Italy 10-day Trip

$2,700 – Trip cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

Italy 20-day Trip

$3,700 – 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 the 10 day trip is $350 and the single supplement for the 20 day trip is $600. If you would like your own room, you can buy the additional supplement at check out.

*There is no single supplement for rooms #1, #2 & #3 in the villa and room #3 in the casa due to size limitations. Please see the ‘Rooms’ tab for more information on this.  At check-out you will be asked to give your room preferences and all rooms are assigned on a first come-first served basis.  

What is included :

  • 9 or 19 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
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • 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 a happy hour before dinner one night, you can add this announcement to the whiteboard. Maybe one night you would like to cook dinner? 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. Also, there will be sign up sheets for optional activities and excursions that you can join in on but again it is completely your choice. 

    Find out more by clicking the link below:

    HOW IT WORKS

  2. Each group consists of 8 – 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 we 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 easily altered. If the group discovers a special event or festival that they would like to attend, it is easy to organize with a smaller group.

  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 as most have vast farmlands around the villa. This means that a car would have to be rented for the duration of the trip. Renting a car or hiring a car for the duration of your stay would be a very expensive additional cost. Another issue was that the many of 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 (approx. 1 kilometer) from our villa and 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.

  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 – 1 hour
    • Chianti – 2 hours
    • Siena – 1 hour
    • Cortona – 1 hour
    • 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. 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 30’s to early 70’s 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 to better understand the group demographics click the link below:

    Picture Album

  6. When most people arrive they want to ‘hit the ground running.’  So we have included 3 trips to nearby towns at the beginning of each trip so that you have excursions to do upon arrival and then you can arrange your optional excursions for later dates.  These 3 trips are included in the cost of the trip.  Thereafter you will have choice in activity at an additional cost.  It is completely up to you how you spend your days.

    We will have sign up sheets for certain activities that might interest you (cooking class, sheep farm and cheese tasting, truffle hunting, antique shopping, etc…) and you can choose to join in based on your interests. Most of the popular places in the area are easily reachable by train or if enough people sign up you can rent a van for the day.  Your tour host and your Italian guide will be there to facilitate and arrange activities and excursions as well as make any necessary reservations.

    Most everything in this area does not require advanced purchase so just arrive and we will do the ‘legwork‘ for you!

  7. No, our tours don’t include international airfare so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

    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).

    • 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 at all times.
    • Withdrawing money: ATMs are widely available in Italy but you will be charged fees per each transaction. If using ATMs, we suggest pulling larger amounts to minimize fees on each transaction.
    • Paying in credit card : Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels and reputable shops (Visa and Mastercard only) but not with smaller merchants.
    • Foreign fees : Additional fees will usually be charged when withdrawing money or paying with 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.
    • Exchanging money in your home country :  Since euros are a popular currency most banks in your home town will exchange dollars to euros.  This a very convenient way to get euros but be aware that some banks might not have a favorable exchange rate or charge additional fees to exchange. It is best to check with your bank to see what fees are associated with exchanging money in your home town.
  9.  10-Day Trip

    We recommend having access to anywhere between  400 to 800 euros during the duration of your stay.

     20-Day Trip

    We recommend having access to anywhere between  800 to 1200 euros during the duration of your stay.

  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, you can connect to wifi at cafes and restaurants.  The villa we are staying at has wifi throughout and you will be able to use wifi from your room and the general living areas.  If you are not used to connecting to wifi networks, it might be best to get an international plan for the duration of your stay.  You can also buy a sim card at the airport upon arrival.

  12. For Italy there are three associated plug types; types C, F and L. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins, plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side and plug type L is the plug type which has three round pins.

    Below is an example of the two round pins plug.

  13. At night time year round the temperatures do drop so it is best to bring a jacket with you for the evenings no matter what month you are going.

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

    • Sunglasses/hat
    • Flashlight/headlamp
    • Jacket
    • 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
    • Extra bag for souvenirs (if needed)
    • Water bottle

    All rooms have a hair dryer so no need to bring one. Some small toiletries such as hand soap and shampoo are also provided in your room but best to bring your own as they are sample sizes.

    Inside the villa there is a pantry that has both red and white wine from the vineyards surrounding your villa 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 you must pay your bill in cash upon departure.

  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 and tea bags
    • Pillow (if needed)

    The pillows in our villa can be on the harder side so if you prefer a soft pillow you can either bring your own or go to the local supermarket and buy one for around 12 euros.

    Coffee will be served at breakfast from 8-9 AM and they have a proper coffee machine for lattes, cappuccinos, etc.. but we will provide coffee and creamer in case you are an early riser and would like coffee before 8 AM.

    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.

    Also, maid service comes in weekly to change bed linens and towels as well as to clean the rooms.

  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 Tuscany/Umbria region to be superior and the water does not have a ‘taste’ and is clean and fresh since it is coming from the mountains.  If you go to larger cities such as Florence or Rome you can buy bottled water if you would like as many have said there is a ‘taste’ to the water in the bigger cities but still safe to drink.

    At our villa the water comes out of the tap extremely cold as well.  Tourists and locals alike drink the tap water and there are many water fountains around town so you can easily re-fill your water bottle when in town at the local water fountain.

     

  18. The local supermarket is very close to our villa.  If you would like to go grocery shopping you can do like the locals, which is bring a small rolling grocery cart with you.  We will have multiple ones on the property making it easy to bring groceries back to the villa.

    Here is a picture of the grocery cart:

  19. Tipping is not compulsory 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, some restaurants add an additional service charge, listed on the bill as ‘servizio’. A servizio is usually about 10% of the bill cost and 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 there is no need to leave any additional tip.

    Tipping your tour guide: If you feel 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 compulsory to tip your villa staff, but if they go above and beyond for you and provide an exceptional service during your 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 week to clean and change linens as well as Bryan, the grounds keeper. If you feel they did a good job, feel free to tip them at the end of your stay.

  20. 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.  When going to larger cities such as Rome and Florence pick-pocketing is much more common and you should not put anything in your back pockets, especially if you are on a crowded bus/train or at a crowded tourist spot as thieves target these areas.

     

  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 with a medical professional or your personal physician before your trip.

  22. Yes, we offer private tours to Italy for groups of 5 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.

    If planning a family reunion or a trip with friends we can take care of all the details and work with you to create an amazing experience!

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information 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

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 get cooler in general at night no matter what time of year you go so make sure to pack  warm pajamas and a jacket for evenings and nights year-round.

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 bedrooms in the main villa and there are 3 bedrooms in the casa. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms of varying sizes. After you book, you will be asked what are your top 3 room choices. 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.  Some rooms do not require a single supplement and 1 room is reserved for 2 people who are sharing.  Please read the description of each room before making your room selection. All rooms are assigned on a first come-first served basis.  The sooner you book the better chance you have of getting the room you prefer. 

 

Villa Room #1

This room has no single supplement because it has a smaller sized bedroom and bathroom.  The beds can be converted into a full bed or you can leave as twin beds.  This room is located on the ground floor.

Villa Room #2

This room has no single supplement because it has a smaller sized bedroom and bathroom.  The beds can be converted into a full bed or you can leave as twin beds.  This room is located on the ground floor.

Room #3

This room has no single supplement because it has a smaller sized bedroom and bathroom.  There is 1 full bed.  This room is located on the ground floor.

Villa Room #4

This room is located on the 2nd floor.  It has a large bathroom and a fireplace. This room has a full bed.

Villa Room #5

This room is located on the 2nd floor.  It has a large bathroom with a whirlpool bath. This room has a full bed.

Room #6

This room is located on the first floor (about 5 stairs to climb) and has a fireplace, sitting area and a very large bathroom with a full bed.

Villa Room #7

This room is reserved for only 2 people sharing.  If you are a single you can not choose this room.  This room can be a full bed or converted into 2 twin beds.  It is located downstairs and has its own very large sitting area and a kitchen.  It has a TV and fireplace.

Casa Room #1

This room is located in the casa adjacent to the villa.  The casa only has 3 rooms in it with a large sitting area, kitchen, and pool table in the common areas.  If you want more privacy the casa is ideal.  This room is located on the 1st floor.  It has a sitting area and private entrance in and out of the casa. This room has a full bed.

Casa Room #2

This room is located in the casa adjacent to the villa.  The casa only has 3 rooms in it with a large sitting area, kitchen, and pool table in the common areas.  If you want more privacy the casa is ideal.  This room is located on the 1st floor. This room has a full bed

Casa Room #3

This room requires no single supplement since it is in the basement and next to pool table room.  You still have windows in the room and the room itself is larger than the other rooms with no single supplement. This room is located in the casa adjacent to the villa.  The casa only has 3 rooms in it with a large sitting area, kitchen, and pool table in the common areas.  If you want more privacy the casa is ideal.  This room is located on the ground floor/basement and you have your own private entrance. Please see corresponding pictures above to get a better idea of the placement of the room. This room has a full bed.

Bathrooms

All villa and casa rooms have ensuite bathrooms.  All bathrooms have a toilet, sink, shower and some have a bidet.  There is a half bath in the main villa and the casa house.

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.

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

CDC Italy