7 days with SITA World Tours Rating:
Day 1 – Florence, Lucca
Our introduction to Italy will begin with an in-depth guided tour of Florence before we set a course for leafy Lucca – where cobbled streets, red-roofed buildings, fascinating history and fine architecture await us. We’ll discover what lies beyond the city walls before coming together for a delicious welcome dinner at a local osteria. (D)
Day 2 – Lucca, Cinque Terre, Lucca
A rocky coastline, romantic candy-coloured villages… We must be in the Italian Riviera! After winding our way along this sublime stretch of shoreline we’ll find ourselves in Cinque Terre: a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and one of the highlights of our tour). After spending some time getting to know the area, we’ll return to Lucca for the evening. (B)
Day 3 – Lucca, Pisa, Voltera
Infamous and impossible to miss, the Leaning Tower of Pisa makes for a staggering first port of call today. After snapping some photographic evidence of our visit, we’ll travel on to Volterra – where you’ll have the chance to look around at your own leisure. Perched on a plateau, this magnificent and mysterious medieval walled town will be our home for the night. (B)
Day 4 – 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. While we’re here, we’ll sample the creations of a master gelato maker at Gelateria Dondoli – before carrying on to Fattoria San Donato for an indulgent wine tasting, complete with bruschetta and local meats. After taking in the town’s head-turning historic centre, we’ll journey onwards to Pienza – with a whistlestop tour of Siena along the way. (B)
Day 5 – Pienza
Pienza’s timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop make it a serene spot to spend this morning. After a walking tour, we’ll sample some handcrafted pecorino cheese and world-class wines at a delightful organic restaurant with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside. (B)
Day 6 – Pienza, Chianti
Onwards to the delightful Chianti region! Today we’ll make our way through heavenly countryside on our way to a traditional Tuscan country house, where a regional cookery class awaits us. After learning some local recipes from our host, we’ll have the chance to tuck into our creations for lunch. Buon appetito! (BLD)
Day 7 – Chianti, Florence
On the way back to romantic Florence, we’ll 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. (BL)
All This Included
A wonderful blend of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food, Tuscany makes for an unforgettable holiday destination. On this leisurely tour we’ll seek out world-renowned treasures, explore hidden gems and become culinary connoisseurs as we fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.
Lucca: Albergo San Martino (or similar)
Voltera: Hotel La Locanda (or similar)
Pienza: Relais Il Chiostro di Pienza (or similar)
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