A wonderful blend of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food, Tuscany makes for an unforgettable holiday destination. On this leisurely tour we’ll seek out world-renowned treasures, explore hidden gems and become culinary connoisseurs as we fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.
Day 1 Florence – Lucca
Our introduction to Italy will begin with an in-depth guided tour of Florence before we set a course for leafy Lucca where cobbled streets, red-roofed buildings, fascinating history and fine architecture await us. Well discover what lies beyond the city walls before coming together for a delicious welcome dinner at a local osteria.
Day 2 Lucca – Cinque Terre – Lucca
A rocky coastline, romantic candy-coloured villages… We must be in the Italian Riviera! After winding our way along this sublime stretch of shoreline well find ourselves in Cinque Terre: a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and one of the highlights of our tour). After spending some time getting to know the area, well return to Lucca for the evening.
Day 3 Lucca – Pisa – Voltera
Infamous and impossible to miss, the Leaning Tower of Pisa makes for a staggering first port of call today. After snapping some photographic evidence of our visit, well travel on to Volterra where youll have the chance to look around at your own leisure. Perched on a plateau, this magnificent and mysterious medieval walled town will be our home for the night.
Day 4 Volterra – San Gimignano – Pienza
Today well make tracks to San Gimignano: home to a magnificent piazza, meandering stepped streets and some beautifully preserved architecture. While were here, well sample the creations of a master gelato maker at Gelateria Dondoli before carrying on to Fattoria San Donato for an indulgent wine tasting, complete with bruschetta and local meats. After taking in the towns head-turning historic centre, well journey onwards to Pienza with a whistlestop tour of Siena along the way.
Day 5 Pienza
Pienza’s timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop make it a serene spot to spend this morning. After a walking tour, we’ll sample some handcrafted pecorino cheese and world-class wines at a delightful organic restaurant with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside.
Day 6 Pienza – Chianti
Onwards to the delightful Chianti region! Today well make our way through heavenly countryside on our way to a traditional Tuscan country house, where a regional cookery class awaits us. After learning some local recipes from our host, well have the chance to tuck into our creations for lunch. Buon appetito!
Day 7 Chianti – Florence
On the way back to romantic Florence, well stop off at an oil mill for a guided tour, olive oil tasting and light lunch. All in all, its a fitting end to a tour celebrating the natural beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany.