Taste of Italy

Taste of Italy - small group

From Rome to Tuscany we will experience a


Food, Wine, History, Architecture, and more!

April 23 – 30, 2023

Come join us this Spring for a Taste of Italy tour. Vicky Turbak (Travel by Vicky) and I have partnered with Rome Private Excursions for a small group (6 travelers) boutique type experience from Rome to Tuscany.

Highlights of the Itinerary


We begin our Italian adventure on April 23rd arriving in the ancient city of Rome (Roma) and on April 24th we will have a 5-hour private introductory tour of the city, introducing ourselves to it! From historic ruins to incredible architecture and more.


Orvieto & Bagno Vignoni

On April 25th we will make our way from Rome to Tuscany with a stop in Orvieto. In this Etruscan town we will stop and tour as well as grab some lunch on our way to Bagno Vignoni. In Bagno Vignoni we will check into the Albergo le Terme. The hotel is located on the famous Piazza delle fonti, with reflections on a large thermal bath from the Etruscan era from which water flows at 36 degrees/96F. Our stay includes unlimited day spa access as well as one night private access.

Montalcino & Pienza

We will also enjoy a cooking class at the Albergo le Terme (included in the package) as well as a day trip to the lovely towns of Montalcino and Pienza. Montalcino is known for their distinctive red wines, the Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino. The village’s fortress is perched at the very top of the hill with incredible views of the valley and photo opportunities. The palazzo in the main Piazza and narrow streets take you back in time. Pienza is considered the gem of the Val d’ Orcia. Walking through the historic center, you will come across the Piazza Pio II and the Cathedral of the Assunta. Inside, you can find historical paintings by some of the most renowned artists of the time. Pienza is also known for truffles, salami’s, saffron and spaghetti with garlic sauce or goose ragout.

Torciano & San Gimignano

Our next stop with be in Torciano, just 10 minutes from San Gimignano. Here we will be staying at the lovely Hotel Torciano. This authentic boutique hotel experience will be unforgettable. Our stay includes a cooking class, wine tasting and truffle hunt. After a day of touring San Gimignano we will enjoy dinner at the Bottega Torciano. San Gimignano is known as the city of towers. The unique history and design of this UNESCO protected town was first developed in 63 AD. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 50 m) as symbols of their wealth and power.

Taste of Italy

This fully inclusive guided package includes:

Hotels & Accommodations

  • Rome (2) – Hotel Boutique 47 (or similar)
  • Bagno Vignoni – (2) Hotel Albergo le Terme
  • Torciano – (2) Hotel Torciano Vecchio Asilo
  • Rome Airport – (1) Marriott

Tours & Excursions

  • Walking Tour of Orvieto with Vicky & Wendy
  • Cooking Class at Bagno Vignoni – Albergo le Terme
  • Half-day cooking class in San Gimignano with wine tasting, truffle hunt
  • Walking tour of Montalcino & Pienza


  • Breakfast at accommodations
  • Dinners at Albergo le Terme and one dinner at Bottega Torciano, one dinner at Tenuta Torciano Winery

Other Amenities: Welcome aperitif at Albergo le Terme upon arrival, unlimited day spa access and one night spa access

Thermal Bath at Albergo le Terme

Room Options

  • per person
  • per person

A $600 per person deposit is needed to secure a reservation. The final payment is due 60 days before the tour. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Flights are not included in this group package. However, I can help you find flights prior to our departure. As well, we will help you plan pre/post-travel plans as well. Lunch and dinner meals in Rome are on your own. Gratuities are not included in this tour but are suggested for our Italian tour operators and accommodations.

Interested? To book a RESERVATION! CLICK HERE!

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