Tuscany and Cinque Terre embody the word Renaissance, which means rebirth. Immerse yourself in towns built to encapsulate the artistic spirit, with rosy brickwork and dreamy paintings decorate the Cathedrals. Vineyards cover the rolling hills and take their nutrients from the diverse soil as fishermen take their daily catch to the morning market to showcase their fresh wares. Trails meander along cliff-sides and plateaus and open to the unforgettable Ligurian Sea. Your tour is custom tailored...
Montepulciano – Arrive in Florence and Travel to Charming Montepulciano
Your flight will descend into the Florence airport, and you will see the lush greenery that surrounds the tarmac. The city rises above the verdant landscape in the distance, bordered by rolling hills along the horizon. Your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim and lead you on a scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside before you arrive at your luxurious villa-style accommodation in Montepulciano. The walled town has preserved its medieval architecture, along with the updates procured during the 16th-century Renaissance. Montepulciano rises above the cypress and oak trees on a limestone ridge that reaches 2,000 feet above sea level.
Small hills and flatland spread across the valley below as the 14th-century Palazzo Comunale borders the western edge of the central piazza. The present Duomo was constructed between the late 16th and early 17th-century over the original parish church. The rough exterior stonework contrasts with the interior Renaissance beauty, including a 15th-century triptych of the Assumption by Taddeo di Bartolo. Your guide will meet you at the hotel after you’ve had a chance to settle in and lead you to a private vineyard outside of town. Wineries encompass approximately 2,500 acres of Sangiovese style grapes known as Prugnolo. The winery you visit was established in the 18th-century and houses the barrels in the same cellar as when the winery began.
The hills reach a height of nearly 1,500 feet above sea level and the change in elevation and sediment allows the vines to absorb the different nutrients from the soil. Your guide will lead you along the vines used to produce Vino Nobile, one of the most celebrated wines produced in all of Italy, let alone Tuscany. The cool air of the cellar preserves the wine, and here you find a tasting table amongst the barrels. Your guide will pour you a sample of the most recent vintage of Vino Nobile that the winery has produced. You will find the aroma of violet and rose petals mixed with cassis as the wild cherry flavor lingers on your palate with hints of cinnamon and white pepper. It is the perfect welcome to the Italian countryside.
Montepulciano – Indulge in the Val d’Orcia and the Town of Arezzo
Siena – Enjoy the Tuscan Scenery and Tour San Gimignano and Siena
La Spezia – Discover Pisa and Trek the Cinque Terre Trail Steps to Corniglia
La Spezia – Relish a Private Cruise Before Touring the Town of Vernazza
La Spezia – Relax On the Trails or Beaches in the Towns of Cinque Terre
Florence – Visit the City of Carrara and Explore the Walls of Lucca
Florence – Depart for Home
- Enjoy a relaxing outing on the Mediterranean Sea during a private cruise to bask in the sun or cast a line into the water
- Learn the art of sculpting with hands-on instruction in Carrara, home to Italy’s most famous marble quarries
- Sample one of Italy’s most popular wine varietals near Montepulciano, home to the Vino Nobile
- Discover the enchanting ambiance and scenery of Cinque Terre by traversing a portion of the celebrated cliff-side trails
- Learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine with a private cooking tour at a farmhouse near San Gimignano
- Witness the elaborate Leaning Tower of Pisa, along with the magnificent history and monuments of the entire city
- Immerse yourself in the Renaissance splendor of Pienza, a town embodying the spirit of artistic and spiritual rebirth in Italy
- View the glinting bronze panels of Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise located in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence
It’s time to discover that people’s praises of Tuscany and Cinque Terre are more than true, and nothing compares to the majesty of the countryside and splendor of the Ligurian coastline. Your 8-day vacation uncovers the beauty of the Tuscan hills set in the charming villages, vineyards, and villas, while the towns of Cinque Terre radiate vintage charm as they overlook the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Your tour begins with your arrival at the Florence airport as your private transfer meets you at baggage claim to escort you to Montepulciano, a hilltop town above Val d’Orcia with hints of Renaissance, Medieval, and Baroque architecture. After an introductory walking tour of the city, your guide will take you to a small winery on the outskirts of town for a welcoming taste of Vino Nobile.
Venture next to Val d’Orcia to explore the sensational fields, vineyards, and towns along the valley floor en route to the ancient town of Arezzo. Discover the remarkable Renaissance town of Pienza before you wander through the quiet streets of Arezzo. Travel along the scenic roads of Tuscany to San Gimignano to explore the towers and cobbled streets before your private cooking lesson and lunch at a Tuscan farmhouse. Learn the delicious secrets of the countryside, from fresh produce to the homemade cheeses. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a half-day tour of the captivating medieval city of Siena, which once rivaled Florence for regional supremacy.
Travel next to Pisa to discover the wonders beyond the Leaning Tower. Take a local train from La Spezia to the secluded beaches of Cinque Terre, a collection of five towns located on the Ligurian Sea. Traverse the stairway of Corniglia, the center town, for an initial view of the coastline and the villages. Next day, board your boat in the town of Vernazza for a private cruise on the Mediterranean and cast a fishing line out into the water if you desire.
When you return to Vernazza, relax into the serene view. If you caught a fish, take it to a local restaurant that will be happy to cook your catch with regional flavors. The next day at your leisure to enjoy Cinque Terre as you please as you follow one of the various trails that connect the towns together or visit the Gulf of Poets to see more of the Italian Riviera.
Next, your private transfer will escort you to Carrara, home of Italian marble. Visit the famed quarries, witness the treasured artworks developed by famous masters, or try your hand at sculpting during a private workshop. Continue to the walled city of Lucca for an in-depth tour of the enchanting medieval and Renaissance streets before you arrive in Florence. Extend your vacation to spend more time luxuriating in the pleasures of Tuscany and Italy, but if time is short, your private transfer will greet you at your hotel and escort you to the airport for your flight home.
$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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