Under the Tuscan Sun - Themed Itinerary

Under the Tuscan Sun - Themed Itinerary
Under the Tuscan Sun - Themed Itinerary

Summary

Additional Information

    This itinerary is designed for fans of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. It follows the footsteps of Frances Mayes, the American writer who buys a villa in Tuscany and transforms it into her dream home. The itinerary includes visits to Cortona, Arezzo, Rome, and Positano, all of which were featured in the movie.

Under the Tuscan Sun - Themed Itinerary

Transportation

The best way to get around Tuscany is by car. However, there are also trains and buses that connect the major cities. If you are flying into Tuscany, the nearest airports are Florence and Rome.

Cities and Hotels

  • Cortona: This charming hill town is where Frances Mayes bought her villa. There are a number of hotels in Cortona to choose from, including:
    • Hotel San Luca (4-star hotel)
    • Hotel Nuovo Centrale (3-star hotel)
    • Hotel San Michele (4-star hotel)
    • Hotel Villa Marsili (4-star hotel)
    • Monastero di Cortona - Hotel & Spa (5-star hotel)
  • Arezzo: This historic city is home to a number of medieval and Renaissance landmarks. There are also a number of hotels in Arezzo to choose from, including:
    • B&B Hotel Arezzo (4-star hotel)
    • Hotel Minerva (4-star hotel)
    • Hotel l'Aretino (3-star hotel)
    • Hotel Continentale (4-star hotel)
    • Etrusco Arezzo Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western (4-star hotel)
  • Rome: The Eternal City is a must-visit for any traveler to Italy. There are countless hotels in Rome to choose from, in all price ranges. Here are a few options:
    • Hotel Roma Tor Vergata (4-star hotel)
    • Colony Hotel (3-star hotel)
    • Hotel ibis Roma Fiera (3-star hotel)
    • Roma Talenti Fucini (no star rating)
    • Hotel Domidea (4-star hotel)
  • Positano: This picturesque town is located on the Amalfi Coast. There are a number of hotels in Positano to choose from, but they can be expensive. Here are a few options:
    • Pensione Maria Luisa (2-star hotel)
    • Brikette Hostel (no star rating)
    • Hotel Royal Positano (4-star hotel)
    • Villa Principe Giovanni (3-star hotel)
    • Hotel Dimora Fornillo (3-star hotel)

Day Trips

  • From Cortona:
    • Visit the town of Montepulciano, which is known for its Vino Nobile wine.
    • Take a cooking class and learn how to make Tuscan dishes.
    • Go hiking or biking in the Tuscan countryside.
  • From Arezzo:
    • Visit the town of Siena, which is home to the Palio horse race.
    • Explore the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Take a wine tour of the Chianti region.
  • From Rome:
    • Visit the Vatican City, home to the Pope.
    • Explore the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
    • Take a day trip to Pompeii or Herculaneum.
  • From Positano:
    • Take a boat trip to the Amalfi Coast.
    • Visit the island of Capri.
    • Go hiking or swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.

Itineraries

  • 3-day itinerary:
    • Day 1: Arrive in Cortona and check into your hotel.
    • Day 2: Explore Cortona and its surroundings.
    • Day 3: Take a day trip to Montepulciano or Siena.
  • 5-day itinerary:
    • Day 1: Arrive in Cortona and check into your hotel.
    • Day 2: Explore Cortona and its surroundings.
    • Day 3: Take a day trip to Montepulciano or Siena.
    • Day 4: Travel to Arezzo and check into your hotel.
    • Day 5: Explore Arezzo and its surroundings.
  • 7-day itinerary:
    • Day 1: Arrive in Cortona and check into your hotel.
    • Day 2: Explore Cortona and its surroundings.
    • Day 3: Take a day trip to Montepulciano or Siena.
    • Day 4: Travel to Arezzo and check into your hotel.
    • Day 5: Explore Arezzo and its surroundings.
    • Day 6: Travel to Rome and check into your hotel.
    • Day 7: Travel to Positano and check into your hotel. Enjoy the stunning views of the Amalfi Coast.
    • Day 8: Relax on the beach or take a boat trip to Capri.
    • Day 9: Depart from Naples.

    Best Times to Visit:

    The best time to visit Tuscany for a "Under the Tuscan Sun" experience is in the spring or fall when the weather is mild and the crowds are smaller. The summer can be very hot and crowded, while the winter can be cold and rainy.

    Public Holidays in Italy:

    • New Year's Day (January 1)
    • Epiphany (January 6)
    • Liberation Day (April 25)
    • Labor Day (May 1)
    • Republic Day (June 2)
    • Assumption Day (August 15)
    • All Saints' Day (November 1)
    • Immaculate Conception (December 8)
    • Christmas Day (December 25)
    • St. Stephen's Day (December 26)

    Useful Recommendations:

    • Learn a few Italian phrases: While many people in Tuscany speak English, it's always appreciated when visitors try to speak the local language. Even a few basic phrases can go a long way.
    • Book your accommodation in advance: Tuscany is a popular tourist destination, so it's important to book your accommodation well in advance, especially if you are traveling during peak season.
    • Rent a car: This is the best way to get around Tuscany and explore the countryside.
    • Take your time: Don't try to cram too much into your itinerary. Relax and enjoy the Tuscan lifestyle.
    • Pack for all types of weather: The weather in Tuscany can be unpredictable, so pack layers and be prepared for both sun and rain.
    • Bring a good camera: You'll want to capture all the beautiful scenery!
    • Try the local food and wine: Tuscany is known for its delicious food and wine. Be sure to try some of the local specialties, such as ribollita (bread and vegetable soup), pappardelle al cinghiale (pasta with wild boar sauce), and bistecca alla fiorentina (Florentine steak). And of course, no trip to Tuscany would be complete without sampling some of the region's famous wines, such as Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

    Additional Tips:

    • If you are planning to visit during the summer, be sure to book your accommodation well in advance, as hotels and villas can fill up quickly.
    • The best way to experience the Tuscan countryside is to rent a car. However, if you are not comfortable driving, there are also buses and trains that connect the major cities.
    • Be sure to pack for all types of weather, as the weather in Tuscany can be unpredictable.
    • Bring a good camera, as you'll want to capture all the beautiful scenery.
    • Try the local food and wine! Tuscany is known for its delicious cuisine and world-renowned wines.
    • Relax and enjoy the Tuscan lifestyle!

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