Our objective is for you to gain a great understanding of Italy and its people while tasting amazing wines and superb cuisine in the time you have available. RWT has over 10 years of experience and excellence. Italy is a country where you can return to often, so let us try to show it to you from a new perspective: through its foods and wines. Many of our guests have been to other great wine regions in the world. Italy sometimes surprises our guests with what appears to be backward technology and time tested winemaking techniques, which are in big contradiction to all the New World's winemaking bells and whistles. It is fascinating to speak to winemakers about their perspective on the wines of Italy, the wine industry and global markets.


Table of contents


Tour Day by Day- Tuscany – Honeymoon – Wine & Food Experience – 8 Nights


BREAKFAST / LUNCHES & DINNERS


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

Þ    (B) Breakfast

Þ    (L) Lunch

Þ    (D) Dinner


TOUR DAY BY DAY


DAY 1 – Arrival IN / Rome / Donna Camilla Savelli


Arriving at Rome Airport (FCO)

Reception at Rome Airport with Bilingual Driver

Private Transfer to Rome

Arrival & Check IN at Donna Camilla Savelli

Reception & Departure from Donna Camilla Savelli with RWT Expert Local Guide

4-Hour Guided City Tour of Rome

Arrival at Donna Camilla Savelli

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant in Rome

Sleep at Donna Camilla Savelli / Room Category: Premiere Suite


DAY 2 – Rome


Morning Free Sightseeing Rome

Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant in Rome

Departure from Donna Camilla Savelli with RWT Expert Local Guide

4-Hour Guided City Tour of Rome

Arrival at Donna Camilla Savelli

08:45 PM Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Ristorante La Pergola

Please Note: 3-Star Michelin Restaurant

Sleep at Donna Camilla Savelli / Room Category: Premiere Suite


(B)


DAY 3 – Orvieto / Val dOrcia / Castello del Nero


Check OUT / Reception & Departure from Donna Camilla Savelli with RWT Expert Local Guide

Private Transfer & Visit to Orvieto

Private Transfer to Val d‘Orcia

Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Ristorante Dopolavoro La Foce OR Osteria Da Gagliano

Private Transfer & Visit (Time Allowing) to Pienza

Private Transfer to Tavernelle Val di Pesa

Arrival & Check IN at Castello del Nero

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Castello del Nero

Sleep at Castello del Nero / Room Category: Deluxe Double Room


(B)


DAY 4 – Wineries & Towns of Chianti


Departure from Castello del Nero with RWT Expert Local Guide

Private Transfer to Greve in Chianti

Food Tasting at Antica Macelleria Falorni

Wine Tasting at Le Cantine di Greve

Private Transfer to Panzano

Food Tasting at Antica Macelleria Cecchini

Visit & Wine Tasting at Castello di Ama Winery with Lunch Included

Visit & Wine Tasting at Fontodi Winery

Wine Tasting at Castello di Fonterutoli Winery

Private Transfer to Tavernelle Val di Pesa

Arrival at Castello del Nero

Departure from Castello del Nero with Bilingual Driver

Private Transfer to Mezzuola

Please Note: 30-Minute Drive

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Villa Bordoni Restaurant

Private Transfer to Tavernelle Val di Pesa

Arrival at Castello del Nero

Sleep at Castello del Nero / Room Category: Deluxe Double Room


(B) (L)


DAY 5 – Sightseeing the Hills of Tuscany


Departure from Castello del Nero with RWT Expert Local Guide

Private Transfer & Visit to San Gimignano

Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant in San Gimignano

Private Transfer & Visit to Volterra

Private Transfer to Montespertoli

Visit (Time Allowing) & Wine Tasting at Castello Sonnino Winery

Private Transfer to Tavernelle Val di Pesa

Arrival at Castello del Nero

Departure from Castello del Nero with Bilingual Driver

Private Transfer to Rignana

Please Note: 20-Minute Drive

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at La Cantinetta di Rignana

Private Transfer to Tavernelle Val di Pesa

Arrival at Castello del Nero

Sleep at Castello del Nero / Room Category: Deluxe Double Room


(B)


DAY 6 – Wineries of Montalcino / Siena / Florence / Villa Cora


Check OUT & Departure from Castello del Nero with RWT Expert Local Guide

Visit & Wine Tasting at Altesino Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at La Serena Winery

Private Transfer to Montalcino

Lunch Included with Wines at Enoteca Osticcio

Visit to Montalcino

Private Transfer & 3-Hour Guided Walking City Tour (Time Allowing) of Siena

Private Transfer to Florence

Arrival & Check IN at Villa Cora

08:45 PM Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Enoteca Pinchiorri

Please Note: 3-Star Michelin Restaurant

Sleep at Villa Cora / Room Category: Deluxe


(B) (L)


DAY 7 – Cooking with Pamela at Poggio Etrusco / Visit to Montepulciano


Departure from Villa Cora with RWT Expert Local Guide

Arrival at the Cooking school of Pamela Sheldon Johns

Private Hands on cooking experience, Including Extra Olive oil tasting  at Poggio Etrusco

Lunch with wines at Poggio Etrusco

Private Transfer & Visit (Time Allowing) to Montepulciano

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant in Florence

Sleep at Villa Cora / Room Category: Deluxe


(B)


DAY 8 – Florence / Rome


4-Hour Guided Walking City Tour of Florence

Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant in Florence

Check OUT & Departure from Villa Cora with Bilingual Driver

Private Transfer to Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station

Arrival at Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station

Departing from Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station

Arriving at Rome Termini Train Station

Reception at Rome Termini Train Station with Bilingual Driver

Private Transfer to Donna Camilla Savelli

Arrival & Check IN at Donna Camilla Savelli

Late Afternoon Free Sightseeing Rome

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant in Rome

Sleep at Donna Camilla Savelli / Room Category: Premiere Suite


(B)


DAY 9 – Departure OUT


Morning Free Sightseeing Rome

Check OUT & Departure from Donna Camilla Savelli with Bilingual Driver

Private Transfer to Rome Airport

Arrival at Rome Airport

Flight Alitalia AZ0614

Departing from Rome Airport (FCO)

To Boston Airport (BOS)


(B)


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