DAY 01: FLORENCE/MONTECATINI
Arrival to Florence or Montecatini. Meet & greet followed by a transfer to your hotel. Accomodation and overnight stay.
DAY 02: PISA-LUCCA
Breakfast. Driving to Pisa. You will finally arrive at Piazza dei Miracoli, the Square of Miracles with its Leaning Tower and the other beautiful buildings that surround it. The Baptistery, the Cathedral and the Monumental Cemetery. The Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral is a wonderful example of Pisan-Romanesque architecture made of white-and-grey marble, a true masterpiece of Italian architecture. Inside the baptistery you can visit the hexagonal pulpit by Nicola Pisano. The bell tower, about 50 meters high, is known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side. Why? The ground underneath is too soft. Well, there’s a good luck ritual of going around the Baptistery. Next we’ll be driving to Lucca. Most of the attractions in Lucca show its ancient history. From the trace of the Roman amphitheatre, that can be seen in the shape of the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, to the archaeological remains under the 12th century church of Saints Giovanni and Reparata. As the walls lost their military importance, the top of the walls became a pedestrian promenade, one of Lucca's main attractions today. Other top attractions include the Piazza of San Michele with its beautiful Church of San Michele in Foro, the Basilica of San Frediano as well as the Clock Tower and Guinigi Tower. Return to hotel. Overnight stay.
DAY 03: SIENA-SAN GIMIGNANO
When arriving to Siena, we will walk straight into the heart of the city, to the beautiful Piazza del Campo. It is truly unique with its shell shape, its brick pavement which hosts the famous Palio di Siena twice a year. In the square, you can admire the Fonte Gaia, the largest fountain of the city, the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) and the Torre del Mangia with its height of 87 meters. We will walk to the Cathedral. The Duomo in Siena and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta are the most outstanding examples of Romanesque-Gothic churches in Italy and are almost dazzling with the extensive use of the white marble. The Cathedral is enriched with works signed by famous artists like Donatello, Nicola Pisano, Michelangelo. In the afternoon we will visit San Gimignano. It is famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and towers that rise above all the other buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley. At the height of its glory, San Gimignanos’ patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site San Gimignano offers visitors the chance to step back in time while enjoying its local products. In the afternoon you will have an organised wine tasting of delicious Tuscan wines.
DAY 04: FLORENCE
This day will be dedicated to the marvellous Florence. We will start the tour with a unique view over the city from the Piazzale Michelangelo, a square overlooking the city from the hill. We will continue our tour on the banks of the Arno river. Piazza del Duomo in the heart of Florence. Here, the majestic Duomo, or Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, presides with its famous dome-like cupola by Brunelleschi, the Baptistery with its bronze Gates of Paradise and Giotto's bell tower. Next stop - magnificent Piazza della Signoria, which has been the centre of Florence's political power for centuries. Here is the grand Palazzo Vecchio, headquarters of the city government as well as a museum. The next thing we will observe will be the Loggia dei Lanzi where wonderful statues such as the Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini are on display, and in the piazza itself we will admire Neptune's Fountain by Ammannati. Right next to Palazzo Vecchio the Uffizi Gallery is situated, one of Italy's top museums and one of the most important in the world with its large collection of Renaissance masterpieces such as the Allegory of Springand, the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, just to name two of its incredible collection pieces. Connected to the Uffizi Gallery is Florence's most celebrated landmark, the Ponte Vecchio or literally, the "old bridge". The bridge has been connecting the riverbanks exactly at this point since the 12th century! In Piazza San Lorenzo, you can either do a quick visit of the San Lorenzo Church or visit the quite majestic Medici Chapels, final resting place of the Medici. We will also stop at the Piazza Santa Croce where you should visit the impressive Santa Croce Church where many great Florentines and Tuscans have their final resting place, including Michelangelo and Galileo. Return to your hotel. Overnight stay.
DAY 05: FLORENCE/MONTECATINI
Breakfast. Today we say goodbye to Bella Italia. End of services.