Secret Places

Starts in Rome – Ends in Venice (11 days – 3 nights in Umbria / 2 nights in Tuscany / 4 nights in Bologna / 1 night in Venice )  


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  • Day 1 – Rome - Spoleto

  • Leave Rome and reach Spoleto in less than two hours. “Spoleto is the most beautiful discovery I made in Italy”, Herman Hesse wrote once. But even his words do not do justice to Spoleto’s dramatic charm. The majestic Rocca Albornoz fortress dominates the city and offers magnificent views of the Duomo, a striking example of Romanesque architecture. The Towers Bridge, connecting the Rocca with the Monteluco hill, is an astonishing piece of engineering. Anyone afraid of heights should probably consider avoiding it. Over time this impressive bridge, that seems to be suspended in space, cast its magic on the most illustrious tourists visiting the area, including Goethe, who described it in his Italian Journey, and English painter Turner, who depicted it in one of his most prominent works

  • Day 2 – Spello – Bevagna - Montefalco

  • Pink-stoned Spello is all about quiet alleyways and unexpected panoramic views; its most distinguished sight is the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, which houses art treasures that alone are worth a trip to Umbria. The church displays a number of frescoes by Perugino and the Baglioni Chapel is decorated with a cycle of frescoes by Pinturicchio. Bevagna is a charming medieval village enclosed by walls hosting at the end of June one of Umbria’s most spectacular historical festivals: the Mercato delle Gaite when the town’s alleys fill with people in period costumes. A visit to an olive mill will allow you to familiarize with the oil production process and will end with a sampling conducted by an oil expert.The Sagrantino wine is strictly linked to Montefalco, also known as "Ringhiera dell'Umbria" (The Balcony of Umbria), a tribute to its lofty position and a stunning panorama.

  • Day 3 – Assisi - Perugia

  • Assisi is undoubtedly Umbria’s best-known village. It is the birthplace of St. Francis and St. Clare. The most popular tourist attraction is by far the Basilica del Santo preserving Giotto’s frescoes. Strolling through Assisi’s streets one cannot fail to notice how the town has managed to retain its original medieval character. Perugia is the seat of one of Italy’s oldest universities and it has a lively atmosphere day and night. It preserves artistic and architectural gems of exceptional value. Let us not forget that Perugia is home to the famous Bacio Perugina (literally Perugina Kiss), a praline wrapped in silver foil that comes with a special love note and the unmistakable package showing two lovers kissing each other, inspired by the painting “The Kiss” by Hayez. Chocolate lovers cannot miss a visit to the museum chocolate factory

  • Day 4 – Montepulciano – Val d’Orcia

  • The maze of underground cantine (wine cellars) carved into the rock, guarding the precious oak barrels where the Vino Nobile “rests”, bear witness to the strong ties that have existed for centuries between the town of Montepulciano and its wine. With its scenic landscape, the Val d’Orcia has been used as the setting for a number of well-known movies, including “The English Patient”, shot at Sant’Anna in Camparena, “The Gladiator”, shot at Vita Leta near San Quirico d’Orcia, and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, shot at Montepulciano

  • Day 5 – Siena

  • Its imposing buildings, the fine decorations and the wealth of materials will leave you speechless, gazing in wonder at the town’s beauty, of which its inhabitants are deservedly proud: Piazza del Campo with the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia, Piazza Duomo and its Cathedral, the old Spedale and the remains of the new Duomo. Breath in the wonderful atmosphere, enjoy a walk down the medieval alleyways and step back in time

  • Day 6 – Chianti - Bologna

  • A stunning landscape of rolling hills planted with a sea of vineyards and olive groves, tiny villages, charming parish churches, stone farmhouses and noble castles: welcome to the Tuscan region of Chianti. A sampling in a wine cellar does not make you a Chianti connoisseur, the story behind Chianti must be told by those who were born with a passion for wine. Dramatically situated on a hill among vineyards is another artistic gem of this region: the Badia a Passignano. The monks of the Vallombrosian Order, who still live in the premises, have been promoting scientific research (Galileo Galilei was a teacher here in 1587) and the conservation of the local countryside, especially through vine growing on the land surrounding the Abbey. Leave Tuscany and reach Emilia Romagna, the land where gourmet food meets great minds like Verdi, Pavarotti and Enzo Ferrari. Bologna is the gastronomic capital of Italy and a place not to be missed by gourmets.

  • Day 7 – Ferrari World Maranello

    • Discover the fascinating Ferrari world, the Casa Museo L. Pavarotti, the town of Modena and the many outstanding products of the land of engines and taste. Visit the Museo Ferrari in Maranello and the Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena, the Casa Museo L. Pavarotti and have guided tours with tastings of the traditional food products like the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, the Lambrusco wine or Prosciutto. A coach service links all the above mentioned premises for a unique experience for gourmets and Ferrari lovers. Car enthusiasts can test a F1 simulator in the Ferrari Museum or they can test drive a Ferrari on normal roads in Maranello

    Day 8 - Ravenna

    • Ravenna, a city where art meets the sea, is world-renowned for its hospitality. Since ancient times it has welcomed illustrious visitors the likes of Dante, Lord Byron and Hermann Hesse. It is the city of mosaics, a city with an ancient history, and a city that was declared capital three times. Its glorious past left it with an extensive architectural heritage: as many as eight buildings have been acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ravenna is a city with a vibrant cultural scene all year round. There is nothing like strolling in the historical centre, having a meal in an authentic restaurant and visiting one of Ravenna’s many mosaic ateliers.

    Day 9 - Montefeltro – Romagna Riviera

  • Be ready for an experience like no other: entering the landscape of an art masterpiece. You will visit the so called Renaissance Views, places that some of the main artists, such as leonardo and Piero della Francesca, used 500 years ago as a setting for their works. The sea is not far and the Riviera Romagnola offers plenty of choice when it comes to leisure opportunities. You could take a ride on a sailboat but make sure you do not miss the chance to taste the true piadina romagnola, a flatbread disc cooked on a hot boiling metal griddle, filled with squacquerone (a fresh, tasty cheese), herbs, cold cuts and many more

  • Day 10 – Venice

  • Reach Venice and wander off-the-beaten-track on an itinerary that will bring you back in the days, walking in a quiet and enchanted Venice, you will have the opportunity to see the real day to day neighborhoods of the city and a break from the tourist traffic. At sunset enjoy a gondola ride through the canals of Venice and let yourself be conquered by the unique charm of this city

  • Day 11 – Venice

  • We are today at the end of the tour which followed a classic route but led you to discover secret places.