Memories of the cobblestones of a Tuscan town under your feet, the touch of the wood table of that little café in Montepulciano, your favorite leather bag you got in Florence, and the unforgettable photos taken under the Tuscan sun. This 8 day luxury tour of Tuscany is about creating the best and most vivid memories possible.
The Pure Tuscany Tour starts in Rome, so you must arrive to Rome the day before you want to start this program. Your Italy4Real Travel Expert can assist you with the pre-tour accommodations in Rome, or can extend this vacation package to include a few days in Rome to tour the city.
This tour includes transportation between the cities, your own private city tour guides, and the best food Italy has to offer.
On the first day, you will depart from Rome. You will meet your driver in Rome for an early departure towards Tuscany, and you will travel along the road between Rome and Florence, until you branch off toward your first stop on the way to Cortona…Montepulciano & Montalcino!
These are two of the most famous Tuscan wine towns, and you will have a self-guided visit of both of these unique places. You can stroll the streets, have a lunch if you wish, or stop in one of the many wine shops that offer free tastings of the local vino! In the early afternoon, you will proceed to visit the Umbrian town of Cortona that was made famous by the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun.”
You will check into your lovely 5 star countryside accommodations. At this level, you expect the best service and experience, and our properties do not disappoint.
The property included in this package is astounding. Every detail is perfect from the fabulous classical interiors featuring the finest furniture, fabrics and materials.
Check in and relax, explore the grounds, and take it all in. Welcome to the real Tuscany.
Your room will feature private bath, with high quality amenities you would expect in a premium tour package. The grounds of the property are expansive and perfectly kept – you will feel as if you are at one of the best properties available in Italy.
The property has a 5 star restaurant, which will be available if you wish. Welcome to Tuscany.
Umbria, Cortona (Breakfast,Dinner)
Wake up to the silence of the countryside, and make your way to a grand breakfast waiting for you.
Fresh espresso, handmade pastries, local jams and jellies, not to mention cured meats, whole grain cereals, local fresh milk and cream; a breakfast fit for royalty.
Today is a self-guided exploration of Cortona and Avignonesi, a local winery. We will give you the guidance and maps, and off you go exploring. Make your own way, as fast or as slow as you wish, stopping along the way and visiting all the charming spots in Cortona. Cortona is in the province of Arezzo, and is the main cultural & artistic center of the area.
Later, when you arrive to Avignonesi, you will be greeted with a glass of their best vino. What a relaxing day!
Later in the night, you will enjoy a lovely gourmet dinner, prepared just for you by the chef of the grand villa.
After a great night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, you will check out of the villa and your private driver will arrive to pick you up. You will be taken in style to two of the most famous towns in Tuscany, Siena and the medieval San Gimignano, on the way to visit your next overnight stop in Florence. Both Siena and San Gimignano are perfect examples of towns of their period. Siena is home of the Palio horse race and is also a university town. Take your time to explore the city; grab a bite, take some photos, and people watch.
Later in the day, you will continue to tour San Gimignao, which is the perfect castle hill town, and also has the status of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the towered city, have a glass of their famous Vernaccia wine, and then the driver will take you on to your overnight destination in the city of art, Florence.
You will check into your boutique Florence 4 star hotel, located in the historical center of the city. You will be treated to the feeling of a local, as you explore the neighborhood, have a snack, or just take a nap.
Tonight, you are free to do as you wish in the renaissance city.
Enjoy the lovely buffet breakfast at your hotel, sleep in or not, the choice is yours. Later in the afternoon, you will meet our local guide for an informative and relaxed walking tour of the city.
You will learn the history of the city from a local and how Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli molded the city by creating amazing works. Along the walk, you will see things like Giotto’s bell tower, the street of gold (Ponte Vecchio), and the amazing church of Santa Croce.
You can ask your tour guide anything about Florence, from where to get the best deal on a leather coat and bag, or the best place for a relaxing glass of wine.
After the tour, the remainder of the day is yours to explore, but tonight you will be treated to a lovely gourmet dinner at one of Florence’s best restaurants.
Retire at your leisure back at your hotel. What a wonderful day in Florence.
Florence Free Day
Today is a day to relax. You are free for the entire day to just do as you wish. If you need some suggestions, we can arrange a number of things today such as a cooking class, entrance to the Uffizi, or Accademia Gallery to see the David statue. Just ask your travel expert when booking about the optional things to do in Florence.
The Undiscovered Tuscany; Bolgheri, Suvereto and Montemerano (B,D)
Now it’s time to get into the real Tuscany, a Tuscany where many tourists never even know about. After breakfast, your driver will pick you up and take you to the Etruscan coast of Tuscany, where the Mediterranean Sea and Tuscany meet. It is an undiscovered wonderland of sights and sounds.
The area is full of medieval villages, stunning parks, and natural reserves. On the way, your driver tour guide will introduce you to the Tuscan towns of Suvereto and Bolgheri, both lovely examples of quaint Tuscan villages. You will have a lovely lunch along the coast in the town of Bogheri, and then visit a town on the hills overlooking the sea, Suvereto. While touring both towns, you will have free time to explore these Tuscan towns not so many tourists know about.
After you have enjoyed a day of Tuscan exploring, you will continue on to your countryside villa accommodations.
You will truly enjoy the classical Tuscan style your property offers. The countryside location means you will be surrounded by lush green vineyards, walking trails and mountain biking trails.
You will enjoy a lovely room with private bath, and a lovely breakfast during your stay. After you check in and relax, you will enjoy a lovely dinner prepared at the restaurant of the property. Sleep well.
Tuscany Down Time (B)
Sleep in and enjoy a late breakfast, because today you are free to tour, explore, and relax. Just sit by the pool all day, eat some grapes, and enjoy the sunshine. If you want to get to the beach, you will be given several options; there are also thermal baths nearby. Dinner on your own at the restaurant. Overnight at villa.
Ciao Italia (B)
Wake up early and enjoy that last cup of espresso because you must meet your driver for the transfer to the Rome airport. If your flight departs early from Rome, you will have a very early transfer, so make sure to book the latest flight out of Rome. We hope you enjoyed your Tuscany experience with Italy4Real.
Pick Any Date – You Decide!
Any 8 Days
• Welcome Briefing
• 2 nights in Cortona
• 3 nights in Florence
• 2 nights in Montemerano
• 3 dinners, wine NOT included
• Transfer from Rome to Cortona by private car. Independent visit of Montepulciano and Montalcino
• Visit of Siena and San Gimignano with driver guide. Drop off in Florence
• Independent Visit of Cortona
• Bisit and wine tasting at Avignonesi
• Guided Walking tour of Florence
• Transfer to Montemerano and en route in Bolgheri and Suverato. Visit with driver guide.
• Lunch and wine tasting in Bolgheri
• Transfer from Montemerano to Rome Airport or town
• 24/7 English concierge service by phone
Cortona Villa di Piazzano*****
Florence Jk Place****
Montemerano Relais Acquaviva****
Hotel may be substituted with similar categoryAlternative Hotels. Rates Vary:
Buonconvento Villa Armena*****L
Castiglion della Pescaia L’andana*****L
•city tax to be paid at hotel
•Porterage at airport