A wonderful week in the Apennines between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany, in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park. It will be a unique experience to walk in the sacred forests of the monks of Camaldoli, in suggestive places where St. Francesco d’Assisi lived, surrounded by an enchanting landscape. It will also be a tasty week for lunches and dinners with traditional products from Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. Going back from the excursions, it will be great to stay and relax inside the cave and thermal pool of a Spa, in a beautiful **** Hotel or in wonderful Farm Holiday in the Tuscany Hills.
Arrive in Bologna airport and transfer to Bagno di Romagna. Welcome drink and relax in the SPA. Dinner and overnight in Grand Hotel Terme Roseo
Ridracoli (about 2 hours)
Short transfer to Ridracoli, with its beautiful lake between the mountains. We will take a electric boat to see the lake. Visit to the museum of the water and explanation about how the dam works. Transfer to the Grand Hotel Terme Roseo, for Spa, dinner and overnight.
Balze – Monte Fumaiolo (about 4 hours)
Short transfer to Balze for a wonderful hike to the hermitage of Sant’Alberico with a fantastic view over the Val Marecchia. The journey will continue towards the Fumaiolo Mountain till the sources of the Tevere river. On the way back to Alfero, find the Farm “Petruschio” where the secrets for the preparation of “Raviggiolo” fresh cheese typical of the area. Relax in spa, dinner and overnight in Grand Hotel Terme Roseo.
Rimbocchi – La Verna (about 3 hours)
Private transfer to Rimbocchi, departure for an easy hike till the Sanctuary of La Verna, founded by St. Francesco d’Assisi, after receiving the stigmata. Lunch in the Refectory of the Pilgrims and visit the museum, with wonderful rooms dedicated to ceramics of Della Robbia. In the afternoon it can bea unique experience attend to the procession of the Stigmata with Gregorian chant accompanied by monumental organ. Transfer to Agriturismo Colline delle Stelle for relax in Spa, dinner and overnight.
Private Transfer to Poppi where we will visit the wonderful castle, a lot alike the Palazzo della Signoria in Firenze. After that we will go to Faggeto Farm to discover the secrets of the olive oil with tasting sessions. After the light lunch we will visit the beautiful historic centre of Anghiari. Transfer to Agriturismo Colline delle Stelle for relax in Spa, dinner and overnight.
Camaldoli Monastery – Hermitage of Camaldoli (about 3 hours)
Short transfer to Camaldoli, for a wonderful day immersed in nature, discovering two magical places like the Monas- tery and the Hermitage of Camaldoli, rich of history, art and charm. It will be wonderful to walk in the sacred forests of the Camaldolese monks, who care these trees since a thousand years. Visit of the ancient monks’ Pharmacy with its precious furniture. In the afternoon, arrival at the Hotel, SPA and relax. Dinner at the Agriturismo Collina Delle Stelle.
Transfer for magnificent Florence for guided tour of the Cap- ital of Renaissance. Dinner and overnight in Hotel de la Ville.
Transfer to Firenze Airport.
The price includes:
•7 nights in double room hotel **** or Farm holiday with breakfast
•7 dinners (beverages not included)
•6 packed lunch/restaurant/farm
•1 visit to the Farm Petruschio
•1 visit to the dam of Ridracoli
•1 cruise upon the lake
•1 guided tour to Museum of the Water
•1 guided visit to La Verna Museum
•1 guided visit to the Monastery and Hermitage of Camaldoli
•1 guided tour to il Faggeto Farm with tasting
•1 guided tour in Florence
• staff monitoring daily
• walking guide for 6 days
• all the animations mentioned in the descriptions
• transfer and transport where specified