Pisa, Florence, Lucca, La Spezia, Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare
Dates are customizable for private departures.
Indulge in the delicious food and wine of Tuscany and Cinque Terre during this 8-day journey. Uncover the beauty and history of the region as you taste your way from scenic cities to historical landmarks. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the Renaissance art of Florence, discover all Tuscany has to offer. Savor the renowned wine of the area, indulge in private cooking classes, and visit the seaside haven of Cinque Terre.
Pisa – Explore the Square of Miracles
Your journey will begin when you land at Pisa International Airport. Upon arrival, a private driver will greet and transfer you to your luxurious accommodation. After having some time to relax and settle in, your guide will lead you on an immersive tour of Pisa’s main attractions. Your tour will begin at the Square of Miracles, which is the location of many of the city’s highlights. Some of the highlights that you will visit include the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Baptistery, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Florence – Wine and Cheese Tasting
This morning, you will begin the picturesque ride through Tuscany to your next destination of Florence. Along the way, you will stop in Chianti for a private wine and cheese-tasting experience. Upon your arrival, the winery owner will lead you on a tour of the vineyard so that you can learn about the different grape varieties. Your tour will also allow you to discover more about the winemaking process before providing you with tastings. The delectable flavors of the Chianti wine will remain on your taste buds as you journey to Florence.
Florence – The Art and Cuisine of Florence
After this relaxing start to the day, your private guide will lead you on an art and food tour of Florence. You will first discover Florence’s amazing art at the Uffizi Gallery. Here, work by greats, such as Raphael and Caravaggio, can be found around every turn. Your tour will then continue to the Accademia Gallery, where more incredible artwork will leave you amazed and inspired. With the sights of the day still on your mind, you will partake in a private pasta-making class.
Lucca – Olive Oil Tasting and Walking Tour
After breakfast this morning, you will transfer to Lucca. Upon your arrival in the age-old city, your driver will lead you to your charming hotel. After having some time to relax, your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the city’s highlights. You will feel the rich history that emanates from the streets of Lucca as you navigate the roads with your guide. Nearby, the 14th-century Guinigi Tower will be an impressive sight, and you will enjoy exploring its rooftop garden. Afterward, you will be led to a local farm and vineyard, where you can indulge in a private olive oil tasting.
La Spezia – Visit San Giorgio Castle
This morning, you will transfer to La Spezia. La Spezia is located along the western coast and is home to a significant Italian port. Upon your arrival, your driver will transfer you to your luxurious accommodation, where you will have some time to relax before going on a tour of the city. Your guide will lead you on an exploration of the history and food of La Spezia. For the historical part of your tour, you will visit the ancient San Giorgio Castle, and for the culinary part of your tour, your guide will lead you to a local gelato shop for a delicious tasting.
Riomaggiore – Pesto-Making Class
In the morning, you will transfer to the idyllic Cinque Terre area. After a relaxing ride, you will arrive in Riomaggiore, which is the southernmost town of Cinque Terre. After having some time to relax, you can explore Riomaggiore and the nearby town of Manarola. Riomaggiore is full of age-old buildings, and the town of Manarola will be equally impressive. Once your tour concludes, your guide will lead you to a local restaurant for an immersive pesto-making class. Pesto is made with pine nuts, basil, and cheese, and during your course, you will learn firsthand from a professional chef how to make this savory sauce.
Monterosso al Mare – Indulgent Food Tour
After a relaxing morning, you will embark on a luxurious boat tour on the sea. During your scenic ride, you will pass by the remaining towns of Cinque Terre: Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare. The boat will lead you right to the front door of your luxurious accommodation in Monterosso al Mare, and you will have some time to get acquainted with your new surroundings. When you are ready, your guide will lead you on a walking food tour. During your food tour, you can stop at several local vendors and sample some of the region’s specialties.
Monterosso al Mare – Departure
There will be time to explore more of the fascinating roads of Monterosso al Mare during your last morning. With a warm cappuccino in hand, you can bask in the warmth of the sun as you appreciate your final views of the idyllic Cinque Terre. After you visit a few of the local shops, you will head back to your hotel, where a private transfer will be waiting to lead you to Pisa International Airport for your outbound flight.
- Visit the Square of Miracles and climb the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Savor the wines and cheeses of the Chianti area during an immersive tasting experience
- Witness the amazing art of the Renaissance at the Uffizi Gallery and view masterpieces by Raphael and Caravaggio
- Learn the steps to making authentic pasta dough from professional chefs in Florence before indulging in your tasty creations for dinner
- Taste the revered olive oils of Tuscany, which are known for their amazing flavors and quality
- Indulge in Italy’s sweet treat of gelato during a delightful tasting in La Spezia
- Savor the flavors of pesto during an intriguing pesto-making class and dinner in Riomaggiore
- Relax on a private boat ride and experience the flavors of Cinque Terre during an exclusive food tour in Monterosso al Mare
Italy is known for its delicious cuisine, and the flavors of the country can be enjoyed through a food and wine tour of Tuscany and Cinque Terre. Your wonderful 8-day journey will begin when you land at Pisa International Airport. Soon after, you will set out with an expert guide for a tour of Pisa’s highlights. The next day, you will transfer to the captivating city of Florence. Along the way, you will pause in the Chianti area for wine and cheese tasting at an authentic vineyard. The following day, you will immerse yourself in the culture of Florence with visits to the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries. The perfect conclusion to the day will then be a private pasta-making class and dinner.
As the sun rises over Florence the next morning, you will depart for your next destination of Lucca. After arriving in the city, you will explore some of its historical sights during a walking tour with a local guide. The final part of your tour will be a savory and memorable olive oil tasting at a nearby farm. The next morning, you will arrive in the scenic city of La Spezia. During your time in this coastal destination, you will visit the ancient San Giorgio Castle and indulge in a sweet gelato tasting at an authentic ice cream shop.
After one wonderful night in La Spezia, you will set your sights on the gorgeous Cinque Terre area. Cinque Terre is made up of five picturesque towns, and you will first arrive in Riomaggiore. Here, you will tour some of the sights of Riomaggiore and the nearby town of Manarola with an expert guide before enjoying an immersive pesto-making class and mouthwatering dinner at a local restaurant. The following day, you will feel the warmth of the sun as you take a private boat to the remaining towns of Cinque Terre: Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare. The boat will leave you in Monterosso al Mare, and here, you can partake in an indulgent food tour. After your final night, a private driver will transfer you to Pisa International Airport for your flight home.
$2,195 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.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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