Summary of The Day: Begin your relaxing and scenic Best of Tuscany Tour today as you meet your guide in rome and depart at 7:15am by deluxe coach.
Our journey will lead us through the lovely the provinces of Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany to arrive at the charming town of Montepulciano. A medieval treasure rich with history and art, it is most notably known for its “nobile” wine, which can be purchased in wine houses throughout town. We'll have a few hours of free time to enjoy Montepulciano at your own pace; you may even take part in the free wine tastings in many of the shops
Next we'll travel to the beautiful town of Pienza, considered the gem of the Val d’Orcia region. We'll have free time to explore this small, pretty town designed by Pope Pius II, otherwise known as the Humanist Pope, to be the ideal Renaissance town.
By the afternoon, we'll reach Montalcino. Here, you'll have the opportunity to walk around the walls of the fortress, where brave soldiers of the Republic of Siena made their last stand against Florence in medieval time. You will also get to enjoy an included Brunello di Montalcino wine and Pecorino cheese tastings at Enoteca La Fortezza.
Finally we'll arrive at our accommodation, Villa Casalecchi, a historical hotel in Castellina in Chianti, a region famous for its excellent wine, its art, architecture and beautiful countryside. Take in the peaceful setting by relaxing in the shade of the thick gardens or by going for a swim in the pool.
Summary of The Day: After breakfast, we'll spend the day introducing ourselves to Tuscany.
First up, we'll travel to the beautiful town of Siena. Here we'll stroll through the medieval streets, encountering enchanting palaces and the glorious Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful town squares in the world and the site of the famous 600-year old horse race called “Il Palio.”
Next, we'll cross into the Chianti hills, enjoying views of beautiful forests, rows of vineyards and medieval hamlets. Here we'll arrive at the town of Greve, famous for its triangular-shaped piazza and for being the home of the famous sailor named Verrazzano. Spend your leisure time visiting the local boutiques and market stalls before taking a short drive to Castello di Verrazzano, where you’ll have a guided visit of the castle's gardens and historical ageing cellars.
Here at the castle we'll enjoy a guided tasting of some of the best wines, as well as lunch with gastronomic specialties prepared with raw ingredients right from the farm and other local Tuscan producers.
After lunch, we'll spend the afternoon in the nearby medieval town of San Gimignano, where you can walk around its UNESCO World Heritage-listed city center. Try a selection of medieval sweets, such as ricciarelli (rich biscuits) and panforte (moist and sumptuous fruit cake) at the local shops.
In the evening we'll head back to the Villa Casalecchi.
Summary of The Day: Following breakfast we'll take a relaxing drive to Florence, where you will have free time to explore the Cradle of Renaissance.
Take this day to explore its Etruscan-Roman origins and how its status as a free commune contributed to the rise of the Renaissance. You will see this in its numerous monuments, churches, and buildings, such as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo, which demonstrate the city's strong dedication to art.
From the Duomo, you can cross a small piazza to see the campanile tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the baptistery, with its bronze doors that Michelangelo dubbed the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the basilica of Santa Croce.
Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own before returning to Villa Casalecchi.
Summary of The Day: After breakfast, we'll say farewell to our Villa and travel Volterra, a fascinating Tuscan city renowned for its alabaster - the translucent stone used for centuries to create vases, lamps and other works of art.
Following free time here we'll travel to Pisa, where you will have time to explore the Piazza dei Miracoli, the Leaning Tower (exterior visit), the Baptistery (exterior visit) and other important monuments. Choose to have a pleasant walk to Piazza dei Cavalieri, where you can admire the historic Scuola Normale, one of the most famous universities in the world.
Spend time at your leisure in this quaint town before returning to Rome, where your trip will come to an end.
|Adult Rate (2 per Room) (6-99)||USD $1,340.86|
|Adult Rate (1 per Room) (6-99)||USD $1,496.25|
|Adult Rate (3 per Room) (6-99)||USD $1,340.86|
|Child Free (1 per Room) (0-5)||USD $0.00|
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