(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 . Tour the Montalcino and Brunello vineyards and bring home a bottle of wine that will remind you of your glorious Tuscan vacation.
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For your added comfort, you will have Meet & Greet assistance 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.
Travel back to the Renaissance period during this half day walking tour that explores the renowned Italian city of Florence. This guided tour ensures that you visit some of the many landmarks and sites that have made Florence a global tourist hub, and one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. This walking tour begins with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, boasting some true masterpieces of art including Raphael’s “Madonna of the Goldfinch” and Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Annunciation.” The tour continues with a walk through the Signoria Square to marvel at the re-created duplicate of Michelangelo’s statue of “David.” Next is a visit to the elegant Ponte Vecchio, which translates to “old-bridge,” dating back to 1345, this bridge was actually built to replace the once previous bridge structure that was unfortunately swept away during a vicious flood. Along either end of the bridge, take this opportunity to view, and purchase if you’d like, some of the many items for sale including souvenirs, snacks and jewelry. Your final visits on this tour include stops at the 14th century Cathedral Square to view the Duomo, the Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower. Pre-booked entrance fee to Uffizi Gallery included.
The venue for dinner is nestled in a cozy and comfortable corner in the heart of Florence. Here, you will be served delicious, savory dishes that pronounce the creativity of the chef during this romantic and unique evening outing. A selection of the finest wines and the strictest attention to detail make this restaurant of one the most pleasant in Florence. Dishes are prepared using only the best available foods of the season. Particular attention is devoted to the presentation of every dish and to the intriguing combinations of flavors and aromas. Meal not included, and paid locally.
Spend the day exploring Chianti and its wines today in the company of a private driver. The Villa of Vignamaggio, surrounded by an elegant Italian garden in a stunningly beautiful corner of the Chianti countryside offers an authentic testimony of country life during the Renaissance period. The main part of the villa dates back to the 14th century and passed through a number of noble families throughout the years. Research carried out at the Datini archives in Prato has brought to light a number of documents relating to Vignamaggio. One of these, in particular, dated 26 October 1404, consists of a letter to Francesco Datini signed by Amido Gherardini, at that time the owner of the estate, which talks about "vino inbotato a Vignamagio" (literally "wine placed in barrels at Vignamaggio"). For this reason, in 2004 the estate celebrated six hundred years of wine making.
Tour the cellars followed by an exquisite typical Tuscan 3 course Lunch that includes Appetizers, first and main course complimented by three different wines (Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Castello di Monnalisa IGT), followed by dessert or cantucci biscuits accompanied by Vinsanto, a sweet dessert wine.
After lunch relax on the drive through the charming Chianti region until you will reach Dievole, an estate which is more than 1000 years old. Learn about the fascinating history of Certosa and the land, visit various parts of the property including the chapel and the historical cellar. During the visit, you will have the chance to taste various wines combined with some Tuscan specialties. At days end you'll be returned to your accommodation in Florence. Tour includes lunch & cellar tour at Vignamaggio, wine tasting at Dievole.
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.
Enjoy a private transfer from Florence to Montepulciano. Your journey will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
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!
Take a private transfer with vehicle and driver to Siena. The drive will take approximately 1hr 15min.
You will be met at your hotel to begin a 2 hour guided walk around Siena; a city masterfully perched atop three rising hills. Your private guide will provide direction and insight during this exploratory tour. Marvel during this guided walk at the many sites and highlights of the city including the Piazza del Campo; home to the twice annual, world famous folkloric event known as the Palio Horse Race. This fan-shaped piazza features some truly marvelous buildings including the 13th century City Hall and the Torre del Mangia bell tower, rising over 100 meters high. Some other monuments nearby to the square include the Sansedoni Palace and the Gaiai Fountain. Admire the exterior gothic styling of the 12th century Duomo of Siena and the Battistero, both featuring a variety of painted frescoes and sculpted masterpieces created by some of Italy’s most renowned artists. Upon completion of the guided portion of this tour, you are left to enjoy some individual leisure time before returning to accommodation on your own. Entrance fees are included.
Enjoy morning at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
The traditions of Tuscany are strongly linked to its flavors and cuisine. Take a cooking classes in the typical Tuscan style and discover Tuscan roots and culture, and enjoy the meal afterwards. Learn about the secrets of Tuscan cooking, the basic ingredients of their tradition, and the magical way to combine them. From bruschetta to homemade pici to the myriad of crostini, you will bring home a bit of “Tuscanness” to your dinner table. Fall in love with Tuscany through its food. (Includes: certified multilingual chef, professional cooking room, dinner).
Enjoy the transfer from Siena to Florence in a private chauffeured vehicle.
The Hotel Bernini Palace is situated in the heart of Florence behind the famed Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery. Built within the confines of a 15th century structure, the property features an outstanding blend of sumptuous modern furnishings and magnificent antiques throughout. Guests will surely enjoy just how spacious and elegant each of the rooms at the Hotel Bernini Palace truly are, amongst the many modern fittings and conveniences made available. Guests can be sure that dining at the hotel’s restaurant, Ristorante La Chiostrina, is an exceptional experience. The menu offers a range of exquisite options including innovative regional dishes, classic Italian options, and popular westernized items. Relax and enjoy a cocktail or local wine at the Lounge Bar, often accompanied by delicious appetizers. In the morning, classical products of Italian and continental tradition wait for you inside the magnificent Sala Parlamento, enriched by marvelous frescoed ceilings. The property’s dynamic location allows guests to enjoy various Florentine "trattorie" within walking range from the hotel.
Until the end of the 19th century, Villa Cicolina 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.
Hotel Athena 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.
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April 21, 2014
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