Antique Rome to Etruscan Tuscany

Antique Rome to Etruscan Tuscany

Uncover the treasures of ancient Rome with the help of a local archaeologist before visiting the antique villas of the Castelli Romani and enjoying a bike ride along the iconic Via Appia. From Imperial Rome to Etruscan Tuscany, journey through Maremma’s famed wine route and relax in its ancient thermal springs.

    Antique Rome to Etruscan Tuscany

    Sample 8-Day Private Tour Itinerary

    Rome, Tivoli, Tarquinia, Tuscania, Maremma Wine Country, Pitigliano, Grosseto

     

    Day 1

    roman_forum_private_tour_italy_countrybredThe wonder of archaeology meets the joy of cuisine in this journey through ancient Rome and southern Tuscany’s Maremma region. Arrive in Rome and be greeted by your private chauffeur who will transport you to your deluxe hotel located in a 13th century medieval tower. After check-in, be welcomed by a resident Roman archaeologist and begin your study of the ancients with a visit to an underground Roman Domus before setting off for a detailed exploration of the Circus Maximus and Forum. End your day with an elegant dinner of Roman specialties like Carciofi Alla Giudia and local pastas in the city’s ancient Jewish quarter.

    Day 2

    Embark on a scenic barge ride down the Tiber River before arriving at the ancient seaport of Ostia Antica. Explore its renowned ruins with an expert archaeologist. Stop for a typical Roman seafood lunch before returning to Rome for a free afternoon and evening.

    Day 3

    tivoli_private_rome_tour_countrybredVenture beyond Rome’s city limits to the picturesque town of Tivoli for a look at Hadrian’s 2nd century villa, which combines elements of ancient Egyptian and Greek architecture. Enjoy a lunch of regional country specialties and breathtaking panoramic views before making your way to the famed gardens and fountains of Villa D”Este in the afternoon. Return to Rome at the end of the day for a free evening to enjoy the city at your leisure.

    Day 4

    Spend your final day in Rome with an exclusive bike ride along the famed Via Appia, led by a local archaeologist. Stop along the way for a sumptuous lunch where you’ll dine like the ancients on recipes preserved from antiquity. In the afternoon, return to Rome to enjoy a free evening.

    Day 5

    maremma_southern_tuscany_wine_tour_countrybredFrom the heart of the Roman Empire make your way north to the UNESCO honored Etruscan town of Tarquinia, where you’ll engaged in a privately guided exploration of its rock cut necropolis that dates back to 7 BC. Stop for a sampling of organically prepared dishes at a local country farm before making your way to the onetime Etruscan capital of Tuscania, also revered for its beautifully preserved medieval architecture. In the early evening make your way through the stunning landscapes of Tuscany’s Maremma and settle into your five-star luxury wine country resort, L’Andana, owned by internationally renowned, Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse and world class entrepreneurs, hoteliers and winemakers, the Moretti family. For dinner, indulge in a feast of Southern Tuscany’s signature food products at the Michelin-starred Trattoria Toscana.

    Day 6

    Whisk away by chauffeur to the medieval town of Scansano, the epicenter of Morellino di Scansano wine production,  where you will enjoy a privately guided visit of the town and learn more about its history and fabled wine producing heritage. Following your tour, depart Scansano by chauffeur for a wine tasting at renowned Fattoria Le Pupile, the winery of Elisabetta Gippetto, known as the “queen of Morellino.” During your visit you will enjoy an exclusive 8 wine tasting followed by an aperitivo lunch in the estate’s vineyards. After your tour and tasting, depart for the nearby hilltop village of Pitigliano for a privately guided visit of its historic center, known as “the little Jerusalem” for the presence of its Jewish community throughout the centuries. Originally an Etruscan settlement, the vestiges of its medieval, Renaissance and Jewish past can be observed in Pitigliano’s architecture, original city walls and 16th century synagogue.

    Day 7

    saturnia_thermal_springs_southern_tuscany_wine_tour_countrybredEnd your archaeological adventure by the ancient Etruscan town of Populonia nestled along Maremma’s coastline known to enjoy a privately guided tour of its necropolis dating back to 900 B.C. while admiring the village’s stunning view over the bay of Baratti. Enjoy a seafood lunch in a charming nearby village before your chauffeur and guide accompany you in the afternoon to Grosseto for a historical walking tour followed by free time. Return to your hotel in the evening.

    Day 8

    Depart Southern Tuscany for your return flight home or the next leg of your trip.

    - As part of our Enriched Booking process your customized itinerary will be designed with the assistance of a CountryBred specialist.
    -This trip can be specifically tailored for organizations, associations and corporate incentives.
     

    Pricing

    The recommended tour length for this sample itinerary is 8 days/7 nights with pricing options beginning at $5,200/person based on double occupancy. Please note that the “Share Bred With Friends” preferred pricing program will be applied to travel parties of four or more.

    The final price of your custom tour will be determined by your travel party size, departure dates, trip length, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time requested, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. This sample itinerary can also be crafted for solo travelers.

    Included in this sample CountryBred Encounter are:

    • 7 Nights at CountryBred approved, deluxe accommodations
    • Private luxury chauffeur for all intercity travel, day trips and excursions
    • Airport / Train station transfers with baggage assistance
    • Private touring with professionally licensed local guides and cultural experts
    • Flexible guided time with local experts based upon your preference
    • 3 Gourmand dinners
    • 5 Regionally authentic lunches
    • Exclusive winery visits and tastings
    • Daily breakfasts
    • Museum tickets & entrance fees
    • All gratuities & taxes
    • Traveler welcome package including customized Culture Guide
    • Please note that transfers to airports/train stations outside of Rome for arrival and Florence for departure, are available upon request for an additional, supplemental fee. Airfare is not included.

    Featured Deluxe Hotels

    Torre Colonna ****

    Located just steps away from the iconic Piazza Venezia in the classical heart of Rome, Torre Colonna is a sophisticated haven housed within one of the city’s most ancient medieval towers. Built in 1247 by the noble Colonna family, the tower stood at the edge of the family’s residence, a fortification that served to defend the property against attacks by foreign invaders and the power-hungry maneuvers of rival aristocratic families. The first inhabitant to actually live within the tower was Francesco Colonna, Count of Romagna and close friend of the great poet Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch).

    L'Andana_countrybredL’Andana *****

    The result of a joint project between Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse and the revered Moretti wine and hospitality family, L’Andana is situated in the heart of Southern Tuscany’s Maremma. The hotel and the surrounding Tenuta La Badiola winery estate is dotted with cypress trees and olive trees in an idyllic countryside setting housed in a former Medici villa where the Grand Duke Leopold II and his court resided during the summer season. L’Andana has two main buildings, the Villa and the Fattoria, which are separated by a delightfully informal  Winter Garden, made of wrought-iron and glass. The interior design of the villa is a perfect combination of the original rural style of the Medici residence and decorative, more ornamental French style. Exclusive hotel amenities include the Michelin-starred Trattoria Toscana, ESPA spa center and winery.

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        • A thoughtful travel pace that leads you down roads less traveled while leaving time to enjoy the quiet moments that make for remarkable memories

     

        • Enriching activities that immerse you in local culture and traditions

     

        • Premium accommodations that are distinct reflections of the regions they reside in, with real histories and real people behind them

     

        • Regional ambassadors and local cultural experts that go beyond educating, to invite you into their community and introduce you to their unique corner of the world.

     

      • Authentic dining that ensures you enjoy the finest in regional culinary traditions from quaint family owned eateries to innovative Michelin-starred restaurants. Each meal is in itself a work of art, passionately prepared and uniquely local.

     

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