Guided Rambling Holidays

Eastern Tuscany,  Italy

Where We Stay:

We spend seven nights at an atmospheric hotel just a short walk outside the the old walls of the fabled town of Cortona. Most days we start and end our walks with a short bus ride on our private bus.

Our hotel: We stay at the 3 star Hotel Oasi.  This hotel is formerly the Convent of Santa Maria alle Contesse and stands beside a 12th century church amid extensive, serene gardens with fountains and lemon trees. There are stunning views over the Tuscan countryside.  The beautiful restaurant is located in the original monastic refectory and offers typical Tuscan cuisine. The Oasi has its own medieval wine cellar. Restored rooms
have TV,  hairdryer and private modern bathroom with shower.  http://www.hoteloasi.org

Location: The hotel is in a quiet location amid gardens but only a 10 minute walk (uphill) into the town of Cortona.  This Tuscan town which is surrounded by ancient walls is perhaps best known as the setting for the book and movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”. With its long history dating back to Etruscan times, Cortona's top attractions include the Duomo (Cathedral), the small Museo Diocesano with its superb art collection, and the fascinating Museo dell Accademia Etrusca with its Etruscan and Roman era items. There are shops for browsing, cafes for a leisurely cappuccino or glass of wine and lots of places to sample mouth-watering gelato. 

Food:  As in most regions of Italy, in Eastern Tuscany you can expect to eat abundantly and well. Dinner at the Oasi is a satisfying way to end a day of walking. Food is generally simple with attention paid to freshness and quality with seasonal vegetables. Breakfast is a buffet which includes coffee, yoghurt, cereal, bread, cheese, ham, croissants and jam. On five nights we have dinner in the hotel. On two nights we dine at nearby restaurants. Dinners at the hotel include a choice of main course plus a starter, a pasta dish and dessert.

Starting Point:  Florence Rail Station at 4.00 pm. From here we transfer by private bus to Cortona.  At the end of the tour we return by bus to Florence Rail Station about 11.00 am on Saturday.

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