Join Zoomer Executive Editor Vivian Vassos in Italy

This September, depart on a journey through the less-traveled country roads of Umbria and Tuscany, where you will discover another side to the Italy you love. Stroll Assisi’s old city, and explore the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto, where one of history’s rarest frescoes is on display inside a Gothic cathedral. Visit Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” In Siena, stand inside one of Tuscany’s most ancient piazzas and admire the famous towers of San Gimignano.

Authentic Italian Food on Tour

If you are a foodie or just a fan of authentic Italian cuisine, this is the tour for you. Your culinary experiences include:

  • A visit to and tasting at an Umbrian Olive Oil mill and press.
  • A cooking class in a family run restaurant in Umbria in an ancient Abbey, next to the Nera River. Here you will spend time learning from a husband-and-wife duo as they share with you the recipes they learned from their mammas (moms) and nonnas (grannies)!
  • Meet with local people, mingle, and get a taste of local life “behind the scenes” as you indulge in a home hosted lunch in a private home in Umbria.
  • Indulge in a winery tour and tasting with lunch in a small, perfectly preserved 16th century hamlet in Tuscany.
  • Meet and crack a few jokes with a charming local farmer as you visit a sheep-milk pecorino cheese producer in the Orcia Valley.

Choice on Tour

You get to choose how to explore Tuscan landscape! Choice 1: Join a local truffle hunter in search of the elusive mushroom and sample the goods yourself -OR- Choice 2: take to the countryside on an ATV adventure along winding dirt roads, followed with a taste of truffle bruschetta.


Your Tuscan and Umbrian Countryside tour will include incredible 4 star stays at boutique hotels.

The Villa San Lucchese is a family run property located in a Tuscan Villa with views over the rolling hills and features beautiful private gardens.

Nestled in the lush greenery of the Ancajani park and surrounded by a wooded valley, the Hotel dei Duchi in Spoleto in on the “Unesco World Heritage List”. The beautiful property overlooks both the Roman Theatre and the former monastery of Saint Agatha.

Hotel Corsignano is beautiful, functional, and ecological. Set in the frame of Tuscany’s most beautiful and unspoiled area. Just a short walk from the historic downtown Pienza the hotel allows for incredible views of the valley below.

Add the Rome Extension

Hosted by a local, the Rome Extension and is rich with WOW inclusions:

Visit a farmers’ market in Campo de’ Fiori where you will shop side-by-side with the locals. Once you have selected your fresh ingredients, role up your sleeves for a chef-led cooking class featuring traditional Roman recipes such as cacio e pepe pasta.

Experience an ‘after hours’ visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, including a happy hour drink in the Vatican Museums! This VIP experience allows you to marvel in the beauty of the Vatican with less crowds.

Your Host Vivian Vassos

Vivian Vassos is a writer, an adventurer and a doer who shares her experiences via social media, online and in print and is now excited to share them with you in person. Vivian strives to make travel transformative and enlightening while encouraging engagement, conversation, and connection. When you join this tour with Vivian, you are sure to go deeper than a written itinerary can describe.

Travel Details

September 24 – October 4, 2022 – 11 Days – 17 Included Meals – Starting at $3959 per person land only based on double occupancy (see tour page for full details)

You can book confidently knowing that when you add Collette’s Travel Protection Plan, you get a full money back refund if you need to cancel — up to 24 hours before departure**.

Learn more about this tour and sign up before it sells out at, call 844.210.8119 or Contact your local travel professional.

†If you choose to cancel your tour, a refund will be issued in the original form of payment, minus the cost of the Travel Protection Plan. Other restrictions may apply.
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