Umbria & Tuscany Overview

The ‘green heart’ of Italy has a special place in many Around The Sun journeys. Umbria has the gems of Perugia and Assisi, Orvieto and Spoleto, as well as countless other picturesque, but lesser known, towns and villages. There are beautiful rolling hills, dotted with villas - a landscape that casts a unique spell over anyone lucky enough to soak it up. Walking is the perfect way to explore (and Around The Sun has some great walking tours).

 

The iconic Toscana (Tuscany) region is always included in whistle stop tours of Italy because it includes Florence and Siena and was a key beneficiary of the Renaissance proliferation of art and architecture under powerful patrons like the Medicis. The steep hills of the eastern and central part of the region latticed by olive groves and vineyards also lend themselves to walking tours.

The key, iconic Tuscan sights are covered in the Italia with Lucrezia - History, Food & Wine which is a private, luxury car-based tour.

Around The Sun’s Enchanting Tuscany trip features some of the most beautiful Tuscan countryside and towns and is a combination of sightseeing, easy to moderate walks, great food and wine, and character-full accommodation.

If you have any specific ideas about an itinerary you would like, or would like Around The Sun to build a private, custom trip for you please contact us or Create Your Own Journey.

Italy Journeys & Suggested Itineraries

Amalfi Coast - Self Guided Walking Tour

This self-guided walking tour takes you through picturesque villages on ancient paths along the world's most dramatic coast. We carry your luggage and look after the logistics. Detailed maps and trail descriptions are provided, accommodation and breakfasts are included - as well as our brilliant local operator's recommendations for the best bars and restaurants.


Days:8 days/7nights
Luxury:medium to high
Type of Tour:self-guided
Experience: walking
Challenge: Easy to Moderate
Cost:
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Italia with Lucrezia - History, Food & Wine

Lucrezia’s signature tour includes her all-time favourite Italian destinations: Umbria (including Perugia & Assisi), The Cinque Terre, Tuscany (including Florence), Naples, the Amalfi Coast, and the little-known Cilento Coast. The tour includes many of Italy’s must-sees, but still succeeds in taking you off the beaten track. The three-day Rome itinerary can be excluded on request if you have already been there.


Days:16
Luxury:**** four star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Car Touring / Culture
Challenge: Medium
Cost: on request
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Highlights of Sicily - History, Food & Wine

Sicily today is the distillation of 3000 years of history, multi layered culture and traditions set against a stunning backdrop of outstanding natural beauty.

This trip is a more in depth tour of many facets of this rich and diverse region.


Days:10
Luxury:**** four star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Culture by car
Challenge: Easy
Cost: Contact ATS
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Explore Sicily Trip

Sicily is a distillation of three thousand years of history, a blend of zestful traditions, ancient cultures, outstanding natural beauty and exuberant people. This trip allows you to savour the best of the Mediterranean's most captivating destination!


Days:7
Luxury:**** four star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Car Touring
Challenge: Easy
Cost: Contact ATS
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Enchanting Tuscany Trip

This trip combines fascinating traditional walking paths with the classic pleasures of Tuscany: beautiful landscapes, living history, sunshine, food and wine. Explore the timeless countryside along perfumed olive groves, fields of brilliant sunflowers and pastel coloured farmhouses framed by rows of cypress trees.

 


Days:7
Luxury:**** four star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Walking / Car Touring
Challenge: Easy (one medium day)
Cost: Contact ATS
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Cycling in Puglia - Off the beaten track in Southern Italy

Journey - at a perfect speed - through unexplored landscapes, past old stone churches, dramatic coastlines, quaint farms, trulli and oil mills still in use today just as they were centuries ago. The ravines and ancient ruins of Puglia tell the story of the many civlisations that have passed through this little known region - the Messapians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Swabians and Aragonese rulers. Featuring the extreme south-east of Italy, this is Around The Sun's only tour in this little known region. And it's a gem!


Days:8 days/7nights
Luxury:
Type of Tour:Cycling
Experience: Cycling
Challenge: Easy to moderate
Cost: POA
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Cinque Terre & Italian Riviera Deluxe Trip

A walk in the Cinque Terre - an area encompassing five medieval towns perched on a spectacular coastline - offers the most magic travel ingredients: splendid scenery; varied landscape; great food and wine; warm, turquoise water, and a sense of discovery…. Then, to cap it all, the trip finishes on the gorgeous Portofino Peninsula.


Days:6
Luxury:**** four star
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Walking
Challenge: Medium
Cost: Contact ATS
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Around The Sun trips are based on the expertise and knowledge of Richard Everist and Lucrezia Migliore – and the expertise and services of a select group of friends who operate the best tour companies in the world.

Around The Sun showcases a careful selection of small group trips (with guides and expert leaders), and we design customised private journeys (both guided and self-guided).

All our suggested itineraries can be run privately, or customised, so the departure dates and itineraries completely suit you. Many of our itineraries can be adapted for those who wish to to travel completely independently. See Create Your Own Journey.

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