Step out of your hotel and into a painting of Italy, set in picturesque Cinque Terre and artistic Florence. The Mediterranean breeze will blow against your cheeks as you cruise on a yacht past the coastline and images of the Renaissance will spring to life in the form of palaces and beautiful Cathedral domes. Craft homemade pasta with your hands and sample locally made wines beside a natural harbor with water lapping at the rocks. Your custom tailored tour will paint your perfect Italian experience...
Monterosso – Arrive in the Beautiful Coastal Province of Cinque Terre
The villages of Cinque Terre cling to the steep cliffs of the Ligurian coastline that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. The turquoise water splashes against the rocks and the pastel colored homes stand out against the layered rocks. Your flight will land at Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa, and your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim. You will enjoy the ride along the scenic, winding road and past olive groves and lemon trees that open up to the seaside. The car will stop at the edge of Monterosso, the most northern of the Cinque Terre villages and the largest of the five villages.
A promenade lines the breadth of the pebbled beach as colorful umbrellas cast shade over the lounging beachgoers. The water splashes lazily at the shoreline as lush vines stretch across the terraced hillsides that border the town. The antiquity emanates from the pastel painted houses that line the cobblestone streets of Old Town as the aroma of freshly baked focaccia bread drifts from the bakeries and blends into the briny scent of the Mediterranean. A tunnel connects the maze-like lanes of the older district to the streets of the newer district, in which the homes stand out from the trees and ascend the hills. The Aurora Tower stand on a promontory at the edge of the beach guarding the coastline as it has since the 16th-century.
Monterosso – Traverse the Stunning Villages of Cinque Terre on the Trails
Monterosso – Wander the Vines and Wines of Vernazza with a Guided Tour
Monterosso – Travel along the Italian Riviera on a Private Yacht Tour
Monterosso – Relax in the Remarkable Scenery with a Day at Leisure
Florence – Enjoy the Charm and History of Tuscan Towns en route to Florence
Florence – Explore Opulent Artwork in Florence and Enjoy a Cooking Class
Florence – Meet Local Artisans and Continue Discovering the Museums
Florence – Depart for Home
- Stroll along the walkways of terraced vineyards and orchards before sampling small dishes and the sensational local wines of Cinque Terre
- Enjoy a scenic hike along the historical paths that connect the five villages of Cinque Terre through the forests, orchards, and alongside the coastal cliffs
- Bask in the luxuries of a private yacht as you cruise down the Italian Riviera and the Gulf of Poets, stopping at the traditional fishing villages along the way
- Indulge in the unforgettable flavors of Tuscan cuisine during your private cooking class located in a countryside town overlooking Florence
- Listen to the Gregorian chants of monks in a secluded church on the outskirts of Florence
- Witness the technical skills and elaborate works of artisan craftspeople creating in the neighborhood of Oltrarno
- See the unforgettable wonders of the Renaissance in the celebrated museums of the Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell’Accademia
- Discover nature’s beauty along the Ligurian coast by traversing the various trails of Portofino National Park
From the elegant art galleries that exhibit the priceless works of Tuscan masters to the charming medieval streets that lead to pebbled beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, your 9-day tour will embody the splendor of Cinque Terre and Florence. You cultural immersion will include the scenery, the history, and engaging excursions that celebrate it all. Whether an amateur artist or avid hiker, active fisher or avid sunbather, the cliff-top villages will enchant you and the history of Florence will delight you. Your exploration will begin with your arrival at Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa. Your private transfer will escort you to the town of Monterosso, the most northern town of Cinque Terre. A representative from your hotel will collect your bags and lead you to your luxurious room that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.
The next day, you will step onto the trails that connect the five towns of Cinque Terre. The trails crisscross the coastline and mountaintops and take you past the olive groves, forests, and wildflowers in view of the seaside cliffs. Venture to Vernazza the next day to meet your guide at the train station. Stroll along the terraced vineyards and orchards to learn about the history of the agriculture in the province, and then continue to a small winery at the edge of Vernazza’s natural harbor to sample small dishes and the local wines crafted in the Cinque Terre hills. The following day, you will board a private yacht at the Monterosso harbor to sail the Mediterranean. Stop at hidden coves and grottoes en route to traditional villages that have stood the tests of time before returning to Monterosso in the evening.
The next day is at your leisure to enjoy the pleasures of Cinque Terre at your preferred pace. Bask in the sunlight on the beach of Monterosso or linger in a piazza that overlooks the water in Manarola. You could also visit the Portofino National Park to travel the trails of the protected area. The following day your private transfer will meet you at the edge of Monterosso and escort you into Tuscany. Visit the towns of Lucca and Pisa, along with the smaller villages hidden in the countryside before you reach Florence. Stop at the church of San Miniato on the edge of the city to hear the Gregorian chants and relish the panoramic view of Florence as the city glows in the twilight.
Continue the next day as you will have a half-day guided tour of Florence and the Uffizi Gallery. In the evening, you will meet with a private chef in Fiesole, a countryside town that overlooks the city, to fix an elaborate meal guided by your instructor. Move next to continue your exploration of Florence’s artistic history with a visit to the artisan workshops in the neighborhood of the Oltrarno, and then enjoy the galleries at the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s David. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Florence’s international airport for your flight home.
$2,470 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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