Pistoia (3) Santa Margherita (2) Stresa (3)
Savor the timeless beauty of Tuscany, Italy’s most storied region, during your 3-night stay at the lovely Villa Cappugi in the countryside outside of Pistoia
Visit Florence, a living monument to the Renaissance, and a crown jewel of Tuscany
Explore the mesmerizing art and architecture of Siena, and San Gimignano
Discover the villages of Cinque Terre dramatically perched along the 11-mile stretch of Italy’s Ligurian coast
Travel by boat to Portofino, a former fishing village now crowded with sleek yachts
Enjoy magnificent views of the crystal blue Maggiore lake nestled amid the Italian Alps
Cruise to the Borromean island of Isola Bella and visit a 17-century palazzo with its extravagantly landscaped gardens
Breathtaking countryside, beautiful old cities, combined with regional cuisine. Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, has many treats for visitors. Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Academia – home of Michelangelo’s David – and Ghiberti’s bronze Baptistery doors to name just a few.
The famous Cinque Terre, cannot fail to capture your imagination with hiking trails and small villages nestled among dry wall terraces and washed by the Ligurian sea. Explore the italian, Alpine lake district home of the Borromeo Royal family and seasonal celebrities with prestige private villas.
Arrive at the Florence airport and transfer to your hotel located in the Tuscan countryside just outside of Florence. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for our Welcome dinner.
This morning we travel to Siena through the Tuscan rolling hills and Chianti Vineyards. Visit the maze of narrow streets and alleys around the Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s oldest and most spectacular public squares famous for the Palio, bareback horse race. Our lunch today will be in the Chianti territory to learn about local wines and local specialties during a wine tasting session followed by lunch. In the afternoon visit Medieval San Gimignano famous for the original towers. The center of town is named “Medieval Manhattan” along the alleyway enjoy pottery shops, small museums & one of the Best italian Gelato’s at piazza della Cisterna. Late afternoon return to your Hotel.
This morning we depart for a full day excursion to Florence. We begin our tour at Michelangelo square which offers great panoramic views of the city. Our walking tour includes Giottos’ Bell Tower, the Baptistery, Signoria Square, and the church of Santa Croche, as well as a visit to the Accademia Gallery to view Michelangelo’s famous “David” statue. We conclude our tour with a visit to a leather shop where we learn about the traditional “leather Gilding”process.
In the afternoon, enjoy the city center, Ponte Vecchio and time for shopping in one of the manyfine Florentine Boutique’s. Gather tonight for a dinner at the hotel.
Depart Pistoia and drive through Tuscan Apennine hills towards the Italian Riviera and its rugged coastline. Spend the day exploring Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our tour will start in La Spezia and we will visit the most picturesque villages along the coast Rio Maggiore Vernazza, Monterosso where locals through the centuries have developed fishing activities and cultivated on terraces for the production on white wine and basil used for the authentic “Green Pesto sauce”.
Independent lunch. In the afternoon we continue our journey north, and check in at our hotel on the Italian Riviera. (B)
This morning we travel by boat to the beautiful resort town of Portofino, a former fishing village which is now crowded with sleek,palatial yachts.
Free time, and independent lunch
Return to your hotel in the afternoon.
Check-out of the hotel and depart.
Arrive in Milan, and depart for a city tour including a visit to the Duomo and La Scala.
There will be free time for you to explore this cosmopolitan city on your own
Arrive in Stresa late in the afternoon, and check in at your hotel
Spend the day cruising Lake Maggiore and visit the Borromean island of Isola Bella for a tour of its stunning 17th-century palazzo and extravagantly landscaped gardens, then savor a special lunch in beautiful surroundings. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Morning visit to the lovely lake Orta
Afternoon at leisure
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home