Florence, Rome And Historic Castles Of Italy
7 nights. May 2022 - October 2022. From £1463.00.
Historic Castles of Italy
Enjoy a truly unique break, as you stay in three of Italy’s most spectacular, elegant and historic castles and discover some of the country’s great cultural cities. Join us for a wonderful holiday as you explore the rolling green hills and medieval hill towns of Umbria and Le Marche and stay in three of the region’s finest medieval castles. Included excursions to cradle of the Renaissance, Florence, and the Eternal City, Rome, complete this marvellous break.
What's IncludedSeven nights carefully chosen accommodation at the four-star Relais il Canalicchio, near Perugia, the four-star Castello Chiola at Loreto Aprutino and the five-star Castello Orsini, Nerola
Five evening meals and one lunch
Return flights to Rome
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsSpend seven nights in three of Southern Italy’s most spectacular castles
Discover the hill towns of Umbria, Italy’s green heart
Explore majestic Florence, cradle of the Renaissance
Enjoy a fascinating day in the Eternal City, Rome
Scenic drive along Le Marche’s stunning Conero Riviera
Free time in Rome, Florence and Perugia to explore under your own steam
Optional excursion to Tivoli and the Alban Hills
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Meet your tour manager upon arrival and transfer to Relais il Canalicchio, near Perugia – your home for the next three nights. Take your time to settle in, perhaps taking a walk through the castle grounds, before you enjoy an included three-course evening meal, no doubt looking forward to a wonderful break ahead.
Day 2After breakfast, join your tour manager for an included tour of Umbria. This central region is known as Italy’s green heart, and is renowned for its walled medieval hill towns, forested rolling green hills, and delicious local cuisine. Call first at Assisi, a charming hill town famous as the birthplace of St Francis, one of Italy’s patron saints. Explore the town’s huge 13th-century church, with its stunning frescoes depicting the life of its most famous former resident. Continue to Perugia, Umbria’s regional capital, where some time is spent at leisure exploring this extraordinary city, with its historic centre of winding alleyways ringed by magnificent medieval walls. The tour continues to Gubbio, a well-preserved medieval town that sits peacefully on the slopes of Monte Ingino. Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the town’s pristine Baroque palaces and churches, before heading back to your castle for an included three-course dinner.
Day 3Join your tour manager for an included tour to the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence. Travel by coach to Arezzo, where you’ll board the train to majestic Florence. Enjoy lunch and some time at leisure before exploring this beguiling city on an included tour, home to some of the world’s greatest Renaissance treasures, including Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation. Wander the streets, which are paved with history, as you gaze upon the iconic Duomo, and the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge. Return to Arezzo by train, and then on to Castello de Monterone, for a final night in the majestic castle, with an included dinner to round off a wonderful stay.
Day 4After breakfast, check out and join your tour manager as you enjoy a scenic transfer to your next castle in Abruzzo, with several fascinating calls along the way, including at the Umbrian town of Loreto. Enjoy a panoramic tour of this hill town, which is a popular pilgrimage site with Catholics, who believe that Loreto’s church, the Basilica of the Holy House, enshrines the house where the Blessed Virgin Mary once lived. Leaving Umbria, you’ll enter the neighbouring region of Le Marche, with its glorious Adriatic coastline. Drive along the Conero Riviera, a stunning 12-mile stretch of coastline, lined with glorious beaches and overlooked by dramatic rocky promontories and caves, backed by the dense vegetation of the Conero Regional Park. Stop en route for lunch (payable locally), before arriving at the Castello Chila at Loreto Aprutino, near Abruzzo, your home for the next two nights. Settle in before an included three-course dinner is served this evening.
Day 5Enjoy a day spent entirely at your leisure. Spend some time exploring the glorious castle grounds, or lounge around the pool. Alternatively, make the short walk into Loreto Aprutino, and wander around the shops, or find a bar or restaurant for a drink and a bite to eat. Lunch and dinner are by your own arrangement today.
Day 6Enjoy an early breakfast and check out ready to transfer to your next castle in Nerola, but not before you join your tour manager for an included visit to the Eternal City, Rome. An intoxicating blend of history, art and culture, charismatic Rome is one of the world’s must-see cities. Rome’s main sights are brought to life on an illuminating tour, from the vast Colosseum and the fabled Forum, to the awe-inspiring St Peter’s Basilica. Enjoy lunch at your leisure and spend the afternoon exploring under your own steam. Rome has a plethora of historic and cultural sites to discover, as well as some of the world’s finest cafés and restaurants After a fantastic day in the Eternal City, continue to Castello Orsini at Nerola, a charming town 40 minutes’ drive from Rome, where you’ll stay for the last two nights of your break. Check-in, relax and settle into your new surroundings, with an included three-course dinner to look forward to.
Day 7Today you have the choice of joining an optional tour to Tivoli and the Alban Hills or spending the day at leisure, perhaps exploring the town of Nerola. Those who choose the optional excursion will join their tour manager in the morning, and head straight to Tivoli. In this classic hilltop town, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the renowned Villa D’Este with its famous terraces, park and water gardens (entrance payable locally). Continue to Frascati, which has a stunning view over Rome thanks to its vantage point in the rolling Alban Hills. Here you can enjoy lunch by your own arrangement, perhaps sampling a glass of delicious local white wine at a traditional fraschetta. The tour continues further into the Alban Hills and to the lakeside town of Castelgandolfo, where you can explore the 17th-century Apostolic Palace and the Pope’s summer residence, with its stunning 135-acre gardens and views over the extinct volcano overlooking Lake Albano (entrance to both payable locally), before you return to Nerola for the evening. However you choose to spend your day, enjoy your final evening in Italy at leisure, no doubt reflecting on a memorable break, perhaps making the short walk to Nerola to find a local restaurant for dinner.
Day 8Check out and transfer back to the airport for your return flight, at the end of a wonderful break in Italy. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately ***
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
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