I have just returned from a Page & Moy escorted tour to Italy. After a short
flight from Gatwick with British Airways to Bologna we were met by a Tour
Manager to start our tour of the Le Marche and Tuscany regions of Italy.
We stayed two nights in the renaissance town of Urbino and whilst here we
took in a walking tour with a local guide and a highlight today was the
magnificent Palazzo Ducale (palace). We also visited the walled town of
Gradara which is very pretty and has an impressive 14th century castle. Just
along the coast is the sea side resort of Pesaro where we had lunch on the
promenade before the journey back to Urbino.
Across the regional border in Umbria is the ancient town of Gubbio. It is built
in the slopes of Mount Ingino, and its quaint cobbled streets are a joy to walk
around taking in the atmosphere. In the afternoon we went to San
Sepolcro, the birth place of the great renaissance artist, Piero della
Francesca and had time to wander a little around this medieval Tuscan town.
We spent the next two nights in the Borgo Palace Hotel, renowned for it’s
regional and national cuisine. The bread, pasta and deserts are all “fatti in
Another 16th century town in this area is Citta di Castello built along the Tiber
valley and where Mussolini’s house was built. Then there is Monterchi, a
pretty town surrounded by orchards and vineyards and home to the famous
fresco, the Madonna Del Parto.
The church of San Francesco in Arezzo is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi.
Apart from all the lovely architecture and history Arezzo is famous for
designer jewellery. Another town Siena, is renowned for it’s distinctive black
and white gothic buildings, beautiful cathedral and busy bustling town square
Piazza del Campo which is famous for the riotous Palio horse race which
takes place twice a year.
Imagine stunning country-side fields of sun flowers, vineyards, green trees
and rolling hills, that’s the typical backdrop of this beautiful undiscovered jewel
Our return flight was from Pisa and we couldn’t leave without seeing it’s
famous treasure the Leaning Tower, of course the Field of Miracles, with the
Duomo the Baptistery and the Monumental Cemetery are all unforgettable memories too!
It was just a short tour but under Page & Moys expert care I felt I’d seen some
‘real’ Italy, all in a nutshell! Easy journeys from Gatwick, splendid hotels, and
wonderful sightseeing. It won’t stay undiscovered for long.
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