12 Day Mangia e Bevi (May thru Oct 2013)
Rome (3 nights) Siena (3) Bologna (2) Stresa (2)
Genzano, Castel Gandolfo, Marino, Frascati, Trastevere, San Gimignano, Chianti, Florence, Ferrara, Parma, Como, Isola Bella
From $3490 per person
Mangia e Bevi (eat & drink) is our BRAND NEW food and wine tour. Siena is probably Italy’s loveliest medieval city and Bologna is world renowned for its rich culinary tradition. The Chianti area and San Gimignano is where heaven is located for wine lovers the world over!
$250 off per person for the following dates:
- June 13
- September 19
- October 3
Call now to save $250 per person on your Mangia e Bevi Tour!
- Great Hotels. Centrally-located, First-Class & Deluxe hotels, exclusively.
- Smaller Groups. 20 to 40 guests per tour.
- More Legroom. Deluxe, state-of-the-art motorcoaches with EXTRA legroom.
- Airport Transfers. Arrival and departure transfers in Italy.
- Buffet Breakfast Daily. A very hearty start to each day!
- 8 Dinners & 1 Lunch. Including pasta or soup, choice of entrees, vegetable, dessert, coffee, wine, mineral water, beer or soft drink.
- Wine Tasting & Vineyard Tour.
- Wireless Headsets to hear your guide clearly and distinctly in public places.
- 1 Tote Bag Per Person, baggage tags and travel documents included.
- Baggage Handling. Never touch your bag!(except at airports)
- Hotel Taxes, Hotel Service Charges and All Tips for hotel and restaurant personnel.
- Professional Tour Directors and licensed local guides.
At a Glance:
- Day 1 (Thursday) - Depart US
- Day 2 (Friday) - Rome, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 3 (Saturday) - Rome, Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica
- Day 4 (Sunday) - The Castelli Romani (Genzano, Castel Gandolfo, Marino, Frascati), Rome Sightseeing, Dinner Out in Trastevere
- Day 5 (Monday) - Rome, Siena, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 6 (Tuesday) - Siena, San Gimignano, Lunch/Wine Tasting, Chianti, Siena
- Day 7 (Wednesday) - Siena, Florence, Siena, Dinner Out Tonight
- Day 8 (Thursday) - Siena, Bologna, City Sightseeing, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 9 (Friday) - Bologna, Ferrara, Bologna, Dinner Out Tonight
- Day 10 (Saturday) - Bologna, Parma, Stresa, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 11 (Sunday) - Stresa, Como, Stresa, Dinner Out Tonight
- Day 12 (Monday) - Depart Milan Airport to USA
DAY 1 (Thursday) - Depart USA
Boarding our overnight flight, we're off on our adventure to Italy. Buon viaggio!
DAY 2 (Friday) - Rome, Dinner in Hotel
Benvenuti a Roma! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo guide will be at the airport to greet you.
There will be time to relax this afternoon before we enjoy dinner at our hotel with some fine local wines.D
DAY 3 (Saturday) - Rome, Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica
This morning, it’s a 10 minute drive to another country – Vatican City!
We’ll start with the Vatican Museum – a treasure trove of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries and Renaissance paintings. Our visit continues through the Sistine Chapel, the room where the Pope is elected. Next we visit St. Peter’s Basilica, by far the largest church in Christendom. We’ll see Michelangelo’s Pieta, sculpted when he was just 24, as well as Bernini’s seven-story bronze canopy located above the main altar.
Next we drive by the Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant’Angelo - a towering cylindrical building which was initially appointed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. There are plenty of great restaurants and pizzerias in the neighborhood of our hotel. Your tour guide will be happy to make suggestions according to your taste! BB
DAY 4 (Sunday) - The Castelli Romani (Genzano, Castel Gandolfo, Marino, Frascati), Rome Sightseeing, Dinner Out in Trastevere
Just outside of Rome are the “Castelli Romani” - old fortified villages set among chestnut trees, vineyards, olive groves and lakes. They were the vacation towns of the Roman noblemen and the Popes. We drive south of the city, along the Appian Way, to charming Genzano. We stop to view the Lake of Nemi, dedicated to the pagan goddess Diana. And visit the Castel Gandolfo, where for three months every summer the Pope resides.
On to Marino, famous for its wine festival when real wine flows freely from the fountain in the main square.
Finally we come to Frascat. Time to enjoy a stroll through town and lunch on your own. Try the famous “porchetta sandwich” with white Frascati wine. Our tour continues in Rome with the most important of the Seven Hills of Rome, the Capitoline – home of Jupiter, Marcello’s theater, Jewish Ghetto, Largo Argentina and the Circus Maximus.
Then we’ll enter the Colosseum, reliving the brutal entertainment of the gladiators and the lions, refereed by the Emperor himself.
Next we review the Roman Forum, Trajan’s Column and the astonishing “Wedding Cake” monument to Victor Emmanuel in Piazza Venezia.
Tonight we enjoy a fun dinner in the characteristic district of Trastevere, one of the centers of Roman nightlife. This lively area of tiny winding streets gives a taste of what one imagines Italy to be like, with cobbled streets and music filled trattorias on every corner. BB, D
DAY 5 (Monday) - Rome, Siena, Dinner in Hotel
This morning, after breakfast, we head north for Siena, “The Beloved” city of Tuscany.
Its historical center has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. We visit the famed Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares, and the site of Siena’s famous two- times-a-year horse race, the Palio de Siena. We visit Siena’s town hall, Palazzo Pubblico, a beautiful gothic building which sits on Piazza del Campo by the bell tower, and the enchanting Duomo featuring the most ornate mosaic floor in all Italy. It took 200 years and 40 artisans to complete! Tonight we’ll enjoy a delicious Tuscan dinner in our hotel. BB, D
DAY 6 (Tuesday) - Siena, San Gimignano, Lunch/Wine Tasting, Chianti, Siena
Tuscany is a region renowned for its wine and today we’ll get to enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch and wine tasting, after a visit to San Gimignano, another town declared by UNESCO to be part of the World’s Architectural Heritage.
We’ll view the 14 towers that dominate the skyline of this medieval town, which is also known as the City of Beautiful Towers. Next, we’ll drive through the beautiful Chianti landscape with its gentle hills before returning to Siena. Dinner is on your own tonight. BB, L
DAY 7 (Wednesday) - Siena, Florence, Siena, Dinner Out Tonight
This morning we depart for Florence, the city of Dante, Boccaccio, Botticelli & Da Vinci! Enjoy a breathtaking view of the city atop Piazzale Michelangelo, followed by a tour of the Academy of Fine Arts where Michelangelo’s proud “David” stands. Then to Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned “Gates of Paradise” doors.
We follow the medieval streets to the most striking square in Florence, Piazza della Signoria, where we have an external view of the Santa Croce Church, Michelangelo’s final resting place.
Later this afternoon we return to Siena in time to enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. BB, D
DAY 8 (Thursday) - Siena, Bologna, City Sightseeing, Dinner in Hotel
Next we travel to Bologna, the gastronomic capital of Italy. To Italians, Bologna is known as the city of the Two Towers; worldwide it’s known as the city of lasagna, tagliatelle, tortellini, Bolognese sauce and mortadella. Good food must help boost brain power so that’s probably why Bologna is home to the oldest university in Europe.
Our sightseeing will include the two adjoining squares, Piazza Maggiore and Piazza del Nettuno that form the heart of Bologna. We’ll also see the Neptune Fountain, the Communal Palace, Governor’s Palace and the Basilica of St. Petronius, the fifth biggest church in the world. At this Basilica, be sure to take in the controversial late gothic fresco representing a scene from Dante’s Inferno, in which Mohammed is being devoured by demons.
Tonight we enjoy a typical Bolognese dinner, with local wines, at our hotel. BB, D
DAY 9 (Friday) - Bologna, Ferrara, Bologna, Dinner Out Tonight
After our nourishing American style buffet breakfast we’ll drive to Ferrara, one of the regions greatest walled towns.
A fine Renaissance town, we’ll visit the Duomo with its triple façade, Este Castle with its moats, towers and battlements and a guided visit of the castle and its dungeons.
We return to Bologna for a dinner out at a fine local restaurant. BB, D
DAY 10 (Saturday) - Bologna, Parma, Stresa, Dinner in Hotel
Parma was the home of the great artist Bodoni (he invented the famous typeface), the conductor Toscanini and Parmesan cheese. Not to mention – prosciutto! Parma is a captivating town and a favorite of art lovers. This morning we visit a parmesan cheese and ham factory followed by a tasting.
Next, we’re off to Stresa on beautiful Lake Maggiore. Dinner in our hotel. BB, D
DAY 11 (Sunday) - Stresa, Como, Stresa, Dinner Out Tonight
For centuries, Stresa has been a popular retreat for Europe’s aristocrats who have endowed the town with a number of beautiful villas. Tourism increased substantially after tunneling of the Simplon Pass allowed train services from north of the Alps to pass through Stresa in 1906.
After breakfast we visit Lake Como, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. Many celebrities have or had homes on the shores of Lake Como - Madonna, George Clooney, Gianni Versace, Sylvester Stallone and Richard Branson – Real Estate offices will be open for your convenience!
After returning to Stresa we visit amazing Isola Bella, gently floating in Lake Maggiore. In 1948 author Ernest Hemingway visited Stresa and set part of his 1929 novel, “Farewell to Arms” at our very own hotel - Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees!
Tonight, a final dinner out with our travel friends, great food and wine. BB, D
DAY 12 (Monday) - Depart Milan Airport to USA
After breakfast this morning, we part. Please join us again on another great Perillo Tours experience! BB
B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
Note: Please be advised that circumstances may change the day and/or sequence of scheduled activities, as well as the substitution of hotels, events, shows, sightseeing, itinerary, restaurants, hosts, etc.
$250 off per person for the following dates:
- June 13
- September 19
- October 3
Prices below are land-only and do not include airfare.
For more information on airfares check out the "Air Information" section of this page.
|DEPARTURE DATES & LAND RATES
May - October 2013
|Per Person Double Room||Triple Room||Single Room||Kids (Under 12yr w/ 2 Adults|
TO ROME, RETURN FROM MILAN
Depart USA Thursday - Return Monday
NOTE: Rates are per person and include roundtrip airport transfers in Italy at scheduled times. Airfare available from your hometown. The days of dining out and city tours may change for operational reasons.
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- Reserve your flights now but pay later with your final payment.
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Airfares are unpredictable and impossible to estimate at time of brochure printing. Your airfare can range anywhere from approximately $450 to $1400 depending on your departure city. Additionally, current departure tax and fuel surcharges are running approximately $650 per person and are subject to change.
Your exact airfare will be advised within 2 business days of booking your tour. You are under no obligation to accept Perillo’s air schedule and quote. However, payment for tickets issued by Perillo Tours is due with "final payment."
Airfares DO include your roundtrip airport transfer in Italy at scheduled times, provided you arrive and depart on scheduled tour dates. If you wish to arrive earlier or extend your stay, airport transfers are not included.
We strongly recommend you BOOK EARLY as lowest airfares are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Plus, more availability on the most convenient flights and best seats.
Air upgrade at affordable prices
When you purchase your coach ticket through Perillo Tours, you can upgrade to Business/First Class for a surcharge of as little as $2699 per person. Live it up a little!
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The transportation Security Administration requires all passengers to provide the exact name as it appears on the government-issued passport, passport number, expiration date, date of birth and gender when making airline reservations. This information will be requested at time of booking for all flight arrangements made through Perillo Tours
CRITICALLY IMPORTANT: Name corrections are subject to change fees, so please have your passport in-hand when calling us for flight reservations.
Want to start your vacation early or extend your stay in Italy? A Perillo Tour’s representative will be happy to help with the arrangements. Along with extra night hotel accommodations, your air tickets may be booked to arrive before your tour begins or remain after your tour ends.
Many customers prefer to arrive early to unwind and relax prior to the tour’s start date. Others like to extend their stay to visit with friends or relatives or explore on their own.
Whatever you desire Perillo’s team will help you plan and coordinate your entire journey.
Below are the hotels you will experience on this Perillo Tour.
NOTE: If a change in hotels becomes necessary for any reason, the hotel substituted will be equivalent of those shown.
NH Vittorio Veneto Hotel
This lovely four star hotel is nestled on the edge of the Villa Borghese Park at the top of Via Veneto, the "Fifth Avenue" of Rome.
Borgo di Filetta
The Hamlet of Filetta is, amongst all the Hotels in Siena and its wide open Tuscan countryside, the one that most clearly has its eye on the authentic local feeling of tradition and local history. Cleverly housed in an old customs post and skilfully restored with carefully researched colours, and detailed finishing touches, it offers its guests 29 typical rooms, furnished with character and originality. The Hotel, nestled in the countryside of Siena, offers an enchanting view of shaded woods, ancient hills and solitary cypress trees.
NH Bologna de la Gare
NH Bologna de la Gare is a marvellous hotel situated in the centre of Bologna. Our structure lies in front of the train station and a few steps from the main monuments and shopping streets of the city.
Grand Hotel des Iles Borromées
Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees is located in Stresa, it lies on the shores of lake Maggiore and combines sumptuous elegance and tradition with the charm of the Italian luxury Grand Hotels. This small piece of paradise is close to Milano and it is easy to reach from the most important airports of northern Italy Malpensa airport and Linate airport.