Day 1 | Rome
Meet at the Spanish Steps for a Twilight City Stroll around the centro historico and be enthralled at what you will discover. Accommodation is in a 16th century building high above the Spanish Steps that began as a convent.
Day 2 | Rome
Visit the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica well before the crowds arrive with one of the best guides in Rome or roam the Colosseum with a passionate guide that will bring history alive. Or wander the hip Monti neighbourhood, once the city’s seedy underbelly, but now buzzing with cool bars and places to eat as well as tiny shops with incredibly talented artisans at work.
Day 3 | Montepulciano
Travel to ancient Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio, a tiny town stuck in the middle ages and perched on a pinnacle high above a vast canyon, only accessible by a suspended footbridge. Arrival late afternoon in the walled hilltop town of Montepulciano, famous for sweeping views over Tuscany, great local produce and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano (red wine).
Day 4 | Montepulciano
Walk a winding white road bordered by cypress trees across rolling green hills to the walled medieval village of Montefollonico, or learn how to make ‘pici’ pasta in a local cooking class.
Day 5 | Montepulciano
Cruise the country roads on a Vespa or wander nearby Pienza, a mix of old stonework, potted plants, sweeping views . . . and famous for Pecorino cheese.
Day 6 | Siena
A visit to rustic, romantic Cortona for a traditional Italian lunch and time to relive ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ before arriving at our 18th century Tuscan villa set on 18 acres just outside the walls of Siena.
Day 7 | Siena
Following breakfast on the terrace, we meet with Roberta, a talented local guide, who will walk us through a maze of alleys and tell us stories not found in guide books. Afternoon free to wander.
Day 8 | Siena
So much to enjoy and experience in Tuscany’s quintessential “hilltop” town or visit nearby San Gimignano or Florence for a memorable day of discovery.
Day 9 | Monterosso al Mare
Lunch in delightful Lucca with time to explore the traffic free streets within the surrounding four kilometre wall, by bike or foot. Arrival late afternoon via a spectacular drive from the mountains down to the seaside village of Monterosso al Mare in the Cinque Terre.
Day 10 | Monterosso al Mare
Ferry to Riomaggiore for the chance to see all five villages from the sea before walking the coastal track (Sentiero Azzurro) of the Cinque Terre, taking time to linger in each village, savour the local produce and chat to locals.
Day 11 | Monterosso al Mare
A private transfer only an hour away to the seaside resort town of Santa Margherita and famous, ritzy Portofino. Spend a lazy day in Portofino or take a stunning walk along the breathtaking coastline to tiny San Fruttuoso for lunch. Boat it back to Santa Margherita followed by a private transfer to Monterosso al Mare.
Day 12 | Bellagio
Arrival in picture perfect Bellagio on Lake Como for lunch on the water and a leisurely, scenic walk along the narrow, cobblestoned streets and lakeside esplanade.
Day 13 | Bellagio
An optional two hour guided kayak tour past hidden nature spots and beautiful lakeside gardens, followed by an afternoon ferry to Cadenabbia for a magical walk halfway up a mountain, passing only donkeys and goats, for the best views of Lake Como.
Day 14 | Bellagio
Be tempted by the gorgeous shops in Bellagio, boat hop between the lakeside villages or take a fast boat to Como.
Day 15 | Malpensa Airport and Milan
Transfer to Malpensa Airport and Milan
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