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Overnight in hotel historical resridence as in the program; Accomodation in double room ensuite; Guest treatment: half board in hotel; Lunch as in the program; Tour leader during the whole tour; Guided service where is expected; Wine, extra olive oil and typical products tasting session where is expected and as in the program; Cooking school where is expected and as in the program; Half board treatment and overnigh for the driver; Trasfer in G.T. bus as in the program; Ensurance Mondial Assistance.

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Private transfers; Drinks at meals; Entrance fees to museum (unless otherwise specified); Tips, extras and everything else not expressly mentioned “the fee includes”

TERMS AND CONDITIONS BOOKING All Bookings must be made in written form, via e-mail or fax. PRICES Prices are net (unless otherwise specified) included VAT and quoted in Euro. Il Maestrale reserves the right to make amendments to the rates quoted herewith, whenever a price variation will occur, in the exchange rate, or anything beyond it's control. Prices are quoted for group made up by 30 persons. Every difference will be quoted on demand. PAYMENTS 25% of any rate will have to be paid in advance at the booking confirmation. If payment is not received by the due date, Il Maestrale reserves the right to cancel booking. HOTELS AND HISTORICAL HOUSES Every hotels and historical houses, classified in 3 and 4 stars, have been carefully super visored by our staff. FREE One person free every 25 settlements in double room. COACH Coach are normally operated by a 44-42 seat coach. Due to seasonal fluctuation, a smaller coach may be used. Due to luggage capacity on coach, all passengers are restricted to one checked and one carry on bag per person. Smoking is not permitted on motor coach however. The conditions of carriage of that carrier are incorporated into this contract. You may ask for copies the relevant condition of carriage from our office. ENSURANCE Every participant is covered by insurance MONDIAL ASSISTANCE for medical assistance. We are glad to quote every other tour.


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Italy, a great masterpiece of Arts INTENSIVE

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Day 1 - Florence Pick up from the airport, transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 1 - Florence Pick up from the airport, transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 - Florence Breakfast at the hotel. Guided city tour of major artworks and historical monuments. Lunch in a typical restaurant. Free time for shopping or enjoying the city. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2 - Florence Breakfast in hotel. Guided city tour of major artworks and historical monuments. Lunch in a typical restaurant. Free time for shopping or enjoying the city. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 3 - Florence Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Galleria degli Uffizi, one of the most important museum all over Italy. Lunch in a typical restaurant. Free time for shopping or enjoying the city. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 3 - Florence Breakfast in hotel. Visit to Galleria degli Uffizi, one of the most important museum world wide. Lunch in a typical restaurant. Free time for shopping or enjoying the city. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 4 - Perugia Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Perugia and guided city tour of the new University of Taste, the Botanic Garden, the ancient Roman temple and of Gallenga Palace. Lunch in a typical restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay in Perugia.

Day 4 - Siena Breakfast in hotel. In the morning transfer to Siena and guided city tour of the major historical monuments. Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon guided visit to Enoteca Italiana, inside the ancient Medici's Fortress, the temple of the best Tuscan and Italians wines. Wine tasting. In the evening transfer to Perugia for dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 5 - Perugia Breakfast at the hotel. Guided city tour of major artworks, historical monuments and museums. Lunch in a typical restaurant. Free time for shopping or enjoying the city. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel. Day 6 - Rome Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Rome and archaeological guided walk through the Ancient Roman ruins and findings (Imperial forums, Traiano's Arch and Colosseum). Lunch in a typical restaurant. Free time for shopping or enjoying the city. Dinner and overnight stay in Rome. Day 7 - Rome Breakfast at the hotel. Guided city tour of major artworks and historical monuments (Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Navona square, Pantheon, Via Condotti, Via del Babbuino). Lunch in a typical restaurant. Free time for shopping or enjoying the city. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel. On demand: “Rome by Night” tour by boat on the Tevere river.

Enjoy Discovering an Open Air Museum

Day 5 - Perugia Breakfast in hotel. Guided city tour of major artworks, historical monuments and museums. Lunch in a typical restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel. Day 6 - Orvieto and Viterbo Breakfast in hotel. In the morning transfer to Orvieto, a beautiful hilltop Medieval city famous for its gothic cathedral and its white wines. Guided city tour of the most important historical monuments. Transfer to Viterbo, the beautiful Papal City rich in Medieval and Renaissance arts. Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon guided city of the major historical buildings and monuments. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 8 - Rome Breakfast in hotel. Guided city tour of major artworks and historical monuments (Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Navona square, Pantheon, Via Condotti, Via del Babbuino) Lunch in a typical restaurant. Free time for shopping or enjoying the city. Dinner and overnight stay in Rome. On demand magic excursion “Rome by Night” tour by boat on the Tevere river.

Day 8 - Rome Breakfast at the hotel. Guided visit to St. Peter Cathedral, Vatican Museums and Cappella Sistina. Lunch in a typical restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 9 - Rome Breakfast in hotel. Guided visit of St. Peter Cathedral, Vatican Museums and Cappella Sistina. Lunch in a typical restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 9 - Rome Breakfast and end of service.

Day 10 - Rome Breakfast and end of service.

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The Charming Castles of Tuscia Day 1 - Viterbo Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Viterbo. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

From Middle Age to Renaissance Discovering Tuscia Traditional Cooking together with its History and Arts

Day 2 - Pitigliano and Grotte di Castro After breakfast in hotel, transfer to Pitigliano, ancient Tuscan village close to the Latium border and guided visit of magnificent Orsini Castle, now Museum of Sacred Arts. Then guided city tour and visit to the Jews Ghetto. Transfer to Grotte di Castro where the group will have lunch at Santa Cristina Castle, a manor built in 1800. In the afternoon free time to enjoy the Maremma landscape in the big park surrounding the castle, where it will be also possible to practise horse riding. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 3 - Viterbo and Bagnaia After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be dedicated to the discovery of Viterbo: city tour and visit to the major monuments of the town: Piazza del Gesù, Palazzo Farnese, Palazzo dei Papi, Rocca Albornoz, Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo del Podestà, Quartiere S. Pellegrino, Fontana Grande, Fontana della Rocca. For lunch transfer to the close village of Bagnaia, where the group will taste traditional dishes and regional recipes by a typical restaurant inside the park of Villa Lante. In the afternoon guided visit to the beautiful Italian gardens of Villa Lante, designed by famous Renaissance architect Vignola, rich of water games and fountains. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 4 - Gradoli and Lubriano di Civitabagnoregio After breakfast in hotel, transfer to Gradoli, a charming city with panoramic on the Bolsena lake. Visit to the ancient Rocca Farnese and to the Museum of Historic Costumes. After the city sightseeing the group will stop by a wine cellar producing Aleatico Doc wine for a guided wine tasting. Lunch with traditional lake fish recipes in a suggestive restaurant by the lake. In the afternoon transfer to Lubriano and guided visit to the Monaldeschi Castle. Dinner inside the castle with traditional dishes. Overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 5 - Bomarzo After breakfast in hotel, transfer to Bomarzo, a small town near Viterbo, and guided visit of the Orsini Castle, which rises at the edge of the town. Lunch in a typical restaurant with traditional dishes and regional recipes. In the afternoon visit to the famous Sacred Grove (or Monsters’ grove, where “monster” must be understood in the Latin meaning of monstrare, which means to show and demonstrate), garden wanted by Vicino Orsini, Duke of Bomarzo, to honour his dead wife Julia Farnese. To create this gar-

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den, Vicino Orsini called on one of the greatest landscapers and architects of his time, Pirro Ligorio. The structure of the Sacred Grove means that from stop to stop, from stage to stage, each element is a component of an immense, very neoplatonic poem to the Duke of Bomarzo lost love. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 6 - Vignanello and Vasanello After breakfast in hotel, guided visit to the beautiful Ruspoli Castle in Vignanello, rich of precious XVIII century frescos and famous for its XVII century garden “all’italiana”. Stop by a wine estate and wine tasting of Doc Vignanello wine. For lunch transfer to nearby Orsini Castle Vasanello. The group will taste traditional dishes and typical products, visit the XVI century building, once ancient residence of Lucrezia Borgia, guided by the proprietor Marquise Elena of Misciatelliand and finally walk through its Medieval garden. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 7 - Bracciano and Bassano Romano In the morning, after breakfast in hotel, transfer to Bracciano and guided visit to gorgeous Orsini Odescalchi Castle, beautiful example of Medieval architecture. Lunch with traditional lake fish recipes in a typical restaurant by the Bracciano lake. In the afternoon transfer to Bassano Romano and visit to the majestic Giustiniani - Odescalchi Palace built in XVII century. The palace contains a famous and historic gallery of Popes portraits. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 8 - Tivoli Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Tivoli and guided visit of Villa D’Este the wonderful Renaissance villa built by Cardinal Ippolito II D’Este Duke of Ferrara and son of Alfonso D’Este and Lucrezia Borgia. The sumptuous dwelling has been designed by one of the world’s most famous architects of the time, the Neapolitan Pirro Ligorio. Built over a period of about 20 years, Villa D’Este is a unique masterpiece with 35.000 sqm. of gardens, 250 water jets, 60 springs, 255 waterfalls, 100 baths, 50 fountains, 20 exedras and terraces, 300 sluice gates and over 15.000 ornamental perennial plants, trees and flowers embellishing the gardens. Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon free time to spend in the gardens. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 9 - Viterbo Breakfast and end of service.


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The Farnese Dynasty Day 1 - Viterbo Pick up from the airport, transfer to Viterbo, dinner and overnight stay in hotel. Day 2 - Bolsena and Gradoli After breakfast in hotel, transfer to Bolsena and guided city tour including the visit of the XIV century Monaldeschi fortress, the Renaissance Palace belonging to Prince Del Drago and St. Cristina Balisica. For lunch, with traditional lake fish recipes in a typical restaurant by the lake, transfer to nearby Gradoli, a fascinating city by Bolsena Lake. In the afternoon, guided city tour of major historical monuments: Renaissance Farnese Palace and Farnesian Costumes Museum. Transfer to a wine estate producing Aleatico of Gradoli DOC wine, guided visit to the wine cellar and wine tasting. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 3 - Marta, Bisentina Isle and Capodimonte After breakfast in hotel, transfer to Capodimonte, a pleasant village by the lake, whose major monuments is the Farnese Palace, a Renaissance building by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane. Lake tour by boat and guided visit of beautiful Bizantina Isle. Transfer to Marta and lunch by a characteristic restaurant with traditional lake fish dishes. In the afternoon visit of the typical fisherman village of Marta. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 4 - Viterbo After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be dedicated to the discovery of Viterbo: city tour and visit to the major monuments of the town: Piazza del GesĂš,

Palazzo Farnese, Palazzo dei Papi, Rocca Albornoz, Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo del PodestĂ , Quartiere S. Pellegrino, Fontana Grande, Fontana della Rocca. Lunch with traditional dishes and regional recipes by a typical restaurant of the town. In the afternoon free time for individual activity, shopping or an intensive spa treatment on demand. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 5 - Caprarola, Lago di Vico and Ronciglione After breakfast in hotel, transfer to Caprarola where the group will visit the majestic Farnese Palace, rich with frescos and decorations, designed by the two greatest Italian Renaissance architects: Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane and Vignola. Lunch with traditional dishes in a typical restaurant by nearby the lake of Vico. In the afternoon transfer to Ronciglione, a suggestive small town rich in arts and history, where the group will admire one of Vignola masterpieces: the Unicorni Fountains realized by the Farnese family at the end of 1500. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 6 - Rome After breakfast in hotel, transfer to Rome where the group will visit the great and luxurious Farnese Palace, nowadays converted into the French Ambassady. Lunch with traditional dishes in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon free time for individual activity, shopping or city sightseeing. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo.

From Middle Age to Renaissance The History of Tuscia's most important noble family

Day 7 - Viterbo After breakfast in hotel, end of service.

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Umbria: Italy Green Heart Day 1 - Panicale Pick up from the airport terminal and transfer to Perugia. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Discovering the beauty of Umbria lanscape following the paintings of its greatest artist: Pietro Vanucci il Perugino

Day 2 - Città della Pieve Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Città della Pieve, the suggestive hilltop town which gave birth to Pietro Vannucci il Perugino known as The Divine Painter and unanimously considered one of the greatest protagonists of Italian renaissance art. Guided city tour of Oratorio di S. Maria dei Bianchi, where will be admired the fresco “Adorazione dei Magi” dated 1504 and of the Cathedral where will be admired the frescos "Madonna in Gloria e Santi" dated 1514 and "Battesimo di Gesù" dated 1510. Guided city tour and visit of Palazzo della Corgna, the residence of the Marquis Ascanio della Corgna realized by Renaissance architect Galeazzo Alessi and with frescos by Pomarancio. Lunch by a typical restaurant with dishes of the traditional Umbrian cooking. In the afternoon visit to the church of S. Maria dei Servi and the church of S. Pietro , both in the surroundings of Città della Pieve. There will be admired the frescos “Deposizione” dated 1517 and “S. Antonio abate e Ss. Marcello e Paolo” dated 1508. In the evening visit to a wine estate for a guided wine tasting. Dinner and overnight stay in Panicale.

Day 4 - Panicale and Paciano Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Panicale, a charming small hilltop town viewing the lake. City sightseeing including the painting “Martirio di S. Sebastiano” by Perugino dated 1505, the XIX theatre, the XVII churches of S. Michele Arcangelo and of Chiesa della Sbarra and the Sacred Arts Musems. Lunch by a typical restaurant with traditional dishes. In the afternoon foot excursion to close Paciano, member of the club “The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”. City sightseeing and then visit to an oil mill and guided tasting of extra virgin olive oil with traditional “bruschette”. Dinner and overnight stay in Panicale. Day 5 - Fontignano, Solomeo and Corciano Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Fontignano and visit to place where Perugino died in 1523. Lunch with traditional dishes and regional recipes in Solomeo, a charming village where the group will visit the Brunello Cucinelli Outlet, the most important Italian cashmere producer. In the afternoon guided visit of Corciano, fascinating hilltop village member of the club “The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”. There will be admired the painting from Perugino “Assunzione di Maria” dated 1512 and the historical monuments of the town. Dinner and overnight stay in Panicale. Day 6 - Perugia Breakfast in hotel. Guided city tour of Perugia, a beautiful Medieval hilltop town rich of historical monuments and great art works: Fontana Magggiore, Palazzo dei Priori, Sala dei Notari, Collegio del Cambio, Rocca Paolina, Arco Etrusco, Pozzo Etrusco, Palazzo Gallenga, Convento di S. Pietro, Church of San Severo, the Cathedral. Lunch by a typical restaurant with dishes of the traditional Umbrian cooking. In the afternoon visit of “University of Flavours” and workshop on the wines and typical products of Umbria. Dinner and overnight stay in Perugia.

Day 3 - Castiglione del Lago Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Castiglione del Lago, the fascinating small town viewing the Trasimeno Lake. Guided city tour and visit of the Medieval fortress and Palazzo della Corgna, the residence of the Marquis Ascanio della Corgna, where was given hospitality to important figures like Niccolò Machiavelli and Leonardo Da Vinci. The design of the Palace has been ascribed both to Vignola and to Alessi; the interior walls are rich with frescos and decorations. Lunch by a typical restaurant with traditional dishes. In the afternoon excursion by boat to Maggiore Isle, the biggest of the Trasimeno Lake. Guided visit of the Museum of Crochet Lace. Dinner and overnight stay in Panicale.

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Day 7 - Panicale Breakfast in hotel and end of service.


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The most beautiful renaissance Gardens in Latium pes. In the afternoon guided visit of the Orsini Castle, which rises at the edge of the town. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 5 - Lake Bolsena Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Bolsena and guided city tour including the visit of the XIV century Monaldeschi fortress, the Renaissance Palace belonging to Prince Del Drago and St. Cristina Balisica. Lunch, with traditional lake fish recipes in a typical restaurant by the lake. In the afternoon boat excursion to the Island of Bisentina. On the beautiful island, rich in naturalistic beauties, guided visit to the wonderful private gardens of Prince Del Drago. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 1 - Viterbo Pick up from the airport terminal and transfer to Viterbo. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel. Day 2 - Bagnaia Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Bagnaia and guided visit of Villa Lante with its magnificent Renaissance garden, designed by famous Renaissance architect Vignola, in which fabulous fountains and water games give memorable emotions. Lunch in a typical restaurant by the park of the Villa. In the afternoon guided city tour of Viterbo. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 3 - Caprarola and Vignanello Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Caprarola where the group will visit the superb Palazzo Farnese designed by Vignola, one of the greatest Italian garden masterpieces. Lunch in a typical restaurant by Lake of Vico. In the afternoon transfer to Vignanello to visit Castello Ruspoli and its splendid Italian Renaissance garden, regarded as one of the greatest in Italy. Day 4 - Bomarzo and Viterbo Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Bomarzo in order to visit to the famous Sacred Grove (or Monsters’ grove, where “monster” must be understood in the Latin meaning of monstrare, which means to show and demonstrate), garden wanted by Vicino Orsini, Duke of Bomarzo, to honour his dead wife Julia Farnese. To create this garden, Vicino Orsini called on one of the greatest landscapers and architects of his time, Pirro Ligorio. The structure of the Sacred Grove means that from stop to stop, from stage to stage, each element is a component of an immense, neoplatonic poem to the Duke of Bomarzo lost love. Lunch in a typical restaurant with traditional dishes and regional reci-

Day 6 - Rome Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Rome, the Eternal City. Guided visit to the most marvellous monuments of the town: Colosseo, the Fori Imperiali, Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi and Piazza Navona. Lunch a typical restaurant. In the afternoon, free time to spend in Rome for shopping. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 7 - Ninfa Garden Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Latina to visit the recently restored and unique Garden of Ninfa. A village, abandoned during Middle Age, was transformed during the 1920s into a very picturesque garden with an extensive plant collection. Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon free time to spend in the gardens. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 8 - Tivoli Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Tivoli and guided visit of Villa D’Este the wonderful Renaissance villa built by Cardinal Ippolito II D’Este Duke of Ferrara and son of Alfonso D’Este and Lucrezia Borgia. The sumptuous dwelling has been designed by one of the world’s most famous architects of the time, the Neapolitan Pirro Ligorio. Built over a period of about 20 years, Villa D’Este is a unique masterpiece with 35.000 sqm. of gardens, 250 water jets, 60 springs, 255 waterfalls, 100 baths, 50 fountains, 20 exedras and terraces, 300 sluice gates and over 15.000 ornamental perennial plants, trees and flowers embellishing the gardens. Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon free time to spend in the gardens. Dinner and overnight stay in Viterbo. Day 9 - Viterbo After breakfast in hotel, end of service.

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The Wine Routes of

Tuscany...

Day 1 - Siena Pick up from the airport and transfer to Siena. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

The Routes of Taste: an Emotional Journey into a Great Wine Land

Day 2 - Greve in Chianti, Classic Chianti Guided visit to Greve in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti, two important cities of the Chianti region. Visit to a wine producing estate, guided tour of the wine cellar and guided wine tasting. Lunch directly at the winery with tasting of typical products and traditional recipes. Dinner and overnight stay in Siena. Day 3 - Siena, Chianti of Siena Hills Guided tour of magnificent Siena, one of the most stunning towns in Italy, rich of artworks and historical monuments. Visit to Enoteca Italiana, at the Medici fortress, exposing all the most prestigious Italian wines. Lunch with traditional recipes by a typical restaurant. Free time for shopping. Dinner and overnight stay in Siena. Day 4 - Montepulciano, Vino Nobile Transfer to Val D'Orcia, the enchanting valley lying among the sweet hills in the southern area of Siena, and visit to an oil mill for a workshop about extra virgin olive oil and guided tasting with “bruschette� (toasted bread). Transfer to Montepulciano and guided city tour. Visit to a wine producing estate, guided tour of the wine cellar and guided wine tasting of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Lunch with traditional recipes by a typical restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay in Montepulciano. Day 5 - Montalcino, Brunello Transfer to Montalcino, the town from which the Tuscan wine with the greatest stature takes its name. Guided visit to the Montalcino fortress, a Medieval citadel now entirely dedicated to Brunello di Montalcino wine, where one can visit the Brunello Museum and learn about this great wine's history, follow Brunello workshops and tasting sessions or go to the Brunello wine shop. Visit to a wine producing estate, guided tour of the wine cellar and guided wine tasting of Brunello di Montalcino. Lunch with traditional recipes by a typical restaurant. Transfer to Grosseto for dinner and overnight stay. Day 6 - Grosseto, Morellino of Scansano Transfer to the Tuscan Maremma countryside to spend the whole day with the traditional Italian cowboys: The Butteri. The group will enjoy horse riding, a

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beautiful Butteri equestrian show, worshops on the typical Chianina meat used for row steaks and on Pecorino cheese. The group will also enjoy a Morellino di Scansano guided wine tasting. End of service.


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Discovering the great Wine tradition of Latium Day 1 - Bolsena Pick up from airport/Civitavecchia port and transfer to Bolsena, the city giving the name to the biggest Italian volcanic lake, with its beautiful natural environment and its important historical buildings and artistic churches. Dinner and overnight stay in Bolsena. Day 2 - Orvieto Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Orvieto, a beautiful Medieval Umbrian city dominated by the Monaldeschi della Cervara family from XII century to XV century. Guided city tour including the world famous gothic cathedral. Guided visit to the St. Patrick Well and of Palace of Taste and Regional Wine Exposition, the emblem of Umbrian typical products and wines. Lunch with traditional dishes by a local restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to a wine cellar producing the Orvieto doc wine, bottling proceed guided visit and wine tasting. Dinner and overnight stay in Bolsena.

tils. Dinner and overnight stay in Bolsena. Day 4 - Bolsena, Rocca Monaldeschi Breakfast in hotel Guided city tour of Bolsena and visit to the beautiful Monaldeschi fortress. Lunch with traditional lake fish recipes by a typical restaurant on the lake. In the afternoon transfer to a wine cellar producing the Montefiascone doc wine. Bottling proceed guided visit and wine tasting. Dinner and overnight stay in Bolsena. Day 5 - Civita di Bagnoregio, Castiglione in Teverina, Civitella d'Agliano Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Lubriano where the group will admire the breathtaking view of the Calanchi Valley and Civita called “The Dead City”. Guided visit of the ancient Monaldeschi Castle and lunch with traditional dishes inside the manor. In the afternoon transfer to nearby Civitella d'Agliano where the group will visit to the beautiful Monaldeschi fortress and then stop by a famous wine estate for a guided wine tasting session. Dinner and

Following the Monaldeschi Della Cervara’s history

overnight stay in Bolsena.

Day 3 - Acquapendente, Torre Alfina, Onano Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the Medieval city of Acquapendente and guided tour of its ancient towers, historical buildings and churches. Transfer to the nearby small village of Torre Alfina and guided visit to beautiful Monaldeschi castle. Lunch with tasting of the traditional dish “wild pig Buione” inside the castle. In the afternoon transfer to Onano to visit the Monaldeschi Palace. Tasting of the typical Onano len-

Day 6 - Viterbo After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be dedicated to the discovery of Viterbo: city tour and visit to the major monuments of the town: Piazza del Gesù, Palazzo Farnese, Palazzo dei Papi, Rocca Albornoz, Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo del Podestà, Quartiere S. Pellegrino, Fontana Grande, Fontana della Rocca. Lunch in a typical restaurant with traditional recipes and regional dishes. Free time for shopping and individual activity. Dinner and overnight stay. Day 7 - Montefiascone Breakfast in hotel. Guided city tour of Montefiascone, rich of historical monuments. Transfer to a wine cellar producing Montefiascone doc wine and bottling proceed guided visit, wine tasting and lunch with typical products and traditional dishes by the winery. End of service.

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The taste of Umbria

Maremma Food & Wine

Day 1 - Perugia Pick up from the airport terminal and transfer to Perugia. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Olive Oil and Truffle tour

Day 2 - Gubbio Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Gubbio for a guided visit to the Medieval city centre, rich of historical monuments and artworks. Lunch by a local restaurant with tasting of Gubbio's most precious the typical product: the white truffle (depending on the season white truffle could not be available; in that case it will be replaced by black truffle). Dinner and overnight stay in Perugia. Day 3 - Perugia Breakfast in hotel. Guided city tour of Perugia, a beautiful Medieval hilltop town rich of historical monuments and great art works. Lunch by a typical restaurant with dishes of the traditional Umbrian cooking. In the afternoon visit of “University of Flavours” and workshop on the wines and typical products of Umbria. Dinner and overnight stay in Perugia. Day 4 - Torgiano, Todi Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Torgiano, fabulous hilltop city and guided visit to the Olive Oil Museum. Transfer to an olive oil mill and oil tasting with “Bruschette” (toasted bread). Lunch by a typical restaurant with dishes of the traditional Umbrian cooking. In the afternoon transfer to Todi, a splendid Medieval small hilltop town. Dinner and overnight stay Perugia. Day 5 - Assisi and Spello Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Assisi, one of the most important religious city worldwide. Guided visit to the historical Cathedrals and Basilicas. Lunch by a typical restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to Spello, a beautiful Medieval small hilltop village. Dinner and overnight stay in Perugia. Day 6 - Trevi, Olivo di S. Emiliano and Spoleto Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Trevi, a town celebrated for its high quality extra virgin olive oil's production. Guided visit to the Olive Oil Civilization Museum and then visit to a olive oil mill and guided tasting. Lunch with typical dishes of the Umbrian cooking tradition. In the afternoon transfer to Spoleto: guided city tour and dinner by a local restaurant with tasting of Spoleto typical product: the black truffle. Dinner and overnight stay in Perugia. Day 7 - Perugia Breakfast and end of service.

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Day 1 - Bolsena Visit to Bolsena, the pleasant city giving the name to the Italian biggest volcanic lake, with its beautiful natural environment and its important historical buildings and churches like S. Cristina Basilica, Monaldeschi fortress and Prince of Drago Renaissance Palace. Lunch with traditional lake fish dishes by a suggestive restaurant on the lake. In the afternoon tour of the lake by boat and guided visit to the Bizantina Island, famous for the artworks of two important architects of the Renaissance period: Vignola and Antonio Da Sangallo Il Giovane. In the evening visit to a winery in Bolsena belonging to the Doc Montefiascone area and wine tasting of celebrated Est Est Est wine. Dinner and overnight stay in Tarquinia.


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cooking tradition: Day 2 - Lily Isle and Giannutri Breakfast in hotel. One day excursion by boat to the marvellous Giglio Island and Giannutri in the Tirrenio Sea. Lunch with typical sea fish dishes on board. Dinner and overnight stay in Tarquinia.

where Fish is King

Day 3 - Tarquinia and Tuscania Breakfast in hotel. Day dedicated to the visit of Tuscania and Tarquinia, two towns renowned for their Etruscan settlements, the second one declared Unesco Heritage in 2004. Lunch with traditional Etruscan dishes by a characteristic restaurant. In the evening transfer to Canino, a place celebrated for its extra virgin olive oil production, visit to an oil mill and guided tasting with “Bruschette” (toasted bred). Dinner in Canino with typical dishes and traditional recipes. Overnight stay in Tarquinia.

Day 1 - Santa Severa, Civitavecchia and Tarquinia Visit to Santa Severa Castle, a beautiful Medieval fortress lying directly at the seaside. Guided walking through the Roman-Etruscan settlement of Pyrgi, with its ancient important Etruscan port. Lunch in a typical Civitavecchia restaurant, a town famous for its fish cooking tradition. In the afternoon visit to the nearby Roman Taurine Thermal Baths. Transfer to Tarquinia for dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 4 - Pitigliano, Sorano e Sovana Breakfast in hotel. Visit to the characteristic village of Pitigliano, built on tufaceous rock and famous worldwide for its celebrated wine “White of Pitigliano”. City sightseeing including the Orsini Castle, the Sinagoga and the Jews ghetto. Transfer to close Sovana, a pleasant village still presenting its original Medieval structure. Lunch with traditional dishes in a typical restaurant. End of service.

Day 2 - Bolsena and Bisentina Isle Brakfast in hotel. Visit to Bolsena, the pleasant city giving the name to the Italian biggest volcanic lake, with its beautiful natural environment and its important historical buildings and churches like S. Cristina Basilica, Monaldeschi fortress and Prince of Drago Renaissance Palace. Lunch with traditional lake fish dishes by a suggestive restaurant on the lake. In the afternoon tour of the lake by boat and guided visit to the Bizantina Island, famous for the artworks of two important architects of the Renaissance period: Vignola and Antonio Da Sangallo Il Giovane. In the evening visit to a winery in Bolsena belonging to the Doc Montefiascone area and wine tasting of celebrated Est Est Est wine. Dinner and overnight stay in Tarquinia. Day 3 - Tuscania, Tarquinia and Cerveteri Breakfast in hotel. Day dedicated to the visit of Tuscania and Tarquinia, two important Etruscan settlements, the second one declared Unesco Heritage in 2004. Lunch with traditional Etruscan dishes by a characteristic restaurant in Tarquinia, where it will be also possible to taste the famous wines produced in Latium. In the afternoon visit to close Cerveteri Etruscan settlements, in 2004 declared Unesco Heritage. Typical Etruscan dinner in restaurant, with original Etruscan recipes and Etruscan music. Overnight stay in Tarquinia. Day 4 - Bracciano Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Bracciano, a pleasant village viewing Bracciano lake. Morning dedicated to the visit of Bracciano Castle, famous for being one of the most better conserved fortress worldwide. End of service.

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The Taste for Archaeology

Tuscany on the way of the Etruscans Day 1 - Montepulciano Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Montepulciano. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel. Day 2 - Cortona Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Cortona, beautiful hilltop town with view on Trasimeno Lake. During the way stop at the Etruscan tombs of Camucia and Sodo. Visit to Etruscan Museum and lunch by a typical restaurant. In the afternoon guided city tour of the historical monuments: the Romanic Cathedral, San Domenico Church with paintings by Beato Angelico and Signorelli. Dinner and overnight stay in Montepulciano. Day 3 - Chiusi Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Chiusi, the ancient Etruscan town where Porsenna, king of the Etruscan people, lived. Guided visit to the Etruscan Museum and to the important nearby tombs. Lunch by a typical restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to Chianciano, where on demand will be available a special treatment at the famous Spas of the town. Dinner and overnight stay in Montepulciano. Day 4 - Montepulciano Breakfast in hotel. Day dedicated to the discovery of Montepulciano, which, according to the legend, was founded by the Etruscan king Porsenna. Guided city tour and lunch by a typical restaurant. In the afternoon visit to a wine estate to see the wine cellar and enjoy a wine tasting session of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Montepulciano.

Day 5 - Siena Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Siena and guided city tour of the most important historical buildings: walking through the picturesque medieval narrow streets, the group will see Piazza del Campo, the square famous for the traditional "Palio" horse race, the gothic cathedral with artworks by Michelangelo, Pinturicchio, Bernini, Donatello and the imposing San Domenico church. During the transfer stop at an oil mill and guided tasting of extra virgin olive oil with traditional bruschette (toasted bread). Lunch by a typical restaurant. In the afternoon guided visit to the famous Enoteca Italiana inside the Medici fortress and wine tasting of Chianti Classico. Dinner and overnight stay in Montepulciano. Day 6 - Populonia and Grosseto Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Populonia and guided visit to its important Necropolis. Lunch with sea fish dishes by a typical restaurant at the sea side in enchanting Baratti Gulf. In the afternoon transfer to Vetulonia and guided walking through the Etruscan ruins. Dinner and overnight stay in Grosseto. Day 7 - Grosseto Breakfast in hotel. City tour of Grosseto, the main town of Maremma. Transfer to the Maremma countryside to enjoy a full day with the Butteri, the traditional Italian cowboys. Butteri equestrian show and lunch with traditional dishes. In the afternoon guided horse riding in the Maremma countryside. Dinner and overnight stay in Grosseto. Day 8 - Grosseto Breakfast and end of service.

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The Taste for Archaeology

The

Etruscans of Latium

Day 1 - Bolsena Pick up from the airport, transfer to Bolsena, dinner and overnight stay in hotel. Day 2 - Bolsena, Marta, Capodimonte and Bizantina Isle Breakfast in hotel. Guided city tour of Bolsena, a city by the lake rich of historical buildings and monuments, and visit to its Etruscan Museum. Transfer to Marta or Capodimonte, two villages by the lake, for lunch with traditional fish lake recipes in a typical restaurant by the lake. In the afternoon boat excursion to the Bizentina Isle. Dinner and overnight stay in Bolsena. Day 3 - Viterbo Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Viterbo and guided city tour of this town rich in Etruscan Medieval and Renaissance arts: Square del Gesù, Farnese Palace, Popes’ Palace, Fortress Albornoz, Priori Palace, Podestà Palace, Quarter S. Pellegrino, Fountain Grande, Fountain della Rocca. Visit to Etruscan Museum. Lunch in a typical restaurant with a traditional Etruscan menu. In the afternoon free time for shopping or just enjoying this beautiful city. On demand half day treatment at famous Viterbo thermal baths. Return to Bolsena for dinner and overnight stay. Day 4 - Tuscania, Canino, Vulci, Tarquinia Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Tuscania, beautiful ancient Etruscan city. Guided visit to its important Necropolis and Etruscan museum. City tour of the historical part of the town rich with Romanic churches, towers and palaces. Transfer to Canino and visit to a traditional oil mill to enjoy an oil tasting session with “bruschette”; lunch with typical products and

local recipes. In the afternoon transfer to Vulci and guided visit to its important Necropolis and Etruscan museum. Transfer to Tarquinia for dinner and overnight stay. Day 5 - Cerveteri, Santa Severa Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Cerveteri, an ancient Etruscan city, and guided visit to its important Necropolis, declared Unesco Heritage in 2004, and its Etruscan museum. Lunch by a typical restaurant with a traditional Etruscan menu. In the afternoon transfer to wine estate to visit of the wine cellar and enjoy a guided wine tasting session. In the evening visit of Santa Severa Castle direct by the sea. Dinner and overnight stay in Tarquinia. Day 6 - Tarquinia, Cooking School Breakfast in hotel. Transfet to Tarquinia to follow a workshop on Etruscan traditional cooking. Lunch with traditional dishes and regional recipes. In the afternoon free time to take part to a bike tour on demand. Dinner and overnight stay in Tarquinia.

Discovering the Etruscans: The Taste for Archaeology

Day 7 - Tarquinia Breakfast in hotel. Day dedicated to the discovery of Tarquinia and of its important Etruscan settlements: the Necropolis of Tarquinia has been declared Unesco Heritage in 2004. In the morning guided city tour of the Etruscan Museum located in Vitelleschi Palace, a beautiful building of the Renaissance period. Lunch with traditional dishes and wine tasting by a winery. Dinner and overnight in Tarquinia. Day 8 - Tarquinia Breakfast and end of service.

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The Taste for Archaeology

Discovering the Etruscans: visiting their Major Cities

The Etruscan countryside and cities

Day 1 - San Gimignano and Volterra Day dedicated to the discovery of the Tuscan town San Gimignano, rich of Medieval monuments. Visit to a winery and wine tasting. Lunch with traditional dishes in Volterra, a jewel of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance arts. Dinner and overnight stay in Volterra. Day 2 - Siena, Montepulciano and Chiusi Breakfast in hotel. In the morning guided tour of magnificent Siena, and for lunch transfer to Montepulciano, the town where the great Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is produced. In the afternoon, travelling across the beautiful Tuscan countryside, transfer to Chiusi and visit to its Etruscan findings. Dinner and overnight stay in Orvieto.

Day 3 - Orvieto Breakfast in hotel. Full day dedicated to Orvieto, famous in the world for its gothic cathedral. Guided city tour and lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon visit to a winery and wine tasting: Orvieto is renowned for its great white wines. Dinner and overnight stay in Orvieto. Day 4 - Tarquinia, Cerveteri and Rome Breakfast in hotel. Day dedicated to the discovery of the important archaeological findings of Tarquinia declared Unesco Heritage in 2004. Lunch with typical Etruscan dishes. Dinner and overnight stay in Rome. Day 5 - Rome Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Rome and visit to the archaeological museum of Villa Giulia. Lunch in a typical Trastevere restaurant and guided city tour in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay in Rome. Day 6 - Rome Breakfast and end of service.

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The Taste for Archaeology

Discovering the

Etruscan Sea Day 1 San Gimignano and Volterra Day dedicated to the discovery of the Tuscan town San Gimignano, rich of Medieval monuments. Lunch with traditional dishes in Volterra, a jewel of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance arts. Dinner and overnight stay in S. Vincenzo. Day 2 - Populonia and Baratti Gulf Breakfast in hotel. In the morning visit to Populonia, one the ancient Etruscan ports. Boat excursion in the Baratti Gulf and lunch on board with typical sea fish dishes. Dinner and overnight stay in S. Vincenzo. Day 3 - Ansedonia and Argentario Breakfast in hotel. Visit to the archaeological findings of Ansedonia and Cosa. Lunch with typical sea fish dishes at the sea side. In the afternoon visit to Porto S. Stefano and Porto Ercole in the gorgeous Argentario peninsula. Dinner and overnight stay in Tarquinia. Day 4 - Vulci and Tarquinia Breakfast in hotel. Visit of Vulci, an important Etruscan settlement. Lunch at a winery estate with tasting of typical products in Tarquinia. Free afternoon for sea activities. Dinner and overnight stay in Tarquinia. Day 5 - Tarquinia and Cerveteri Breakfast in hotel. Day dedicated to the discovery of Tarquinia and Cerveteri, two Etruscan settlement declared Unesco Heritage in 2004. Lunch with typical Etruscan dishes. Dinner and overnight stay in Tarquinia. Day 6 - Tarquinia Breakfast and end of service.

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Spirituality

Sacred places in Latium

A journey through the places of Faith

Day 1 - Orvieto e Bolsena Visit of Orvieto, a suggestive Umbrian hilltop town known all over the world for its marvellous gothic cathedral. Lunch with traditional recipes in a characteristic restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to Bolsena, the pleasant small town giving its name to the biggest Italian volcanic lake. Visit of St. Cristina Church and catacombs. St.Cristina, who died as a martyr, is known all over the world for an unexpected event happened in 1263, many years after her death: in S.Cristina cave blood incredibly started to gush out of unleavened bread when a priest split it up during Mass, and stained the altar. This miracle was consecrated by pope Urbano IV by the feast of Corpus Christi. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Viterbo. Day 2 - Montefiascone Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Montefiascone, where the group will visit the Romanesque church of St. Flaviano and the church of St. Margherita that overlooks the city. Montefiascone, former Papal City, was one of the centres of the pilgrims route. Lunch with traditional recipes in a characteristic restaurant. In the afternoon, visit of the church of St. Andrew, one of the most ancient in Italy and of Rocca dei Papi, the Papal fortress. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Day 3 - Viterbo Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Viterbo and visit of the sanctuary of Saint Mary of the Oak, where a miraculous image with the same name is venerated. Legend has it that the image got its name from the fact that a peasant had hung it upon the trunk of an oak tree. The church, in Roman sacral rococo architecture, is richly decorated with paintings, frescoes, stucco and marble. Lunch with traditional recipes in a characteristic restaurant. In the afternoon visit to the St. Rose Church and the convent of St. Mary of the Roses. This place is dedicated to St. Rose, a young Viterbian girl who, during XIII century, made miracles when still a child and then spent her whole short existence in the defence of the Pope and the Guelphic party preaching against the Ghibellines and the German emperor Frederic II. Today St. Rose is the patron of the town and the city honours her with a procession which takes place on September 3rd when her statue, on a base measuring at least 30 metres, is carried around the city centre by the devote strong members of the community. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Day 4 - Valleranno, Corchiano and St. Martino al Cimino Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Vallerano near Viterbo, where the group will visit the baroque Church of St.

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Mary of the Brook, with the Farnese Chapel, the family of Pope Paul III. Richly decorated with paintings, frescoes, stucco and marbles, the church presents also a fresco from Pomarancio and a preciously decorated wooden portal. The church was founded in remembrance of a miracle happened in 1604, when blood gushed out from an image of the Virgin. Lunch with traditional recipes in a characteristic restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to St. Martino al Cimino, where will be visited the Cisercences Abbey. On the way, stop at Corchiano in order to visit the Sanctuary of Madonna del Soccorso, rich with paintings and decorations. At the Abbey, in Gothic style, the group will visit the Museum of the Abbey. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Day 5 - Faleri Novi and Civitavecchia Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Faleri Novi, where the group will visit the ancient riuns of the sanctuary of St. Mary of Faleri. Today the imposing Abbey, built by the Benedectine monks, is abandoned as the whole town of Falleri, but the site presents interesting ruins of the Middle age. Transfer to Civitavecchia, where the group will lunch in a typical restaurant with traditional sea fish dishes. In the afternoon visit to the statue of the Virgin of Pantano, which is believed to be object of a miracle happened during the ninties: it seems, in fact, that tears of blood gushed out directly from the statue's eyes. Transfer to Rome and dinner and overnight in hotel. Day 6 - Rome, St. Peter Cathedral Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Rome, the Capital of Catholic Faith and visit to St. Peter's Cathedral. The imposing cathedral, built in XVI by the greatest masters of Renaissance like Michelangelo, Raffaelo, Giacomo della Porta e Bernini, was founded on the ruins of an ancient early Christian church believed to hold the mortal remains of St. Peters. Lunch with traditional dishes of the typical Roman cuisine. In the afternoon free time for individual activity at St. Peter's Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in hotel. Day 7 - Rome, Vatican Museums Breakfast in hotel. Day dedicated to the visit of the magnificent Vatican Museums, rich of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Etruscan arts. Moreover, the museum presents great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance created by the most significant artists of the period like Michelangelo, Raffaello, Perugino and many others. End of service.


Spirituality Day 1 - Perugia Pick up from the airport terminal and transfer to Perugia. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel. Day 2 - Perugia Breakfast in hotel. Guided city tour of Perugia, a beautiful Medieval hilltop town rich of historical monuments and great art works: Fontana Magggiore, Palazzo dei Priori, Sala dei Notari, Collegio del Cambio, Rocca Paolina, Arco Etrusco, Pozzo Etrusco, Palazzo Gallenga, Convento di S. Pietro, Church of San Severo, the Cathedral. Lunch by a typical restaurant with dishes of the traditional Umbrian cooking. In the afternoon visit of “University of Flavours� and workshop on the wines and typical products of Umbria. Dinner and overnight stay in Perugia. Day 3 - St. Maria degli Angeli and Assisi Breakfast in hotel. Guided city tour of Assisi, Holy City for the Christians, every year visited by those pilgrims who want to see the places of the llife of Saint Francis. The group will visit during the whole day the Upper Basilica, the Lower Basilica, Saint Peter, Plaza of Vescovado, the fortress, Saint Stefan, Saint Francis street and Saint Maria Maggiore in S. Maria degli Angeli. Lunch by a typical restaurant with dishes of the traditional Umbrian cooking. Dinner and overnight stay in Perugia.

The Mystic

Umbria

convent dedicated to Saint Rita, ruled by the Augustinian nuns, and to the Saint Rita sanctuary. Transfer to Norcia, the Umbrian town famous for its hams and typical products productions. Lunch with typical dishes of the Umbrian cooking tradition. In the afternoon Norcia city sightseeing. Dinner and overnight stay in Perugia. Day 7 - Orvieto Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Orvieto, a fascinating medieval city known for its wonderful Gothic Cathedral. Guided city tour of the city centre. Lunch with typical dishes of the Umbrian cooking tradition. In the afternoon wine tasting of the famous white wines produced in this town. Dinner and overnight stay in Perugia.

The Land of St. Francis

Day 8 - Perugia Breakfast and end of service.

Day 4 - Spello, Villa Fidelia, Foligno Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Spello, a beautiful Medieval small hilltop village. Lunch by a typical restaurant with dishes of the traditional Umbrian cooking. In the afternoon visit of beautiful Villa Fidelia, an historical residence housesing a rich collection of contemporary paintings, silverware, ceramics and ancient majolica, and of Foligno, one of the most ancient Umbrian town. Dinner and overnight stay in Perugia. Day 5 - Trevi, Fonti del Clitunno, Montefalco Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Trevi, a town celebrated for its high quality extra virgin olive oil's production. Visit to Museum of Extra Virgin Olive Oil; stop at the Olivo di S. Emiliano, the most ancient olive tree of Italy and then visit to a olive oil mill and guided tasting. Lunch with typical dishes of the Umbrian cooking tradition. In the afternoon guided visit to the Fonti del Clitunno, where the group will enjoy the stunning natural environment. Transfer to Montefalco: guided city tour and tasting of famous Montefalco wine: Sagrantino. Dinner and overnight stay in Perugia. Day 6 - Cascia and Norcia Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Cascia, the pleasant hilltop town where St. Rita was born in 1381. Visit to the

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The Eternal City

Rome between the Empire and Middle Age Day 1 - St. Callisto Catacombs and Ancient Ostia Visit to S. Callisto catacombs, the most important Christian ones in Rome, and to Via Ostiense Museum, rich of findings coming from the ancient Roman port. Lunch with traditional sea fish dishes in a typical restaurant by the sea side. In the afternoon archaeological guided walk through the Roman ruins of Ostia, a strategic naval base for the ancient Romans. Free time for enjoying Ostia, which during the '60s became a very appreciated fun town, directly at the sea side, for the “Dolce Vita� lovers. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel. Day 2 - St. Clemente and Clelio Breakfast in hotel. Visit to S. Clemente Basilica, one of the most significant in Rome. Lunch with typical dishes of the traditional Roman cooking by a local restaurant. In the afternoon visit to the Caelian Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome, rich of historical monuments, churches and archaeological findings. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel. Day 3 - Diocletian Thermal Baths and St. Mary of the Angels Breakfast in hotel. Guided visit to Michelangelo's masterpiece Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Guided archaeological walk through the ruins of the ancient grandiose Diocletian thermal baths, the biggest in the world. Lunch with dishes of the Roman cooking tradition by a typical restaurant. Free time for shopping. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel. Day 4 - Grottaferrata, Frascati and Gandolfo Castle Breakfast in hotel. Guided visit to S. Nilo Abbey in Grottaferrata (XI century). Transfer to Frascati where will be visited a wine cellar producing the Frascate Doc wine for a guided tasting. Lunch in a local restaurant where will be tasted typical dishes of traditional Roman cooking. Visit to Castel Gandolfo, the Pope summer residence. Dinner and over-

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night stay in hotel. Day 5 - Subiaco Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the Aniene Valley, near Rome, and guided visit to the S. Benedict's Monastery. End of service.


First Proposal

Second Proposal

Tuscia Tuscia

for Families: for Families: Day 1 - Bolsena Lake and St. Stephen Caves Guided city tour of Marta, a suggestive village by the lake surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. Tour by boat on the lake and guided visit to Bizentina Isle, rich of artworks by two major Renaissance architects Vignola and Antonio Da Sangallo The Young. Lunch with traditional lake fish dishes by a typical restaurant by the lake. Transfer to Grotte S. Stefano for dinner and overnight stay at S. Cristina Castle. Day 2 - Bomarzo and Viterbo After breakfast transfer to Bomarzo and guided visit of the stunning Orsini Castle and of The Sacred Grove, an allegoric garden ideated by Prince Orsini during the mannerism period. Transfer to close Bagnaia and lunch with traditional dishes by a typical restaurant. In the afternoon guided visit to marvellous Villa Lante, an extraordinary example of Italian mannerism. Return to S. Cristina Castle for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 1 - Bolsena and Canino Visit to Bolsena, the pleasant city giving the name to the Italian biggest volcanic lake, with its beautiful natural environment and its important historical buildings and churches like St. Cristina Basilica, Monaldeschi fortress and Prince of Drago Renaissance Palace. Lunch with traditional lake fish dishes by a suggestive restaurant on the lake. In the afternoon tour of the lake by boat and guided visit to the Bizantina Island, famous for the artworks of two important architects of the Renaissance period: Vignola and Antonio Da Sangallo Il Giovane. In the evening visit to a winery in Bolsena belonging to the doc Montefiascone area and wine tasting of celebrated Est Est Est wine. Dinner and overnight stay in Tarquinia.

Travelling with children

Day 2 - Lily isle and Giannutri Isle Breakfast in hotel. One day excursion by boat to the marvellous Giglio Island and Giannutri in the Tirrenio Sea. Lunch with typical sea fish dishes on board. Dinner and overnight stay in Tarquinia.

Day 3 - Nepi and Bracciano Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Nepi where the group will spend the whole day in a “Didactic Farm” enjoying the company of many species of domestic animals in a beautiful natural environment. Transfer to Bracciano lake and guided city tour of Bracciano. Lunch with traditional sea fish dishes and traditional recipes in a suggestive restaurant by the lake. Return to S. Cristina Castle for dinner and overnight stay. Day 4 - St. Cristina Castle Breakfast at S. Cristina Castle and end of service.

Day 3 - Santa Marinella and Civitavecchia Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Santa Marinella where the group will spend the whole day in a “Didactic Farm” enjoying the company of many species of domestic animals in a beautiful natural environment. Lunch with traditional dishes and typical products by the farm. In the afternoon visit to the nearby Roman Taurine Thermal Baths. Return to Tarquinia for dinner and overnight stay in hotel. Day 4 - Tarquinia and Tuscania Breakfast in hotel. Day dedicated to the visit of Tarquinia, an important Etruscan settlements declared Unesco Heritage in 2004. On demand: guided visit of the Etruscan settlements of Tuscania. End of service.

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Calendar

of events

JANUARY LATIUM, CAPRAROLA, S. MARINELLA, TOLFA AND TARQUINIA FEAST OF ST. ANTHONY Events dedicated to the horse and to the animals in general. LATIUM, TUSCANIA, FEAST OF PANCAKE Folkloristic event. FEBRUARY LATIUM, GRADOLI, FESTA DEGLI INCAPPUCCIATI E PRANZO DEL PURGATORIO Folkloristic events. TUSCANY, MONTAPULCIANO VINO NOBILE PREVIEW Wine tasting seminars. MARCH UMBRIA, NORCIA, BENEDICTINE CELEBRATIONS Event celebrating St. Benedict, who is the patron saint of Norcia as well as all of Europe. Norcia evokes its medieval past with a crossbow competition. APRIL LATIUM, TARQUINIA, CATTLE BRANDING FESTIVAL AND PALIO DELLE CONTRADE A grand parade with costumed characters from the Middle Ages plus a genuine rodeo in a ringed arena. The equestrian feats of strength and enduring are very similar to what one might envision in the Old West. UMBRIA, TODI, ANTIQUARIA FAIR The show is held in the magnificent halls of the Palazzo delle Aste, in the very heart of the city. MAY LATIUM, BRACCIANO, CATTLE BRANDING FESTIVAL Equestrian feast. LATIUM, MARTA, BARABBATA AND SAGRA DEL LATTARINO Two events dedicated to historical traditions and culinary heritage. TUSCANY, ALBERESE, CATTLE HERDING TOURNAMENT Cattle herding tournament and rodeo. Horse-riding competition in which the herders display their abilities. UMBRIA, GUBBIO, CORSA DEI CERI This age-old traditional event is held the day before the feast day of St. Hubald, patron saint of Gubbio. The Ceri are three enormous wooden monoliths, each of which weighs approximately 400 kilograms, and they bear the statues of St. Hubald, St. George and St. Anthony. The townspeople carry these unusual obelisks on their shoulders as they race through the historic city centre, up to the Basilica of St. Hubald on the top of Mount Ingino. UMBRIA, CASCIA, FEAST OF ST. RITA Religious celebrations devoted to St. Rita. UMBRIA, GUBBIO, PALIO DELLA BALESTRA This target-shooting competition uses a medieval crossbow from a fixed point. The crossbowmen dress in medieval costumes and the competition is held before the ancient city magistrates. UMBRIA, ORVIETO, FESTA DELLA PALOMBELLA Event performed since Middle Age which began through the initiative of the ancient and noble Monaldeschi family. The outcome of the event is considered an omen for the coming year.

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JUNE LATIUM, BAGNAIA, FEAST OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS Ducks, rabbits, birds and many other animals are the stars of this show much loved by children. LATIUM, BOLSENA, FLOWER CARPETS PAGEANT Celebration for the feast of Corpus Christi. TUSCANY, FLORENCE, FOOTBALL IN LIVERY Have fun thanks to this ancient agonistic tradition. TUSCANY, AREZZO, TOURNAMENT OF THE SARACINO It is an ancient knights' tournament which has its roots in the Middle Age. UMBRIA, FOLIGNO, GIOSTRA DELLA QUINTANA This festival dates back to an age-old horseback competition that was held in the 17th century. Its objective was to define the knight's order of priority in his loyalty to his prince or lady. UMBRIA, SPELLO, FLOWER CARPETS PAGEANT Celebration for the feast of Corpus Christi. JULY LATIUM, BOLSENA, ST. CRISTINA MYSTERIES Folkloristic and religious celebrations. TUSCANY, MONTALCINO, MONTALCINO JAZZ AND WINE Music and wine tasting. UMBRIA, PERUGIA, UMBRIA JAZZ The top European jazz festival. It lasts for ten days and is held in Perugia's historic district in ancient palaces, squares and parks. UMBRIA, SPOLETO, SPOLETO FESTIVAL One of the most famous Italian events on an international level. It features stage plays, dance, concerts, exhibits and films. UMBRIA TODIARTE FESTIVAL Theater, music, ballet, and cultural events. The performances are held in courtyards throughout the city. AUGUST LATIUM, CAPODIMONTE, SAGRA DEL COREGONE E LUMINARA Folkloristic events dedicated to culinary traditions and regional dishes with lake fish. LATIUM, CERVETERI, FESTIVAL OF GRAPE AND WINE The event proposes costumed processions, equestrian competitions, and an agricultural produce competition. There are also various street games, music, dancing, and wine samplings. LATIUM, MONTEFIASCONE, FESTIVAL OF EST! EST!! EST!!! Event dedicated to the most famous white wine of the region. TUSCANY, SIENA PALIO The most famous Italian tournament held in beautiful Piazza del Campo between the 17 town teams dating back to the XII Century. TUSCANY, MONTEPULCIANO BARREL RACE A race which is held along the main street of the town with barrels weighing over 80 kilos, which are rolled by competitors who represent the eight town divisions. TUSCANY, ALBERESE, GROSSETO CATTLE HERDING TOURNAMENT Cattle herding tournament and rodeo. Horse-riding competition in which the herders display their abilities. UMBRIA, CITTÀ DELLA PIEVE, PALIO DEI TERZIERI This age-old competition dates to the 16th-17th centuries. Approximately 700 people participate in the historic procession through the city.

UMBRIA, TORGIANO, WINECOLOURS An event focusing on experiencing wine in an original way: the Vinarelli festival unites wine, painting and gourmet food. SEPTEMBER LATIUM, ROME, THE WHITE NIGHT Concerts, exhibitions and events for the most beautiful night in Rome. TUSCANY, AREZZO TOURNAMENT OF THE SARACINO It is an ancient knights' tournament which has its roots in the Middle Ages. OCTOBER LATIUM, LAKE OF BOLSENA, BISENTINA ISLE Concerts of classic music open air. LATIUM, LUBRIANO, WINE FESTIVAL The event proposes numerous wine tastings. LATIUM, VITERBO, MACHINE OF SANTA ROSA Event celebrating St. Rose, who is the patron saint of Viterbo. TUSCANY, MONTALCINO RETURN OF HUNTING‘ EVENT Historic and folkloristic event with a parade and ancient dancing. UMBRIA, ASSISI, CELEBRATIONS FOR ST. FRANCIS The liturgical ceremonies in honour of St. Francis, the patron saint of Italy, are held in the two basilicas of St. Francis and Santa Maria degli Angeli. UMBRIA, PERUGIA, EUROCHOCOLATE The event, dedicated to the food of the gods, transforms the city of Perugia into an animated patisserie. NOVEMBER LATIUM, CANINO, HARVEST FESTIVAL Folkloristic event celebrating the traditional olive oil production. LATIUM, TARQUINIA, FERLENGO FEAST A tasteful event dedicated to the famous mushroom. LATIUM, VIGNANELLO, WINE FESTIVAL Celebrations for the new wine. LATIUM, VITERBO, ANTIQUARIA FAIR The show is held in the very heart of the city. UMBRIA, CITTÀ DI CASTELLO, TRADE FAIR OF THE TRUFFLE The event is due to celebrate the white truffle, one of the most sought-after species, which grows in fair quantities in the Upper Tiber Valley. UMBRIA, TORGIANO, ITALIAN WINE-JUDGING COMPETITION This is a nationally-famous competition where Umbria's wine production is exalted in the name of quality. DECEMBER LATIUM, CANINO, OLIVE OIL FESTIVAL The event celebrates the traditional olive oil production with interesting seminars and guided tastings. LATIUM, TUSCANY AND UMBRIA, CHRISTMAS At Christmas-time there are many artistic crèches of great beauty to be enjoyed, and also living crèches which are enacted in many towns. UMBRIA, ORVIETO, UMBRIA JAZZ WINTER Orvieto hosts the winter edition of the famous jazz festival. The closing concert, which usually features a gospel choir, is held in Orvieto's famous cathedral.

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After this latter no refund can be given to the customers. Besides, No refund can be agreed for those customers who do not present themselves for departure, who cannot participate in the holiday because the required documents for expatriation are lacking or invalid or insufficient, and who withdraw during the holiday itself.

General conditions for the sale of tourist packages

GENERAL CONTRACT CONDITIONS 1. TOURIST PACKAGE CONCEPT Il Maestrale S.r.l organises travels, holidays, and all inclusive tours which are sold through its own Travel Agency or by different Travel Agencies. In compliance with Art. 2.1 of Decree 111/95: “the tourist packages cover travels, holidays and “all-inclusive” circuits, and are the result of a predefined combination of at least two of the following elements, sold and offered for sale at a flat-rate price, and which last for more than 24 hours, that is to say, at least one night’s accommodation is included: a) transport; b) accommodation; c) tourist services not included in transport or accommodation (in comp. with Art. 7 letters l and m) that constitute a significant part of the tourist package. 2. LEGISLATIVE SOURCES The contract of sale of a tourist package is regulated not only by these general conditions, but also by any clauses indicated in the contract given to the customers, and by Law no. 1084 dated 27.12.1977 for ratification and application of the International Convention regarding Travel Contracts (CCV) signed in Brussels on 23.4.1970; as well as Legislative Decree 111/95 actuating the Directive 90/314/CEE (dated 13th June 1990) relating to travels, holidays, and all inclusive tours, in order to cover the customers, states that: - Tour operators and Travel Agencies can organise and sell tourist packages with full Italian state authorization only; - customers have the right to receive a copy of the sales contract for the package holiday purchased (Art. 6 of Legislative Decree 111/95) and the sales contract is a necessary document to permit the customers the applying to the Guarantee Fund (see the art. 18th of this general contract conditions). 3. BINDING INFORMATION The organiser writes out (for tours in catalogue and extra programmes) e technical list which features are detailed below: a- No. of the state authorization b- No. of the policy for civil liabilities c- The currency of catalogue and extra programmes d- Referring exchange for currency adaptations (day or value) 4. RESERVATIONS The contract of sale of the tourist package is written out clearly and with precision. The customers receive copy of the contract agreed upon, signed or stamped by the travel organiser or agent. Il Maestrale S.r.l will accept the reservation according to the availability of accommodations communicated by supplier only. Besides, acceptance of the booking is intended as finalised and the contract consequently concluded only when Il Maestrale S.r.l confirm it to the customer, by the Travel Agency too. Indications relative to the tourist package not contained in the contract, in the brochures or in other media of online communication, will be provided by the Organiser in good time and before the start of the holiday. 5. PAYMENT At the moment of the booking the entire registration fee and a deposit of 25% of the total amount shall be paid. The balance will be paid by the customer no later than the 30th day prior to the day before the start of the stay. For registrations occurring in the 30 days preceding the date of departure the entire amount and the registration fee shall be paid at the time of registration. 6. EXPRESS CLAUSE FOR LEGAL TERMINATION The non-payment by the agreed dates and the non-observance of the aforementioned formalities constitutes an express clause for legal termination of the contract, with the possibility that Il Maestrale S.r.l may seek compensation for damages suffered. 7. PRICE VARIATIONS The total amount of stays, trips, and tourist packages is assessed in basis of the catalogue and the programmes extra- catalogue; it may vary up to 21 days before the date of departure and only if justified by variations in: transport costs, including cost of fuel, foreign correspondent services, air travel costs; rights and taxes for some types of tourist services such as taxes, landing taxes, embarkation and disembarkation taxes in airports and ports; exchange rate taxes applied to the all inclusive package. If the price increase exceeds 10%, the customer may withdraw from the contract by giving to Il Maestrale S.r.l communication within no more than 8 days from the time of being informed of the increase. In the aforementioned case the customer may have the alternative right to a refund of the cost already paid or the possibility to take advantage of another tourist package of an equivalent or, if none is available, higher cost. The price of the offers cannot vary in the 20 days preceding the date of departure. 8. CUSTOMER WITHDRAWAL a) The customer may withdraw from the contract, without paying penalties, under the following circumstances: if the price increase exceeds 10%; if a significant change (this means any variation in elements objectively configurable as fundamental for the fruition of the tourist package considered overall) occurs to some essential element of the contract after the conclusion of the contract itself, but before departure and not accepted by the Customer. In the aforementioned case, the customer may have the alternative right: to take advantage of another tourist package of an equivalent or, if none is available, a higher or lower cost (in this case the price difference will be reimbursed); to ask for a refund of the cost already paid within 7 working days from the time of being informed of the modification. The customer will be required to give communication of the decision (to accept the modification or withdraw) within no more than 2 working days from the time of being informed of the increase or the modification. Should no such written communication be forthcoming within the aforementioned date, the proposal will be understood to have been accepted. b) With the exception of the cases disciplined by the DTL 111/95 (to which reference is made) and the above mentioned hypothesis, the customer who withdraws from the contract before departure will be charged of the entire registration fee, and the following the penalties: - 10% of the agreed tariff up to 30 days prior to the date of departure; - 30 % of the agreed tariff from the 30th to the 21st day before the date of departure; - 50% of the agreed tariff from the 20th to the 11th day before the date of departure; - 75% of the agreed tariff from the 10th to the 3rd day before the date of departure;

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9. MODIFICATION OF THE CONTRACTUAL TERMS If the organiser communicates before departure that it has become impossible to provide the necessary services required for the tourist package (except in the case where the cancellation has been caused by reasons attributable to the customer), the customer may accept the new proposals or withdraw from the contract without paying penalties, and availing himself/herself of the rights as indicated at the letter a of preceding art. 8. If well-founded reasons exist the organiser shall be allowed to modify the programme with alternative of equal or higher value only If the organiser is unable to provide an essential part of the services indicated in the contract after departure for whatever reason except any attributable to the customer, alternative solutions will have to be offered, with no extra charge to the customer. If the services provided are of a lower value that those originally offered the cost difference will be reimbursed. Should it not be possible to offer any kind of alternative solution, or the solution offered by is refused by the customer for serious and valid reasons, the organiser shall offer transport at no extra charge of the same quality programmed for returning to the point of departure, or different place, as agreed, compatible with the availability of the transport and seats, and will reimburse the difference in cost between the services booked and those actually provided at the time of early return. If the tourist package has to be cancelled owing to the lack of participants for the minimum required by the offer description and the organiser communicates the cancellation before the 20th day preceding the date of departure, the customer has the rights indicated at the letter a of the aforementioned art. 8. 10. REPLACEMENTS Before departure, the customer may find other persons to take his/her place as long as the replacement satisfies all the conditions for utilisation of the service and the organiser is informed, in writing at least 4 working days before the date indicated for departure, about the need of replacement and the necessary information regarding the replacement. In any case the withdrawing customer will pay the registration fee and the substitute shall be jointly liable with the cessionary for payment of the amounts, and the costs sustained by the organiser for proceeding with the replacement. 11. ORGANISER LIABILITIES a- The damages suffered by the customer because of total or partial failure to provide tourist services are refunded according to the Italian and European laws. The damages have to be refunded within three years after the date of return journey, except of the non fulfilment of services of transport covered by the tourist package which have to be refunded within 10 or 12 months after the return (see the art. 2951 C.C.). b- The contracting parties may fix in writing the limits of compensation for damages (but not for harms done to person) caused by total or partial failure of the organiser in providing the services covered by the tourist package, but according to the art. No. 13 of Bruxelles Convention of 13th April 1970 (CCV) and executed with the L. no. 1084 (29th December 1977) and its modifications; in any case in compliance with the Art. No. 1341 comma 2 C.C. The prescribed term for refund is 1 year after the return in the same place of departure. 12. EXEMPTION FROM LIABILITIES Il Maestrale S.r.l is liable for damages suffered by the customer because of total or partial failure to provide services as laid down in the contract, whether Il Maestrale S.r.l. is not liable for events extraneous to the supply of the services envisaged by the contract, act of God, fortuitous events, and events of force majeure. After compensation for damages, the organiser and the agents are subrogated toward third parties. The customer is obliged to provide Il Maestrale S.r.l all the documents, information and elements in his/her possession for exercising this latter’s right of subrogation towards third parties responsible for damage. 13. ASSISTANCE OBLIGATIONS The organiser is under the obligation to offer the Customer the measure of assistance imposed by criteria of professional diligence with exclusive reference to personal obligations as laid down by law or by contract. 14. CLAIMS AND COMPLAINTS The customer must make a complaint to the organiser at the time the problem arises or, if this is not immediately recognisable, no later than 10 working days of the date programmed for return to the place of departure. The complaint shall be made by registered letter with return receipt. If the complaint is presented on the site of the tourist services, the organiser must offer the Customer all the assistance indicated in aforesaid article 13 in order to seek a prompt and fair solution. Customers cannot ask for compensation for lost, damage or stolen baggage, money or valuables which have not been insured before departure. 15. OPTIONAL INSURANCE If insurance policies are not included in the tourist package, Il Maestrale S.r.l recommends that you ask for the following types of insurances: trip cancellation, accidental disabilities, and lost of luggage. It’s also possible to stipulate policies covering the expenses for medical assistance and emergency repatriation. 16. HOTEL CLASSIFICATION The official classification of hotels is formally provided by regional authorities according to the terms of the Law no. 203 of 30th May 1995. In the absence of officially classification recognised by competent public authorities Il Maestrale S.r.l reserves the right to offer its own evaluation of the accommodation’s quality level. 17. GUARANTEE FUND In case of the Organiser’s or The Travel Agency’s neglect or failure to safeguard, the Prime Minister’s office has founded a National Guarantee Fund to which the customer may apply the following requirements: refund of amounts paid; return journey home for trips abroad. The Fund shall also provide an immediate economic availability for tourists forced to return home from nonEuropean Community countries due to emergencies whether attributable or not to the Organiser’s behaviour. 18. ORGANISER’S INSURANCE POLICY Il Maestrale S.r.l is covered by the policy no. 552593865 of the company Carige Assicurazioni for liability insurance as in art. 15 and 16 of Legislative Decree 111/95. 19. PLACE OF JURISDICTION Whatever controversy may arise between the customer and Il Maestrale S.r.l the place of jurisdiction will be that of Civitavecchia only. *** Art. 16 of Law 269/98 Italian Law punishes with term of imprisonment the crimes concerning juvenile prostitution and pornography, even if these crimes are committed abroad. *** TECHNICAL FILE Authorization of Region Lazio no. 1980 given on the 9th October 1986. This catalogue was published on March 2008 and the programme will be valid until 31st December 2008. The fees are indicated in euro and the non mentioned centesimal fractions mean ,00.


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