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Bestselling author Frances Mayes, whose memoir Under the Tuscan Sun was made into an acclaimed Hollywood film, will share reflections of her 30 years in Italy with Tauck guests on selected departures of the company’s 8-day, small-group A Week In… Tuscany and Umbria itinerary. Mayes will join with Tauck guests on more than a dozen 2023 and 2024 tours when they visit the author’s adopted Tuscan town of Cortona, where the principal events of the book and its film adaptation took place. While in Cortona, Tauck guests will also enjoy a guided walking tour in town and a lunch of local specialties prepared by a Michelin-starred chef who is also a close friend of Mayes.

Tauck’s A Week In…Tuscany and Umbria itinerary begins with a 2-night stay in Candeli at Villa La Massa, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World collection. Guests will also enjoy a 2-night stay at the Park Hotel ai Cappuccini (a former 17th-century convent) in Gubbio and Sina Brufani in Perugia before concluding with an overnight stay in Rome at the Hotel Indigo Rome–St. George. Along the way are adventures in dining and wine tastings as well as explorations of medieval towns.

Special Guests on Small Group Journeys with Tauck 

Tauck’s A Week In…Tuscany and Umbria tour accommodates an average of just 24 guests and is part of a growing collection of small group tours offered by the company, while Mayes is just the latest in a series of fascinating experts and “insiders” who have enthralled guests traveling with Tauck in recent years, including the award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns; Elisabeth von Trapp of The Sound of Music’s von Trapp family; and William Lobkowicz, a descendant of Bohemian nobility.

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