Book the Tuscany Dream Private Tour if you wish to spend 11 days / 10 nights touring one of the nicest region in the World and two of its very diverse faces – the art cities such and the countryside on the other.
The former include Florence, Siena, Lucca and Pisa, each of them with peculiarities on its own.
As for the other side of Tuscany, the magnificent countryside, we mean small towns, villages, castles, villas and vineyards, making a welcome change from the traffic and noise of larger cities.
The visit to Monteriggioni castle and a wine tasting session will give you a fuller perception regarding why Tuscany is one of the most popular places to visit in a Country that is itself one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Crafting this Tour we have also imagined two special gems to offer you: a cruise along the Cinque Terre coastline and a visit to the marble caves in Carrara.
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There are so many good reasons why you should visit Tuscany.
If you have never been to Tuscany, start considering how many amazing artworks masterpieces you can admire here.
Art cities like Florence, Pisa, Arezzo and Siena collect the largest number of them.
Yet, smaller medieval towns, spread across the Tuscan countryside, hide so many fantastic treasures you can spend you entire life in search of them.
Florence speaks by itself: you feel the Renaissance in every corner of the City. Just think of a church, a square, the architecture. Let alone, the Uffizi Gallery which is a cornerstone for Art lovers.
All the peculiar and enchanting medieval hamlets and villages, placed upon hills in the countryside, dominating the valleys are another excellent reason to visit Tuscany. And Monteriggioni, included in this tour, is a typical example.
Each of them offers unique features, for instance, food products.
Let alone all the several churches, abbeys, castles, palaces, museums, art galleries, and fortifications spread all across the Tuscan territory, and particularly in Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca: Tuscany exhibits a rich historical and artistic legacy.
This region’s territory is incredibly varied and always offers a different view to its visitors: hills, mountains, rivers, breathtaking panoramas.
You think of Tuscany and we are sure you soon think of the countryside, the one with green or yellow, depending on the season, rolling hills and gentle slopes dotted with the typical cypress trees.
It’s about time to visit Tuscany to taste some of the many delicious food specialities: ribollita, Tuscan lasagne, bistecca fiorentina (the famous Florentine steak), cinghiale (wild boar), lepre (hare), cacciucco alla livornese (a kind of seafood soup).
And for dessert? Well, we suggest you cantucci, panforte, and torta della nonna.
You will realize that Tuscan cooking is made of simple and tasty rustic dishes with seasonal ingredients.
Olive oil is one of the best in the World and you ‘ll find it in any dish.
The fragrant Tuscan bread must always be on the table, as well the pasta.
Generally, Italian recipes find their best companion in a glass of excellent wine, and Tuscan specialities are no exception.
Here you’ll find some of the finest wines in the world! Chianti Classico and the Brunello di Montalcino red wines are amongst the most popular names.
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Day 1: Arrive in Pisa
Day 2: Half day sightseeing tour of Pisa, including the Leaning Tower.
Day 3: Transfer to the ancient city of Lucca, where Opera lovers meet Puccini.
Day 4: Full day Cinque Terre tour, with cruise in the Poets’ Gulf.
Day 5: Half day visit to Cave di Carrara (Carrara Marble caves)
Day 6: Transfer to Florence, the Renaissance capital.
Day 7: Walking Tour of Florence, the open-air museum.
Day 8: Full day tour of the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia di Belle Arti, with the Michelangelo’s David.
Day 9: Transfer to Siena, a true gem amongst Italian small cities.
Day 10: Half day tour of Monteriggioni
Day 11: Time to go home.
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We offer our Tuscany Dream Private Tour with flexible and customizable dates for private departures at your convenience throughout the year.
Pisa is the first City to visit during this Tour of Tuscany, 380 km. from Rome, and just 86 km. from Florence.
Pisa is most famous for its Leaning Tower, which stands 180 feet high and leans more than 14 feet out of line due to its faulty foundation on unstable soil.
However, the city has many other delights for you to discover, including the National Museum of Palazzo Reale, which houses some as the Arts World’s most rare collections, including tapestries and 16th Century furnishings by Florentine artists.
The half hour walk from the Campo dei Miracoli to the train station runs through a pedestrian street with many interesting sights, shops, and restaurants.
The best way to visit Pisa is walking the streets, as the city center is very small, and enjoy the sight and the atmosphere.
City Sightseeing bus tour of Pisa This bus tour is one of the best ways to get about the city and travel to and from the Leaning Tower.
With two routes on which you can travel, you can be sure that this flexible tour enables you to see the best of Pisa.
Dinner at a local restaurant in Pisa
This guided walk leads you to the heart of the ancient city of Pisa and lets you soak up all the major sites of this popular city.
You will be able to visit the Cathedral, which is widely regarded as a masterpiece of the Romanesque Art, the Baptistry and, of course, the Leaning Tower, where you can walk up the 300 steps to take in a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
The walking tour will also take you to what was once the political centre of Pisa, Piazza dei Cavalieri, and is now home to the prestigious “Scuola Normale di Pisa” University.
Our professional and bilingual tour guides will ensure that you take in all the major sites of the city and hear the history behind the fascinating architecture.
When you have done the main attractions of Pisa, there is still one little gem left: Marina di Pisa, the harbor of Pisa at the Mediterranean sea.
It hosts a beach, not with sand, but with little marble pebbles. The pebbles are smooth, and will not harm your feet, but since they are slightly unstable near the water, sea water compatible footwear is recommended for walking along the beach and getting in or out of the water.
Lucca‘s heyday was in the Gothic era just before the Renaissance, and the city contains much marvelous architecture from that era. Lucca remained an independent city state until the end of the 18th Century.
Giacomo Puccini, one of the best-known opera composers, was born in Lucca, and his house is visited by many opera-lovers every year.
The area of most interest to visitors is still enclosed within the old city’s defensive walls. The top of these broad walls is a ring park, a pleasant place for walking.
The city of Lucca, which is famed for its Renaissance-era city walls, is situated on the river Serchio and, unlike many Tuscan cities, it is unusually seated on the valley floor.
This, together with the grid-like pattern of the city streets, is indicative of its Roman origins and a superb collection of Romanesque churches and sculptures can be found dotted about the city.
Upon arrival in Lucca, you will be driven to your hotel, where you can check in before venturing out to admire all the city has to offer.
Half day afternoon tour of the historic centre of Lucca. This tour takes on a Romanesque theme and visits all the essential sites of Lucca, including the city walls.
With fascinating insight into the history behind this enchanting region of Tuscany, our professional tour guide will guide you around the beautiful Roman architecture, Cathedrals and museums that make Lucca an unmissable part of your trip to Italy.
You will also have the opportunity to explore life outside the city walls, with a tour to some of the small suburban towns that adorn the province of Lucca and to a 18th Century country villa.
Wine tasting session and dinner in Montecarlo di Toscana D.O.C. wine farm
The Cinque Terre (meaning “The Five Lands”, the five tiny villages that form this wonderful coast) is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera, widely regarded as a natural oasis.
As said, it is composed of five villages – Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – and these, along with the surrounding hillside landscape, make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In this unmissable opportunity, you will enjoy a Poets’ Gulf scenic cruise, which starts in the first of the five villages, Monterosso al Mare, and provides coastal views of (and stops in) Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, before docking at beautiful Portovenere.
Dinner at a local restaurant.
On this half day tour, you can visit a Tuscan cave in Massa Carrara with a fully qualified and bilingual local tour guide.
First, you will explore the coastal landscape from the luxury of a tour bus, or a private van, before entering the cave for an enchanting view of what is known locally as the “Marble Cathedral”.
Here, your guide will give you a fascinating insight into the process of harvesting marble blocks and producing the worldwide famous White Carrara marble, the same as the Michelangelo’s “David” statue you will admire later in this vacation.
The beautiful city of Florence, nestled in the north east of Tuscany, is renowned for its artistic and architectural heritage and has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world thanks to its Renaissance art, architecture and monuments.
Upon arrival in Florence, you will have the opportunity to check in to your chosen hotel before you explore the beautiful sites of this historic and enchanting city.
City Sightseeing bus tour of Florence
Dinner in local restaurant.
One of the best ways to experience Florence is to take your time to walk amongst its unique and beautiful architecture, whereby you can experience the historic and cultural evolution of the city: a sort of Tour of Tuscany walkabout.
An official licensed, highly qualified and experienced tour guide will take you to the must-see sights of the city, where the greatest minds and artists have stood and been inspired.
During this walk, you will see Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, the Baptistery with its ‘Gates of Paradise’, Giotto’s Independent Bell Tower, Brunelleschi’s Dome, the Santa Trinità and Orsanmichele Churches, Ponte Vecchio Bridge and the secret Vasari Corridor.
In addition, you will be able to sample that sharp sense of Italian fashion in the famous shopping streets of Florence.
This tour includes the entrance and a tour around the famous Uffizi Gallery (you’ll visit it tomorrow), which houses some of the most renowned art of the Renaissance era.
The famous Uffizi Gallery of Florence dates back to the 16th century and is home to some of the most precious art of the Renaissance era, as well as the exquisite art collection of the Medici family.
The museum hosts many famous works of art, including Da Vinci’s The Annunciation and The Adoration of the Magi, Michelangelo’s The Tondo Doni, Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch, Giotto’s The Lady of All Saints and much, much more.
The Accademia di Belle Arti (the Academy of Fine Arts), an art academy in Florence, has housed the original David by Michelangelo since 1873, and is now also home to many other famous pieces of Arts.
Our expert and experienced guide will lead you around both the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia di Belle Arti for an in-depth look at the many masterpieces and their intriguing history.
Dinner in local restaurant.
Siena is a medieval Tuscan town and one of the most popular destinations for Italian’s seeking out a local holiday.
It is famous for its art, museums and medieval cityscape, which all contributed to the historic centre being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Upon arrival in the city, you will have the opportunity to check in to your hotel before you explore the sights of this popular location.
Sienese people are fiercely proud of their city and their neighborhood (contrada).
The Palio, described below, is all about neighborhood pride and rivalry, and also constitutes the unbroken continuation of a Medieval tradition associated with religion, pageantry, trash-talking, bragging, and occasional violence.
It is taken very seriously and is in no way a put-on for tourists; in fact, you are likely to be less welcomed during the Palio than at any other time, and there isn’t the slightest doubt that Siena would run the Palio with great enthusiasm regardless of whether any visitors ever showed up.
Half day guided tour of Siena, followed by dinner at a local restaurant
On your first day in Siena, why not enjoy all the main sights on this half day tour of the city, including the Siena Cathedral, which is credited as being one of the great examples of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture.
You will also visit the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, which is the town square and home to the Torre del Mangia that hosts the biannual Palio horse race.
Dinner in local restaurant.
Monteriggioni Castle was built in 1214 to protect the northern Siena border from Florentine attacks and is fortified with stunning elliptical walls and 14 imposing towers.
On a small natural hillock, this completely walled medieval town in the Siena Province of Tuscany except for some work done in the 16th century, is mostly the same as the 13th Century.
On a small natural hillock, this completely walled medieval town has remained the same as seven centuries ago.
Except for some work done in the 16th Century, very little work has been done to Monteriggioni’s walls or buildings since they were first erected.
So Monteriggioni’s walls and the buildings that make up the town are the best preserved example of their kind in all of Italy, so it is not surprising that it attracts buses full of tourists, but also architects, and medieval historians and archaeologists.
The more or less circular walls with a total length of about 570 meters were built between 1213 and 1219, following the natural contours of the hill.
There are fourteen towers on square bases set at equi-distance, and two portals or gates.
One gate, the Porta Fiorentina, opens toward Florence to the north, and the other, the Porta Romana, faces Rome to the south.
The main street within the walls connects the two gates in a more or less straight line.
The castle boasts an impressive museum, where you can feel the weight of the ancient soldiers’ cloths and inspect their weapons up close.
From the castle walls, you can enjoy amazing views of the green woods of Montagnola and San Gimignano and you can even see as far as the Chianti hills.
Our tour also encompasses a visit to the abbey, the bleak grey stoned exterior of which hides a spectacular gold interior with a painted altar.
Today you will sadly leave Italy: a private transfer will bring you from the Hotel to the International Airport where your flight will take off.
All the sights, sounds, fragrances, tastes and experiences of the past week will flood over you.
Anytime you’ll remember your vacation in Italy, you’ll smile thinking to all the marvelous places you visited and the extraordinary people you met.
The natural consequence is that you’ll start planning for an inevitable new Italy tour.
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For the customized Tuscany Dream Private Tour package, as outlined in the Itinerary Details section, please consider the following guidelines:
5-star Hotel: Euro 550.00 – 1,000.00+ per person, per night
4-star Hotel: From Euro 450.00 per person, per night
3-star Hotel: From Euro 350.00 per person, per night
The price may change upon your final hotel choice, travel dates, and other customized preferences.
For groups larger than 15 people wishing to participate in our Tuscany Dream Private Tour , please contact our dedicated team.
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Pisa: the Leaning Tower and more
Lucca: an intact piece of Middle Age
Siena: the Tuscan Jewel
Florence: the Renaissance is still alive
Monteriggioni: The nicest Tuscan Medieval hill town
Cinque Terre: the land meets the sea in a dramatic way
White Carrara Marble Caves
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