Best of Italy: Rome and Tuscany

BEST OF ITALY: ROME AND TUSCANY

1° day ROME - MONTECATINI

Arrival at Rome airport and welcome by our English speaking assistant. Private transfer to the hotel in Montecatini area. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. 

2° day FLORENCE

Hotel breakfast. Full day excursion to Florence, the wonderful heart of the Renaissance, and the capital city of the Italian Region of Tuscany. Centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. A turbulent political history includes periods of ruling by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865 to 1871 the city was also the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy. The historic centre attracts millions of tourists each year, and Florence is ranked as one of the most visited cities in the world. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, the city contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Florence is also an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked within the top fifty fashion capitals of the world. On arrival, 3-hour guided tour of the city and get the chance, among others, to see the “David” sculpture by Michelangelo. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon free time to visit individually this magnific city. Late afternoon return to your hotel in Montecatini. Dinner and overnight. 

3° day MONTECATINI - PISA - LUCCA (optional)

Hotel breakfast and whole day free for leisure in your spa hotel in Montecatini Terme. Otherwise optional excursion to visit Lucca and Pisa. For its monumental and historic wealth, Lucca has been proposed as addition to Unesco World Heritage Sites. The old town has preserved its medieval appearance with ancient churches, bell towers and monumental renaissance palaces. Lunch on your own. Afternoon arrival in Pisa, famous for the monumental Cathedral and the Leaning Tower. In the evening turn back to Montecatini. Dinner and overnight in hotel. 

4° day CINQUE TERRE

Hotel breakfast. Full day trip to the Cinque Terre in Liguria, where the coast is punctuated by picturesque small fishing villages. You’ll enjoy the views of these picturesque - postcards villages and a boat ride or train ride along the coast. Lunch on your own. Return to Montecatini. Dinner at leisure and overnight.
 

5° day CHIANTI REGION - SIENA - ROME

Hotel breakfast and leave for Siena, driving through the beautiful region of the Chianti wine. The tradition of cultivating vines in Chianti goes back a long time in history, back to the Etruscans that inhabited the area before the Roman empire. In 1984, Chianti obtained the denomination D.O.C.G. (Denominazione d’Origine Controllata e Garantita, or Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin), which is the highest type of recognition for quality Italian wines. Stop for wine tasting. Travel to Siena. Lunch on your own and 2 hours guided visit of Siena, one of the most beautiful medioeval towns in Italy. Its historic centre has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions, and its famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race in traditional costumes. Drive to Rome, check in, dinner and overnight. 

6° day ROME

Hotel breakfast and meet with English speaking guide for a full day tour of Rome, the capital of Italy and also of the Lazio Region. Rome’s history spans more than 2500 years, since its legendary founding in 753 BC and it is referred to as “The Eternal City”. In the ancient world it was successively the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as one of the birthplaces of Western civilization. You will see the Fori Imperiali, the Colosseum, Constantine’s Arch, and all the other most astonishing sights of Ancient Rome. Lunch on your own. Time for a stroll in Piazza di Spagna, with worldfamous Trinità dei Monti steps, take a picture by the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and, finally reach the Pantheon. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight. 

7° day ROME

Hotel breakfast. Morning visit of the Vatican Museums, originated as a group of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II (1503-1513) and placed in what today is the “Cortile Ottagono” within the museum complex. Continue your sightseeing with the visit of the Sistine Chapel, without doubt one of the greatest art treasures of all time, one of the most celebrated masterpieces in the world, with amazing frescoed ceilings by Michelangelo. It’s the last stop on the Vatican Museum tour and is the most ardently awaited moment for millions of tourists from around the world. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon time for free or option visit of the 3 most important cathedrals in Rome: San Giovanni in Laterano, Santa Maria Maggiore and San Paolo fuori le Mura. Return to your hotel, dinner and overnight.
 

8° day ROME

Hotel breakfast and transfer to the airport in time for your return flight. End of services.
 




 



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Travel Time 8 days 
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• Modern air-conditioned motor coach throughout as specified • English speaking tour escort from first to last day of the program • Hotel accommodation in 3/4 star hotel, rooms with private facilities, with buffet breakfast • Meals as per program • Special visits and sightseeing as specified in the program with English speaking guides • Entrance fees • Service charges and hotel taxes  

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