visit two of tuscany’s spectacular hilltop towns on a full-day, small-group trip from rome to cortona and arezzo, and discover historic architecture, artwork, and neighborhoods with views of the tuscan countryside. take in film locations from ‘under the tuscan sun’ and ‘life is beautiful’ as you spend the day with a knowledgeable direct, exploring tuscany at its most picturesque. this full-day trip includes pickup at centrally-located rome hotels, and is limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.
start with 7:30am pickup at your hotel in rome, then leave the city behind on the 127-mile (204-km.) journey to cortona, a hilltop city with a long history. join the direct for a trip of the places where “under the tuscan sun” was filmed, with plenty of time to see the town’s most beautiful (and unusual) places. one highlight for many visitors is the elegant bramasole, a key setting inthe movie and perfect example of a classic tuscan villa.
from cortona, continue to arezzo, whose expansive plaza was part of the set for roberto benigni’s “life is beautiful.” the historic center sustained heavy bombing during the second world war, but you’ll find wonderful architecture that’s survived through the centuries. see the church of san francesco arezzo, a medieval landmark with a cycle of vivid frescoes that includes legends of the true crossby piero della francesca, then visitthe arezzo cathedral to see gorgeous stained glass and another piero della francesca work, mary magdalene.
following your time in arezzo begin the return journey to rome, where this trip concludes with drop-off at your hotel.