Italy 8-Day Trip

$2,900 – Trip Cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

Unfortunately, many villas located in the Italian countryside do not have rooms with 2 beds, this villa being no exception. Thus, we have made the single supplement as affordable as possible as many of our customers are solo travelers.

If you decide at the booking stage that you want a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the “single supplement”. The single supplement fee for this trip is $700. If you would like your own room, you can buy the additional supplement at check out.

*There is no single supplement for rooms #1 & 3 due to size limitations. Please see the ‘Rooms’ tab for more information on this or email : info@globe-drifters.com.

What is included :

  • 7 nights accommodation (Double occupancy) in private villa
  • Local Italian guide/concierge
  • International airport pick-up from Rome
  • Breakfast served daily
  • Welcome dinner
  • 3 lunches
  • Globe Drifters representative
  • Activities as noted on itinerary

What is not included :

  • Most dinners & lunches
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • International airport drop-off
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance
  1. In the main salon of the villa, there will be a whiteboard that you can post announcements on. If you would like to host an aperitivo before dinner one night, you can add this announcement to the whiteboard. Maybe one night you would like to cook dinner for everyone? You can put the announcement up on the board and invite your fellow travelers. Of course, it is your choice what activities you want to participate in, but you are free to plan events, host dinners or organize trips/excursions for the group or just for yourself.

    Find out more by clicking the link below:

    HOW IT WORKS

  2. Each group consists of 7 – 14 travelers.  We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into a society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that tour group members will receive more personal treatment by the trip host who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered. If the group discovers a special event or festival that they would like to attend, and it is not covered in the original tour itinerary, it is possible to change the itinerary.

  3. We researched hundreds of villas in and around the Tuscany and Umbria regions. During our research, one of the main issues was the distances between the villas and nearby towns/villages. Most villas in this region were 7 kilometers on average to the closest town. This means that a car would have to be rented for the duration of the trip. Renting a car would be a very expensive additional cost. Another issue was that the villages within walking distance from the villas only had 100 or so residents. While it sounds quaint, these villages lacked basic amenities such as banks as well as restaurants, bars, cafes and shops.

    Our villa stands out because the town of Città della Pieve, which is just 20 minutes away on foot, is a town of just over 7,000 residents. This means that it is big enough to have all the amenities you need, but still has all the characteristics of a small and quaint town.

    Città della Pieve is a medieval town and dates back to the 1300’s. It has a lovely art museum, opera house and other interesting historical sites that will keep you busy. It also has a bank and numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. September is a great time to visit this area as all the cafes and restaurants open their outdoor terraces.

  4. The closest train station to our villa is Chiusi and is 15 minutes away by car.

    Here are some of the cities closest to us and the distance (in time) from the villa :

    • Montalcino – 45 minutes
    • Chianti – 50 minutes
    • Siena – 50 minutes
    • Cortona – 30 minutes
    • Beach (Grosseto) – 2 hours
    • Montepulciano – 45 minutes
    • Orvieto – 30 minutes
    • Assisi – 1 hour
    • Perugia – 45 minutes
    • Arezzo – 40 minutes
    • Rome – 2 hours
    • Florence – 2 hours
    • Bagno Vignoni (hot spring) – 40 minutes

    The location of the villa is half way between Florence and Rome and on the border of Umbria and Tuscany making it ideal for exploring a variety of places. You can check out the location of our villa on the map in the corresponding tab above. 

  5. Our trips are more like gatherings and our philosophy is : Come as a stranger, leave as a friend! Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic was one of the highlights of the trip.

    Most of our travelers are in their late-30s to late-60s with many being solo female travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the energy created by the group.

    If you would like to see pictures from our past trips click the link below:

    Picture Album

  6. There are no activities included in the price and everything you do on the trip is optional.  We do have 3 optional tours that you can pre-purchase prior to arrival and you can purchase them upon signing up for the trip.  The optional activities are scheduled at the beginning of the trip, this way you have fun activities to do ‘right out of the gate’.  We will have sign up sheets for certain activities that will interest all (cooking class, cheese farm, wine making class, truffle hunting, etc…) and you can choose to join in or not. Most of the popular places in the area are easily reachable by train.

    Although most activities do not require advance purchase; the more popular cities such as Rome and Florence do have activities that can sell out.  Besides that, nothing needs advanced purchase in this area so just arrive and we will do the ‘legwork’ for you based on your interests.

  7. No, our tours don’t include international airfare so your flight arrangements are completely up to you. If you’re looking for cheap flights and reliable service, our travelers’ favorite over the years is Skyscanner.

    We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and to be well-rested for the first few days of your tour if your schedule/budget allows for this.

    Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us which will be sent to you after paying your deposit.

  8. The official currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR) and 1 EUR ≈ 1.10 USD.

    • Exchanging money : If you need to buy euro on arrival, you can exchange a small amount at the airport. If exchanging currency at the airport, it’s usually best to exchange only a small amount and then seek a better deal elsewhere as airports usually offer unfavorable exchange rates. Your villa is only 1 kilometer from the town of Città della Pieve. In the town, there is a bank and an ATM, so you will easily be able to withdraw or exchange money during your stay. In some small shops, cash may be the only acceptable form of payment. Therefore, it is a good idea to always carry some cash with you, just in case!
    • Withdrawing money: ATMs are widely spread in Italy but you will be charged fees per each transaction. If using ATMs, we suggest pulling larger amounts to minimize fees on the transaction.
    • Paying in credit card : Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels and reputable shops (Visa and Mastercards only) but not in smaller merchants.
    • Foreign fees : Additional fees will usually be charged when withdrawing money or paying in credit card so please check with your financial institution before you travel. It’s also a good idea to inform your bank that you are traveling overseas to ensure that they don’t block your ATM/credit cards.
  9. As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for lunch and dinners and any optional activity you may want to participate in. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a cocktail in the evening, these costs are incurred at your own expense.

    Like most travel destinations, Italy does not lack in its offerings of unique items.  Past travelers have said it was their favorite country for shopping so pack light!  You will be visiting a lot of really fantastic places that offer unique items.

    Below are some average prices for food and drink for one person.

    Lunch + drink 20 EUR
    Dinner + drink 35 EUR
    1 Pint of beer 5 EUR
    Total Per Day 60 EUR 


    Please note that this is only an estimation and on some days you’ll spend more (or shop more) and less on others. 

  10. Nationals of Australia, Canada and the United States do not need a visa for a stay up to 90 days. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six (6) months after the date you plan to exit Italy or the Schengen Area. Nationals of the European Union (EU) countries can stay for an unlimited period.

    As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

  11. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in Italy, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls and texts in that country. See the example below :

    Welcome to Italy! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts and data.  Otherwise, all hotels we will be staying at will offer free wifi and most restaurants and other public places will offer it as well.

  12. Voltage for outlets is 230V. North American voltage is generally 110V. Therefore, you will need a converter for your travels. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet, but these may not convert the voltage so both devices are necessary.

    The plug facilities have 2-prong outlets with two round prongs in line, which look like this: 

  13. Temperatures in Tuscany during all seasons will vary depending on the region, but are generally warm in Spring to hot in Summer during the day. Temperatures get cooler in general at night, so make sure to pack a warmer pajamas for nights year-round. Spring is during the months of March, April and May in Italy. Summer is from June through to August. Autumn is during the months of September, October and November and winter is from December to February.

    Below are average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) during day and night for Italy.

    Pro TIP : To convert to Celsius, subtract 30, then divide by 2. While not exact, this simple formula will give you a close estimation.

  14. Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable :

    • Sunglasses/hat
    • Flashlight/headlamp
    • Jacket (for cooler nights)
    • Swimsuit
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Flip flops/sandals
    • Sunscreen (Biodegradable, if possible)
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Shampoo/conditioner/soap
    • Small backpack or across the shoulder bag for the day
    • Any prescription medication and/or over the counter medicine
    • Adapters

    All rooms have a hair dryer so need to bring one. Some small toiletries such as hand soap and shampoo are also provided in your room.

    Inside the villa there is a pantry that has both red and white wine from the vineyards surrounding your villa that are for sale. Also in the pantry is a small selection of local beer and olive oil.  All of these items are for purchase and will be done on the ‘honor code’. Anything you take from the pantry you must make a mark next to your name on a corresponding list and then we will tally your bill at the end of your stay.  The wine costs 10 Euros per bottle and at then end of your stay you must pay your bill in cash.

  15. Our villa has a washer and dryer on the premises as well as laundry detergent, so you will be able to do laundry during your stay. If you would like to send it out to be cleaned, this can also be arranged. Please understand that dryers are not common in Europe and the one at our villa can take over 3 hours to dry a small load. The fastest way for your clothes to dry is to put them on a clothesline or drying rack which are on the property.

  16. Provided at the villa are the basic essentials such as:

    • dish soap
    • dishwasher soap
    • paper towels
    • toilet paper
    • sponges
    • laundry detergent
    • trash bags
    • Spices (there are fresh rosemary, basil and sage plants on the property that you can pick from for cooking)
    • Coffee w/ creamer and sugar

    There is a groundskeeper on the property who will come to the villa every other day to take out the trash and to do general upkeep of the grounds.

    A cook will also come in everyday to make breakfast in the breakfast salon from 8-9 AM.  From 8-9 AM the cook can make you a cappuccino, espresso, latte, etc… but if you would like a coffee before 8 AM there are coffee machines in both kitchens with coffee grounds, this way if you are an early riser you can make yourself a pot.

     

  17. The tap water in Italy is safe to drink and by drinking the tap water instead of bottled water, you can help alleviate the plastic waste epidemic. Many consider the tap water in Italy to be superior, especially in the region we are staying. Most restaurants in Italy will ask if you would like water upon being seated. There is usually a choice between sparkling and natural water. Most restaurants do not serve tap water, but you can ask and they will usually oblige.

     

  18. Tipping is not that in Italy, but if you are happy with the service, you can leave a tip and it will be appreciated. In restaurants, taxis and for personal services, tipping habits vary around 10- 15% of the total bill. However, note that some restaurants add an additional service charge, listed on the bill as Servizio. A servizio is usually about 10% and should not be a surprise at the time you receive the bill. It is usually noted on the menu and often applies to specific scenarios like for parties of 8 people or more. This charge is the tip, so if you ever see a charge for servizio, do not leave any additional tip.

    Coperto fee: In Italy, you should expect a 2-3 euro fee per person for the Coperto, it is the word for cutlery.  This is completely normal, even if all you order is a glass of water. The key words there are “sit down”. If you stand at a bar, you will not get charged the cover.

    Tipping your tour guide: If you feel he/she did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere from 10% – 15% of the total cost of the tour. 

    Tipping the villa staff : It also is not customary to tip your villa staff, but if they go above and beyond for you and provide an exceptional service during your two week stay, then you can tip. During your stay at the villa, there will be a cook who comes in everyday to prepare us breakfast (this is included in the trip cost). We will also have housekeepers  coming every Saturday to clean and change linens. If you feel they did a good job, feel free to tip them at the end of your stay.

     

  19. Most areas of Italy that you will visit on this trip experience less crimes compared to bigger U.S. and European cities. As with any travel destination, it is important to be aware of your surroundings with a secure over the shoulder day pack that closes tightly. This way your belongings won’t easily become the property of any purse snatchers or pickpockets.

    The United States State Department offers general travel information about this country. See below for more information.

    U.S. State Department Travel to Morocco

  20. During your stay, there will be several festivals and events being held in and around the regions of Umbria and Tuscany. Our Italian host will inform us of any special events. You can also see below for some events happening during your stay.

    The Oldest and the Biggest Antique Fair

    Many years ago, Ivan Bruschi gave life to one of the oldest and biggest antique fairs in Tuscany…maybe even all of Italy. He transformed his love for the old, unique and precious into an event that fills the streets of Arezzo every first Sunday of the month and the Saturday that precedes it that month. So mark your calendars for May 5 & 6th – and be sure to leave some time to explore the museums and churches in Arezzo.

    Arezzo Antiques Fair

    Costume and Ancient Games Festival

    In Assisi, Calendimaggio is a three day costume festival that takes place on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday after 1st of May in which the upper and lower sectors of Assisi compete against one another in various ancient games and a choir competition. Daylight and evening costume processions and other similar entertainment can be found here.

    Below is a link to more festivals taking place in the month of May :

    Tuscany May Festivals

  21. Please review the CDC Health Information for Travelers Website before traveling to Italy to see any recommended vaccinations.

    If you suffer from pre-existing medical conditions or are concerned about what vaccinations may be right for you, we strongly advise that you check visit a medical professional or your personal physician before your trip.

  22. Yes, we offer private tours to Italy for groups of 4 or more people. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs while you will enjoy a personalized experience with our guides and your friends and family.

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information or call us at any time at: +1 (561) 313 4860.

  23. Our friendly team is here to answer all of your doubts or questions! Feel free to reach us at any time by email at: info@globe-drifters.com or call us at any time at: +1 (561) 313 4860.

Visa

Nationals of Australia, Canada and the United States do not need a visa for a stay up to 90 days. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six (6) months after the date you plan to exit Italy or the Schengen Area. Nationals of the European Union (EU) countries can stay for an unlimited period.

As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

Flights

If you’re looking for cheap flights and reliable service, our travelers’ favorite over the years is Skyscanner. Once you have booked your flights, please send us your flight information. Your arrival city should be Rome and you can depart from either Florence or Rome. Rome is 2 hours away from our villa.

Please note that if your flight lands within 1 hour of another travelers’ flight, you will share a taxi to the villa. If the time exceeds 1 hour, you will not have to wait for other travelers and will be taken directly to the villa.

*Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation email from us which will be sent to you after paying your deposit.

When to Go to Tuscany/Umbria

Temperatures in Tuscany during all seasons will vary depending on the region, but are generally mild to warm in Spring to hot in Summer during the day. Temperatures get cooler in general at night, so make sure to pack a warmer pajamas for nights year-round. Spring is during the months of March, April and May in Italy. Summer is from June through to August. Autumn is during the months of September, October and November and winter is from December to February.

Below are average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) during day and night for Italy.

Pro TIP : To convert to Celsius, subtract 30, then divide by 2. While not exact, this simple formula will give you a close estimation.

Our villa is a historic Tuscan farmhouse dating back to the 1700s. The villa was recently converted into a prestigious holiday home without losing the farmhouse’s unique character and charm. Surrounded by 20,000 square meters (5 acres) of well-kept gardens, it offers the peace and tranquility of the Italian countryside with the convenience of being very close to many sites.

The property has 2 main living areas : the main villa with 7 rooms and an adjacent house with 3 rooms. Each room has an ensuite bathroom. You can find pictures and a detailed description of the rooms under the tab above labeled ‘Rooms’.

Villa Exterior

Pool (The villa has 2 pools on the property)

Villa Interior

Room Description

There are 7 rooms in the main villa. 2 rooms have twin beds and 5 rooms have double beds. In the second house, there are 3 bedrooms, all with double beds. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms. After you book, you will be asked about which room you prefer. Room selection is on a first-come, first-served basis. Most rooms are similar in quality and size, but some rooms have extra features like sitting areas. For example, one room has direct access to the garden and a few rooms have a small living area connected. There are only 2 rooms with twin beds available. Once they are taken, you will either need to share a bed with a partner or pay the single supplement.

 

Room #1 – Ground floor with access to the patio/lawn area. Twin beds. —

Main Villa

Room #2 – Ground floor with access to the patio/lawn area. —

Storage space for clothes is limited in this room so we are waiving the single supplement fee for this room.

Room #3 – Ground floor with access to the patio/lawn area. —

Storage space for clothes is limited in this room so we are waiving the single supplement fee for this room.

Room #4 – 2nd floor with fireplace. —

Room #5 – 2nd floor. —

Room #6 – Basement with adjacent private sitting area containing TV, fireplace, private kitchenette and direct access to the garden. —

Room #7 – 1st floor with adjacent private sitting area with fireplace. —

Casa Room #1 – 2nd floor with private sitting area. —

Adjacent Casa

Casa Room #2 – 2nd floor. —

Casa Room #3 – Ground floor. Private area outside the room. —

All villa and casa rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Room sizes vary, but most are very similar in size and quality. All bathrooms have a toilet, sink, shower and some have a bidet.

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex, which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 E7N

Vaccinations
Below is information from the CDC and its recommendations regarding vaccinations for travel to Italy.

CDC Italy