Explore the best of Rome and Tuscan Highlights
Welcome to Italy the Land of the Mystique! On arrival in Rome, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check-in and relax. Rome comes alive at night and you will not miss the opportunity to see its most beautiful monuments illuminated. In the evening you will be taken to enjoy this panoramic Rome Illuminations tour which starts at around 1900 hours. Some of the sights you pass by include The Fountain of the Nayads, The Exhibition Palace, Piazza Venezia with its Tomb to the Unknown Soldier and the Capitoline Hill. Glimpse the Imperial Roman Age as you drive by and admire the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Circus Maximus. Leap into the Papal era when, driving along the banks of the Tiber, you see the Jewish Quarter complete with synagogue and the imposing Castel Sant’Angelo closeby that heralds your approach to St. Peter’s. Set in the ancient Aurelian Walls that frame part of the Villa Borghese park, you’ll see a couple of the most beautiful gateways in Rome: Porta Flaminia through which you can admire the Piazza del Popolo and Porta Pinciana, through which you reach the famous Via Veneto symbol of “la dolce vita” in Rome.
Today check-out from your hotel and walk to the nearby train station to take your train from Rome to Florence. Upon arrival at Florence, walk to your hotel and check-in. Later head out through the picturesque Tuscan countryside to the charming city of Pisa. Once we arrive in Pisa, your knowledgeable guide will lead you to the emblematic Piazza dei Miracoli where they will regale you with the wonders of the square. Your eyes will be drawn to the Leaning Tower that you can explore from the outside as well as the exterior of the Baptistery and other striking monuments before we make our way inside the Cathedral. Return back to your hotel by afternoon. Later this evening you are free to relax or explore Florence on your own. Overnight stay at hotel.
Experience the magic of Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso. Walking from village to village admiring the cultivated terraces and the pastel coloured villages hovering between the sky and the sea: this is the best and only way to experience the unique magic of the Cinque Terre. On this tour you will walk through the villages of the Cinque Terre in one day, admiring and exploring these picturesque small towns.The Cinque Terre is a beautiful stretch of rugged coast and the only unspoilt part left of the lovely Italian Riviera. It takes its name from the five picturesque fishing villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Cinque Terre have been inaccessible from the land for centuries, isolated by steep mountains and valleys on one side and by the sea itself on the other. Thanks to its isolation, the unspoilt charm of the Cinque Terre is a protected World Heritage Site and a National Park. Led by our knowledgeable guides, you will discover the spectacular coastline. We first visit the Cinque Terre village of MANAROLA, at the beginning of the famous path “Via dell’Amore” – or lover’s Lane (if accessible to the public)*, a track winding along the cliff-tops, high above the sea. The visit continues with a short train ride to RIOMAGGIORE where you will have some free time before the lovely boat journey (weather permitting) which take us to MONTEROSSO, which is renowned for its beautiful beach and small craftsmen’s shops. We first visit the Cinque Terre village of MANAROLA, at the beginning of the famous path “Via dell’Amore” – or lover’s Lane (if accessible to the public)*, a track winding along the cliff-tops, high above the sea. The visit continues with a short train ride to RIOMAGGIORE where you will have some free time before the lovely boat journey (weather permitting) which take us to MONTEROSSO, which is renowned for its beautiful beach and small craftsmen’s shops. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean or popping into some of the picturesque shops. Lunch by your own (not included in the price). After lunch, we continue our itinerary by train to VERNAZZA one of the prettiest of all, where we will have free time to sit in one of the cheerful bars and cafés. From Vernazza a train ride takes us back to La Spezia concluding our Cinque Terre visit, before returning to Florence by coach.
Today morning you will depart from Florence and head out through the picturesque Tuscan countryside. Along the way that will lead us to Siena, the first emotion is the enchanting view of Monteriggioni from the panoramic windows of the bus: the amazing spectacle of a small medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day. Upon arrival in Siena, we meet the local guide, at our disposal for two hours, who takes us on a comprehensive guided tour of the historic center starting from the famous Basilica of San Domenico (inside visit), a jewel of Renaissance art built in the 13th century and dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena, of which preserves a relic. We will walk along the narrow medieval streets of the city, flanked by splendid palaces and historic shops, until we reach the spectacular Cathedral of the 12 th century, of which we can admire the magnificent architecture and the splendor of the polychrome marbles. The tour continues then with the visit of the Museum and Oratory of a Contrada (*) (exclusive opening), where we can experience the atmosphere of the authentic and most intimate soul of the town. The guided tour of Siena ends in its most beautiful square, Piazza del Campo, of which the Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall) is the focal point. Free time to continue exploring the city and for lunch (not included). In the afternoon we reach San Gimignano, a small and world famous walled town located on a hilltop, which remained intact through the centuries, renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes and many other valuable works of art: here we will be led until the heart of the historical center, where to have free time at disposal for its fascinating discovery. In the evening, crossing the gently Chianti rolling hills, we will arrive to a small and typical Winery where, after a short walk in the ancient vineyards, we will visit the suggestive barrique room and taste fantastic wines, sampling also locally produced zero food miles. Finally, we will stop in the picturesque village of Greve in Chianti, to admire its famous main square flanked by arcades and browse through the local artisan shops, to end a memorable experience in the heart of Tuscany.
Today check-out from your hotel and make your way to the train station to take your train from Florence to Rome. Arrive at Rome and you will be transferred to your hotel. Check-in and relax for some time. Rest of the day is free for you to explore Rome on your own.
Today check-out from your hotel. You will be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight back home. Your holiday ends with sweet memories.