Everyone knows Tuscany with its gently rolling hills and elegant cypresses, its shadowy driveways and softly tinted villas. It's the landscape that makes poets dream and farmers sing, where finely chiselled towers, crooked or straight, point to cities with a stunning cultural heritage.
This experience trip takes you past beautiful spots. Siena, with its famous Piazza del Campo, San Gimignano, the 'New York' of the Middle Ages and the cultural gems of Florence are, of course, not to be missed. But the winding roads also take you to the Chianti region where you can enjoy the local delicacies in the small villages. This region offers something for everyone. Immerse yourself in its impressive past or enjoy the Tuscan art of living to the fullest. Or switch smoothly between high culture and the 'dolce far niente'.
Day 1 : Departure to Florence
At the airport, you will pick up your rental car and drive to the Lucca area. Here you will stay in a renovated historic villa with a beautiful garden in the green hills 20 kilometres from Lucca.
Day 2 : Pisa and Lucca
Your day starts with a visit to Pisa. The highlights here are the 'Piazza dei Miracoli' with the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and the Baptistery. Then you will head on to walled Lucca, with its picturesque squares and quaint shops. Don't forget to have a coffee in the oval 'Piazza Anfiteatro' or take a bike ride along the city walls!
Day 3 : Florence
You will depart for Florence by train without having to worry about parking. You'll explore this beautiful city of the Medici family, of Dante Alighieri, Michelangelo and Botticelli. You will stroll past pretty shops, historic squares and beautiful 'palazzi', under the shadow of Brunelleschi's dome.
Day 4 : The Chianti region
Along winding roads, you will discover Castellina, Gaiole and Greve in Chianti, among others. You will stay in one of our hotels in the famous and centrally located Chianti region.
Day 5 : Siena
Siena awaits you, with its landmarks grouped around the shell-shaped 'Piazza del Campo', where 17 'contrade' (city districts) compete each year in the famous 'palio'.
Day 6 : San Gimignano and Volterra
Your first stop is San Gimignano, with its 13 tall towers and its beautiful 'Piazza della Cisterna'. It was the New York of the Middle Ages. Next you visit Volterra, with its Etruscan ramparts, its impressive Roman theatre, and its interesting Museo Guarnacci, with numerous remains from the Etruscan civilisation.
Day 7 : Pienza and Montepulciano
You will be introduced to the 'ideal town' of Pienza, the result of the harmonious collaboration between Pope Pius II and Bernardo Rossellino, a brilliant architect. Your last stop is the Renaissance town of Montepulciano, also known for its 'vino nobile'.
Day 8 : Going home
You will drive back to Florence airport where you will return your rental car and fly back home.
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