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OVERVIEW

Tuscany is one of the most famous and beautiful regions of Italy, home to stunning landscapes of rolling vineyards, traditional houses and quaint medieval hilltop villages and towns. Let yourself be charmed by the rich heritage, delicious food and drink that the region is famous for on this Tuscany wine tour.

During this six-day trip, you will visit Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano and Montalcino whilst learning all about the rich heritage, the countryside and the gastronomy of Tuscany. This tour also includes a guided tour of Siena and walking tour of Florence.

Day 1: Florence City Tour & Dinner at Trattoria Cesarino
Day 2: Explore Pisa and Lucca
Day 3: Florence, Boboli Gardens & Piazzale Michelangelo
Day 4: Siena City Tour & Dinner at Zest Restaurant
Day 5: Continue your Tuscany Wine Tour to San Gimignano, Chianti & Montalcino
Day 6: Departure Day

DURATION

6 days, 5 nights

DESTINATIONS

Italy: Tuscany, Lucca, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Castellina in Chianti, Montalcino

TRAVELLERS

2 travellers

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INCLUDED

– 5 nights accommodation
– 15 activities
– 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
– Airport transfer
– Entrance fees
– Ground transportation
– Licensed English speaking guides

EXCLUDED

– Domestic flights
– Travel insurance
– International flights
– Entry visas / airport departure tax
– Alcohol beverages
– Gratuities
– Personal expenses
– Laundry
– Trekking permits

DAY 1: FLORENCE CITY TOUR & DINNER AT TRATTORIA CESARINO
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Your Tuscany wine tour begins in Florence! This morning starts with an introductory tour during where you’ll learn the facts and secrets of two thousand years of Florentine history, from the city’s Roman origins to a 15th-century palace, from the Ponte Vecchio to the wonders of the architecture of Brunelleschi’s Dome which overlook the Baptistery golden ‘Gates of Paradise’. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner at Trattoria Cesarino, a historic restaurant serving traditional Tuscan cuisine.

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Private Driver

11:15 to 12:00

From: Florence Airport, Peretola
To: Alfieri9

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Alfieri9

11:00 check-in
08:00 check-out (Day 4)
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A small boutique hotel, located in the historical centre of Florence. Alferi9 is the perfect base from which to explore the city and its artistic treasures.

The Museum of the Accademia; Piazza Santa Croce and the Basilica of Santa Croce; the Uffizi museum; Palazzo Vecchio: these are just some of the fascinating places within easy walking distance of this hotel.

Restructured completely in 2015 it is situated on the first floor of an elegant historic building in the zone of Sant’Ambrogio, typical nineteenth-century district sets in a residential area that offers foreshortenings of pure suggestion and calm at ten minutes on foot from Duomo and from the pulsating heart of Florence.

Address: Alfieri9, Via Vittorio Alfieri, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

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Florence on Foot

13:30 to 15:30
2 hours

Enjoy an excellent and complete introductory tour dedicated to those who want to know some of the facts and secrets of two thousand years of Florentine history.

From the city’s Roman origins to a 15th-century palace, from the Ponte Vecchio, through the famous Uffizi courtyard, to the wonders of the architecture of Brunelleschi’s Dome which overlooks the Baptistery golden ‘Gates of Paradise’, you’ll experience the best there is to see of Florence!

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Address: Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

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Trattoria Cesarino

19:00 to 21:00
2 hours

Trattoria Cesarino is a historic restaurant in Florence that has preserved the same spirit for 40 years while proposing the best of traditional Tuscan cuisine, perfected with wisdom and care to satisfy the many affectionate regular customers and tourists that choose this Trattoria because of its reputation.

Situated in the historic centre, nearby Sant’Ambrogio, Cesario is easily reachable by car or on foot from the major attractions of the beautiful Florence. The passion for the cuisine doesn’t stop on a fixed menu, since, everyday both during lunch and dinner, new dishes, new ideas and innovative combinations are proposed.

All in the simplicity of the Italian cuisine, savoury and light. Croutons, carpaccio, platters, rice and pasta, fresh fish, fresh vegetables and the best selection of meat are always at the heart of Trattoria Cesarino.

Address: Via Giovan Battista Niccolini, 16, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy

DAY 2: EXPLORE PISA AND LUCCA
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Today, you’ll venture out of Florence to the nearby towns of Pisa and Lucca, two must-see places whilst in this region of Italy. You’ll head out on a join-in guided excursion visiting these two important historical towns in Tuscany. You will be immersed in the history and traditions of the two cities that are close in proximity, yet very different in personality. You’ll have some free time in both places to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere.

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Private Driver

07:00 to 08:30

From: Florence
To: Province of Pisa

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Lucca and Pisa Tour with Buccellato Tasting

08:30 to 12:00
3 hours 30 minutes

Pisa and Lucca are undoubtedly among the richest cities in the world for their architecture and history: they are unmissable destinations for those who want to go deep inside Tuscany and its artistic background.

The day tour starts in Florence and the first stop is in Pisa, where you will be met by your personal guide. The tour starts in the incredible Piazza dei Miracoli where you can admire the Baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower, together with a guided visit of the majestic Pisa Cathedral.

Afterwards, you will have some free time to do shopping or have a cappuccino before the departure for Lucca. In Lucca, famous for its still intact walls with huge gates and ramparts, your local guide will lead you to the enchanting old town centre walking along a section of the walls and enjoying a breathtaking view over the rooftops.

You will admire the main attractions of the city such as the Anfiteatro Square, the Guinigi Tower and San Martino Cathedral and you’ll stroll along the picturesque streets of antique shops.

The tour ends with a Buccellato tasting, a typical Lucchese cake – a famous saying of the Lucchesi (people from Lucca) is: “those who come to Lucca and don’t eat Buccellato have never been here!”

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Address: Pisa, Province of Pisa, Italy

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Pisa Baptistery

08:45 to 09:30
45 minutes

One of four buildings that dominate the Piazza dei Miracoli, the Pisa Baptistery sits beside the famed Leaning Tower, the Pisa Cathedral and the Camposanto Monumentale.

Construction began in 1153 in Romanesque style, then between 1277 and 1297, the upper part of the baptistery received a Gothic transformation. The Gothic dome was finally added in the 1300s and the baptistery was officially completely in 1363.

Devoted to John the Baptist, the building faces the west facade of the Pisa Cathedral. The largest baptistery in Italy, inside there are 12 columns inside that represent the number of the Apostles.

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 23, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

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Pisa Cathedral

09:45 to 10:30
45 minutes

A masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, Pisa Cathedral is a testimony to the wealth that was achieved by the Pisan Maritime Republic during its heyday. Built outside the walls of the city, this demonstration symbolises power that the church did not fear threats from enemies.

Its construction began in 1063 at the same time as St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the cathedral was built in two phases. The cathedral’s architectural style combines many various elements: classic, Lombard-Emilian, Byzantine and Islamic.

These styles reflected the international presence in Pisa at the time. The Pisa Cathedral you see today is the result of various restorations and reconstructions carried out over different eras. During the 19th century, some of the sculptures were replaced with replicas and the real ones placed in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

10:45 to 11:45
1 hour

The bell tower of the Pisa Cathedral, the Tower of Pisa was built towards the end of the 12th century and completed in the 14th century, during its construction it became apparent that the ground was too soft on one side, as the building became taller, the tilt became more apparent.

The creator of the structure is subject to debate, for many years the architecture was attributed to Pisano, a famous bronze casting artist. However, after much deliberation, it was decided that Diotisalvi was most probably the artist based on his other works of the time, all of which, are in Pisa.

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

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Lucca

12:15 to 13:15
1 hour

A charming city loved by all that visit, Lucca is situated along the Serchio River in Tuscany. Encircled by well-preserved Renaissance walls, Lucca’s historic centre boasts cobblestone streets, centuries-old churches and open squares.

Scattered with trees and green areas, the city’s 16th- and 17th-century walls are one of the main attractions in Lucca. They are perfect for exploring the town and admiring the beautiful views over the roofs, alley’s, house-towers, churches and marvellous noble palazzos.

Whilst in Lucca, you can also visit the birthplace of a famed composer, Casa di Puccini, now a house museum and the traces of the Roman amphitheatre, as well as 12th-century churches.

Address: 55100 Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy

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Lucca

13:30 to 16:45
3 hours 15 minutes

Lucca a distinctive city of art and Renaissance style surrounded by walls interrupted by beautiful gates and ramparts. A guide will lead to the old town centre to see Piazza Anfiteatro, Guinigi Tower, St. Martin’s Cathedral and the typical street of antique shops.

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Address: Province of Lucca, Italy

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Piazza Anfiteatro

15:00 to 16:00
1 hour

This is the main square of Lucca, the city surrounded by high protective walls. It was built over a Roman amphitheatre, hence its name.

Created in the 2nd century, the amphitheatre was in this very position until the piazza replaced it in the Middles Ages. The amphitheatre acted as the town centre where locals would meet to watch events and games. While the town centre may not look the same, today it is still very much the meeting point for the locals of Lucca.

Address: Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy

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Private Driver

17:00 to 18:30

From: Province of Pisa
To: Florence

DAY 3: FLORENCE, BOBOLI GARDENS & PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO
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Today, you have the entire day free to explore the city. You may choose to visit the museums, the Office or the Academy Gallery, or climb up the stairs of the Dome of Brunelleschi. You could also take a walk in Boboli Gardens and admire the Palazzo Pitti and walk all the way up to Piazzale Michelangelo to see the entire city of Florence with the River Arno and its bridges. The day is completely yours to spend as you wish.

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Boboli Gardens

09:00 to 11:00
2 hours

Through many years of enlargement, restructuring and redesigning through several different periods of its history, Boboli Gardens has now come to be one of the largest and most beautiful Italian style gardens.

Extending down the hill behind the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens are not just any gardens, they are a site of incredible historical importance in Florence and a proud landmark of the city. On a sunny day, the gardens are one of the most beautiful places to stroll around whilst you take in the centuries-old oak trees, sculptures, fountains, beautiful colours of the foliage and entrancing smells of blooming flowers.

Address: Piazza Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

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Gallerie dell’Accademia Florence

11:45 to 13:15
1 hour 30 minutes

Most famous for its statues and sculptures by the great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo, Gallerie dell’Accademia Florence is a sought after destination when travelling through this Italian city.

Towards the end of the 18th century, several rooms from various buildings including the old hospital of San Mateo and the old monastery of San Nicolás de Cafaggio were bought together to house this museum dedicated to Michelangelo.

The most famous sculptures include Prisoners, St. Matthew and, of course, the magnificent statue of David.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Via Ricasoli, 66, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

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Piazzale Michelangelo

14:00 to 16:00
2 hours

Most famous for its statues and sculptures by the great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo, Gallerie dell’Accademia Florence is a sought after destination when travelling through this Italian city.

Towards the end of the 18th century, several rooms from various buildings including the old hospital of San Mateo and the old monastery of San Nicolás de Cafaggio were bought together to house this museum dedicated to Michelangelo.

The most famous sculptures include Prisoners, St. Matthew and, of course, the magnificent statue of David.

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Via Ricasoli, 66, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

DAY 4: SIENA CITY TOUR & DINNER AT ZEST RESTAURANT
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Today, you have the entire day free to explore the city. You may choose to visit the museums, the Office or the Academy Gallery, or climb up the stairs of the Dome of Brunelleschi. You could also take a walk in Boboli Gardens and admire the Palazzo Pitti and walk all the way up to Piazzale Michelangelo to see the entire city of Florence with the River Arno and its bridges. The day is completely yours to spend as you wish.

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Private Driver

08:00 to 09:30

From: Alfieri9
To: Hotel Chiusarelli
This is a 1.5 hour drive

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Siena Tour

10:00 to 13:00
3 hours

The guided tour starts at the San Domenico church, where the remains of Saint Catherine, protector of Italy and Europe, are kept.

You’ll go then to the beautiful Palazzo del Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the oldest bank in the world. Then reach the famous Piazza del Campo, the main square of Siena, and end the tour in Piazza Duomo, in front of the incredible Duomo di Siena.

Duomo di Siena (entrance not included).

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Address: Piazza del Campo, Siena, Province of Siena, Italy

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Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico

10:00 to 10:45
45 minutes

One of the most important churches in the city, the Basilica of San Domenico, also known as Basilica Cateriniana of Siena dates back to the 13th century. However, it owes its gothic appearance to the enlargement of the 14th century.

Due to fires throughout the 15th and 16th century, a large number of features of the basilica church were destroyed; the lofty bell tower was reduced in height following an 18th-century earthquake. Home to many relics of St. Catherine of Siena, the church is situated close to the family home. At the same time as the church, several other buildings were built including the Chapter, the Old Sacristy, the Refectory and the Dormitory.

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Address: Piazza San Domenico, 1, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

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Piazza del Campo

11:00 to 11:45
45 minutes

Regarded as one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares, Piazza del Campo was built at the beginning of the 1300s. It became one of the main gathering places of merchants, the location of festivals, jousting and all important political events.

The square’s appearance that you see today was acquired at the end of the 13th century and beginning of the 14th century. Today, Piazza del Campo is the beating heart of Siena. Shaped like a conch shell, the square is surrounded by medieval buildings and is the home of the Il Palio, one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Recognised by UNESCO as the ideal embodiment of a medieval city, Piazza del Campo has become an icon of not only Siena but of Italy.

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Address: Il Campo, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

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Siena Cathedral

12:00 to 12:45
45 minutes

Originally designed and completed between 1215 and 1263, Siena Cathedral is in the shape of a Latin cross featuring a projecting dome and a bell tower.

The cathedral was built using white and black marble in alternating stripes, the symbolic colours of Siena, but you’ll also see red marble on the impressive facade.

Whilst the cathedral is simply stunning judging by its exterior, the magic of this building lies within its walls. The floor, full of esoteric symbols and religious stories, such as the Slaughter of the Innocents, King David and Hermes Trismegistus, the life of Moses and the Sacrifice of Jephthah.

Inside, you’ll also find the frescoed Piccolomini Library, and the Piccolomini Chapel, where Michelangelo worked from 1501 to 1504 sculpting the 4 statues of the lower niches. + optional (not included in price)

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

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Hotel Chiusarelli

14:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 6)
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Zest Restaurant & Wine Bar is in the heart of the historic centre of Siena, in the back streets of Siena opposite the Sanctuary of Santa Caterina and just 250m from Piazza Del Campo.

They have delicious food, drinks and music in a casual atmosphere. The menu is available throughout the day and able to cater to everything from light meals and drinks through to a 3-course dinner.

This is the perfect place to drop in for a glass of wine or refreshments whilst visiting the sites of Siena.

Address: Costa Sant’Antonio, 13, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

DAY 5: CONTINUE YOUR TUSCANY WINE TOUR TO SAN GIMIGNANO, CHIANTI & MONTALCINO
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Today, you’ll head out of Siena on a guided join-in excursion to see the small beautiful towns of Tuscany and taste the Tuscan wine in local wineries. This Tuscany wine tour will begin in San Gimignano, a medieval hill town southwest of Florence surrounded by 13th-century stone walls and many towers. Next, stop in Montalcino, a beautiful medieval hilltop city with a castle that overlooks it. After lunch in a Chianti winery, enjoy a wine tasting of the local wines made only in this region.

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San Gimignano

08:30 to 09:45
1 hour 15 minutes

Encircled by 13th-century walls, San Gimignano is a medieval hill town southwest of Florence. San Gimignano’s old town centres around the triangular square of Piazza della Cisterna and is full of medieval houses and stunning 12th-century buildings such as the Duomo di San Gimignano.

The beauty and preservation of medieval San Gimignano are owed to a law passed in 1282 when the government prohibited the demolition of any old houses if it was to build more beautiful ones. This law preserved the town against radical changes in appearance throughout the years.

Originally, there were 72 medieval towers, one built by each wealthy family to symbolise their power, today however, there are only 13. Despite this, people still travel from all over the world to visit this medieval town.

In 1990, San Gimignano was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Address: 53037 San Gimignano, Province of Siena, Italy

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Montalcino

10:00 to 11:00
1 hour

Just south of Siena, lies a beautiful medieval hilltop city – Montalcino. Mentioned in history as early as 814, Montalcino really began to grow in 1100 when more than 4 kilometres of outer city walls were built along with 13 towers to guard the town.

Following the surrender of Siena in the mid-16th century, Montalcino fortress was the last resisting fortress of the republic where 650 families stood their ground for 4 years. The medieval castle of Montalcino still stands over the city today overlooking the beautiful Val d’Orcia Natural Park where the town sits. The town’s surroundings are simply stunning, on the approach you are greeted with rolling hills filled with yellow and red flowers, ancient oak trees, olive groves and country roads.

Though once a grand medieval city and still maintaining this 16th-century appearance, Montalcino is now known for its prestigious wine, Brunello, one of the world’s most famous reds.

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Address: 53024 Montalcino, Province of Siena, Italy

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Chianti Winery

11:30 to 12:30
1 hour

Produced only in central Tuscany in the famed Chianti region, Chianti wine is a beautiful and bold red wine which is typically served in a squat bottle encased in a straw basket. You’ll relax at a Chianti winery for a lunch of salami, cheeses  and other local products, accompanied by a tasting of Chianti wines.

Address: 53011 Castellina in Chianti, SI, Italy

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Val d’Orcia

13:00 to 14:00
1 hour

Val d’Orcia is another jewel in the Tuscan territory and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004.

Travel to Montalcino, which from its hill dominates the 1500 hectares of Brunello vineyards that have contributed making the area world-famous. The last stop will be in a local wine cellar where you will taste the renowned Brunello of Montalcino, which finds its place among the first Italian DOCG wines.

You will visit the wine cellar and also taste typical local products.

Address: Corso Rossellino, 53026 Pienza SI, Italy

DAY 6: DEPARTURE DAY
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After six days of a wonderful Tuscany wine tour, it is time to leave Italy. This morning after a leisurely breakfast, your private transfer will take you to Florence airport for your departing flight.

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Private Driver

10:00 to 11:00

From: Province of Siena
To: Florence Airport, Peretola