Tuscany, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Cinque-Terra, Chianti

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Tuscany, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Cinque-Terra, Chianti

  Jul 6, 2023 - Jul 18, 2023 ( 11 Days 10 Nights )
The Price :   $3,970.00
Spots Remaining  13/15
Travel Date :  2023-07-06 - 2023-07-18

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Best Tuscany, Rome and Florence Guided Tours

Note:Several years ago we participated in a guided tour of Italy conducted by Alex Lavagnini, a full time resident of Tuscany born and bred. His tour was magical in so many respects. He gave us unique experiences, and showed us in-depth the country he so loves. We’ve asked him to curate a trip for us with not only the highlights of Rome, Florence, and Tuscany, but also some of his favorite spots not seen by the typical tourist. We’re doing a deep dive in Alex’s Tuscany top to bottom! Expect 4 and 5 star hotels and service throughout.

The more we look at the details of the trip Alex has put together for us, the more excited we are. We’re going to be experiencing so much of Italy, all packed into 10 magical days. Here’s just a little sample of all he has in store for us:

  • Florence – the ancient powerhouse, and home of The Medici family and Michelango. Florence is like an outside museum where we’ll see statues and art going back hundreds of years. The highlight will be a visit to The Academe Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David.
  • Pisa – here we’ll see the Duomo, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Field of Miracles.
  • Cinque-Terra – one of the most photographed areas of Italy, with 5 villages nearly plastered along the cliffs. Traditionally one walks a trail that takes you to all 5 villages. Except for the adventurous, we’ll take the train.
  • Rome – we’ll be seeing the Vatican, the Vatican Museum including the Sistine Chapel. Later we’ll see what makes this the eternal city when our private guide takes us to The Spanish Steps, The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Navona Square.
  • Umbrian Countryside – we’ll drive through incredible landscapes and see underground tunnels built by the Etruscans 2500 years ago, Civita di Bagnoregio with a population of 14 (and growing?). There are no cars in Civita, where time has stood still for the past several hundred years.
  • Tuscany and the Hot Springs of Borgo Vignoni – we’ll enjoy one of Italy’s most spectacular open-air hot springs with this trip into the Tuscan countryside. Visit the spa at the nearby resort and relax in front of the breathtaking view of rolling fields and cypress trees.
  • Visit the regions of Chianti, Tuscany, Umbria, and the Orcia Valley – our journeys will take us to multiple regions with history, wine, and food.

Come join us! This trip is limited to 15 and will likely sell out soon.

Tuscany Tour Packages All Inclusive

Tuscany Tour 11 days / 10 nights in first class hotels with breakfast

  • 3 nights Montecatini Terme (Tuscany)
  • 2 nights Florence
  • 3 nights San Quirico d’Orcia (Orcia Valley)
  • 2 nights Rome

Main sights

  • Florence
  • Siena
  • San Gimignano
  • Lucca
  • Orcia Valley
  • Cinque Terre
  • Chianti
  • Orvieto
  • Civita di Bagnoregio
  • Rome

Activities

  • Cooking class
  • Pizza & Gelato making
  • Wine cellar tours
  • Typical lunches
  • Thermal bath

Land Package

  • Two minivans
  • Private English-speaking drivers as per itinerary
  • All private transfers to/from airports
  • Welcome dinner in Montecatini Terme
  • Cooking class with lunch and wine tasting in a country farm
  • Full day trip to Cinque Terre and Pisa
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Academy Gallery (David) in Florence
  • Gelato & pizza making experience in Florence
  • Walking tour with a local guide (2h) in Florence
  • Lunch with wine in a selected Castle in Chianti
  • Wine tasting and lunch in a winery near San Gimignano
  • Wine cellar tour with lunch in Orcia Valley
  • Visit of the underground ancient wine cellar in Orvieto
  • Lunch with wine in Orvieto
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums with a private guide
  • Local guide in Rome (3h)
  • Farewell dinner with music and show in Rome
  • Italian Tour Manager
  • 24h phone/email assistance of our Customer Support Team during the tour
  • Handling and reservation fees

Italian Tour Manager

Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, Guided Tours

Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe, Montecatini Terme, 3 nights

Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe is in the heart of Montecatini Terme, one block from the thermal spas and the shopping district. The large gardens feature a sun terrace with outdoor swimming pool with hydro massage. Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe boasts a range of elegant furnishings, including Murano crystal, ancient bronze, and 19th-century paintings. The rooms come with air conditioning and a satellite TV. Most rooms have a balcony. Restaurant I Gran Duchi serves a delicious mix of Italian and international cuisine, plus a wide selection of Tuscan recipes. On request, guests can have relaxing moments in the spa. It boasts a hot tub with mini-pool, Turkish bath and a bio-sauna. Shiatsu massages, lymphatic drainage and foot reflexology can also be booked.

Hotel Palazzo dal Borgo, Florence, 2 nights

Just a 10-minute walk from Florence Cathedral, the Hotel Palazzo dal Borgo offers spacious rooms with a flat-screen TV. Palazzo dal Borgo is a converted 15th-century building with a quiet internal courtyard. The breakfast buffet consists of pastries, hot food options and fresh coffee. Rooms are air conditioned and many feature a 4-poster bed, all have private bathrooms. In the lounge area you will find antique furniture and frescoed walls. The property is just two blocks from Florence’s historic center, the Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery.

Hotel Palazzo del Capitano Wellness & Relais, San Quirico, 3 nights

Set just inside San Quirico Dorcia’s historic town walls, Palazzo del Capitano is a charming 15th-century building. It features a wellness center and a garden with vegetable patches and fountains. This property is surrounded by olive groves and Mediterranean gardens. The wellness center includes a hot tub, a Turkish bath or a massage. The rooms are decorated in a rustic style, with wooden-beamed ceilings, antique furniture and terracotta floors. They all have satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is served at Trattoria Toscana Al Vecchio Forno, a few steps from Palazzo del Capitano Relais & Wellness. There is also the relaxing living room which was once the stables and the Vecchio Forno restaurant. This Michelin-recommended restaurant serves Tuscan food and wine indoors by the fireplace or outside in the beautiful garden, under the olive trees.

Hotel Quirinale, Rome, 2 nights

The Hotel Quirinale is a luxury 4 star hotel in Rome. It was founded near Via Veneto in 1865. Predating the Rome Opera house by a couple of years the two buildings are connected by a charming passage through a glorious inner garden. A sense of timeless history is almost physically tangible. The Quirinale’s spacious rooms are uniquely decorated and feature classic furnishings and parquet floors. Each room offers double glazing and a flat-screen TV with satellite and international channels. Some rooms overlook the small garden and courtyard.

Best Guided Tour of Tuscany, and Umbria, with Cinque Terra

Day 1, Thursday July 6: Depart

Take an overnight flight, arriving in Florence the next morning.

Day 2, Friday July 7: Arrival and transfer to Montecatini Terme

Meet your guide in Florence and transfer to Montecatini Terme, famous for its thermal bath used by the Medici family in the Renaissance time.
Settle at your hotel in the town center and have some time at leisure in Montecatini, where you can enjoy a nice walk to the ancient building built in the late 18th century by the Grand Duke of Tuscany or stroll in the lively streets. You can also explore the old town, reach it with a scenic cable car and enjoy a breathtaking view of the plain below.

Day 3, Saturday July 8: Cooking class and Lucca:

Departure with your driver to a country farm in Tuscany, where you step into the kitchen and prepare a delicious Tuscan lunch during this 2-hour hands-on cooking class. Learn to make a seasonal Tuscan meal with your chef such as homemade pasta, “bruschetta”, and meat sauce. After this, have a three course Tuscan lunch with the food prepared together and much more.
Also enjoy a tasting of a variety of six local wines, olive oils, and vinegar to get a well-rounded look at Tuscan cuisine. In the afternoon, continue your journey to the Roman town of Lucca. Walk along amazingly well-preserved medieval walls and enjoy leisure time to shop and visit local landmarks like Guinigi Tower and the Cathedral of Saint Martin. Return to Montecatini Terme in the afternoon.

Day 4, Sunday July 9: Cinque Terre and Pisa

Private driver to Pisa to visit the Field of Miracles. This pedestrian area is one of the finest architectural ensembles in the world, including the Leaning Tower and the Duomo, a Romanesque masterpiece dating back to the 11th century. After this, you will be visiting the extraordinary Cinque Terre. Crystal clear water, local shops, restaurants, bars, framed by cliffs will make you fall in love of this unique coastline. Visit the best of Cinque Terre, that were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monterosso, Vernazza, Riomaggiore; explore these colorful villages, that have long been isolated, hidden between the sea and the mountains.

Day 5, Monday July 10: Florence

Transfer to Florence in the morning. Meet your private guide and have a skip-the-line tour of the Academy Gallery of Fine Arts (Michelangelo’s David).
Afterward, walk through the historic streets and monuments of Florence, like the Duomo and the Baptistery. Soak up views of the Arno River as you cross the Ponte Vecchio bridge, and stroll through the bustling Piazza della Signoria, where the impressive Palazzo Vecchio sits.

Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class: Learn tips and techniques to make the perfect pizza, tasty homemade tomato sauce and fresh fruit gelato in authentic Italian style. This late-afternoon, chef-led class will introduce you to the history of these glorious Italian creations before you enjoy a dinner of the delicacies that you’ve prepared yourself.

Day 6, Tuesday July 11: Chianti Region

Travel to the heart of Chianti, famous for its scenic beauty, rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves, and stop at the tiny village of Greve in Chianti. This town looks like a place truly out of a fairytale, with its cobblestone streets and enchanting homes. See the lovely square with the one hundred years old butcher shop. Next, continue to the world renowned Verrazzano Castle, where the famous explore was born. Have a guided tour of the ancient wine cellar and lunch in the middle of vineyards and olive oil trees. Return to Florence in the afternoon and enjoy some free time.

Day 7, Wednesday July 12: Siena and San Gimignano + Tuscan winery

Departure with a private driver from Florence to San Gimignano and Siena.
Explore the charming village, passing landmarks such as Piazza della Cisterna, the Dome, and Palazzo del Podestà. After this, head to a typical Tuscan winery where you will have lunch and a wine tasting of selected labels. Next, continue to Siena, a medieval town famous for the “Palio” race, a frenzy horse race held in the main square.
Explore the picturesque lanes in the historic center of this hilltop jewel of a city. Visit important attractions like Piazza del Campo and Duomo. See the headquarters of the world’s oldest bank and admire the impressive facade of the Cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary, covered with colorful local marbles. This place holds masterpieces by renowned artists like Michelangelo, Donatello, and Bernini. Head south and arrive at the tiny village of San Quirico d’Orcia, which is the gate to the worldwide known Orcia Valley. Settle at your hotel within the village’s city wall for three nights.

Day 8, Thursday July 13: Montepulciano and Pienza (Orcia Valley)

Visit with your private driver two of the most charming towns in Tuscany’s UNESCO-listed Val d’Orcia region. Taste prized red wine varietals like Nobile di Montepulciano and stroll through medieval squares in Pienza, famous for its delicious cheese. Have a wine cellar tour in one of the most typical wineries in the area. You will have plenty of stops to snap photos of the scenery along the drive.
Two key scenes from Ridley Scott’s Academy-Award winning, “Gladiator,” were filmed in the Orcia Valley. The serene landscape that has inspired poets and artists for thousands of years was the perfect setting for idyllic scenes.

Day 9, Friday July 14: Bagno Vignoni

Departure with your private driver to the lovely village of Borgo Vignoni. Enjoy one of Italy’s most spectacular open-air hot springs with this trip in the Tuscan countryside. Visit the spa at the nearby resort and relax in front of the breathtaking view of rolling fields and cypress trees.
You can also explore the old settlement, which is different from the others.
In traditional towns is the main square, in Bagno Vignoni is a pool 150 ft long and 90 ft wide, from the bottom of which bubble up several hot springs whose therapeutic quality has been renowned since antiquity.

Day 10, Saturday July 15: Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio

Your private driver will drive you through the magnificent Umbrian countryside to Orvieto, renowned for its wine and olive oil. The medieval town sits majestically on the cliffs.
Visit and explore the town, checking out the stunning cathedral, considered one of the most important in Europe, and walking down the many narrow cobblestoned lanes.
Then have a delicious lunch in a family run restaurant, and an extraordinary visit of its underground tunnels and passageways, which have been built more than 2500 years ago by the Etruscans. This is a unique experience!
Next, head to the striking village of Civita di Bagnoregio, which has only 14 residents, making it the least populated town in Italy! Once abandoned due to frequent earthquakes, Civita has been resurrected thanks to a number of artists who discovered the town and restored it. Perched atop a steep hill, the town is an extraordinary place, accessible only through a pedestrian bridge built in 1965. There are no cars in Civita, where time has stood still for the past several hundred years.
After this, you continue to Rome, and settle at your centrally located hotel for two nights.

Day 11, Sunday July 16: Vatican Museums and city tour

Private transfer to Vatican City in the morning. Have an unforgettable experience with a skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. An expert guide will passionately lead you through the fascinating Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, with the legendary Michelangelo’s frescoes, providing you with historical facts and leaving you plenty of time to take photos and to absorb the breathtaking beauty of the masterpieces.
Next, you enter Saint Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church building, where you will admire some Baroque masterpieces and the breathtaking statue of “Pietà” by Michelangelo.
The tour finally ends in Saint Peter’s Square with its marvelous Bernini columns. You will admire Saint Peter’s dome, created by Michelangelo, and the balcony where the Pontiff gives the blessings. Here you will see Sistine Chapel’s roof where the white or black smoke comes out from in case of the new Pope’s election and the famous obelisk in the middle of the square
At the end of the visit, you have some time on your own for lunch in the Vatican area.
After this, meet your private driver who will show you around the city center, where you will see the main attractions of the Eternal city like Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Navona Square and much more, before dropping you off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

That evening enjoy a three-course farewell dinner with music and show in one of the most renowned restaurants of the capital city.

Day 12, July 17: Transfer to airport

Your guide for the week will transfer you to the airport for your journey home.

Pre-trip French Riviera – 3 nights (Limit 10)

Before we hit the road, let’s relax for a few days on the French Riviera! Note, this pre-trip has a more relaxed itinerary so we’ll decide the specifics of what we do as we go.

Day 1, Monday July 3 – Depart US

Today we’ll take an evening flight from home to Marseille, France.

Day 2, Tuesday July 4 – Arrive Marseille, France

We’ll arrive in Marseille mid-morning and transfer to our four star hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. The rest of the day is yours to recover or fall asleep on the beach. We’ll meet for dinner for the included group welcome dinner. Afterwards we just might have our own 4th of July celebration on the beach!

Day 3, Wednesday July 5 – Marseille to Monaco

After breakfast we’ll drive our mini-van along the French Riviera making stops at St. Tropez, Cannes, and Nice, arriving at our hotel in Cap D’Ail around the corner (literally) from Monaco. The total drive time should be no more than 3 to 4 hours, so there will be plenty of time to stop for a swim or to sight see.

Day 4, Wednesday July 6 – Monaco

After breakfast we’ll take in this historic Principality of Monaco. We’ll take a private guided tour to show us the Prince’s Palace, the yacht basin, and to educate us a bit about its history. After our tour we’re free to explore the city on our own, or backtrack to discover Cannes in more depth. That evening we’ll gather for an included farewell dinner.

Day 5, Thursday July 7, Nice to Rome

Today we return to Nice for a mid-morning flight to Rome to meet the rest of our travelers!

$970 double occupancy
$400 single upgrade

Includes:

  • All airfare US to Marseille and Nice to Rome
  • All transportation by mini-van or similar
  • 3 nights lodging in 4* luxury hotels or above
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • English-speaking guided tour of Monaco

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F.A.Q

What is the currency in the Italy?

Italy uses the Euro, as do most European countries. We strongly recommend getting some cash from an ATM machine once you land for the best rates. However, you'll only need cash for the occasional souvenir at small shops and for tipping. Mastercard and Visa are universally accepted in Italy, even in the smaller towns.

Does Italy still have COVID regulations?

No. You may come and go with no restrictions, tests, or forms. Only your passport is required.

How much money do I need to bring?

Please carry money for tips and souvenirs.

Italy Facts

If you haven't been to Italy for awhile, you'll find it developed and forward-thinking. Rome is a dynamic, vibrant cosmopolitan city. Florence's population is quite educated and sophisticated. But everywhere you'll find people wanting to greet you and get to know you.

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What's Included

  • Assistance with flight choices, but airfare is not included in our pricing
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • All passes and tickets as described in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation for 11 days/10 nights

Trip Information

  • Activity Level: 3 (see rating)
  • Trip Curator: Alex Lavagnini
  • Trip Leader/CSR: Alex Lavagnini
  • Giving Back: To Be Announced

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