Treasures of Tuscany
6 days from £799 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Tuscany has forever been enticing visitors to admire its diverse landscapes, soak up the rich history and cultural heritage, and of course to enjoy the local food and wine. Our 6-day tour lets us discover the highlights, including a visit to the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano, the Renaissance architecture and plazas of Lucca and the beautiful churches of Florence. Our hotel is located in the spa town and provides the perfect base for exploring the nearby towns.
We fly to Pisa and meet our coach for the transfer to our hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast we have a full day guided excursion to Siena and San Gimignano. The gothic city of Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its 12th century duomo is one of Italy’s greatest Gothic churches and was originally intended to be the largest in the world but due to a lack of funding it was only half finished. At the heart of the city lies the Piazza del Campo, the town square, which was built on a former Roman marketplace. We will visit The Museo Civico which houses some of the finest frescos of Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti. After having some free time for lunch, we continue to San Gimignano. This medieval hilltop town is named after the bishop of Modena, who is said to have saved the town from Attila the Hun. The Chiesa di Sant Agostino (entrance fee included) is a 13th century church best known for Benozzo Gozzoli’s fresco. We will have time to explore before returning to our hotel for dinner.
After breakfast we travel to Florence for a morning guided orientation tour. Florence boasts an exceptional artistic heritage as the birthplace of Italian Renaissance and home to important artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. The city’s impressive Duomo dominates the skyline, with its red-tiles and colourful marble façades. Begun in 1296 by Arnolfo di Cambio, the cathedral took almost 150 years to complete and is one of Italy’s, most famous landmarks. We also visit The Basilica of Santa Croce. The collection of art within the complex is one of the most important of any church in Florence. The Giotto frescoes are probably the most famous pieces of work but other highlights include Donatello’s Annunciation, and the 14th C frescoes by Taddeo Gaddi. It is also contains the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Machiavelli, Ghiberti, and Rossini. There will be some time for individual exploration before returning to our hotel for dinner.
Today we have a morning visit to Pistoia, often referred to as “little Florence” for its amazing concentration of art and architecture in a much smaller city. Pistoia’s main square, the Piazza del Duomo, is bounded by some terrific examples of medieval architecture, including the Cathedral of San Zeno and its bell tower and the 14th century Gothic Baptistery of San Giovanni in Corte. After time for lunch we return to our base for some time to relax in Monetcatini Terme. Famed for its mineral water springs and health spas, it became a popular destination for royalty and the wealthy. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing in a spa, explore the Grocco Market or take the funicular to the medieval town of Montecatini Alto, which offers panoramic views, cobbled streets lined with cafes and restaurants. Dinner at the hotel.
We head to the delightful town of Lucca today, with a morning guided walking tour. With its imposing 16th century ramparts still wrapped around the compact village, this Tuscan town is not set on a hill! A jewel of medieval architecture and buildings, the town emanates charm and history. Highlights of the town include Puccini’s House, the Cathedral, numerous wonderful churches, piazza’s and the Palazzo Pfanner, which has a wonderful Italian –style garden with exotic plants and a house with monumental halls and 18thC frescoes.
After breakfast we check out of our hotel rooms and transfer to the airport for our flight home.
The exact order of excursions is subject to change.
Ercolini & Savi
The 4* family-run Ercolini & Savi is an Art Nouveau style hotel located in Montecatini Terme. The hotel’s restaurant offers Tuscan specialities and traditional Italian cuisine. The hotel bar serves drinks on the terrace each evening. The superior rooms are equipped with coffee & tea facilities, flat screen TVs, air conditioning and newly renovated ensuite bathrooms.
Hotels can be booked in central Florence if preferred.
• Return flights from selected UK airports
• Return airport transfers in Italy
• 5 nights half-board accommodation in superior rooms
• Superior rooms
• Welcome drink
• Wine & water with dinner
• Tea & coffee after dinner
• Excursions as per itinerary
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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