Southern Tuscany & Maremma

Everybody knows Tuscany for its famous Florence hinterland. But have you ever been to its Southern part and to Maremma? Come to discover a real hidden treasure: listen to the sound of the waves breaking over the seashore, visit the marvellous Garden of Tarots, discover the traces of the past in Pitigliano, relax in Saturnia thermal baths and taste Tuscan specialties. Fall in love with Southern Tuscany and Maremma!

DAY 1-CASTIGLIONE DELLA PESCAIA

Private transfer from Florence or Rome airport to Castiglione della Pescaia, a beautiful seaside town in southern Tuscany. Check-in at your hotel, relax and afternoon at leisure. Welcome dinner based on fish specialties and local dishes. Overnight at your hotel.

SPECIALS:

A welcome dinner that will make you savour the best Italian fish dishes

DAY 2-CAPALBIO AND THE GARDEN OF TAROTS

In the morning private transfer to Capalbio, in the southern part of Tuscany, called “the little Athens” because of its importance during the Renaissance period. Afterwards, visit of the Garden of Tarots, a sculpture garden based on the esoteric tarots, created by the famous artist Niki de Saint Phaelle. Lunch on own. Free afternoon in Castiglione to relax and enjoy its magical atmosphere. Dinner on own. Overnight in Castiglione

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Capalbio and its glorious history derived by the noble Orsini family’s dominance: religious and civil buildings together with military fortresses will lead you through a special journey through time

The Garden of Tarots, with its magnificent shapes covered in glass and colorful ceramics leading you through a spiritual and mistic dream

DO NOT MISS:

The restaurant “Il Frantoio” in Capalbio, offering a wide selection of local products and loved by Italian VIPs

DAY 3-PITIGLIANO, SOVANA AND SATURNIA

In the morning, you will visit Pitigliano, known as a small Jerusalem because of the presence of an historical Jewish community. Later on visit of Saturnia, one of the most important Etruscan centres of all Italy. Lunch on own. In the afternoon visit of Sovana, a beautiful late-medieval centre. In the evening, transfer back to Castiglione and balance of the day at leisure. Dinner on own. Overnight in Castiglione.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Pitigliano, an interesting mix between Jewish, Christian and secular architecture, with several churches, an important synagogue and many Renaissance palaces

Saturnia, considered a sacred centre for the Etruscans because of its thermal waters: it was called “Aurinia” (the golden town), that represented one of the richest areas of the Etruscan territory

Sovana, with the Aldobrandeschi Castle, an ancient fortress built over a pre-existing Etruscan/Roman building, the Palazzo Pretorio (13th-15th centuries), the Cathedral, originally dating back to 8th century

DO NOT MISS:

The kosher cuisine in Pitigliano, with its typical Jewish shops serving typical dishes

The thermal centres in Saturnia, loved by Etruscans and still opened

DAY 4-FOOD AND WINE TASTING, HORSE RIDING

Today, the tour will focus on Italian enogastronomy: in the morning you will enjoy the visit of one of the newest and most interesting wineries and wine estate of the whole Italian territory where authentic organic wine is produced. Wine tasting based on the best wines produced by the wine estate; Lunch in a restaurant of the Tuscan Maremma, in Scansano, where you will have a rich lunch exclusively based on typical products and you will taste the best Italian pasta and meat dishes. In the afternoon, become a real Maremma’s cowboy and enjoy a horse walk .Transfer back to the hotel. Dinner on own. Overnight in Castiglione.

SPECIALS

Wine tasting in Rocca di Frassinello, a wine estate designed by Renzo Piano, caracterized by an original structure and shape and offering organic wines

Lunch in Scansano based on typical Southern Tuscan dishes

Exclusive horse riding with the wonderful surroundings of Maremma countryside

DO NOT MISS:

The Morellino di Scansano wine, the best quality wine of the area

DAY 5-PORTO S. STEFANO, PORTO ERCOLE

In the morning, transfer to Porto Santo Stefano, a wonderful sea port and town directly overlooking the sea. Lunch on own in Porto S.Stefano: we suggest you to stop for a fish-based lunch in a typical restaurant of the area. Afterwards, transfer to Porto Ercole, another quaint village with a defensive fortress and the wonderful panorama of the Argentario Mount national park. Return in hotel, balance of the day at leisure. Dinner on own. Overnight in Castiglione

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

The marvellous panoramas of the Mount Argentario Natural Park

The quaint streets of Porto Ercole and Porto S.Stefano

DO NOT MISS:

The hotel “Il Pellicano”, famous among VIP people and evidence of the immortal Italian Dolce Vita

DAY 6-CHECK OUT

Breakfast and check out. Transfer back to Rome airport or to alternative destinations

OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE TOUR: 3*, 4*, 5* HOTELS, VILLAS AND HISTORICAL RESIDENCES

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