19 May - 29 May 2020 Bella Vita Italy
Day 1 - 20MAY ARRIVAL IN ROME
Upon arrival at the Rome airport, you will be met by our professional English-speaking guide and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Accommodation: BEST WESTERN PLUS SPRINGHOUSE (2 Nights)
Day 2 - 21May ROME
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and a full day at leisure to explore Rome your own way. Overnight.
Day 3 - 22May ROME - FLORENCE
After breakfast this morning, depart for Florence by coach. Upon arrival in Florence we visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Historic Centre of Florence on an in-depth guided walking tour of the city. Enjoy the Piazza del Duomo, where the cathedral, tower, and baptistery exhibit the traditions of Florentine art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. We will observe the massive and detailed façade of the Duomo before viewing the baptistery’s bronze doors, designed by Ghiberti and which Michelangelo commented were worthy to be the “Gates of Paradise.” Spend time in the Piazza della Signoria, an open-air museum of sculpture and walk in the streets of Florence to learn more about the history of this city. Check in Overnight in Florence.
Accommodation: PONTE VECCHIO SUITES & SPA (1 Night)
Day 4 - 23May FLORENCE - LUCCA
This morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the morning at leisure in Florence. Then, it's off to leafy Lucca, where cobbled streets and red-roofed buildings await. When we get there, we'll learn about its fascinating history and fine architecture as we go beyond the city walls. Tonight, we'll come together for the first of your delicious dinners at a local osteria.
Accommodation: PALAZZO DI PINTO (2 Nights)
Day 5 - 24May LUCCA - CINQUE TERRE
Rocky coastline, romantic candy-coloured villages, it's time to explore the Italian Riviera's sublime shoreline. The route brings us to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a tour highlight. (1 day Cinque Terre Card included). After time spent discovering this beautiful area, we'll return to Lucca.
Day 6 - 25May LUCCA - PISA - VOLTERRA
Infamous and impossible to miss, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the UNESCO world heritage site Piazza dei Miracoli is a staggering sight and our first stop today. Next, we visit a local winery for a tour and tasting. Afterwards, we'll travel on to Volterra, where we'll have the chance to explore the town at leisure. Perched on a plateau, this magnificent and mysterious medieval walled town is our home for the night. There's plenty of time for you to discover its unique character this evening.
Accommodation: ALBERGO ETRURIA (1 Night)
Day 7 - 26May VOLTERRA - SAN GIMIGNANO - PIENZA
Today we'll make tracks to San Gimignano, home to a magnificent piazza, meandering stepped streets and some beautifully preserved architecture. Here, we'll visit Gelateria Dondoli to sample the creations of a master gelato maker, before carrying on to Fattoria San Donato for an indulgent wine tasting complete with bruschetta and local meats and cheeses. After taking in the town's head-turning historic centre, a UNESCO world heritage site, we'll continue to Pienza. Then, we will have some free time to take in the enchanting views of Val d’Orcia, stroll along the narrow romantic streets of the UNESCO world heritage site in the historical centre of Pienza to explore the medieval nooks and crannies that reveal local treasures within its shops and boutiques. Tonight, the evening is all yours.
Accommodation: HOTEL RESIDENCE SAN GREGORI (1 Night)
Day 8 - 27May PIENZA -SIENA - CHIANTI
After breakfast this morning, depart for Siena and it’s UNESCO world heritage site historic centre. On arrival, enjoy a walking tour of the town. After the tour we’ll have a short time for lunch and shopping of course! Some of the most important Italian artists and poets walked these streets: Dante, Leonardo, Boccaccio and Petrarca. Popes and bankers (Monte dei Paschi di Siena is the oldest bank in the world!) Then depart for a Tuscan lunch at a local farm with tasting of the famous Pecorino Cheese. After, continue to Chianti to our hotel. This evening, the group will enjoy dinner together at the hotel.
Accommodation: RELAIS FATTORIA VALLE (2 Nights)
Day 9 - 28May CHIANTI
Spend the morning at your own leisure. Today you're cordially invited to the kitchen, where we'll roll up our sleeves and put on our apron. The villa's chef will treat us to an exclusive lesson in making Tuscan delicacies before we sit down to savour the fruits of our labours for lunch. After, depart for a Chianti Winery for a tour and tasting. This evening, meet for dinner at the villa.
Day 10 - 29May CHIANTI - FLORENCE
Sadly, we have to say goodbye to the villa this morning -- but there's one more treat in store. On our way back to romantic Florence, we will stop off at an oil mill for a guided tour, olive oil tasting and light lunch. All in all, it's a fitting end to a tour celebrating the natural beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany. Transfer to the Florence airport for your return flight home.