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A new tour to discover two of Italy's most authentic and least visited regions. Passing through famous cities, rolling countryside and small, yet spectacular fortified Borghi (traditional hill top towns), staying in historic villas right in the heart of Urbino and Montefalco. There is also time to enjoy the local cuisine of the region with opportunities to see the production of olive oil and wine, including tasting experiences.
Fly from London (regional connections available)
to Bologna with British Airways. Transfer to
Urbino via Pesaro, birthplace of composer
Gioacchino Rossini. Stay at Hotel Bonconte (or
similar) for 4 nights. Welcome dinner. (D)
Morning tour of Urbino, a beautiful town with
the wonderful Palazzo Ducale at its heart. This
perfect example of Renaissance architecture
hosts masterpieces by Raphael and Piero della
Francesca. After lunch, depart for the borgo of
Mondavio, a medieval hilltop town surrounded
by walls. (B)
Depart for the borgo of Gradara, another
of the region’s monumental Renaissance
fortresses. Visit the main art gallery and walk
the walls that enclose the borgo. Continue to
San Marino for lunch and have time at leisure
to enjoy the world’s oldest republic, which
dates back to 301AD. (B)
Tour of Recanati, with its wonderful views that
stretch from the Sibillini mountains to the
Adriatic coast. The town was the birthplace
of poet Giacomo Leopardi, whose statue now
stands in the delightful Palazzo Antici Mattei.
Other highlights include Palazzo Leopardi
and the church and convent of the Capuchin
friars. After lunch, continue to Sirolo, which
lies on the southern slopes of Mount Conero
overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Time at leisure to
enjoy the town or walk to the beach. (B)
Leave Marche for Umbria and visit Gubbio,
one of the region’s most beautiful cites. Take
a guided tour including the Duomo, Piazza
Grande and the traditional blacksmith shops
which can be found around the town. Drive to
the borgo of Montefalco, known for its wine
and referred to as the ‘Balcony of Umbria’
due to its enchanting hilltop location. Stay at
Hotel Villa Zuccari (or similar) for 3 nights.
Traditional dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
Morning visit to the borgo of Torgiano, one
of the undisputed Italian capitals of wine and
olive oil. After a walking tour, visit the museum
for olive oil and wine tasting. In the afternoon, continue to Perugia, the capital of Umbria.
Take in the main sites including La Fontana
Maggiore and the Etruscan Arch of Augustus.
Perugia is also known as ‘the chocolate city’, so
a chocolate tasting is a must. Time for dinner in
Drive to the borgo of Deruta, famed for
its ceramics and majolica pottery. Visit the
museum and some of the workshops before
continuing towards Lake Trasimeno for
an unguided visit to Castiglione del Lago;
overlooking the lake, this is one of the most
beautiful and dramatic borgos in the region,
with huge medieval walls and towers. Farewell
dinner at a restaurant by the lake. (B, D)
Transfer to Rome airport and fly to London
with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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UUD2020: 7 Nights