Pisa cathedral and the leaning tower in a sunny day in Italy

Wonders of the Italian Renaissance Tour: Past & Present

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

When imagining Tuscany, you can easily conjure up medieval towers and historic walls, undulating hills and vibrant sunflowers. Cities radiate historic artwork and the countryside bursts with vineyards. Step beyond the imagined, venturing past the veil of your imagination and into the true grandeur of history. Your custom tailored tour immerses you in the splendor of Tuscany and lets you experience the beatitudes of alpine foothills, overlooked Renaissance towns, and even poetic vendors, allowing...

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness the elaborate design and décor of the Siena Cathedral with an open view from the Gates of Heaven located in the ceiling
  • Enjoy a guided tour of often overlooked Renaissance towns, including the artistic and architecturally magnificent towns of Pistoia and Prato
  • Explore the historical reaches of the Etruscan rooted city of Volterra and learn how the city’s past inspired its Renaissance future
  • Experience the tranquility of an evening in San Gimignano and the welcoming familiarity of the locals along the charismatically lit streets
  • Visit the “Butcher Poet,” exclusive to Tuscany, who regales his customers with lines from the Divine Comedy, along with splendid flavors
  • Discover the inspiring resting places of some of the most treasured Tuscans in history at the church of Santa Croce in Florence

Detailed Description

There is always a delicate balance on Tuscan vacations between visiting the must-see attractions and experiencing the traditional wonders like a local. Your 8-day Italian Renaissance tour of Tuscany offers you the pleasures of both, combining the splendors of Tuscan cities that cannot be missed, along with the embracing culture and quieter marvels that make you feel like you see a completely new and unique side of the Italian province. The journey into the medieval and Renaissance times of Tuscany begins with your arrival in Florence.

The city continues to boast its artwork and artists with elegance. Stroll around the city getting your bearings, traversing the streets and visiting the exemplary church of Santa Croce. The following day, your guide leads you on a full day tour of the city, taking in the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia, and the stunning, yet often passed-over artwork of the church of San Lorenzo. You make your way outside of the city to the charming smaller towns of Pistoia and Prato, both filled with remnants of the Renaissance and medieval histories.

You can also head into the Garfagnana, a sensational nature preserve along the valleys of the Apuan Alps. Continue to Lucca, where the antique ramparts of the city stand strong. After breakfast, you can take your time exploring Lucca under the stunning natural light of the day, followed by an excursion to Pisa to visit the Piazza dei Miracoli, home to the Leaning Tower, and fabulous palaces and churches beyond the legendary square. In Volterra, you immerse yourself in medieval charm and take a step further back in time to discover the Etruscan roots of the city before venturing to the hillside town of San Gimignano.

Traverse the reaches of San Gimignano, from the old city walls to the highest heights of the city towers. When you reach Siena, you will find a medieval city lying in wait, preserved with a tranquil character and a relaxing ambiance. On your tour of the city, you will venture up into the Gates of Heaven to witness a unique panorama of the Siena Cathedral. Journey through Chianti with a private guide, exploring the small towns of Greve, Castellina in Chianti, and Panzano, the latter housing the “Butcher Poet.” On your final day in Tuscany, your private transfer will escort you from your hotel to Florence International 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.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

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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