This is a very popular 7 night escorted tour to Italy, around the highlights of Tuscany. Marvel at the fine frescoes of Florence, wander along the city ramparts of Lucca and taste local foods and flavours including Olive Oils and Chianti wines.
Flights are from Gatwick to Pisa with regional flights available on some departure dates. Book as early as you can as most dates have limited availability as this is such fantastic value for money! You will stay for seven nights in a hotel in Reggelio in the heart of Tuscany with five nights including dinner and two on B&B to enable you to sample the food of other restaurants in town. Lunches of course can be taken as and where you wish and there is no shortage of fantastic local cafes and trattorias to choose from! See Tastes of Tuscany for more information about the cuisine of the region. The region is full of quaint medieval villages and historic cities with fabulous artistic treasures and rolling hills of olives and vines. Reggello is a peaceful village surrounded by hills in the Arno Valley with a central square where you can enjoy a glass of wine watching the world go by or wander the surrounding countryside on gentle walks.
Arriving into Pisa you settle into your hotel and your tour guide will explain the week ahead to you and will share their knowledge to make sure you gain the best out of your stay in Tuscany. During the days here guided excursions included will be to Chianti, Lucca, Arezzo and Cascia. There are also optional excursions you can take to Siena and Florence.
Chianti is a fabulous wine producing region and you will discover some of the secrets of wine making on a tour of a well known winery, seeing the process from grape to bottle and of course sampling the goods!
The ancient city of Lucca is beautifully by walls and ramparts which you can stroll around. Magnificent architecture can be enjoyed here including 13th century mosaics on the Romanesque San Frediano church. There is a central city square built on remains of a Roman amphitheatre.
A walking tour will take you to Arezzo where you will learn about the rich history of the city and visit the Church of San Francesco with an amazing interior frescoe. Enjoy the shops displaying fine jewellery produced here.
You will be taken to a church in the village of Cascia to view a Renaissance masterpiece and then to sample some of Tuscany’s fabulous olive oil at the Bonsi Estate. Learn abou the production process and see how olives are selected.
In Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance, you will find endless examples of fabulous art and architecture. Wander to the Piazzale Michelangelo to look out over the city spread before you or sit in a picturesque square and enjoy a coffee on a shopping break!
You can take a walking tour of Siena with a specialist local guide and enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Italy with palaces, towers and churches filling the skyline.
Ask me about booking a Classic Tuscany tour for you or to find you a similar tour maybe on different dates or in other parts of Italy. If this itinerary is not quite right I can tailor made your own holiday to Tuscany.