With its famously mesmerizing scenery and historic roots, its no wonder Tuscany figures prominently in The Twilight Saga: New Moon the hit movie based on Stephanie Meyers best-selling vampire love story. Now, both have come to life (afterlife?) in a four day Twilight Tour from Select Italy that uncovers the enigmatic Tuscan settings of the book and film. Starting at $953 per person, the trip includes multiple walking tours that take traveling Twihards to all of New Moons most recognizable Italian sites. Led by knowledgeable guides, youll wander the onscreen backdrops of Volterra and Montepulciano and as well as locales frequented by actors Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and the other members of the New Moon cast in real life.
Starting in Volterra, the fictional ancestral home of New Moons menacing Volturi vampires, youll receive an in-depth introduction to the towns medieval monuments including the Palazzo dei Priori, the oldest town hall in Tuscany and Meyers inspiration for the book's final scene. After dinner in the ancient palazzo comes a spooky nighttime guided tour (Hot on the Trails of Bella and Edward) accompanied by tales of secrets and cinematic sizzle, followed by a Red Blood aperitif (made from berries not real blood) as a nightcap.
The second day begins with a morning stroll around Volterras narrow cobblestone streets while taking in the Etruscan archaeological highlights (aka the cryptic remnants of the Lords of Volterra) and later, a demonstration by a master alabaster craftsman at work in his studio. (Alabaster is a type of ornamental marble famed for its white, almost translucent quality and not unlike the stone Bella so often refers to when describing Edwards hard, perfectly chiseled skin). Afterwards, dine on true Tuscan appetizers and a superb slice at one of the old towns most authentic pizzerias.
The last day takes travelers across 70 miles of countryside to nearby Montepulciano, where youll descend into the Cantina del Redi (the Volturis own underground lair), stand beneath the famous Clock Tower (whose resounding toll plays a prominent role in New Moons nail-biting climax), and stop by for a tasting of local vino and cheese at Robert Pattinsons favorite wine bar. The ticket price also includes three nights at three- or four-star hotels in the two towns, buffet breakfasts every morning, and other New Moon surprises. Popcorn, however, isn't included.