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  • From Tuscany to the Amalfi Coast touring holiday

    Hotel Borgo San Felice

    Views from the Hotel Poseidon

    Park Hotel Villa Grazioli

    Fly-drive touring holiday from Tuscany to the Amalfi Coast

    12 nights/13 days
    This touring holiday from Tuscany to the Amalfi Coast introduces you to quintessential Italy: discover picture-postcard scenery at every bend in the road and an abundance of classical Italian arts and opulence.

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    Start your touring holiday by flying into Pisa, where you collect your hire car and travel just over two hours south-east into the Tuscan countryside. Your first hotel is the Borgo San Felice, located in the heart of the Tuscan vineyards and expertly capturing the mood of the region - full of charm and character, it offers guests a chance to unwind in spacious and comfortable surroundings. Beautiful Tuscany is the cradle of Italian culture and the birthplace of the Renaissance. After five nights at Hotel Borgo San Felice you drive around three hours through southern Tuscany and Umbria towards the Latium region which surrounds Rome. Stay for two nights at Park Hotel Villa Grazioli in Frascati, located south of Italy’s capital city, and famous for its white wines.This exclusive hotel allows for relaxation in ultra-comfortable surroundings, with grand exteriors hiding contemporary comforts. The scenery around Frascati and the other Castelli Romani is very attractive, with wooded hills, olive groves and vineyards whilst the old town itself provides a charming place for exploration.  Stay in Latium for two nights before continuing just under three hours further south towards your final destination on the Amalfi Coast. The Hotel Poseidon is a charming four-star hotel which is situated in the romantic, terraced resort of Positano. Public areas are tastefully furnished with antiques, while most bedrooms have a private terrace or balcony. The terraced sea-view gardens burst with vines, bougainvillaea, roses and flowering shrubs. Spend five nights here, with plenty of time to enjoy the dramatic coastline scenery and azure sea of the Amalfi Coast, which basks in a year-round mild and inviting climate. Here Moorish and Byzantine historical influences can be seen in the region’s architecture and colourful buildings. Witness vibrant bougainvillaea and lemon groves adding splashes of colour against the flourishing green hilltops and austere granite cliff-faces, where life in the tiny villages carries on in the same unhurried way it has for centuries. Following your stay in Positano, head to Naples airport where you return your hire car and fly back to the UK.

    PRICES
    Prices from about £3,140 per person based on two sharing

    What’s included:
    • Five nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard room at the Borgo San Felice in Tuscany.
    • Two nights' bed and breakfast in a Standard room at the Park Hotel Villa Grazioli in Frascati.
    • Five nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard room at the Hotel Poseidon, Positano.
    • Scheduled flight with British Airways from London to Pisa, returning from Naples to London.
    • Hire of a basic group car for the duration of the holiday.

    Click the tabs above to view our suggested day-by-day touring itinerary and to find out more about the hotels featured.
    Click here to find out more about how our touring holidays work or click here to download a pdf with information about some of our suggested Italian touring holidays.

    Fly-drive touring holiday from Tuscany to the Amalfi Coast

    Day-by-day itinerary

    DAYS ONE TO FIVE
    Arrive in Pisa and drive southeast to San Felice

    Aim to arrive in Pisa early in the day to ensure you have enough time in the famous historical city after collecting your hire car. Visit the Torre Pendente, or ‘leaning tower,’ which has become somewhat iconic for the city, but do not neglect the many other sites of historical importance. Take the time to visit the Duomo, which dates back to 1064, the triple-spired Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, and explore the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo and its vast collection of medieval artworks. From Pisa, begin the drive south to San Felice, immersed in the Tuscan countryside, dotted by the Chianti vineyards and other gold-stone hilltop villages. Your hotel, the Borgo San Felice, is a traditional Italian hamlet in its own right, having converted, one by one, the original houses of the settlement into the luxurious and interesting hotel that stands there today. Situated conveniently between Florence and Siena, it is an excellent base for exploring the two cities that have been, for so long, in direct competition with each other. The qualities of the larger city of Florence are internationally renowned, with its beautiful cathedral and baptistery, many churches, and the monastery that contains a wealth of Florentine paintings. The cathedral itself has a highly interesting museum, but there are also the well-known Uffizi and Bargello museums to visit. For a really spectacular insight into Italian heritage, visit Michelangelo’s original ‘David’ in the Accademia. Siena, on the other hand, bears considerably more evidence of this competition. Its aspirations can be most obviously seen in the Piazza del Duomo, which was originally intended to be an extension of the Duomo itself. The colourfully tiled floor of the Piazza and the grand free-standing archway are all that remains of Siena’s plans. Artistically, one of Siena’s greatest assets is the baptismal font in the cathedral’s baptistery, decorated with relief panels by Donatello, Ghiberti, and Jacopo della Quercia. On the 2nd of July and 16th of August, the semi-circular Piazza del Campo hosts a medieval horserace called the ‘Palio’, in which one horseman from each of the 17 districts competes. The nearby village of San Gimignano is another testament to Italian inspiration and aspiration, with its plans to become a larger cultural centre evident in the high-reaching towers that rise above the many village squares. Or drive out to Volterra, a brooding village of tall, austerely serene buildings that line exceptionally narrow streets, encircled by deep ravines. Back at your hotel, dine in one of the two restaurants, both offering the best food that Tuscany has to offer. One afternoon take part in a cookery lesson and receive the best Tuscan souvenir available: the ability to cook the regional cuisine at home. The wines produced on the hotel’s estate can be tasted after a tour of the extensive wine cellar, or alongside an evening meal.

    DAYS SIX AND SEVEN
    Drive further south to Frascati in Latium
    Set in the Alban hills is the village of Frascati. Your hotel, the Park Hotel Villa Grazioli, has a Wellness Centre just 2km away perfect for relaxation before heading out to explore the Frascati vineyards, and offers a number of treatments. Explore the village of Frascati, the most famous of the Castelli Romani - villages famous for being the favourite retreats of city-dwelling Romans seeking fresh-air and relaxation - and taste the Frascati white wines. Be sure to try the Amaretti biscuits that originated here, or the Cesanese dry red wine that can be tasted at a nearby winery. Visit Frascati’s two most beautiful gardens, the Giardini della Landriana and the Giardino di Ninfa, or the Villa Aldobrandini, originally built for the nephew of the Pope. Plan your visit for around the 23rd of June to witness, or take part in, the Sagra della Lumaca, an outdoor snail feast, or in October to enjoy the Sagra del Vino. On your days staying in Frascati, either remain in the village for a therapeutic break, or head out to nearby Tivoli, or a little further on to Rome. Rome’s charms need no introduction: the very origin of the word ‘romance’ and the site of a great deal of vital history. Perhaps spend a day walking down its ancient streets, looking around the Colosseum and Pantheon, the Vatican City, or the many Roman Forums and Baths. Alternatively, Tivoli, a former suburb of Rome, has its own irresistible, lesser-known charm. The hill town is the home to a large number of beautiful gardens, such as the gardens of the Villa d’Este, with their waterfalls, pools, and mechanical birds. The chasm around the Villa Gregoriana, though a challenge to climb back up after descending, has two remarkably well preserved Roman temples at its base. On ground level, its gardens wind around shady paths. Just outside Tivoli, sits Hadrian’s Villa, the grandest palace complex ever built in Italy. Though Hadrian designed the Pantheon in Rome, his villa is arguably his finest, quirkiest, and most inventive creation, with a number of interesting secrets just waiting to be discovered. Venturing further out into the countryside of Latium, why not visit the cliff-side village of Anticoli Corrado, the almost inaccessible Saracinesco, or the medieval citadel of Zagarolo. Palestrina is built on the site of the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia, the greatest Hellenistic temple in Italy, and therefore makes a highly interesting afternoon excursion. Perhaps visit Fiuggi, the site of the famous Acqua di Fiuggi that rises out of several natural springs and feeds the village’s spas. Michelangelo himself was said to have come to Fiuggi, seeking the water, to relieve the stress of painting the Sistine Chapel. Fiuggi itself is a town dominated by ornate hotels and tree-lined boulevards, but the Borgo Medievale di Fiuggi is a complex network of small palaces, craftsmen’s houses, churches, squares, and alleyways dating back to the 16th century. In the evenings, return to your palace hotel, peruse the art in the noble rooms, wander through the hanging gardens, and relax in the grand and peaceful ambience.

    DAYS EIGHT TO TWELVE
    Drive along the coast to Positano
    Your third destination on this touring holiday is the hillside town of Positano, the first of the towns dotted along the Amalfi Coast. You will spend the next five nights at the Hotel Poseidon, so-called because of its commanding position above the sea that affords it the most magnificent views of the tumbling Amalfi Coast, the colourful villas of Positano, the lush green hillsides, and the azure sea. During the day, navigate Positano via the winding stairways, perhaps in a pair of their speciality sandals. Walk along the Sentiero degli Innamorati from the Spiaggia Grande to Fornillo beach for a spectacular view of the coastline and a rewarding relaxing endpoint. Be sure to visit the secret hamlet of Nocelle, tucked away on the Monte Pertuso hillside. Walk to Nocelle from Agerola for a gentle, downhill stroll that takes you past more breath-taking views across the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri. For a longer day trip, drive along the Amalfi coast, through the white and terracotta towns, to Amalfi itself. While here, explore the many monuments, such as the Byzantine Duomo di Sant’ Andrea Apostolo, fronted by 57 stone steps that take you up to its three main arches. From the top of these steps in the atrium, the views across Amalfi and the sea are exceptional. The picturesque main square sits just below it, surrounded by small cafes and pretty buildings. Wander between the towering, climbing houses of the Vagliendola, or watch the Amalfi musical under the curved roof of the Antichi Arsenali, or old shipyards. From here, perhaps walk across the hilltops to the artistic village of Ravello to listen to a classical music concert on the terraces of Villa Rufolo, or venture out into the Valle delle Ferriere, with its old steps, waterfalls, bridges, forests, and beautiful abandoned buildings. Spend your evenings in the restaurant of the Hotel Poseidon, indulging in the specialities of Neopolitan Cuisine, such as mozzarella, fresh seafood, gelato, and sfogliatella pastries, finished off, of course, with limoncello made from Amalfi lemons. In the summer, dinner can be eaten under a pergola on the terrace. The hotel’s wine cellar offers the best wines of the Campania region, all available to drink alongside the delicious flavours of the Amalfi Coast.

    DAY THIRTEEN
    Return to London via a flight from Naples
    On your final day in Italy, drive north to Naples for your return flight, perhaps stopping off in Pompeii. Uncover the secrets of the ancient ruins, so well preserved by the volcanic rock, under the brooding glare of Vesuvio. 

    Driving times for this touring holiday:
    Pisa to San Felice: 2 hours 5 minutes
    San Felice to Frascati: 2 hours 30 minutes
    Frascati to Positano: 3 hours
    Positano to Naples: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Click the 'Hotel Information' tab to find out more about the hotels featured in this touring itinerary or click here to download a pdf with information about some of our suggested Italian touring holidays.

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    Hotel Information

    These are the charming hotels that are featured in this touring holiday from Tuscany to the Amalfi Coast. Alternative hotels are available in some destinations - please contact us for full details.

    Borgo San Felice
    San Felice, Tuscany
    The Borgo San Felice occupies almost the entire hamlet of San Felice on a slight hill northeast of Siena in Chianti country. Owned by the San Felice wine makers, the hamlet was converted almost house by house into a hotel about ten years ago and is now a beautiful Relais & Châteaux hotel. Now, Borgo San Felice is one of the most appealing hotels in Tuscany, corresponding to the characteristics of charm, character and quality we pride ourselves on. Surrounded by vineyards and gently rolling hills, the turrets of Siena can be seen in the distance against the setting sun. The houses occupied by the hotel surround the old village square and church and all have been carefully renovated and furnished to a very high standard. Pots of flowers adorn paths, lemon trees stand on terraces, lawns are carefully maintained. The Borgo San Felice has a total of 46 rooms located in different houses and decorated in slightly different styles, some being quite modern. There is a spacious, very comfortable lounge and bar, an excellent restaurant charmingly decorated open every day serving creative dishes covering demands for a lighter lunch to a more robust dinner. The restaurant serves excellent regional specialities such as pigeon and truffles in season. The swimming pool is surrounded by a sun terrace. There are two tennis courts and a wine shop selling the San Felice wine, seventeen different kinds in all of white, red and vin santo. We recommend the Borgo San Felice very highly.
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    Park Hotel Villa Grazioli
    Frascati, Latium
    Built by Cardinal Antonio Carafa in the 16th century, the Park Hotel Villa Grazioli occupies a commanding hillside position below the slopes of Monte Tuscolo in over 15,000 square metres of arboreal parkland, overlooking Tivoli, the sea and the ancient city of Rome. Today a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, this refined establishment offers sumptuous elegance in abundance, with an ornate gallery, beautiful spiral staircase and wood-panelled and frescoed ceilings exuding an air of grandeur and opulence. A veritable museum of 16th- and 17th-century artworks, Park Hotel Villa Grazioli is brim-full of artistic masterpieces by renowned names such as Ciampelli, Carracci and Pannini. The 62 rooms are situated between the main villa and two 18th-century annexes located in the secular park, connected to the main house through two underground tunnels. The Paggeria plays host to Classic rooms which are decorated and furnished in a country style in hues of peach, burnt orange and cream. There are also a number of rooms with terraces overlooking the Hill of Tuscolo. The Limonaia meanwhile offers classically-decorated, garden-facing rooms, whilst Elite rooms are slightly larger and boast wood ceilings. With splendid views over the gardens and towards Rome, the Charme Deluxe rooms and suites are situated in the main building as is the elegant Acquaviva Restaurant, serving a menu of Mediterranean specialities, and the vaulted Eliseo Bar, decorated with reproduction monochromatic stuccos. In summer, the Park Hotel Villa Grazioli's restaurant moves outdoors to the terrace, with wonderful panoramic vistas of the hanging gardens and Rome beyond. There’s an inviting outdoor pool in the grounds, with golfing, water sports and a wellness centre all just a short distance away. The Park Hotel Villa Grazioli offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from Frascati railway station, where direct services run to Rome Termini station, bringing the multitude of treasures of the Eternal City within easy touching distance. All in all, a traditional and historical hotel tranquilly situated amidst the Frascati winelands and the Castelli Romani villages.
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    Hotel Poseidon
    Positano, Amalfi Coast
    The Hotel Poseidon Positano is one of our favourite hotels and one that is also highly praised by our clients consistently. The hotel has a charming ambience of style and relaxation. A four-star family-run hotel, the Hotel Poseidon is situated in the romantic, terraced resort of Positano. The public rooms are tastefully furnished with antiques, whilst the lounge-bar has an open fire-place and comfortable armchairs, and the terraced garden bursts with vines, bougainvillaea, roses and flowering shrubs. Original paintings hang from the walls throughout the hall and public rooms, adding charm and character. There is a very good restaurant at the Hotel Poseidon with service inside and outdoors on the terrace, covered by a pergola where vines and wisteria bloom and which overlooks Positano and the sea. Light lunches are served - ideal if you’re spending the day by the pool. Most bedrooms at the Hotel Poseidon have a private terrace or balcony; there are two basic categories of rooms, with the superior ones being larger and having a partial sea view and the standard ones having a garden or village view. Within the Hotel Poseidon is a small but elegant beauty centre, which has a Turkish bath, solarium and offers various body and facial treatments. The well-equipped gym is free to all hotel guests. The hotel is ideal for honeymooners, sun-lovers and those wishing to explore this beautiful stretch of coastline. The swimming pool has a panoramic terrace, where it’s a delight to sit and enjoy the view over Positano to the sea, especially when the purple bougainvillaea is in bloom or in the evenings at dusk. Positano has managed to preserve its atmosphere as a quaint artists’ and fishing village; coaches are forbidden and there are no large hotels. It has numerous art galleries, clothes shops and craft stores, restaurants, cafés and bars, all of which complement the charming ambience of Positano.
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