This small group tour (max 14 participants) is a fantastic way to discover two of Italy's most beautiful regions: Tuscany & the Italian Riviera. In Tuscany we visit the Chianti wine region and savour the local flavors. On the Italian Riviera, we stay in the town of Portovenere and experience the rich cultural heritage and the beautiful colors of this spectacular coastal region.
The hotels we stay at in both Florence and on the Italian Riviera are beautiful properties that are centraly located. Our guides are always outstanding and the level of service provide to each of our guests is unparalleled as we purposely keep the group sizes small to ensure everyone's needs can always be fulfilled.
For a complete description of this Tuscany and the Italian Riviera package and to see the day by day itinerary please see the itinerary description below.
Pre and Post tour options are available in both Rome and throughout many other areas in Italy.
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Early morning meet your driver and tour escort at hotel in Rome or in Piazza Barberini(central meeting point in Rome) to begin our journey North from Rome to Florence. En-route to Florence, our first stop is Siena, considered by moast to be one of Italy's loveliest medieval cities we will stop in Siena enjoy a guided walking tour with a local expert guide. Siena's heart is Il Campo or Campo's square, where the famous horse race Il Palio takes place two times each summer. The town offer magnificent masterpieces and incredible views. Enjoy a wine tasting with cheese and salami. After our walking tour we will continue onto the hill-top town of San Gimignano. The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany, where it is possible to enjoy the view of hills covered by vineyards, olives tree, small villages and original bell towers. The town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and fascinates for its medieval look. Its high towers create a unique skyline. In San Gimignano you will have time to enjoy the village on your own before we continue North through Tuscany into Florence where you you will have time at your hotel to unwind after the day's drive and activities and enjoy dinner at your leisure. Overnight in Florence.
In the morning, enjoy a walking tour of the city with guide with Accademia. Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to whom he commissioned various works. Visit Piazza dellaSignoria, Palazzo Vecchio, the Dome with Giotto's bell tower, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Florence on your own, visiting the Uffizi or taking the opportunity to visit Chianti or Lucca. Overnight in Florence.
The day is free at leisure. There are many optional tours available: Pisa with its leaning tower, Montepucliano and Montalcino, Cortona, Assisi and Perigia and many others. Late afternoon, transfer to Chianti area for a unique experience. Enjoy the view of the beautiful hills covered by vineyards and have a fantastic dinner in a farm house, accompanied with Chianti wine. Return late evening at hotel. Overnight in Florence.
After breakfast, meet your expert driver guide and continue to Pisa. Here, meet you local guide and visit the city. Pisa is most famous for its Leaning Tower, but the old Maritime Republic offers incredible sights like Miracles’ square, the beautiful Battistero and many other masterpieces. At the end of the excursion, proceed to Portovenere. Dinner will be served in a typical restaurant. Overnight in Portovenere.
This morning after breakfast we will begin our visit of the Cinque Terre national park by boat. We board the boat in Portovenere and head down this magnificent stretch of coast which offers spectacular views of all five of the villages. There will be free time in Monterosso al Mare and Vernazza. In the afternoon, in Monterosso al Mare, your guide will bring you to the beautiful and famous town of Portofino to enjoy the colors of late afternoon. In the evening we will return to Portovenere to enjoy a tasty dinner together. Overnight in Portovenere.
This morning our services will conclude and we will transfer you to the airport or railway station. If you are very interested in the Cinque Terre national park, we can also arrange boat/ferry service to you into any town and we have many hotels with whom we work in this area. We also have exclusive Cinque Terre walking tours as well as romantic and family packages.
Once the hub of the Renaissance, Florence is still a city marked by outstanding cultural and artistic splendor. In the modern day this translates into some of the best shopping anywhere for fine products from leather to gold. A perennial favorite of tourists and home to such historical figures as Machiavelli and the Medici clan, all of the finest aspects of Renaissance culture, from literature and art to theater and music still flourish here.
Besides tourism, food and wine production are also prominent industries in this city, which is the main city of the Tuscany wine-producing region. The Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Museum house two of the world’s great art collections and seeing the David by Michealangelo, at the Accademia is a moment never to be forgotten.
The Duomo in Florence is as breathtaking as it is massive. This amazing structure can be seen from many vantage points near the city center and it looms in its majesty above the city’s interesting architecture and unique streets. Major attractions: Uffizi museum, Accademia museum with the David, Piazza della Signoria, Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella churches and squares. Other museums of notice are Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti with the Silver museum, the Boboli Gardens and the Palatine Gallery, the Brancacci Chapel, the Museum San Marco. Major theaters and events: Teatro Comunale, Teatro della Pergola, Toscana Opera Festival, Teatro Verdi.
Portovenere is a colourful town, just south of the Cinque Terre national park on the Italian Riviera.
And that, of course, is a problem for travelers who do not like to find themselves amidst a horde of tourists. The question is not whether to go, but when. Our recommendations: May or June; September or October. It is still warm, but not as warm and humid as the height of summer.
Modernity in all its dubious glory has not managed to impinge itself too heavily because The Cinque Terre is well off the main highways and rail lines that give life to modern industry and create the usual activity that a growing population demands. Not only that, but steps have been taken to protect the natural - and man-made - environment from over development.
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