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    Perugian chocolate is world-famous, particularly in the form of “Il Bacio Perugina,” the so-called “Perugia kiss.” The chocolates were invented in 1922 after a shortage of dark chocolate inspired Luisa Spagnoli to add hazelnuts to make her chocolate go further. The rest is history for the Perugina brand. 

    Eurochocolate, the ten-day October chocolate festival, also makes Perugia a delicious place for all chocolate-lovers. 
    Web: www.eurochocolate.com

  • Chocolate factory feast with Perugina

    Perugina is a world-famous brand so consider munching it in its homeland, visiting the chocolate factory or even indulging in a chocolate-making workshop. The factory might remind you of the film, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. The tour ends in a bridge walk to the factory floor where white-coated workers (conceivably Oompa Loompas?) create Perugia’s top concoctions.
    Chocolate tour: book ahead for the 90-minute guided tour (in Italian or English, times vary).
    Chocolate-making experiences: book online. For a foretaste, see:
    https://www.baciperugina.com/us/en/perugina-school-of-chocolate-514

    Address: Via San Sisto 207, 06132 San Sisto, Perugia
    Web: www.perugina.com

  • Foodie treats and truffle-snuffling tour

    Tartufi Bianconi specialise in tasty, home-made truffle products that can be booked in person or online. Typical pasta sauces are the white truffle sauce and the pesto with black truffle sauce. If pre-booked you can also take part in a truffle-hunting experience on their farm, accompanied by a truffle hound and its master. The experience can end with a simple truffle meal made in their farmhouse.

    Address: Tartufi Bianconi, 06012 Citta di Castello, Perugia
    Web: www.tartufibianconi.it

  • Glassmaking experience

    The art of glassmaking is alive and well in Perugia, in front of the Rocca Paolina fortress. Here you can visit the traditional Moretti-Caselli workshop-cum-museum where they have been painting glass since 1859. The star pieces are the portraits, which seem more like oil paintings but which exude a luminosity and brilliance that transcend a canvas.

    Address: Studio Moretti-Caselli, via Fatebenefratelli, Perugia
    Web: www.studiomoretticaselli.it

  • Parking & Getting Around

    Parking in Perugia can be a challenge. Like many Italian cities, Perugia operates a ZTL system, a strict Limited Traffic Zone scheme whereby non-residents are discouraged (or banned from) driving in the city centre, except at specific times or along specific routes. Even if Perugia’s system is currently being fine-tuned, with new regulations being brought in, it’s simplest not to try to drive in the “Centro Storico,” (“the Historic Centre”), which is mostly out of bounds to drivers who are non-residents.

    ZTL: The Historic Centre ZTL is considered to be the area bounded by the following access roads: via Masi, via Campo Battaglia, via Battisti, via della Sposa, via Appia, and via San Sebastiano.

    Car parks: Among the most central and convenient car parks are Piazza Partigiani and the Mercato Coperto. Charges are per hour but there’s also a free car park at Piazzale della Cupa.
    Car parks listing: http://turismo.comune.perugia.it/pagine/parking

    For more on the ZTL (Limited Traffic Zone) see:
    (in English): http://turismo.comune.perugia.it/pagine/limited-traffic-zone

  • Getting around:
    Umbria has recovered as well as world-class art cities can ever do from the devastating 1997 earthquake that witnessed the collapse of part of the famed Basilica in Assisi.  In 2016, the region was again struck by a severe earthquake but, with classic Italian resilience, virtually everything is now back to normal beyond the earthquake epicentre in Norcia, which is still bouncing back.

    Getting there:
    By air: Conveniently, reliable, direct buses run from Rome Fiumicino airport (via central Rome) to Perugia and Assisi (www.sulga.it). Perugia’s San Francesco d’Assisi airport is a handy entry point to Perugia and Umbria in general, and serves a number of low-cost European airlines.

    By car: from the north, hop on the A1 motorway, leave at the Valdichiana exit, then take the lakeside route to Perugia, bordering Lake Trasimeno. From the south, take the A1 motorway, leaving at the Orte exit before following signs to Perugia.

    By train: Perugia is on the Milan to Rome line. A fast, new train service now connects Milan and Perugia, with the journey time cut to three hours on a trial basis.  On arrival, bear in mind that it’s a steep climb from Perugia's train station so take the bus to Piazza Italia.

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Florencce walk tour with David

If you are in Florence for the first time this tour will give you the possibility to have a general idea of the city, walking around the little streets, beautiful squares and unforgettable churches.

We will visit the Accademia Museum where you will admire the gorgeous statue: David of Michelangelo.

Please note: the Accademia is one of the most visited museums in the world. We
may have to wait a little bit in line also if we have the "skip the line" tickets.

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Full Day Cortona and Montepulciano with Private Driver

Enjoy a day trip to the beautiful Tuscan countryside in a private chauffered minivan!
Explore the charming town of Cortona, which gently rests on the mountain separating the Val di Chiana from the Tevere Valley. Discover the historical center, characterized by beautiful churches, small artisan shops and picturesque lanes. Outside the walls of the town, immerse yourself in the silence of the woods surrounding the fascinating Le Celle Hermitage, where Franciscan friars continue to live a simple lifestyle.
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8-Day Small-Group Flavors of Tuscany Tour with Cooking Classes

A great culinary Experience, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN… in one of the most beautiful and historical corner of Tuscany ….. Arezzo is its 4 valleys..
Delights of the traditional Italian lifestyle, while attending fun-filled cooking classes and enjoying “ UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES “  sightseen excursions.. Discover all the essentials to prepare Italian meals, and passion for reviving Tuscan historic recipes and giving them a contemporary twist. Learn the art of making appetizers, soups, homemade pasta accompanied by sauces, meats, and vegetables, ending with delicious desserts.
You will be cooking, dining, Drinking, relaxing and exploring the treasure of Tuscany, while having fun staying at a  farmhouse villa, which produces excellent IGT chianti wine and IGP Extra virgin  olive oil …

Stay in a  private apartment, complete with panoramic pool overlooking the historical city of Arezzo and its rolling hills  .

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You will spend an unforgettable day discovering the most impressive Cinque Terre Ligurian landscapes. In this area, which has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, earth and sea blend and create a unique landscape.
Gelato Tasting for kids and Wine Tasting for adults included!

Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Livorno Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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