Town of Vernazza on Cinque Terre, Italy

Tuscany & Cinque Terre Tour: The Bountiful Beauty of Italy's West

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Siena, Val d’Orcia...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

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...

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Trip Highlights

  • 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 

Detailed Description

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. 

Starting Price

$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.

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  • Some or all activities and tours
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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