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Historic Castles of Italy

Enjoy a truly unique break, as you stay in three of Italy’s most spectacular, elegant and historic castellos and discover some of the country’s great cultural cities.

Join us for a wonderful holiday as you explore the rolling green hills and medieval hill towns of Umbria and Le Marche and stay in three of the region’s finest medieval castellos (castles). Included excursions to cradle of the Renaissance, Florence, and the Eternal City, Rome, complete this marvellous, upmarket break.

What does this price include?

  • Seven nights carefully chosen accommodation at the four-star Castello di Monterone, near Perugia, the four-star Castello Chiola at Loreto Aprutino and the five-star Castello Orsini, Nerola
  • Five evening meals and one lunch
  • Return flights to Rome
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

  • Meet your tour manager upon arrival and transfer to Castello de Monterone, near Perugia – your home for the next three nights.

    Take your time to settle in, perhaps taking a walk through the castle grounds, before you enjoy an included three-course evening meal, no doubt looking forward to a wonderful break ahead.

  • After breakfast, join your tour manager for an included tour of Umbria. The central region of Umbria is known as Italy’s green heart, and is renowned for its walled medieval hill towns, forested rolling green hills, and delicious local cuisine. Call first at Assisi, a charming hill town famous as the birthplace of St Francis, one of Italy’s patron saints. Explore the town’s huge 13th-century church, with its stunning frescoes depicting the life of its most famous former resident.

    Continue to Perugia, Umbria’s regional capital, where some time is spent at leisure exploring this extraordinary city, with its historic centre of winding alleyways ringed by magnificent medieval walls. The tour continues to Gubbio, a well-preserved medieval town that sits peacefully on the slopes of Monte Ingino. Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the town’s pristine Baroque palaces and churches, before heading back to your castle for an included three-course dinner.

  • Join your tour manager for an included tour to the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence. Travel by coach to Arezzo, where you’ll board the train to majestic Florence. Enjoy lunch and some time at leisure before exploring this beguiling city on an included tour, home to some of the world’s greatest Renaissance treasures, including Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation. Wander the streets, which are paved with history, as you gaze upon the iconic Duomo, and the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge. Return to Arezzo by train, and then on to Castello de Monterone, for a final night in the majestic castle, with an included dinner to round off a wonderful stay.

  • After breakfast, check out and join your tour manager as you enjoy a scenic transfer to your next castle in Abruzzo, with several fascinating calls along the way, including at the Umbrian town of Loreto. Enjoy a panoramic tour of this hill town, which is a popular pilgrimage site with Catholics, who believe that Loreto’s church, the Basilica of the Holy House, enshrines the house where the Blessed Virgin Mary once lived.

    Leaving Umbria, you’ll enter the neighbouring region of Le Marche, with its glorious Adriatic coastline. Drive along the Conero Riviera, a stunning 12-mile stretch of coastline, lined with glorious beaches and overlooked by dramatic rocky promontories and caves, backed by the dense vegetation of the Conero Regional Park.

    Stop en route for lunch (payable locally), before arriving at the Castello Chila at Loreto Aprutino, near Abruzzo, your home for the next two nights. Settle in before an included three-course dinner is served this evening.

  • Enjoy a day spent entirely at your leisure. Spend some time exploring the glorious castle grounds, or lounge around the pool. Alternatively, make the short walk into Loreto Aprutino, and wander around the shops, or find a bar or restaurant for a drink and a bite to eat. Lunch and dinner are by your own arrangement today.

  • Enjoy an early breakfast and check out ready to transfer to your next castle in Nerola, but not before you join your tour manager for an included tour of the Eternal City, Rome. An intoxicating blend of history, art and culture, charismatic Rome is one of the world’s must-see cities. Rome’s main sights to life are bought to life on an illuminating tour, from the vast Colosseum and the fabled Pantheon, to the awe-inspiring St Peter’s Basilica and the fascinating Vatican Museums (entrances payable locally). Enjoy lunch at your leisure and spend the afternoon exploring under your own steam. Rome has a plethora of historic and cultural sites to discover, as well as some of the world’s finest cafés and restaurants

  • Today you have the choice of joining an optional tour to Tivoli and the Alban Hills or spending the day at leisure, perhaps exploring the town of Nerola.

    Those who choose the optional excursion will join their friendly tour manager in the morning, and head straight to Tivoli. In this classic hilltop town, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the renowned Villa D’Este with its famous terraces, park and water gardens (entrance payable locally). Continue to Frascati, which has a stunning view over Rome thanks to its vantage point in the rolling Alban Hills. Here you can enjoy lunch by your own arrangement, perhaps sampling a glass of delicious local white wine at a traditional fraschetta. The tour continues further into the Alban Hills and to the lakeside town of Castelgandolfo, where you can explore the 17th-century Apostolic Palace and the Pope’s summer residence, with its stunning 135-acre gardens and views over the extinct volcano overlooking Lake Albano (entrance to both payable locally), before you return to Nerola for the evening.

    However you choose to spend your day, enjoy your final evening in Italy at leisure, no doubt reflecting on a memorable break, perhaps making the short walk to Nerola to find a local restaurant for dinner.

  • Check out and transfer back to the airport for your return flight, at the end of a wonderful break in Italy.

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Hotels

Castles of Southern Italy Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of comfortable hotels that are conveniently located for your tour itinerary.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately ***

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

  • Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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