Included in the package
3 night stays at 4-star central hotel in Florence
(HOTEL BRUNNELLESCHI 4* or similar)
4 night stays at 4-star wellness hotel nearby Urbino (URBINO RESORT 4* or
1 Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence (without queueing up!)
1 City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour around Florence
(ticket valid 48 hours)
Guided visit to Urbino (3 hour visit)
5 day car rental (unlimited mileage)
1st Day: arrival
Arrival and check-in at the hotel.
This 4-star accommodation facility is located in central Florence. Visitors may want to make use of
the remaining free time by visiting Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral dome with
its splendid Brunelleschi Chapel; it is also worth visiting the Baptistery of
San Giovanni.So as to crown the evening, from
the top of Giotto’s Bell
Tower, the traveller will have an enchanting 360°
most panoramic sight of the typically Florentine rusty red-roofed urban
architecture. Dinner is not scheduled. A
Florentine roast beef should be a must here!
2nd Day: Bus
sightseeing tour in Florence and Fiesole After breakfast, a first approach
to this most adorable renaissance city on a sightseeing tour bus will provide
excellent first hand information so as to better plan the stay. The sightseeing
tour will introduce the traveller to the most significant Florentine
architectural icons as well as its rich and interesting history. Guests are
invited to ask for their sightseeing tour tickets at the reception. Ticket
valid 48 hours for the lines A and B. You can join the tour from any stop. Line
B reaches even Fiesole, an enchanting village right on the outskirts of Florence. Here visitor
will discover a vast archaeological site with important Etruscan and Roman.In the remaining free time,
Maraviglia suggests other visits such as the Galleria dell’Accademia with
outstanding art collections including superb David by Michelangelo; monumental
Santa Croce Basilica (XIV century) housing the tombs of some remarkable
Italians including Galileo, Michelangelo, Canova, Rossini, Macchiavelli and Ugo Foscolo; later, inside the Del Carmine church (Chiesa del Carmen): the
Brancacci Chapel (Cappella Brancacci) with its spectacular frescoes. Dinner is
unscheduled. Night’s stay at the hotel.
3rd Day: :
Uffizi Gallery and (optional) Palazzo Vecchio
The Uffizi Gallery boasts one of
the most outstanding artistic patrimonies of the whole of the western culture.
The exhibition includes some of the greatest Italian artists including
Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Signorelli, Perugino, Giotto, Caravaggio,
Raffaello and many others. Exhibitions enjoy continuous up-dating and
development and there are always new masterpieces or theme exhibits at the
gallery. Visitors usually come back so as to enhance and mature their art
learning and appreciation skills. The Uffizi Gallery may take an entire day’s
visit. In the remaining free time Maraviglia suggests a visit to Palazzo
Vecchio, masterpiece of Florentine Mannerism.
An optional guided tour round the palace will lead visitors to discover
some spectacular rooms, corridors, hidden doors and passages which were closed
to the general public until recently; such is the case of the secret Stairs of
the Gualtieri Duke; the striking studiolo (small office) of Francesco I; the
studiolo of Cosimo I, the trusses of the ceiling of Il Salone dei 500. Then, a
stroll across Ponte Vecchio (worldwide famous “Old Bridge”) -over the Arno
River- so as to enjoy the goldsmiths’ shops and workshops right on the bridge
is a must in Florence! Dinner is unscheduled. Night’s stay at the hotel.
4th Day: Chianti
wineries, Siena, Urbino
On the 4th day this “Renaissance
Italy” itinerary continues by car. Travellers will be able to ride through
these most pleasurable gentle rolling lands at their leisure. In the morning
the rental car will be already waiting at the central train station of Florence. From here, most
lovely landscapes can be admired when going through the boundaries between Tuscany and Marche.
The Chianti valleys and hillsides (lands of the famous Chianti wineries) and
the Apennines ranges offer majestic sights:
soul regenerating beauty. There is astonishing Siena
and its rolling surrounding landscapes, this part of the heart of Italy
characterises by the strength of its colours, people’s determined character and
bright sunshine on beautiful cypresses lines, hamlets on hillsides and
flowering fields. Precious vineyards. Before reaching Siena: Greve in Chianti, the world capital of
one of most famous wines on Earth. Maraviglia suggests making a stop in
Castello di Verrazzano where it is possible to visit the renowned wineries and
taste most luscious excellences of the area. Leaving Arezzo,
visitors may reach the dominance of the enchanting medieval town of Anghiari in Tuscany.
Later, Bocca Trabaria. Eventually, renaissance Urbino. Check-in at the hotel.
Maraviglia suggests the spa facilities at the hotel for complete relaxation.
5th Day: Urbino Renaissance Genius and
ceramics of Urbania
From the highest area of the city,
Urbino -birthplace of great Raffaello- offers a majestic view of its ducal
palace. A tour around Palazzo Ducale means a plunge into splendorous renaissance
works by Raffaello, Tiziano, Piero della Francesca and Paolo Uccello; among
innumerable pieces and architectural riches. In nearby Urbania, the ceramics of
Casteldurante, art works which were initially fostered by renaissance iconic
personages from Della Rovere family and mainly, Duke Federico. These ceramics
are still being produced with some original techniques.
In the morning, a private tour
guide will be waiting for an unforgettable tour experience around the
renaissance splendours of the city (duration: 3 hours). Around the central,
most historic area of the city, travellers are able to enjoy iconic
architectural and historical riches. Maraviglia suggests visiting
Palazzo Ducale (tickets are not included in the package). Later, the guided
tour continues round the alleys of the historic centre and to the highest part
of the city: the Fortress of Albornoz, from its gardens, it is possible to have
some of the best panoramic views of Urbino: the ducal palace façade, the
spires, the “cotto” (brick tiles) roofs of rusty reds of the city, the
cathedral and the “torricini” (narrow towers spires of Palazzo Ducale).
Eventually, the itinerary might continue (optional phase of the tour) to the
Salimbeni brothers’ frescoes in San Giovanni Oratory. In the afternoon the
itinerary might continue in Urbania. Here, it is possible to enjoy majolica
craft masters at work in the numerous workshops present in the city. Invaluable
pieces are created in the city following ancestral techniques of elaboration
present in the area since Renaissance. Return to Urbino in the late afternoon.
Dinner time: dinner is not scheduled. Night’s stay at the hotel.
6th Day: Furlo Gorge and (optional)
Acqualagna truffle hunt
Urbinate lands are not only famous
for its renaissance splendours, this part of the region offers palate
delicacies on a base of precious truffles, fresh mushrooms, traditional cheeses
and world-class extra virgin olive oil. A few kilometres away from Urbino,
amidst the enchanting natural sceneries of the Furlo gorge, there lies
Acqualagna, an area enjoying abundant white truffle. Travellers have the
opportunity (optional excursion) to set off on a truffle hunt experience with
expert hunter and his/her dog. The excursion lasts approximately 1,5 hours and
at the end of it, and as part of the excursion, there is a tasting lunch with a
range of typical local specialities including a variety of truffle-based
delicacies. Later, at their own leisure,
travellers might indulge in the pleasures of the Montefeltro area. Fortresses
and castles scattered all around amidst rolling landscapes tell about the
crucial role this area once had in history. Maraviglia suggests visiting the village of San Leo in the heart of Montefeltro. San
Leo lies on top of a rocky crest, its once inaccessible strategic position made
it a very powerful fortress.Dinner time: dinner is unscheduled.
Night’s stay at the hotel.
7th Day: Gradara, the wall of eternal
love (optional exclusive love tour)
Near Urbino, there lies Gradara. A
visit to the Gradara
Castle involves setting
off on a timeless dive into untrammelled riches and wonders of historic and
artistic interests. Unfathomable art and determined architectural clues bestow
newfound wonder and awe sensations on the visitor. According to legend, Gradara Castle was the scene of the famous and
tragic love story of Paolo Malatesta and Francesca of Rimini, caught in each
other's arms and killed by Gianciotto, Francesca's husband and Paolo’s brother.
This love story was immortalized by Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy (V
Canto, Inferno). On request, it is possible to go on a ‘Love Tour’ within the
magic and romantic ambience of the castle. At sunset, a private guide will lead
travellers around the interior of the fortress following the same antique
patrolling routes of medieval times. And to crown the evening, a candlelit
dinner at a restaurant downtown in Gradara. Night’s stay at the hotel.
Breakfast and set off for Florence. Returning of the car at the central train station of Florence.
THE PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
· Flight ticket and airport taxes
· Shuttle services, beverages, meals,
parking, optional excursions, access tickets and everything which is not
expressly stated under ‘The package includes’ above.