Our itinerary begins in Sansepolcro, the village where around 1412 Piero della Francesca was born. The Civic Museum holds four artist’s works, including the beautiful fresco of the Resurrection on the central wall of the Sala dell’Udienza. Next stop is the beautiful medieval village of Anghiari, famous for the fateful battle between Florence and Milan that inspired the unfortunate fresco by Leonardo da Vinci.
We’ll continue through the hills of the Tiber to reach Monterchi, a small village on the border with Umbria, and we’ll admire the beautiful Madonna del Parto.
The tour ends in Arezzo and its Cathedral, which has a representation of Mary Magdalene and, in the Basilica of San Francesco, there’s the undisputed masterpiece of Piero: the fresco cycle of the Legend of the True Cross, which has returned to its former glory after a long restoration.
We offer a journey through the mysteries of ancient Etruscan civilization, which is the root of Tuscan culture. We will start from Castiglion Fiorentino, which retains the medieval old town and valuable historical and artistic evidences. Around Cassero tower, the archaeological area winds up underground passages that have revealed some features of a city wall and many Etruscan relics preserved in the Archaeological Museum.
We will continue to Cortona whose evocative location offers a full view over the Chiana Valley, the largest valley of the Apennines. The pretty little town, now known worldwide as setting the best-selling "Under the Tuscan Sun", is not only ideal for a stay of pleasure, but also the seat of the Etruscan Academy Museum which houses the largest collection of artefacts found in the area.
We end the day at Lake Trasimeno, on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, where you can relax with a stroll along the lakeshore or a boat trip up to the island Maggiore.
• CORTONA AND VALDICHIANA
Perfect itinerary to discover the Val di Chiana, the largest valley of the Apennines, which conserves a considerable historical and artistic heritage, and offers renowned food and wine, first of all the prized Chianina beef, which takes its name from the valley.
Our journey begins with a magnificent view of the valley from the impressive Rocca di Civitella, fought from opposing factions for centuries because of its important strategic position. Then we will visit Monte San Savino, a lovely village where one can hear the echoes of Middle Ages in each lane leading to the old castle, which is home of an interesting Museum of Ceramics.
Continue towards the Castle Gargonza that, although renovated, has not changed at all the old equipment planning, typically Tuscan. Dante was certainly among the famous guests of the castle during the war between the Guelphs and Ghibellines.
• SIENA AND SAN GIMIGNANO
Visit one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany! The historical and cultural heritage of Siena is considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The historical centre, perfectly preserved, has a medieval structure and you’ll breathe this atmosphere of other times just walking through its narrow streets. Discover the gems of Siena, the Cathedral, the Gothic Basilica and Piazza del Campo, with its shell-like shape that makes it unique. Then visit San Gimignano, known worldwide for its numerous towers and its intact old town. It will be an opportunity to stroll along its narrow streets and visit the many craft shops and art workshops, in addition of course tasting the Vernaccia, the white wine produced in this area.
• CORTONA AND ASSISI
Assisi, one of the most beautiful places in Umbria, is the birthplace of San Francesco and boasts numerous works of art, in particular the beautiful Basilica dedicated to the patron saint of Italy. The atmosphere that one can breathe here, a perfect blend of history and faith, has made the city a unique place in the world. Our journey continues to Lake Trasimeno, on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. Here you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along its shores or visit the island Maggiore, after a crossing by boat. Our day ends in Cortona that, from the top of the hill, offers a breathtaking view over the Chiana Valley, Lake and Mount Amiata. This charming village, known worldwide as the setting for the best seller "Under the Tuscan Sun", is the perfect place for a pleasant stay. In addition to picturesque streets and beautiful craft shops, it also has a couple of museums with important archaeological collections (mostly relics of the Etruscan civilization) and artistic activities, including art works by Beato Angelico and Luca Signorelli.
• VAL D’ORCIA AND MONTEPULCIANO
The protagonist of this tour is definitely the Tuscan countryside. Driving through the round and rolling hills of the Val d’Orcia, with their typical colours of each season. Our first stop will be in Montepulciano, well known for its famous Vino Nobile. Walking through the old town, you’ll be surprised by the size of its buildings, making it one of the greatest examples of medieval village. If you love wine, we can visit a winery and taste one of the most prestigious labels. Then we’ll visit Bagno Vignoni, famous for its spa and listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. The perfect culmination of an unforgettable day is Pienza. The stunning centre offers numerous workshops of local craftsmen and the chance to taste the delicious Pecorino Val d’Orcia.
• CRETE SENESI E PIENZA
This tour takes you through the incredible landscape of the Crete Senesi, with stops in most interesting viewpoints and the opportunity to enjoy this show in peace.
After a stop in Asciano, to admire the old town and sample the local products, we will reach the wild and lonely spot where stands the Abbey of Monte Oliveto, silhouetted on the top of the precipice over the valley. The Benedictine congregation has kept alive through the centuries the activities of the community with the motto "ora et labora", continuing the tradition of preparation of herbs and viticulture.
The final stops will be San Quirico d’Orcia and Pienza, the two beautiful villages overlooking the Val d’Orcia.
An entire day dedicated to wine tasting and scenic beauty of the Chianti. We will drive through streets admiring beautiful expanses of vineyards, enjoying wonderful panoramic views. Visit one of the largest wine producers in Chianti, Rocca delle Maccie, and here we can enjoy up to 12 different wines. Then stop in one of the small villages in the area, Castellina or Radda, to have a lunch in a typical restaurant. Finally we’ll move to the incredible Brolio Castle, where you can choose to visit the gardens, the private collection Ricasoli, and taste the wine produced in the cellars of the castle.