Soak up the cultural heritage, natural beauty and tantalising cuisine of two Italian gems
- Pair fine wines and gourmet food in the Chianti region
- Call into ancient temples and Roman theatres as you drive through Tuscany's rural heartland
- Explore the cobbled lanes and medieval piazzas of Orvieto in rural Umbria
- Explore the Amalfi Coast, gateway to glamour of Capri and the ruins of Pompeii
- 3 Nights San Gimignano
- 2 Nights Montalcino
- 1 Night Orvieto
- 3 Nights Sorrento
Food & wine | History & culture | Self-drive
Famous for its stunning scenery, cultural heritage and picturesque cities and towns, Tuscany is the ideal starting point for a self-drive holiday. Soak up the sights including the famous tower of Pisa, before spending three nights in the beautiful, walled medieval hill town of Sam Gimignano. Continue your journey south of Italy to the Amalfi Coast, well-known for its winning combination of cathedrals, grottos, fine cuisine and of course, the natural beauty of the coastline.
Day by day itinerary
Fly to Pisa, and upon arrival collect your hire car. Begin the journey to San Gimignano, located approximately 90km from Pisa, stopping off at the Leaning Tower of Pisa first. Continue the short drive, arriving at the beautiful hill town of San Gimignano west of Siena. San Gimignano is the perfect base to explore the wine region of Chianti, and the rest of the day is at your leisure to do so.
Stay: Relais Santa Chiara
San Gimignano - Volterra – Colle Val d’Elsa
Head to Volterra, located on a steep hill and founded by the Etruscans 2,700 years ago, this precious town is well known for the production of alabaster. While here, visit the majestic, protective walls built centuries ago, the city gates, remains of ancient temples, the Medicean Fortress and the Roman theatre. If not, drive to Colle Val d'Elsa, famed in ancient times for the production of wool, paper and ceramics, known today as the largest producers of fine glass and crystal in Italy. If you have chosen to venture to Colle, be sure not to miss Monteriggioni, a tiny fortified village located 30 minutes away.
Stay: Relais Santa Chiara
Spend the day at your leisure, exploring and discovering the highlights of San Gimignano and its neighbours. Perhaps begin in the Piazza, admiring the town hall and the town museums, home to a prestigious collection of frescoes and important works of art, dating back to the 13th and 17th centuries. Spend the afternoon climbing the town's highest tower, basking in the view from the Torre Grossa. End your last day in Sam Gimignano with either an evening of wine tasting, or visit open air museum Certaldo Alto, home of Giovanni Boccaccio, author of the Decameron.
Stay: Relais Santa Chiara
San Gimignano – Siena – Montalcino
After an early breakfast, depart from San Gimignano and begin the drive to Siena. Upon arrival, you will be met by an official guide for a three hour guided walking tour, visiting some of the attractions of one of Tuscany's most beautiful cities, including Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, the Duomo and the Baptistery. Spend the afternoon as you wish, before continuing the drive to Montalcino for a two-night stay. Here, the main attraction is the wine, and a visit to a local vineyard, or the wine shop La Rocca the Enoteca, provides a wonderful introduction to the region's best-loved varieties.
Stay: Podere Brizio
Montalcino - Pienza - Orvieto
This morning, check out of the hotel after breakfast and set off for Pienza, the birthplace of Pope Pius II. A legacy of Pius, the small village was transformed into a Renaissance city building, of palaces, houses and squares. After lunch, drive south to the outskirts of Orvieto for an overnight stay.
Stay: Casa Vissani
After breakfast, take a wander around the Orvieto Cathedral, bult in the 14th century the Gothic cathedral is one of Italy's most celebrated. Begin the drive to Castellamarem a small commune on route to Sorrento, passing through Rome and Naples along the way. The next day is free to explore Sorrento and its Amalfi Coast surrounds, perhaps driving the iconic Blue Ribbon Road past pretty lemon groves and cliff-hugging villages, taking the ferry across to glamorous Capri, or heading for Mt. Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii. Return your hire car on day nine.
Stay: Grand hotel la Favorita
After a leisurely breakfast, an included transfer will bring you to Naples Airport in time for your flight home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
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Book by: 30 September 2018
from £1,370 pp. incl. flights
from £1,695 pp. incl. flights
Valid for travel: May - September
- Return flights into Pisa and out of Naples
- 9 nights Superior accommodation BB
- 9 days economy car hire
- 3 hour private walking tour in Siena
- Airport transfer Sorrento to Naples airport on day 10.
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