Central Italy

24 DAY TOUR STARTS 11 JUNE 2022

LAND
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AUD 6150

(Share Twin)

4-5 NIGHTS IN EVERY HOTEL !!
GROUP SIZE: 14 PASSENGERS
SINGLE SUPPL. AUD 1840
OPTIONAL DINNERS:
3 COURSE MEAL & WINE AUD 60
WEATHER
From warm conditions in day time to cool conditions at night
Max Day Temp 18-25°C – Min Night 09-14°C

This is a truly off the beaten track tour featuring a collection of charming picturesque places, providing a relaxed easy going holiday enhanced by the tranquil location of our quality hotels.
The itinerary spans from the attractive mediterranean islands of Giglio and Elba to the pristine ambience of the relatively underrated Marche Region, enriched with historic towns and a beautiful undulated landscape to rival the much celebrated countryside of Tuscany.
Our “Gran Finale“ is the Abruzzo Region (almost unknown to foreign tourists) which is a real gem of well preserved traditions, medieval villages and impressive rugged mountains.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Six gastronomic dinners with 1/4 bottle of wine and 1/2 bottle of mineral water included!
  • Three and four star hotel accommodation (bed and breakfast). Some hotels are set in high spectacular positions and offer excellent panoramic views of the surrounding areas.
  • Modern air conditioned mini coach with English-speaking tour manager.
  • A wide range of local excursions available daily from all the major centres of the itinerary. These tours, provided at no extra cost, are on an optional basis.
  • Ferry boat to the Isle of Giglio.
  • Ferry boat to the Isle of Elba. The motor coach will also be ferried with the group for the 4 night stop in the island.

AT YOUR OWN COST

  • Meals, other than those included in the package. Optional group dinners in picturesque restaurants will be arranged at special reduced prices.
  • Entry tickets into: museums, palaces, fortresses and castles.
  • Cable cars at Isle of Elba and chairlift at Scanno.
  • Single accommodation supplement.
  • Travel Insurance.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS

Porto Ercole – This historic and picturesque small harbour, along the southern coast of Tuscany, used to be the high profile capital of a Spanish enclave in the 16th century, called “State of Presidi“. Due to its strategic importance, the Spaniards built four fortresses around Porto Ercole (still in excellent conditions) for the protection of the citadel. The Palace of the Spanish Governor is one of the highlights of medieval Porto Ercole.

Elba Island – First belonged to the Etruscans, then the Romans. From 1814 to 1815 it was the dominion and residence of Napoleon. His villa is now open to the public. Thanks to its climate, its exquisite beaches and beautiful bays, its interesting historic and artistic patrimony, its fine cuisine and wines, Elba is unparalleled.

The Marche Region – This relatively underrated region has escaped the impact of mass tourism. Yet, the beauty of its landscape and picturesque historic villages is even better than the much celebrated countryside of Tuscany. Our scenic drives and sightseeing throughout the region will astound you.

Civitella Alfedena – This historic village dating back to the 11th century is located in the heart of the National Park of Abruzzo at 1,100m above sea level, overlooking a picturesque small lake surrounded by green mountains. The pristine environment of the National Park and the charming architecture of the village, dotted with alleys, pretty squares and balconies full of flowers, make this place quite unique.

Sulmona – It is one of the most elegant heritage towns of the Abruzzo Region (at 400m above sea level) flanked by the snowy peaks of the Maiella mountains. Within its medieval walls, the clock seems to have stopped a long time ago and the traditional architecture is as pristine as it has been for centuries.

PROGRAM

Lazio Region - The picturesque medieval village of Vitorchiano
Lazio Region – The picturesque medieval village of Vitorchiano

Sat 11 Jun 09.00 – Passengers report to our tour guide at the Hotel Comfort, 3 km from Rome Airport. This is an excellent four star hotel and if people stay the night before they can also use the hotel shuttle (we can organize accommodation if required). Departure for Vitorchiano, an amazing picturesque historic village where we stop for some sightseeing and lunch.

Porto Ercole - Southern Tuscany & Our scenic hotel at Porto Ercole (top left)

13.30 – Continuation to Porto Ercole which is of Roman origin and in the 16th century came under the rule of Spain which exerted its power for about three centuries over much of the Tuscany coast establishing the “State of Presidi“ with Porto Ercole as capital. Under Spanish rule four fortresses were built (or rebuilt) around Porto Ercole to protect the medieval citadel and the governor’s palace still prominent today. The fortresses are still in excellent conditions.
16.30 – Arrival in Porto Ercole.
19.30 – Dinner at the hotel (included).

Sun 12 Jun – Morning at leisure in Porto Ercole. Options: a) visit the medieval district of Porto Ercole, b) scenic walks to the medieval fortresses, c) stroll along the scenic coastline, d) relax and enjoy along the jetty and its amenities.

Tuscan architecture in Capalbio
Tuscan architecture in Capalbio

14.00 – Scenic drive to Capalbio, a small medieval town on top of a hill with sweeping views over the southern coast of Tuscany. Capalbio is still circled by immaculate defence walls and a panoramic stroll along its battlements is a must. Local orientation and time at leisure. 16.15 – Departure from Capalbio.
17.00 – Arrival back in Porto Ercole.
19.30 – Optional dinner in picturesque setting by the jetty.

Southern Tuscany: the fortress town of Pitigliano
Southern Tuscany: the fortress town of Pitigliano

Mon 13 Jun 08.30 – Scenic drive through the undulated typical countryside of southern Tuscany, to the impressive medieval town of Pitigliano, built on a cliff.
10.30 – Arrival, local orientation and time at leisure.
11.30 – Departure for the picturesque village of Bolsena on the banks of Lake Bolsena. Lunch in lovely setting by the lake.
14.30 – Return to hotel.
19.30 – Optional dinner at the hotel.

The picturesque little harbour of Giglio Island
The picturesque little harbour of Giglio Island

Tue 14 Jun 08.30 – Departure for Porto Santo Stefano.
09.30 – Ferry boat to Giglio Island. Motor Coach to Giglio Castello on top of a mountain. Local sightseeing. Return to harbour-village at time of your choice with pre-paid individual ticket.
15.30 – Ferry boat to Porto Santo Stefano.
17.00 – Arrival at the hotel.
19.30 – Optional dinner at the hotel.

Castiglione della Pescaia - Tuscany's coastline
Castiglione della Pescaia – Tuscany’s coastline

Wed 15 Jun 08.30 – Departure for the Isle of Elba. On the way to the island we stop at a couple of picturesque villages: Talamone and Castiglione della Pescaia, both endowed with scenic medieval castles. After lunch/snack in Castiglione we drive to Piombino.
15.30 – Ferry boat from Piombino to Portoferraio (Isle of Elba).
17.00 – Arrival at the hotel in Marciana Marina.
19.30 – Dinner at the hotel included.

Isle of Elba - Villa San Martino
Isle of Elba – Villa San Martino

Thu 16 Jun 08.30 – Departure for Villa San Martino, Napoleon’s country residence.
10.15 – Departure from Villa San Martino for Capoliveri, a heritage picturesque town on a panoramic promontory, stretching out at sea. Time at leisure.
13.00 – Return to hotel.
15.00 – Scenic drive to the beautiful Gulf of Marina Di Campo for a local stroll and refreshment by the sea.
17.00 – Return to hotel.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

Isle of Elba - Porto Azzurro
Isle of Elba – Porto Azzurro

Fri 17 Jun 8.30 – Scenic drive along the Enfola peninsula and around the Bay of Portoferraio. Stop at Portoferraio, the island’s capital. Visit to Napoleon’s residence (Villa dei Mulini) and the medieval fortresses.
13.30 – Departure from parking area and return to hotel.
15.00 – Scenic drive to Porto Azzurro. Local sightseeing and visit to display centre of minerals and craftmanship. Optional little train through a mine displaying the exceptional variety of minerals to be found at Elba.
17.00 – Departure and return to hotel.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

Isle of Elba - Gulf of Procchio
Isle of Elba – Gulf of Procchio

Sat 18 Jun 08.30 – Tour of Elba’s West Coast. Scenic drive to Mt. Capanne cable car station. Optional cable car to 1,000m or 15 minutes scenic walk to the village of Marciana.
11.30 – Return to Marciana Marina. For lunch enjoy the local wines which are very famous, especially the Aleatico and Moscato.
15.00 – Scenic drive along the south west coast to Chiessi.
17.30 – Arrival back at the hotel.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

Sun 19 Jun 08.30 – Departure for Portoferraio.
10.30 – Continuation on a scenic route, across the Appennini Mountain Range, to get to Macerata at the other side of the Italian peninsula. Travel is mostly along picturesque mountain and country roads.
18.00 – Arrival in Macerata.
19.30 – Dinner in local restaurant (included).

Mon 20 Jun 08.30 – Full day scenic drive throughout the central part of the Marche Region.
10.15 – Stop and sightseeing at Montefalcone, set on a cliff with sweeping views over the Marche countryside. Continuation through the spectacular Presta Pass (at 1,540m) and on to Castelluccio, an impressive picturesque village on top of a peak.
13.00 – Arrival in Visso, an ancient medieval town boasting an impeccable architecture.
15.00 – Departure from Visso.
16.45 – Arrival in Macerata.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

Marche Region - Macerata’s entry gate and a typical alley
Marche Region – Macerata’s entry gate and a typical alley

Tue 21 Jun 08.30 – Sightseeing orientation in Macerata, a well preserved medieval city in high position, still circled by ancient defense walls. It’s one of the main heritage cities of the Marche Region. Afternoon at leisure.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

Marche Region - Offagna & Portonova

Wed 22 Jun 08.30 – Departure for a scenic drive throughout a lush hilly countryside, heading for Offagna, a most picturesque small town boasting a pristine historic architecture.
10.00 – Arrival,local orientation and some time at leisure. Continuation to the Adriatic coast towards Mount Conero Promontory which plunges into the sea quite steeply originating a spectacular coastline. We end up in Portonovo, in a beautiful setting near an old Napoleon fortress. After local sightseeing and lunch by the sea, we continue to another splendid location, high above the coastline, where an historic monastery also features a panoramic bar with a terrace to enjoy a cup of tea or an ice-cream in a delightful spot.
17.00 – Arrival back in Macerata.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

Assisi - Umbria Region
Assisi – Umbria Region

Assisi - Town centre & Abbey of Fiastra

Thu 23 Jun 08.30 – Departure for Assisi, one of the most prominent towns in the Umbria Region. It is renowned for the stunning Cathedral of St. Francis, but it also boasts a charming medieval ambience with a rich architectural heritage.
10.30 – Arrival in Assisi and local orientation. Time at leisure.
13.30 – Departure from Assisi. On the way back we stop at the picturesque Abbey of Fiastra in lovely garden setting.
17.00 – Arrival back in Macerata.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

Marche Region - Images of the historic village of Moresco
Marche Region -Images of the historic village of Moresco

Fri 24 Jun 08.30 – Departure for Rieti, set at 400 m in a beautiful valley of the Lazio Region. Our initial drive, south of Macerata is across the green undulated countryside of the Marche Region with a first stop at the picturesque historic village of Moresco.

Marche Region - Images of Offida
Marche Region – Images of Offida

Continuation along a country road to the premium town of Offida. Local orientation and time at leisure.
13.30 – Departure from Offida driving along a series of picturesque country roads to access the Appennini Mountain Range.
17.00 – Arrival in Rieti.
19.30 – Dinner in local restaurant (included).

Lazio Region - Rieti’s main square as seen from our 4 star hotel
Lazio Region – Rieti’s main square as seen from our 4 star hotel

Sat 25 Jun 08.30 – Brief orientation (about 1 hour) downtown Rieti, covering the main highlights of this small city. Then it’s time at leisure.

The serene village of Piediluco on the banks of its lake
The serene village of Piediluco on the banks of its lake

13.30 – Scenic drive (about 45–50 minutes) to Lake Piediluco, in picturesque setting amongst unspoilt green hills. Relax and enjoy by the lake side which boasts a picturesque promenade and excellent facilities.
15.30 – Departure from Piediluco and return to Rieti.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

Lazio Region - Aerial view of Castel di Tora and one of its typical alleys
Lazio Region – Aerial view of Castel di Tora and one of its typical alleys

Sun 26 Jun 08.30 – Panoramic circuit across the Appennini Mountain Range from the Lazio Region to the Abruzzo Region. We start with a scenic drive from Rieti to the heritage village of Castel di Tora (at 600m) in the Lazio Region on the banks of a picturesque lake. After a local visit we continue crossing into the Abruzzo Region and driving up to the National Park of Mount Gran Sasso.

Abruzzo Region - Campo Imperatore in the National Park of Mount Gran Sasso
Abruzzo Region – Campo Imperatore in the National Park of Mount Gran Sasso

Our scenic drive takes first to Campo Imperatore at 1,700m, surrounded by the highest peaks in Central Italy.

Our lunch stop at the foot of Mt. Gran Sasso. The picturesque village of Campotosto and its lake.

Stop for lunch/snack at a picturesque chalet with view of Mount Gran Sasso (peak of 3,000m) in the background. Then we drive along a premium scenic road to another major highlight of the National Park of Mount Gran Sasso: the village of Campotosto (at 1,400m) overlooking a beautiful pristine lake. Local sightseeing and return to Rieti.
17.00 – Arrival back in Rieti.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

Umbria Region - The picturesque main square of Norcia
Umbria Region – The picturesque main square of Norcia

Mon 27 Jun 08.30 – Scenic drive across the Appennini Mountain Range to Norcia, a small picturesque medieval town (at 600m) in the National Park of Mounts Sibillini, in a beautiful green valley. Norcia prides itself for its gastronomic traditions. It is renowned for its black truffles and offers a wide range of truffle based dishes. Local orientation and time at leisure.
13.30 – Departure from Norcia. On the way back we stop at the scenic historic town of Leonessa.
17.00 – Arrival back in Rieti.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

The resort of Pian de Valli (at 1,600m) boasts beautiful scenic views of the surrounding peaks
The resort of Pian de Valli (at 1,600m) boasts beautiful scenic views of the surrounding peaks

Tue 28 Jun 08.30 – Departure for a scenic drive on the eastern side of the Rieti’s valley to the resort of Pian de Valli set at 1,600m. Local sightseeing and optional panoramic walk (half an hour) along a circular path which boasts extensive views of the local peaks. Refreshment and facilities are available at the resort. Late morning return to Rieti.

The picturesque mountain village of Greccio and its sanctuary on a rocky cliff
The picturesque mountain village of Greccio and its sanctuary on a rocky cliff

14.00 – Scenic drive on the western side of the Rieti’s valley, climbing to the picturesque village of Greccio, set at 700m on a very panoramic spot. After spending some time at the village we drive to the nearby sanctuary, set on a spectacular cliff, for a local visit. Then we return to Rieti.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

The village of Civitella Alfedena - Abruzzo National Park
The village of Civitella Alfedena – Abruzzo National Park

Wed 29 Jun 08.30 – Departure for Civitella Alfedena, a picturesque mountain village, dating back to the 11th century, set at 1,100 m in the heart of the Abruzzo National Park. It is surrounded by peaks and forests overlooking a small scenic lake. After a substantial sector on a major freeway we climb across the Appennini Mountain Range and stop for lunch/snack at the scenic Passo di Forca d’ Acero (at 1,500m) in a very picturesque chalet. Then it is downhill to Civitella Alfedena.
15.00 – Arrival in Civitella Alfedena. Time at leisure in the village.
19.30 – Dinner at the hotel (included).

Downtown Pescasseroli. The Chamois Valley - Abruzzo National Park

Thu 30 Jun 08.30 – Scenic drive to Pescasseroli, an ancient village in the heart of the Abruzzo National Park, where bears, chamois and wolves still live in wilderness. Relax and stroll in Pescasseroli.
11.00 – Visit to National Park Centre.
13.00 – Return to hotel.
15.00 – Excursion to the Chamois Valley. Scenic drive + easy scenic walk.
17.30 – Departure for Civitella Alfedena.
19.30 – Optional dinner in picturesque local restaurant.

Abruzzo Region - The historic main square of Sulmona
Abruzzo Region – The historic main square of Sulmona

Fri 1 Jul 08.30 – Scenic drive through the Appennini Mountain Range which in this area display a very pristine landscape alongside traditional villages.
10.15 – Arrival in Sulmona, one of the most prominent heritage towns of the Abruzzo Region (at 400m), flanked by the peaks of the Maiella mountains, reaching almost 3,000m. Within its medieval walls, the clock seems to have stopped a long time ago and the elegant architecture is as pristine as it has been for centuries. Local orientation in Sulmona covering the main architectural highlights of this historic town. Time at leisure.
14.00 – Scenic drive to Barrea set in a panoramic spot on the banks of a lake. This town boasts an impeccable medieval architecture as well as a fortress with sweeping views over the lake.
17.00 – Arrival back in Civitella Alfedena.
19.30 – Very special optional gastronomic dinner in the nearby village of Villetta Barrea.

Abruzzo Region - The imposing Castle of Celano
Abruzzo Region – The imposing Castle of Celano

Sat 02 Jul 08.30 – Scenic drive across the Appennini Mountain Range to the ancient town of Celano (at 800m) where we stop to visit its imposing castle.

Rocca di Mezzo at the Rocche Plateau (1400m)
Rocca di Mezzo at the Rocche Plateau (1400m)

Continuation to Rocca di Mezzo, set at 1,400 m on the Rocche Plateau, in the Regional Park of Sirente-Velino. Local sightseeing and time for lunch. Then we drive along another spectacular road to a look-out with sweeping views of Mount Sirente (peak of 2,350m). After that we return to Civitella Alfedena.
17.00 – Arrival back in Civitella Alfedena.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

Abruzzo Region - Costumes in Scanno & The unspoilt Lake Scanno

Sun 03 Jul 08.30 – Scenic drive across high rising mountains to Scanno, a small picturesque town built on a mountain spur (at 1,100m) with an oriental flavour whose origins are still a mystery. On the way to Scanno we stop briefly at the scenic Pass of Godi (at 1,600m). Then it is downhill to Scanno.
10.30 – Arrival in Scanno and local orientation. Time at leisure and optional chairlift to Colle Rotondo at 1,600m.
14.00 – Departure from Scanno for a short drive (3 km) to Lake Scanno. Time at leisure to enjoy the local facilities.
15.30 – Departure from Lake Scanno.
17.30 – Arrival back in Civitella Alfedena.
19.30 – Optional dinner.

Mon 04 Jul 08.30 – Departure for Rome Airport.
15.00 – Arrival at Rome Airport. End of the tour.

HOTELS

We believe that you are entitled to know exactly what you get for your money and that’s why we clearly state not only the number of stars but also the location of the hotels we use.

Unless you are in a rush tour, where you get to the hotel late at night and leave early morning, we do believe that a good location makes a world of difference to the quality of your holiday.

Porto Ercole: Hotel DON PEDRO. Splendid high position overlooking a picturesque little harbour and its medieval fortresses. This three star hotel is one of the most charming of the whole tour.
www.hoteldonpedro.it

Elba Island: Hotel MARINA GARDEN. New four star hotel, boasting garden setting and swimming pool in the premium resort of Marciana Marina. Its central location, almost adjacent to the picturesque sea promenade and all the amenities, makes it an ideal choice.
www.marinagardenhotel.it

Macerata: Hotel CLAUDIANI. Four star hotel with a quiet location in the heart of this historic city. It’s a heritage palace completed renovated inside.
www.hotelclaudiani.it

Rieti: Hotel QUATTRO STAGIONI. This historic four star Grand Hotel is set in the main square of the city. It features large rooms with classic furniture. Best hotel in Rieti.
www.hotelquattrostagionirieti.it

Civitella Alfedena: Hotel VALDIROSE. Three star hotel in a most spectacular location, overlooking a picturesque mountain lake. It’s a stylish small complex which blends perfectly with the immaculate medieval architecture of this 12th century historic village, set in the heart of the National Park of Abruzzo.
www.hotelvaldirose.it

TOTAL ACCOMMODATION – 23 NIGHTS

4 in Porto Ercole, 4 at Isle of Elba, 5 in Macerata, 5 in Rieti, 5 in Civitella Alfedena