This your lets you explore Tuscany for a week and see all the wonders it has to offer. Tuscany is a vibrant region of Italy that is best regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and the Renaissance in general. Many of the most famous artists and musicians from the Renaissance era lived in Tuscany at least for a time. Due to this illustrious history with art and music, the region still has very famous museums, including the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi.
During the era of the Renaissance, Tuscany was more of a cultural and linguistic concept rather than an actual geographic and political division. All of Italy was very fractured at this time. In the fifteenth century, the Medici family took over most of Italy and ruled over the country during the burgeoning Renaissance.
However, the history of Tuscany begins much earlier than that. Tuscany private tours oftentimes travel through the natural and manmade history that traces back to the second millennium BC. In the Iron Age, the area was inhabited by a pre-Etruscan civilization known as the Apennines. After this, other cultures began to move into Tuscany and surrounding areas. Among these cultures was the Etruscans.
With the Etruscans came the first and most organized settlement of Tuscany. They thrived for a very long time in central Italy until the Roman patricians adopted the upper-class Etruscans into their civilization. Under Roman occupation, the city of Florence was established. Romans also brought new technology and innovation such as sewers, aqueducts, roads, and new building construction techniques. Some of these structures are still standing and Tuscany private tours often travel to these history-rich areas.
It all begins in Florence as the focal point and the place where that offers most of the museums, churches, art places and wine sceneries, continuing in the places of Pisa and Lucca where you will visit the famous Leaning Tower, the amazing San Martino Cathedral and a lot of other places.
San Gimignano, Chianti and Siena are the next stops in this tour. These charming cities will help you live and breathe through the medieval culture and lots of tradition, enjoying private tours in some of the loveliest squares in Italy. The fine dining on the best panorama sites is also a part of the experience, along with the Food and Wine Tastings in Maremma, Montepulciano and Pienza.
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Day 01: Florence Arrival | Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Florence airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Just outside this area meet your driver who will transfer you to your Hotel in central Florence. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Florence.
Day 02: Florence Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Guide at the Hotel Lobby. Follow your guide along the windy pathways to a stop in Piazza del Duomo. Be awed as you take in the glory of the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori). Marvel at the intricacy of the pink, white and green marble that covers the exterior, then gaze up at the striking cupola. You’ll also see Giotto's bell tower (Campanile di Giotto), and the bronze baptistery doors by Ghiberti. Next, stroll to the Accademia Gallery. Head directly inside with your skip-the-line ticket and make a beeline for the gallery’s most famous exhibit: Michelangelo’s David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. Admire the marble statue which was carved in the early 16th century, and learn how it is a symbol of strength and youthful, human beauty. Lunch at leisure. This afternoon head into Florence Old Town to see the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce. Pose for photos by its distinctive façade before strolling to Piazza della Signoria. See the imposing Palazzo and Ponte Vecchio and admire the replica of Michelangelo’s David. Then, wander through the Loggia dei Lanzi, an open-air sculpture gallery. After, make for the Uffizi Gallery, which is home to more than 1,500 pieces of art including works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raffaello and Caravaggio. Head directly inside Uffizi Gallery, with your skip-the-line tickets and Personal Guide. After the Tour, return to your Hotel. Overnight in Florence.
Day 03: Pisa - Lucca | This morning after breakfast meet your Personal Guide at the Hotel lobby.
Once in Pisa, you will be met by personal guide and the tour starts in the incredible Piazza dei Miracoli: here you can admire the baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower, together with a guided visit in the majestic Cathedral. Lunch in a Characteristic Local Restaurant before the departure for Lucca.
In Lucca, famous for its still intact walls, your Tour Guide will lead you to the enchanting old town center walking along a section of the walls and enjoying a breathtaking view over the rooftops. Visit or pass by Anfiteatro Square, Guinigi Tower, San Martino Cathedral and stroll along the picturesque streets of antique shops. Late afternoon return to Florence. Overnight in Florence.
Day 04: Florence - San Gimignano - Chianti | After Breakfast a the Hotel meet your driver at the Hotel Lobby. Today on route to your Siena Hotel visit San Gimignano, a splendid example of medieval town declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. San Gimignano, a charming Tuscan hill-top town, famous all over the world for the skyline of its medieval tower, rich in history, ancient traditions, delightful wine and food. Continue on to your Chianti Hotel.
Day 05: - Siena and Chianti | Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning, enjoy a private guided tour of Siena, probably Italy's loveliest medieval city. Siena's heart is Il Campo or Campo's square, where the famous horse race Il Palio, that takes place two times each summer. The town offer magnificent masterpieces and incredible views. Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city. After Lunch in a characteristic local farm, our English-speaking driver will take you through the scenic hills of Chianti. Only a few regions in Italy can offer such a beautiful and rich panorama as the Chianti wine region. This is the classic Tuscan countryside - Green hills with miles after miles of vineyards producing some of Italy’s best marketed wines, olive groves, gentle rolling hills, ancient walled villages and panoramic roads like you have never seen before. Chianti Classico spreads from Florence to Siena and includes the small municipalities of Castellina, Greve, Panzano, and Radda in Chianti. The splendid Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas and castles dotting the landscape complement the region’s enchanting natural beauty. Late afternoon return to Chianti. Overnight in Siena.
Day 06: Maremma | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today you will travel to the mythical Maremma Wine Region, your driver-guide takes you through the Orcia Valley into the wild Maremma region. For wine lovers, it is the home of some of the biggest wine names in the world such as Ornellaia ( Castagneto Carducci - Bolgheri ) and Sassicaia ( Super Tuscans wines ), here the wineries make some of the world's best (and most expensive) wines. You will stop on the way and enjoy superb wine tasting at the excellent cellar Petra ( in Suvereto). Light lunch at the wine cellar based on bruschette, pecorino cheese, home made pasta and wine. In the afternoon you will visit Ornellaia winery, one of the best cellar in Italy. Late afternoon return to your hotel Castle in the Chianti countryside.
Day 07: Montepulciano - Pienza | After breakfast, our English-speaking driver will transport you to Montepulciano, a wine town built on volcanic rock. Meet your expert historian for a tour of this Renaissance town, known for its beautiful churches and Vino Nobile, one of Italy’s oldest wines. After lunch, the tour will continue with a panoramic drive to Monticchiello and Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Late afternoon return to Siena. Overnight in Siena.
Day 08: Siena - Florence Airport | After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a Private Transfer from Siena to Florence Airport.
- 3 nights Florence
- 4 nights Chianti
- Assistance and Porterage at Airports and Hotels.
- Private excursions by car and English speaking driver as per program
- Professional Local Guides
- All Breakfast and Most lunches
- Assistance &Support 24/7
- Details up on request
Prices in Euro
March to October 2017 Package Starting Prices based on Double Occupancy in
4* Boutique Hotels
€4,785 per person
5* Luxury Hotels
€6,385 per person