The italian heart The lands of the Italian way of life

StatusOn request
Duration8 days / 7 nights
From€ 520
DestinationAncona, Perugia, Urbino, Assisi, Senigallia, Toscana, Italiy, Loreto, Siena, Marche, Umbria, Firenze
Typology Discovery Marche Cultura Natura

Ancona - Senigallia - Urbino - Loreto - Grotte di Frasassi - Assisi - Perugia - Siena - Firenze - Discovering new tastes

Program

DAY 1: ARRIVAL - SENIGALLIA Arrival and check-in at the hotel in Senigallia - Tour of the city which rises above the Adriatic Sea as well as a well-known beach area where the wide beaches have been labeled ‘velvet'. Followed by dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2 : URBINO AND THE MONTEFELTRO - FANO Breakfast at the hotel , then departure by car to Urbino (historical capital of the Montefeltro Duchy and hometown of the great Renaissance painter Raphael Sanzio). Arrival and tour of the city defined ‘ideal'. Other than Raphael's works , you can admire and enjoy works by other well - known artists such as Piero della Francesca , Tiziano and the masterful ‘Ducal Palace' with its mythical ‘facade of little towers'. Lunch is on your own ( we recommend trying the typical ‘Crescia alle erbe locali'). In late afternoon , on the way back , a brief visit to FANO , the ancient Roman ‘ Fanum Fortunae' , where Via Flaminia ended , which started in Rome and where you can see the oldest and most important monument , the Arch of Augustus ( 2 a.d. ). Arrival in Senigallia for dinner and overnight stay in the evening.
DAY 3 : ANCONA - LORETO - FRASASSI'S CAVES - PERUGIA Breakfast at the hotel , then departure to Ancona , etablished by the Greeks of Syracuse in the 5th century b.c. In ‘ANKON' you can see the ‘Loggia dei Mercanti' from the 15th century , the ‘Mole di Vanvitelli' (also known as the ‘Lazzaretto') , Trajan's Arch from 115 a.d.(one of the best preserved arches from the Roman Period in Italy), as well as modern paintings by Tiziano , Lorenzo Lotto and Carlo Crivelli. Lunch is on your own and we suggets trying local seafood such as the famous ‘moscioli' (mussels and oysters) accompained by a fine white wine. The daytime goes on with a trip to Loreto for a brief visit to the ‘Holy House', where , according to legend, the house of the Virgin Mary was removed from the Holy Land in Jerusalem and was transported through the air by an host of angels. You will also see the Basilica which was designed by Bramante , Sansovino and Sangallo , the most well - known Renaissance architects , in 1468. The tour continues in the wonderful Frasassi's Caves , a natural sight and one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Europe. The biggest cave, the ‘ Cave of the wind ' which could completely contain the Milan Cathedral , in fact its ceiling reaches an altitude of 240 metres. The evening ends with dinner and the overnigh stay in Senigallia.
DAY 4: ASSISI - PERUGIA Breakfast and tour of Umbria, defined, not accidentally, as the "Green Heart of Italy" and one of the few places on earth that presents a global preservation of the relationship between settlement and territory, between man and nature. It is also an area with a rich presence of various expressions of art and culture. In fact, it was because of this combination that brought about the sublime events of the lives of Francis & Clair of Assisi, who serve as the nerve center of an unparalleled spirituality. The Assisi tour begins late morning upon arrival. We point out right away the absolute ‘must see' things like the frescoes of Cimabue, Giotto, Pietro Lorenzetti and Simone Martini, the great Sienese master. This suggestive, Medieval town is the hometown of St. Francis, known as the "CITY OF PEACE". The tour can begin from the Piazza del Comune in the center of Assisi which is dominated by the columns of the "Temple of Minerva", and then continue to the "Cathedral of St. Clair" where its namesake's body can be viewed underneath in the crypt. St. Clair was responsible for founding the Order of St. Clair. Next one comes to the "Cathedral of St. Francis", built between the 12th and 13th centuries which presents an austere Roman façade. From the Cathedral, the Maria delle Rose street leads to the "Rocca Maggiore". In this area, one can find "l'Oratorio dei Pellegrini" (The Oratory of the Pilgrims), which served as a refuge or a stopping point for travelers in the 15th century, "l'Eremo delle Carceri" (St. Francis' Hermitage), and the "Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli" (Cathedral of St. Mary of the Angels). Lunch is on your own where one can try the very popular regional salami products. The day continues with a visit to the center of nearby Perugia, capital of the Region, which is centered around the street called Corso Vannucci, named after the famous painter called il Perugino. Here one can see the "Fontana Maggiore", the "Cattedrale di San Lorenzo", where St. Bernadine of Siena preached and which also houses the Madonna's wedding ring. There is also the "Palazzo dei Priori", seat of the city council and one of the most elegant and historical places in Perugia. The evening consists of dinner and an overnight stay.
DAY 5 - SIENA - ALL DAY Breakfast and departure for Siena - TUSCANY - renowned for art, history and for its natural scenery, it was in this region and in its cities that the RENAISSANCE germinated which centuries later had impregnated all of European life. In the heart of this region is Siena, which for a long time rivaled Florence in every way. The principal attractions of the city can be found in a labyrinth of alleys and narrow streets which wind around Piazza del Campo, a shell-shaped piazza which is among the most beautiful in Italy. The ‘Campo' which is surrounded by cafés, restaurants and elegant buildings is dominated by the "Palazzo Pubblico", the "Torre del Mangia" and the "Fonte Gaia." The Cathedral looms over the city, its profile can be seen from every part. The Cathedral's ceiling is painted blue with golden stars to resemble a night sky. Lunch is on your own with typical Sienese plates. Also to be seen in this day completely dedicated to Siena is the "Casa di Santa Caterina" dedicated to St. Catherine who, with her visions, inspired the creativity of artists and who, with her eloquence, inspired Pope Gregory the 11th, in 1376, to move the Papal seat from Avignone to Rome. One can also see the "Loggia dei Mercanti", home to some of the world's first banks, as well as various private palaces of powerful men like the "Piccolomini". That evening, return to Perugia for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 6: FLORENCE - ALL-DAY Breakfast at the hotel followed by departure for Florence - the city and symbol of the RENAISSANCE, that period of explosive artistic and cultural development and expression which signalled the passage from Medievel times to the Modern Age. Writers and poets like Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio and Macchiavelli contributed to its literary fame while universal artists such as Giotto, Masaccio Botticelli, Donatello and Michelangelo transformed the city into one of the world's artistic capitals. Historical Florence is located in a compact area, so much so that the majority of the most significant monuments can easily be reached on foot. The Piazza del Duomo is the geographic and historical center of the city and it is the ideal starting point to visit the "Campanile di Giotto", the "Battistero" and the "Opera del Duomo". A short distance away is the Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of the city, flanked by "Palazzo Vecchio", the Florentine municipal building, and by the "Galleria degli Uffizi", one of the principal places for Italian art. Rising up on the east side is the "Chiesa di Santa Croce" which houses frescoes by Giotto as well as the tombs of some well-known writers. On the west side is "Santa Maria Novella", Florence's other great church which is also decorated with frescoes. After crossing the "Ponte Vecchio" over the Arno River, one arrives in the Oltrearno neighborhood, dominated by the "Chiesa di Santo Spirito" and the "Palazzo Pitti", ancient seat of the Signori (lords) of Florence: the Medici. Lunch is on your own. Arrive in Perugia in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 7: PERUGIA - SENIGALLIA - Discovering new tastes Breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out and departure for Senigallia - entire day dedicated to the discovering of new culinary tastes from this ancient land with more than 3000 years of history. Visit to an olive oil press and cellars where prized white and red wines are produced as well as delicious pork and cheese products. Also, shopping is available in name-brand fabric, shoe and leather OUTLET stores. Lunch is on your own and in the evening, check-in at a Hotel in Senigallia followed by dinner and an overnight stay.
DAY 8: end of tour Breakfast at the hotel and departure - end of tour.

The price includes

3 days at a 3 star hotel with breakfast & Lunch included , 4 days at a 4-star hotel with breakfast & Lunch included (both with a double room) and a 4-seater car rental (unlimited mileage)

The price not includes

entrances to museums are not included