A fresh new perspective on life in the five lands and under the Tuscan sun... It's hands-on learning with local experts on many subjects, who share their experience, their knowledge and their passions. And you are suddenly living la dolce vita...



From under the Tuscan sun to the Italian Riviera... discover the stories behind the brilliance of Renaissance painters and sculptors from an art historian in Florence... prepare pasta with a chef and learn the finer points of olive oil tasting...

For the culturally curious, this journey through Italy is a feeling that you've become much more savvy after an art history briefing. It's walking through the medieval alleys of Siena... or bicycling atop the walls of Lucca. It's laughter. It's sharing vino made from grapes in the vineyards you've just walked through and kicking back. It's about becoming a part of day-to-day Italy... and new views on life... Hear a recital by a concert pianist in his private palazzo and discover centuries of artistic excellence... enjoy the beauty of natural marble and Cinque Terre villages overlooking the sea, connected by walking trails... and go off-the-beaten-track for an Italian cultural connection unlike any other.



From under the Tuscan sun to the Italian Riviera... discover the stories behind the brilliance of Renaissance painters and sculptors from an art historian in Florence... prepare pasta with a chef and learn the finer points of olive oil tasting...

For the culturally curious, this journey through Italy is a feeling that you've become much more savvy after an art history briefing. It's walking through the medieval alleys of Siena... or bicycling atop the walls of Lucca. It's laughter. It's sharing vino made from grapes in the vineyards you've just walked through and kicking back. It's about becoming a part of day-to-day Italy... and new views on life... Hear a recital by a concert pianist in his private palazzo and discover centuries of artistic excellence... enjoy the beauty of natural marble and Cinque Terre villages overlooking the sea, connected by walking trails... and go off-the-beaten-track for an Italian cultural connection unlike any other.



Traveling Well Includes:
  • Small groups from 22 - 26 guests for a more personal travel experience
  • Private, early-opening visit to Florence's Basilica di Santa Croce, final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and more
  • A two-night stay at a premier hotel nestled between Cinque Terre and the inspirational Gulf of Poets
  • Hike along Cinque Terre National Park's coastal paths amidst breathtaking views
  • Learn about the rich history of Florence's artisan guilds on a visit to the San Nicolo neighborhooe
  • In Florence, explore the fabulous Uffizi Galleries on a guided tour
  • Take a guided tour of the quarries where Carrara marble has been mined since Roman times
  • Enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting in Tuscany & a cooking class in the art of making pasta

  • Call 1 (888) 828-8747 for more information or to book today! Mention code 16589772

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2022
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1FlorenceWelcome to Florence

    Tour begins: 3:00 PM, Hotel Plaza Lucchesi. A transfer is included from the Peretola Airport to the elegant Hotel Plaza Lucchesi, a historic property overlooking the Arno River in the center of Florence since 1860... where your room will have a view featuring the river or the Duomo and Santa Croce. A twisted maze of narrow alleyways... and your Tuscany travel adventure begins. Florence's Renaissance heart makes yours beat a little faster as you ramble through it with your Florentine guide. Stroll along the Arno and check out Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo. See, touch and feel the mark of Michelangelo and Brunelleschi in stately palazzi and beautiful basilicas, and tour the new Opera Duomo Museum. Cocktails and canapes on your hotel's rooftop terrace (weather permitting) offer a warm and tasty welcome tonight... along with 360-degree views of the city! Then it's a short walk to a local Florentine restaurant for a true Tuscan welcome dinner. The venue is lively, the conversation stimulating... you have arrived in Italy!



    Lodging: Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

    Meals: D
    Day 2FlorenceSanta Croce & the Uffizi Galleries

    Michelangelo's shadow looms large in Firenze. Sightseeing begins today with an early-opening, private morning visit of the 15th-century Basilica di Santa Croce. Dubbed the Temple of Italian Glories, Florence's answer to London's Westminster Abbey is filled with the tombs of major Italian legends - including Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini, Machiavelli, and more, along with a statue that inspired the Statue of Liberty. Discover some of the city's masterpieces on a guided visit to the fabulous Uffizi Galleries - Europe's oldest art gallery, founded by the Medicis to display their countless treasures - today housing some of the world's most beloved art. By midday you'll understand how art and history are inextricably intertwined in Florence. The afternoon is free to explore as you please in Florence; tonight, join us for an evening in the Tuscan Hills.



    Lodging: Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

    Meals: B, D
    Day 3FlorenceExplore an artistic Florence neighborhood.

    For centuries, the arts have flourished and received encouragement in Florence. Join a local guide this morning begins with a walking tour along the cobbled streets of Florence, in the neighborhood of old San Niccolo and the Oltrarno area. The area is home to Florence's rich artisan traditions, boasting local cafes, bistros, and small craft studios. Enjoy beautiful views of the historic center from the Arno River and meander through the narrow medieval streets to take in the local flavor. Following an afternoon exploring as you wish, join concert pianist Gregorio Nardi at his Palazzo Bargellini, where you'll enjoy a personal tour, a recital on a Steinway grand piano, lively discussions on history and local politics, and an aperitivo. Your evening is free to dine as you please.



    Lodging: Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

    Meals: B
    Day 4PortovenereCarrara Marble & on to Cinque Terre National Park

    The road winds and twists and turns as you travel toward the Gulf of Genoa. Take a winding road deep into a mountain aboard a 4x4 to see where celebrated Carrara marble, considered the finest on Earth, has been quarried since Roman times, at what is the oldest industrial site on Earth. After stopping for a simple lunch in the village of Colonnata, continue to Portovenere on the Gulf of Poets, where you'll instantly get why this stunning Roman-Byzantine town was named for the goddess Venus. Colorful houses cascade along a hillside against the azure sea the black-and-white-striped Gothic church of San Pietro perched above... images captured as your motor boat (weather permitting) navigates the Mediterranean waters along Cinque Terre to Portovenere in the heart of the Gulf of Poets for a two-night stay inside Cinque Terre National Park; all guest rooms have sea views. Dine this evening at your hotel overlooking the harbor... images not soon forgotten...



    Lodging: Grand Hotel Portovenere

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5PortovenereThe Five Lands of Cinque Terre National Park

    Travel by ferry to Monterosso al Mare, one of five remote fishing villages strung like jewels along the coast - Cinque Terre National Park, the five lands. They're now linked to the outside world by rail, but for centuries were accessible only by sea or on foot, the best way to appreciate life in what is truly a world of its own. If you wish, join us for one of the world's most spectacular coastal hikes, through terraced vineyards overlooking the sea from Monterosso to Vernazza - the pearl of Cinque Terre. If not, you'll take a walking tour with a local guide. Spend the afternoon in Vernazza, and fall in love with village life indelible seascape memories or perhaps a visit to a sidewalk cafe, alive with the flavors of local wines, citrus, olives, and the catch of the day. Return late day to Portovenere, where the evening is free to spend as you please.



    Lodging: Grand Hotel Portovenere

    Meals: B
    Day 6SienaCycling, Cooking, and Tastings

    A jog, or a swim, is an excellent way to start the day before a drive through the Tuscan hills to Lucca. This medieval city's surviving Renaissance-era, red-brick walls shut out traffic and the modern world leaving a peaceful community that still revolves around its original Roman street plan, encircled by a delightful, tree-lined promenade. And because it's topographically flat - unlike most Tuscan towns - Lucca is a cyclist's dream. One of the best ways to explore this historically powerful and culturally rich city is by bicycle... and, led by your local guide, you'll do just that - down its narrow lanes across its ancient piazzas even along the top of its massive walls. Guests who choose not to join the bicycle excursion can spend the time walking and exploring the center of Lucca as they please. If you're wondering if Tuscany is all about the food, a hands-on lesson with experts in the art of making fresh pasta at Fattoria Colle Verde, one of the region's foremost wineries and olive oil producers, may shed some light. After a little testing and a little cooking, cap your pasta-making debut with a little virgin olive oil tasting a little Tuscan wine tasting and more than a little pasta tasting at lunch. Then it's on to the historic Tuscan city of Siena for a two-night stay.



    Lodging: Grand Hotel Continental

    Meals: B, L
    Day 7SienaNeighborhoods of Siena

    Awaken in beautiful Siena and spend the morning exploring as you wish; your Tauck Director can suggest museums, galleries and other points of interest, as well as great spots to enjoy lunch on your own. Later, accompany your local guide to discover Siena's many architectural treasures on a walking tour - including its black-and-white Duomo, one of Italy's great cathedrals, with scenes inlaid in the marble floors and sculpture by Michelangelo. You'll see the Piazza del Campo - where the famous Palio bareback horse race has been held twice every year for centuries - Palazzo Salimbeni, Palazzo Tolomei, Torre di Mangia, Santa Maria della Scalla and more. After some time to explore on your own, cap your Tuscany travel adventure with cocktails and canapes in an ancient wine cellar, followed by a memorable dinner of Tuscan specialties in an absolutely magical spot under the setting Tuscan sun.



    Lodging: Grand Hotel Continental

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8SienaArrivederci, Tuscany

    Tour ends: Florence. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Siena's Grand Hotel Continental to Florence Airport, Peretola, or Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    05/05/2023$5,490.00* (USD) / LIMITEDQuote
    05/14/2023$5,790.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    09/08/2023$5,790.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    09/15/2023$5,790.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    09/22/2023$5,790.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    10/06/2023$5,790.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    10/13/2023$4,990.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
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    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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