This 9 Nights/10 Days Tour lets you explore Tuscany 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 Accademia.
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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Just Tuscany | 9 Nights/10 Days
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 for a full day Florence Private Guided Tour. Your morning Tour will start with a Private Guided Tour of the Accademia Gallery, home to Florence's most treasured work of art - "Michelangelo's David". After enjoying a discussion of David, you'll also admire "Michelangelo's Slaves": A series of breath-taking sculptures of original captives of the stone. Then head into Florence Old Town to first visit Piazza della Signoria. After lunch at leisure in a characteristic Restaurant, continue by enjoying the less beaten tracks of Florence with a tour through the arts of Florence. Florence arts craft is rich and dates to centuries ago. Visit the most hidden areas of Florence and discover its traditions, its people, its most authentic made in Italy products out of the usual touristy paths. Jewels and Goldsmith, Florentine mosaic, leather, shoes, paper and book binding are the workshops you will visit and where you will learn about these old traditional Florence handicrafts. Together with your Guide visit one of the most famous goldsmith workshops by the Ponte Vecchio. Here assist to the magic creation of a jewel watching the artisans working in front of you explaining the history of this art in Florence. Afterwards proceed to a Florentine Mosaics shop where you will see unique works of art and admire the colored semi-precious stones listening to the origins of this unique Florentine art. End the tour your guide will return you to your Hotel. Overnight in Florence.
Day 03: Pisa and Lucca Private Tour | This morning after breakfast meet your Driver and Personal Guide at the Hotel lobby. Once in Pisa 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/Food and Wine Tour in a Characteristic Local Wine Estate before departing 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 → Impruneta Oil & Cheese and Wine in San Casciano → Chianti | Meet the driver in your hotel lobby. On route to your Hotel in Chianti enjoy a Private Tour of the Tuscany countryside. This excursion begins in the heart of the Tuscan oil kingdom - the hills around Impruneta, were we'll visit the Torrerossa oil farm. The Farm offers you the occasion to live a unique experience: visit the antique olive grove and taste the delicious extra virgin olive oil made with the pressing of its olives. This is a 100% Tuscan product with very high nutritional values. The Torre Rossa produces the “Torre Rossa” Extra-virgin olive oil that is still stored in characteristic terracotta orci. The olive grove extends for about 20 hectares, where local varieties such as Moraiolo, Pendolino and Leccino can be found. The harvesting of the olives generally takes place in the month of November. The olives are picked by hand, or with the help of special combs which cause the fruit to fall into nets or sheets spread out on the ground. After the farm tour, you will visit the small town of Impruneta. Continue to San Casciano hills, we find the Corzano e Paterno winery & cheese farm, specialized in the production of cheeses with traditional methods, using the milk from the farm's sheep. Here experience a Lunch/Food & Wine Tasting followed by a tour of farm and the cellars. You will also taste their excellent chesses and wines. After late afternoon, return to your hotel in Florence. Late afternoon continue to your hotel in the Tuscan Countryside. In the afternoon transfer to your Hotel. Overnight at your Hotel in Chianti.
Day 05: San Gimignano and Siena Private Guided Tour | After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your driver and guide in the lobby. After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your driver and guide in the lobby. You will visit San Gimignano, a fantastic example of medieval architecture declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, famous for its medieval skyscrapers. These tower houses were built by local families at the height of the Guelph-Ghibelline conflict. Stop in a Wine Estate where you will enjoy a Lunch/Food a Wine Tasting. Then continue on to Siena, Italy's loveliest medieval city. Enjoy a private guided visit of the old city center; walk along the narrow medieval streets, you will admire the splendid Cathedral, the Libreria Piccolomini and Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio horse race is held twice a year, overlooked by the Palazzo del Comune. Free time to stroll around, before returning to your hotel. Late afternoon return to Chianti. Overnight at your Hotel in Chianti.
Day 06: Chianti at Leisure: Breakfast at the Hotel. Today spend the day at leisure in Chianti. Overnight in Chianti.
Day 07: Chianti → Montepulciano | After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your driver in the lobby. This morning enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in Montepulciano. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Montepulciano.
Day 08: Montalcino and Pienza Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Driver and Guide at the Hotel Lobby. This morning visit Montalcino, a medieval hilltop village most known now for the Brunello wine. The historical center is dominated by the mighty and imposing fortress built in 1361. Another landmark of Montalcino is the tall and slender clock tower that graces the Palazzo dei Priori, the city's town hall, while below lays the main square known as Piazza del Popolo with its characteristic Gothic loggia. Also worth visiting are the Palazzo Vescovile and the churches of Sant' Agostino, Sant' Egidio and San Francesco. After your visit in Montalcino, stop for a Lunch/Food and Wine tasting at Azienda Tornesi. In the afternoon your Tuscany private tour will take you to the charming town of Pienza. This town sits at the heart of the Orcia Valley, a spectacular area that stretches from Montepulciano to San Quirico. You will be treated to a beautiful landscape dotted with cypress trees and other vegetation. You will tour Tuscany’s jewel, Pienza, is as complete a Renaissance creation as any in Italy. Pope Pius II conceived Pienza, his birthplace, as a Utopian “new town.” You will have free time to wander through the lovely streets of Pienza. Overnight in Chianti. Overnight in Montepulciano.
Day 09: Maremma Wines Private Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Driver at the Hotel Lobby.Today visit the Maremma Wine Region, one of the most interesting areas of Tuscany, and less known by non-Italians. 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 to enjoy a superb wine tasting at the excellent cellar Petra (in Suvereto), producers of famous Petra wines and Petra Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Here you will taste: Sangiovese Alto, Merlot Quercegobbe and Cabernet Potenti. After your Estate visit, you will have Lunch at Petra Winery Restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit Ornellaia winery, one of the best wine cellar in Italy. You will have a private VIP guided tour of the vineyards, the wine cellar and a guided tasting of wines: Le Volte, Le Serre Nuove, Ornellaia, Variazioni in Rosso and Extra Virgin Ornellaia Olive Oil, Grappa Ornellaia. Getting its name from the grove of flowering ash trees surrounding the winery, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia came to Bolgheri in 1981, making it a relative upstart in Toscana in specific and the world of Italian wine in general. Although founded by Lodovico Antinori, who was nephew of Sassicaia's maker and brother to Piero Antinori, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia has been owned by the Frescobaldi group for almost two decades. The estate's 244 acres of vineyards lie on elevated parcels composed of clay, gravel, and loam, offering terrific terroir for its world-class Super-Tuscan bottlings. Ornellaia has earned a reputation for consistent excellence, a feat aided by the estate's vineyards and guided by the hands of renowned winemaker Axel Heinz. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia crafts a range of wines, including its namesake flagship wine, Ornellaia. Late afternoon, return to your Hotel. Overnight in Chianti.
Day 10: Montepulciano → Florence Airport |Breakfast at the Hotel. In the very early morning enjoy a Private Transfer to Florence Airport. Arrivederci! Ciao! Buon Viaggio!
- 3 Nights Florence: Hotel Degli Orafi 4* or Similar
- 3 Nights Chianti: Villa Curina Resort 4* or Similar
- 3 Nights in Montalcino/Montepulciano: Villa Poggiano 4* or Similar
- Assistance and Porterage at Airports, Train Stations and Hotels
- Private Transportation by Mercedes E or V Class with English Speaking Driver
- Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides | Door to Door Service
- Entrances to Museums, Galleries, Archeological Parks and other Venues
- Breakfast at Hotels, All Food & Wine Tours/Enogastronomic and Most Lunches.
- 24/7 Assistance and Support from our Ground Operational Office in Italy
Private Package Tours Rates
Low Season (Nov. 16 to April 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 800 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,000 per person/per day.
Shoulder Season (April 16 to May 15) and (Oct. 16 to Nov. 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 650 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 850 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,100 + Euro per person/per day.
High Season (May 16 to Oct. 15):
- Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 700 Euro per person/per day.
- Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 900 Euro per person/per day.
- Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,200 + Euro per person/per day.
Private Small Groups of 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower
For Custom Made Tours we work with any reasonable Budget