Donna Franca Wines, Dines in North

Reed Travel Features

BOSTON -- Donna Franca Tours here is promoting a new wine tour of Umbria and Tuscany.

The seven-night itinerary is priced at $2,699, including roundtrip air from New York on Alitalia; deluxe and first class accommodations; daily breakfasts, and two dinners.

The tour spends two nights in Orvieto at La Badia Hotel, with dinner at an abbey.

There will be wine tasting in Orvieto and sightseeing, followed by a visit to Todi, a medieval hill town; a stop for tasting truffle-scented olive oil on locally baked bread, and a stop at the vineyards of De Ruta.

The tour then spends two nights at Tre Vaselle in Torgiano, with excursions to Assisi, a wine museum and a winery.

Travelers will continue to the Etruscan town of Monte-pulciano, to a nearby winery and then to San Gimi-gnano's Relais la Cappuccina.

There will be tastings of chianti and vernaccia, a tour of the ancient town of Montalcino and a day in Siena with a wine tasting on the city's ramparts.

The tour is limited to 15 participants and departs monthly from April through October.

Another new Donna Franca program is a cooking school vacation for independent travelers.

There is a choice of the Cordon Bleu in Florence at $1,009, double, including three lessons and lunches and five nights' first class accommodation; seven nights at the Antico Casale di Scansano, with three lessons by the hotel's owner and chef, priced at $1,026, double, and the five-night Hotel Bramante program in Todi, with five days of lessons with the hotel's owner-chef, for $874, double.

Prices are land only.

For information or reservations, contact Donna Franca Tours at (800) 225-6290.

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