Tuscany to Le Marche: Central Italy in Style
Tuscany - Umbria - Le Marche
Take in some of the highlights as well as the less well known areas of Italy on this sumptuous tour through central Italy, staying in handpicked boutique properties.
- Stay in a luxurious winery hotel in the Val d'Orcia surrounded by some of Tuscany's most famous scenery
- Explore the delightful towns of Montepulciano and Pienza
- Relax at a family-run spa hotel deep in the Umbria countryside
- Visit some of Umbria's most delightful hilltop towns including Todi and Perugia
- Enjoy Le Marche's beautiful coastline in the protected Conero regional park and sample some of the region's excellent seafood restaurants
Fly drive from Tuscany, through the hills of Umbria ending at the coast in Le Marche
Fly into Pisa or Florence airport and head south into the picture-perfect region of the Val d’Orcia in southern Tuscany. The drive to your hotel near Montalcino will take around 2 hours' but you will pass some of Tuscany’s most wonderful scenery.
Enjoy wine tasting at your hotel and in the surrounding area. Some of Tuscany’s most well known and best loved wines including the Brunello di Montalcino and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are from this region. Visit the delightful Renaissance towns of Montepulciano and Pienza (setting for the film 'The English Patient') plus medieval Montalcino or if you’re feeling energetic, try hiking Monte Amiata, the highest point in the region at 1,739 metres.
Today you will drive east into southern Umbria to your spa hotel set in peaceful countryside between Todi and Spoleto. The drive will take around 2 and a half hours' but we suggest making a day of it as there are so many interesting places to visit en route. For those wishing to learn more about the region’s Etruscan history, the town of Chiusi has an interesting cathedral of ancient origins along with an Etruscan museum. Orvieto will no doubt be the main draw for you however with its impressive Gothic cathedral. Alternatively, if you would prefer somewhere a little off the tourist trail (and to save Orvieto for later in your holiday), unpretentious but pretty Citta della Pieve is a good place to stop for lunch. Your final stop today is a family-run spa hotel set in a castle of 10th century origins in a small hamlet surrounded by rolling Umbrian countryside.
From this corner of south east Umbria, you have a wealth of attractions to explore. Close by is the delightful hilltop town of Todi with its medieval central piazza and pretty winding lanes. All of Umbria’s key sights are under an hour away including the region’s capital Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto and Spoleto. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy sampling the local Sagrantino red in nearby Montefalco while Orvieto’s whites are also popular.
Today you will continue east into the Sibillini Mountains National Park on a very rewarding drive, particularly if you visit during late spring and early summer when the wild flowers are blooming. Although there are quicker routes to the Marche coast, we think the drive through Norcia and Castelluccio is a great way to see some of the more remote parts of this region. Stop to pick up a picnic lunch in Norcia, famed across Italy for its pork butchers then continue on to find a deserted meadow to relax and take in the view. The drive will take around 4 hours' with your destination the Conero Natural Park near Ancona. Here you will stay in a clifftop hotel with fabulous views of this protected coastline of white limestone cliffs and rocky coves.
Overnight: Conero coast, Le Marche
Enjoy exploring the rocky Conero coastline, highlights include the pretty and unspoilt seaside resorts of Numano and Sirolo where boats take visitors to secluded coves only reachable by sea. Larger resorts such as Pesaro and Fano are enjoyable day trips and also host music festivals over the summer months. Inland, there are wonderful hilltop towns and villages to explore such as lively Macerata, the medieval towns of San Ginesio and Tolentino and enchanting Cingoli which boasts the title “Balcony of the Marche” for the wonderful views from its castle walls across the region. Also within daytrip distance heading south is the capital of the region, Ascoli Piceno, with its particularly picturesque square, Piazza del Popolo. To the north is the Renaissance gem of Urbino, definitely worth the drive for its rich artistic heritage. The National Gallery of the Marche is a highlight but so too is simply taking in the city’s atmosphere in the Piazza della Repubblica.
Overnight: Conero coast, Le Marche
Today you will travel either to the small airport of Ancona or to Bologna for your flight back to the UK.
From £2,020 per person
Price is based on travel in mid season and on 2 people sharing. Includes international flights from the UK, accommodation and car hire.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made to your specific requirements and therefore prices do vary. The above is an indication only. Prices will vary depending on the season of travel and the standard of accomodation used. Please contact us for a quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.