Escorted Luxury Tour - Under the Tuscan Sun ULIT03

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Personal Highlights: Strolling the promenade in the Tuscan seaside resort of Viareggio A privately guided tour through the five villages of Cinque Terre accessible only by train, footpaths or boat. Visits to the Uffizi and Accademia with your own art expert with Michelangelo’s “David” and
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Activities: City Collection, Journeys Collection
  • Places Visited:Italy, Arezzo (Italy), Tuscany (Italy), Siena (Italy), Viareggio (Italy), Florence (Italy)

Your Tour

Personal Highlights:

  • Strolling the promenade in the Tuscan seaside resort of Viareggio
  • A privately guided tour through the five villages of Cinque Terre accessible only by train, footpaths or boat.
  • Visits to the Uffizi and Accademia with your own art expert with Michelangelo’s “David” and Botticelli’s “ Venus rising from the Waves” as key exhibits
  • A stay in the celebrated Tuscan town of Siena in the towns only 5 star hotel
  • The chance to shop for antiques in the medieval town of Arezzo
  • Strolling and dining in the charming town of Cortona the town featured in Frances Mayles’ book “ Under the Tuscan Sun”

Day 1 Depart USA

You board your overnight flight bound for Italy and the beginning of your ramantic stay under the Tuscan sun.

Day 2 Welcome to Tuscany

You arrive either in Pisa or Florence and are met by your guide who escorts you to the car for the trip to the Tuscan coast and the delightful coastal resort of Viarregio site of an annual  carneval that rivals Venice, if not Rio. Your hotel is a Grande Epoque gem fully modernized to meet international standards. Once you have checked in, take some time to stroll the famous promenade right outside your hotel before savoring dinner in one of the hotel's renowned restaurants.

Day 3 The Roman Heritage of Lucca

We have left the morning open to allow you to adjust, have a leisurely breakfast and perhaps walk off breakfast on the promenade. In late morning your guide will be waiting to take you to lunch and then take you to the town of Lucca which was originally a Roman town and enclosed by massive red brick walls in the 16th and 17th centuries. You will walk along the Medieval via Fillungo, the main axis of the historic town and lined with ancient houses and towers. You will also visit the Roman Amphitheatre. Lucca is also famous as the birthplace of Puccini and you will visit and discuss key links between Lucca and the composer. Your visit to Lucca will conclude with an exploration of the Pisan-Romanesque church of San Martin and the San Michele in Foro.

Day 4 Cinque Terre, the "Five Lands" of Legend

After breakfast you meet your guide who will take you along the coast to the town of Monterosso which is the gateway to the five charming towns of the Cinque Terre. These towns are not accessible by road but are linked by an efficient rail system, boats and scenic walkways. A land of mountains diving into the sea, the villages were fishermen's refuges that became known as the "five lands" and served as inspiration for the likes of Shelley, Lord Byron and Petrarch. You will visit the towns by taking short hops on the train, walking on the most scenic paths and, weather permitting, by boat. In addition to its natural beauty, the area is known for its cuisine partucularly its pesto and classic pasta sauce. Obviously seafood is a specialty so you will have a good excuse to work up an appetite. At the end of the day's excusion you meet up with your car and return to Viarregio

Day 5 Pisa and Florence

After breakfast your guide will be waiting to take you to the town of Pisa, world famous for its leaning tower. Upon arrival in the port city of Pisa you will enjoy an overview of the city before stopping at the Romanesque complex called the Campo dei Miracoli. This is made up of the Duomo, Baptistry, Camposanto and the leaning tower. After your guide explains the historical significance of each, we have left time for you to enjoy lunch and explore the area at your leisure (Please try to resist taking the photograph where you appear to be holding up the tower). After lunch, your guide will take you into Florence where you will begin a walking tour of the historic parts of the city. You will visit the Piazza del Duomo and learn the history of the dome created by Brunelleschi and the nearby bell tower by Giotto. A visit to the Ponte Vecchio will be followed by a tour of Franciscan Santa Croce church and its masterpieces by Giotto, Donatello and Brunelleschi. Within its walls are the burial sites of the Renaissance greats, Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. Dante is also honored but his sarcophagus is empty. A more recent addition is the great composer Rossini. You complete your tour in the Piazza della Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Your hotel, itself an institution, is nearby and after check-in you have a chance to relax before dinner.

Day 6 The Early and Later Genius of Michelangelo

After breakfast you visit the Accademia Gallery famous for its collection of sculptures by Michelangelo. In addition to the world-renowned "David", you will also see the four "slaves" created for Pope Julius II and the "Pieta di Palestrina" It is "David" however which is close to the hearts of the citizens of Florence since, as the young hero who is about to defeat the giant, Goliath, it symbolizes the determination of the Florentine Republic to defend its freedom no matter the size of the adversary. At nineteen feet, the stature of David with its smooth marble could be considered as the pinnacle of his career but it was actually completed while he was in his early twenties. The "slaves" emerging from the block of marble are more abstract and primitive but do in fact represent Michelangelo as an evolved artist. After lunch you have the rest of the afternoon to explore Florence on your own; perhaps a return to the Ponte Vecchio for shopping and a walk along the Arno? This evening, be our guest for dinner at a local Tuscan favorite of ours.

Day 7 The Treasures of the Medici

Your day starts with a private tour of the Uffizi, designed by Vasari as an administrative office for the Medici's, it was, in 1591, turned into an art gallery to make available to the public the great works of art acquired or commissioned by the Medici family. It is a treasure trove of Renaissance art including notable works by DaVinci, Giotto, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raffaello and after viewing and studying the art you take a coffee break at the Loggia della Signoria which offers superb views of the Palazzo Vecchio where the Medicis would sit and listen to music. After lunch you have the afternoon at leisure. We have left this evening open for you to try a recommended restaurant or just sample many of the Enoteca that abound in the city offering light bites and good Tuscan wine.

Day 8 The Chianti Region and Siena

The famous Chianti Region, home of the Chianti Classico, extends from Florence in the North to Siena in the South and is bordered by the Chianti Hills to the East and the Elsa and Pesa rivers to the West. Both Florence and Siena battled for control of this region and the monasteries, castles and fortresses built during that period were, in later years, transformed into villas and country residences. This morning you will visit the town of Greve where cheeses and seasoned meats will be offered for tasting prior to your winery visits where you will have a chance to taste not only the wine but the olive oil and balsamic vinegar for which this area is also justly famous. After your tastings you stop at a delightful family restaurant where you enjoy an a la carte lunch with wine on a terrace overlooking the typical Tuscan countryside. After lunch you head to Siena to begin a walking tour of this elegant city, founded in the Roman era. It became very rich thanks to its bankers and merchants. In the Twelfth Century it became an independent republic and became one of Florence's most bitter rivals. The city is set on a hill of beautiful red clay, enclosed by extensive walls and overlooked by the very elegant tower of the Palazzo Pubblico and the black and white striped cathedral. Its central square is the Piazza del Campo and it is considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Each year on the 2nd of July and the 16th of August it is the sight of the "Palio delle Contrade" where young Sienese jockeys dress up in medieval costumes for a horse race around this square (actually more of an oval). After your tour you check into your hotel which is located in the center of town.

Day 9 San Gimignano and Chianti

After breakfast you head back into the Tuscan countryside. Your destination  is the beautiful medieval town of San Gimignano. The town is situated on a hill and is enclosed by an outer wall including five gates. Fifteen of the over 70 original watchtowers still exist making it unique among Tuscan towns. You will explore the city on foot and learn of its diverse history. It became a free commune in the twelfth century and rallied to the side of Florence against Siena, Pisa and Arezzo. It was also a great center of painting with many great painters from both Siena and Florence creating masterpieces here. You have lunch and then some free time to explore the quaint streets of Siena.

Day 10 Exploring Cortona and Arezzo

Today you set out "Under the Tuscan Sun" to the town of Cortona made famous by the book by Frances Mayles and the movie. Before this fame, however, the city had belonged to the league of the Twelve Etruscan towns. Situated in the Chiana valley and not far from Lake Trasimeno, it is a very pretty town with breathtaking countryside all around and olive groves that reach all the way to the town walls. Since it has barely changed since the Renaissance, it is pleasant to stroll through the narrow medieval streets. You enjoy lunch at a Trattoria just off the main square. After lunch you depart for Arezzo, one of the centers of Etruscan civilization and also a very prosperous city in Roman times when it became famous for its production of "Aretine" vases. The town is also the birthplace of the poet Petrarch and the Renaissance artist and art historian Giorgio Vasari but today it is better known for the beautiful frescoes by Piero della Fancesca which can be seen in the Basilica de San Francesco. After your visit you return to Siena

Day 11 Return to USA

After breakfast your driver picks you up for the trip to the airport where your return flight to the US awaits. You arrive back later the same afternoon.


Departure Dates

Available Year Round


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Tour Location / Places Visiteds

Viarregio, Florence, Siena, Chianti, Arezzo


Additional Pricing Information

•1st Class rail travel as indicated on the itinerary

•Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)

•Private Transfers to and from the airport or rail station at destination

•All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner

•Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.

•Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary

•Baggage handling at all hotels

•All applicable taxes and service fees

•International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)

•Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)

•Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page

•Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.

•Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)

•Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)


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