HIGHLIGHTS OF TUSCANY
Explore Tuscany’s rolling countryside, dotted with olive groves, vineyards and medieval hilltop towns.
With Highlights of Tuscany you will explore Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower. Siena one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe and Florence, Italy’s mesmerizing ‘Art City’.
Pisa | Siena | Montecatini Terme | San Gimignano | Florence | Lucca
• Seven nights hotel single room accommodation in a 4-star hotel
• Seven breakfasts
• Seven dinners
• Tour manager
• Specialist local guide
• Welcome drink
• Farewell Get Together
• Audio Guide
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Day 1: Pisa or Florence.
Make your own way to Pisa or Florence, where we'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You'll meet your travelling companions over a drink and dinner this evening.
Day 2: Pisa.
Pisa is home to one of Italy's most recognizable sights, the famous Leaning Tower. Residing in the Field of Miracles, this 180ft campanile took 176 years to build and began to lean shortly after construction. Thankfully the structure has recently been secured yet it still retains its famous lean. We include a visit to the Field of Miracles this morning.
Discover more of Pisa this afternoon in the company of your fellow travellers - your Tour Manager will always be on hand to suggest interesting places to visit.
Day 3: Siena.
We'll visit Siena today, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe. Its enchanting narrow streets lined with palaces and mansions lead to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, which is the setting each year for the colourful and intense Palio horse race.
Day 4: Montecatini.
Today is free for you to spend as you wish. Perhaps take a stroll into town or maybe treat yourself to a Spa treatment. Alternatively, you could head out with your travelling companions and take the cable car up to the hilltop medieval village of Montecatini Alto. The views from here are unmissable.
Today we offer an optional visit to the Fattoria Il Poggio with wine-tasting and a Tuscan traditional lunch.
Day 5: Volterra & San Gimignano.
Enjoy another day at leisure in Montecatini Terme. Or, if you want to explore further, why not join our optional excursion to San Gimignano and Volterra.
We'll head to the wallled medieval town of Volterra. We will visit the Estruscan Museum, which houses a large collection of historic artefacts, and see a craftsman at work hand carving Alabaster.
We'll then move onto San Gimignano, one of the prettiest hilltop towns in Tuscany, with beautiful palaces and churches, ornate frescoes and a fine baptistery within its ancient walls. It's also known as the 'town of beautiful towers' because of the impressive towers built here as status symbols by feuding families in medieval times.
This evening there will be an opportunity to attend the Montecatini Opera Festival.
Day 6: Florence.
Florence, built beside the Arno River, is known as Italy's 'Art City'. It is home to works by great masters including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
On today's included excursion we'll explore the city's compact historic centre. We'll stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, climb the steps of the magnificent Duomo and admire glorious architecture amongst its Renaissance streets and piazzas. Il Porcellino, the statue of a boar located in Mercato Nuovo, is surrounded by superstition – if you throw a coin into the grating at its feet and rub its shiny nose, legend has it that you will return to the city one day.
Day 7: Lucca.
Lucca is a traditional historic town surrounded by impressive walls. Explore the town on an optional excursion today. Take a walk along the ancient ramparts and admire the beautiful botanical gardens, the Basilica of San Frediano and fascinating architecture including a tree-topped tower.
Alternatively, take time to explore your resort, enjoy the bustling town and the local café culture.
Day 8: Departure.
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