Italia with Lucrezia - History, Food & Wine

Lucrezia’s signature trip is a significant cultural tour that will give you a strong overview of Italy. It’s intense and all-encompassing.

The journey begins in Umbria – the green heart of Italy known for its stretches of wilderness, game and deep mystic roots. Not as famous as its neighbouring region, Tuscany it is nonetheless a window into all that is wonderful about Italy – food and wine, art, architecture and history. We will then spend some time in Tuscany seeing some of the iconic sights and some more off the beaten path.

We can spend time in the capital, the Eternal City of Rome if you would like an in depth tour, or we can bypass Rome and go straight down to Naples and Pompeii.

From Pompeii we’ll shoot down to the unforgettable Amalfi Coast before finishing up in a medieval fishing village, Pisciotta.

This tour encompasses Lucrezia’s all-time favourite places in Italy and it is much more than the standard, clichéd group tour!

Italia with Lucrezia - History, Food & Wine Trip Dates

FIXED DEPARTURES: 

23 May to 5 June 2018.

26 September to 9 October 2018.

All scheduled small group trips will be confirmed and guaranteed by Around The Sun at least 56 days before the trip commences. However, if at 56 days before departure there are insufficient bookings to cover the cost of running the trip we reserve the right to cancel the trip. Anyone who has already made a booking will be given the choice to receive a full refund, to transfer their booking to another trip, or to continue on the trip with fewer passengers but at a higher price.

PRIVATE DEPARTURES: 

This suggested itinerary can also be run privately, or customised so the departure date and programme completely suits you.

April, May, June 2018 and September till end of October 2018.

Departures for private, customised trips are all fully guaranteed. 

Contact us now for quotes and information on private, customised trips.

 

Full Itinerary
Day 1 - Depart Melbourne
Day 2 - Arrive Rome and transfer to Orvieto (Umbria)

Welcome to sunny Italia! After arriving at Rome airport a private transfer will whisk you away to Orvieto. You will have time in the afternoon to explore Orvieto with our guide. The evening meal will be the offical welcome for the group. 

Transfer: private transfer from Rome airport to Orvieto
Meal included:  welcome dinner
English speaking local guide: in Orvieto

 

Day 3 - Orvieto / Umbria

This morning you’ll explore Orvieto: a real gem with several beautiful piazzas and churches. Perched on a volcanic cliff Orvieto is known for its beauty, fine wines, the 55-metre-deep St. Patrick’s well, ceramics and the duomo (cathedral).

The duomo is one of the most revered gothic cathedrals in the world with alabaster lights, a marvellous façade with mosaics, and amazing frescoes by Signorelli. The wine produced from the fertile volcanic soils around town was once so highly regarded that the architects working on the duomo were happy to be paid with wine.

After lunch you travel towards your next destination in Umbria where you have time to enjoy a brief walking tour in the historical centre of the city/town where you stay (either Perugia or nearby Assisi depending on the availability of appropriately stunning accommodation!).


Overnight: hotel in Perugia or Assisi depending on availability
Transfer: private transfer from Orvieto to Perugia or Assisi
Meal included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 4 - Assisi & Perugia

We begin our day in Assisi, birthplace of St Francis. It is well worth visiting the stunning frescos (including some by Giotto) in the basilica.

We then move on to nearby Perugia, a vibrant university town with a monumental Etruscan arch at its entrance, winding alleyways and a fabulous art gallery. If you have a strong interest in art, we can introduce you to local artisans who are following in the footsteps of their ancestors.


Overnight: Hotel in Perugia or Assisi depending on availability
Meals included: breakfasts
English speaking local guide: from 9 am to 6 pm

 

Day 5 - Val D’Orcia & Cinque Terre

On our way to the the stunning Cinque Terre in our comfortable Mercedes minibus, we stop at the World Heritage Site of the Val D’Orcia. Val D’Orcia is an outstanding example on of the way landscapes were created in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create aesthetically pleasing images.

You take time to enjoy a short sightseeing walking tour in the spellbinding village of Pienza. Then you depart to the unique spa town of Bagno Vignoni, where the main square features a huge ornamental pool built by the Medici family. On the way you visit a small vineyard for a wine tasting.

Later you can, if you wish, enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the many Etruscan water channels that surround the old watermills just outside the centre of town - before making  your way to Cinque Terre.


Overnight: hotel on the Cinque Terre
Transfer: private full-day transfer from Umbria - Val D’Orcia – Cinque Terre
Meals included: breakfast, wine tasting and dinner
English speaking local guide: from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. The guide service starts in Pienza and ends in Bagno Vignoni. The trip from Bagno Vignoni to the Cinque Terre takes about 4 hrs. You will arrive at the Hotel at about 8 pm.

 

Day 6 - Cinque Terre

Today you enjoy the five scenic villages from which the name for the Cinque Terre is derived. Your day starts with a train ride to Riomaggiore. A brief paved coastal path, known as the ‘Lover's Trail’ takes you to the picturesque village of Manarola.

From Manarola to Corniglia the trail becomes narrow and steep and you reach the next village of the ‘five lands’ walking up a beautiful switchback staircase, which leads from the sea to the hamlet on the edge of a sheer cliff.

At any stage, if you prefer, you can catch one of the frequent local trains, which connect all the villages. Rather than retrace our steps, we definitely catch the train back to Monterosso.

Depending on the composition of the tour, we may explore the Cinque Terre in our private boat.

Overnight: hotel on the Cinque Terre
Meal: breakfast
English speaking local guide: from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

 

Day 7 - Rome

We start our guided visit to the Eternal City with the Colosseum, one of the greatest examples of Roman architecture. From here we'll take a walking tour to the ancient Roman Forum. In the afternoon we visit the Pantheon, originally a Roman temple, now an extraordinary church. We then do a fascinating guided walking tour through the historical centre of Rome, taking in the famous Piazza Navona with its luxurious cafes and baroque palaces.

Overnight:  hotel in Rome
Meal included: breakfast and dinner
Transfer: private transfer from the Cinque Terre to Rome
English speaking local guide

 

Day 8 - Rome

Today we focus on the Vatican City with its awe-inspiring St Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums with hundreds of galleries filled with treasures. After visiting St Peter's, you can continue on with your in depth cultural exploration of the Vatican with a guide, or join Lucrezia as she explores the streets around the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti - the centre of fashion shopping in Rome.

Meal: breakfast
English speaking local guide: from 10 am to 5.30 pm
NOTE: we have included an English-speaking local ‘accompagnatore turistico’, not a cultural guide

 

Day 9 - Mt Vesuvius, Pompeii, Amalfi / Positano

After a private transfer to the station, a fast train takes us to Naples. We head straight on to the summit of Mt Vesuvius with its huge crater and panoramic views over the breath-taking Bay of Naples. Then we explore Pompeii, the ancient, eerily intact city that Mt Vesuvius covered in volcanic ash. From Pompeii it's a short drive to the spell-binding Amalfi Coast.

Overnight: hotel on the Amalfi Coast
Meal: breakfast and dinner
Transfer: Private transfer from Termini station in Rome and from Naples station to Vesuvius to final destination
English speaking local guide: English speaking local guide: from the arrival in Naples to the departure from Pompeii

 

Day 10 - The Amalfi Coast

Today you enjoy a great day tour on the Amalfi Coast visiting the main highlights of the Divine Coast. We visit Ravello, a town of rich and noble traditions, exemplified in the magnificent historical villas with their incomparable gardens. We strongly recommend a visit to Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo.

During the day you experience a cooking class where you learn some traditional cooking secrets, and you enjoy a lovely boat trip along the coast. You visit beautiful Positano and have time to explore the labyrinth of alleyways surrounded by scarlet bougainvillea and elegant boutiques, before returning to your accommodation.


Overnight: Hotel on the Amalfi Coast
Meal: breakfast, cooking class with lunch (drinks not included)
Transfer: Private transfer all day
English speaking local guide: from 9.30 am to 6 pm

 

Day 11 - Capri

Today we visit the world renowned island of Capri. After arriving by ferry, we'll follow a coastal path to the spectacular Faraglioni (unusual rocks jutting out to sea). In the afternoon we can choose to relax in the island's chic shops, or walk to the 14th century Convent of San Giacomo, or rub shoulders with the chic Italians at i Bagni di Tiberio while taking a dip.

Overnight: hotel on the Amalfi Coast
Meal included: breakfast 
English speaking local guide: as required

 

Day 12 - Cilento Coast & Pisciotta

The Cilento Coast is one of the last stretches of Italian coast that has not been commercialised and there are a few corners that remain entirely unspoilt. Much of the region is protected by the Cilento National Park. You will stay in Pisciotta, completely off the tourist track, a hilltop village overlooking a magnificent coastline and surrounded by 1000 year-old olive trees.

Overnight: charming accommodation in Cilento area (Paestum, Giungano or Pisciotta) depending on availability
Transfer: private transfers included  
Meal included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
English speaking local guide: from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm

 

Day 13 - Cilento Coast & Pisciotta

Our last full day can be spent in a number of ways: lazing on the beach below Pisciotta; taking a boat ride to the Blue Grotto under Cape Palinuro; walking the trails in the ancient forest behind Pisciotta; or watching life unfold in Pisciotta's main piazza. Lucrezia and her family lived in Pisciotta for 5 months in 2009/2010 and her local contacts will create opportunities to engage in many aspects of village life.

Overnight: charming accommodation in Cilento area (Paestum, Giungano or Pisciotta) depending on availability
Tranfer: private transfers included  
Meal included: breakfast and dinner
English speaking local guide: from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm

 

Day 14 - Transfer to Rome

After a relaxed morning in Pisciotta, you catch a fast train (3.5 hours) to Rome. You get to the eternal city in time to do some final shopping, exploring and people watching. The evening meal will be the final goodbye.

Tranfer: private transfers included and rail ticket
Meal included: breakfast and dinner

 

Day 15 - Depart Rome

After a final relaxed breakfast a private transfer will take you to Rome's Fiumicino Airport to join your flight back to Australia - unless you are lucky enough to continue your adventure. This itinerary can easily be extended. Talk to Lucrezia if you have any ideas.

Meal included: breakfast
Transfer: private transfer Fiumicino Airport

 

Day 16 - Arrive Melbourne
Price & Inclusions

Prices for this trip start at $7495 per person on a twin share basis. This price is based on a scheduled small group departure, off peak, with a minimum of six passengers. Departures at peak holiday periods may be more expensive. Contact Around The Sun to confirm the cost of specific trips.

Accommodation included:

  • 1 night in Orvieto
  • 2 nights in Umbria (Perugia or Assisi depending on availability)
  • 2 nights in Cinque Terre or Italian Riviera depending on availability
  • 3 nights in Rome
  • 3 nights on the Amalfi Coast
  • 2 nights in Cilento area (Paestum, Giungano or Pisciotta depending on availability)

Meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 10 dinners
  • 1 cooking class on the Amalfi Coast
  • at least 1 wine tasting

Transfers included:

  • all private transfers included

Guides included:

  • English speaking local guides per the itinerary

NOT included:

  • travel insurance (compulsory)
  • airfares and airport taxes
  • visas
  • drinks

All scheduled small group trips will be confirmed and guaranteed by Around The Sun at least 56 days before the trip commences. However, if at 56 days prior to departure there are insufficient bookings to cover the cost of running the trip we reserve the right to cancel the trip. Anyone who has already made a booking will be given the choice to receive a full refund, to transfer their booking to another trip, or to continue on the trip with fewer passengers but at a higher price.

Departures for private, customised trips are all fully guaranteed. Contact us for quotes and information on private, customised trips.

 

Italia with Lucrezia – Destination Overview

The Cinque Terre
Liguria is a fascinating coastal region that stretches from the French border in the west to La Spezia in the east. The Italian Riviera is a term used to describe the entire Ligurian coast. It is breathtakingly beautiful and varies dramatically from tiny villages clinging to rocky outcrops to cosmopolitan resorts.

Several of Around The Sun’s small group tours focus on a (deservedly) famous stretch of the Riviera, the Cinque Terre, but there is also plenty to do nearby.

The Gulf of La Spezia has been praised so often by famous poets - Dante, Petrarch, Byron and Shelley to name just a few! - that it is simply referred to as Golfo dei Poeti. At the mouth of the gulf, Porto Venere, overlooked by a castle, with a superb church perched on a promontory above the waves, and multi-storied, terracotta-coloured houses crowded around the harbour, is a wonderful, idyllic spot to savour.

Just north of Porto Venere, the Cinque Terre (Five Lands) comprises five picturesque fishing villages that cling to rocky headlands. Around The Sun can organise off-the-beaten-path walking tours where you will see olive-oil production and special wines harvested from the steeply terraced vineyards. The villages are linked by an ancient 14 km coastal footpath, as well as by train and boat. Whichever way you travel, you’ll be enchanted by the rocky promontories, villages, sheltered coves and turquoise water.

Around The Sun’s Cinque Terre & Italian Riviera Deluxe Trip highlights the Cinque Terre – as well as the beautiful Portofino Peninsula further to the north. The Cinque Terre is also included in the Italia with Lucrezia - History, Food & Wine 16 day tour.

 

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.

Some key, iconic Tuscan sights are also included in Italia with Lucrezia - History, Food & Wine which is a car-based in depth cultural 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.

Naples, the Amalfi & Cilento coasts
For all its problems, the south has glories that more than match those in the north. Tourism is less overwhelming in most parts, so the people are warm and welcoming – to match the weather, which from April to November is superb. Life, in general, is simultaneously more relaxed and more intense. Everthing closes for the lunch siesta from 1 to 4 pm. But every bar and restaurant is full from 8 pm to midnight. The colours are brighter. The food is sensational.

There are many fascinating corners of Campania, but Around The Sun focuses on the region around Napoli (Naples) the chaotic and extraordinary capital, built beneath Mt Vesuvius on the spectacular Bay of Naples.

Only a handful of cities can claim a location that comes close. Perhaps Rio De Janeiro, Sydney, San Francisco and Cape Town would be in the running, but none of them have a visible history stretching back 3000 years, none of them have Pompeii, and none of them have anything to match the Isle of Capri or the Amalfi Coast.

Around The Sun also has a particular soft spot for the Cilento region, a lesser-known part of Campania that lies further to the south, beyond Salerno.  In Paestum you find Greek ruins more intact than those in Greece itself and the coastline from Agropoli to Sapri, then on to Maratea (actually in Basilicata) is breathtaking, pristine, and largely undeveloped.

Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and the Cilento Coast all feature in the Italia with Lucrezia - History, Food & Wine tour. Our Italian operator is based on the Amalfi Coast, and Richard Everist and Lucrezia Migliore, plus two of their children, lived on the Cilento Coast for six months. So, needless to say, we know and love this part of Italy!

There is an enormous range of activities here which we can cater to. From day walks to multi-day walking tours, from mountain bikes to motorbikes, from snorkelling to diving, from eating food to learning how to make it, from kayaking to luxury boats, from five-star lidos on Capri to empty, sandy beaches in the Cilento region. YOU choose!

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have any questions please contact us. We have an enormous amount of experience – and we have expert operators on the ground in all our destinations.

If our small group guided tours don’t meet your needs, we’re set up so that we can create private tours using our published itineraries, or custom tours that are both private and customised to meet your wishes.

See Create Your Own Journey.

 

Italia with Lucrezia - History, Food & Wine

Lucrezia’s signature tour includes her all-time favourite Italian destinations: Umbria, The Cinque Terre, Tuscany (including Florence, Perugia & Assisi), 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 either included or 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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