When imagining Tuscany, you can easily conjure up medieval towers and historic walls, undulating hills and vibrant sunflowers. Cities radiate historic artwork and the countryside bursts with vineyards. Step beyond the imagined, venturing past the veil of your imagination and into the true grandeur of history. Your custom tailored tour immerses you in the splendor of Tuscany and lets you experience the beatitudes of alpine foothills, overlooked Renaissance towns, and even poetic vendors, allowing...
Florence – Beginning with the Renaissance
The signs of the past are written all over Florence, from the architecture beautifying the historic city-center to the statues in the public squares symbolizing an enlightenment of art and knowledge. The aroma of espresso beans and marzipan emanates from gilded cafes; their doors flank enticing display cases lining Via del Corso. The image of Palazzo Vecchio stands to watch over Piazza Signoria and was erected at the beginning of the 14th century. The Romanesque building continues to house the seat of Florentine government, and casts an imposing shadow over the square, stemming from its adorning tower standing more than 308 feet tall. When you arrive at Florence International Airport, your private transfer is there to greet you, ready to escort you to the city center.
You notice the historic city walls lining the outside of the city center, near Fortress da Basso, dating back to the 13th century, with the outline of the original walls surrounding the central square at Piazza del Duomo, constructed by the Romans. The city is unlike any other you have ever visited, bustling with youthful energy and vigor and brimming with history. Art and architecture students study Florence Cathedral. Sculptures examine the statue of Perseus holding the head of Medusa. Chefs taste the simple flavors of the cityscape, each paying tribute to the traditional tastes of Tuscany. You have just arrived and already feel the wave of the city’s wonders washing over you.
Florence – Inside the City Walls
Lucca – Tuscany Deserves Attention
Pisa – More than a Tower
Siena – Searching the Hilltops
Siena – Unexpected Siena
Florence – More than Vibrant Hills
Florence – Carrying the Renaissance Home
- Witness the elaborate design and décor of the Siena Cathedral with an open view from the Gates of Heaven located in the ceiling
- Enjoy a guided tour of often overlooked Renaissance towns, including the artistic and architecturally magnificent towns of Pistoia and Prato
- Explore the historical reaches of the Etruscan rooted city of Volterra and learn how the city’s past inspired its Renaissance future
- Experience the tranquility of an evening in San Gimignano and the welcoming familiarity of the locals along the charismatically lit streets
- Visit the “Butcher Poet,” exclusive to Tuscany, who regales his customers with lines from the Divine Comedy, along with splendid flavors
- Discover the inspiring resting places of some of the most treasured Tuscans in history at the church of Santa Croce in Florence
There is always a delicate balance on Tuscan vacations between visiting the must-see attractions and experiencing the traditional wonders like a local. Your 8-day Italian Renaissance tour of Tuscany offers you the pleasures of both, combining the splendors of Tuscan cities that cannot be missed, along with the embracing culture and quieter marvels that make you feel like you see a completely new and unique side of the Italian province. The journey into the medieval and Renaissance times of Tuscany begins with your arrival in Florence.
The city continues to boast its artwork and artists with elegance. Stroll around the city getting your bearings, traversing the streets and visiting the exemplary church of Santa Croce. The following day, your guide leads you on a full day tour of the city, taking in the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia, and the stunning, yet often passed-over artwork of the church of San Lorenzo. You make your way outside of the city to the charming smaller towns of Pistoia and Prato, both filled with remnants of the Renaissance and medieval histories.
You can also head into the Garfagnana, a sensational nature preserve along the valleys of the Apuan Alps. Continue to Lucca, where the antique ramparts of the city stand strong. After breakfast, you can take your time exploring Lucca under the stunning natural light of the day, followed by an excursion to Pisa to visit the Piazza dei Miracoli, home to the Leaning Tower, and fabulous palaces and churches beyond the legendary square. In Volterra, you immerse yourself in medieval charm and take a step further back in time to discover the Etruscan roots of the city before venturing to the hillside town of San Gimignano.
Traverse the reaches of San Gimignano, from the old city walls to the highest heights of the city towers. When you reach Siena, you will find a medieval city lying in wait, preserved with a tranquil character and a relaxing ambiance. On your tour of the city, you will venture up into the Gates of Heaven to witness a unique panorama of the Siena Cathedral. Journey through Chianti with a private guide, exploring the small towns of Greve, Castellina in Chianti, and Panzano, the latter housing the “Butcher Poet.” On your final day in Tuscany, your private transfer will escort you from your hotel to Florence International Airport for your flight home.
$2,859 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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