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Fly & Drive - Italy

The highlights of Tuscany

Highlights

  • Experience the highlights of Tuscany in just one week

  • Excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Cinque Terre

  • Only one hotel booked for the whole trip - no unnecessary luggage packing every day

  • All daily programs optional: Your itinerary is up to you!

  • Arrive in Florence by plane or in your own car

Description

On this 8-day journey through Tuscany, you will get to know the highlights of this beautiful region of Italy. As you drive along the rolling hills and aromatic vineyards, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cinque Terre, and discover the Italian art world.

Destination

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Montecatini - Pisa - Florence - Lucca - Cinque Terre - Siena - San Gimignano - Pistoia - Vinci

Welcome to the land of famous vineyards and world-renowned art! After landing at the Pisa or Florence International airport, you will pick up your rental car and head to your first destination, Montecatini.

Alternatively, a driver can take you to your first accommodation in a private car.

End the evening relaxing at your hotel while enjoying some authentic Italian food.

7 nights at Hotel Michelangelo**** or similar with breakfast in a standard room, Montecatini, Italy

Wake up to a hearty breakfast at the hotel's restaurant, then grab your camera because you are driving to the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Known worldwide for its four-degree lean, the Tower of Pisa is a must-see destination. During your excursion, you can admire the four unique buildings at the cathedral complex called Campo dei Miracoli: Tower of Pisa, the cathedral, the baptistery, and the dome.

At the gothic church, Santa Maria della Spina, admire the famous Italian architecture. Afterward, explore the inside of the baptistery and see the sculpted pulpit of Nicola Pisano. On a sunny day, a stroll through the nearby monumental cemetery is a must.

Later in the afternoon, you will drive back to Montecatini.

Travel time Montecatini - Pisa: approx. 45 minutes / approx. 50 km

Today, you will visit the art capital of the world: Florence! Since the historic center doesn't allow traffic, we will happily organize your roundtrip train tickets from Montecatini to Florence. The tickets will already be waiting for you at the hotel lobby.

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Immerse yourself in the world's largest art city, the location of one-third of Italy's artistic treasures. Visit Santa Croce, the largest Franciscan church in Italy, and check out the burial place of prominent Italians from history, art, and literature. The town hall, Palazzo Vecchio, overlooks Piazza della Signoria and is home to Michelangelo's David statue. Discover the baptistery, San Giovanni (dedicated to the patron saint of Florence) and the Palazzo Medici-Ricardi, the first Renaissance palace in Florence. Stroll through the prominent art museum, Uffizi Gallery, or roam the city center streets. At the end of the day, relax in a Piazza della Repubblica café, and enjoy an espresso like a real Italian.

Today you will hop into your rental car and head to Lucca, the town of one hundred churches. Known for its well-preserved Renaissance walls encircling its historic city center and its cobblestone streets, you will feel like you were back in the 15th century!

Cross one of the city wall's seven gates and arrive in the tiny, 2 km² historic center. During your tour, you will see the San Michele square, the San Michele in Foro church, and the Palazzo Pretorio.

Travel time Montecatini - Lucca: approx. 40 min / approx. 35 km

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Embark on a beautiful adventure to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cinque Terre. Drive along the breathtaking coastline for about 1.5 to 2 hours, and watch the austere cliffs colorfully come to life. The centuries-old seaside villages cling to the Italian Riveria and offer jaw-dropping views of the coast. Known for its unique vineyards and delicious seafood, your visit to Cinque Terre's authentic villages will indeed be unforgettable.

Organize a hike through the cliffside trails of Sentiero Azzurro, and hop from one village to the next! Alternatively, you can drive along the coast to the tiny towns, like Monterosso. How about a romantic afternoon at the most beautiful village, Vernazza? Known for its dreamy harbor and old tower, you can enjoy an authentic Italian meal complemented by seaside views.

In the afternoon, drive back to your accommodation in Montecatini.

Travel time Montecatini - Cinque Terre: approx. 4 hours / approx. 290 km

Are you ready for a new adventure today? Well then, prepare yourself for Siena: a medieval city and a Gothic masterpiece. Travel back in time to the old town's winding buildings and narrow streets lined with tall red-brown brick palaces.

The historic center's unique location on the top of three hills is grouped around the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia in the shape of a three-star building. The view from here is stunning with the famous Piazza del Campo in the distance.

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In the early afternoon continue to San Gimignano. The enchanting landscapes include magnificent hills, fields, countless vineyards, and olive groves. Discover its imposing towers seen from great distances! Make sure to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the Palazzo del Popolo (home to a museum and gallery), and the Piazza della Cisterna's beautiful fountain.

Travel time Montecatini - Siena: approx. 3 hours / approx. 240 km

Characterized by the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Pistoia's cityscape will show you how art can become a way of life. In this quaint Tuscan town, you can stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets and past its artfully decorated buildings.

In the afternoon, continue to the medieval village, Vinci. Known as the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, you will visit the museum about his life and walk along the streets he once walked.

Travel time Montecatini - Pistoia: approx. 40 minutes / approx. 40 km

Unfortunately, today is your last day in the beautiful Tuscan region. Hop into your rental car and drive to the international airport (either Florence or Pisa).

Alternatively, a driver can take you to the airport in a private car.

Want to continue the adventure? We can arrange an extension in Italy or another country. Simply get in touch with us, and we will organize everything for you!

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Duration of the trip: 8 days / 7 nights

Including

  • Meet & Greet at the airport
  • 7 nights incl. breakfast at Hotel Michelangelo or similar
  • 1x Welcome drink at the hotel on arrival day
  • 1x Oil tasting in Pisa area (in English)
  • 1x Train ticket Montecatini - Florence - Montecatini

Excluding

  • International flights
  • Rental car
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Insurance
  • Road tolls
  • Excursions and admissions not mentioned
  • Personal expenses, such as tips and minibar

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