Experience the colours, flavours, rich history, art and captivating landscape of Cinque Terre and Tuscany on this fantastic escorted tour. Explore the beautiful scenery of Cinque Terre from the stunning beaches of Monterosso to the charming streets of Vernazza. Head off to Montepulciano an ancient village rich of medieval buildings, Siena renowned for the Palio di Siena and Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower!
Meeting point at a central location in Rome or pickup at the hotel from 6.30am. Meet your tour guide and start a delightful trip along the Tyrrhenian Coast. You will cross the Etruscan lands into the Grosseto countryside, well known as Maremma. This is one of the new areas of excellence in Italy’s viticulture. Meandering through the Tuscan countryside you’ll arrive at a beautiful local winery near the regional park and close to wonderful beaches. Experience the winemaking process up close, from the vineyards to the cellar, to the ageing of the wine.
At the end of the visit, you can taste some of the wines of the region. Proceed along the coast until we reach Pisa. Our tour leader will take you for a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical center visiting Piazza dei Miracoli, with its famous Leaning Tower (exterior visit), The Baptistery (exterior visit) and other beautiful monuments. Proceed to La Spezia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Meals: D
After breakfast, depart by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to the discovery of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscapes in the world: Cinque Terre. “Cinque Terre” is an area suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs, surrounded by hills and vineyards. You will enter into a little piece of heaven. By touring the coastline by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the sea. (*In the case of rough seas, the visit will be done partly by coach and partly by train.) During the tour, the boat will reach Porto Venere and the most important villages, where you can stop and visit them! Take some pictures in Porto Venere, Vernazza and Monterosso, walk the narrow streets and immerse yourself in a colourful postcard!
Arrive in La Spezia by train and from there take the bus to reach the region of Tuscany with a stop en-route in Lucca. Walk the cobblestone streets, explore squares and old Renaissance walls. See the birthplace of local composer Giacomo Puccini. Admire the medieval buildings along Via Fillungo, peek inside the San Frediano church and visit landmarks such as the Cathedral of San Martino, Piazza Anfiteatro and Torre delle Ore. Finally, do not forget to taste a Buccellato cake! Proceed to Montaperti. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Meals: B D
After breakfast at the hotel, depart to discover the Chianti Classic Gallo Nero region and admire one of the most iconic villages: Radda in Chianti. Visit the small town on your own and then proceed by private coach to San Giminagno, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries. It is situated on a hilltop and is famous for its towers, frescoes and other art treasures. Once you have left San Gimignano you will make a stop in a farmhouse to enjoy a wine tasting with typical snacks.
Now it’s time to move onto Siena, where you will have a visit to the old city center. Walk along the medieval streets admiring the splendid palaces. The sightseeing tour will end in Piazza del Campo. This is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and site of the famous 600 years old horse-race, called “Il Palio”. Before returning to the hotel you will stop in Castel Nuovo Berardenga for a special aperitif in a beautiful cellar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Meals: B D
After breakfast, check out and depart to Val D’Orcia to complete the wine tour of Tuscany. You will reach the hilltop town of Montepulciano, an ancient village, rich in medieval and Renaissance buildings. It is famous for producing one of the oldest wines in Italy: “Nobile di Montepulciano”. Here you will visit a local wine cellar where you will taste wine and local products such as ham, cheese, and salami. Proceed to Pienza, the Renaissance town built under Pope Pius II, well-known for its pecorino cheese. At the end of the visit return to Rome. End of services. Meal: B