This tour takes you on an incredible journey through the coastal area of Maremma in Tuscany and northern Lazio to discover world-renowned wines, picturesque landscapes, authentic cuisine, and fascinating history.
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This tour takes you on an incredible journey through the coastal area of Maremma in Toscana (Tuscany) and northern Lazio (Latium) to discover world-renowned wines, picturesque landscapes, authentic cuisine, and fascinating history. Afterwards, you’ll travel to the island of Sardegna (Sardinia) and travel through it from north to south to experience its pristine, beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, traditional wine and cuisine, and remarkable culture.
- Suggested Number of Days: 12 to 16
- Suggested Airports to fly in/out: Rome/Cagliari
- Transportation: Private cars and drivers, ferry
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FROM ROME TO MAREMMA
Arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport and meet up with our driver for a transfer to Tuscany. Your driver will take the "coastal" route, so you can admire beautiful less-touristic destinations such as Tarquinia, Orbetello and the Argentario Mountain on the Tyrrhenian Sea. You are in the southwest side of Tuscany and northwest part of Lazio with beautiful hills, towns, and coastal stretches. Arrive in the hamlet of Borgheri for a visit and wine tasting and check in for a 2-night stay in an agriturismo.
WINE & ETRUSCANS
After breakfast, head to the Baratti e Populonia archaeological park, followed by a journey along “La Strada del Vino e dell’Ollio”. This road, also known as the “Etruscan Coast Wine and Olive Oil Road,” leads you through plush coastal areas and past ancient villages nestled in the rolling hills. This area was once home to the thriving Etruscan civilization, is the birthplace of the prestigious Sassicaia wine, and is well-known for its production of extra-virgin olive oil, honey, wood-fired bread, cheeses, cured meats, and preserves.
FROM TUSCANY TO SARDINIA
Morning at leisure to relax, do some bike ride or participate in a cooking class with your local mamma host. In the afternoon head to the harbour town of Livorno and board the ferry for an overnight crossing to the beautiful island of Sardinia.
SARDINIA ANCIENT HISTORY
Our ferry will arrive in Olbia where we’ll disembark and enjoy breakfast at a local cafe. Meet our driver and local guide and visit La Prisgiona archaeological site for a guided tour that includes the Nuraghe complex, and the village of huts that extend around it. This will offer fascinating insight into the Nuragic civilization, which was present on the island of Sardinia from the Bronze Age to when the Romans colonized the island in 238 BC. Your driver will continue to your hotel in Castelsardo, which is a beautiful medieval town that sits overlooking the sea.
ALGHERO AND CASTELSARDO
After breakfast, depart for the medieval city of Alghero, which is located on Sardinia’s northwest coast and encircled by sea walls. The city is known for its Gothic architecture, cobblestone Old Town centre, Le Bombarde beach, and wonderful restaurants serving traditional Sardinian cuisine. We’ll tour the city with an expert local guide. After lunch, return to Castelsardo to enjoy its many delightful shops and (why not!) go for a swim at the beach.
WINE, FOOD AND ARCHAEOLOGY
After breakfast, we’ll visit a farm in the heart of Anglona specializing in viticulture, beekeeping, and olive growing. We’ll enjoy lunch at the winery, followed by a visit to the Museo Archeologico Paleobotanico. This museum is located in Perfugas - an area rich in archaeological sites - and is divided into five sections: Paleobotany, Paleolithic, Neolithic & Eneolithic, Nuragic, and Classical & Medieval.
THE BEST OF SARDINIA CHEESE - FROM THE NORTH COAST TO ORISTANO
After check-out and breakfast, depart for a journey to the center of the island: the town of Gavoi to taste the famous Fiore Sardo DOP cheese. Afterwards, we’ll continue onto Oristano, which is a city situated on the Campidano Plain in the central-western part of Sardinia. Oristano features elegant piazzas and churches, and a number of wonderful shops, cafes, and restaurants to explore.
SARDINIA INCREDIBLE COOKING HERITAGE
After breakfast, participate in a hands-on cooking class, followed by lunch. You’ll have a chance to enjoy and cook with fresh local ingredients while learning about typical Sardinian cuisine. Afternoon at leisure. The local beach of IS ARUTAS, among the best beaches in the world, awaits for you!
ORISTANO AND THE MARONGIU
After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to visit the Tharros archaeological site and Museo Civico Marongiu. The Tharros archaeological site is an open-air museum featuring impressive structures from the ancient city of Tharros, active excavation sites, and the Museo Civico Marongiu, which is home to many artifacts from the area. Tharros is believed to have been first inhabited by Phoenicians in the 8th century, followed by Punics and then Romans, until it was abandoned in the 10th century.
FROM ORISTANO TO PULA TO CAGLIARI
After breakfast and check out continue driving south and arrive in Cagliari, the capital of Sardegna. On the way we strongly suggest a stop in Pula or Sant'Antioco, beautiful villages with plenty of history and local culture.
Enjoy a day at sea with our experienced skippers. A private sail boat awaits for you in the harbour. Spend a few hour sailing and at anchor with a provided lunch on board. This activity is open to expert sailors as well as leisure people, appassionate of boating.
DEPARTURE FROM CAGLIARI
After breakfast and check out depart from Cagliari airport.
INCLUDED IN OUR ITINERARIES
- Tailor-made itinerary and activity planning
- Selected boutique hotels located in the city/village centre
- All private transfers, private drivers, guides and excursions as per itinerary
- Entrance fees to site of interests during your guided excursions
- Ferry tickets in private cabins with private bathroom and shower
- Car rental with basic insurance and one driver (if applicable - itinerary based)
- EU VAT taxes
- Breakfast every morning
- List of Antonio's recommended local trattorie and restaurants
- Local staff support for emergencies
- Plenty of leisure time in each destination
NOT INCLUDED IN OUR ITINERARIES
- Trip cancellation, interruption and medical insurance.
- Gratuities and city hotel taxes.