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  • Tuscany and Umbria Two-Centre Holiday

    Umbria

    Relais la Suvera, Tuscany

    Relais la Suvera, Tuscany

    Hotel Villa de Monte Solare, Umbria

    Hotel Villa de Monte Solare, Umbria

    Tuscany and Umbria two centre holiday

    Offering an insight into classical Italy, this holiday visits serene rural villages, extensive rolling hills and valleys, and interesting art and architecture.

    Traverse the heart of Italy, from Tuscany into Umbria, staying deep in the rich countryside. First, stay in Pievescola, a pretty hamlet that was once dominated by a mediaeval castle. Fields and wooded plains stretch on as far as the eye can see, broken by the quaint villages of Chianti. Less than an hour’s drive to the east is Siena, former rival of artistic Florence, and home to the famous Palio. In Umbria, stay not far from Lake Trasimeno. With fields, vineyards, and olive groves on one side and the lake on the other, towns such as Castiglione del Lago, Monte del Lago, and Passignano Sul Trasimeno offer cultural afternoons and romantic strolls. The city of Perugia, capital of Umbria, is known for its historic centre, protected by defensive walls, the Renaissance artworks of the cathedral, and the art collection at the Priori Palace.

    Relais la Suvera and Villa di Monte Solare
    The Relais la Suvera is a transformed mediaeval castle and Renaissance palace in Tuscany, and the Villa di Monte Solare is a boutique privately-owned country house. Both offer an alternative view on Italy’s finest countryside. The Villa di Monte Solare is comprised of five stone cottages, each of which has an ancient agricultural purpose. The Relais la Suvera is exquisitely furnished, filled with precious antiques, and the restaurant serves wines produced on the estate.

    The driving time between these two places is about 2 hours.

    We include:
    • British Airways flights London Heathrow or Gatwick to Pisa, and back from Rome to London Heathrow or Gatwick
    • Group B hire car for 8 days
    • 4 nights’ bed and breakfast at the Relais la Suvera in a classic double
    • 4 nights’ bed and breakfast at the Villa di Monte Solare in a classic double

    Prices from about £1,880 per person.

    Tuscany and Umbria Two_Centre Map

    Hotel information

    Below is some further information about the two hotels featured on this two-centre holiday.

    Relais la Suvera
    Pievescola, Tuscany
    The Relais la Suvera stands on a hillside commanding beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside just above the hamlet of Pievescola. There was a castle here in the Middle Ages which was then transformed into a Renaissance villa in the 16th Century. Nowadays the Relais la Suvera is the country residence of its owner the Marchese Ricci Paracciani Bergamini and his wife, Principessa Eleonora Massimo. They opened its doors to guests only in 1989 and today Relais la Suvera is an exceptional place to stay, furnished with antiques throughout and hung with original works of art. The aura of a stately but private home greets you as you arrive, and la Suvera is probably the most exquisitely and individually furnished ‘hotel’ we feature. Candlesticks, vases, ceramics, ornaments, paintings complement the style of each room, some of which are furnished in quite exact period style, for example, there is a Napoleon room and a Neo-Gothic suite. The Relais la Suvera hotel consists of 36 rooms and suites situated in four main buildings, the Papal Villa, the Stables, the Oliviera and the Farm. The style of the rooms does vary from building to building, with those in the Papal Villa, especially the suites, being the most historic and individual whilst those in the Stables are slightly more rustic and less ornate. A unique feature of Relais la Suvera are the superb public rooms, that attract national museum-status classification, such as the Library, the Pope Giulio II Hall and the Marquise Campana Hall, all furnished with precious antiques but still radiating a genuine lived-in feel. A delightfully atmospheric restaurant sits just opposite the main gates to La Suvera, where local Tuscan specialities are served together with wines from their own estate. There is also a heated outdoor swimming pool, a spa, a tennis court and shady gardens with cypress and chestnut trees.
    Find out more about Relais la Suvera.

    Hotel Villa de Monte Solare
    Colle San Paolo, Umbria
    Clients continue to be very impressed by the Villa di Monte Solare, a small privately owned country house run as an hotel of just 25 rooms set in its own grounds of formal gardens, wooded hills, vines and olive groves. Its location is stunning as it sits upon a low hill which affords views of the gently rolling landscape of northern Umbria and across to Lake Trasimeno a few miles away. The hotel Villa di Monte Solare exudes warmth, charm and quality of service and accommodation. It consists of five buildings: the main villa has seven rooms and four renovated stone cottages nearby, the Limonaia, a former lemon house of the estate, the Casa dei Gelsi, a farmhouse, the Olivaia, an ancient olive mill, and the Olivi building adjacent to the Olivaia, house the other rooms and suites. The rooms in the Villa di Monte Solare are a true delight, with beautiful decorations and antique and original furniture: heavy, wooden and utterly in keeping with the regional flavour. Floors are terracotta, and there are murals and original fireplaces. The rooms in the four houses offer the same degree of comfort, service and charg with beamed ceilings and terracotta floors. Terracotta pots overflowing with flowers or shrubs are abundant throughout the grounds, where two swimming pools and a clay tennis court are situated. There are two breakfast rooms, and the restaurant, in the main villa, has a refined ambience. Weather permitting, all meals are served in the garden. Umbro-Tuscan cuisine is served and there is an excellent cellar of Umbrian wine. The Villa Monte Solare offers an enticing combination of beautiful natural location and scenery, historic and well-maintained buildings, carefully looked after grounds and pools and a charming welcome. We recommend it very highly. An ideal place in Umbria for long stays in particular or as part of a two centre holiday with other regions.
    Find out more about Hotel Villa de Monte Solare.

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    Italy FAST FACTS

    Capital
    Rome
    Airport
    There is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.
    Currency
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.30)
    Size
    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    Population
    60 million
    Average temperature
    Italy's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps
    National holidays in Italy
    Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days:
    1 January
    6 January (Epiphany)
    Easter Monday
    25 April (Liberation Day)
    1 May (Labour Day)
    15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    1 November (All Saints)
    8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    Christmas Day
    Boxing Day
    There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.

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