POMPEII, COUNTRYSIDE,  WINE TASTING, OIL SAMPLING, TUSCANY, ASSISI, UMBRIA, THE ETRUSCANS !!

Start your day trip from Rome with Roberto or from Florence with Andreas.
If we should be busy the day you want us, we'll send you one of our partners, another person like us and not a hired driver. You'll tour with a professional driving guide with years of experience but in case, we'll let you know before time.
You leave Rome, or Florence, in the early morning hours. You'll stop for a delicious lunch at a authentic "trattoria" by the sea or in the country side.
Driving to the Amalfi Coast, Positano or Sorrento, maybe you want to take your swimsuit with you and thus enjoy the warm water of the Mediterranean Sea.
We will take care of all your needs while we drive and when we stop to show the gems of our wonderful Italia !!
Some of the programs we propose are pretty intensive, but we are flexible and each tour is customized to the day's traffic flow, client's interests and sites' opening hours. You can expect us to be very flexible but we expect some flexibility from you too! You'll be touring in in a deluxe Mercedes Viano driven by an excellent, fully licensed, English speaking professional driver-guide providing full assistance.

All transportation costs included in the price.
Admission fees to the sites, meals and drinks are not included.

 

Each of our day-trip examples, or any other itinerary you wish, can be modified from just a day trip to a multi-day tour thus to allow for more thorough explorations of each of the wonderful destinations at a more leisurely pace.

 

 
POMPEII AND THE AMALFI COAST, POSITANO, RAVELLO AMALFI - version 1

Exploration of the ancient Pompeii and drive on the Amalfi Coast.
We will leave Rome in the early morning hours and Positano will be our first stop. Positano, also known as the Pearl of the Amalfi Coast, is in fact the most beautiful town in the area, incredibly perched on the cliffs which from an altitude of 6 or 700 ft go straight down to the water. We will stop to let you stroll through its quaint streets and enjoy this unique place an also have a delicious lunch at a characteristic local Trattoria at the beach.
After lunch we will get back on the road in the direction of Rome.
At this point you'll have choice, in case you shouldn't be interested in visiting Pompeii, instead retracing our steps and going back the same way to visit the excavations, we can continue driving along the coast ad visit Amalfi and Ravello.
Naturally if you should prefer to visit Herculaneum instead of Pompeii it'll not be a problem. At this point we need to point out that we cannot escort you through the ruins, you need to hire a local guide if you want a guided tour and you can count on our help to get you one. Most of the other tour operators handle this tour the other way around, in the sense that they take their people to Pompeii first and then to Positano in the afternoon but we prefer to do it this way to avoid the crowds.
Comfortable shoes are a must!

Positano

POMPEII AND THE AMALFI COAST, POSITANO, RAVELLO AMALFI - version 2

Exploration of the ancient Pompeii and lunch by the sea.
We leave Rome at 8 am and head to Pompeii to arrive at about 10:30/11 am.
If you chose to tour the place with a local guide, he'll be there waiting for you by the entrance to the excavations. The tour of Pompeii takes about 2 hours.
Maybe it would be a good idea to have a nice cappuccino before starting the tour!!
After touring Pompeii we will head to Seiano for a lovely meal in an out of the way trattoria by the sea. Time permitting, lunch could be in Positano, but it's a lot further away that Seiano where we normally go after Pompeii.
We will get back on the road to Rome in the early afternoon....
Again we need to say that we don't have to stick to the program and you can make all the changes you want, we're flexible!
You will be driving in a nice, deluxe and air conditioned Mercedes Viano with an excellent English speaking fully licensed professional driver guide.
All transportation costs included in the price.
Admission fees to the sites, meals and drinks are not included.
 

Pompeii

Tuscan landscape

 
UMBRIA AND TUSCANY

Tour to Orvieto, Pienza & the world famous Montalcino

Two of the most charming regions of Italy: Tuscany and Umbria. Montalcino and Pienza being two of the most charming little towns in Tuscany and Orvieto being one of the gems of Umbria. Founded by the Etruscans, Orvieto was one of the 12 cities of their confederation. Due to its incomparable defensive position, sitting atop a 1,000 ft high magnificent and craggy pedestal of tufah stone, during the Middle Ages it developed to be one of the most flourishing towns in central Italy. Orvieto's Cathedral is considered nothing less than stupendous and should not be missed. The general atmosphere of the city is delightful and surely the appropriate environment in which to enjoy a glass of the famous Orvieto white wine. Next will come Pienza, a small renaissance jewel set among some of the most beautiful and archetypal of Tuscan landscapes. Birthplace of Pope Pius II, the city was renamed after him, Pius is Pio in Italian hence 'Pienza'. The town's original name was Corsignano, but they named it after its most honorable citizen who did a lot for it. Pope Pius had the whole city redesigned by the architect Rossellino and it became a model city in Renaissance town planning yet, only the central piazza, a new cathedral and the papal palace were ever completed. Pienza is also noted for its famous Pecorino cheese. In addition to the delicious 'Brunello', the red wine that made this little town famous worldwide, Montalcino has much to recommend it for, it is one of the most beautiful hilltop towns in the area, with vistas overlooking the Orcia and Valdichiana valleys and has several notable buildings and works of art. Getting to the place at the right time will allow us to spend some time tasting the wine at the wine shop inside the Castle, before or after a stroll through the town.  We don't have to stick to the program and you can make all the changes you want, compatibly with our time and mileage limitations. We're flexible! You will be driving in a nice, deluxe and air conditioned Mercedes Viano with an excellent English speaking fully licensed professional driver guide.

All transportation costs included in the price.

Admission fees to the sites, meals and drinks are not included.

Orvieto, the Cathedral

Orvieto, view of the city

 
UMBRIA REGION

Orvieto, Montefiascone and Civita di Bagnoregio

This tour can start from Rome or from Florence.

We'll meet at your hotel at 8:30 am.
We will spend our day mainly in the region called Umbria. Its name deriving from the Latin 'umbra' ,meaning shade. The name was given to the region by the Romans because of its woods. Umbria is right in the center of the country and we call it also 'Italy's green heart'. The tour includes Orvieto and more charming little towns or other attractions we'll find on our way there, like Montefiascone, charming little town overlooking lake Bolsena famous for producing a lovely white wine which was named Est! Est!! Est!!! after a German pilgrim, who did not speak Italian, exclaimed the Latin words 'for this is it!' three times to show his appreciation for such wine. The next stop will be at the little town of Civita di Bagnoregio. This charming little town was also founded by the Etruscans some 2500 years ago on top of a "tufah" stone hill when the area must have looked really different. Natural erosion and earthquakes have in fact changed the town with a lot less space on top of the hill than it originally had. In 1794 one of those earthquakes destroyed the sort of natural bridge that linked Civita to the bigger and nearby town of Bagnoregio isolating the town, which is now connected with the rest of the world by a narrow, artificial footbridge. The natural erosion hasn't stopped and the sides of the hill keep crumbling down and therefore they call Civita "the dying city". It really is a place to see! "Civita, like an island in our memory or a figment of our imagination, is connected by a narrow walkway to reality and to the surrounding countryside; it takes us far away, not so much in distance as in time....".  There is a feeling that one is leaving the real world and this feeling becomes stronger after entering the ancient city gate, standing guard over a sheer drop between the remains of two houses with their windows opened wide over the emptiness. One almost has the impression that this gate opens into a supernatural world, surviving in another dimension".

Coming back out from the supernatural world of Civita, we'll get back into our car to drive to Orvieto. We will approach Orvieto from the West and it will appear to us in the distance sitting on its plateau formed by the volcanic "tufah" stone. A great view, but time for lunch! The people here have their main meal in the middle of the day after which they like to nap. Shops donít open any earlier than 3/4:00 pm. It's the famous Italian tradition of the "siesta". You can choose between a light lunch at the wine shop on the main square (weather permitting you can eat outside) or some local cuisine in a typical restaurant housed in the caves that the people of Orvieto dug in the tufah stone underneath the city to get building material. After lunch you'll have the time to visit the magnificent Cathedral, one on the most beautiful in Italy . After visiting the Duomo you can stroll down Orvieto's quaint narrow streets crammed with colorful shops selling beautiful ceramics. Orvieto produces one of the most famous Italian white wines and the wine shop on the square offers the opportunity to taste some of the local wines and to eat some of the prosciutto, salami and cheeses locally produced. As an alternative, you might want to have a more substantial meal and taste some of the region's renowned outstanding foods at a proper restaurant.
No one forces us to stick to this program, you can make all the changes you want, compatibly with our time and mileage limitations, we're flexible!
You will be driving in a nice, deluxe and air conditioned Mercedes Viano with an excellent English speaking fully licensed professional driver guide.
All transportation costs included in the price.
Admission fees to the sites, meals and drinks are not included.
 
 

View of Sienna

TUSCANY

 

Sienna, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni

This tour can start from Rome or from Florence and it is centered on the above mentioned destinations. The town of Sienna, according to legend, was founded by Senius, after whom it was named. Senius was the son to Remus, the brother of the founder of Rome Romulus. This is the reason for the emblem of the city being the a she-wolf suckling infants Romulus and Remus, the same as Rome's. Sienna prospered as a city-state in the Middle Ages as a major centre of money lending and wool trading, rivaling with Florence until it was devastated by the Black Death of 1348. Sienna is also the birthplace of St. Catherine, Patron Saint of Italy together with St. Francis of Assisi. Today's Sienna is a fascinating medieval town with lot's of places to visit, but we'll concentrate of the main two attractions: Piazza del Campo, the beautiful fan-shaped central square famous for the Pallio horse race which has taken place in this wonderful, picturesque place since the Middle Ages and the Duomo, the unfinished Cathedral of Sienna. Next stop will be Monteriggioni, a perfectly preserved medieval fortified village dating back to the 11th century, even mentioned by Dante in his "Divine Comedy". Monteriggioni is also a most enjoyable place for a lunch stop.
The remainder of the afternoon will be spent in San Gimignano, famous for its many Towers, breathtaking vistas over the Chianti countryside and excellent shopping. (Busy program!!) Don't worry, once on the road, everything is very flexible and interchangeable at any time with us. I can provide you with a deluxe Mercedes Viano A/C an excellent English speaking fully licensed professional driver, deluxe vehicle all transportation costs.
Again we need to say that we don't have to stick to the program and you can make all the changes you want, we're flexible!
You will be driving in a nice, deluxe and air conditioned Mercedes Viano with an excellent English speaking fully licensed professional driver guide.
All transportation costs included in the price.
Admission fees to the sites, meals and drinks are not included.

 
 

Assisi, view of the city

UMBRIA AND ST. FRANCIS

one of Giotto's frescoes in

the Basilica of St. Francis

Deruta ceramics

Assisi, Deruta or Todi

This tour can start from Rome or from Florence and it is centered on the above mentioned destinations. Out of the three, Assisi is of course best known as the home and final resting place of the most well know Saint in Italy and in the world: St. Francis.
This is the place where St. Francis lived, preached and built his own home and his church. Finally he was buried in Assisi in one of Italy's most beautiful Basilica's built on two levels, plus the crypt where the Saint and his disciples rest. From the Lower Church, decorated with beautiful frescos done by Simone Martini , Pietro Lorenzetti and other, one descends to the crypt that holds the Tomb of St. Francis and his disciples. Returning to the Lower Church you can than climb the steps to the Upper Church, the one that hosts Giotto's magnificent medieval frescoes representing the life of St. Francis. We will also visit the the Basilica of St. Clare in Assisi and stroll to the main square. Outside of Assisi there's also the Basilica of Santa Maria Degli Angeli, one of the largest in Italy containing the home of St. Francis and the church he built with his own hands.
We will then drive to Deruta, another charming little town famous throughout the world for its ceramics, characterized by intricate traditional decorations. Most of the shops are at the bottom of the hill while the city sits on top of it. You'll have the chance to look at some of the shops and eventually look around the city.
Todi is another small but charming hilltop town which is said to be one of the best places where to live in the whole world!
The town has exceptionally fascinating medieval public buildings which gather around the fine Cathedral. Todi offers good dining , as well as a number of Antique shops, galleries, and fantastic views over the surrounding valleys.
You don't have to stick to this program, the changes you'll want to make will be welcomed, compatibly with time and mileage limitations, we're flexible!
You will be driving in a nice, deluxe and air conditioned Mercedes Viano with an excellent English speaking fully licensed professional driver guide.
All transportation costs included in the price.
Admission fees to the sites, meals and drinks are not included. 

 

Orvieto, detail of the Cathedral's facade

UMBRIA & TUSCANY

Bolsena, the town

 

Pitigliano, view of the town

 

Cantina Foresi in Orvieto

Pitigliano, Orvieto and Lake Bolsena.

This tour starts from Rome at 8:30 am, it is centered on the above mentioned destinations and it is not operated on Sundays.

These hill towns are located in southern Tuscany, forming a striking triangle of stark beauty and their a history spans is at least 3,500 years. Pitigliano, located in the Maremma area of Tuscany, has been dubbed "Little Jerusalem" because the architecture is reminiscent of that of the Holy Land and also because Pitigliano enjoyed a flourishing Jewish community for hundreds of years as the result of a policy which welcomed Jews fleeing from the Papal States in Rome in the 16th century. For centuries Pitigliano was a frontier town between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal States. This is how the town became home to a flourishing Jewish community, mostly consisting in people who fled from Rome during the persecutions. The history and archeological remnants of this presence in Pitigliano is a fascinating look at the dynamic of different cultures and the result of their successful efforts to live in harmony with each other.
Leaving Pitigliano, we'll head for Bolsena where we'll stop for a visit and picture taking.
Probably the city was the original Roman town of Volsinii and the name was later corrupted to Bolsena, but some scholars discuss about it being the Etruscan city of Velzna or Velsuna. Bolsena is known for the miracle of the "Bleeding Host" that occurred there in 1263. A Bohemian priest, doubting about the doctrine of Transubstantiation, saw the Host bleed when he consecrated it at Mass. The Cathedral of Orvieto was eventually built to commemorate the miracle and house the Corporal of Bolsena. We will approach Orvieto from the West and it will appear to us in the distance sitting on its plateau formed by the volcanic "tufah" stone. A great view, but time for lunch! Locals have their main meal in the middle of the day after which they like to nap. Shops donít open any earlier than 3/4:00 pm. It's the famous Italian tradition of the "siesta". You can choose between a light lunch at the wine shop on the main square (weather permitting you can eat outside) or some local cuisine in a typical restaurant housed in the caves that the people of Orvieto dug in the tufah stone underneath the city to get building material. After lunch you'll have the time to visit the magnificent Cathedral, one on the most beautiful in Italy . After visiting the Duomo you can stroll down Orvieto's quaint narrow streets crammed with colorful shops selling beautiful ceramics. Orvieto produces one of the most famous Italian white wines and the wine shop on the square offers the opportunity to taste some of the local wines and to eat some of the prosciutto, salami and cheeses locally produced. As an alternative, you might want to have a more substantial meal and taste some of the region's renowned outstanding foods at a proper restaurant.
No one forces us to stick to this program, you can make all the changes you want, compatibly with our time and mileage limitations, we're flexible!
You will be driving in a nice, deluxe and air conditioned Mercedes Viano with an excellent English speaking fully licensed professional driver guide.
All transportation costs included in the price.
Admission fees to the sites, meals and drinks are not included.
 

 
 
TIVOLI & SUBIACO

Tivoli, Villa D'Este, the Fountain of the Organ

Video of the Monasteries in Subiaco

Full day excursion to Tivoli and Subiaco from Rome.

Starting from Rome at 8:30 am ( Not available on Mondays )
The main destinations are the fascinating Villa D'Este in Tivoli and the Monastery of St. Benedict in Subiaco.
Subiaco is about one hour drive north-east of Rome and in its territory are two of the most ancient and important monasteries in Italy: the "Sacro Speco" perched on a mountain cliff and built over the cave where St. Benedict lived his hermitage and the monastery of St. Scolastica, St. Benedict's twin sister.
We will arrive in Subiaco around 9:30/10:00 am and we will visit the "Sacro Speco" first. if we will have time, and if you'll be interested, we will also visit the monastery of St. Scolastica before moving to the city of Subiaco for a nice lunch. St. Scolastica's is more complicated to visit because, while you can enter St. Benedict's freely and tour the place at your own pace, at St. Scolastica's they run guided tours on a regular schedule that last about one hour.
We will then have lunch in Subiaco at a lovely little restaurant housed in the old cellars of Borgia Family. By the way, this is the place where the famous Lucrezia Borgia was born!
Please watch the video here on the right!
We will then move to Tivoli and visit the famous Villa built for the Cardinal Ippolito II D'Este, who was the son of the lady we mentioned above Lucrezia Borgia.
The Villa is built on the side of the mountain that Tivoli lies on and the steep hill provides enough gravity force to the water to make it flow through almost 400 spectacular fountains that make of the park of the Villa D'Este on of the most spectacular in the world.
The visit of the Villa D'Este requires a lot of walking on the steep hillside. In fact you have to walk downhill first and then back up. Though you can use an elevator for part of the climb the place would be inaccessible for seniors or handicapped people if it wasn't for the golf cart service that's available in the Villa.
We can make the necessary arrangements for you to visit the villa in a golf cart if you think you cannot walk the place, but they only have one golf cart so we need to know well in advance.
No one will force you to stick to this program, you can make all the changes you want, compatibly with our time and mileage limitations, we're flexible!
You will be driving in a nice, deluxe and air conditioned Mercedes Viano with an excellent English speaking fully licensed professional driver guide.
All transportation costs included in the price.
Admission fees to the sites, meals and drinks are not included.

 

The Abbey of Trisulti

CIOCIARIA, an enchanting region south of Rome

The Abbey of Trisulti

Barrels at the "Pileum" winery

Full day excursion to Trisulti and Fumone and Anagni from Rome.

Starting from Rome at 8:30 am.

Main destinations: The Abbey of Trisulti, the city and the Castle of Fumone and the towns of Fiuggi and Anagni.
A unforgettable excursion off the beaten path in Ciociaria discovering places most tourists can't even imagine still exist so close to Rome. We'll take you to this region called Ciociaria, only about 50 miles south-east of Rome, rich in history and sceneries but not yet "contaminated" by mass tourism. You will visit a perfectly preserved medieval walled-in town, experience the silence of an abbey isolated in the mountains, the silent panoramas with grazing sheep and goats and hilltop medieval villages where time stands still.
You will enjoy an authentic, typical meal prepared only with local products for a very moderate price. If time allows it and you should be interested, we'll take you to visit a winery, an oil press or a dairy farm.

Just few miles in distance but a few centuries back in time!
We meet at your hotel in Rome any time between 8:00 and 9:00 am and head for Ciociaria. The town of Fiuggi will be our first stop. A short break will allow us to enjoy the city and the famous "biscotti Amaretti" with cappuccino, than we get back in the car and continue to Trisulti where we'll visit the "Carthusia" monastery.
You'll be guided through the peaceful 800 year old monastery and its secrets and you'll have the opportunity to taste the liquors, honey and chocolate produced by the monks.
After this memorable visit we will continue to the medieval town of Fumone where can have an outstanding meal at the local "Baron's Tavern". You'll be able to visit the millenary castle where the only pope that ever resigned was imprisoned and see the mummy of a 5-year-old child.
On the way back to Rome we'll stop to visit Anagni which was papal seat in the 14th century. A lovely little town with an outstanding cathedral built in the 12th century and, time permitting, you'll visit the workshops of two local artists.
No one will force you to stick to this program, you can make all the changes you want, compatibly with our time and mileage limitations, we're flexible!

If you like to visit the dairy farm , we'll have to leave Rome a little earlier and make of it the first stop. They get up early to make cheese!

If you're interested in wine, we can stop at a local winery where they produce the famous award winning cesanese "Bolla d'Urbano", typical local white wine called "Passerina" and fantastic dessert wines.

In Anagni you can visit the workshop of a sculptor who worked for various and was visited by Pope John Paul II and also the workshop of another artist who does amazing pictures using natural wood and who's only tool is a simple sharp cutter.
You will be driving in a nice, deluxe and air conditioned Mercedes Viano with an excellent English speaking fully licensed professional driver guide.
All transportation costs included in the price.
Admission fees to the sites, meals and drinks are not included.

 
 
               
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