12 Days Tuscany History & Culture tour
Day 1 ·—· Rome Independent arrival to your hutel in Rome. Welctime drinks at 6.00p.m. Overnight stay in Rome.
Day 2 — Rum-e Breakfast. A day at ynttr leisure tu cxpln-rc the ancient city nf Rome. Take it stmll through Piazza Ntwtma. Rnme’s must beautiful piazza lined with palaces, cafes and three Baroque fountains. Visit the Pantheon built between ADI 18-125, the famous Spanish steps, the Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, St. Petet’s Basilica, the Colosseum and the famous Piazza Venezia. Overnight stay in Rome ( B).
Day 3 - Rome —— Pisa — Mrmtecarini After breaktitst proceed north ro Pisa. You will have time IO explore 'Campu dei Mimcoii`. the area where rhe Cathedral, Beptisrry and Leaning Tower of Pisa are located. Then continue on ro charming San Miniam. perched high on a hill for a brief stop before reaching our spa town of Montecarini Terme. Overnight smy at Montecarini. (B Si D)
Day 4 Montacatini Lucca- Montecatini
After breakfast depart fur a full day excursion of the great Tuscan cities, Lucca. The Medici family grand dukes of Tuscany had the town fortified by surrounding it with massive walls and 11 Bastions. The city walls offer visitors many ways to stroll and see the great architecture of the city. Luca offers many great churches like the Duomo St. Michele in Foro Santa Maria Forisportam and St. Givionni. Explore the medieval quarter and see the famous Case Dei Guinigi houses dating back to 1400s and elliptical shaped Piazza del Mercatto orignally a site of Roman Aphitheatre Overnight at hotel
Day 5 Montecatini Cinqui Terre Montecatini
After breakfast head for a full day excursion of the charming villages in the Ligurian coast. We pass the Gulf of La Spezia to reach pictursque cape of Portovenere continue on to Riomaggiorre the southernmost village of the Cinque Terre where you will have time to ho on milkrun train and see the other 4 villages or alternatively stroll the romantic ‘love path` to Manarola. the second of these ancient fishing enclaves. Return to M-ontecatini for an overnight stay.
Day 06 Montecatini - Florence
After Breakfast depart for Florence, cn route stopping at two other ‘jeweIs’ of Tuscany: the towns of Prato and Pistoia. Prato, famous for its textiles, Features an exquisite cathedral, the church of Santa Maria delle Carceri and Museo del’Opera del Duomo. Continue to Pistoia to see the Palazzo del Podesta, Palazzo del Comune and the exquisite churches of San Giovanni Fuo-rcivitas, Saint Andrea and Madonna Dell`Umita. Overnight stay in Florence. (B)
Day 07 Florence San Gimignano - Siena — Florence
After breakfast depart for another iull dai; of sightseeing in San Gimignano and Siena. The small multi-towered town ol San Gimignano is rich in works of art. Collegiata, a 12th-century Romanesque church contains frescoes from the Old Testament, the Life of Chr-ist and the Last ]udgeme1·it. ln the Piazza del Duomo you will find the Palazzo Vecchio del Podesta, the towns oldest tower, Museo Civico and Palazzo Del Popolo. Our next stop is Siena, one of ltalv’s prettiest medieval towns. This medieval town is a maze of narrow streets and alleys formed around a fan-shaped piazxa, one of Europe's greatest medieval squares (Piazza del Campo). This piazza is the setting for the twice- yearly Palio, a festival centred around a bareback horse race. Overnight stay in Florence. (B).
Day 8 —— Florence Breakfast. Full day at your leisure to explore the historical city of Florence. Visit the Duomo and Baptistry, Europe's fourth largest church and Florence`s tallest building. Also visit the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. To the south of the Duomo you will find the Piazza della Signoria. Palazzo Vecchio and the town hall. Visit the Uffizi, one of ltaly`s leading art galleries, where you will find not only the world’s greatest collection of italian Renaissance but also masterpieces from l·lolla·nd. Spain and Germany. Take zi stroll over the oldest surviving bridge in the city, Ponte Vecchio built in 1345, which offers some of the finest jewellery in Italy. Overnight stay in Florence. (B)
Day 9 - Florence — Arezzo — Perugia After breakfast depart for Perugia, en route stopping at one of Tuscany`s wealthiest cities, Arezzo, the setting for the award winning movie `Life is Beautiful`. Visit the Piazza Grande and the 13th-century church of San Francesco which houses one of ltaly’s greatest fresco cycles, the Legend of the True Cross. Continue on to Perugia with a brief stop in Corrona, one of the oldest hill-towns in Tuscany. Overnight stay in Perugia. (B)
Day 10 — Perugia ··- Assisi -— Perugia After breakfast depart for a full day excursion to Assisi. the mystic town of Saint Francis. The beautiful medieval town is perched halfway up Monte Subasio. Basilica di San Francesco (the burial place of St. Francis) was begun in 1228, two years after the Sa.int’s death. It comprises of two churches; an upper and lower church. The upper church contains Giottifs sequence of 2.8 frescoes depicting the life of St Francis. Piacza del (Zomune, Aosisfs main square, is dominated by the columns of the Tempio di Minerva, a Roman temple from from the Augustan age. Return to Perugia for ovcmigl-it stay. (B)
Day I l — Perugia Breakfast. Full clay at your leisure to explore the charming city of Perugia. Visit Fontana Maggiorc. San Pietro and Palazzo dei Priori- The Galleria Nazionale dell’Umhria is one of the finest examples of Gothic communal architecture and it shelters some of Umhriak greatest collections of paintings dating back to the 13th century. Overnight stay in Perugia. (B)
Day I2 —— Perugia —— Rome After breakfast depart for Home airport with a brief stop in Spoieto. This quiet town comes ahve each june and ]ulv,· when it hosts the ‘Festival dei Due Mont}?. (Festival ol`Tw0 Worlds). The festival was founded in 1958 by Gian Carlo Menotti. with the aim of creating an occasion for matching and exchanging the Italian. American and European artistic cultures in Spoleto.