This charming bed and breakfast is located in the heart of the historical centre of Rome, near the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, Trajan's Market, the Victorian and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.The atmosphere is intimate and each room has its own ensuite bathroom with shower cabin and is equipped with hairdryer, safe, courtesy kit and free Wi-Fi.
Rental car pick-up Type: Fiat Punto Evo Pick-up location: Rome Termini Central Train Station
Via Cassia Distance: 180 km Travel time: 3:00 h
You will follow an old Roman road called the Via Cassia that led from the capital through Tuscany to modern Genoa. Orvieto is a good place to stop for a break. The cathedral rising above the old town is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Italy.
The hotel is surrounded by 9 hectares of park, among woods, olive trees, orchards, floating sunflowers and refreshed by a small suggestive lake. This residence has 11 beautifully decorated rooms and 1 suite equipped with all comforts. They all are provided with private bathroom with bath or shower, air conditioning and independent heating system, Satellite TV and mini-bar. The Hotel includes a large swimming pool with whirlpool.
Cetona: has a typical medieval, circular plan and sits atop a small hill.
Museo Civico per la Preistoria del Monte Cetona: exhibits include information about the geology of nearby Monte Cetona. Museo artifacts document nearby prehistoric settlements from the Paleolithic era to the end of the Bronze Age
Monte Cetona: drive 5,5 kilometres to the summit of the mount for beautiful views
Belverde caves: tour the caves in the Monte Cetona Natural and Archaeological Park.
Franciscan Hermitage of Santa Maria di Belverde: its church contains frescoes by Orvieto painter Cola Petruccioli and others by followers of the Siena School
Medieval Manhattan: San Gimignano Via Siena Distance: 150 km Travel time: 3:30 h
The drive through classic Tuscany is one of the most scenic stretches in Italy. Before reaching Siena you will pass Montepulciano, the hill-top community famous for its Vino nobile grapes and its unmatched views of the Tuscan countryside. Between Montepulciano and Siena is Pienza, a model Renaissance town founded by Pope Pius II in 1450. Siena, which once rivalled Florence in importance, is a lively university city built around a superb central plaza.
South of Florence is a 150 acre farm used for wine and olive production. The main building is a former convent dating back to the 12th century that was gradually converted into a traditional Tuscan farmhouse. The bedrooms are spacious suites; breakfast is served in the rooms. Bicycles can be rented for excursions to San Gimagnano or the Chianti vineyards. Afterwards the guests can relax in the private swimming pool. A path leads through the grounds to a fortified tower built by the Florentines to defend the property against the citizens of Volterra.
San Gimignano's Towers: seven of San Gimignano's towers are around Piazza del Duomo. The tallest tower is Torre Grossa, 54 meters (177 feet) in height, dating from 1298. Visitors can climb to the top of Torre Grossa for fantastic views of San Gimignano and the picturesque countryside.
La Collegiata: San Gimignano's 11th century Duomo has an interior lavishly decorated with 14th century frescoes, floor to ceiling, illustrating the Life of Christ and the Old Testament.
Palazzo del Popolo Civic Museum: the museum contains some outstanding art work and frescoes from the 13th-15th centuries, including the famous Sala di Dante with frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli.
La Rocca: the remains of the 14th century fortress above the town are worth visiting for the views of San Gimignano's towers and the countryside.
Medieval Fountains: the 9th century Fonti Medievali on Via delle Fonti is where medieval townspeople got water and did their laundry.
Symbolising 2,000 years of urbanity: Amphiteatro Romano Da Vinci country Distance 120 km Travel time: 2:00 h
West of Volterra you will reach Montecatini, a health resort founded by the Austrian emperors because of the hot fountains. The quaint market square in Montecatini Alto, which is reached by a cable car, is a nice place to enjoy a cappuccino. The village of Vinci at the foot of Mount Albano was named after the famous scientist, who was born in the vicinity.
Located a few minutes from the centre of town, the villa is surrounded by a century-old olive grove. The rooms on every side have a beautiful view and guests can gather by the fireplace in the main sitting room in the evenings. All bedrooms are spacious and comfortable.
The 18th century villa sits in a large park overlooking the sea just east of the Bay of Portoferraio. It was designed by a famous Livorno architect and the original frescos that adorned the main salon and many of the rooms have been expertly restored. Stunning views of the sea can be enjoyed from the upper rooms. The former residence was thoroughly renovated before being converted into a luxury hotel with individually controlled air-conditioned rooms, spacious bathrooms and numerous other modern conveniences. Guests can relax in the swimming pool, exercise in the fitness room or enjoy an excellent meal under age-old palm trees in the park.
Ferry to the mainland Via Pisa Distance 130 km Travel time: 1:30 h
You will travel North along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower and extraordinary medieval old town lies along the route. Through Tuscany
Distance: 300 km Travel time: 4:30 h
You will drive through the most historic part of Italy. After traversing the charming Chiantishire, a worldwide region famous for its wine, you will reach Siena, the second largest city in Tuscany after Florence. A detour is worthwhile. The city's main square, the Piazza del Campo, is an architectural delight.
Rental car drop off Drop off location: Rome-Fiumicino, Airport
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