Tuscan Castle Package
Package Price: from $1599
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Travel April 1 to May 18, 2013
Traveling with Two? From $1,299 per person travel as a twosome.
Travel May 19 to June 25 for 4 people: Summer pricing from $1,499 per person for 4 passengers.
Travel May 19 to June 25 for 2 people: Summer pricing from $1,599 per person for 2 passengers.
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Enjoy a visit to beautiful Tuscany, Italy's most celebrated region, where you'll be immersed in the rare beauty of the Chianti countryside from your vantage point at Castello di Montegufoni Castle, only 13 miles from Florence. Set on a large estate with vineyards and olives, you'll be able to explore Tuscany's breathtaking countryside or nearby cities of international fame such as Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Certaldo, Pisa, Lucca, and Arezzo.
- Roundtrip airfare to Rome
- 7 nights accommodation in 2-bedroom accommodations on the grounds of Castello di Montegufoni Estate
- Car rental
- All applicable taxes and fees
Why We Love this Package:
- Tuscany is the Heart of Italy: The Montegufoni Castle is located in the heart of Italy in the Chianti region, in the town of Montesertoli. The famed film "Under the Tuscan Sun" was shot in this Italian region, showing sweeping views of the serene and breathtaking landscape! The Montegufoni Castle is conveniently located nearby major sites and towns: Florence (20 minute drive-The Uffizi Museum and the Statue of David); Siena (30 minute drive); Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa); Lucca; San Gimignano; and Arezzo. The history and vast culture of Tuscany boasts some of the world's most renowned museums, fine dining and shopping that will captivate any traveler.
- The Montegufoni Castle: The Montegufoni Castle is a majestic gem set in the lovely Tuscan countryside. There are one, two and three bedroom villa accommodations to fit your needs, each with ensuite bathrooms and containing a kitchenette, so you can take advantage of the amazing local produce and Chianti region wine at your leisure. A short walk up the hill from your villa you can enjoy the quaint town with local shops, and dine at the restaurant creating meals from the divine local produce and vino the region has to offer. On a warm Italy day, enjoy a dip in the outdoor swimming pool; or take in the lovely estate grounds with Italian Gardens dating back to the 18th Century, and countryside sprinkled with lemon trees, olive trees and luxe vineyards.
- Happy Travelers: Some rave reviews from past guests: "The property is one of the most incredible places where we have stayed while we were in Italy with a very nice swimming pool and garden. It is very centrally situated and the very efficient and friendly Reception staff will give you lots of nearby places to visit and how to get there. The staff all speak very good English. Also try out the Restaurant as they make really nice food and the menu changes daily." - Dana. "A wonderful destination and stay had in the Castle. In total there were 11 in the family who stayed in 4 different rooms (all which were terrific), and all agreed what a super time had been had by all. The views, weather, swimming pool, locality, gardens and history of the place was just amazing, the restaurant was also excellent.
A total score of 10 / 10 was agreed by all for the trip and we will definitely return in the very near future." -Robert
$1199 fare is based on 4 people traveling together from April 1 to May 18, 2013. Single travelers will pay a $700 single supplement April 1 to May 18, and $800 for May 19 to June 24 on the 2 passenger price. Fares are nonrefundable. Substantial restrictions apply for cancelation/change and depend upon the package type. Travel Trip Protection (including Pre-departure Trip Cancelation Waiver) will be offered during the booking process and if purchased you will be allowed to cancel/change your trip once for any reason up to 72 hours prior to departure and receive a refund of your payments made, less Travel Trip Protection costs and fees. Additional coverage for trip delay; medical and baggage protection; travel accident protection; and 24 hour worldwide assistance services are also included. If you have not purchased Travel Trip Protection, all bookings are non-refundable. Go to www.greatvaluevacations.com/terms-and-conditions or call 855-348-0351 for full details on change/cancelation policy.
- Roundtrip airfare from JFK to FCO
- 7nts Castello di Montegufoni Estate
- Manual shift car rental for week.
Please note: All other local taxes, service charges, carrier and government taxes/fees/facility charges on airfare are included except any local city tax of approximately 2 euro per person per day. Transfers and gratuities are NOT included. Baggage and service fees may apply; please see individual airline website for details.
Castello Montegufoni is part of a large estate comprising vineyards and olive trees in the heart of Chianti region. The historic towns of Siena, San Gimignano with its 14 famous towers, Pisa and Lucca await your visit. Drive through the Chianti countryside and picnic in the Sienese Hills. Florence is just 30 minutes away, where the masterpieces by great Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Botticelli and a host of others are a must-see.
Castello Montegufoni, a 12th century castle set in the Tuscan hills, offers the perfect home for your Tuscan adventure. Set in the midst of a large and very charming terraced park overlooking beautiful Italian gardens, it still retains a certain medieval flavor which easily and blends smoothly with Renaissance refinement and solidity. In addition to the spacious and comfortable accommodations, the Castle offers a swimming pool, and restaurant specializing in sumptuous local Chianti fare. Golf, horseback riding, hiking, biking and spa facilities can all be found within easy reach.
- Internet Access
- Individually decorated guest rooms
- Rooms sleep 2-6 guests
- Living Room
- Dining Room
- Kitchen Corner
- Bathroom with Shower
- Bathroom with Tub
Known all over the world for its ancient ruins and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Rome is the star attraction in Central Italy. But the rich history and cultural attractions do not stop there: Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance and the rest of Tuscany is famous for its gastronomy, art, wine and charming small towns.
What to see:
Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
Pisa's "Cathedral Square" is a walled area at the heart of the city that is recognized as one of the main centers for medieval art in the world. The cathedral, famed Leaning Tower, Baptistery and Camposanto are the main attractions.
The first stone for Pisa's cathedral was laid by Buscheto in 1063, jumpstarting a new era in art by building what would become known as the Pisan Romanesque style. Unfortunately, a fire in 1595 destroyed much of the works in the church, but 16th-century Pisans had the foresight to hire some of the best Renaissance artists to refurbish the collection.
Leaning Tower of Pisa (Torre Pendente di Pisa)
Originally conceived as a freestanding bell tower to Pisa's cathedral, this structure dates from 1173 and started leaning soon afterward due to subsidence of the ground underneath its base. A popular tourist activity is to poser for photographs pretending to "hold up" the 186-foot tower so that it appears as though the subject is preventing it from falling.
Dating from 1153, Pisa's Baptistery is Italy's largest. In fact, if you include the statue on top, the building is actually larger than the Torre Pendente di Pisa across the square. The interior is plain, but the Gothic dome that dates from the 1300s is elaborately decorated.
Camposanto Monumentale (Pisa)
This monumental cemetery is said to have been built around a shipload of sacred soil from Golgotha, brought back to Pisa from the Fourth Crusade during the 12th century. Many famous Pisans are buried here. The cemetery was heavily bombed during WWII, but the charred remains of frescoes are now housed in a museum in Pisa, Museo delle Sinopie.
Teatro Romano (Volterra)
The impressive remains of Volterra's Roman theater and baths are some of the best-preserved Roman remains in Italy. The monuments, which lie on a natural slope of elevation, were unearthed in the 1950's and date from the first century BC.
Porta all'Arco (Volterra)
This city guilt out of massive volcanic stones in the 4th century BC back when the town walls stretched four miles around, nearly twice as big as they are now. During World War II, just before intense fighting began against the Nazis in 1944, Volterran partisans saved the gate from destruction by filling it with stones overnight.
Museo Etrusco Guarnacci (Volterra)
This museum is filled from top to bottom with Etruscan art. A prehistoric section has Villanovan tombs and there are Roman busts and mosaic floors, but the largest collection is hundreds of Etruscan funerary urns that date from the 3rd century BC.
Chianti Classico Wine Region
Located between Florence and Siena, the Chianti region is home to picturesque villages, wineries and countryside. The famed Chianti and Chianti Classico wines are produced here, making this a favored destination for those looking to do some tasting.
This classic medieval hill town is known as the "City of Beautiful Towers" because it has 14 surviving towers, serving up a fascinating skyline. But originally there were over 70 towers, which were all built by patrician families to demonstrate their wealth and power. The historic center of the town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for its architecture.
This classic medieval hill town in Tuscany is famous for it's fan-shaped plaza and summer horse race, Il Palio. Dominating the plaza is a bell tower, the Torre del Mangia, and the rest of the city has a handful of museums and churches to explore.
This small city has one of the best-preserved city walls in Italy, on top of which are walking and bicycling paths. Walk around the historic center or climb several historic towers for fabulous views.
Francis Mayes made this Tuscan hill town famous in her book "Under the Tuscan Sun." Surrounded by 3,000-year-old walls, Cortona retains much of its history through its medieval architecture.
Set on a sloping limestone ridge, Montepulciano is a small, walled town known for the wine called Vino Nobile. It also has one of the most impressive main square sin Tuscany, nnotable for its many beautiful Renaissance buildings.
This Renaissance town in Tuscany is famous as the birthplace of Pope Pius II and for its pecorino cheese. The Pope's family home, Palazzo Piccolomini, is located in the heart of town near a cathedral also dedicated to him.
This beautiful valley in southern Tuscany extends from Siena to Monte Amiata and is characterized by gentle, carefully cultivated hills. Home to the towns of Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino, the entire valley has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its Renaissance architecture and planning.