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1° Day: PISA - MONTECARLO

Arriving by own flight to Pisa and then car hire takeover. If you want, you can visit the city of Pisa.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa has made it famous throughout the world. During your tour you will admire the Miracles Square, the unique composition of the Cathedral, Tower, Baptistery and Campo Santo. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is a masterpiece italian Architecture. Inside the Baptistery you can visit the hexagonal pulpit by Nicola Pisano. Something very special in its own way is the Cemetery in the form of a monumental cloister.

Continue to Montecarlo, a wine region with DOC wine. The old town is on a stand-alone hill in the plain of Lucca. Area attractions include the 1555 completed by Cosimo I de Medici Fortress, the Church of S. Andrea from 1700 and the Chapel of St. Anna. Montecarlo also owns the Rassicurati Theather from the early 18th century. Overnight in Montecarlo.

2° Day: LUCCA

After breakfast drive to Lucca, the city of the hundred churches and the beautiful, medieval city walls. Through one of the seven gates of the city walls you can reach the historic center. During your walking tour you will see, for example, the marketplace, the old roman Amphitheater. Well worth seeing is also the Piazza San Michele with the Church of San Michele in Foro and Palazzo Pretorio. Wine tasting in Lucca. Then drive to San Gimignano. Overnight in Barberino Val d’Elsa

3° Day: SAN GIMIGNANO - COLLE VAL D’ELSA

After breakfast, let yourself be enchanted by one of the most magnificent landscapes of hills, fields, numerous vineyards and olive groves. You will learn San Gimignano, whose towers can already be seen from afar. Worth seeing are the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the Palazzo del Popolo with the Museum Civico and the Piazza della Cisterna with its pretty fountain. Then drive to Colle Val d´Elsa, known for its crystal production, this town has a medieval atmosphere and a magnificent view. Towards evening a cooking class in a Borgo. You will be shown how typical Tuscan specialties are made. Then eat the cooked food. Overnight in Barberino Val d’Elsa.

4° Day: MONTERIGGIONI – SIENA

Visit the medieval town of Monteriggioni, one of the best preserved medieval city centers in the country, founded in the 13th century. Situated on a small hill, the medieval town is surrounded by an almost 600 mt long wall. Even when approaching, the imposing masonry is visible from afar. Here you have easy feel to have been transported to another time, because small, pretty houses and narrow alleys characterize the city of Monteriggioni.

Then drive to Siena and tasting the traditional Christmas cake that is eaten during the Christmas period as a dessert. Afternoon visit the medieval town of Siena, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. With its winding old town and the narrow, red-brown of high palaces brick of Sienese clay-lined streets, it seems as if the clock of centuries stopped. The historic center on its three hills, grouped in the form of a three-star. Beautiful the Palazzo Pubblico with its Torre del Mangia (88 meters high). From here you have a wonderful view of the famous beautiful Piazza del Campo. Overnight in Barberino Val d’Elsa

5° Day: MONTALCINO – MONTEPULCIANO

After breakfast drive to Montalcino, in the world famous because of its excellent wine "Brunello". The town is of Etruscan origin and was for a long time from Florence and Siena contended. In the afternoon visit to Montepulciano, situated on a high tufa plateau, known for its wine "Vino Nobile of Montepulciano". Visit a wine cellar, where you will make a tour of the production facility and wine tasting. Overnight in Montepulciano.

6 Day: PIENZA - FLORENCE

After breakfast drive to Pienza, a splendid jewel of the early Renaissance. Its name comes from Pope Pius II., who wanted to transform his birthplace Corsignano in an art jewel, after the election to the papacy. Numerous monuments are worthy of admiration, such as the Palazzo Piccolomini and the Cathedral. Visit today a typical farm around Pienza. You will be shown as cheese is made. Subsequently cheese and salami tasting. Drive to Florence. Overnight in Florence.

7° Day:  FLORENCE

Today you will dive into the well-largest art capital of the world. One third of all art treasures of Italy is located in the Tuscan capital. Santa Croce, the largest Franciscan church in Italy, is considered the burial of important Italian personalities from history, art and literature. Equally impressive is the Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria with the replica of David by Michelangelo. Additional points of interest include, without limitation the octagonal the patron saint of Florence Baptistery dedicated to San Giovanni and the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, the first Palace of the early Renaissance in Florence. Highly recommended would be of course the visit to the Uffizi Gallery, the world famous art gallery with paintings of the 13th / 18th centuries. Century. In the evening enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner in the restaurant. Overnight in Florence.

8° Day: FLORENCE – HOME

Drive to Pisa airport. Car return and flight back.

What´s included

  • 1x Overnight in Montecarlo included Bed & Breakfast
  • 3x Overnight in Barberino Val d’Elsa  included Bed & Breakfast
  • 1x Overnight in Montepulciano included Bed & Breakfast
  • 2x Overnight in Florence included Bed & Breakfast
  • 1x Winetasting  in English in Lucca
  • 1x Tasting of the traditional Christmas cookies
  • 1x Cooking Course in English with dinner with wine and water in a Borgo in Colle Val d’Elsa
  • 1x Visit to a Wine Cellar in English  and tasting in Montepulciano
  • 1x Visit to a typical cheese farm in English and tasting in Pianporcino-Pienza
  • 1x Typical Dinner in a Restaurant in Florence with wine and water
  • 1x Soft Drink at the Hard Rock Café in Florence


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