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Fly Water Travel is excited to offer a cultural and fly fishing experience through Tuscany. This destination is perfect for couples, hardcore anglers and family groups alike. Whether you are looking for fly fishing, hiking, Renaissance architecture, art history, wine tours, or culinary classes, this trip has it all and it can be fully customized for your interests. Below you will find two sample itineraries  and rates for eight days in the heart of Italy.

 

Bella Toscana – Beautiful Tuscany

 

Overview:
This will be a fly fishing, hiking, and cultural tour that takes us from the northwestern mountains to the southeastern hillsides of Tuscany. Our experienced local Italian guides who have spent years exploring and fishing in the area will also lead us to delicious culinary experiences in farm houses and family run vineyards during our travels. You will hike through pristine forests, fish for trout in three historical rivers, savor delectable Tuscan meals with divine wine and absorb the beauty and culture of this legendary area. For travel companions interested in other activities there will be varied and wonderful alternative activities every day. Join us to experience Tuscany in a special way!


Sample Itineraries:

A Culture Oriented Itinerary with Some Fishing Days. 

Day 1: Arrival to Italy- Arrive in Pisa or Florence and transfer to Lucca. This afternoon you will have free to explore Lucca, rest up and get ready for your tour. There will be a welcome dinner tonight.

Meal Included: Dinner
Overnight: Lucca

Day 2: Lucca- You will meet your guide at your hotel in lovely little Lucca at 11am and have a stroll on the massive, tree lined brick walls that circle the city. They are a perfectly intact Renaissance marvel of fortification from the 1500’s, unique to Lucca. You will enjoy a delightful picnic lunch and then meet your local guide for an illuminating history walk through the town. He will show you medieval churches and impressive palazzi, tower homes and walled gardens, as you walk the elegant streets that still maintain their Roman street plan–including the amphitheater– which is now a curved piazza.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Lucca

Day 3: Lima River-  Full day of guided fly fishing in the clear waters of the Lima river, born right here in the Apennines. The Lima has several tributaries, a high level of oxygen and offers a great diversity of clear pools to fish for its large population of brown trout.

For those not fishing you will be hiking trails that lead you through ancient beech and massive chestnut forests and visiting some of the charming small towns in the area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Bagni di Lucca

Day 4: Mugello Valley- You will travel south today, to the richly forested hills of the Mugello Valley. The illustrious Medici family hails from this region. Timber from Mugello’s forests has been used for building Florence since the medieval times. You will spend three nights in the beautiful Renaissance Villa Campestri, whose origins date back to the 1200s. The villa, surrounded by olive groves, commands the valley below from its hilltop perch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Villa Campestri

Day 5: Sieve River-
Full day of guided fishing on the Sieve River.

For those not fishing you will be hiking in the surrounding hills, visiting an ancient stone monastery, and Scarperia, a tiny fortified town known since the 1500s for its production of marvelous knives.

Tonight there will be a cooking lesson and dinner in a stone farmhouse to learn some Tuscan specialties.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Villa Campesti

Day 6: Sieve River- Full day of guided fishing on the Sieve River.

For travel companions you will hike to the Barbiana Monastery and tour the Mugello Valley.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Villa Compestri

Day 7: Transfer to Florence – Today you will transfer to your hotel in Florence and have a private guided tour of the city with some of the top tour guides of Florence. The afternoon and evening will be yours to explore the city on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Overnight: Florence

Day 8: Goodbye Italy- Today you will be transferred to the airport or train station for your flight home or to continue your adventure.



A Fishing Focused Itinerary with Some Cultural Experiences. 

Day 1: Arrival to Italy- Arrive in Florence.
Transfer to hotel in Florence. The day will be yours to explore Florence, rest up and get ready for your tour. A private city tour can be arranged. There will be a welcome dinner tonight.

Meal Included: Dinner
Overnight: Florence

Day 2: Mugello Valley / Sieve River- Full day of guided fishing on the Sieve River.

You will travel north today, to the richly forested hills of the Mugello Valley. The illustrious Medici family hails from this region. Timber from Mugello’s forests has been used for building Florence since the medieval times. You will spend three nights in the beautiful Renaissance Villa Campestri, whose origins date back to the 1200s. The villa, surrounded by olive groves, commands the valley below from its hilltop perch.

For travel companions, you will hike and tour the valley.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Villa Campestri

Day 3: Sieve River- Full day of guided fishing on the Sieve River.

For those not fishing you will be hiking in the surrounding hills, visiting an ancient stone monastery, and Scarperia, a tiny fortified town known since the 1500s for its production of marvelous knives.

Tonight there will be a cooking lesson and dinner in a stone farmhouse to learn some Tuscan specialties.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Villa Campesti

Day 4: Sieve River- Full day of guided fishing on the Sieve River.

For those not fishing you will hike to the Barbiana Monastery and tour the Mugello Valley.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Villa Compestri

Day 5: Transfer to San Sepolcro– The small town of San Sepolcro escaped destruction during World War II due to the savvy intervention of an American captain. The town houses a beautiful fresco by the Renaissance master Piero della Francesca. Today you will tour the city and surrounding area.  You will be staying in an agriturismo, or farm hotel, in the nearby countryside and enjoying zero kilometer meals made with their products.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: San Sepolcro

Day 6: San Sepolcro / Tiber River- A full day of guided fishing on the Tiber River.  The Tiber is the third longest river in Italy, which is born on Mt. Fumaiolo and flows through Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, and then through the city of Rome before reaching the Mediterranean Sea. This stretch of river is the southernmost spot in Europe where grayling reproduce naturally.

For those not fishing you will visit the beautiful small towns of San Sepolcro, Monterchi, and Anghiari.  Anghiari is considered one of the most beautiful villages Italy and is known for its production of historical looms producing fine linens.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: San Sepolcro

Day 7: Tiber River- A full day of guided fishing on the Tiber River.

For those not fishing you will hike to the source of the Tiber river.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight: San Sepolcro

Day 8: Transfer to Florence, Goodbye Italy- Today you will be transferred to the airport or train station for your flight home or to continue your adventure.

About the rivers:
• Lima River: The Lima is the go-to river for Tuscan fly anglers with a large population of brown trout. The crystal-clear waters of the Lima are especially popular for the early morning and early evening hatches where fish can be targeted with dry flies. During the day most of the fishing is done with nymphs. Expect larger fish in the system to be in the 14 to 17 inch range.

• Sieve River: The easily wade-able and picturesque Sieve is located just forty minutes from the center of Florence. Opened to fishing in 2006, the Sieve River holds a healthy population of resident brown trout. The river sustains prolific aquatic insects and offers especially large caddis hatches. The Sieve is particularly popular from early-April to late-October and one of Italy’s best summer streams. Expect larger fish in the Sieve (especially in the tailwater section) to reach and push the 18 inch mark.

• Tiber River (Italian: Tevere): Just outside the town of San Sepolcro the Tiber, which runs from the Apennine Mountains through Rome on its way to the Tyrrhenian Sea, is teeming with brown trout and grayling. Access to the river sends visitors to smaller hamlet towns of the Chianti region of Tuscany. With near year-round access, anglers enjoy easy wading across shallow pebbled riverbeds. Here fish can be targeted with dry flies and sometimes terrestrials. As one of Italy’s most classic fishing rivers, it is catch-and-release only but the size of the trout, up to 20 inches in some areas, make the Tiber a true angler’s river.


Estimated 2020 Rate:
2-3 guests: angler/ $9,900 — companion/ $8,100 for a 8 day, 7 night package.
4-5 guests: angler/ $8,900 — companion/ $7,100 for a 8 day, 7 night package.   

Included: Accommodations and meals as listed above, wines with dinner, all activities as noted above, in-country ground transportation, guided fishing and activities, fishing license, fishing equipment and flies, entrance fees for museums and cultural resources as noted above, tourist tax.
Not Included: International airfare and airport taxes, meals not listed in itinerary, additional alcohol not listed on the itinerary, fishing license for non-anglers who opt to fish, staff and guide gratuities.


Contact Max at 800.552.2729 for more information on a custom tour of Italy

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