Tour #: 0659
September 13 – 21, 2017
8 Nights – 4 Rounds – Golfers and non-golfers activities

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Introduction

Italy should be a must-do on everyone’s bucket list. The wine, the food, the people, the history, the architecture, the romance and now the golf!

Join your escorts Janet and Marcello Marcoccia!
Both language professors, and experienced tour leaders.
Marcello enjoys playing golf in any country and of course loves doing so in his native country.
Non-golfers, will discover Rome and Florence under Janet’s expertise.

Itinerary

Day 1 Wednesday September 13, 2017 – Rome

Upon arrival to Rome’s airport, a private transfer will be awaiting you and take you to your hotel.

Afternoon optional visit to the Borghese park and its Gallery. The Galleria Borghese includes twenty rooms across two floors. The main floor is mostly devoted to classical antiquities of the 1st–3rd centuries AD and classical and neo-classical sculpture such as the Venus Victrix. Many of the sculptures are displayed in the spaces for which they were intended, including many works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, which comprise a significant percentage of his output of secular sculpture, starting with early works such as the Goat Amalthea with Infant Jupiter and Faun (1615) to his dynamic Rape of Proserpine (1621–22), Apollo and Daphne (1622–25) and David (1623) which are considered seminal works of baroque sculpture. Several portrait busts are included in the gallery, including one of Pope Paul V.

Evening group meeting followed by a
Welcome Dinner at a Typical Roman Cuisine Restaurant.

By Jean-Christophe BENOIST (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Day 2 Thursday September 14, 2017 – Rome

Golfers: Will depart the hotel after breakfast for a 5/6 hours golf event at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, located 10 miles from the centre of Rome its built around a 11th Century castle. Saint Peter’s dome may be seen from several holes.

The Course is excellent and in 2022 it will host the Ryder Cup.

Non Golfers: Will stroll down Via Veneto, one of the most elegant streets in Rome.
The 1960 film La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini immortalized Via Veneto’s hyperactive lifestyle, lights and crawling stream of honking traffic.
Some of Rome’s most renowned designers boutiques as well as cafés and restaurants are located along the avenue.

On Via Veneto, one stop at the Cappuccini Church with its five Chapels and the amazing Crypt, located under the Church.
A few steps and at Piazza Barberini, they will find the “Fontana delle Api” a fountain sculpted by Bernini

Early evening the two groups will enjoy a relaxing walking tour to the

Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

By Livioandronico2013 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Day 3 Friday September 15, 2017 – Rome

Full day excursion!

After breakfast the group will depart towards Pompeii, where you will have a guided tour of this archaeological site, one of Italy’s 51 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Immediately after the visit of Pompeii, a unique local wine tasting will be waiting for you at San Salvatore Winery, followed by lunch at their superb restaurant.

Just a few miles away, you will stop Paestum, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of  Magna Graecia (southern Italy). The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek temples in the Doric order, dating from about 600 to 450 BC, which are in a very good state of preservation. The city walls and amphitheater are largely intact.

Late afternoon, we will return to our hotel in Rome.

By gisleh (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Day 4 Saturday September 16, 2017 – Rome

During the morning you will enjoy a private guided tour of the Vatican City, the smallest state in the world by both area and population.

Within Vatican City are religious and cultural sites such as St. Peter Basilica, The Sistine Chapel and The Vatican Museum.

They feature some of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures.

Golfers: Early afternoon, golfers will depart to Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici located a few steps from the city centre.

Non Golfers: Will have the afternoon at leisure.

By de:User:Maus-Trauden (Own work, de:Image:Salonee-sistino.jpg) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Day 5 Sunday September 17, 2017 – Florence

Morning at leisure or you can join your escorts for an optional walking tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Piazza Venezia.

Early afternoon you will board on a high speed train that will take you from Rome to Florence in only 1hour and 30 minutes.

Check in at your hotel and a walking tour will take you to Florence major monuments,
Il Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, San Lorenzo Market.

By Petar Milošević (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

By Softeis (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Day 6 Monday September 18, 2017 – Florence

GolfersWill depart the hotel after breakfast for a 5/6 hours golf event at Ugolino Golf Club, located in Impruneta, a 30 minutes ride from downtown Florence.

Non Golfers: Will visit Pisa, well known for its leaning tower – situated behind Pisa’s Cathedral and the third oldest structure in the city’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo).

Late afternoon the two groups will meet and enjoy a guided tour of the Uffizi Museum The Uffizi Gallery  is a prominent art museum .   One of the most important Italian museums, it is also one of the largest and best known in the world, and holds a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance.

The gallery has been opened to visitors by request since the sixteenth century, and in 1765 it was officially opened to the public.

The Uffizi contains famous works from : Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and many more renaissance painters.

 

By Leon Petrosyan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Day 7  Tuesday September 19, 2017  – Florence

Morning departure for a full day to San Gimignano and Siena

San Gimignano is a tiny walled town located on a hill-top, intact through the centuries and famous for its numerous tall towers, frescoes and other valuable works of art. There, you are welcomed in a small and fascinating museum, inside a medieval palace.

After the visit you’ll stop at a local Wine Cellar for Tuscan wine tasting.

You’ll arrive Siena in the afternoon. The guided tour in Siena will start from the famous Duomo also known as Cathedral of the Assumption, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture containing works of Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini.
Following the path of Via Francigena, an essential communication road in the history of the city, you’ll  admire the most important buildings and monuments, including the main building of the Monte dei Paschi, the oldest bank in Europe and the Palazzo Tolomei and the Chigiana Music Academy.

Before arriving to Florence, the group will enjoy dinner at a local Agriturismo restaurant.

 

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By Jörg Bittner Unna (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Day 8 Wednesday September 20, 2017 – Florence

Golfers: Will depart the hotel after breakfast for a 5/6 hours golf event at
Le Pavoniere Golf & Country Club, located in a nineteenth century villa in  one of Leopoldo de Medici’s estates.

10 miles from the centre of Rome it’s built around a 11th Century castle. Saint Peter’s dome may be seen from several holes.
The Course is excellent and in 2022 it will host the Ryder Cup.

Non Golfers: Will have a walking tour of the Historic Centre of Florence, declared World   Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

The city is noted for its culture, birthplace of great Italian writers as Dante Alighieri, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, its numerous museums and art galleries, as well as the center of the modern Italian fashion.

During the day, there will be a guided tour of the Accademia, to see Michelangelo David. The Galleria dell’Accademia has housed the original David by Michelangelo since 1873. The gallery’s small collection of Michelangelo’s work includes his four unfinished Prisoners, intended for the tomb of Pope Julius II, and a statue of Saint Matthew, also unfinished. In 1939, these were joined by a Pietà discovered in the Barberini chapel in Palestrina, though experts now consider its attribution to Michelangelo to be dubious.

The “David” in the Accademia is the original. There is a replica in the Piazza della Signoria. Other works on display are Florentine paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, including works by Paolo UccelloDomenico GhirlandaioSandro Botticelli and Andrea del Sarto; and, from the High Renaissance, Giambologna‘s original plaster for the Rape of the Sabine Women.

This evening  Farewell Dinner in typical Florentine restaurant

 

Day 9 Thursday September 21, 2017 – End of this beautiful experience
After breakfast check out and private transfer to Florence airport

 

Tour Cost Per Person

Golfer: $ 5,975 – Non Golfer: $ 5,675 – Single Supplement $1,895

This Price Includes
4 nights accommodations in Rome
Hotel Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese or similar
4 nights accommodations in Florence
Hotel Santa Maria Novella or similar

Meals
Breakfast daily
Welcome Dinner in Rome
Wine tasting and lunch at San Salvatore Winery – Naples area
Wine tasting – Tuscany
Lunch at local Agriturismo Restaurant – Tuscany
Farewell Dinner in Florence

Transportation
Private transfers airport hotel airport
Private motor coach transportation for group visits and excursions
Private transportation to and from the Golf Clubs
Train between Rome and Florence

Visits and excursions
As per above itinerary
Entrance fees included

Escorts & Guides
English and Italian spoken escorts
English spoken local guides

Golfers
Green fees for 4 rounds of golf including electric golf cart

This Price Does not Include
Airfare to and from Italy
Any other meals other than specified
Any other services than the above mentioned
Personal expenses
Travel Insurance
Passport and/or visa fees

Note:
American Citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy
Non American Citizens have to check with the Italian Consulate

Payment Schedule
Full payment is due by or before Tuesday August 01, 2017

Notes:
All payments due dates are related to contracts with airlines, hotels and/or other suppliers.
We can’t guarantee the group price to participants without payment by due dates.

Form of Payment
Check &/or Money Order Payments
Make your check or money order payable to Total Tours International
Send it to:
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Credit Cards Payments
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Please call us with your Credit Card information 1-646-290-6744

Cancellations & Penalties
We accept only written cancellations.
Cancellations received by or before August 01, 2017 will incur a $350.00 administrative fee
Cancellations received after August 02, 2017 will incur a 100% of total price
We strongly recommend you avail yourself of a travel insurance to avoid disappointments

Air Transportation

We will gladly assist you in planning and coordinating your air transportation.
Feel free to contact us: 646 290 6744

Golf Courses

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club
http://www.golfmarcosimone.com/

The Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, official home of the Italy 2022 Rome Ryder Cup bid, is a green oasis of relax just a few miles from the centre of Rome. The course offers 27 holes and the view of St Peter’s Dome from several sites, that adds excitement to the game.
The Marco Simone is a showcase of worldwide scope and it has been the venue for the Italian Open. It is ideal for all golfing enthusiasts, therefore, but also for those who love the quality of a healthy, sporting life-style.
Services and facilities
driving range, putting green, lessons with Pro, lockers, club storage room, restaurant, bar, golf shop, golf cart and golf equipment rental.

Sheraton Golf Club Parco de Medici
http://www.golfparcodemedici.it/

Explore the magic atmosphere of the Golf Course Parco de’ Medici with 27-hole Championship Golf Course, more than 80 hectares of green and a beautiful view of the greens and lakes; just a few steps from the City Centre.

The renowned Golf Club Parco de’ Medici is located in the heart of the hotel complex, with its 27-holes Golf Course (white course par 35, blue course par 37 and red course par 35; course rating 72.9, slope rating 135) 3 Putting greens, indoor Driving Range for 12 and outdoor driving range for 30 persons.

Golf Ugolino
http://www.golfugolino.it

The new course was designed by an englishman and an irishman, Cecil Blandford and Peter Gannon. They used the natural contours of the Chianti slopes to produce an outstanding course, threaded through the indigenous vines, olive trees, maritime pines and broom. The course is not long, but demands a high degree of skill. The greens are small and well defended by bunkers. The sloping fairways also present a great challenge. To play Ugolino is not just to indulge in a game of golf, it is to wander through a landscape of great natural beauty, surrounded by olive and other fruit trees. It is an unforgettable and uplifting experience. In his book “fifty places to play golf before you die”, the writer Chris Santella includes Ugolino as one of the fifty

Le Pavoniere Golf & Country Club
http://www.pavoniere.it

The golf club is located about 25 kilometres from Florence. The 18 hole course comes from the famous golf course designer Arnold Palmer and was opened in 1987. The 6,465-meter-long and flat course is challenging, even for professional golfers.  It is a links course.  The course is kept very neatly and a venue for many renowned tournaments such as the European Challenge Tour. The practice area  consists of a large driving range  as well as putting, pitching and chipping greens. There is also a well-sorted pro shop on site