Tuscany is, in many ways, the essence of Italy, with olive groves, vineyards and the distinct cypress trees forming the landscape. This tour takes in Florence, Lucca, Pisa and Siena. The hotel is based in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and home to Pisaro, Botticelli, da Vinci and Michelangelo. Florence is known as the capital of arts and, according to UNESCO, 60% of the world's most important works of art are located in Italy, of which approximately half are in Florence.
Renaissance Florence • Lucca, Pisa & Siena • Guided tours • The Uffizi • Ponte Vecchio
Day 1 Fly from the UK to Florence, where you will be met by your English speaking guide, and transferred to your hotel. This evening dinner is at a local restaurant.
Day 2 Breakfast is followed by a guided walking tour of the beautiful city of Florence, visiting the Duomo, the cathedral church noted for its dome, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and for its bell-tower, designed by Giotto. Enjoy the Boboli Gardens and the Palazzo Pitti, now one of Florence's most important art galleries.
Day 3 Today is yours at leisure. Perhaps visit the Uffizi Gallery, see Michelangelo's "David", or explore the Medieval shops that line the Ponte Vecchio. Alternatively, while away some time over a glass of Chianti in one of the shady squares.
Day 4 After breakfast, visit Lucca, the provincial capital whose wealth and power began with the medieval silk trade and then later the production of olive oil. The town is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls and for being the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini.
Day 5 After breakfast visit Siena for a full day guided tour. Established as a market place in the thirteenth century, the great central square, the Campo, is the heart of the city, and is surrounded by medieval alleyways. Highlights include the lovely frescoes of Museo Civico, and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. This evening dinner is in a local restaurant.
Day 6 After breakfast, visit Pisa and its leaning tower, before continuing to the airport for your flight to the UK.
All tours are tailored to your requirements and can be adapted for travel by coach and/or air as you prefer
Hotel Corona d'Italia, Florence
Lying right in the heart of Florence's historical centre, the 3 star superior Corona d'Italia Hotel is the ideal base from which to discover this beautiful city of art. All the main monuments are within walking distance, while the open air leather markets are right on the hotel's doorstep. The property's 80 rooms all offer soundproof windows, air-conditioning, telephone, modem connection, satellite television, mini-bar and safe. The style is Florentine, the ambience and location perfect for an excellent stay.
• 3 star superior • 80 bedrooms
Your tour includes:
• Scheduled flights between the UK and Pisa
• 5 nights bed and breakfast in Florence
• 2 evening meals at a local restaurant (including drinks)
• Excursions and admissions as detailed in the itinerary
• English speaking guides
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