Etruscan way: Culture, wine, oil and more in centre of Italy
Wonderful landscape, food and wine without forgetting the mysterious Etruscan culture in Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio.
Day 1 Arrival at Firenze or Pisa Airport and transfer to the reserved Hotel in Volterra Area. Dinner and overnight stay
Day 2 Visit Volterra and typical lunch _overnight Lake Trasimeno Area, Volterra
is a walled hill town, in an area called the “Metal Hills” (Colline Metallifere), this named because of the presence since Etruscan times of copper, lead, silver, and zinc nearby. The Etruscans also mined salt here. The district is particularly known for working alabaster, and there are also mineral springs and baths nearby. Visit of Etruscan Museum Guarnacci. After that, a typical lunch in a rural accomodation is waiting for you. Dinner and overnight stay in Lake Trasimeno Area.
Day 3 Visit Chiusi and Cortona_overnight Lake Trasimeno Area
Located in the south of the province of Siena, bordering with the region of Umbria and near the region of Lazio, Chiusi is the perfect place for those who want to plunge into history and to enjoy traditions and anecdotes, as well as tasting the genuine flavor of a simple but generous land. Chiusi, called Clevsin in ancient times, became one of the most important Etruscan cities, thanks to its very fertile alluvial soil and to its excellent land and water communication lines. A must is a visit of the Museo Civico “La Città sotterranea” (the underground city), a very impressive guided tour through the underground. After free lunch, on the way to the next hotel, stop in Cortona, located in the province of Arezzo. A must is the Archaeological Park of Cortona, that preserves testimonies of the ancient world dating back to the Etruscan civilization and the Roman period. It’s an exciting guided tour in the local history between an urban route, within the historical center of Cortona. Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 Visit Perugia and the “Fabbrica del Cioccolato – Chocolate Factory” _ Overnight Lake Trasimeno Area
Perugia is the city of art, one of the most important in Italy. Mighty Etruscan centre and important mediaeval city after that, Perugia guards lovingly precious traces of its luminous historical periods. Bright and lively, culturally and socially, Perugia is a city full of “secrets” to disclose: the suggestion is that of exploring it with curiosity to fully appreciate the excitement and fascination of discovery. The city is today the administrative and cultural capital of the Umbria Region, a major tourist and cultural destination, site of the University for over 700 years. The historical Academy of Fine Arts, the Music Conservatorium, and its University for Foreigners, with students coming from all over the world, define furthermore the marked international vocation. On foot the tour of the acropolis, beginning with the historic center, all within the first circle of Etruscan walls and gates, and visit of the “Galleria nazionale dell’Umbria. Have lunch in a restaurant in Perugia and further for some sweetness in the famous “Fabbrica del Cioccolato”, visiting the company and tasting some delicious chocolates. Back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5 Bolsena & Vulci _ Overnight Tarquinia Area.
From a Lake to another Lake, leaving Umbria Region for reaching Region Lazio. Looking at Bolsena and its lake, one immediately has the impression that nature is both committed to making this unique land: a place where the main elements are fused together by building a unique landscape. Bolsena is rich in history, Etruscan and Roman and is the city of the Mysteries and ancient traditions. Have a guided walk tour through this magnificent city. Free lunch. After lunch, continuation to Vulci, with its archeological museum with a guided tour to discover the remains of the Etruscan-Roman city, Dinner and overnight stay in Tarquinia Area.
Day 6 Tarquinia and Cerveteri _ Overnight Tarquinia Area
A day to discover the Tarquinia and Cerveteri necropolis. In 2004, the Tarquinia Necropolis was declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it hosts an exceptional monumental cycle of painted tombs described as “the first chapter in the history of great Italian painting”. It is the largest necropolis in the area around the ancient Etruscan city of Tarquinia, comprising more than 6,000 underground Etruscan tombs that completely cover the extensive hill of Monterozzi. Adorned with scenes of human life that include huntsmen, fishermen, musicians, dancers, jugglers and athletes, the painted tombs illustrate the wealth and power of the occupants for whom they were built: they are a fitting symbol of their high social status. Stop for the lunch and continuation to Cerveteri. A major centre of Etruscan civilisation that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, the Necropolis stretches for more than two kilometres. This certainly makes it the most imposing in all Etruria and one of the most magnificent monuments of its kind anywhere in the Mediterranean basin. These monumental tombs are located inside tumuli, partly cut into the tufa rock and partly built over it. The purpose of these edifices was to illustrate the desire of a handful of aristocratic families to make a statement about their wealth and to perpetuate a lifestyle of the highest quality also after death. Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7 Orvieto & Orvieto Underground _ Overnight Arezzo Area
Wonderful excursion to discover the beauty of Orvieto to Discover the enchantment of a city where everything is magic as well as simple and at hand. History, art, archaeology, nature, landscape, a happy geographic location, valuable craftsmanship and traditions, excellent food and wines, big and small events to please everyone. Welcome to Orvieto! If you give yourself time to explore and investigate, Orvieto will not disappoint you: you will experience it to the full in only a few steps! And very impressive is the Orvieto Underground! Orvieto, a millenary city suspended almost by magic between heaven and earth, has revealed another of those aspects that make it unique and extraordinary: a labyrinth of grottoes is hidden in the silent darkness of the rupe (rock). The distinctive geological nature of the mass of stone on which it stands allowed its inhabitants to dig, in the course of about 2500 years, an incredible number of cavities extending, overlapping and intersecting beneath the modern structure of the city. They make up a precious repository of historical and archaeological information, only recently studied systematically and scientifically. If the “superficial” aspect of the city has changed with the passing of time, the hypogean structures that were functional to it have remained, mostly, intact. Continuation to the Hotel in Arezzo Area and on the way to the next accommodation, stop into a wine cellar. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8 Departure, Arrivederci Bella Italia
After breakfast transfer to Firenze or Pisa Airport