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Etruscan Italy

The origins of the Etruscans may be lost to prehistory, but remains of this ancient people lie scattered across the landscape and displayed in impressive museum exhibits. Enriched by the mining and commerce of metal, Etruscan civilization reached its peak in the 6th century BCE. Join us as we travel across Italy and explore a region once dominated by this culture.

September 26 – October 10, 2018 (15 Days)
$7,795 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $1,350
All meals included

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Follow the fortunes of the Etruscans through their former home along the dramatic Tyrrhenian coast of western Italy
  • Enjoy a special visit to Cetamura archaeological site, where our scholar excavates, and handles artefacts at the lab

  • Get lost in enchanting Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, as we enjoy free time in this romantic city
  • Discover the impressive collection of Etruscan art at the Medieval Villa Giulia in the vibrant city of Rome

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Sep 2018
Tom Rasmussen

2018 ITINERARY

DAY 1 & 2: ROME
We depart from our home cities on September 26 and arrive in Rome a day later, where we transfer to our hotel.
Hotel: Hotel Raphael, Rome.

DAY 3: ROME
Spend the morning exploring the rich Etruscan collection of the Vatican museums. We then explore the beautiful Villa Giulia and discover the incredible art that it has on display.
Hotel: Hotel Raphael, Rome.

DAY 4: TARQUINIA
Leave the glories of Rome for the southern tip of ancient Etruria, once the Etruscan site of Caere. Explore the remarkably decorated tombs and later visit the amazing Tarquinia Museum.
Hotel: Villa Tirreno, Tarquinia.

DAY 5: VULCI
Visit the Necropolis of Tarquinia, a hauntingly beautiful site with towering graves, before moving on to Vulci to traverse the incredible Roman and Etruscan ruins that remain there.
Hotel: Casafrasi Hotel, Castellina.

DAY 6: CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI
We start the day at the Montecarlvario Tomb and the museum in Castellina. Our afternoon sees us visit our guides’ excavated site of Cetamura where we explore local archaeology.
Hotel: Casafrasi Hotel, Castellina.

DAY 7: VOLTERRA
Today we visit the stunning ancient Etruscan city of Volterra, famous for its alabaster workshop and 4th century BCE walls and archway. We visit the Porta all’Arco, the Roman theater and discover the Guarnacci Museum. In the afternoon, we travel to Tuscany and spend free time in the charming city of Florence.
Hotel: Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy, Florence.

DAY 8: MARZABOTTO
We venture to the remains of the large Etruscan settlement at Marzabotto. This is a truly fascinating site and here we explore the remains of Etruscan society. A highlight has to be the ‘terrace of the temples’ – an acropolis considered to be one of the most important Etruscan monuments.
Hotel: Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy, Florence.

DAY 9: FLORENCE
Our day begins at Florence’s Archaeological Museum, where we explore the impressive collection of Etruscan art. After lunch, we visit Fiesole – the northern tip of ancient Etruria – where we discover an Etruscan temple dedicated to Minerva and a 2,000-seat Roman theater, and visit the local museum.
Hotel: Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy, Florence.

DAY 10: CORTONA
This morning we explore the grand Etruscan tombs of Camucia before traveling to the hill town of Cortona. We spend the afternoon discovering the collection of early Etruscan art in the museum before continuing through breathtaking Tuscan hills into Umbria’s glorious Medieval capital, Perugia.
Hotel: Brufini Palace Hotel, Perugia.

DAY 11: CHIUSI
We begin with a tour of Perugia and then visit the Archaeological Museum, Priors’ Palace and the “Rocca Paolina” – an excavation of 15th century houses beneath the city. Outside of the city, we tour an Etruscan well and the fascinating subterranean Tomb of the Volumnii. Later, we tour Chuisi and experience the painted tombs and other captivating Etruscan artifacts.
Hotel: Brufini Palace Hotel, Perugia.

DAY 12: ORVIETO
After a drive to Viterbo, a town founded by the Etruscans, we continue to Orvieto – a beautiful city rising from a sheer tufa plateau. As we approach, the glittering facade of the cathedral dominates the skyline. This afternoon we explore the atmospheric Etruscan remains of Orvieto, including the vast necropolis of chamber tombs. This area retains the regularity of its street grid and the tombs look residential.
Hotel: Hotel La Badia, Orvieto.

DAY 13: ORVIETO
We continue our exploration of Orvieto today, beginning with a visit to the Campo della Fiera archaeological site. Later on, we stop at the area’s magnificent cathedral, the labyrinthine underground tunnels of the Etruscan town, and visit the Museo del Duomo.
Hotel: Hotel La Badia, Orvieto.

DAY 14: ROME
Today we venture back to the culturally rich city of Rome via our final Etruscan site, Veii, famously featured in Livy’s first pentad. The ruins here include remains of houses and it is now a protected area. This afternoon we enjoy free time in the capital, where we can indulge in local cuisine, do a little sightseeing or perhaps visit museums or galleries.
Hotel: Hotel Raphael, Rome.

DAY 15: HOME
We transfer to the airport for our departures home or onward travel.

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Accommodation

Hotel Raphael, RomeHotel-Raphael

In a city which is celebrated for its history and culture, it’s only fitting to stay in a hotel which echoes these historic delights, and Hotel Raphael is just that. Paintings, sculptures, and antiques decorate the walls, works include those of Picasso, which are all elegantly showcased throughout this classical hotel. The evenings can be spent wandering to some of Rome’s most loved monuments including the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Colosseum which become lit-up against the cool dark skies of the city.

 

Villa Tirreno, Tarquiniavilla-tirreno

Heading north we arrive at Villa Tirreno in the centre of the Etruscan and Medieval part of the city. Surrounded by old city walls the hotel makes the most of these cultural influences with terracotta walls, exposed brick-work and titled floors, this elegant hotel is quintessentially Mediterranean. The rooms are spacious and airy which make will make you feel relaxed from the moment you arrive here.

 

Casafrassi Hotel, Castellinacasafrassi-room

Hills rolling across the horizon, whitewashed farmhouse-villas, and vineyards stretching out in perfect rows, we experience all these rural delights of the Italian country-side when we stay at the Casafrasi Hotel, Castellina. Our hotel is a 18th-century villa set against the backdrop of the Chianti Hills. Here, you’ll stay in luxury rooms decorated in a traditional Tuscan style with spacious high ceilings. In the evenings, the rooftop terrace makes a perfect spot to enjoy the vineyards and olive groves below and what better accompaniment than with a glass of the hotel’s wine, grown onsite, no less!

 

Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy, FlorenceHotel-Savoy

In the romantic capital of Italy, this hotel is the perfect mix of style, elegance, and traditional culture, and still remains the luxury retreat that we have come to love and expect from a Savoy Hotel. Relax in classic rooms with beautifully mosaiced bathrooms, and with the hotel in a superb location in the heart of Florence, there is plenty to explore on an after-dinner stroll. The hotel is within walking distance of Pitti Palace and Piazza della Signira to name a few.

 

Brufani Palace Hotel, PerugiaBrufani

This stunning hotel opened in 1884 reflects in detail all the wonders of its historical past. The rooms are elegantly designed with Italian antiques, traditional prints on the wall, elegant pillars all which celebrate the rich culture of the surrounding city. One of the unique highlights of this hotel is the wellness center with Turkish baths, sauna and swimming pool located under the Medieval vaults of the hotel which make for a truly unforgettable experience.

 

Hotel La Badia, Orvietohotel-la-badia

Nestled in the green expanse of olive trees and vineyards of the Umbrian countryside, Hotel La Badia resembles a stone oasis, standing out against the landscape with buttress walls and crenulated towers. This past residence of popes and cardinals has been tastefully converted into the 4* accommodation we see today.  The contemporary rooms now take the place of the former cloister, fortress and upper floors of the abbey and but first you’ll step into the old guest house has now become the hotel’s lobby.