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Ciao Bella

FROM/TO Milan or Venice - Rome
LENGTH 10 days / 09 nights
TOUR TYPE Boutique First Class Private Touring Holiday ( for independent travellers)
DEPARTS Daily, 1 August 2017 – 31 October 2018
          Cinque Terre                                  Orvieto Cathedral               Isola Bella                                 Pisa
Day 1   Milan
    Milan is 1 hour and 30 minutes by train from Venice. Visit the covered market of S. Maria del Suffragio, you will sit in a colorful location, with a casual atmosphere and modern design to mix with the locals and taste genuine products. The market has been recently revived thanks to the commitment of some well-known entrepreneurs in the field of culinary excellence.
Day 2  

Lake Maggiore

    On this day trip from Milan by train you will visit the Borromean islands: Isola Madre and Isola Bella, and the picturesque lakeside town of Stresa that is the departing point to the islands. The Isola Madre is entirely covered in lush English-style botanical gardens playing host to a variety of species from all over the world. The Isola Bella will surprise you with its magnificent Grottoes, underground rooms decorated with multi-coloured pebbles that make them resemble a huge, one-of-a-kind mosaic with designs reflecting aquatic themes.
Day 3   Turin
    Leave Milan to reach Turin by train. Its extraordinary palaces, royal residences and museums testify to Turin's rich cultural and artistic heritage. The city of the Kings of Italy offers different opportunities to experience local traditions like a Royal Break at a historical café, the aperitif rite when people get together at trendy bars or historical cafés to enjoy an array of finger food (the so-called Merenda Sinoira) that is so abundant that you can actually decide to dine this away. Get in touch with the locals by meeting a shoemaker artisan and by visiting his workshop
Day 4   The Langhe

A private car will pick you up from your hotel to take you on a day tour to the Langhe: travel on a scenic route with rolling hills dotted with vineyards and castles. Visit a winery for some wine tasting, go truffle hunting with dogs and stop at one of the enchanting villages scattered on the hills

Day 5   Pisa
    Leave Turin by train and reach Pisa, a town synonymous with the famous Leaning Tower and the perfect place to go exploring the attractions of Western Tuscany  
Day 6   Cinque Terre
    On this day tour by train, visit the 5 small villages of unparalleled beauty; stop at a winery for wine tasting and at a bakery for some fresh cheese focaccia, the local specialty. A demonstration of how to make pesto can be arranged for you.
Day 7   Fisherman experience 
    Go on a fishing expeditions with local fishermen along the nearby coast and have lunch with fresh fish. In the afternoon, a private car will take you to visit a winery on the Etruscan Coast where you will taste the Sassiccaia wine, rated among the world's top wines 
Day 8   Lucca and Carrara marble caves

Join a bus tour and visit the caves of Carrara where Michelangelo took the marble for its masterpieces. Taste the Lardo di Colonnata, cured strips of fat, aged in marble basins and included in the Ark of Taste catalogue. Return to Pisa in the early afternoon and take a short ride by train to the town of Lucca, a walled town surprising visitors with unexpected beauty at every corner. Music lovers can attend a performance of a Puccini's opera.

Day 9   Orvieto - Civita di Bagnoregio
    Leave Pisa by train or by private car to reach Orvieto, renowned for its beautiful cathedral. In the afternoon, a private car will take you to visit Civita di Bagnoregio, dubbed the "dying town" because of the crumbling tufa rock on which it stands and that in a few decades might disappear forever.
Day 10   Orvieto - Rome
    Discover Orvieto and its lively medieval streets and at the end of your visits, take the train to Rome where this tour ends




Train tickets:
Return Milan - Stresa; Milan - Turin; Turin - Pisa; return Pisa - Cinque Terre; return Pisa - Lucca; Pisa - Orvieto via Florence; Orvieto to Rome

2 nights 4* hotel in Milan on a BB basis
2 nights 4* hotel in Turin on a BB basis
4 nights boutique hotel in Pisa on a BB basis
1 nights 4* hotel in Orvieto on a BB basis
Motorboat service to the Borromean Islands
Private car & driver return transfers between Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio

Light dinner at the market in Milan on day 1
Entrance fees to the Isola Bella and Isola Madre
Visit to a shoemakers artisan's workshop
Break with typical local drink & delicatessen products in Turin
Merenda Sinoira in Turin (drinks excluded)
Tour of the Langhe by private car with driver
Truffle search with specially trained dogs
Wine tasting in the Langhe
Half day tour by private car with driver to the Etruscan Coast
Wine tasting on the Etruscan Coast
Half day shared tour to the marble caves in Carrara (group tour)                              


City tax to be paid locally at the hotels
Transfers to/from the train stations and the hotels
Tourist tax at the Borromean Islands to be paid locally
Any services not specifically mentioned in the above inclusions

  The price for the fishing expedition will be provided on request depending on the dates of travel - only possible during summer


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