A Quick Overview
JOIN US FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!
Music fans rejoice! Finally a tour to explore Umbria and Orvieto is here, but with a mind-blowing twist... MUSIC. Think of all the things you want to do when you go to Italy... I'm guessing you'll want to see the countryside, the town of Orvieto and it's underground, wine tasting, possibly a cooking class and maybe even go trekking to farm for some delicious local tastes...
Well imagine you get all that, but each location is accompanied by a private concert from world renowned, local artists. Music that suits the mood, ambiance and location for each day.
This 12 day/11 night experience also includes 3 days in the heart of Rome and 2 days in Florence. We will enjoy expert guides for the Vatican/St. Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman Forum as well as the Uffizi Gallery and the famous David by Michelangelo. Don't worry, we also get to meet a couple of famous leather artisans.
How did this idea come together? Let me introduce Bartender! Not only are they great friends with your guide Kerri, they are also well known in the area as well as touring much of the world. Between all these minds an idea was born... why JUST see Italy, when you can experience it through music. You'll get to know these artists like family as they share their hometown and area through their favorite locations and sounds.
12 Days/11 nights Accommodations Including 3 Nights in Rome and 1 Night in Florence | All musical performances and concerts | Private van and driver | Airport transfers | Most meals | All group activities and expert guides | Full-time tour director | Tips and gratuities | Private Driver Transfer to Orvieto and Florence | 48 hour Rome Metro Pass
Pricing and Registration
Cost Per Person: $5497* (does NOT include flight)
Ready to join us on this incredible experience? Great! You can sign up by clicking the "Join Now!" button below, calling 800-380-8350 or emailing us [email protected]
Meet Your Italian Experience Team
Kerri Wood - Tour Director
One day, over a decade ago, Kerri stood on a rooftop terrace overlooking the heart of Rome for the first time and knew, in that instant, she was home. Immediately after returning to the U.S. Kerri started a business that would bring her back to Italy every year after that... helping others not make the mistakes she made, and allow them to enjoy, relax and immerse in this amazing country.
Kerri personally plans each and every tour, down to the last detail. She also handpicks her guides and team as much for their passions, as for their unique personality/views that they bring to the tours.
Not only the highlight of the musical experiences, but also our co-guides for the entire tour.
Bartender is an original trio (acoustic guitars & voices) born in 2006 and formed by Gabriele “Svedonio” Tardiolo, David Tordi and Valerio Bellocchio. Six hands, three instruments and three voices that create a full band sound: this is the challenge that brought the band to produce a unique and vibrant sound, as well as a diversified and finely arranged repertoire. The Bartender live experience carries the audience through a true musical journey that begins with Italian and Mediterranean songs and then moves overseas to blues and swing music.
Check out the Experiences
Day 2 - Ancient Rome
Our journey today begins with time travel. We head back 2000 years to visit ancient Rome with a guide who will transport us with stories and knowledge while visiting the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Be ready to Walk A LOT. You will also have half of the day to explore on your own. Activity Level - Heavy
About the Music
Enjoy a beautiful night of music in Rome.
Day 3 - St. Peter's and The Vatican
You can't go to Rome and not see the Vatican. Our visit today will take place in the morning. That way most of the day visitors and cruise ships haven't arrived. This is a great times to visit with less crowds on our guided tour. (including the sistine chapel.) Today is another half day free for you to explore more. Activity Level - Heavy
Day 4 - Countryside Drive - Transfer to Orvieto
It's a travel day today! We depart Rome and head to Florence with our private driver. After a 1.5 hour ride through the countryside we will be dropped off at our next hotel before heading out on a tour of the city and an amazing dinner with Bartender. Sleep nights in Orvieto. Activity Level - Moderate
About the Music:
Tonight we enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by music.
Day 6 - Farm Visit and Music
Transportation from hotel in Orvieto to “Secondo Altopiano”, a real Italian farm in the countryside, where products are home made and animals are raised like many years ago. People from the farm will welcome us and guide the group around the farm and they can show and teach cheese production. In the same location a selection of products will be served as lunch. The transportation will be directly from the farm to the hotel.
About the Music
A unique set of Blues Music featuring Bartender and an amazing musician friend of theirs will accompany the meal time.
Day 7 - Heart of Florence
We're heading in to the city for an overnight stay in the Heart of Florence. We will visit the Uffizi Gallery and see the famous David sculpture by Michelangelo. Sleep one night in Florence
About the Music
Tonights special Musical experience will take place at the Four Seasons with a very special cooking class with the Chef followed by a dinner, cocktails and a concert.
Day 8 - Florence Artisans and Views
Florence is a city of artisans and famous for its leather. We have a very special opportunity to meet 2 leather artisans and learn about why Italy's leather is best. After lunch we will explore some view points and more of the city by foot before we head back to Orvieto.
Day 9 - Terracotta and Wine Tasting
Terracotta and wine tasting - 2 part day. Part 1 in the morning - This experience has been thought to have the possibility to know people and places out of the main commercial tourist area; a real Italian experience can be lived in this typical and traditional peasant environment, in Umbria countryside. Transportation by van from Orvieto to Ficulle, a small very village in Umbria. A Ficulle artisan, Fabio, will show the ancient art of terracotta production. Then, by using terracotta pots and dishes, a peasant lunch will be served.
About the Music
Part 2 - Evening - Wine tasting and music experience by “Enoteca La Loggia” a very nice wine selling place in the heart of Orvieto. Nice people from enoteca La loggia will prepare a special wine tasting with food served, while the Bartender together an amazing vocalist (women) will accompany the event with an intimate musical performance.
Day 10 - Trekking, Tasting and Music
This is a full day experience, thought to enjoy the beautiful Umbria countryside through a nature trekking (easy level) with an expert local trekking guide. Transportation from hotel in Orvieto to the trekking starting point, in a small village near Orvieto. The total trekking path will be from 7 to 10 km, with two breaks. The mainbreak will be at “Vecchio Frantoio Bartolomei”, a historical oil producer, who set up a real oil museum where the history of oil producing in Umbria is shown. In the same location an oil tasting and lunch will be provided. After lunch the a short walking distance will be done to reach the transportation which will drive the groups back to the hotel.
About the Music
Entertainment during the lunch with a music show which will move through Italian famous authors music and movies sound track composed by Italian composers.
Day 11 - Farewell with the Bartender
This is the main event taking place in the countryside near Orvieto. Our group is welcomed by Bartender who will host us the entire evening. We will enjoy an aperitif with wine with a first music set from Bartender. Finally the preparation of an Italian pasta with the band and the dinner and a second final music set. Basically bartender is going to cook us dinner and then play music for us while we eat.
Bartender is AMAZING!!!
Aperitif with wine with a first music set from Bartender. Then after cooking with the band, we will eat and enjoy the musical delights of Bartender.
Meet the Guest Artists
Maurizio is a multi-instrumentalist and singer, graduated in solfeggio at the "F. Morlacchi" conservatory in Perugia. He performs musical activity especially live with different formations (Blues, Folk, Pop and Afro-Cuban). A great fan and connoisseur of Blues he has participated as a singer, harmonica player and guitarist in many events and festivals in Italy and in various radio broadcasts. Technician and tuner of pianos, harpsichords and forte piano, with European certificate, he lent his professionalism to international caliber of artists.
Maria, a jazz singer, having graduated with top marks in Jazz Singing at the "F.Morlacchi" Conservatory of Perugia, has always ranged between different musical genres, from blues, to Latin music, to Italian and foreign music. She prefers the acoustics dimension, particularly congenial to her propensity for interpretation and improvisation. Always passionate about harmonized vocality, she directs and writes arrangements for choirs and vocal groups. In addition to her long career as a singer, she has been dedicated to teaching for years.
Martina is a young singer-songwriter, born in 1995, currently engaged in the realization of her first recording project. She began her endeavors at the age of 15, joining a famous Italian youth orchestra that allowed her to collaborate with nationally and internationally renowned artists. She also participates in musical television programs, always arriving in the final stages with great success. In her live performances and in her vocal form and artistic expression, strong ties emerge with the world of reggae, soul and R&B.
Graziano is a double bass player graduated with honors from the "F. Morlacchi" conservatory of Perugia. His experience ranges from classical music to jazz, embracing the most diverse musical genres. He's a musician in great demand in both the studio and live, even in environments such as cinema, television and large festivals. He also recently released "Round Double Bass", a modern audio-video method for double bass.
Francesca, a soprano, born and studied in Perugia where's he graduated with honors in Education Sciences at university graduated in singing with honors at the "F. Morlacchi" Conservatory. Since 2001 she started her artistic activity debuting many roles in the most famous Operas. She performed in many Italian and foreign theaters, participating in tours all over the world, boasting top-level collaborations. She holds singing master classes in Shanghai.
Cristina is a singer with great experience in Modern and Jazz, also supported by important studies in Opera. She has been participating in many musical events from a very young age, as well as showing a strong talent for writing. She moves with great naturalness in many musical environments, from Jazz to Latin music, making them marry often also with the Italian tradition.
Paolo is a talented musician and multi-instrumentalist. In the last thirty years he has dedicated himself to various types of flute (Irish flute, bansuri, fujara, Native American flute and elderwood flute) and bagpipes (Irish, Scottish, Galician but especially the medieval Italian). Passionate about Etruscans and medieval history, he has made numerous concerts bringing his evocative music throughout Italy as well as to Holland, Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland.
Umbrian by birth, but Neapolitan origin. She began her career at a very young age, landing very quickly in the professional environment. At the same time she began a course of study in one of the most renowned Jazz schools in Italy. Her artistic collaborations range between jazz and Neapolitan music. For two years she worked as a singer and tour guide at one of the most renowned resorts in the Maldives. Now she has returned to Italy, and collaborates on various projects, most important, a cover band and a traditional Neapolitan music band.
What People are saying!
"What a treat to hear Bartender on our visit to Orvieto! They are three very talented musicians who bring their own sound and arrangement to the songs they perform. My husband is a big fan of Django Reinhardt and they demonstrate the same talent! They played English and Italian songs and left the audience wanting more! Truly a highlight of our visit to Orvieto!"
We are committed to keeping our groups to no more than 6 -12 tour participants. This makes it perfect for immersing into the Italian countryside learning about the food and the culture. This also allows us access to sights, hotels and restaurants that cannot accommodate large groups. Not to mention intimate private concerts.
During your tour you will have a full-time Ultimate Italy Tours Tour Director, as well as well as at least one of our music and regional experts from Bartender, for the entire duration of your experience.
In addition to this, we hire the best local experts to guide you through each sight and activity to bring Italy to life!
Because meal time is so important in Italian culture, we include most meals during your trip. The only meals not included are those you have during your free time. We have hand picked each restaurant, winery, farm and chef with care and attention to detail to make sure we have the best food experiences.
To truly appreciate the Italian countryside, you must discover it by van or small bus. We will be driving you through the region of Umbria. The area is comprised of beautiful views, vineyards, towns and more... an experience unto itself. We also include airport transfers to and from Rome FCO airport.
All of our tours stay in hotels, B&B's and Villas carefully chosen for their uniqueness, attention to detail and overall experience. We make sure to have wifi where possible and book luxury 4 star stays in bigger cities, like Rome and Venice. We also choose to stay in the heart of the cities so it's easy for you to explore during your free time.
The activities and experiences you will take part in on our tours is a combination of the major sights (they are famous for a reason), and hidden secret locations and small family run farms, sights, classes and locations. On every tour we include the opportunity spend time with true Italian artisans and artists.
Concerts and Music
To enrich each experience on this amazing trip through the region of Umbria, we have the pleasure of introducing amazing artists at each location. You will be drenched in ambiance and sound while you enjoy all of our hand-picked pairing of artists and sights.
Private concerts just for our guests!
Tips and Gratuities
In an effort to NOT nickel and dime our guests, we include all tips and gratuities. We will tip all the guides, drivers, restaurants, and hotels. We do this for two reasons. 1) We want to be transparent in our pricing, no additional charges after you sign up. 2) So you don't have to try to guess or figure out what to tip. If you would like to tip on your own, you can, but it is not required or suggested.
Join The Music Experience
All tours take a maximum of 12 guests and will depart with a minimum of 6.
May16 - 27 | September 12 - 23
May 15 - 26 | September 18 - 29
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Although our tours are not classified as adventure or strenuous, all tours require you be in good physical condition. You must be able to walk several miles a day, often on uneven pavement and up hills and stairs, and stand for long periods of time.
Hotel staff will assign rooms to guests. As we stay in smaller family run, boutique hotels, the rooms may vary in size and layout. Also note that, in general rooms and bathrooms are smaller than common US standards. All rooms will have an ensuite bathroom with a tub and/or shower, hairdryer and basic toiletries.
Air conditioning and heat are not always available and in some hotels, they will depend on the season. Wifi is also not as readily available as in the US.
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In the very unlikely event that we do not hit the tour minimum of 6 participants, we will do our best to help you choose a different departure date and make the transition as quick, easy and smooth as possible.
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