Conceptio in Itinere

Underground Italy

Available:  all year long     10 days / 9 nights  with 5 meals included and 1 aperitif underground

There’s a long road which ignores chaos and bustle; it’s our underground Country.


Thousands kilometers, under our feet, with the most vary shapes and usages; aqueducts, mines, catacombs and refuges. Sometimes they are natural shelters, others are ingenious human works. A subterranean world which has been lively and active till the II World War. Then, the aggressive rebuilding works in the postwar period cancelled all traces. This face of Italy has been revealed few decades ago and nowadays enjoys great appeal for all tourists who decides to not see the sky for a while.

Itinerary:

day 1 - arrival to Turin
day 2 - Turin
day 3 - Turin / Florence
day 4 - Florence
day 5 - Florence / Orvieto
day 6 - Orvieto / Narni / Naples
day 7 - Naples
day 8 - Naples / Caserta (optional visit) / Rome
day 9 - Rome
day 10 - Rome, departure





 

 

 

 

 

Details:

Day 1 – TURIN

Arrival to Turin Caselle Airport, meet & greet with our multilingual speaking Tour escort and transfer to the hotel in Turin city center. Check-in operations and time for freshen up. At the agreed time, meeting with our authorized local guide at the hotel’s lobby. She will let you discover the history of the first capital of Italy, among the beautiful squares, elegant places and magnificent churches, to admire the Roman sites and the Baroque masterpieces; Piazza Castello with Palazzo Madama and the Royal Palace which was the most important Savoy Family residence. Turin is also the birthplace of solid chocolate (born more than 300 years ago) and it is home to more chocolatiers than France and Belgium combined ! Thanks to Savoy Family, Turin was nominated capital of chocolate. Our guide will lead you through an ancient café where you can taste the famous Bicierin, a drink made of coffee, milk and chocolate.  Welcome dinner at restaurant with a good Piedmontese menu, back to the hotel and overnight.

Day 2 – TURIN

Breakfast at your hotel and meeting with our guide at the hotel’s lobby to start the visit of the Underground Turin. You will travel across 2000 years history in just 3 hours. Beneath the bustling city life lies another mysterious and unknown world where time seems to stand still.  Bowels of Turin narrate stories of patriots dead while opposing the French attacks. Dedicated to the patriots, especially to the soldier-hero Pietro Micca, is the Cittadella; a real museum composed by a net of 14kms galleries on different levels once used as storage of gunpowder. Our guide will tell you about the alchemic experiments under Palazzo Madama and the tunnels connecting the aristocratic Palaces. Some of them are spacious enough to be run in carriage.  Independent lunch and afternoon at your leisure for visits and shopping. Independent dinner and overnight.

Day 3 – TURIN / FLORENCE

Breakfast at your hotel and departure, always with our Tour escort, with destination Florence. Check in at your hotel and lunch at a good Tuscan restaurant. Afternoon at your leisure in Florence to discover the city and enjoy a stroll among the numerous shops and leather laboratories. Independent dinner and overnight.

Day 4 – FLORENCE

Breakfast and meeting with our authorized local guide at the hotel’s lobby. She will lead you through the beauties of Florence, cradle of Renaissance art, touching the most charming corners of the city narrating curious anecdotes about the noble families and personalities of the past. Visit to the gold laboratories on Ponte Vecchio, the Old bridge with the two rows of artisans workshops which are famous all over the world (alternatively, we can plan a visit to the ancient Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella. It’s according to the date) . Independent lunch and afternoon at leisure for your own visit and shopping.  Dinner at restaurant with Tuscan menu and overnight.(optional for the afternoon: visit to the Uffizi gallery with the secret Vasari corridor, or to Academy of Fine Arts museums, to Pitti Palace and its art collections, excursion to Pisa or to the Chianti-shire)

Day 5 – FLORENCE / ORVIETO

Breakfast and early departure from Florence with destination Orvieto in the verdant Umbrian region. Check in at our hotel and meeting with our local guide to start the visit of the city center with the Cathedral and Signorelli Chapel, Piazza del Popolo and the same name Palace. After this pleasant walk of Orvieto surface, stop in a little Trattoria for a typical products tasting (home-made bread, cold cuts and cheeses, pasta, wine and much). Then you will descend to visit the most suggestive works underground.  Visit to the Labyrinth of Orvieto, created over the centuries with more than thousand caves starting from the Etruscan cisterns, then the Colombari  of the middle-age and ending with the late Renaissance engineering masterwork of St Patrick's Well (Pozzo di San Patrizio)  famous among the Italians and less knew abroad; it’s a formidable hydraulic work, 50 meters deep with a double march sense, committed by Pope Clemente VII, to assure water to the city in case of siege. From its dimensions and to the accurate project, we understand the Pope’s ambition to go down in history with this great work.  Time at your leisure in Orvieto city center, to stroll around discovering artisans shops, café and restaurants. Dinner local restaurant with a delicious Umbrian menu. Overnight.

Day 6 – ORVIETO / NARNI / NAPLES

Breakfast at your hotel and departure to Narni (the Latin Narnia), which is reachable with 1 hour of pleasant drive across the Umbrian region.  In Narni, at the end of 70’s, a group of young speleologists brought to light subterranean treasures going from the Imperial Rome age, to the painful view of middle-age secrets with the torture rooms used by the Holy Inquisition, ending with some beautiful XII century paints of St Dominic church. Together with our local guide you will discover the entire itinerary starting with a short walk on the surface of Narni, from the bus terminal to the entrance of the underground itinerary. After the visit, stop for a quick and independent lunch before continuing our route to Naples. Arrival to your hotel, check in operation and dinner to taste Neapolitan traditions on the table. Relax and overnight.

Day 7 – NAPLES

Breakfast at your hotel and meeting with our authorized local guide.  From the birth of Neapolis by ancient Greeks to the antiaircraft shelters during the II World War, the city of Naples made a note of everything in its yellow tuff caves; the aqueduct and the Greek-Roman theatre, the War museum, the seismic station  Arianna and the underground gardens (Orti Ipogei) where strawberries, basil and rosemary plants grow far from pollution.  Tour includes the visit to Fontanelle Cemetery, carved into the Materdei hill which became an ossuary in the mid seventeenth century to house the remains of the victims of the plague and cholera. It is the symbolic site of Naples’ devotion towards the dead, a devotion that is sometimes mingled with superstition and merges with everyday life.  Break for independent lunch and we continue with a pleasant walk on the surface of Naples with Castel Dell’Ovo and Plebiscito square, the Royal Palace and the beautiful Gallery Umberto I. You can continue the visit entering the alleys of the old city recalling the history, the legends and the secrets of the most mysterious face of Naples.  Special interest site since we are speaking about the underground city: the metro stop Toledo, part of a bigger project called Stations of Art (also known as Hundred Stations Plan), was elected as the most beautiful in Europe by the Daily Telegraph.  Back to the hotel, independent dinner and overnight.

Day 8 – NAPLES / CASERTA (optional visit) / ROME

Breakfast at your hotel and departure to reach Caserta (optional subject to confirmation and supplement) to visit the marvelous Reggia, the historical Residence of the Royal Family Borbone of Naples. Starting from 1997 the Royal Palace has been declared, together with the nearby impressive Carolino aqueduct by Vanvitelli (which supplies waters to the Royal Palace), heritage of humanity by the UNESCO.  The Reggia di Caserta is one of the most visited monuments of southern Italy and is the hugest royal residence in the world. Continuation to Rome, check-in at your hotel and time for freshen-up. Panoramic bus tour of the illuminated city center with Piazza della Repubblica, Colosseum and Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia with the Capitol Hill, the illuminated bridges of Lungotevere running along the Tiber River, St Angel Castle and Via della Conciliazione with the impressive view of St Peter Basilica. Independent dinner in one of the many restaurants of Trastevere area or nearby the hotel. Overnight.

Day 9 – ROME

Breakfast at your hotel and meeting at the hotel before starting the visit of the Roman Domus underground Palazzo Valentini. This is a new ouverture in Rome, a unique and magnificent example of how the artistic heritage of antiquity regenerated by careful and painstaking restoration, can be enhanced with the use of new technologies. Lunch on your own and in the afternoon, continuation with the visit of Baroque Rome including the restyled Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Navona Square with its underground Domitian Stadium. Here, you will enjoy a visit more than 3 meters over the everyday life in the ancient Domitian Stadium (86 after Christ) and a voyage in the cuisine of 2000 years ago. Our guide will speak us about sport at the Roman age, to discover the auriga and gladiators nutrition at 
that time. There was a specific diet for the athletics ? Milone di Crotone, one of the most famous Roman fighters, used to eat eight kg of meat and five liters wine per day … winning the Olympic games for 31 times ! You will taste the Gallic  cheese, Sangina soup, poppy Globula and the ancient Roman street food. It’s a suggestive journey you will never forget.  Back to the hotel, independent dinner and overnight.

Day 10 – ROME, departure

Breakfast at your hotel and at the agreed time bus transfer to Fiumicino Airport. We hope to welcome you in Italy again very soon !

 

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