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Classic Tuscany 4 Star

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

Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, many famous artists including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, have called Tuscany home throughout the centuries. The area is not only rich in art and culture but is also world renowned for its medieval hill towns, lush vineyards, olive groves and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

On this 7-night holiday you will visit the beautiful city of Florence with its famous Piazza della Signoria and travel to Lucca, a walled city that was the birthplace of Puccini. You will also visit Siena, a city famous for its art, cuisine, museums and medieval landscape and the small medieval town of San Gimignano. A highlight for many is the trip to Pisa, which is home not only to the tower, but also to some magnificent cathedrals and baroque buildings. Join us on this Italian adventure that has the perfect mix of culture, relaxation and history. 

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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:

Travel to Italy

Upon arrival in Italy, you will be met by our local representative and transferred by coach to your hotel in Montecatini.   

Day 2:

Morning – Florence

After breakfast, begin your holiday with a walking tour around Florence accompanied by your expert local guide. You will visit the Duomo (cathedral), which was completed structurally in 1436 and has an elaborate green and pink façade in the 19th century gothic-revival style. From there you will move on to the Piazza della Signoria, which was the centre of the Florentine Republic and remains the political hub of the city. You will also see the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) which has shops built along the length of it as was once common for Italian bridges. 

Afternoon – At Leisure

In the afternoon you will be free to explore the city. Why not try a Florentine steak or head to the Uffizi Gallery, which holds some of the most impressive Renaissance art in the world. (Please note that the Uffizi Gallery should be booked in advance. See www.uffizi.com for details). 

Day 3:

At Leisure

Today you can enjoy a chance to discover Tuscany at your own pace. Take a stroll around Montecatini and treat yourself to a coffee in one of the many cafes or take the cable car to the older town, which sits atop a nearby hill. We also suggest you “take the waters” at the Terme Tettuccio which is one of the most eye-catching art-nouveau structures in the town.   

Day 4:

Morning – Pisa

After breakfast you will travel to Pisa where you will visit the Piazza dei Miracoli, home to perhaps the most iconic building in Italy - the Leaning Tower. The famous lean was caused by a poor foundation, which could not support the structure’s weight. The tilt continued to increase before the structure was completed and has since been partially corrected in the 20th and 21st centuries.  

On this excursion you will also see the Pisa Cathedral and the many baroque buildings, which make up the Piazza dei Miracoli (the Square of Miracles).

Afternoon – Lucca 

Later, visit Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini, and the only town in Italy entirely surrounded by walls. Considered to be among the wealthiest and most conservative cities in Tuscany, Lucca’s prosperity was gained largely through silk and high-quality olive oil. The city is crammed with beautiful Romanesque churches - an architecture enthusiast’s dream.

Day 5:

At Leisure

Today is free to enjoy as you please. Ask your guide to recommend some places of interest for you according to your tastes. We recommend a trip to one of the many piazzas and leafy parks in Montecatini.  

Day 6:

Morning – Siena 

Begin your day with a guided tour of Siena, a city famous for its art, cuisine, museums and medieval landscape. Here, you will visit the Piazza del Campo, home of the famous Palio horse race held twice a year.

Afternoon – San Gimignano

In the afternoon you will move on to San Gimignano. The town is known as the “Town of Fine Towers” and it sits on a hilltop. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is encircled in walls and is famous for its medieval architecture and impressive skyline. We recommend you try the local white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, made from grapes grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area. 

Day 7:

At Leisure 

Enjoy your final day in Tuscany at your own pace. Why not pick up some last minute souvenirs in Montecatini, or relax in one of the nine thermal centres, where you can enjoy everything from massages to mud baths, saunas to beauty treatments. 

 

Day 8:

Return Home

You will be transferred to the airport with guide assistance for your flight home.

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

An overview of the stunning region of Tuscany, including highlights of our 7 night ‘Classic Tuscany’ holiday based in the spa town of Montecatini. See customers enjoy an optional excursion to a local winery in the Chianti region of Tuscany and view two of our gorgeous hotels; the Grand Hotel Plaza and the Hotel Settentrionale.

 

  • Florence – The cultural and historical impact of Florence 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. 
  • Siena – A self-contained and still part rural city that sits behind medieval walls. Siena's great attraction is its cityscape, a majestic Gothic ensemble that could be enjoyed without venturing into a single museum.
  • Pisa - 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 been 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.

Practical Info

Currency: Euro (€)     

Time:  Ireland/UK Time +1 hour

Flight: The flight to Bologna is approx. 2.5 hours. 

Climate: The inland valleys of Tuscany enjoy warm summers and cool winters and tend to assume a continental character the further inland you travel.

Passport: A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa. Non-EU citizens should check requirements.

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

Main course: €17.50

Soft Drink: €1.50

Bottled Water: €1.00

 

Packing List:

We advise you to bring:

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

 

Recommended Reading:

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

The Savage Garden by Mark Mills

Innocence by Penelope Fitzgerald

 

Recommended Viewing:

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

 

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/

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.