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Tuscany, with its rich landscape, intriguing history and laidback atmosphere is one of Italy’s best places to visit, and during this holiday we’ll be able to explore many of the cities, towns and villages in this part of Italy. We’ll be based at the Grand Hotel Plaza, from which we’ll get to enjoy a range of included and optional excursions.
Our first included excursion will be to the towns of Pisa and Lucca, where we’ll find a collection of splendid attractions to keep us busy. Pisa is famous for its leaning tower, but there’s much more to this city besides this. In Lucca, we’ll discover ancient city walls and lots of interesting museums.
We’ll also enjoy a full day excursion by train to Florence, so we can admire the scenery and enjoy a relaxing journey to the birthplace of the renaissance, where we’ll find stunning architecture and magical cityscapes.
Our tour is complete with a visit to the Cinque Terre, a coastline running through five villages on the Italian Riviera and, interspersed between all of this, a range of optional excursions we’ll be able to go on to enjoy even more of this amazing region.
Day One - UK to Montecatini
Make your way to your chosen airport for your flight to Italy, arriving in Pisa and then transferring to Montecatini, where we’ll settle into the comfortable Grand Hotel Plaza. (D)
Days Two to Seven - Montecatini
Relax in Montecatini, enjoying three included excursions and exploring this beautiful town at leisure. We’ll make our way to Pisa and Lucca, along with taking the train to Florence, and enjoying a scenic tour of the stunning Cinque Terre. (B,D)
Day Eight - Montecatini to UK
Today, we’ll say goodbye to Tuscany as we make our way back to the UK. We’ll travel to the airport and will then board our flights home. (B)
Grand Hotel Plaza
The beautiful town of Montecatini Terme is famous the world over for its natural springs and a number of spas were established in the late 18th century still exist today.
The Grand Plaza is located right in the middle of the town looking out over the main square and has been one of the towns main hotels for many years. It is even said that while staying here in the late 19th century, Verdi completed the opera Othello which premiered in 1887.
It has a restaurant specialising in Tuscan cuisine as well as a swimming pool, Wi Fi and air conditioning. It makes a great base for exploring more into Tuscany or for simply relaxing at the spas that made this town so famous.
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Full Day: Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre is an incredible stretch of coastline on the Italian Riviera which is known for being one of the most beautiful in this part of the world. It encompasses five villages in total - Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. We’ll travel along the Cinque Terre, with a guide to give us more information about the fascinating landscape.
Full Day: Florence by Train
We’ll make the journey to Florence by train, which will provide us with an opportunity to admire the beautiful Italian scenery as we travel. We’ll then arrive in Florence and will have time to explore the area at leisure, with many different sights awaiting us.
For example, we’ll be able to look forward to seeing such landmarks as Florence Cathedral, the Piazza della Repubblica, the Loggia dei Lanzi, and the Palazzo della Signoria. This city is known for be the home of the renaissance movement, and so we can expect much in the way of beautiful architecture and amazing artwork, as well as lots of history to be found in its many museums.
Full Day: Pisa and Lucca
The city of Pisa is now synonymous with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and while this majestic bell tower is a sight for sore eyes, there are also many other things to do and sights to see in Pisa. For example, the city is filled with beautiful churches featuring stunning gothic and Romanesque architecture, such as the Church of St. Sixtus, the Church of San Frediano, the Church of San Nicola and the Church of Santa Maria della Spina. In addition to this, there are also many museums, with the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo both being well worth a look.
Following our time in Pisa, we’ll travel onwards to the small town of Lucca, which is known for its superbly preserved renaissance walls. They entirely surround the town and are one of the only examples of such walls to be perfectly intact. Here, too, 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.
Guided walking tour of Lucca
A city with marvellous architecture
Guided walking tour of Montecatini
Montecatini is one of Tuscany’s most famous spa towns, thanks to its 16th century baths. Many members of the Italian royal family took notice of the town in its heyday, and it became the ideal aristocrat’s haven. Today, Montecatini Terme is just as revered, with its wonderful atmosphere and many things to do.
We’ll be joined by an expert guide, who will take is through the streets of Montecatini to discover its heritage and amazing attractions. These include the Terme Tettuccio spa and the Viale Verdi street with its numerous shops and cafes, where we may even be able to enjoy a spot of souvenir shopping!
Guided walking tour of Pisa
Enjoy the artistic marvels including the iconic leaning tower.
Guided walking tour of San Gimignano
San Gimignano, a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, is famously known for its medieval architecture. Discover the town’s international symbol - its 14 beautiful preserved towers, which may be seen for several kilometres.
Half Day: Chianti Country and Wine Tasting
Explore picturesque Chianti villages with a little wine tasting along the way. Chianti is an area of Tuscany made famous by the red wine of the same name. It has much to offer for those interested in wine, food and natural beauty.