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Explore the beautiful Tuscan coastline, countryside and cities and discover what makes this region of Italy so popular. Tuscany is renowned as the birthplace of the Renaissance and is bursting with art and architecture. See Florence’s overwhelming beauty, discover the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and visit the Isle of Elba.
Marina di Pietrasanta is a small town on the Tuscan coastline with lots to offer. It is an elegant seaside resort with bars and restaurants along the Viale Roma. The 3 mile long beach is considered one the best in Italy and is visited by locals and tourists alike. It’s a perfect resort to soak up the sun whilst also exploring the best of Tuscany.
We’ll enjoy an excursion to the famous city of Florence, famous for its stunning architecture, with time at leisure to explore. Stroll down to the Ponte Vecchio or the ‘Old Bridge’, a medieval bridge over the River Arno. Historically this bridge was home to the butchers of the city, but in 1593 the Medici Grand Dukes replaced this with gold merchants to add prestige to the bridge. Today the bridge is still home to jewellery shops and is definitely worth a visit!
After this, we’ll spend time in Pisa, which will give us the chance to explore this incredible city, known throughout the world for its leaning tower. Elba is renowned for its clear, blue sea and beautiful beaches. The biggest island of the Tuscan Archipelago and part of the National Park, the largest marine park in Europe. The island of Elba is famous around the world for harbouring French Emperor Napoleon in 1814 during his exile. On Elba you’ll find remnants of its glorious past from the archaeological findings in its museums to the impressive fortresses and military constructions. A truly unique destination in Tuscany.
Make the most of your holiday with optional excursions to Lucca, with its Renaissance walled city, and to the Cinque Terre, a string of charming seaside villages. See your experienced coach driver for more details about the availability of these optional excursions.
Day One: Depart UK
After being picked up at a local joining point we’ll then make our way from the UK to France, via Calais, and will continue our journey through the night on our overnight express coach.
Day Two: Arrive in Marina di Pietrasanta
We arrive in Marina di Pietrasanta late morning and have time to settle into our hotel, the Hotel Villa Ombrosa, for our first night in this seaside destination. Enjoy a welcome drink upon arrival, and relax in the evening with wine and water with dinner as well as complimentary selected drinks in the bar between 18.00 and 22.00. (D)
Day Three to Seven: Marina di Pietrasanta
We’ll spend another five nights in Marina di Pietrasanta, enjoying three included excursion during our time here. Join us as we enjoy a trip to the beautiful city of Florence, as well as picturesque Pisa and the Isle of Elba. Why not also join our optional excursions to Lucca, Pistoia and the famous Cinque Terre? (B,D)
Day Eight: Depart Marina di Pietrasanta
As a holiday draws to a close, we’ll say goodbye to the Tuscan coast and will travel through the night to Calais. (B)
Day Nine: Arrive in UK
We’ll return to the UK via Calais and will take the coach back to our local joining points.
FREE tea and coffee all day (self-service)
FREE tea and coffee all day (self-service)
FREE local brand spirits, beers, wine and soft drinks (6pm-10pm)
FREE local brand spirits, beers, wine and soft drinks between 6pm and 10pm
Hotel Villa Ombrosa
This recently renovated family run hotel lies in one of the most beautiful resorts in Tuscany. Fernando Tessieri and his wife Iolanda take care of their guests, offering a family atmosphere to relax in.
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Half Day: Pisa
Pisa is famous for its leaning tower, which many assume to be the only attraction in the city. However, there’s much more available in this city, which is equally as well-known for its amazing architecture and artistic atmosphere. We’ll be able to explore the city at leisure, seeing attractions such as the Church of Santa Maria della Spina, the Campo Santo, St. Francis' church and the Palazzo della Carovana.
Full Day: Isle of Elba
We enjoy a boat ride to the beautiful Isle of Elba, which is situated off the Tuscan coast. Elba is the third largest of Italy’s islands and is home to beautiful unspoilt and rugged scenery. There are also stunning beaches and a pleasant Mediterranean climate to be found on the Isle of Elba.
This beautiful island is renowned for its clear, blue sea and beautiful beaches. It’s also famous around the world for harbouring the French Emperor Napoleon in 1814 during his exile. On Elba, you’ll find remnants of its glorious past, from the archaeological findings in its museums to the impressive fortresses and military constructions. This is a truly unique destination in Tuscany.
Full Day: Florence
Florence is the capital of Tuscany in Italy and is a wonderful city, with amazing architecture and a huge number of historical sights. With something for everyone, this excursion to Florence is sure to make for an enjoyable day out.
For instance, while at leisure in the city, you can choose to see such sights as the Piazza della Signoria where the Fountain of Neptune is located, as well as a replica of Michelangelo’s David statue - the original is housed within the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence. There’s also the gothic Florence Cathedral, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Archeological Museum, the Museum of the History of Science, and many other sights.
Half Day: Pistoia
Join us as we explore the wonderful city of Pistoia, found in Tuscany just a short distance from Florence. This beautiful medieval city is surrounded by its ancient city walls, and the Piazza del Duomo is a must-see. This large piazza is famous for Pistoia Cathedral, with is Romanesque architecture, and the piazza is lined with many other intriguing medieval buildings.
We’ll get to explore this charming Tuscan city at leisure during our excursion, so we can discover its many fascinating sights.
Half Day: Lucca
Lucca is a city with a long history which goes back to Etruscan and Ancient Roman times. The city contains marvellous architecture, with Lucca’s defensive walls having been designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. The area of most interest to visitors is still enclosed within these walls, which have never been breached.
In Lucca, we’ll find lovely churches with old architecture, such as St Martin's Cathedral, San Michele in Foro and the Basilica di San Frediano, as well as an ancient Roman amphitheatre and the National Museum of Villa Guinigi.