An unforgettable week in one of the most popular regions of Italy. Tuscany is one of the best destinations in Italy thanks to its artistic-cultural background, its treasures and its food and wine. Let yourself be carried away on this wonderful adventure.
Arrival in Florence, accommodation in hotel or bnb and free time to start exploring the city.
This day is completely dedicated to Florence. Our first stop will be the Galleria degli Uffici, one of the most important museums in the world. Inside, marvelous masterpieces by artists such as Giotto, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael and many others.
The day will continue with a visit to the central Piazza del Duomo with the cathedral of Santa Maria in Fiore, Giotto’s bell tower and the Baptistery. Finally, you cannot miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria where the Palazzo Vecchio dominates, now the town hall.
The morning of this third day in Florence will be dedicated to crossing the famous Ponte Vecchio which crosses the Arno river and which was built around 1300.
Along the bridge you will admire the characteristic and wonderful craft shops. We will then arrive at Palazzo Pitti, once the seat of the powerful Medici Grand Duchy with the spectacular Boboli Gardens inside. It is a real open air museum where it is possible to walk among statues, fountains and buildings. Since 2013 it has been a World Heritage Site.
The afternoon will be completely free and dedicated to shopping and relaxation.
Departure from Florence towards Siena, a wonderful city with a characteristic spiral shape. Siena reached its heyday during the Middle Ages when it established itself as a rival city of Florence.
To visit the splendid Piazza del Campo which hosts the famous Palio delle Contrade twice a year. Continue to the town hall with the very high Mangia tower, considered one of the oldest and tallest towers in Italy.
Finally, the cathedral, one of the Gothic masterpieces of Tuscany, built between 1214 and 1263 and dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. It was built on a pre-existing temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva and has a Latin cross structure with dome and bell tower. Fantastic is the floor of the cathedral which is made visible only in particular periods of the year. It is composed of 56 wonderful inlays that narrate the theme of salvation.
You can spend the remaining hours available to walk in this wonderful city which, thanks to its charm, will leave you speechless.
Chianti and San Gimignano
The day will be dedicated to visiting the famous Chianti Classico wine area that extends between Florence and Siena.
Starting from the north, the first town is Greve in Chianti, a wonderful medieval village, literally suspended in time. We recommend that you visit its majestic square, once a meeting place for traders and merchants. Today it welcomes shops selling typical products under its arcades.
Leaving Greve just 2 km away is the ancient village of Montefioralle. The small village, which developed around the ancient feudal settlement, is famous for having hosted Amerigo Vespucci, the very famous Florentine navigator. The village is surrounded by walls dating back to the thirteenth century.
Obviously making a wine tasting in Chianti is almost a must: among wine bars, shops and cellars there is only the embarrassment of choice. The castles of Chianti are beautiful, including that of Brolio, the residence of the Ricasoli family with its gardens, the Ricasoli Collection and its vineyards.
Pisa and Lucca
A truly unforgettable day between two of the most beautiful Tuscan cities.
In Pisa there is one of the most famous squares in the world, Piazza dei Miracoli with its leaning tower, the cathedral, the baptistery and the Camposanto. In addition to admiring it from afar, it is possible to climb the 276 steps that lead to the top of the tower. In the belfry of the tower there are 7 bells, one for each musical note. The king’s bell, that of San Ranieri, is also known as the traitor’s bell because in medieval times it rang every time an execution for treason was performed.
Piazza dei Miracoli became famous above all thanks to the book by Gabriele d’Annunzio “perhaps that yes, perhaps that no” where Pisa is described from above and the square with its buildings is described by the poet as a miracle produced by their own beauty. The square is an allegory of life: the Baptistery represents birth, the Cathedral life and the Cemetery death.
The afternoon will instead be dedicated to Lucca, enclosed within its robust Renaissance walls. The historic center is wonderful with the cathedral, Piazza dell’Anfiteatro and the Guinigi Tower on top of which stands an incredible hanging garden.
This is your departure day. Transfer from your accommodation to Florence airport or train station.