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A visit to Cortona and Montepulciano is a special encounter with history, great food, and high quality wine. How would you like to spend a day wandering in the Town featured in “Under the Tuscan Sun”?
Cortona is a neat quaint hilltop town, dominating the south side of the Chiana Valley. From the fortress, you can enjoy magnificent views of Lake Trasimeno and the surrounding forests, along with vineyards and olive groves that produce some of the best wine and olive oil in all of Italy.
You will then continue to Montepulciano, home of the famous “Vino Nobile di Montepulciano”, a wine that originated in the 1300s.
The heart of Wine Country
Montepulciano’s traditions is to be one of the few places in the World where there are ancient underground cellars, in the heart of the town, that date back to Etruscan times. You will visit one of these ancient cellars, below a city palace where the wine rests in oak barrels, maturing into what will be the future Vino Nobile.
Take your time and discover that it is not only famous wine that makes Montepulciano special, but also the medieval atmosphere and friendly people.
Finally, we will leave Montepulciano, saying goodbye to its beauty, and start the drive back to Rome.
I cannot speak highly enough about the service of this company from the first email correspondence, throughout planning, to the trip and beyond. Julia helped us create the perfect schedule, and supported us throughout the trip.
My favorite part of the tour was not only the beautiful history filled Vatican, but our wonderful tour guide Silvia!
Marco was a great tour guide! We learned a lot and were very comfortable with him in the car.
Best tour company! I highly recommend this company to all those traveling to Italy.
Your tour driver will welcome you in La Spezia Port, for this private tour of the Highlights of Florence and Pisa. During the scenic journey your driver will provide an informative introduction of the places you will see and visit. For this tour of the Highlights of Pisa and Florence, your first destination will be Florence Stop in Piazzale Michelangelo, a perfect welcome! You will drive along the old Medieval City Walls to reach Ponte Vecchio, known as the golden bridge of Florence. So many beautiful things to see! Like the Pitti Palace, the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Signoria Square. (Or the Uffizi Gallery, or the Accademia museum, where Michelangelo’s David is!) Take your time to admire the incredible Venues of Florence. For lunch your tour driver will be happy to suggest a typical Florentine restaurant, or grab a quick bite to eat on the way and also do some shopping if you wish. In the afternoon, you will leave Florence and enjoy a nice ride to Pisa where you will have a brief stop by the world famous Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) for photographs and to marvel at the exterior of the Campanile, better known as the Leaning Tower. After Pisa we will return to La Spezia pier in perfect time to re-embark on your cruise ship.
When in Rome, you don't want to miss out on the opportunity of visiting as much as possible of the surroundings. There is so much to do and see! Also, Rome is in the perfect strategic point to travel to other regions in a day! Take Tuscany, for example. A neighboring region with a ton of things to offer. For this activity we are happy to arrange a private tour on a day trip from your Rome location, to visit Pisa and Florence. If you'd love to see these cities in Tuscany but you don't know how to reach them, you can cross them off your bucket list! One of our professional tour drivers will welcome you in any requested locations of yours, in Rome. You will then head to the country, on one of our luxury vehicles, a spacious Mercedes V Class Limovan or a Sedan, for a more intimate experience. Driving on the Highway of the Sun, l'Autostrada del Sole, as it's called here in Italy (a highway that travels across Italy from North to South) you will get to learn more about the locations you'll visit, thanks to the knowledge and funny anecdotes of your personal tour driver. Drive along different sceneries, cypress hills, sunflower fields, vineyards, olive tree groves, quarries and windmills. Pisa, one of the 4 Italian Maritime Republics Being it nestled on the coasts of the Tyrrenian seas, it was once a prominent Maritime Republic, along side Amalfi, Genova, and Venice. Now it is a quaint little city really, easy going living is a priority here. It hosts one of the most important universities in Italy, one of which was founded by Napoleon in the 1800s, La Normale di Pisa. This city is marvelous. An emblem of Italian art and literature all over the world. And architecture obviously. The high points of Pisa in fact, are not only the artistic and literary aspects. But its buildings too. Everything from Middle Ages, Renaissance with a hint of Gothic, Pisa boasts with beautiful architectures. Take the Leaning Tower, for example. A bell tower that is an architectural digest finished in 1372. Which is part of a 3 building complex dislocated and overlooking Piazza dei Miracoli, adorned with immaculate green fields, along side the Cathedral of Pisa and the Baptistry. Florence, the Noble Town (Città Nobile as Dante depicted it) Once in Florence your tour driver will make all the suggestions on what to do first, what to see, where to go. You will reach Porta Romana, a street where your tour driver will stay while you enjoy touring the city. Then off for a great time in Firenze! You can visit the famous Saint Mark's Square, where the Academy of the Fine arts are located. Galleria dell'Accademia, or Accademia Gallery is definitely a MUST SEE. It hosts several paintings, sculptures and artworks from so many artists in Renaissance times, like Allori, Pontormo and Michelangelo. Speaking of which, among other impressive masterpieces, make sure to see the David, one of Michelangelo's finest works. Walking through Via Ricasoli you can "stumble upon" Saint Mary of the Flower, the Florentine Cathedral. You can't really miss it. Literally! This church is Europe's third Largest Cathedral. With a dome created by Brunelleschi in the 15th Century and the naves on the inside beautifully decorated with Giorgio Vasari's paintings of the last judgement scene of Heaven and Hell. Another Mandatory stop is Piazza della Signoria Beautifully decorated with magnificent statues from Giambologna, Benevenuto Cellini, Bartolomeo Ammanti and Pio Fede. While you are here in the square, make sure to admire the Loggia dei Lanci, another selection by a multitude of artists are hosted here, from Statues to artwork. But you can't visit Florence without a stop to view the Old Bridge, il Ponte Vecchio. A promenade, really, that crosses the Arno river. A bridge that seems so fragile and precarious, with buildings swinging on top of it, it seems. But this bridge is stronger than it looks! It was built in a different time, the 14th century, it is incredibly sturdy. Even if not enough to house families and homes. That's why the buildings on Ponte Vecchio host workshops and boutiques today, some of which owned by Florence' most important jewelers. When in Florence you can also see the Giotto bell tower, the Baptistery, Palazzo Vecchio and S. Lorenzo district, famous for its leather market. At lunch we highly recommend a meal in one of the Taverns in the city, where locals usually go. Because, let's face it: who, better than the locals, know where the best spots are to eat a good meal? You can sample some local delicacies, that are not so delicate but oh so tasty and delightful. Pici all'Aglione are strongly recommended, a pasta dish with a tomato sauce spiced with a particular variety of garlic that doesn't grow anywhere else in the world. Or The Fiorentina, the famous steak. A ton of meat for just one person, so come with an appetite or you'll end up splitting your steak with three other people (just joking, of course. But it is big) After Florence, you'll enjoy a nice gentle ride in the countryside, all the way back to your location in Rome.
This excursion is especially designed for you, if you’d like to visit Florence on your own. Your private tour driver will welcome you in Livorno Port at a time of your convenience, to visit Florence on your own. During the transfer he will give you great advise on the major highlights of the City, such as the main Square of the Duomo with its Cathedral, Bell Tower and Baptistery; the Ponte Vecchio, the Santa Croce Square with the ancient church of Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria. He will also recommend one of the BEST restaurants in town! Enjoy your day in Florence, at your own pace. No stress, you can do whatever you want! Your driver will make sure to give you all the info and what there is to do an see in the city. And he will let you know where to meet with him after the day, in order to return in Livorno port. This experience will allow you to visit Florence in total freedom, without having to depend on a strict itinerary. And at the end of your day in town, you will meet with your driver and return to your cruise ship in a timely manner.
Our English-speaking tour driver will welcome you at the dock beside your cruise ship in Livorno, for this private tour of Pisa and Florence. This excursion combines a brief visit to Pisa to admire “Piazza dei Miracoli” and the famous “Leaning Tower”. Your tour driver will meet you at the ship to start your tour. Upon reaching the city, you will pause at Piazzale Michelangelo for a spectacular view of Florence, the entire Arno Valley, and the Ponte Vecchio crossing the Arno River. You’ll also visit the Church of Santa Croce where Michelangelo is buried. Visit the “Uffizi Gallery” or the “Accademia Museum” (Possibility of booking on request; closed on Mondays) Visit the Statue of David by Michelangelo After the Museum, we will reach the main square of the city where you can see Santa Maria del Fiore, the Cathedral, the Giotto bell tower, and the Baptistery. After, you can take a stroll along narrows streets, visiting Palazzo Vecchio (residence of the Medici family), and Ponte Vecchio, which is famous for its “Gold market.” You can stop for an optional lunch to enjoy the traditional Italian cuisine. If we have enough time, we will visit Palazzo Pitti and the S. Lorenzo district, famous for its leather market. We will then return to the port of Livorno at the time you indicate.
Your private tour driver will welcome you at the dock beside your cruise ship in Livorno , for your private tour of Florence. In Florence you will meet your very own private guide First of all, you’ll head to San Mark’s square, the location of the Academy of Fine Arts, which houses the Statue of David by Michelangelo, among other paintings by masters of the early and late Renaissance period. Like Pontormo and Alessandro Allori, both contemporaries of Michelangelo. You will visit Florence’ famous locations Leaving the Academy of Fine Arts, you’ll walk along the Via Ricasoli to the Cathedral of Florence, also known as Saint Mary of the Flower, the third largest cathedral in Europe. The focal point of the cathedral is the magnificent dome created by Brunelleschi in the 15th century. And you can admire the inside of the 3600 sq. meters wide dome decorated by Giorgi Vasari in 1570, depicting the Heaven and Hell of the last judgment. Next on the agenda is a visit to the Piazza Della Signoria Its magnificent statues are done by great artists such as Giambologna, Benevenuto Cellini, Bartolomeo Ammanti and Pio Fede. Also of interest in the Piazza Della Signoria, is the Loggia Dei Lanci. Displayed here are other original statues by important artists. We continue onto the Arno River for a view of the Ponte Vecchio, built in the 14th century where all of the important jewelers of Florence can be found. Finally you will have free time for lunch to taste the specialties of Florence and a browse around the Mercato Del Porcellino (Market of the piglet). The day concludes with a trip back to Livorno.
Our private tour driver will meet you at the dock beside your cruise ship, for your private Vip tour of Pisa and Florence Your first stop on this exclusive tour will be Pisa You’ll drive through Pisa to admire “Piazza dei Miracoli” and the famous “Leaning Tower”. Then, you’ll head to Florence, stopping on the way at Piazzale Michelangelo for a spectacular view of Florence, the entire Arno Valley, and the Ponte Vecchio crossing the Arno River. Meet your local, private guide! Once you’ve met with your very own guide, as you walk through the streets and piazzas of Florence, You’ll hear all about the Florence Renaissance, the lives of many famous artists, the Medici family who showered Florence with countless masterpieces, and how life changed forever during this period in the history of Florence. This is a perfect experience for first time visitors Because this tour includes visits to Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Church of Santa Croce, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio. You will enjoy a casual lunch at a local Trattoria after a visit to the original marble statue of David housed in the Accademia museum of Florence. We highly recommend to book the skip the line tickets for the Accademia Museum, before the tour date, to view Michelangelo’s David. . After this exclusive tour of Pisa and Florence, you will return to your ship.
Your private tour driver will welcome you in Naples Port for a private Pompeii & Amalfi Coast tour. You will drive to Pompeii, where your personal Archaeological guide will take you for a special, private guided tour of the Ancient ruins. If you want to discover what life must have been like in Rome over 2,000 years ago, Pompeii is the place to visit. This ancient Roman city was destroyed and buried by the eruption of the volcano, Vesuvius, in 79 AD. Walk inside the excavations, through the perfectly preserved baths, theaters, temples, markets, and forums. From Pompeii, you’ll take a drive on the wonderful coastal road to Sorrento. You will enjoy the views of the Bay and the Island of Capri. The Amalfi Coast road stands on a peak, which is a mixture of winding country roads bordered by lemons, olives and bougainvillea. Visit the Sorrento’s Shopping District! Leaving Sorrento, you will drive to Positano! Visit the busy City center. It is connected to a narrow downhill path that you will follow and take a few flights of steps to the seafront. The streets also lead to the cathedral, ceramics shops, lemons sellers, shoes boutiques and “Positano fashion” clothing…where you can do some exclusive shopping. For an extraordinary experience we highly recommend to stop for lunch, in one of the seafront restaurants. After lunch, you’ll enjoy a nice walk up hill to reach your tour driver, and return to the port of Naples on perfect time to board your ship.
Take this private, full day excursion to explore Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Our English-speaking tour driver will welcome you at the cruiser terminal in Naples. Today you’ll discover Sorrento, Positano, Ravello and Amalfi. Sorrento , famous for its Marina Grande, Piazza Tasso and its narrow streets which are full of bars and restaurants. Sorrento is has an amazing shopping district with a multitude of shops! Limonoro is Sorrento’s most famous strip. Perfect area to grab a limoncello, a lemon liqueur. Positano, the Cliff village, is situated in a panoramic position on one of the most marvelous stretches of the Amalfi Coast. Listed by UNESCO as one of Italy’s fifty World Heritage Sites. One of the VIP, Actors, models and singers’ favourite place to be! Your tour driver will drive you to the city centre of Positano, for some free time to explore the hidden little roads of the city centre. Your tour driver will be happy to suggest some typical italian restaurants, on the seafront. For a real treat! Ravello, located on top of the Dragon Valley, is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its beautiful Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo they are a Must See. And the cliff, seafront gardens are just dreamy! The beauty of Ravello has been charming travelers, vip and artists of all nationalities for centuries. Amalfi, famous for its picturesque lanes for you to explore, and tiny boutiques overflowing with traditional products local to this region, including Amalfi’s famous limoncello liqueur, colorful ceramics, and hand made paper. At the end of the tour you will return back to Naples port.
Orvieto is perched on a plateau of tufo rock (soft volcanic rock) that was once an island in the sea covering the Paglia Valley below. Here, you will have time to explore one of the finest Duomos in Italy, a gem of Gothic architecture and take an hour long tour of the underground city with its winding tunnels and Etruscan artifacts. Explore 3,000 years of history by following the ancient hidden passages, tunnels, stairs, and rooms. Another important stop is St. Patrick’s Well. This 203 feet deep well showcases double-spiral staircases for easier access to the water. Experience a delightful lunch with delicious local wine. Your tour driver will be happy to can suggest some local restaurants in the area for an authentic “Umbrian” lunch. After exploring this charming town with amazing views, you will head to Civita Bagnoregio, an almost deserted town accessible only by a foot bridge. With only 25-50 inhabitants, it mirrors a ghost town. Stroll the narrow streets, and marvel at the existence of a place where time stopped several hundred years ago. Enjoy a visit to an ancient olive oil press, originally built by the Etruscans from this area. This tour will allow you to explore the unique history of this fascinating area. At the end of the tour we will return to Rome.
Start your vacation the right way, with our private transfer from Fiumicino Airport to your requested location in Rome! Your private driver will wait for you just outside the Customs area and he’ll hold a sign for you, for an easy meeting. He’ll assist you with everything from pick up to drop off. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the ride to your requested location in Rome. Vehicles are well sanitised, drivers wear face masks and all the necessary measures for a safe trip, will be taken.
On this private tour you will see some enchanting locations, hilltop villages and the atmosphere that makes Tuscany so unique. Siena, in the Tuscan Countryside, is quaint and boasts with so many things to see. From Medieval streets and squares, to it’s Gothic buildings that still preserve an interesting charm. Visit the Gothic cathedral and Torre Del Mangia and other unique sites. Although, Piazza Del Campo is probably the most famous spot in town, as its the place where the World famous “Palio Horse Race” is held. The Century long traditions are very important! After the visit, we’ll proceed to San Gimignano This Town has so many interesting features you wouldn’t want to miss like the Towers, the “Duomo” or Collegiate Church, the “Palazzo Del Popolo”, the town hall, S. Agostino Church, the Museum of Holy Relics, and the infamous Museum of Torture. And of course, San Gimignano is known World wide for the famous productions of “Vernaccia” wine. Why not stop in a local restaurant for a delicious meal to pair with exquisite local wine? Your driver will be happy to recommend a perfect place. At the end of this interesting and relaxing day you will enjoy a pleasant journey back to Rome.
If you want to do something different, consider a relaxing day out in the country, to explore the Bracciano Lake and Surrounding villages! You will travel to Lake Bracciano, to visit Bracciano, Trevignano Romano, and Anguillara Sabazia. Quaint villages, of Medieval wonder and rustic charm, surrounded by green hills, in a beautiful setting. First off Bracciano! Famous for its outstanding 15th century Orsini-Odescalchi Castle. Visited by important personalities such as John Kennedy and Tina Turner, and of course Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’, who used the castle as their wedding venue. Another charming town is Anguillara Sabazia. Your tour driver will be happy to provide suggestions for the best local restaurants on the charming lakeside. And Finally, Trevignano! This village simply reflects and beauty, the traditions and the eagerness to preserve it’s ancient history. The architecture and rustic features are simply breathtaking. Upon request we can organize a traditional lunch in a local “Villa B&B” nearby the lake for an authentic local lunch. A rich variety of mixed starters and homemade “pasta” together with sparkling water, local high selected wine & dessert will be served in a veranda overlooking Lake Bracciano (price is 30 Euro per person). After lunch, we will continue to Calcata, one of the best preserved medieval rock towns (literally built in a rocky cliff) in Italy. Calcata has a certain Magic to it, the atmosphere is pure and overwhelming. This Medieval destination is mostly lived by poets, writers, artists and solitaires. At the end, your private tour driver will take you back to your requested location in Rome.
Enjoy a relaxing, smooth ride in a comfortable, air-conditioned Luxury Vehicle for your private transfer from Rome Hotel or Airport to your destination in Orvieto. The best solution to reach your destination: Private deluxe transportation, personal driver to suite your every need and customization, to make your road trip more enjoyable. This transfer service can be scheduled also vice-versa. To make sure we offer you our best possible solution, we always recommend to let us know the size and quantity of luggage, so that we can fully satisfy your every need for a comfortable, relaxing private transfer. With our transfer service just relax, and enjoy the ride, let us take care of the rest.
A private 4-hour tour and transfer, for a quick review of the major sites. This transfer and tour can start or finish at the port of Civitavecchia-Rome! Perfect for those who arrive in Rome by plane in the morning and embarking in Civitavecchia-Rome Port, or vice versa. Or even finishing their cruise and need transfer to an hotel or Airport in Rome. In three hours, you will enjoy an introductory Rome tour that includes many of the city’s famous attractions, or you could focus on one particular attraction such as a brief visit in the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Pantheon, Trevi fountain and the Spanish steps, for example. Depending on your specific requests. With this private transfer & tour you will be able to visit the city and its most important sites with an English tour driver who will give you all the exciting information about the monuments and visited places. Consider this private Rome tour and transfer to Rome-Civitavecchia Port (or vice-versa), the cost for the transfer is included in the service! You don’t need to worry about your luggage: your tour driver will stay at the vehicle at all times, while you visit Rome’s sites and will guard all your luggage and personal effects. Finally, at the end of the tour, your driver will take you directly to your request location in Civitavecchia, Rome or Airport. *The tour program as listed above includes suggested itineraries and sights, and can easily be further customized in order to suit your schedule, all your specific interests and needs.
This half day tour is the perfect introduction to Rome’s most famous highlights. In our four hour half day tour of Rome, you will have a chance to see and visit some of the most famous sights and monuments of Rome as: Via Veneto (drive by), Piazza Barberini (drive by), Quirinale Palace (drive by), Trevi Fountain (visit), Via del Corso (drive by), Piazza Venezia (stop), Capitoline Hill (stop), Roman Forum (drive by), Colosseum (visit), Circus Maximus (drive by), St. Peter’s Basilica (visit), Spanish Steps (stop). More sites and curiosities, less known than the places listed above, will be brought to your attention during this tour.
We’ll pick you up at the dock of your cruise ship in Civitavecchia. Your private driver will hold a sign with your name on it. He will assist you with your luggage and escort you directly to your location in Rome. This private transfer is ideally suited for cruise passengers finishing their cruise at the port of Civitavecchia and would like to enjoy a nice, peaceful and relaxing transfer to their Hotel in Rome. Enjoy the transfer with one of our highly experienced, knowledgeable and professional drivers.
This private tour of Assisi and Perugia begins with a lovely drive north of Rome into one of the Italy’s most picturesque regions, Umbria, one of the smallest Regions of Italy. This is the perfect chocolaty experience in Perugia Once in Perugia, visit the amazing sites such as the Maggiore Fountain, the gothic Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Town Hall within Palazzo dei Priori. Perugia is also famous for the chocolate production, like the World wide famous Baci Perugina, The chocolate kisses! And for chocolate related events, like the “Eurochocolate“. It takes place every October. If you’re in Rome around that period, make sure not to miss it! A visit of the chocolate factory “Perugina” can be also planned. Other events in Perugia take place each year, like the “Umbria Jazz“! Next stop, Assisi! A visit to the Basilica of St. Francis is definitely a must. It’s also the resting place of the famous Saint, Francis. Hence the Basilica’s name. Beautiful, historical and religious location, that became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000. Visit the Basilica of Santa Chiara next! Built around the church that housed the remains of St. Francis first. If time permits we can drive up to the Eremo delle Carceri, a small hermitage on top of a Mountain in Umbria. On the way back to Rome enjoy a final stop in the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli (Saint Mary of the Angels) to see another beautiful basilica. Where the Franciscan movement first started!
Your first stop is Montalcino, world famous for the infinite selections of Art, history and curiosities. And renowned for one of the finest red wines of Italy, the “Brunello Di Montalcino”. You will visit a winery and vineyard of one of the Brunello Di Montalcino producers. Have lunch in a typical Tavern, not far from the winery. Try the local culinary delicacies along with the finest wine! Speaking of food and wine, your next location is Pienza Another beautiful town in Tuscany, a hilltop village famous for its architectures, but also for the excellent sheep’s milk cheese, called pecorino. Stroll around this beautiful town where there are many charming, little shops that sell Pecorino cheese and other local treats. *UPON REQUEST, For the ultimate experience, you can visit Montepulciano as well. The must see locations in Montepulciano are the Duomo, Palazzo Piccolomini, and Palazzo Comunale. The town so unique and rustic, but it’s also famous for the renowned wine, “Vino nobile di Montepulciano”. *Upon request, before leaving Montepulciano we can organize a visit in one of the famous local wineries. Tour the vineyards and enjoy a detailed and interesting tour of the beautiful cellars. Above all, you will be able to enjoy a tasting of local wines! At the end of this trip you’ll return to Rome, with good memories of a day spent in Tuscany. To top it off, a bottle of “Vino nobile di Montepulciano” to bring home or enjoy during your stay in Italy. With compliments of Discovery Guided Tours
Enjoy a relaxing, smooth ride in a comfortable, air-conditioned Luxury Vehicle for your private transfer from Rome Hotel to your destination in Assisi. The best solution to reach your destination: Private deluxe transportation, personal driver to suite your every need and customization, to make your road trip more enjoyable. This transfer service can be scheduled also vice-versa. To make sure we offer you our best possible solution, we always recommend to let us know the size and quantity of luggage, so that we can fully satisfy your every need for a comfortable, relaxing private transfer. With our transfer service just relax, and enjoy the ride, let us take care of the rest.