Tuscany overflows with extraordinary vistas, flavors, and artwork that you will discover, explore, and experience on this 8-day vacation in the most famous region of Italy. From renowned Renaissance artists to charming seaside towns and medieval villages, you will be guided through the vineyards and the museums filled with masterworks. You will stroll through ancient streets and delight on local cuisine. From fabulous wines to marvelous accommodation, you will find the picturesque landscapes in...
Florence - Super Beginnings
Florence is a city steeped in marvelous history, from the local legends to the Renaissance, and reaching into the modern allure of its beautiful streets and enthusiastic museums. Arrive at the airport and be met by a private transfer who will take you into the historic city center near the unfathomable luster of the Ponte Vecchio and Duomo. It is hard to consider the city anything less than captivating; its streets continue to look as though they have come straight from the 15th century. At the top of Piazzale Michelangelo you will be able to view Florence’s panorama. The famous Duomo, a cathedral with the largest brick dome in history, towers with imposing wonder at the heart of the city. The elegant spires of Santa Croce’s marbled façade stand close by in the skyline’s scale as the vista pushes its way towards the mountains.
Follow your guide on an introductory tour of the streets, through the mesmerizing aroma of fresh baked pizza surrounding Piazza Signoria. A creamy gelato will soon drift by as well, ranging in flavors from fragola, strawberry, to stracciatella, chocolate chip. The buildings block the skyline but offer more historical grandeur. Small plaques adorn certain stretches of buildings that connote their inclusion within Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, letting passersby know the book, chapter, and passage in which you can find the reference.
Standing before the Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore, you will feel dwarfed by the immensity of the structure, not only in height but in total magnitude, every inch decorated of the façade is covered in detail, from color to saintly statues. It took almost 80 years to complete, not including the almost 40 extra years it took to finish the dome. In the cavernous interior there is a subdued glow that shines along the colorful images that encircle the cupola. Vasari and Zuccari painted the fresco over a seven-year span; the depiction of Last Judgment ranges from the unfavorable depths to the heavenly sky.
In the afternoon you will find yourself within the open halls of the Galleria dell’Accademia, known for centuries of teaching artists and also housing one of the most famous sculptures of all time, Michelangelo’s David. View the lofted ceilings and immaculate hallways graced with vibrant paintings, stunning musical instruments, and inspiring sculptures, none more notable than the David. Through a long stretch of hallway you can see the figure standing in its own domed gallery, lit by a natural glow from the relief of stained glass above. As you venture closer to the iconic image you notice its scale, standing over 14 feet tall, with a stoic gaze and storied sling hung over his shoulder. The detail is in the mythology; the inspiration for the piece stemmed from the original biblical telling and resulted in the representation standing before you.
Florence - Flavors of All Varieties
Florence - Into the Gardens
Siena - Sweets and Cathedrals
Siena - The Noble Hills
Pietrasanta - The Quiet Hills
Vernazza - Along the Coastline
Depart Home - Super Goodbyes
- Savor a delicious wine tasting featuring Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
- Enjoy a cooking class during which you can sample the traditional flavors of Tuscany
- Explore medieval cities that are located along the Tuscan countryside
- Witness the masterworks of famous Renaissance artists within the Galleria dell’Accademia and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
- Experience the charming coastal towns of Cinque Terre
- Visit the Field of Miracles home to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa
The lush rolling hills and medieval villages are ready to be discovered on this custom travel package through the superb region of Tuscany. The landscape is famous for its beauty while the villages bring grandeur to the valleys. The food is sumptuous and the culture is vibrant. The countryside is filled with romantic history and illustrious wines. From the towering medieval walls to master artwork that has been admired for centuries, you will find the unparalleled wonder of Italy within the effervescence of Tuscany.
Begin in Florence, the Renaissance city of the masters, where the architecture continues to boast its splendid history. You will tour through the city to find the magnificence of the stones that evoke the delicate and detailed artwork. Within the Galleria dell’Accademia you will find the fantastic work that has filled the streets of Florence, including Michelangelo’s David. The following day you will be guided through the artwork of the Uffizi gallery, home to the paintings of da Vinci and Botticelli before venturing out into the countryside for a cooking course where you will learn about the elegant and historic cuisine. The following day is yours to explore the city as you wish, whether pouring through museums or chatting the day away within a café beside the gentle trickle of the Arno River.
Continue your Tuscan exploration in Siena, the medieval city that boasts prominent horse races and a distinct cathedral. Follow the winding streets of the city that always seem to lead you to exactly where you want to be. Enjoy a grand lunch in the hills of Chianti before meandering through the cobblestone streets of San Gimignano, also known as the “City of Towers.” A day traversing the hills of Val d’Orcia gives you the chance to taste the remarkable wines within the municipality, including the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. In Pisa you will witness the Field of Miracles, home to the Leaning Tower and the beautiful, ornate cathedral. The final day of your vacation has you outside of Tuscany and along the Italian Riviera visiting the elegant, bright architecture Cinque Terre, the five towns overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Although your vacation must come to an end, Tuscany will always be ready for your return.
$2,859 per person (excluding international flights)
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