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Local Living Italy - Coastal Tuscany

Local Living Italy - Coastal Tuscany


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Cities Visited

Rome

Tour Itinerary

Stay in a villa overlooking olive groves, Explore the medieval village of Capalbio and its historic fortresses, Savour home-cooked meals and local wine, Wander through the seaside port villages of Monte Argentario, Snorkel in azure waters along the Tuscan coast

See a side of Italy that tourists seldom witness on this intimate seven-day tour. Explore the streets of Capalbio, a remarkably well-preserved medieval town on the coast. Then, immerse yourself into Tuscany's local culture during your stay at a charming villa set among rolling hills and olive groves. Experience a warm welcome into the lives of your hosts, Dario and Fabiola, who fell in love with each other and the countryside of Capalbio decades ago and have since raised their family here. Sample homemade olive oil pressed from olives grown nearby and explore the nearby island of Monte Argentario in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Explore Tuscany like a local while hitting destinations off the tourist trail.

Day 1: Rome
Ciao, and welcome to the Eternal City!
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Hotel Stella (or similar)

Day 2: Rome/Capalbio
As morning light illuminates the streets of Rome, prepare for a G Adventures supported migrant led walk through the city. After, board a train to the charming coastal village of Capalbio. From Capalbio, board a private transfer bound for the heart of Etruria, a quaint, historic region rich in geography and archeological sites. Gaze out the window as the hills of Tuscany roll by. Set amongst fertile olive groves, breathtaking countryside, and a horizon sparkling with the blues of the Mediterranean, your villa awaits. Upon arrival, take an orientation walk around the property. Then, prepare for an Aperol Spritz making class and tasting by the pool. Finish the day with a home-made, traditional Tuscan dinner with your hosts.
Activity: Learn all about a different side of Rome with a newcomer to Italy as your guide with Migrantour, a social enterprise that trains immigrants to give tours of the city - with their own flair. G Adventures travellers receive a unique experience as guides give them rare insight into Italian society through an immigrant's eyes. From ancient landmarks to the history of migration to Rome, expect this to be a guided tour like no other.
Transport: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Activity: When passing a café in Italy, it isn't uncommon to spot a bright, colourful cocktail alongside a bowl of pasta or pan of pizza. Upon further investigation, odds are you will discover that the cocktail you're seeing is an Aperol Spritz. Join your host for a pool-side demonstration of how to make this refreshing Italian staple followed by a tasting.
Accommodation: Villa Poggio al Pero Capalbio (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 3: Capalbio
This morning, visit the local beach and have lunch overlooking the sea. In the afternoon, explore the medieval village of Capalbio, a picturesque town surrounded by untouched 15th Century walls. Enjoy an orientation walk with a visit to the historic Aldobrandeschi Fortress. Have dinner in Capalbio's scenic old town.
Free Time: Take a trip back in time on an exploration of this perfectly preserved medieval town. Walk through the main square and explore the Church of San Nicola dating back to the 12th century decorated with Romanesque capitals and Renaissance frescoes. Visit the Tarot Garden, an esoteric sculpture garden depicting the 22 Major Arcanes of tarot cards. Catch some rays on the beaches of Capalbio, which stretch over twelve unobstructed kilometers.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Accommodation: Villa Poggio al Pero Capalbio (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Capalbio
Rise early and take to the grounds with your host. Roam the rolling hills graced with olive groves, woodlands, and open fields. Listen as your host shares the decades old stories written across the face of the hills of Tuscany they now call home. Share in the love your hosts have for each other and the land and natural beauty of the region. Then, take the rest of your morning to explore the southernmost region of Tuscany. Enjoy relaxing in a hammock on the portico of the villa. Or, consider taking your exploration further afield with a bike ride to Feniglia beach, a visit to the archeological site of Cosa, or a soak in the local hot springs. For lunch, opt to take the short walk to Tortello, a trattoria beloved by the locals and known for its generous portions and genuine Italian fare. End the day with a visit to a local winery made complete with a dinner of traditional Tuscan fare on the grounds.
Free Time: This breathtaking area offers so much to see and do - don't waste a minute.
Activity: Visit a local winery and enjoy touring the grounds. Start in the winery's art gallery, then wander the vineyard. Top the experience off with dinner at the winery.
Accommodation: Villa Poggio al Pero Capalbio (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 5: Capalbio
Transfer to the seaside region of Monte Argentario for a full day of exploration. Opt to wander around the port villages, take a hike in the Tuscan hillside, or spend the day snorkelling at sea. Return to the villa in the evening.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Hiking, relaxing, sailing, indulging in delicious food - this place has it all.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Villa Poggio al Pero Capalbio (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Capalbio
Another free day to explore this region or relax at the villa. Consider a trip to Tuscany's Tufa area, home to the quaint Etruscan towns of Pitigliano, Sovana, and Sorano. In the evening, try your hand at Tuscan cuisine during a cooking class and indulge in tastings of olive oil and local liquors.
Free Time: This breathtaking area offers so much to see and do - don't waste a minute.
Activity: Enjoy a tasting of the region's olive oil paired with traditional Tuscan bread.
Activity: Expand your culinary skills with a cooking class and liquor tasting. Learn how to prepare typical Tuscan dishes and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Sample some home-made olive oil while your dinner is cooking.
Accommodation: Villa Poggio al Pero Capalbio (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner (Sit down to a meal prepared with garden-fresh ingredients, olive oil made in-house, and local wine.)

Day 7: Capalbio/Rome
Reflect on memories made and the places you have visited while taking your return transfer to Rome. Return via bus and train, then depart in the early afternoon from the Rome train station (Termini).
Transport: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
6 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Transport
Minibus, train, walking.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Migrantour Rome, Rome Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group, Rome Your Foodie Moment: Olive Oil Tasting, Capalbio Your Foodie Moment: Tuscan Cooking Class, Capalbio. Property orientation walk including snack and olive oil tasting. Orientation walk of old Capalbio town. Monte Argentario day trip. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for G Adventures Tours

Travel with Confidence

Your safety, as well as the safety of employees and partners, has always been G Adventures top priority, which is why new physical distancing and cleaning measures have been put in place on all of the tours. New Travel with Confidence policy features new health and safety procedures from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, without taking away from having the time of your life. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as G Adventures continues to monitor local public health recommendations, but what won't change is the commitment to keeping you safe as you explore big, beautiful world.


Before you join us

Global Connection Officers

GCOs (the people who answer when you call us) are available 24/7 to help with any questions you have prior to your trip, so you can feel confident and safe before leaving. No matter what time of day, they're there to respond to you — even at 3AM. They'll be up to date on local regulations and restrictions and can guide you through your travel process as smoothly as possible. And if you don't feel well before travelling, there's the Book with Confidence policy that helps you reschedule your trip for when you do, which they can help you with too (terms & conditions apply). If you book flights with us and there are any changes, rest assured that the team will support you by making new arrangements on your behalf.

Smaller groups

Groups have always been small. This offers security, access, camaraderie, and a connection with your destination you won't get by travelling on bus tours or on your own. The average group size is 12, ensuring travellers can engage with each other without being squeezed together like sardines — and that was before physical distancing became a reality. Plus, if you have 8 or more friends you'd like to adventure with, you can reserve the entire trip!

My own room

If you're joining one of the small group tours on your own, good on ya! If you are a solo traveller sharing a room with someone, G Adventures will do their best to ensure they will be your roommate for the entire journey to support distancing efforts. G Adventures has 'My Own Rooms' available as an extra option for tours (pending availability), and they'll be offering more of these at more affordable prices to make it even easier to have a bit more space.


When you arrive

Chief Experience Officers

CEOs are responsible for ensuring you have the time of your life while keeping you as safe as possible. Here's how they're ready to do that:

  • They're trained in First Aid, CPR, and other safety protocols
  • They're supported 24/7 by the field staff in offices around the world who are well-equipped to handle emergencies
  • They can help you find local clinics if you're feeling sick
  • They'll receive new training to ensure they are up to date on all health and safety policies during these evolving times
  • They have extensive local knowledge to proactively help you navigate wherever you're travelling
  • Their local knowledge allows for greater flexibility when it comes to knowing the best time to visit certain highlights to avoid crowds whenever possible and suggesting the restaurants with the strictest hygiene practices or those where you can reserve your own table or room in advance
  • They'll wear face masks when necessary based on local guidelines and recommendations

You & your fellow travellers

Travellers' safety and wellbeing is G Adventures biggest concern. If you're not feeling well before your departure, G Adventures has a Book with Confidence policy that provides you with flexibility and freedom to delay leaving until you're back to 100% healthy (terms & conditions apply). If you have a fever or any other symptoms on tour, you may be required to have a doctor clear you before rejoining us. All travellers are requested to bring face coverings, whether they're buffs, face masks or bandanas (extra style points encouraged). G Adventures makes every effort to have hand sanitizer available, but recommend bringing your own.


While on tour

Planes, trains, automobiles and more

Small private transport vehicles

  • Every surface in G Adventures well-kept fleet of private vehicles will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • Each traveller will have a daily assigned seat
  • Hand-sanitizer will be required every time you board the vehicle
  • Facial coverings will be recommended while on-board
Boats
  • Every surface will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • High-traffic areas will receive more frequent cleaning
  • Hand-sanitizer or hand washing will be required every time you board the boat, as well as before and after meals
  • To support physical distancing, meals may have assigned seating and there will be assigned slots for activities and rooming
  • Facial coverings will be recommended and welcomed on-board
  • Your crew is trained in health and safety measures (including food handling) and all cooking staff will follow up-to-date advice from health authorities
Local transportation
  • Use of local transportation will be limited wherever possible. Please reference the Trip Details for each individual tour for specifics
  • If local transportation is used, precautions will be followed in adherence to local health and safety regulations to keep travellers safe and sound.

Where you'll be staying safe

G Adventures has always carefully selected accommodation partners for high standards and local roots. Travelling in small groups means that the stay is in smaller hotels too, with fewer guests — which means less daily contact with others outside your group in public spaces. Now G Adventures is working with accommodation partners to optimize their health, safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as creating additional measures for physical distancing. Here are some of the things G Adventures is working on to help keep you safe:

  • Daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surface areas inside your room with extra cleaning on light switches, door handles, TV remotes, and thermostats
  • No hotel staff will enter your room after it has been cleaned
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all public restrooms and all surfaces in public areas. This might include the closure of public spaces such as gyms, bars, restaurants, and meeting rooms for periods throughout the day
  • Wherever possible, groups will stay on the lower floors to limit elevator use
  • Hotels will implement social distancing protocols in line with local regulations
This is just the beginning of commitments to keeping you sleeping safe and sound. G Adventures will continue to evolve and roll-out these and additional policies as needed.

A good & safe place to eat

G Adventures has always carefully selected food service partners and worked closely with them to ensure they are meeting health, safety, and cleanliness standards with their facilities, staff training, and food preparation and delivery. Wherever possible, G Adventures will reserve separate tables or private rooms at the restaurants visited on the trip, opt for more "al fresco" opportunities when it is possible (gotta love that fresh air!), and ensure breakfasts can be "grab and go" boxes, while avoiding family style or self-serve buffets for meals. G Adventures wants you to feel comfortable and safe as you savour every last bite.

Activities

You've always had freedom and flexibility to do your own thing on tours with optional activities and experiences. Now, you'll still have those options with added measures to keep you healthy and safe. All equipment for activities on tour, including hiking poles, camping supplies, life jackets, snorkels, etc., will be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and disinfected between use. When travellers are responsible for putting up their own tents on camping itineraries, you will be given the supplies required to disinfect your gear. G Adventures will also do their best to make activities and highlights stops happen during non-peak hours, so you can have fun and feel safe no matter what you're doing.


Before you leave

A healthy goodbye

If you're not feeling well at the end of your tour for any reason, let your CEO know and they can help get you access to medical care and support. Because we want you to head home after a life-changing experience feeling just as good (let's be honest, way better) than when you left.

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Accommodations

Hotel (1 nt), locally owned agriturismo/guesthouse (5 nts).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.6
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
3
Professional Staff
4
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3

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Ratings based off 2 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

This trip was fantastic in every way! The accommodation was lovely and the guide was great. I would say that the hiking was extremely challenging - they weren't kidding in the information about having the right shoes and being aware of knee issues. We had a great group participating in the activities but by the end of the week, many people opted out of the hikes. They were exhausting. We were lucky that no one fell and was injured. Most of the food at the agriturismo was terrific...the appetizers, pasta and desserts. The "main" courses, however, were quite disappointing...beef, rabbit, chicken and fish...not so good. They also did not tell us what we'd be getting beforehand or I would have opted out of most of those dishes. That's about the only thing I would change!


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