Golf, Gastronomy, Art & Architecture - The Best of Tuscany and Umbria

The Best of Tuscany & Umbria ~
Golf, Gastronomy, Art & Architecture

10 Nights | 6 Rounds | 5 Vineyard Tours & Tastings
Travel March to October

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This tour begins and ends in Rome. Along the way you will experience two of Italy’s most renowned regions for their landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, and influence on culture. Better still, Tuscany and Umbria are equally as impressive for their golf and gastronomy. Explore Siena and Assisi. Tour the Cathedral of Orvieto. Five wine tours and tastings are included along with your farewell dinner in Trastevere.

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Day 1 - Arrival

Meet and greet at the airport of Rome. Our local staff will help you with the rental car procedures. Drive northwards, along the Tyrrhenian Sea coast road, en route to the Argentario Golf & Spa Resort on the peninsula of Argentario.

Click here for a VIDEO of the resort.

The journey takes less than 2 hours. On the way, stop and visit the Necropolises of Cerveteri and/or Tarquinia, both declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. These two large Etruscan cemeteries reflect different types of burial practices from the 9th to the 1st century BC, and bear witness to the achievements of Etruscan culture which over nine centuries developed the earliest urban civilization in the northern Mediterranean. Some of the tombs are monumental, cut in rock and topped by impressive tumuli (burial mounds). Many feature carvings on their walls, others have wall paintings of outstanding quality. The necropolis near Cerveteri, known as Banditaccia, contains thousands of tombs organized in a city-like plan, with streets, small squares and neighbourhoods. The site contains very different types of tombs: trenches cut in rock; tumuli; and some, also carved in rock, in the shape of huts or houses with a wealth of structural details. These provide the only surviving evidence of Etruscan residential architecture. The necropolis of Tarquinia, also known as Monterozzi, contains 6,000 graves cut in the rock. It is famous for its 200 painted tombs, the earliest of which date from the 7th century BC.

Click here for a VIDEO about the necropolises.

Check in with the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the amenities of the Resort.

Overnight: Argentario Golf & Spa Resort – Double Superior room

Necropolise of Cerveteri
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Argentario Hotel Lobby
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Day 2 – Golf & Orbetello

In the morning play Argentario Golf Club, the resort course. The club, which plays host to a variety of the most important tournaments in Tuscany and Italy, features a picturesque layout totaling 6,840 yards and par 71 with an excellent practice facility. It is located in a protected oasis of Mediterranean maquis with striking views across the valley to the Orbetello lagoon and the hills of the Maremma in the distance. The undulating terrain and extensive use of water hazards promise one of the more challenging rounds of the tour.

In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to Orbetello, an ancient Etruscan settlement which in 280 BC passed under the control of the Romans. Orbetello rises on a thin strip of land located into the middle of the coastal lagoon. The small island where it stands is surrounded by the Levante and Pontente Lagoons, known respectively as Tombolo della Feniglia and Tombolo della Giannella. These offer many kilometers of charming beaches. Its boat-like shape anchored in the calm waters of the Lagoon is tied to the Monte Argentario promontory area by an artificial dam built in 1841. It is a lively and busy town whose principal resource has always been fishing so it is no accident that local recipes featuring fish from the lagoon have become famous. Today, it has become an ever more popular spot for tourists thanks to the beauty of the sea and the preservation of its natural surroundings coupled with the Nature Reserve of the “Laguna di Orbetello”.

In Orbetello, you can visit:

  • the ancient walls dating back to the Etruscan times,
  • the Spanish mill, the only windmill which remained from a series of nine built by the Senesi in the 16th century. The mill has a circular shape and, along with the others, was used to grind the flour destined to the city’s inhabitants;
  • the Talamone harbour, an important dock for the Etruscans being a natural opening to the sea for the nearby necropolises located in the hinterland;
  • the National Archaeologic Museum of Cosa and the ancient ruins of the city of Cosa;
  • the Municipal Archaeological Museum;
  • the Country Culture Museum;
  • the Cathedral.

Overnight: Argentario Golf & Spa Resort – Double Superior room

Argentario Golf Club
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Orbetello
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Spanish Mill Orbetello
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Day 3 – Golf & Wine Tasting

In the morning play the Resort course. 

In the afternoon, drive towards Castiglione della Pescaia, an ancient seaside town built around a medieval fortress with gorgeous views of the islands of Elba and Giglio, plus the promontory of Argentario. It consists of a High City built on the hill that ends a chain of hills towards the sea, and of a Low City at the foot of the High City, straddling the drainage canal and marina that form the central part of town.

TOUR INCLUSION: Visit an Antinori vineyards where you will taste three of their wines (IGT Toscana Maremma). The estate is located in the Tuscan Maremma near the town of Castiglione della Pescaia. It was once part of a even larger property called La Badiola, important enough to be already identified on the maps of Grand Duke Leopoldo II of Tuscany in the 19th century. The estate has belonged to the Antinori family since 1999, and it has worked both on the vineyards and the new cellars with the firm conviction that the area, at the time just emerging into prominence in the overall panorama if Italian wine, had a very significant potential for the production of high quality wine. The family also believed that here the finest characteristics of the terroir and the varieties to be planted could fully find an excellent expression. The tour takes approximately 2 hours including 3 or 4 of their best wines accompanied by some Tuscan appetizers.

This evening be certain to dine at the only Alain Ducasse restaurant in Italy, la Trattoria Toscana. Inaugurated in 2005, it was awarded a Michelin star in 2007. Located in what used to be the ancient barn of Grand Duke Leopold II of Lorraine, Trattoria Toscana is a sort of contemporary hostelry, a simple meeting place, where genuine specialities of Tuscan tradition are served. The rooms inside the old granary and its location enhance the experience of dining out, with vast windows overlooking the Mediterranean macchia and vineyards, kitchen equipment on display and a wood oven heralding the kind of menu on offer. The cellars are open to view, displaying about 150 labels, including wines made by the Moretti family - Petra and Tenuta La Badiola – the latter right adjacent to Trattoria Toscana. Numerous dishes are served in terracotta bowls and clay plates, a respectful tribute to local tradition.

Overnight: Argentario Golf & Spa Resort – Double Superior room

Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany
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Maremma Vineyard
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La Trattoria Toscana
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Day 4 – Wine Tasting/Lunch & the Abbey of Sant’Antimo

Late check-out. Drive to Castiglione del Bosco Golf & Spa Resort. The journey takes less than 2 hours.

TOUR INCLUSION: A few miles before reaching the resort stop in Montalcino for a visit to a vineyards where you will visit the wine cellars and taste three of their wines during lunch (Montalcino wines). After lunch, before continue in to the resort, we suggest a visit to the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a place of high spirituality.

Click here for VIDEO of the Abbey.

Check-in at the resort late in the afternoon, with time to refresh for a dinner at either of the resort’s two exceptional restaurants: Ristorante Campo del Drago or Osteria La Canonica. Campo del Drago is the estate’s main restaurant whose terrance overlooks deep green hills and sloping woodland. Every evening, you’ll find the perfect blend of Tuscan and Italian cuisine interpreted and explored with flair and accompanied by Castiglion del Bosco wines plus renowned regional and international labels. Located next to the Ristorante Campo del Drago, the Osteria La Canonica offers a more rustic dining experience in the authentic, friendly atmosphere of a Tuscan trattoria, restored and remodeled in true Castiglion del Bosco style. The Osteria is open all day and has a shady veranda overlooking the valley, with secluded tables for a lunch or more informal dinner.

Overnight: Castiglion del Bosco Golf Resort – Double Special room or Private Villa (read below the descriptions of the two arrangements)

Sant Antimo
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Montalcino in Tuscany, Italy
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Villa Alba
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Day 5 – Golf & Siena

Play the Resort’s private course, Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club. The course can be played only by guests of the resort and it is not open to the public. The truly Tuscan personality of the club is conveyed by its unspoilt natural setting, dotted with cypress trees, which follows the contours of the historic landscape of the Val d’Orcia. The estate’s breathtaking 18-hole golf course was designed by the British Open champion and accomplished course designer, Tom Weiskopf.

In the afternoon, explore Siena and spend the evening there for dinner in a classic osteria near Piazza del Campo. Siena is a lovely medieval town with dozens of sights to see beginning with the Piazza del Campo, regarded as one of Europe's greatest medieval, city-center squares. This is where you will find numerous choices for memorable dining. The Civic Museum holds a fascinating collection thought provoking frescoes on the role of government. Climb up to the Torre del Mangia and enjoy a view of of Siena in all its glory. At the Piazza del Duomo you can purchase a pass to visit the the cathedral, the baptistery and the Museum of the Opera del Duomo from where you can enjoy another view of Siena, and the crypt. Inside the cathedral enjoy the beautiful pavement stories and the Piccolomini Library.

Overnight: Castiglion del Bosco Golf Resort – Double Special room or Private Villa (read below the descriptions of the two arrangements)

Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club
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Siena
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Day 6 – Golf

Play the private course of the Resort.

In the afternoon, enjoy the amenities of the Resort or explore the Siena Clays or “crete senesi”. The Crete Senesi refers to an area of Tuscany south of Siena famous for its distinctive grey soil that gives the landscape an appearance often described as lunar and whose unique clay composition (known as mattaione) has made it one of the most desirable choices for pottery production. The region is also known for its production of white truffles, and hosts a festival and a museum dedicated to the rare fungus.

For dinner tonight we suggest one of the two one of the two restaurants of the resort: Ristorante Campo del Drago or Osteria La Canonica (see descriptions on Day 4)

Overnight: Castiglion del Bosco Golf Resort – Double Special room or Private Villa (read below the descriptions of the two arrangements)

Siena Clays
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Day 7 – Wine Tasting & Lunch

Check-out and drive towards Umbria and your private villa at Tenuta di Murlo.

TOUR INCLUSION: On the way stop in Cortona to visit a vineyard for lunch with a tasting of seven Montepulciano wines. Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink and is renowned for its pork, cheese, "pici" pasta, lentils, and honey. It is known world-wide for its wine. Connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile, which should not be confused with varietal wine merely made from the Montepulciano grape, among Italy's best.

Continue to the Tenuta and check-in.

Overnight: Tenuta di Murlo – Private Villa

Montepulciano Wine Cellar
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Day 8 – Golf & Assisi

Play Antognolla Golf Club, the resort course. Antognolla is a championship layout by Robert Trent Jones II situated in the heart of Umbria, 20 mins north of Perugia.  The designer sought to capitalise on the natural beauty of the land by creating a course with large and undulating greens that require a careful and precise approach. The fairways with their slopes lead to large greens that are usually protected by a natural amphitheatre, or exposed to the full force of the elements. The par 71 configuration is enhanced by the technical difficulties naturally made by the terrain , and in each one of its 6,790 yards, every aspect of the game today will surely present a challenge.

In the afternoon, visit Assisi the birthplace of St. Francis who founded the Franciscan religious order in 1208, and St. Clare, the founder of the Poor Sisters which would become the Order of Poor Clares after her death. Most of the cobblestone streets and alleys will take you to the basilica of St. Francis. The walls and ceilings of the upper church are embellished with frescoes of the Giotto school; the lower sanctuary contains the tomb of St. Francis. You can’t miss Rocca Maggiore, the massive medieval castle and the Roman amphitheater, built in the early 1st century AD. It is advisable to begin your tour at the top of the town (which s the oldest part), so you can enjoy the city going down the hill.

Overnight: Tenuta di Murlo – Private Villa

Antognolla Golf Club
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Basilica of San Francesco of Assisi
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Day 9 – Golf & Wine Tasting

Drive to Perugia (13 miles far, 30-minute drive) and play the local club, Perugia Golf Club. The course, a gently undulating 18 holes, is a par 71 parkland style, redesigned in the early nineties by the architect David Mezzacane. A rich vegetation acts as a boundary to the fairways of several holes that require precise play, especially on the first. The course isn’t a test of strength but one of control and touch, especially to succeed around the small greens.

TOUR INCLUSION: In the afternoon you will visit a vineyard and taste five wines from cellars in Torgiano the region which gave birth to Umbrian wine. Founded in the early 60's, the company now has at its helm two sisters. Their hallmark commitment to the company and keen eye for innovation has infused the group with new energy, strengthening the family stewardship as a guarantee not only for the present but also for the future.

Time permitting, visit Perugia, the capital city of Umbria about 102 miles north of Rome, and 92 miles south-east of Florence. Perugia is a well-known cultural and artistic centre of Italy. The famous painter Pietro Vannucci, nicknamed Perugino, was a native of the area and the teacher of Raphael, the great Renaissance artist.

Dinner at The Estate’s restaurant, “Il Caldaro”. Only a few minutes drive from each villa, guests can enjoy lunch and dinner within its authentic interior and on the terrace which offers wonderful views of Antognolla Castle. The Caldaro’s fine cuisine is rich in local traditions using fresh ingredients from the Estate as well as handmade pizzas cooked in the original medieval oven. Il Caldaro’s enchanting atmosphere reflects the true Umbrian lifestyle where it is easy to lose your sense of time!

Overnight: Tenuta di Murlo – Private Villa

Torgiano Vineyard
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Perugia Umbria
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Tenuta di Murlo Il Caldaro Restaurant
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Day 10 – Wine Tasting & Lunch in Orvieto, Dinner in Rome

Check-out and drive towards Rome about 2.5 hours away (123 miles).

TOUR INCLUSION: Stop along the way in Orvieto for your fifth and final visit to a vineyard for a tasting of four Orvieto wines. Orvieto is a city and comune in the Province of Terni situated on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff. The site is among the most dramatic in Europe, rising above the almost-vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone called Tufa. The vineyard is situated in the old area of production of Orvieto Classico on a hill facing the Orvieto rock at 320 meters above sea level. It is a privileged position perfect for quality production. The climate, the microclimate with its exposure to the sun and the soil of marine origin, marly, argillaceous, rich in fossilised oysters and shells of the Pliocene age, make it particularly suitable for vine-growing. The ideal ventilation of the vineyards completes the uniqueness of this location.

Continue after lunch to Rome and check-in to the Hotel Bernini Bristol. Drop-off the car at the hotel. Enjoy a few hours of shopping and visit.

TOUR INCLUSION: Your last dinner in Italy will be in a restaurant in Trastevere, a medieval area of Rome separated from the central city by the river Tiber. The most popular gathering place in the area is Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. Dating back to the 3rd century, the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere is the oldest in the city.

Overnight: Hotel Bernini Bristol – Double Classic room

Orvieto Classico Vineyard
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Trastevere in Rome
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Day 11 – Departure

Private transfer to Rome Fiumicino. An escort will assist you.

 

Pricing
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NOTE: This Sample Itinerary is provided primarily for guidance purposes. You are entirely welcome to book it as shown (based on availability) but it can always be adjusted or completely customized in any way you wish.
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TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Assistance of PerryGolf's local office at your destination Accommodation in hotels or private villas listed with room category
  • 14 meals (10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner)
  • 5 wine tastings Green fees for six (6) rounds
  • 10-day rental car (unlimited mileage, Third Party Liability, TLR, CDR, Airport charges, Road Tax, VAT, 59-minute grace period)
  • Private transfer to the airport of Rome when departing
  • Travel pack with useful information on areas visited in your tour.
  • VAT

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Food & beverage other than specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Golf cart (we can make the reservation and you can pay it at the golf reception)
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Assisi Italy
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HOTEL Information

Argentario Golf & Spa Resort
Tuscany

The philosophy of the Argentario Resort, a member of the Design Hotels™ group, revolves around the pursuit of wellness and the respect for the environment. The luxury resort includes 73 rooms and 1 cottage with an incredible view over the golf course, Monte Argentario’s landscape or Orbetello Lagoon. Each design accommodation features a terrace and the latest technologies, and is the result of a meticulous research on materials and fittings. Located next to Porto Ercole, this 5-star hotel is surrounded by cork-oak woods and centuries-old olive trees in Tuscany’s Maremma, home to hares, deer, squirrels, wild boars and a variety of bird species. For outdoor sports lovers, the resort offers three tennis courts, a football field and jogging trails. The panoramic location and the elegance of the luxury resort create the ideal and relaxed setting for both fairytale weddings and business meetings or conferences. The range of services is completed by the gourmet Dama Dama restaurant, which offers Maremman, Tuscan and Italian cuisine through wholesome and tasty dishes that are prepared with local products.

Click here for a VIDEO of the resort.

 

Argentario Hotel Spa
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Castiglion del Bosco
Siena

Castiglion del Bosco is a centuries-old estate deep in the Val d’Orcia, comprising a castle, a church and a Borgo in the heart of the countryside. It is a place to be experienced first-hand, telling a tale of strong bonds with the fields, the landscape, the woods and vineyards, the local artistic heritage and craftsmanship, and the toil of a farming community. It is a tale of revival, which has seen life restored to 17th- and 18th-century farmhouses resplendent with the elegance of yesteryear, impeccable hospitality, rituals and memories, in an elegy of colors, flavors and values handed down over the years. It is the tale of a deeply rooted Tuscan way of life.

You have a choice of lodging at Castiglion del Bosco. The Suites are found in the buildings of the Borgo itself, each featuring antique furniture, Exposed wooden beams and artisanal pieces alongside modern comforts and the latest technology. The terraces, pergolas, picturesque views and private gardens are alive with greenery. The Villas of Castiglion del Bosco have been restored to use, creating new traditions of their own. Nine rustic farmhouses have become luxury villas, with decor by Teresa Bürgisser Sancristoforo, featuring stone, wood, fire, antiques and bespoke furniture. The interiors are distinguished by their Sienese hues, handcrafted pieces and pleasing textures. Bronzes and lamps evoke the past, in an intimate, timeless and elegant ambience.

Castiglione del Bosco Special Room
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Villa Gauggiole
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Tenuta di Murlo
Umbria

The Murlo Estate is one of the most exclusive private country estates in Italy, owned by the same family for generations. Renowned for its thousands of hectares of immaculate woods and olive groves, and for its superb valleys, lakes and rivers, it is the perfect place for a relaxing and tranquil holiday, offering impressive levels of comfort and elegance.

Tenuta di Murlo
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Hotel Bernini Bristol
Rome

Built in the late 1800's in a palace in the heart of Rome, and recently renovated, the Hotel Bernini Bristol offers the glamour of a bygone era along with the most modern appointments and amenities. The Bernini Bristol, 5 star accommodation in Rome, is a splendid building, once a historical palace, facing the famous Piazza Barberini and near to Trevi fountain, Villa Borghese and the most important shopping streets. Its ample salons are enchanting with their period furnishings and tapestries, as are its rooms marked by a refined atmosphere and comfortable elegance.

Hotel Bernini Bristol
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AIR TRAVEL SERVICES

PerryGolf offers a full service air department to assist in the planning and coordination of airline travel. We encourage you to consider traveling on our Preferred Airline; British Airways which provides an extensive route network to all of our destination cities. For further details on our air travel services and competitive rates please call 1 800.344.5257 ext 230 or email air@PerryGolf.com



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