Learn Italian While Exploring Florence

Florence, Siena, Argentario, Rome

16 Days / 15 Nights
Tour Language: English & Italian

Tour Features

Learn Italian while enjoying the beauty of Florence! In the first part of this tour, you will be in Florence for 7 nights, where you will have the chance to attend some Italian classes in the morning, while in the afternoon you will be engaged in some fun activities to explore Florence and Tuscany from the culinary point of view: wine tastings, cooking class, visit to a farm, you name it!

The Italian language classes will be on a private basis just for the two of you, giving you the confidence and the opportunity to have a full immersion in the language and culture and continue your trip having more fun by practicing what you have learnt!

The lessons are open to all levels, from beginner to advanced. Your tutor will be a qualified Italian teacher, who will be happy to accommodate your language needs.

After your week in Florence, it is time to go and enjoy the rest of Tuscany with 3 nights in Siena, where Ciao Tours’ headquarters are!

You will pick up the car at Florence airport and drive South through the enchanting Chianti countryside. The tour offers you the choice to stop by en route in one of these 2 special places. If you love pasta, close to the Village of Greve in Chianti, you cannot miss a visit to a pasta factory where you can discover the secrets of the most popular Italian dish!  If you are a meat lover, the Chianti also hosts one of the most ancient Butcher of Italy, the Dario Cecchini Butcher shop in Panzano in Chianti. At the Butcher shop, you can stop by and enjoy a family style and informal Tuscan meat based lunch!

After your full immersion in the Chianti, you will be arriving in Siena, where you can just relax and enjoy the charm of this ancient town well-known for its Palio, the ancient medieval horse race.

After Siena, you want to continue to travel down South and stop for 1 night at the Argentario Peninsula, less than an hour and a half drive from Rome. You will be surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea in one of Italy’s lesser known tourist spots, where you can relax, enjoy a swim, or just admire its fascinating coastlines.

The tour will end with 4 nights in the eternal city, Rome. Our itinerary will offer you the choice of less-touristic group tours which go from a Testaccio district tour of Rome, a visit to Campo Dei Fiori, the Jewish Ghetto, and Trastevere, or a fascinating underground tour of Rome, your choice! Finally, you cannot go to Rome without missing a special visit to the Vatican, all entrances included to the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel!

2020 Tour Price & Dates

  • Semi-escorted tours are based on availability. Please contact us for dates.
  • 3 Star Accommodation (Double Occupancy):
    €3,969 per person

Current Exchange Rates

Ciao Tours will guarantee the exchange rate at the time of full payment or 45 days prior to departure.

Customize

  • Customize any option for just $50 (per person, per change)

What's Included

  • 15 nights in Authentic Boutique Accommodation Including Daily Breakfast
  • General Driving Directions Including City Maps
  • Regular Assistance while in Italy from Ciao Tours’ Italian Representatives
  • All Taxes except local City Taxes
  • Private Transfer from Florence Airport to Hotel in Florence on your arrival day
  • Private Italian Language Lessons in Florence– 20 hours Total (From 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM from the Monday to the Friday)
  • 5 Hour Private Guided Tour of Florence with welcome Drink
  • Private guided Wine Tasting
  • Private Tuscan authentic Cooking Class
  • Private Visit to a local Farm near Florence including Wine Tasting and local Snacks
  • Final evening Dinner in a Florentine Trattoria
  • 5 Day Car Rental – Premium insurance included (1 person) Standard or Automatic
  • Reservation to visit a Pasta Factory by Greve in Chianti OR- to the Dario Cecchini Ancient Butcher in Panzano in Chianti
  • 3 Hour Private Walking Tour of Siena Including Entrance to the Duomo
  • Private Wine Pairing with the Italian Ciao Tours Staff
  • Private Transfer on Day 13 to Meeting Point for group tour in Rome
  • 3 Hour Testaccio District Walking Tour in Rome (Small Group) OR- 3 Hour Food Tour in the heart of Rome (Small group – Campo dei Fiori, Jewish Ghetto & Trastevere) OR- 3 Hour Crypts, Bones & Catacombs – Underground Tour of Rome (Small Group)
  • Private Transfer to the Vatican
  • 4 Hour Private Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Including preferred Entrances
  • Private Transfer to Rome Airport on your last day

What's Not Included

All flights, travel and medical insurances, tips, local city taxes, car drop off fees to be paid locally (Approx. Euro 125) and anything not specifically mentioned in “What’s Included”

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival - Florence
  • Arrive in Florence
  • Private Transfer to your Hotel in Florence

No Meals Included on Day 1

Day 2 - 4 HOUR ITALIAN LESSONS (AM) AND 2.5 HOUR PRIVATE TOUR OF FLORENCE (PM)
  • Italian Language Course from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Private Guided Tour of the Centre of Florence with Welcome Drink – Approx. from 3:00 to 5:30 PM

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 3 - 4 HOUR ITALIAN LESSONS (AM) AND PRIVATE WINE TASTING (PM)
  • Italian Language Course from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Private Wine Tasting: Discover the Tuscan red wines with an experienced local guide – Approx. from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 4 - 4 HOUR ITALIAN LESSONS (AM) AND PRIVATE COOKING CLASS (PM)
  • Italian Language Course from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Private Tuscan Authentic Cooking Class: Learn how to cook like a Tuscan and eat what you cook!  Full Tuscan meal with starter, first and second courses, and dessert – Approx. from 5:00 until 8:30 PM

Meals Included: Buffet breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - 4 HOUR ITALIAN LESSONS (AM) AND PRIVATE VISIT TO A LOCAL FARM (PM)
  • Italian Language Course from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Private Visit to a local farm near Florence: Guided wine-tasting with cured meats and Tuscan cheeses – Approx. from 2:00 until 6:00 PM

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 6 - 4 HOUR ITALIAN LESSONS (AM) AND FINAL EVENING DINNER
  • Italian Language Course from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Final evening dinner in a Florentine Trattoria with full Tuscan menu and wine – Approx. from 7:30 to 10:00 PM

Meals Included: Buffet breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - FLORENCE AT LEISURE
  • Day at leisure just relaxing and enjoying Florence before your next adventure!

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 8 - LEISURELY DRIVE TO SIENA
  • Transfer on own to Florence Airport – If you wish to try something different than a taxi, enjoy a ride with the Florentine Tramway which comfortably connects the city centre and Florence Airport – Ciao Tours will give you all the Information!
  • Leisurely drive to Siena through the Chianti area (Approx. 1.5 – 2 hours’ drive) – Ciao Tours will give you all the driving directions and any additional Information for nice villages to stop by en route
  • Reservation to visit a Pasta Producer in the beautiful village of Greve in Chianti: Guided Tour of a Pasta Factory and its museum – Learn how ancient grains were ground to make flour and pasta!


OR

  •  For Meat lovers, in the village of Panzano in Chianti: Lunch Reservation at the famous Ancient Butcher and Restaurant of Dario Cecchini, Butcher for 8 Generations. Enjoy a family style and informal Tuscan meat based lunch while traveling through the Chianti!
  • Arrive in Siena and just relax!

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 9 - PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF SIENA & PRIVATE WINE PAIRING WITH CIAO TOURS STAFF
  • 3 Hour Private Walking Tour of Siena Including Entrance to its beautiful Duomo: Enjoy Siena from a different and less-touristic perspective with our expert local private guide
  • Private Wine Pairing with the Italian Ciao Tours Staff: Siena is the Italian Home base of Ciao Tours! You will be able to taste local foods while learning local traditions and culture
  • Afternoon at leisure

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 10 - DAY AT LEISURE
  • Relaxing day at leisure
  • Suggest Drive to Montepulciano, Pienza, and San Quirico D’Orcia on own. Ciao Tours will give you all the directions and suggestions for the best roads to explore the area

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 11 - MONTE ARGENTARIO
  • Leisurely  Drive to the sea by Monte Argentario – Approx. 1.5 – 2 hours’ drive – located between Siena and Rome
  • Arrive at your accommodation
  • Rest of the Day at leisure just enjoying and relaxing by the Mediterranean Sea

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 12 - TRAVEL TO ROME
  • Drive to Rome Airport to drop off the Car (Approx. 1.5 – 2 hours’ drive)
  • Drop off the car at Rome Airport
  • Taxi on own to Hotel in Rome

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 13 - EXPLORE ROME WITH THE CHOICE OF LESS-TOURISTIC SMALL GROUP TOURS
  • Private Transfer to Meeting Point for Group Tour
  • Choose one:

 

  • Testaccio District Walking Tour: Art, Street Art and Food Market Tasting Experience – 10:00 AM
    Small Group Tour – 3 Hours
    Inclusions:
    Walking itinerary with professional and friendly local guide;
    Entrance donation to the non-Catholic cemetery in Rome;
    3 tastings at Testaccio Food Market (supplì, pizza and panino) and local wine or beer;
    Semi private group of 6 people or fewer for the best intimate experience


OR

  • Food Tour in The Heart of Rome: Food Tour of Campo Dei Fiori, Jewish Ghetto & Trastevere – 10:00 AM Small Group Tour – 3 Hours
    Inclusions:
    Visit of Campo de Fiori Market (morning departure only);
    Best “Pizza Bianca” with mortadella tasting;
    Mozzarella cheese tasting with roman salame;
    Tasting of typical roman food (fried artichoke, supplì, code fish);
    Pasta tasting in Trastevere;
    Artisanal gelato in Trastevere;
    Local foodie guide


OR

  • Crypts, Bones & Catacombs – The Underground Tour of Rome in Small Group – 12:30 PM
    Small Group Tour – 3 Hours
    Inclusions:
    Transport between sites in an air-conditioned bus;
    Admission to all sites;
    Expert tour guide;
    Small groups of 18 people or fewer.

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 14 - VATICAN
  • Private Transfer to the Vatican
  • 4 Hour Private Tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (Entrance Included & No Line-ups!)
  • Afternoon at leisure

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 15 - DAY AT LEISURE IN ROME
  • Day at leisure just relaxing and enjoying Rome before leaving Italy!

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 16 - Departure
  • Private Transfer to Rome Airport

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

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