Cultural Tour of Italy

Fresh Mercato

Fresh Mercato

10-Day Culture Tour

Available upon request for custom tours


A trip for people with a desire to explore rural Italy, eating seasonal food, tasting olive oil, sipping wine and visiting local artisans.  We will explore local art, food, wine and culture that is still alive in small villages and preserved in local museums.  We will stay in a charming, renovated farmhouse on a working alpaca farm in Umbria, just a few miles from Tuscany.  You may choose to participate in the planned activities and tours or opt to relax at home, hike or better yet enjoy a glass of wine and read and watch the colors of our valley change by the hour.

Day 1    Meet in Florence and travel together to the Alpaca Farm in Umbertide.  We will make stops along the way to visit Arezzo and Montechi to visit the famous frescos painted by Piero della Francesca.  Upon arriving at our hillside home, we will settle in, rest and then enjoy a welcome reception and introduction to the alpaca farm.

Day 2    Visit to the famous city of Gubbio, then dinner in the tiny village of Montone, eating in restaurant carved in the walls of the ancient city.

Day 3    Visit glass and ceramic artists, a local Umbrian winery and wine tasting.   Dinner at at local restaurant.

Day 4    Visit Anghiari – Lunch at an ancient olive oil mill, founded in 1492, learn how olive oil is made and then taste oils.  Visit the lovely city of Sansepolcro and the local museum featuring the work of Piero della Francesca.

Day 5    Shop at a local weekly farmers market in Umbertide, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.   Dinner and wine & oil tasting at Fattoria Girasoli, our neighbors down the hill from Maridiana.

Day 6   Visit a local truffle distributor, visit their museum and enjoy a specially prepared truffle dinner; a highlight of the trip!

Day 7   Tour the ancient and wonderful city of Perugia, a chocolate center of the world.  Lunch in the medieval city center.  Visit the weaving studios of Giuditta Brozzeti, housed in an Abbey dated 12112 adjacent to the University for Foreigners..

Day 8   Tour the unique city of Orvieto or the village of Civita di Bagnoreggio, “jewel on the hill”.  A foot bridge connects this village to the rest of the world.  A traffic free community teetering on top of a hill where the locals have mastered the “sweetness of doing nothing”.  Explore and enjoy a leisurely lunch.

Day 9   Tour the city of Deruta, visiting the famous ceramic factory and shops.

Day 10  On to Tuscany and visit the wonderful Etruscan city of Cortona.  Tour the Etruscan museum & tombs; enjoy a special farewell lunch at a Tuscan restaurant.  Visit Le Celle, a monastery founded by St. Francis.  And then on to Florence.


Maridiana Alpaca   Farm – Umbertide


Maridiana is the first farm in Italy to have bred a large number of alpaca and angora goats for fiber production. The Maridiana alpaca herds roam the green hills of our 100+ acres Umbrian farm, located in the Nicone Valley in the High Tiber Valley, near the border of Tuscany.

Maridiana has more than 10 years experience managing alpaca.  The pilot program of fiber production, has been co-financed by the European Economic Community, which 1997 designated Maridiana as demonstration breeding farm with the goal of extending the concept of rural areas that can benefit from raising alpaca.

Gianni Berna, Partner and Administrator, is an economist, and has successfully organized and managed innovative agricultural projects in Umbria and in numerous third-world countries.


Costs   – $3,000* Estimated cost at this time


Included:  Lodging, meals, beverages, tour guides, ground transportation, and workshop & supplies.

Not Included: Air Fare, travel insurance, gratuity for guides

*Estimate, may vary with number of participant and significant exchange rate fluctuation and discount for early registration available

For More details and to Reserve Space contact:


Linda Kirsch



Note:  Custom tours  are also available for groups of 6 or more.