(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 and one of the oldest hotels in Italy. The hotel is perfectly located in the pedestrianized historical center, just a few steps from Florence's main attractions, such as the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. 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. NH Porta Rossa also incorporates the Monalda Tower, a wonderful 12th-century tower with a staircase leading to spectacular views over the beauty of the cityscape.
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.
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.
For those whom enjoy Italian cuisine, learn to cook a classic Tuscan meal in a top class culinary school. In a group environment, you will taught be to create a four-course meal (starter, first course, main course and dessert) under the expert guidance of a multilingual chef. Your hard work will be rewarded as your dinner will consist of the dishes you have prepared, accompanied by a flavourful Tuscan wine and friendly atmosphere. (Runs 5:15pm to 9:45pm, 2 pax minimum, min. age 8yrs old).
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.
Take the train to Chiusi. Journey will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Your private driver will meet you at your hotel in Chiusi and transfer you 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 Montepuciano, it was built in late sixteenth century as the wooden capitals and doorposts show. In 2000 it was purchased by Andrea e Angela, two doctors travel lovers, who decided to transform it into a small relais. Restructuring the villa was inspired by the African lodges where the natural elements and the housing comfort blend together in perfect harmony. The restructuring process was fulfilled with a logic of total conservation of the furniture and decorations, we aimed to make our guests feel that the untouched spirit of the centuries go through the walls of Villa Cicolina.
Enjoy a half day walking tour with your private local guide. You will be met at your hotel and proceed on foot to view the top sights. Your knowledgeable English-speaking guide is officially licensed. This personalized tour will give you local insight into the real history and hidden gems.
Enjoy this splendid Tuscan village or book one of the many local tour options at your hotel, including; day tour of Montalcino and Brunello vineyards, day tour of local vineyards with lunch, visit the house and property of La Foce a short drive from town.
Your private driver will meet you at your hotel in Montepulciano and transfer you to Chiusi. The journey will take approximately 20 minutes.
Enjoy the train ride to Siena. Journey will take approximately 1h 15m.
Take a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and driver.
The Hotel Athena (4*) is located in the historic centre of Siena, approximately 500 metres from the Duomo and Piazza del Campo, in a quiet and easily accessible area with a wonderful panorama. The property is a fully air conditioned hotel, with all the necessary comforts for a relaxing stay including a bar and a restaurant The hotel has 100 single, double, triple and quadruple rooms. All rooms feature private bathroom with hairdryer. The accommodations are furthermore equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, heating and Internet access.
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 the spectacular scenery and curious particulars. With an authorised 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. There will also be no lack of references to the great noble families, such as the Piccolomini, Tolomei and Salimbeni, and their palazzos, to the great tradition of the Siena Palio, but also to the stories of pilgrimage and saintliness that distinguish the town. The walk continues with a visit to the Cathedral that preserves the treasures of artists like Nicola Pisano, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Donatello, Pinturicchio and Gianlorenzo Bernini besides its marvellous marble floor, which is a unique example in the history of art.
You will be met at your hotel for a half day excursion to San Gimignano with your own driver and vehicle. On arrival in San Gimignano you will be met by your English speaking guide and enjoy a 2 hour guided visit. There will be time to stroll around at leisure, or have 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 English speaking driver.
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