8 Days: Central Italy
A series of unique and unforgettable experiences will take you off the beaten track in Italy, to a world where time is on your side and culture is on your doorstep, all drawn together by common threads of a pure authenticity, complete exclusivity, and genuine hospitality.
- Experience unpretentious luxury and natural comfort of Petrella Guidi – a private retreat nestled in an ancient village in Montefeltro, where nature, culture, history, and pleasure are at center of your experience
- Discover strongholds, castles, monasteries, and churches dotted around Montefeltro
- Touch the elegance of Arezzo which offers the most beautiful of Tuscany: the atmosphere, hospitality, art, and gastronomy, but without the crowds of tourists that afflicts the most famous Tuscan cities.
- Luxuriate in a stay at a renovated 12th century castle in beautiful Maremma in Tuscany
- Enjoy intimate cooking classes with Tuscan recipes and wine tastings or learn how to make Pecorino cheese!
Discover the central regions of Italy, from the hidden historical territory of Montefeltro to picturesque Tuscany, the “green heart of Italy”, let yourself to be seduced by the beauty and majesty of the Renaissance through the places of Piero della Francesca in Arezzo as you travel around Central Italy on our 9-day itinerary. You’ll travel back in time to an Italian heyday – the 18th and 19th century rite of passage “The Grand Tour.”
DAY BY DAY
Day 1 ~ Arrival – Petrella Guidi Lodge, Montefeltro
Private transfer from Bologna/Rimini to Petrella Guidi Lodge. (1 to 1.75 hours)
Depending of pick up time, option to enjoy a short visit and lunch en route in the town of Santarcangelo di Romagna.
Santarcangelo di Romagna dates back to the Roman era, with a permanent settlement developing in 268 b.c. Here, in old tufa caves, is where first persecuted Christians fled. The heart of Santarcangelo stands on a small hill, the Colle Giove, where today you can still see the typical structure of the fortified medieval village, dominated by the imposing Rocca Malatestiana. The main attractions of the city include caves dug into the tuff in the old town, of unique and rare architectural beauty, country churches, wine cellars, and catacombs. Santarcangelo di Romagna is the birthplace of poet, writer, screenwriter, and intellectual, Tonino Guerra, who was interned at German concentration camp during WWII for antifascism, and later in life collaborated with some of the most prominent film directors of the world, including Federico Fellini.
Lunch at the Restaurant “La Sangiovesa,” where you will be treated to piadina, an Italian flat bread, and hand made cakes, served in a restaurant set in a building carved into the tufa caves in 700 b.c.
After lunch, continue to Petrella Guidi Lodge & Historical Hideaway, a small luxury private retreat, located in the heart of the small medieval village of the same name. “Rediscovered” and renewed, Petrella Guidi is set in the Montefeltro historical territory between the Romagna, the Marches, and Tuscany. This is truly a paradise for lovers of nature, culture, history, and the great outdoors. You can discover strongholds and castles, plus monasteries and churches, dotted around Montefeltro.
Petrella Guidi is an oasis of inspiration for thinkers and dreamers, for its breathtaking views and great sense of serenity. There are no roads, only bricks and grass paths. A sort of “back to simplicity,” there are three suites placed in three independent houses, linked by small charming gardens and pergolas.
With experience and skill, Galya and Paolo Trento have restored the medieval houses, creating an intimate, idyllic atmosphere. Over 18 years this was their holiday retreat, opened in 2011 to welcome guests. Enjoy unpretentious luxury and natural comfort of Petrella Guidi Lodge!
Days 2 & 3 ~ Petrella Guidi
During your stay, choose and enjoy one of the experiences proposed for your journey at Petrella Guidi Lodge (experiences may vary by season):
- Visit one of three nearby borghi, and discover past and present culture of these medieval villages
- Taste local gourmet heritage at “Celli’s Bottega della Carne”
- Visit Antica Stamperia Carpegna
Day 4 ~ Arezzo, Tuscany
In the morning, a private transfer will take you to the Florence airport, and from here a short flight to Bari airport (BRI, flight not included). From the airport, a private transfer will take you to the town of
Breakfast and private transfer to Arezzo (1.75 hours)
En route, enjoy a short visit and lunch in Anghiari, a small nedieval jewel set on a gravel hill. This strategic location led the city to play a very important role in the Middle Ages. It is famous for the Battle of Anghiari, where the Florentine troops defeated those of Milan, allowing Florence to take the city government. A fresco by Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned of the Battle of Anghiari to honor their victory, but unfortunately was lost, perhaps hidden beneath a more recent Fresco.
Continue to the city of Arezzo (45 minutes) and enjoy a two hour guided visit of this wonderful city, and let yourself be seduced by its great charm! Giorgio Vasari and Piero Della Francesca have always been the historical focal point of Arezzo – their legacy of art and architecture are, even today, are the biggest attraction of the town. Everything points to them: the portico of Piazza Grande, the frescoes in the Basilica of San Francesco, the Cathedral of San Donato, the House Museum of Vasari.
The main attraction of the town is the Basilica of San Francesco, located in the city center. Inside the Basilica there is the famous Bacci Chapel that preserves the wonderful cycle of frescoes of the Legend of the True Cross, a masterpiece of Renaissance painting by Piero della Francesca.
Piazza Grande, or Piazza Vasari of Arezzo, is one of the most harmonic architectural ensembles in Italy. Built on a steep slope, its unusual trapezoid shape overlooks churches, historical buildings, galleries and antique shops. The square was the set of the film “Life is Beautiful” by Roberto Benigni (winner of three Oscars 1997: Best Foreign Film, Best Actor, and Best Original Soundtrack). Other works of Vasari are kept in the House of Vasari, which he built in 1540, and at the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art, also well known for its splendid collection of majolica. This small museum is one of many little-known Italian treasures which overshadowed by the big galleries. The Museum of Medieval Art in Arezzo, however, is just what you would expect from a museum: a fine selection of art works and the quiet to admire them without the crowd.
Dinner on your own in Arezzo.
Day 5 ~ Castello di Vicarello, Tuscany
In the morning, take a private transfer to Castello di Vicarello, a 12th-century castle in the Tuscan coastal region of Maremma (2 hours).
En route, enjoy a short visit and lunch in Siena, in the heart of Tuscany. Surrounded by hills, this is undeniably one of the most beautiful medieval cities of Italy. The centerpiece of the city is the famous Piazza del Campo, a shell-shaped plaza where one of the most important events of Siena is held: the Palio. Dating back to the seventeenth century, this passionate horse race takes place every year in July and August.
Continue to Castello di Vicarello, where history lives on each path, in each stone, and every wall sings a song of the ancient past. A stay at the Castello is truly the experience of a lifetime, a destination for all seasons. You’ll spend your days here luxuriating on the property, or exploring beyond. The towns of Grosseto and Siena are nearby, offering the opportunity to explore the surrounding Tuscan landscape and culture.
The kitchen is always open to guests: central to the castle’s intimate house-party spirit, this stone clad realm of wonderful aromas and taste sensations is an irresistible draw. And this is where cooking classes with Aurora take place. Come and swap recipes while chopping parsley, take an impromptu course in homemade pasta, or simply watch the action over a glass of robust red wine, a product of Carlos’s vineyard.
Independently owned and operated by Aurora and Carlo Baccheschi Berti, Castello di Vicarello opened as a hotel in 2003, a new spa opened in 2008, and in 2012 the Castello celebrated its 900th anniversary!
B,L,D… Castello di Vicarello
Days 6, 7 ~ Castello di Vicarello
During your stay at Castello di Vicarello, choose and enjoy one of the proposed experiences for your journey (experiences may vary by season):
- Wine tasting with Carlo and tour of the vineyards with explanation of the trellis system
- Cooking classes with Aurora
- Learn how to make Pecorino cheese, and discover the characteristics of good a Pecorino as you enjoy a cheese tasting
Day 9 ~ Depart
Breakfast and private transfer to the Rome (FCO) or Bologna (BLQ) International Airport.
- In/out airport transfers
- All transfers as per itinerary
- 3 nights accommodation at Petrella Guidi
- 1 night accommodation in Arezzo
- 3 nights accommodation at Castello di Vicarello
- Welcome aperitif at the properties
- Meals as noted in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Soft drinks at the properties
- After dinner digestives at the properties
- 1 “Experience” at each property
- 2 hour guided visit of Arezzo
- Local tourist tax
- 22% VAT Italian tax
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