Tuscany must be experienced up close. Taste the Brunello. Breathe in the aroma of bread toasting in a stone fireplace, glistening with freshly pressed olive oil. Stroll through vineyards and hilltop towns. Let your eyes linger on ancient villas. Imagine the possibilities. There is no better—or closer—way to experience the heart of Italy.
1-2 Foodies, rejoice! You're in Italy's "green heart," so called for its agricultural riches —savor black truffles, taste salamis and sample rare mountain formaggi (cheeses) Walk in the Topino river valley among sunflowers and vineyards en route to medieval Montefalco Sample Sagrantino, Umbria's most prized vino rosso, at an exclusive tasting Soak up breathtaking panoramas of Assisi from Montefalco's commanding hilltop position Discover the flavors of strangozzi al tartufo (pasta with black truffle sauce) and other hearty Umbrian dishes.
3-4 Follow an ancient pilgrimage route to the World Heritage city of Assisi, nestled on the flanks of Monte Subasio, as you admire flowering oak groves and vast valley views along the way Take time to explore the Gothic and Romanesque architecture in what was once the home of St. Francis Deep in Tuscany, discover the picture-perfect landscape of the Val d'Orcia Journey on age-old paths in the land of the Tuscan sun to charming Cortona for a guided visit of town Have a look around Renaissance-style Pienza, perhaps stopping to try the superb local pecorino cheese Delight in traditional Tuscan cuisine at a winery-hosted dinner in the Brunello region.
5-6 On foot to Montalcino, rows of vineyards and wildflower fields greet you at every turn Visit the Abbey of Sant'Antimo and be welcomed at charming agriturismi (working farms) Relish some of the world's finest wines in memorable Montalcino and a superb dinner at Settimo Senso, our hotel's outstanding restaurant.