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Luxuriate in the charms of Tuscany as you travel first class through the jewel-toned landscapes of a region known for impeccable cuisine and a rich cultural heritage.
Immerse yourself in sensual pleasures on this exclusive journey through the wonders of Tuscany. With your private expert guide and driver, tour hidden historic sites, narrow streets lined with quaint cafes and boutique shops, Renaissance palaces and glorious landscapes of wheat fields and olive groves. From a private Florentine residence of a refined art collector, to a magnificent country Estate nestled among rolling hills, to a highly individual luxury hotel located in the heart of the beautiful Rome, enjoy exclusive accommodations that will pamper your mind and body.
Shop in Via dei Tornabuoni, Florence's Fifth Avenue where you'll find everyone from Armani, Gucci, Versace, and Coveri. Sit down to an unforgettable meal at the Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant as an exclusive guest of Chef Beatrice Segoni. Enjoy a walking tour through Florence and visit the Ponte Vecchio, the famous Piazza della Signoria, and the Accademia Gallery where you’ll view Michelangelo's David. Tour the Chianti region and visit Le Capezzine Estate for a tour of the ancient stone wine cellar. Elsewhere on your journey, why not consider a game of tennis or bocce, horseback riding, a round of golf, or simply spend the day at the spa being pampered; after taking in all of that history, you deserve it! La Dolce Vita exists, we can help you experience it.
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For your added comfort, you will have Meet & Greet assistance upon your arrival, which will be waiting for you outside the customs. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the airport and accompany you to your accommodation.
Discover the richness and creativity of Tuscan and Italian cuisine in the exclusive and inviting setting of the Hotel Lungarno overlooking the Arno. Resident chef Beatrice Segoni invites you to sample her delightful interpretations over lunch or dinner in the unforgettable Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant gourmet restaurant in the heart of the elegant Hotel. The Picteau Bar in the lounge of the luxury hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee or a cocktail surrounded by original art by Picasso and Cocteau, while the beautiful terrace of the Sky Bar on top of the medieval Consorti tower, seems just one step away from heaven and the famous sights of Florence.
From posh designer brands like Armani, Gucci, Versace and Ferragamo to locally created hand-crafts, souvenirs, quality leathers and traditional clothing, the city of Florence is a never-ending dream for shopping enthusiasts. For those searching for ancient relics and traditional crafted antiques, Via Maggio is the street for you. The shops and merchants on this street boast numerous "Objects d'Art" and furnishings that are sure to create an atmosphere straight out of the 16th century. Via del Tornabuoni is considered Florence's 5th Avenue, featuring shops lined with best quality leather products, elegantly expensive shoes, and modernly stylish clothing boutiques. It is here where you'll find all the “big brand names” products as well as the posh, and potentially upcoming Italian styles. Besides the traditional shops, Florence also boast some of Italy's best open-air markets including the centralized Market of San Lorenzo, the New Market located under the 16th century Loggia del Porcellino, and the Flea Market at the Piazza Santa Croce.
Enjoy a half day walking tour with your private English-speaking guide. You will be met at your hotel, and proceed on foot to view the top sights in Florence. This personalized tour will give you a local insight into the real history and hidden gems the city has to offer. You'll visit the Ponte Vecchio, the famous Piazza della Signoria, the elegant palaces and fashionable shops, the charming narrow medieval streets and the impressive Cathedral Square with Brunelleschi's imposing dome will all be concentrated in a pleasant slowly paced tour. After exploring the city, you will proceed with your guide to the Accademia Gallery where you will have the chance to view Michelangelo's David. Completed in 1504 after four years' work, this stunning statue attracts millions of art lovers from around the globe each year. Your entrance tickets (included in the cost of the tour) are pre-booked so you can bypass the line.
Overnight guests at the Hotel Lungarno receive complimentary access to the Ferragamo museum in Florence - an artistic centerpoint in Florence. The museum’s footwear collection documents the entire span of Salvatore Ferragamo’s career, from his return to Italy in 1927 to 1960 the year he died. It highlights his technical and artistic skills which, through his color choices, the creativity of the designs and use of innovative materials made a fundamental contribution to the growth and establishment of "Made in Italy". Some of the items reveal Salvatore Ferragamo’s relationships with artists of his day, such as the futurist painter, Lucio Venna who created some advertising sketches and the famous Ferragamo footwear label. Others document his continuous quest for the perfect fit and the invention of special constructions and materials, from the famous cork wedge patented in 1936 and immediately imitated all over the world, to the raffia or cellophane vamps, and candy-wrapper paper used during World War II. In addition, there are the shoes that are famous because they were made for Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn. This museum truly gives an insight into a century of history told by footwear. The items on display are periodically selected from the over 10,000 models in the museum’s archives and featured in biennial exhibitions that present different themes through Ferragamo shoes. The Collection is also enriched by footwear production after the death of Salvatore Ferragamo, down to the present day. Every year, in fact, a number of models suitably representative of the season are entered in the Salvatore Ferragamo Archives which the museum draws on for its exhibitions.
You will be met at the hotel by your private driver for a panoramic drive for approximate 1.25 hours to San Gimignano recently the landmark for the highly successful movie Under the Tuscan Sun. Explore this beautiful town independently, viewing the "Manhattan of Tuscany" skyline, bristling with a large number of towers dating back to the 11th and 13th centuries. Enjoy a typical local meal in a nearby farmhouse before continuing to Siena an hour away. Upon arrival in Siena, you will meet your English speaking guide to begin your guided walk to explore Siena, amazingly rich in masterpieces of art and rising above three hills, you will walk to the Piazza del Campo, the square where the world famous folkloric event called Palio Horse Racing takes place twice a year during the summer. Discover this fan-shaped, gently sloping square lined with marvelous buildings like the City Hall, erected in the 13th century, and the Torre del Mangia bell tower, rising 102 meters high. The Sansedoni Palace and the Gaiai Fountain are also close by. You also get to see the exterior views of the gothic-style Duomo of Siena dating back to the 12th century and the Battistero, both adorned with a variety of frescoes, sculptures and painting masterpieces created by some of Italy’s most famous artists. Some free time will later be provided before returning to your hotel. Wine tasting and lunch at Local Farmhouse in San Gimignano, and Duomo is included.
Take a private transfer with vehicle and driver to Montalcino. The drive will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
There are two restaurants and a cozy bar at the Castiglion del Bosco property which showcase the talented chefs' seasonal and regional cuisine using the finest local ingredients, complemented by an extensive list of Castiglion del Bosco and regional wines. The traditional Osteria offers a casual ambience for an informal lunch or dinner, while the fine dining restaurant, Ristorante Campo Del Drago, presents an elegant setting for a sumptuous Tuscan dining experience.
Enjoy an hour and a half drive through the Tuscan countryside in the company of your chauffeur and private vehicle and arrive at Montepulciano, a beautiful medieval town built on a hilltop with an “S” shape and surrounded by very well preserved city walls. Discover its hidden narrow streets with many stores where you can also find beautiful hand made ceramics, and reach the main square “Piazza Grande” with the imposing Town Hall Palace. After about 3hrs of free time (during which you may also decide to enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch accompanied by the amazing Vino Nobile di Montepulciano red wine - not included), you'll depart to Pienza, about a 30 minute drive away.
Pienza is a very charming little town, which dates back to the 15th Century. Walk around the narrow streets and visit the typical “botteghe” (small stores) where you can find and taste all sorts of Pecorino cheese (with pepper, truffle, nuts, etc). Pienza also offers nice artisan stores which sell handmade leather items.Return to Castiglion del Bosco in the late afternoon with your private driver.
Castiglion del Bosco is well set up for activities on the estate. In and around the Borgo, one can take advantage of a state-of the-art fitness center, a soccer pitch, and tennis and bocce (Tuscan bowls) courts. The Estate also features miles of picturesque hiking and biking trails that hug spectacular ridges and meander past streams, waterfalls and hidden historic sites. Handsome Maremma horses, used by traditional Tuscan herdsmen, are also an option if a horseriding trek is of interest and treks are taken through a network of riding trails extending to the far-reaching corners of the property.
Immersed in the heart of the Val d'Orcia Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park, Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club centres on a spectacular eighteen-hole course designed by the legendary Tom Weiskopf. Golf enthusiasts will certainly be pleased with the course.
Spa lovers will be truly content with the offerings at the Care Suite Spa by Daniela Steiner which is a serene oasis that specializes in unique therapies based on organic ingredients from the Estate. Entrust yourself to the caring hands of the in-house team, who will pamper you with a complete range of exquisite beauty, spa and wellness treatments. Alternatively, relax by the heated infinity pool or enjoy a wine tasting on the propertry if you haven't already - Castiglion del Bosco is among the first five Brunello wine producers!
The extensive Gardens are a magnificent amenity in their own right, and encompass a radiant Tuscan palette for all seasons, including flower-decked terraces, rustic olive groves, manicured fruit orchards and sprawling Sangiovese vineyards. The splendid vegetable garden, designed by the Vatican's garden landscaper, is home to more than 180 varieties of vegetables, fruits and aromatic herbs grown exclusively for La Canonica's restaurants and Culinary Academy.
Depart Castiglion del Bosco today by private driven vehicle and after approximately 2 hrs 30 minutes you'll arrive at Orvieto, an important Etruscan town built around the 6th Century BC, situated in the Southern part of Umbria region. Meet your private local guide and enjoy an approximately 2 hr walking tour through Orvieto’s narrow streets. Admire the magnificent cathedral with the famous Rosone window situated right on top of the main entrance, and at the end of the tour, you'll have some free time for a nice lunch (not included) before heading to Rome. Inclusions: return cable cart, entrance fee to Underground Orvieto and Cathedral.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Rome (Fiumicino/Ciampino) with a private vehicle and driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking assistant or guide for your transfer, this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
The magnificent Hotel Lungarno is conveniently located in Florence, just a stone’s throw away from the Ponte Vecchio. Imagine the most wonderful rooms and luxury suites, softened by beautiful light and surrounded by the reflections of the Arno River and the inspirational atmosphere of the medieval quarters of Florence. This luxurious accommodation was included as one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels, as selected by their readers. The great chef Beatrice Segoni invites you to sample her delightful interpretations over a lunch or dinner in the unforgettable Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant. The Picteau Bar in the lounge of this luxury hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee or a cocktail among original art by Picasso and Cocteau.
As a protected nature preserve within the Val d’Orcia Parco Naturale, Castiglion Del Bosco (5*) boasts spectacular natural beauty. Nearly three quarters of the Estate is blanketed in forest, rolling hills, sweeping vineyards, centuries-old farmhouses and treasures of antiquity. Staying at Castiglion Del Bosco is a rare opportunity to enjoy Tuscany the way it is meant to be experienced; indulging in the fruits of the land in the form of fresh regional cuisine and delectable wines. Today its historic buildings have been transformed into 23 luxurious Suites that exude Tuscan class and culture. Castiglion del also play host to a number of stunningly located farmhouses – and nine of these have been restored to become sumptuous yet authentic villas offering unparalleled facilities and amenities. Inspired by the colors, textures and majesty of the Val d'Orcia, Il Borgo suites are a haven for relaxation and quiet contemplation.
The Hotel de Russie is a luxury five-star hotel located in the heart of the beautiful city of Rome, one of Conde Nast’s Top Cities, between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo on the Via del Babuino. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Rome's key attractions, fashion houses and Via Condotti. Vatican City, with St Peter's and the Sistine Chapel, is just a ten-minute walk from the Hotel de Russie, while Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain are also within easy access. Whether visiting Rome for business or pleasure, Hotel de Russie's picturesque gardens and spa facilities combined with impeccable service will provide you with a complete escape and allow you to experience the very best of Rome. A special Programme for Children is also available at the Hotel de Russie. Under Roman law, hotels charge a small amount per traveler per day as a “tourist tax,” which needs to be paid locally through your hotel in Rome. Amounts may vary, but currently the cost is 4EUR per person for 3* hotels, 6EUR for 4* hotels and 7EUR for 5* hotels. The charges will be added to your bill upon check out and are non-negotiable.
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