ONE of Europe's highest waterfalls that was man-made by diverting a river in 271BC, 1200 vast caves hand-dug under a city from 2500BC as wells and still in use today, and a "street" that at just 50cm wide is appropriately called Woman Kisser Lane, are among the more unusual highlights of two small-group tours of Italy's captivating Tuscany and Umbria.
Guests will stay in the historic countryside spa town of Montecatini Terme, Montefalco (the balcony of Umbria) and Pienza (the jewel in the Tuscan crown), to ensure a true taste of these iconic regions.
From these they'll sightsee Florence, Siena and Assisi, as well as 16 smaller towns and villages.
The 22-day spring tour departs Rome on April 26 this year and is priced from $7495pp twin-share, while the 17-day autumn tour on September 9 costs from $6045pp twin-share.
Australian tour escorts, local Italian guides, walking tours, entrances, rail and private coach travel, a funicular and a cable-car ride, and all breakfasts and most dinners are included.
An early bird $500 per couple discount is currently available and single supplements are also available.
Guests on these tours will savour everything from the fine local wines and handmade chocolates, to olive oils and the best of regional dining - and actually cook with a celebrity Florentine chef in his kitchen overlooking the Chianti Valley.
And they'll also meet with ceramics and leather artisans, visit the 13th century underground world of Rocca Poalina beneath the streets of Perugia, and have time to shop, shop and shop.
For more information visit carolinasusi.com.au or phone (07) 3396 8652.