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Bracciano Castle / Odescalchi Castle. Part of Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour with Rome Chauffeur

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Your Post Cruise Rome’s Enchanting Countryside Tour begins a relaxing drive through the rustic Roman countryside to the small town of Bracciano, famous for its volcanic lake and formidable castle.

Overlooking the pristine Lake Bracciano is the imposing castle, also referred to as Bracciano Castle, Odescalchi Castle or by it’s official name Castello Orsini-Odescalchi.

A glimpse of this massive Renaissance military fortress will transport you to distant eras of feudal lords, noble families, Kings, princes, and dukes.

Bracciano Castle has remained the private property of Prince Livio Odescalchi, and the interior of the castle has become a historical museum open to the public to visit.

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Bracciano Castle. Part of Post Cruise Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour with Rome Chauffeur.

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You have the opportunity to tour the splendid rooms throughout the castle fit for Kings and Popes, with the 6 centuries worth of artwork, furnishings, weapons, books and manuscripts, providing an authentic glimpse into the private quarters and lives of some of Italy’s most powerful historical figures and the lives they lived in the past.

From Bracciano your countryside journey continues until you reach a hidden gem that seems to appear out of nowhere: the medieval hamlet of Ceri (Borgo di Ceri in Italian) rising out of a steep rock formation.

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Ceri

 

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Due to the defensive protection provided by this small fortified plateau, Ceri has been inhabited since the time of the ancient Etruscans and Romans who once ruled these lands. Its original name “Caere Novum” was shortened to Ceri.

Frozen in time to when Ceri was founded in early 1200’s, this authentic medieval fortress invites you to experience its old fashioned charm and enchant you with an atmosphere that evokes eras of fairytales.

While in Ceri, you can visit the small Romanesque Church of the Madonna of Ceri that was built above an Etruscan temple dedicated to the pagan goddess Vesta. The church’s interior walls are decorated with faded but stunning frescoes from the 1100’s.

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Ceri

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The family owned restaurants in Ceri are among the most sought after by local Italians who flock here for its delicious cuisine made with fresh local and in season ingredients that create some of the tastiest dishes in this region.

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After lunch and visit in Ceri, your tour continues your next adventure where you will explore of of Italy’s most fascinating ancient sites: the Banditaccia Necropolis in Cerveteri where across the span of several centuries, the ancient Etruscans expanded their extraordinary necropolis (city of the dead).

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Cerveteri Banditaccia Necropolis. Part of Post Cruise Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour with Rome Chauffeur

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At its height during 600 BC, Cerverteri was one of the most powerful city state of the Etruscan League by the name of Caere Vetus. Today, Cerveteri is well known for its large necropolis that has earned its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Of the near 1,000 acres that the necropolis covers, about 25 acres have been excavated with about 1,000 tombs open to visitors, making it the largest necropolis in the Mediterranean region.
Spanning 6 centuries of the Etruscan civilization, the Banditaccia necropolis offers the unique opportunity to personally witness the advancement of this ancient civilization through the evolution of its tombs starting from 9th century BC simple stone pits or potholes where the ashes were housed, to elaborate 3rd century BC round and cube shaped tombs with intricate interiors, built like city blocks with roads used for processions.

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Cerveteri Tomb of the Reliefs. Part of Post Cruise Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour with Rome Chauffeur

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One of the must see tombs is the Tomb of the Reliefs (Tomba dei Relievi), that dates to 3rd century BC. You will have to climb a flight of stairs to see the interior of this amazing tomb.

Exploring these ancient tombs that thousands of years ago were hand carved into the living tuffa rock, and experiencing this remarkable site sacred to one of Italy’s most significant ancient civilizations is undeniably a profound experience that will leave you yearning to learn more about the mysterious people whom these tombs and land once belonged to.

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After a wonderful day exploring Italy’s important historic eras, you will enjoy a relaxing drive to your hotel accommodation in Rome.

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Thank you very much for booking our Post Cruise Rome’s Enchanting Countryside Tour. We look forward to see you soon in Italy!

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Bracciano Castle / Odescalchi Castle. Part of Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour with Rome Chauffeur

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Your Pre-Cruise Rome’s Enchanting Countryside Tour begins leisurely drive through the Roman countryside will take you to Lake Bracciano, a pristine volcanic lake that is one of the most popular spots for local Romans when they wish to escape city life for a day.

Overlooking the lake is Bracciano Castle (formally named Odescalchi Orsini Castle), located in the town of Bracciano itself.

A visit of this imposing Renaissance military fortress will transport you to distant times in history and enchant you with vestiges of princes, dukes, feudal lords, and noble families.

The castle is still the private property of the Odescalchi family, and the interior of the castle has become a historical museum open to the public to visit.

As you make your way through the castle and private quarters of Kings and Popes, you will see 6 centuries worth of artwork, furniture, weaponry, books and manuscripts, providing you with a genuine glimpse into the private spaces and lives of some of Italy’s most powerful historical figures.

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Ceri

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Following Bracciano, you will continue through the countryside side to Ceri, a small fortified medieval hamlet nestled on top of a steep cliff. Time appears to have stood still for more than a thousand years in Ceri, making it one of the most charming historical villages in the region.

Food is excellent in Ceri, and the family owned restaurants here draw in many locals who travel to Ceri from nearby towns and cities to enjoy the atmosphere and the delicious cuisine.

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After lunch you will be driven to Civitavechia where you will be delivered by your chauffeur right on the pier next to your ship for quick and easy embarkation.

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Please note that Bracciano Castle is closed on Mondays. If you wish to take this countryside tour on Monday, we suggest substituting Bracciano Castle with a visit to a couple of the lovely lakeside historic towns and promenade for a lovely stroll.

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Colosseum. Part of Pre-Cruise Rome Tour and Transfer with Rome Chauffeur

 

Your Post Cruise Rome Tour begins with a relaxing drive through the countryside from Civitavecchia to Rome.

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Upon arriving, you will be visit Rome’s most iconic symbol and the world’s most famous ancient amphitheater: the Colosseum!

This ancient Roman wonder was built in 79 AD and was initially the Flavian Amphitheater after the family that Emperor Vespasian who commissioned the amphitheater to be built.

The name Colosseum is believed to have originated from the colossal bronze statue of Emperor Nero that was erected next to the amphitheater.

On this visit you will have the opportunity to enter and visit the Colosseum and imagine what took place 2,000 years ago on the arena below.

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Next to the Coliseum you will see the impressive Arch of Constantine erected in 315 AD to commemorate Emperor Constantine’s victory over Emperor Maxentius at the battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD.

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You will drive nearby to the grand Piazza Venezia with its imposing white marble monument dedicated to King Vittorio Emanuele II. Nicknamed the “wedding cake”, the monument is one of the most recognizable buildings in Rome and the designated place for the eternal flame of the tomb of the unknown soldier.

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Next to the Vittorio Emanuele monument is Capitoline Hill with a special spot where you will enjoy the most spectacular overview of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill behind it, and the Colosseum in the distance. This view of Ancient Rome is one of the most picturesque in Rome, so be sure to bring your camera with you.

 

The Pantheon . Part of the Post Cruise Rome Tour with Rome Chauffeur

 

From here you will continue on to the Pantheon: the ancient Roman pagan temple dedicated to all gods.

One of the oldest and best preserved ancient monuments was built in 126 AD, but it has been in continuous use throughout history and in 7th century, it was converted into the church dedicated to Saint Mary and the Martyrs.

Some of Italy’s most illustrious figures are buried here, and you can see the tombs of King Vittorio Emanuele II, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita, and the famous Renaissance artist Raphael.

Your eyes will be drawn immediately to massive coffered dome with the oculus in the center, providing light and ventilation. The oculus has always been open to the elements, and when it rains the water drains below the floor through a drainage system.

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From here your Post Cruise Rome Tour continues with visits to Rome’s famous piazzas: the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

 

Spanish Steps - Piazza di Spagna

 

The Spanish Steps is famous for its elegant 18th century stairs that connect square below with the Baroque Fountain of the Old Boat created by Bernini’s father, Pietro Bernini to the French church of Trinita dei Monti and the tall obelisk.

 

Trevi Fountain. Part of the Post Cruise Rome Tour with www.Rome-Chauffeur.com

 

The Trevi Fountain has been featured in many films such as La Dolce Vita and Three Coins In A Fountain, making it one of the most well recognized fountains in Rome!

No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to this Baroque masterpiece with gushing water and nautical sculptures. And be sure to follow tradition and throw a coin over your shoulder with a wish for a return visit to the Eternal City.

By now it’s time for lunch where you will enjoy local specialties according to your taste.

 

Vatican Museums Raphael Rooms. Part of Post Cruise Rome Tour with Rome Chauffeur

 

After lunch, you will visit the smallest state in the world: the Vatican!

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On your visit to Vatican Museums where you’ll walk through spectacular halls covered in opulent works of art, displays of masterpieces from the Classical Eras to Modern times

You will see the famous sculpture of Laocoon that was the masterpiece for which the Vatican museum was founded by Pope Julius II in early 16th century.

You won’t want to miss the Cortile del Belvedere with their world renown classical sculptures, the Raphael Rooms featuring the “School of Athens”, the Gallery of the Maps, the Flemish Tapestry Room...and then the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s finest work: the Sistine Ceiling and the Last Judgment.

 

St Peter Basilica, Vatican. Part of Rome Post Cruise Tour with www.Rome-Chauffeur.com

 

Following the Vatican Museums you will visit the largest church in all of Christendom: Saint Peter’s Basilica.

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Here you will discover Bernini’s enormous baldacchino– the 98 foot tall bronze canopy altar that dominates the basilica, the Cathedra Petri (throne of St Peter) and the yellow alabaster window with the Dove of the Holy Spirit in the center illuminating the altar area, and among other awe-inspiring treasures, Michelangelo’s famous Pieta.

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This marks the end of your Post-Cruise Rome tour. After a fun filled day in Rome, your chauffeur will take you to your hotel accommodation.

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Thank you for choosing Rome Chauffeur private tour services. We look forward to meeting you and showing you Italy!

 

 

 

Colosseum. Part of Pre-Cruise Rome Tour and Transfer with Rome Chauffeur

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Our half day Rome Pre-Cruise tour and Transfer includes a visit to the Colosseum, Rome’s iconic symbol and one of the most famous monuments in Rome.

Another Ancient Roman masterpiece is the Pantheon, a former pagan temple dedicated to all gods and later transformed into a Christian church. The Pantheon is the oldest standing domed structure in Rome, and remarkably in continuous use for 2,000 years!

Upon entering, you can’t help but look up at the formidable dome topped with an oculus that opens up to the skies and nature’s elements.

Rome is renown for its fabulous squares, so a visit to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps are not to be missed!

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Spanish Steps - Piazza di Spagna

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The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi in Italian) is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome and one of the most well recognized in the world appearing in many classic films such as Three Coins in A Fountain and La Dolce Vita.

Millions of visitors each year follow the timeless tradition of tossing a coin with the right hand over the left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain to ensure a future return to the Eternal City. Not sure if it works? Just ask the return visitors!

The Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) is an elegant stairway that connects the square below and its Fountain of the Old Boat to the Trinita dei Monti church on top.

Picturesque and world famous, the Spanish Steps was also featured in the classic movie Roman Holiday (Vacanze Romane) with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

At the end of your Rome Pre-Cruise Tour you will begin your transfer journey out of Rome and through the countryside to Civitavecchia to embark on your new adventure!

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Note: If you have already seen the sites suggested in our itinerary, you may discuss with your Chauffeur at the start of your tour what different sites you’d like to see and your chauffeur will offer suggestions based on the time frame of you tour and will show you as much as possible before it’s time to depart for Civitavecchia.

 

 

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Monterozzi Necropolis in Tarquinia. Part of Etruscan Wonders tour with Rome Chauffeur.

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Monterozzi Necropolis in Tarquinia

This Etruscan necropolis contains about 6,000 tombs from as far back as 7th century BC, and about 200 tombs were originally decorated with beautiful frescoes, a vibrant pictorial depiction of the life of these ancient Etruscans. Today, about a dozen of these remarkable tombs are open at a time in effort to preserve them.

As you descend a flight of stairs to each underground tomb, you will step back in time and into the extraordinary world of the ancient Etruscans as they reveal through their paintings their daily life activities, special ceremonies, banquets, mythologies, and artistic abilities.

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Tarquinia Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis. Part of Etruscan Wonders Tour with Rome Chauffeur

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There are no other tombs like these in the world, and it’s no wonder the Monterozzi Necropolis has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The nearby National Museum in Tarquinia houses a wonderful collection of precious artifacts that were excavated from the Monterozzi necropolis, giving you a more complete understanding of this formidable ancient civilization.

 

Tuscania view from Parco Torre di Lavello. Part of Etruscan Wonders tour with Rome Chauffeur

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Tuscania

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From here you will journey across ancient “Etruria” to your next destination, Tuscania.

Although evidence of humans living in this area dates back to the Neolithic era, legends surrounding Tuscania’s origin are quite fascinating. One legend attributes Tuscania’s foundation to the son of Aeneas, a Trojan hero of Greco-Roman mythology.

Another legend tell us that Tuscania was founded by Tusco, the son of Hercules and Araxes.

No matter who founded Tuscania, by 7th -6th century BC, it played a significant rome in ancient Etruria as it became a center for maritime trade.

The Tuscania we see today is the product of the medieval era with fortified walls and towers, but its deep Etruscan roots are evident in the many ancient necropolis and artifacts have also been discovered here.

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Basilica of Saint Peter in Tuscania. Part of Etruscan Wonders tour with Rome Chauffeur

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The monument church of Saint Peter is worth a visit. It dates back to 8th century, with renovations taken place in 11th-12 centuries.

Not to be missed is Parco Torre di Lavello with a breathtaking panoramic view of the majestic landscape that inspired poets.

From here you will enjoy a relaxing drive through the ancient lands of the Etruscans back to your accommodation in Rome or cruise ship in Civitavecchia.

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Thank you for your interest in our tours. We look forward to helping you create an unforgettable holiday in Italy!

 

 

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Hadrian'S Villa Tivoli. Part of Tivoli Villas Day Tour with www.Rome-Chauffeur.com

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HADRIAN’S VILLA / VILLA ADRIANA

Hadrian’s villa was a 2nd century AD imperial complex of more than 30 buildings that served as a countryside retreat for Emperor Hadrian, fully equipped to the empire from this very place.

During your visit at this archaeological site, you will discover stunning ruins of massive ancient palaces, baths, temples, library, theater, and other structures.

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Hadrian Villa in Tivoli

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Well traveled, Emperor Hadrian’s villa complex reflects the places that inspired him most and can be admired in the remains of beautiful mosaics, Greek sculptures, artificial lakes, and numerous architectural styles.

Hadrian’s Villa is one of ancient Rome’s most significant cultural and archaeological site.

If opting for the 8 hour tour, in the town of Tivoli, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a nice lunch at a local restaurant or eatery of your choice and perhaps a leisurely stroll along its historic streets and alleys.

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Villa d'Este fountains. Part of Tivoli Villas tour with www.Rome-Chauffeur.com

VILLA D’ESTE

During your visit to Villa D’Este, you have the opportunity to visit the Renaissance villa as well as its masterpiece gardens.

Villa d’Este takes its name by the Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este who commissioned the 16th century villa and the breathtaking Renaissance garden below.

Villa d'Este is part of Tivoli Villas Tour with Rome Chauffeur

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The verdant manicured gardens with dramatic waterplays of jet fountains, cascades and water organs, rest on a grand terraced slope. Classical sculptures, grottoes and water organs impress visitors and delight their senses with sights, sounds and scents in the true style of Italian Renaissance gardens that emerged in the late 15th century

Stairways descend to lower terraces so you can explore this elegant symphony of verdant manicured gardens and elaborate fountains.

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A scenic drive through the enchanting countryside of Tuscany will take you to your destinations: Siena and San Gimignano.

 

Siena, Piazza del Campo

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Siena

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Legends tell us that Siena was founded by Senius, the son of Remus (his famous twin brother Romulus is said to have founded Rome), and you will find testament of this legend in the symbol of Siena throughout the town in form of the she-wolf suckling the infant Remus and Romulus.

One of Italy’s most visited towns, Siena is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Over an ancient and now gone Roman forum, is Siena’s shell shaped main square Piazza del Campo that hosts the famous Palio, the biannual horse race.

Surrounded by medieval buildings and palaces, Piazza del Campo is the most popular square in Siena.

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San Gimignano and Siena Shore Excursion from Livorno with Rome Chauffeur

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San Gimignano

Nicknamed “the Town of Fine Towers”, or “Tuscany’s Manhattan”, San Gimignano has one of Italy’s most unforgettable skyline with medieval towers jutting out like skyscrapers above the historic town.

During the medieval times there were 72 towers up to 230 feet that were built by prominent families flaunting their f political power and economic status.

Unlike other cities like Florence that lost their towers in wars or urban development, San Gimignano has preserved about 14 of its towers that sets it apart from all the other medieval towns and retains its feudal atmosphere.

Resting on a ridge of a hill surrounded by the enchanting Valley of Elsa and fortified by three walls, San Gimignano is a delightful town with an eclectic array of architectural features and influences borrowed from surrounding towns creating an original appearance not duplicated anywhere else.

The historic center of San Gimignano has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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San Gimignano and Siena Shore Excursion from Livorno with Rome Chauffeur

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Not to be missed is the town’s lively triangular square, Piazza della Cisterna, named after the cistern, or rather a well, located in the square’s center.

Enjoy the charm and beauty of San Gimignano, visit various local shops that feature hand crafted items and beautiful ceramics, and be sure sample the delicious local products and its fine white wine, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

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San Gimignano is also the ideal place to enjoy an authentic Italian lunch at any of the local restaurants or trattorias. Your chauffeur will be happy to offer you recommendations if you wish.

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From here you will enjoy a leisurely journey through the scenic Tuscan countryside back to your ship in Livorno.

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Orvieto. Part of Orvieto and Montepulciano Day Tour  from Rome with Rome Chauffeur

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Wine Tour: Orvieto in Umbria

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A leisurely 90 minute drive through the Roman countryside into Umbria will take you to your first stop, Orvieto, easily recognized as the medieval hilltop town that appears to dramatically rise out of a steep tuffa cliff.

Orvieto is indeed an ancient city – “urbs vetus” in Latin evolved into “Orvieto” – was previously an Etruscan acropolis, settled by the highly advanced pre-Roman civilization that once ruled central Italy.

An Etruscan necropolis is situated just at the foothill below. Because the impregnable city was strategically built on top of the virtually vertical tuffa rock, during Roman times it was conquered by Julius Caesar.

The medieval era saw the town grow into a significant cultural center and producing architectural masterpieces like its famous Duomo (cathedral), dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin.

The glittering golden mosaics that adorn its facade, makes this this 14th century Gothic cathedral one of the most stunning churches in Italy. The interior of the Duomo is decorated with frescoes painted by some of Italy’s most famous artists of that period, making it one of the must see churches in Italy.

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Orvieto

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Aside from its unique history and architecture, Orvieto’s spacious and nearly traffic-free streets are lined with cafes and restaurants, enoteche (wine shops), shops specializing in local products, ceramics, leather goods and more.

Wine lovers will be pleased to know Orvieto is famous for its excellent local white wines available for tasting and purchasing at wine shops throughout the town. Some of the most famous wines in this region are produced from a blend of mostly Grechetto and Trebbiano grapes and is known as Orvieto Classico. Also popular is the local Rosso Orivetano DCO, which is a blend of red wines.

For shoppers, Orvieto has a long standing tradition of producing beautiful hand crafted and vibrantly painted ceramics that add a taste of Italy to homes world wide. Food lovers will find the local Umbrian cuisine and food products a gastronomic delight.

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Piazza Grande, Montepulciano

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Wine Tour: Montepulciano in Tuscany

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Leaving Orvieto, your tour continues as your Chauffeur takes you through the Umbrian countryside to Tuscany for your next destination: Montepulciano.

A delightful Renaissance hill top town, Montepulciano is surrounded by the enchanting Val di Chiana valley in the heart of Tuscany.

Well preserved with many distinguished 16th century palazzi (palaces), Montepulciano is an elegant Tuscan town that offers ample opportunities to admire its historic architecture and spacious square, shop at local artisan shops, and of course wine lovers can enjoy a variety of wine tastings offered at wine shops owned by local wineries.

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Tuscan cuisine is world famous, and while in Montepulciano you will enjoy a nice Tuscan lunch at a local restaurant or trattoria of your choice.

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Connoisseurs (and aristocrats alike) have considered Montepulciano the “King of All Wines”, well recognized for its elegant full-bodied red Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Noble wine of Montepulciano). Also not to be dismissed is its younger Rosso di Montepulciano (Montepulciano Red) that is not aged as long as its famous older brother.

Montepulciano offers you ample opportunities to both savor the local wines and to enjoy the magnificence of the town.

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From here you will enjoy a relaxing journey back to Rome, reminiscing about your wonderful day in Umbria and Tuscany, filled with treasured memories, good food and good wine.

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We at Rome Chauffeur thank you for booking our tours, and we look forward to meet you in Italy and help you create unforgettable memories!

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Your Pisa and Florence Shore Excursion begins with a leisurely drive through the Tuscan countryside to your first destination.

 

Pisa is part of Pisa and Florence Shore Excursion with Rome Chauffeur.

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PISA

A prominent ancient port city (called “Portus Pisanus” while it was a Ancient Roman colony) Pisa is recognized worldwide for its famous leaning tower – the bell tower of the Cathedral.

In Pisa, you will visit Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of the Miracles), a spacious square where Pisa’s most sacred and renowned buildings are located: Pisa’s impressive Duomo (cathedral), the Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, and Campo Santo (the monumental cemetery).

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While here, you will have ample opportunity to photograph the monuments and enjoy this bustling square. Overall visit time: 40 minutes

 

Florence. Part of Pisa and Florence Shore Excursion with Rome Chauffeur

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FLORENCE

Florence is the capital of Tuscany, and the birthplace and symbol of the Renaissance that has gifted the world with celebrated artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Raphael and Sandro Botticelli… prominent thinkers and writers like Machiavelli and Dante, and revered scientists like Galileo.

You will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the greatest and most influential Florentines as you explore the historic center and discover Florence’s most important heritage sites.

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On this tour, you will enjoy these Must-See sites in Florence:

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Piazzale Michelangelo

What better way to start or end a visit to Florence that a stop on Piazzale Michelangelo for a splendid panoramic overview of the city that has graced innumerable postcards.

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Piazza del Duomo

One of the most visited squares in the world, Piazza del Duomo is dominated by 3 religious monuments:

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi dome
The richly decorated Giotto’s Campanile (Giotto’s Bell Tower)
The octagonal Baptistery of Saint John whose famous bronze doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti were named by Michelangelo the “Gates of Paradise”.

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Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross)

This 15th century basilica is the largest Franciscan church in the world and also referred to as “The Temple of the Italian Glories” as it’s also the burial place of some of Italy’s most illustrious Italians including Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli to name a few.

The basilica also contains artwork by the famous artists such as Donatello, Vasari, Giotto and more.

 

Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria is named after the 14th century Palazzo della Signoria (today known as Palazzo Vecchio – the “Old Palace”) that dominates the spacious square.

This square is a perfect example of why many refer to Florence as an outdoor museum.

On the corner close to Palazzo Vecchio is Loggia dei Lanzi, a covered terrace recognized by its wide arches and its open-air exhibition of fabulous bronze and marble sculptures depicting classical and mythological themes.

 

Florence Ponte Vecchio

 

Ponte Vecchio

Translating to “Old Bridge”, Ponte Vecchio is a medieval stone arch bridge that spans the Arno River.

Initially occupied with butcher shops, nowadays you’ll find it filled with upscale jewelry shops, artists, and souvenir vendors. An interesting aspect about this bridge is Vasari’s Corridor, an enclosed passageway commissioned by Cosimo I de’Medici to connect Palazzo Vecchio (Florence’s Town Hall) with Palazzo Pitti (the private residence of the Medici family).

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Accademia Gallery

The Gallery of the Academy of Florence is the famous art museum that displays the original statue of David by Michelangelo along with other of his sculptures, as well as and masterpiece works of art by well known artists like Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Giambologna, making it a perfect museum to visit on a day trip to Florence.

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At the end of your visit, you will enjoy a relaxing drive back to your cruise ship at the port of Livorno.

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On this Assisi Day Tour with Rome Chauffeur, you will have the opportunity to visit the following significant places that makes Assisi one of the top visited towns in Italy:

 

Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli . Assisi Day Tour with www.Rome-Chauffeur.com

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Santa Maria degli Angeli

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At the foot of the hill upon which Assisi rests, is the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli with the basilica by the same name (Saint Mary of the Angels) that houses the famous Porziuncula.

Translating to “small portion of land, the Porziuncola is a tiny ancient stone chapel that was given to Saint Francis in 1211 and it has been the most sacred place for the Franciscans as this is also the place where Saint Francis died on October 3, 1226.

 

Basilica of Saint Francis. Assisi Day Tour with www.Rome-Chauffeur.com

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Basilica of Saint Francis / San Francesco Basilica

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The massive Basilica of Saint Francis is composed of 2 levels: the Upper Basilica and the Lower Basilica.

Construction began immediately after St Francis was canonized in 1228, and it features the well recognized frescoes by the famous medieval artist Giotto and Cimabue.

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Beneath the Lower Basilica, you can visit the tomb of Saint Francis.

 

Piazza del Commune. Assisi Day Tour with www.Rome-Chauffeur.com

 

Piazza del Commune

Previously an ancient Roman forum, this popular square situated in the center of Assisi is the town’s nucleus, and it’s surrounded by excellent restaurants, cafes, shops that sell local products, boutique markets, and more.

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LUNCH:
You will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious local cuisines in Assisi at a restaurant or eatery of your choice. The food is excellent in Assisi as the Umbrians take great pride in their culinary traditions.

Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. Assisi in A Day Tour with www.Rome-Chauffeur.com

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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church / Temple of Minerva

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Right on Piazza del Commune you will see the visible remains of the ancient Roman pagan Temple of goddess Minerva.

In the 1500’s the structure was transformed into the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. In the 17th century the church was further renovated in the richly ornate Baroque style that resembles a “jewel box”.

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Santa Chiara Basilica / Basilica of Saint Claire, Assisi

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Basilica of Santa Chiara (Saint Clare)

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This 13th century basilica dedicated to Saint Claire features enormous lateral buttresses on the outside, and simple Gothic interior.

Below, you can visit the tomb of Saint Claire. Inside the Chapel of the Crucifix, hangs the cherished “San Damiano Cross”, large wooden crucifix that is believed to have come alive and spoken to Saint Francis.

Outside, the outer side of the square in front of the basilica will reward you with a stunningly beautiful panorama.

 

Monastery of San Damiano. Part of Assisi Day Tour with Rome Chauffeur.

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Convent of San Damiano

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The distant history of this famous church and convent on the outskirts of Assisi, started with Saint Francis prior to his conversion.

Tradition has that while praying in what used to be a run down Benedictine priory, young Francis a divine encounter when the large painted crucifix spoke asking him to “Rebuild my church”. In response, Francis set out to literally repair churches stone by stone.

This convent became a place of retreat for Francis and his followers (as well as the place where he composed the first draft of his famous Canticle of the Creatures), and later a convent for the Order of the Poor Clares founded by Saint Claire.

In August 1253, Saint Clair died here, and her body was transferred to the Basilica of Santa Chiara that was built in her honor.

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At the end of your tour in Assisi, your Chauffeur will take you on a relaxing drive through Umbria and the Roman countryside as you return to your hotel accommodation in Rome.

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We at Rome Chauffeur thank you for booking our tours, and we look forward to meet you in Italy and to help you create unforgettable memories!

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