7 DAYS‘TUSCANY ON A VESPA’
We transfer you to your accommodation and allow you to settle in and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings which will be “home” for the next 7 days. Dinner in Cortona.
CORTONA HILLSIDE AND TOWNSHIP BY VESPA Today we will spend the morning exploring the stunning countryside and Hillside of the Medieval Cortona by Vespa, the setting for the movie and book “Under the Tuscan Sun”. We will stop for lunch at a trattoria in Cortona to indulge in some local dishes. After lunch you will have some free time to explore and get to know this beautiful township; Visit the many boutiques, art galleries, stroll to the “high point” and visit Chiesa di Santa Margherita, where the Saint’s remains are encased high on the altar. Return to the villa by bike or car mid to late afternoon fora little relaxation by the pool before dinner in Cortona.
SIENA & SAN GIMIGNANO We travel to Sienna, a visit to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, where the famous bareback horse race is held. Visit Il Duomo and The Mangia Tower or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the ambiance and the various delights Sienna has to offer, from the little food stores which offer lots of tempting treats to the beautiful stores offering hand painted ceramics and leatherware. From there we visit San Gimignano for the afternoon. This is a beautiful medieval township which really is a step back in time. This township houses many stores which offer a very broad range of painted ceramics as well as leatherware and alabaster. Two wonderful piazzas where you can simply stroll, visit a museum or climb a tower for a breathtaking view of the Val d’Elsa,or simply sit and enjoy a delicious gelato purchased from the award winning Pluripremiata Gelato Shop, winner of the best ice cream in 2006/ 2007, 2008/ 2009. Dinner in San Gimignano.
CORTONA TO MONTEPULCIANO BY VESPA Enjoy stunning panoramic views as we ride from Cortona to Montepulciano located in the Vald’Orcia;this township is a true gem, great shopping, wonderful Trattoria’s, Cantina’s andSulumeria’s for wine and cheese tastings of which we will enjoy as a group. After a wine tasting and lunch you will have some free time to explore Montepulciano on your own.Mid-afternoon we will ride back to the villa for some relaxation time before dinner. Location of dinner will be decided on the day.
VESPA RIDE TO LAKE TRASIMENO
Today we spend the day exploring the beautiful Lake Trasimeno by Vespa. Departing from Cortona we will travel approx. 15–20km before arriving at our lunch spot. We will then explore the lake area before catching a ferry across to Isola Maggiore where we will spend a few hours.We will travel back to the villa mid afternoon for some free time before dinner in Cortona
CHIANTI & COOKING EXPERIENCE
This morning we will head towards the Chianti area and spend the morning with Laura in a 15th century Italian Cottage where she will impart her knowledge and passion of cooking. During the course of this day,we will interact with the winemakers of this family run establishment. Lunch will be enjoyed overlooking the spectacular undulating landscape of vineyards and olive groves.Location for dinner will be decided on the day.
TOUR FREE DAY
Today you may choose to “stay in” enjoy the pool and relax. Alternatively,you may choose to visit a local township where you can spend the day “exploring”. We will arrange transportation to and from our local train station. Dinner in Cortona.
DEPARTURE After a leisurely breakfast we transfer you to the local train station for your departure.
TOUR COST: From AUD$3,895per person, twin share