Saturday arrivals are used as a guideline for this package, however, daily arrivals are available. Our Destination Specialists can provide you with a price for your preferred arrival date.
How about a quick getaway to Italy?
Villa Il Patriarca
Spend a long weekend exploring Chiusi and Montepulciano.
Sip the wine and feast on authentic Etruscan fare.
started its life as an 1800 prestigious patrician house. It is now a wonderful example of a sensitive restoration into a first class small hotel. Situated on a hill and surrounded by pine and cypresses, with view on Tuscan hills, the Villa Il Patriarca Hotel Chiusi offers its guests the opportunity of a relaxed holiday with all modern comforts.
The Villa Il Patriarca Hotel is located 4 kilometres from Chiusi, a wonderful Tuscan town with a relevant Etruscan heritage. The hotel's unique location gives the opportunity of visiting many historical and artistic towns situated in the centre of Italy.
The hotel has 23 comfortable rooms and suites, all of which are pleasantly decorated and equipped with numerous in-room amenities.
The onsite restaurant, La Taverna del Patriarca
, typical Tuscan Osteria located in the old wine cellars of the villa offers a very creative cuisine in which traditional dishes are reinterpreted in original style and matched with a very wide selection of wines.
The Villa Il Patriarca Hotel
also offers a spacious and elegant banqueting hall, which can host up to 350 people for ceremonies, wedding parties or meetings. During leisure, guests can take a refreshing plunge in the swimming pool, laze around the beautiful garden or explore the city and its surrounding attractions. Located in the heart of Italy, midway between Rome and Florence in the part of Tuscany well known for its wonderful wines, Etruscan artifacts, excellent cuisine, olive oil and its history of exceptional art. Set in a park of large cypresses, the hotel has just 23 rooms, each uniquely and comfortably decorated. Eight of the rooms are in the Villa and others are in a recently restored wing with elegant and romantic furniture, bright colours and interesting themes.
is famous for not just one but two excellent wines, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano. However, it is often underestimated in terms of the interest of its art and architecture, perhaps because of its small size. In fact, in former times its citizens held their city to be on a par with Sienna, and indeed Montepulciano is packed with interest and charm.Montepulciano is famous for not just one but two excellent wines, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano. However, it is often underestimated in terms of the interest of its art and architecture, perhaps because of its small size. In fact, in former times its citizens held their city to be on a par with Sienna, and indeed Montepulciano is packed with interest and charm.
Montepulciano is one of the most attractive hills tows in Tuscany. It is built on a ridge of Monte Poliziano in the province of Sienna in Tuscany. It is the ancient Etruscan city of Nocera Alfaterna, which in 308 B.C. made an alliance with Rome against the Samnites. In the Middle Ages it was under the control of Florence, but was conquered by Sienna in 1260. The main street of Montepulciano stretches for 11.5 kilometers from the Porta al Prato to the Piazza Grande at the top of the hill. The cathedral was built in 1619, from plans by Scalzo and until the 18 C it held the tomb of Bartolomeo Arragazzi, secretary of Pope Martin V, a work of Michelozzo. The church of the Madonna di San Biagio was planned by Antonio da Sangallo (1518-37).
The façades of the church of Saint Agostino and of the Oratorio della Misericordia are worth seeing. Notable among the civic buildings are the Tarugi palace, like the Mercato, a work of Pignola, the Contucci palace designed by Sangallo and the fourteenth-century Palazzo Municipale, which contains a small gallery of Sienese and of Umbrian art. The most famous men of Montepulciano are Cardinal Bellarmine, Pope Marcellus II, Cervini, Angelo Ambrogini, better known as Poliziano (1454-1494), and the humanist Bartolomeo of Montepulciano. St. Agnes of Montepulciano died in 1137.
Fattoria Le Capezzine
(altitude 300 m) Only a few kilometres from Montepulciano, close to the village of Valiano, stands the old farm estate Le Capezzine. It is the heart of the company and it has been impeccably restored. It contains spacious cellars for vinification, cellars for ageing and storing, the vinsantaia, the frantoio (the olive oil mill), warehouses and offices. The estate comprises 19 hectares, of which 8 hectares of vineyards divided as follows: 6 of albarello vines in the "settonce" pattern; 1 dedicated to density experimentation ranging from 2,000 to 8,500 vines per hectare with six different rootstocks; and finally 1 dedicated to growing 127 ancient varieties indigenous to Montepulciano and the surrounding area, once highly esteemed, but today in danger of extinction.
This stunning landscape was celebrated by Renaissance painters from nearby Siena. The Val D’Orcia was, and still is, seen as an ideal representation of man coexisting in harmony with nature. Images of the Val D’Orcia and its inhabitants have come to be seen as icons of the Renaissance and have profoundly influenced the development of landscape art, engineering and philosophy in modern Tuscany.
The Val D’Orcia
flourished in the 14th and 15th centuries when it was colonized by the city-state of Siena. The landscape’s distinctive aesthetics, flat chalk plains out of which rise almost conical hills with fortified settlements on top, inspired many artists. Their images have come to exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes. The inscription covers a planned colonized agrarian and pastoral landscape reflecting innovative land management systems; several towns and villages, each unique; farmhouses; and the original Roman road the Via Francigena and its associated abbeys, inns, shrines and bridges.
, culture created and developed on the Italian Peninsula by the ancient people of Etruria beginning as early as the 2nd millennium BC.
At the time of its greatest power, between the 7th and 5th centuries BC, Etruria probably embraced all Italy from the Alps to the Tiber River. The name Etruria is the Latin version of the Greek Tyrrhenia or Tyrsenia; the ancient Romans called the people of the country Etrusci or Tusci, from which is derived the name of the modern Italian region of Tuscany (Toscana).
Debate has surrounded the subject of Etruscan origins for at least 2,500 years. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus maintained that the Etruscans came from Lydia, in what is now western Turkey. The Roman historian Livy and the Greek historian Polybius agreed with Herodotus, as did the Roman poets Publius Papinius Statius and Tiberius Catius Silius Italicus. The ancient Greek historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus held a dissenting view: He believed that the Etruscan people originated in Italy. The majority of modern archaeologists have supported his view. However, recent studies of the DNA of individuals buried in Etruscan sites in Italy give evidence that the Etruscans did in fact migrate to Italy.
Archaeological discoveries have shed much light on early Etruscan history. Authorities are now generally agreed that the earliest settlements of Etruria were along the low, marshy coastal land of Tuscany. The first permanent settlements, Vetulonia and Tarquinii (now Tarquinia), probably date to about the end of the 9th century bc. There archaeologists found types of sepulchres that differed greatly from earlier burial structures of the region and that contained quantities of articles from other regions (amber, silver, gold, and Egyptian gemwork) not found in any of the older tombs. The character of Etruscan art and many distinctive features of their religion show the influence of the Near East and East Asia.