Dates are customizable for private departures.
Indulge in this immersive Italy tour that highlights the splendors of Tuscany. Authentic comforts and traditions emerge through delicious wine-tasting tours, a private cooking class, and the exceptional artwork that has been etched into the churches and displayed in museums. Whether basking in the magnificent design of Michelangelo’s David or indulging in tranquil views from the top of antique walls, you can find authentic beauty in the best of Tuscany.
Florence – Arrive in Tuscany’s Capital
Florence is a masterpiece of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Wide cobblestone avenues lead to narrow lanes that are nestled between elegant palaces. Your private transfer will greet you at Florence Peretola Airport upon your arrival and escort you to your lavish accommodation in the heart of the city. Visitors and locals stroll down Via de’ Tornabuoni, which is a fantastic shopping street of designer shops. Your guide will introduce you to the remarkable city on a walking tour, beginning with Ponte Vecchio.
Florence – The History and Grandeur of Florence
Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby after breakfast to lead you through the fascinating artistry of the city, beginning at the Uffizi Gallery. The famous museum began as the magistrate’s office in the 16th century and now houses an incredible collection of works that date back to between the 13th and 18th centuries. You will continue with your guide to the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s famous work of David.
Florence – The Drama and Heritage of Florence
Your exploration of Florence will continue after breakfast when your guide takes you on a private tour of the Bargello Palace National Museum. The foundations date back to the 13th century and once acted as a prison. Today, it possesses a priceless collection of artwork from master artists, such as Michelangelo, Donatello, and Giambologna. In the afternoon, your guide will introduce you to the neighborhood of the Oltrarno on the opposite bank of the Arno River. You will visit a furniture-maker who specializes in magnificent Renaissance replicas. At another workshop, you will find traditional mosaics that have been made with hard stone.
Florence – Enjoy a Gelato Tour
After breakfast, your guide will lead you out of Florence for a half-day tour of the former maritime power of Pisa. The distinctive city is best-known for its listing monument, the Leaning Tower, which can be found in the Piazza dei Miracoli. The foundations of the unique structure date back to the 12th century and celebrate the city-states maritime power. Aside from the tower, you will also find incredible charms that stem from Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches, and the grand Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. You will then return to Florence to sample the indulgent flavors of gelato at a selection of delicious gelateria.
Florence – The Marvels of Borgo a Mozzano
You will make your way to the charming city of Lucca in the morning with your specialist guide. The marvelous walls of the city continue to protect the city center that stands at 39 feet tall and over 98 feet thick at the base. You can walk along a portion of the dramatic defenses, which now possess a walking path and park. Locals jog, cycle, and bask in the golden glow of the Tuscan sun. The town of Borgo a Mozzano shines with preserved medieval architecture and the arched bridge of Ponte della Maddalena.
Florence – Prato and the Town of Mugello
The historic town of Prato possesses Tuscany’s second-largest population and a heritage that is rooted in textile production. Your guide will lead you through the often-overlooked city among the aromas of freshly baked bread. You will find the Museo del Tessuto in the former Campolmi textile mill. Here, you can follow the evolution of the craft for over 800 years, from the 12th century to the mid-20th century. You will continue to the enchanting valley of Mugello. The lush landscape is celebrated for its beauty and is accentuated by small hamlets that are nestled into the hills.
Siena – Chianti Wine Tour
The majestic city of Siena has captured the preserved beauty of medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. Your guide will lead you on a fantastic tour through narrow cobbled alleyways. During your tour, you will witness the climactic power of Siena during the 13th and 14th centuries. The landscape outside of Siena will take you into the classic images of Tuscany in the Chianti wine region. You will stop the medieval town of Radda in Chianti to sample the layers of celebrated wines inside a historic enoteca.
Siena – Traditional Cooking Class
The walled village of San Gimignano tops a hill that overlooks the quintessential Tuscan landscape. You can visit the 12th-century Romanesque church of Santa Maria Assunta to view the outstanding fresco cycles. The 14th-century sequence features episodes from the New and Old Testaments. In the afternoon, you will visit a private home to learn the art of crafting traditional Tuscan pasta. You can sip wine, sample customary olives, and indulge in cured meats. You will dig your fingers into the mixture of flour and eggs to craft the noodles and shape them into a ball before rolling it out into a thick noodle.
Siena – Wine Tour of the Val d’Orcia Region
This morning, you will stop in the charming town of Pienza, where the earthy scent of Pecorino di Pienza drifts out of charming shops. You will visit the magnificent Piazza Pio II. The treasure of the Renaissance design dates back to the 15th century. You will then continue to the town of Montalcino, where the narrow tower of the Palazzo Comunale acts like a beacon to travelers. You will meet with a local vendor who specializes in the wines of Val d’Orcia and sample a variety of wines, including the famous Brunello di Montalcino.
Siena – Departure
In the morning, your private transfer will meet you in the hotel lobby after breakfast and escort you to Florence Peretola Airport for your flight home.
- Witness the magnificent artwork on display in the Uffizi Gallery, including artwork by master artists
- Revel in the intricate detail and stunning focus of Michelangelo’s David when on a private tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia
- Sample the delicious flavors of wines from the Val d’Orcia on a private tour that allows you can taste the layers of celebrated Bruno di Montalcino
- Delight in the elegant and rustic flavors of authentic Tuscan cuisine during a private cooking class taught by an experienced local cook
- Witness the fantastic list of the infamous Leaning Tower of Pisa when wandering the city
- Discover the fascinating artistry and evolution of textiles in Tuscany with a private tour of the Prato and the textile museum
- Revel in the diverse flavors of artisanal gelato throughout Florence on a guided tour that features the best tastes, variety, and originality in the city
- View the tremendous design of the Ponte della Maddalena in the town of Borgo a Mozzano outside of Lucca
You will discover the picturesque scenery and captivating history of Italy with this 10-day highlights tour of Tuscany. You will have private tours of the magnificent wine regions and specialist guides with insider knowledge of art, architecture, history, and local traditions. Your private transfers, stunning accommodations, and view of Tuscany’s countryside towns will offer you the ultimate luxurious experience.
Your highlights tour of Tuscany will begin with your arrival at the Florence Peretola Airport, where you will meet your private transfer. You will have six nights in Florence with plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic history and artistry on display. Your specialist guides will introduce you to the city, leading you from the Duomo to the Ponte Vecchio and into the galleries of the Uffizi. You will explore the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s marvelous David and discover the tremendous works of master artists, such as Donatello on a private tour of the Bargello Museum. Afterward, you will meet with local artisans who preserve the traditional handcrafts of Florence, from woodwork to sophisticated furniture.
Your day trips outside of Florence will take you to the likes of Pisa for a magnificent discovery of the former naval powerhouse. Upon returning to Florence, you will explore the diverse and tasty flavors of authentic artisan gelato with a knowledgeable guide. In Lucca, you will wander the elegant streets within the dramatic walls and traverse the arching bridge of Ponte della Maddalena in Borgo a Mozzano. In the city of Prato, you will enjoy a revelation of graceful tranquility among the lush landscape of Mugello.
You will then have a private transfer to Siena for three nights in the medieval city, beginning with a captivating tour that will reveal the historic, eclectic, and intricate architecture of the city. In the Chianti countryside, you will enjoy the distinctive flavors of the local wines with private tastings and tours. Wandering beneath the towers and among the frescoes of San Gimignano will offer you a new perspective of the medieval town and countryside. You will then indulge in a delicious cooking class that will teach you the art of crafting authentic Tuscan pasta. A wine tour of the Val d’Orcia will introduce you to the charming Renaissance town of Pienza and the elegant medieval town of Montalcino. Here, you can sample the famous flavors of Brunello di Montalcino.
$2,745 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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