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Classic Tuscany

  • Florence
  • Tuscan Countryside
  • Montecatini spa
  • Pisa
  • Florence View
  • San Gimignano
  • Florence, Italy
  • Florence

Tuscany, proud birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and famously rich in art and culture, is admired the world over for its beautifully preserved medieval hill towns, set amidst landscapes of lush vineyards and silver-green olive groves. The Tuscans enjoy an enviable lifestyle, surrounded by art and beauty, and a cuisine that makes excellent use of the natural produce of this unspoiled and fertile region. The San Gimignano skyline, Florence’s Duomo, Siena’s Piazza del Campo and the remarkable Leaning Tower of Pisa will remain etched in your memory, while the superb shopping will provide enjoyable distraction from all that great sightseeing!

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At a Glance

  • Direct flight from Ireland or the UK to Italy.
  • Guided transfer on arrival to your hotel.
  • 7 nights 4 **** hotel accommodation with breakfast and evening meal included each day.
  • Full day excursion to Florence with guided city tour.
  • Full day excursion to Pisa and Lucca with guided tours of each city.
  • Full day excursion with morning guided city tour of Siena, followed by an afternoon visit to San Gimignano.
  • Free time for shopping and sightseeing.
  • Guided transfer to airport for your flight home.
  • Services of a local representative for all transfers and excursions throughout. 

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Day 1:

Travelling to Tuscany:

Depart for Italy.  On arrival, you will be met at the airport before transferring by coach to your hotel.  Your guide will provide plenty of tips and information to help get your holiday off to a great start!

Day 2:

Florence:

A full day excursion to Florence.  In the morning, you will have a walking tour, visiting the Duomo (cathedral), Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge). The afternoon will be free for sightseeing or shopping.

Day 3:

Day at leisure:

A free day to relax and get to know the lovely town of Montecatini, where there are abundant attractions awaiting you.  Try a treatment at one of the renowned thermal spa establishments, or visit the picturesque old town of Montecatini Alto. Your guide can offer information and suggestions for local sightseeing. 

Day 4:

Pisa and Lucca:

On this full day tour, you’ll visit Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, to admire the amazing Leaning Tower, then continue to the remarkably preserved medieval town of Lucca, rich in art and history and the only town in Italy entirely surrounded by walls.

Day 5:

Day at leisure:

Take a stroll through Montecatini’s many green spaces and enjoy a coffee or a drink in the open air, or perhaps re-visit Lucca or Florence, both easily reached by train. 

Day 6:

Siena and San Gimignano:

On this superb full day excursion, you will have a half day guided tour of Siena, including a visit to Piazza del Campo, scene of the famous ‘Palio’ - the historic horse race held here twice a year.  In the afternoon, visit the charming hilltop town of San Gimignano, and admire its famous ‘Medieval skyline’.

Day 7:

Day at leisure:

Another full day at leisure to enjoy sightseeing and shopping in Montecatini or beyond.

Day 8:

Departure Day:

Time to take leave of glorious Tuscany, and return home with great holiday memories.  Depart by coach from your hotel to the airport, with guide assistance, for your return flight.

Please note that the order of excursions on this itinerary may vary slightly. Your day to day itinerary will be advised with your travel documents.

Holiday highlights


SienaSiena
 - Self-contained and still part-rural behind its medieval walls, Siena's great attraction is its cityscape - a majestic Gothic ensemble that could be enjoyed without venturing into a single museum. The physical and spiritual heart of the city is the great scallop-shaped piazza il Campo, loveliest of all Italian squares and scene of the thrilling Palio bareback horse-race. More frescoes fill the halls of Santa Maria della Scala, the city's hospital for over 900 years and now its premier exhibition space.

Campo, loveliest of all Italian squares and scene of the thrilling Palio bareback horse-race. More frescoes fill the halls of Santa Maria della Scala, the city's hospital for over 900 years and now its premier exhibition space.

FlorenceFlorence - The cultural and historical impact of Florence (or Firenze) is overwhelming. Close up, however, the city is one of Italy's most atmospheric and pleasant, retaining a strong resemblance to the small late-medieval centre that contributed so much to the cultural and political development of Europe. Its striking buildings, formidable galleries and treasure-crammed churches attest to the Florentine love of display.

PisaPisa - Thanks to its extraordinary Leaning Tower, and the impressive Campo dei Miracoli where it is situated, the university town of Pisa is one of Tuscany’s top attractions.  The historic centre has well preserved Romanesque architecture and pleasing piazzas, where students and locals enjoy the city’s buzzing café and bar scene.

Lucca - The beautiful Renaissance town of Lucca lies a short distance from Montecatini, and a regular train service links the two. Lucca’s remarkably intact city walls provide an ideal set of viewpoints from which to see the town’s rooftops, bell towers and lush surrounding countryside. If visiting Lucca in your free time, try to include the Cathedral of San Martino, to see Tintoretto’s painting of The Last Supper and a wooden cross carved by Nicodemus.

Spa treatments in Montecatini Terme - Montecatini is renowned for its healing thermal waters. A vast array of treatments is available at various spas and wellness centres in the town. Terme Tettuccio, normally open daily from May to September, is perhaps the most famous of these establishments. The attractive Liberty style building has a beautiful interior and gardens, where live music is played most days. It is well worth a visit, even if you are not availing of a treatment.

Regional Info

Currency: Euro (€)

Local Time: Irish/UK time +1 hour.

Flight duration : Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes

Passport: A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.

Climate: Tuscany’s climate is generally mild, but it tends to assume a continental character inland, because of the Apennine peaks. The coasts enjoy fresh summers and mild winters, whereas the inland valleys are characterised by very hot summers and cold winters.

Food & Drink: Tuscany is known for earthy, robust dishes, made from the finest of local ingredients. Try ‘Bistecca alla Fiorentina’, a thick T bone steak (served rare), or for a lighter option, panzanella, a salad made of stale bread soaked in cold water and vinegar, mixed with diced tomatoes, onions, and basil, all sprinkled with the exquisite olive oil for which the region is famous. Wine lovers will be spoilt for choice, from the fruity white Vernaccia di San Gimignano to the mouthwatering red, Rosso di Montalcino, and many more besides.

Average Prices for Region:

  • Coffee: €1.20
  • Beer: €3.30
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Light meal: €17.50
  • Soft Drink: €1.50
  • Bottled Water: €1.20

Useful Contacts:

Irish Embassy:           
Tel: + 39 06 697 9121
Website: www.embassyofireland.it 

British Embassy:  
Tel: + 39 06 4220 0001 
Website: www.ukinitaly.fco.gov.uk

Useful Websites

http://www.italia.it/en

https://www.turismo.intoscana.it/en/

Packing List:

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Recommended Reading:

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

The Savage Garden by Mark Mills

Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster

A Room with a View (film, 1985) dir. James Ivory

Average Daytime Temperature (°C):

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Florence 10 12 16 18 23 27 32 31 27 21 15 11
IRL & UK 8 8 10 13 15 18 20 19 17 14 10 8

Average Rainfall (mm):

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Florence 73 69 80 78 73 55 40 76 78 88 111 91
IRL & UK 67 55 51 45 60 57 70 74 72 70 67 74

Hotel Info

Grand Hotel Plaza & Locanda Maggiore

4 stars out of five

4 **** hotel accommodation in the Grand Hotel Plaza & Locanda Maggiore, Montecatini. Hotel Website

Location: In the centre of Montecatini Terme, near the thermal resorts and the main attractions.

Hotel facilities: Bar, Restaurant , Lift, Outdoor swimming pool, Internet, Free Wi-Fi, Garden & Table tennis.

Room facilities: Air conditioning, Telephone, Hairdryer, Mini bar, Safe, TV & private bathroom.

Please note, some hotel facilities may be seasonal and not available at the time of your travel. Additionally, room amenities may vary depending on room type.

Hotel Settentrionale Esplanade

4 stars out of five

4 **** hotel accommodation in the Hotel Settentrionale Esplanade, Montecatini. Hotel website

Location: Montecatini Terme centre, close to all amenities including Thermal Spa establishments.

Hotel facilities: Outdoor swimming pool, WiFi, Bar, Lounge, Restaurant & Lift.

Room facilities: Air conditioning TV, Telephone, Hairdryer, Mini bar, Safe & Bathroom with bath or shower. Accommodation is in two buildings.

Please note, some hotel facilities may be seasonal and not available at the time of your travel. Additionally, room amenities may vary depending on room type.

Hotel Ariston

4 stars out of five

4 **** hotel accommodation in the Hotel Ariston in Montecatini. Hotel Website

Location: Situated near to town centre, Spas, Stores & a Park.

Hotel facilities: American Bar, Solarium Terraces, Air-Conditon & International Restaurant.

Room facilities: Minibar, Air-Condition, Private Service, TV & Telephone.

 

Please note, some hotel facilities may be seasonal and not available at the time of your travel. Additionally, room amenities may vary depending on room type.

Please note, some hotel facilities may be seasonal and not available at the time of your travel. Additionally, room amenities may vary depending on room type.