(Florence, Montepulciano, Siena)
Renaissance means “a rebirth” which is what you’ll experience when you visit Tuscany.
Explore a region of Italy that gave birth to the Renaissance movement. Wander the idyllic landscape with its rolling hills, rustic vineyards, olive groves, golden wheat fields, and medieval villages. Navigate hidden alleyways and ancient cobblestoned streets in search of a rich and orphic history. Take in Tuscany’s many extraordinary paintings, frescos and architectural masterpieces. Enjoy the wonderful cuisine and many fine wines from the Chianti region. In the evenings, relax in charming and comfortable accommodations.
Tour Florence on foot and visit the Uffizi Gallery that houses masterpieces like Raphael’s “Madonna of the Goldfinch” and Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Annunciation.” Head to Signoria Square and marvel at the re-created duplicate of Michelangelo’s statue of “David.” Cross Ponte Vecchio (old bridge) which dates back to 1345. Wander Via Maggio and pick up an antique from the 16th century to add to your collection. Visit the historic San Lorenzo market and select the finest ingredients which you’ll then prepare in your afternoon cooking class. Tour the Montalcino and Brunello vineyards and bring home a bottle of wine that will remind you of your glorious Tuscan vacation.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistance for you upon your arrival which will be waiting for you outside the customs. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the airport and accompany you to your accommodation.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
NH Porta Rossa (4*) is a distinguished piece of Florence's history built in the 12th century, as well as one of the oldest hotels in Italy. The hotel's 72 rooms, combining classic and stylish furniture with a fascinating historical atmosphere, are guaranteed to ensure that guests will enjoy an authentic stay. All the rooms are unique, and some are even endowed with magnificent frescos. The style of the bright breakfast room and adjoining bar integrates seamlessly with 19th-century stained-glass windows and frescoes. A delicious buffet breakfast is served every morning, and refreshing cocktails of all kinds can be enjoyed at the bar.
An exhaustive and charming encounter with Renaissance culture and its great geniuses is the aim of your walking tour through the main squares of Florence: the religious centre of the city dominated by the huge Cathedral and its imposing dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and Signoria Square crowded with one of the most spectacular collection of statues in the world; where the Town Hall stands, the Medieval fortress that has always incarnated political power in Florence: from the centuries of the Republic to the lordship of the Medici family. After a glimpse at the romantic Ponte Vecchio on the Arno river, the tour continues with the visit to the Italian largest and richest painting gallery, the Uffizi, where the charm of art history will take us from the Byzantine painters to the innovations of modern masters through an itinerary that includes the greatest names of Florentine art: Botticelli, Leonardo and Michelangelo. Entrance fee to Uffizi Gallery included.
From posh designer brands like Armani, Gucci, Versace and Ferragamo to locally created hand-crafts, souvenirs, quality leathers and traditional clothing, the city of Florence is a never-ending dream for shopping enthusiasts. For those searching for ancient relics and traditional crafted antiques, Via Maggio is the street for you. The shops and merchants on this street boast numerous "Objects d'Art" and furnishings that are sure to create an atmosphere straight out of the 16th century. Via del Tornabuoni is considered Florence's 5th Avenue, featuring shops lined with best quality leather products, elegantly expensive shoes, and modernly stylish clothing boutiques. It is here where you'll find all the “big brand names” products as well as the posh, and potentially upcoming Italian styles. Besides the traditional shops, Florence also boast some of Italy's best open-air markets including the centralized Market of San Lorenzo, the New Market located under the 16th century Loggia del Porcellino, and the Flea Market at the Piazza Santa Croce.
Using fresh and seasonal ingredients, you will have a unique opportunity to cook a typical, delicious Tuscan meal. Under the expert guidance of a multilingual chef, you will visit the historic San Lorenzo central market, where you will select the ingredients that you require. At a top class cooking school, you will prepare a wonderful four-course meal, including a starter, first course, second course and dessert. After all your hard work, you will be rewarded by relaxing and savouring the dishes you have prepared, accompanied by a great Tuscan wine and a fun and friendly atmosphere. Included: assistance, course, recipes, dinner with drinks.
A train station transfer service is provided for today in Florence. Enjoy the added comfort of riding in a privately driven vehicle. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you ride the train from Florence to Chiusi. This journey will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
You will be warmly greeted by the driver of your private vehicle for the transfer to Montepulciano. The journey will take approximately 20 minutes.
Until the end of the 19th century, Villa Cicolina (4*) was the country residence of a noble family of Montepulciano. This beautiful country house was built in the late sixteenth century, as the lovely decor proudly reflects. The 11 guestrooms boast fantastic views of the Tuscan countryside, as well as onsite gardens and many olive groves. Wake up and start your day off with a rich breakfast buffet featuring delicious cheese and salami, as well as seasonal fruit and pastries. Each evening, enjoy a traditional Tuscan meal, prepared with only the finest seasonal ingredients. Relax with a glass of local wine while savouring your dinner outdoors, looking out at the gorgeous panoramic view. Enjoy a unique experience of a cooking class taught by Tuscan chefs, or sunbathe by the onsite swimming pool. Other exciting activities include touring the onsite wine cellar and sampling mouth-watering Tuscan wines, receiving a relaxing massage or exploring the surrounding area.
Explore the medieval and Renaissance hill town, Montepulciano, as you enjoy a private, half- day walking tour. You will be met at your hotel and proceed on foot to view the top sights. You will be accompanied by a very knowledgeable, English-speaking local guide. This personalized tour will give you local insight into the real history and hidden gems. Be sure to bring along your camera in order to capture all of the wonderful sights!
Enjoy this splendid Tuscan village or book one of the many local tour options at your hotel. Tour options include:
Day tour of Montalcino and Brunello vineyards; Day tour of local vineyards with lunch and wine tasting; Visit the house and property of La Foce, just a short drive from town; Exciting cooking classes with local Tuscan Chefs and more!
Your private driver will meet you at your hotel in Montepulciano and transfer you to your next destination. Take this opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery as you make your way to Chiusi. The journey will span approximately 20 minutes.
Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you ride the train to Siena. The journey will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Take a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer, this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Hotel Athena (4*) is located in the heart of the old town centre inside Siena’s ancient city walls. Only 500 metres from the Duomo and Piazza del Campo, Hotel Athena is situated in a quiet and easily accessible area with a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. The hotel features 100 rooms, each with their own unmistakable style defined by furnishings, colours and large spaces. Visit Il Mangia Restaurant to savour deliciously prepared traditional Tuscan food, all featuring natural and organic ingredients. Ideal for an appetizer at sunset, the San Marco Terrace Bar happily serves guests until late in the evening, featuring all kinds of drinks and snacks. A professional masseuse is available for guests wishing to unwind and relax with a nice massage.
Siena is a treasure trove of historical, artistic, religious, and cultural riches all to be discovered. The best way to do it is on foot, admiring the changes to the town over the centuries and enjoying its spectacular views and interesting details of its history. With your guide you will be able to appreciate the major tourist attractions like Piazza del Campo, the true heart of the town, the Palazzo Comunale (town hall), the cathedral, and the majestic Basilica of San Domenico. The walk continues with a visit to the cathedral that preserves the treasures of artists like Nicola Pisano, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Donatello, and Gianlorenzo Bernini, and is also noted for its marvellous marble floor, which is a unique example in the history of art.
Get ready for an exciting tour of San Gimignano this morning as you prepare to be picked up by your driver in a private vehicle. Upon arrival in beautiful San Gimignano, you will be met by your English-speaking guide to begin your two hour guided tour. Time will also be provided should you wish to venture out and stroll around at leisure. Relax and enjoy a coffee on one of the squares before returning to Siena.
Enjoy the transfer from Siena to Florence in a private chauffeured driven vehicle with driver.
February 19, 2014
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