Hill-top Siena, for so long the rival of Florence, will be our base for this tour. It is the archetypal medieval Italian city, narrow streets running between tall, imposing palazzi to the huge fan-shaped Campo, dominated by the Palazzo Publico. The distinctive striped cathedral, perched on one of the city’s hills, catches the eye from every direction. We are based, in the very heart of the city, at the five-star Grand Hotel Continental, a former 17th century palazzo built in 1677 by Pope Alexander VII as a wedding present to his niece Olympia Chigi.
In the five days of the tour, we will visit villas outside Siena, explore the wonderfully empty and hauntingly beautiful Val d’ Orcia in Southern Tuscany, spend a day in gardens just outside Florence and end with a tour to a remarkable vineyard and garden close to Orvieto.
16-20 MAY 2022
PRICE FROM £2,850
Grand Hotel Continental
Double occupancy, £2,850 per person.
Single occupancy, £3,400 per person.