No doubt you'll arrive with certain expectations of Tuscany and Umbria. But somehow the sensory feast is still a wonderful surprise. The sheer beauty of olive groves and vineyards. The slow pace of life. The symphony of flavors in traditional dishes. And the rich passione of the locals. Expectations exceeded? Just another day in the heart of Italy.
1 Ancient traditions await in charming hilltop towns Soak up Umbrian panoramas en route to medieval Todi, a World Heritage site with a commanding hilltop position Indulge in local specialties like strangozzi al tartufo at Relais Todini's gourmet restaurant.
2-3 Imagine you're in a postcard as you pedal along tranquil bike paths flanked by bright red poppies, cypress trees and undulating hills On the way to Montefalco, explore timeless Spoleto, perhaps pausing to browse for ceramics, linens and olive wood pieces Don't miss the impressive Roman amphitheater and the medieval hilltop fortress of Rocca Albornoziana Experience warm Umbrian hospitality and hearty cuisine at an exclusive agriturismo dinner in the countryside Heading toward Mount Subasio, take a moment to sample fine vintages of velvety sagrantino, Umbria's prize vino rosso Discover the ancient villages of Spello and Bevagna en route to the World Heritage site of Assisi.
4-6 Welcome to Tuscany! Travel north to Sant'Angelo di Sorbello After cruising past olive groves and sunflower fields, enjoy an exclusive cooking demo and lunch at La Braccesca wine estate Pedal through the Chiana Valley, where white Chianina cows graze Bike to historic hilltop Cortona, surrounded by 3,000-year-old Etruscan walls, and the setting for Under the Tuscan Sun Taste splendid Tuscan wines, like Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino and Cortona's very own rendition of syrah.