• 10 nights in selected 4 star-hotels or historical mansions with full breakfast (4 nights in Figline Valdarno, 4 nights in Siena, 3 nights in Rome)
• Private guided visits with English speaking guides in Florence (the Cathedral, Santa Croce Church, Uffizi Gallery), Siena (the Cathedral), Pienza, Rome (Coliseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel); including all the entrance fees Welcome Dinner in Rome
• Welcome dinner in Figline Valdarno
• Cookery course and lunch
• Wine tasting and light lunch at Frescobaldi and Antinori
• Winery visit and dinner at Castello Banfi
• Farewell dinner in Rome
* The tour is available as self-drive or by private chauffeured car or van available for all transfers and excursions
Day 1 / Welcome to Tuscany
Arrival at Florence airport and transfer to Figline Valdarno. Enjoy a genuine welcome dinner. Overnight.
Day 2 / Discover Florence, cradle of the Renaissance
Breakfast. Meet your local guide for a morning tour of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, with its famous highlights… Michelangelo’s David, the Baptistery, Giotto’s bell tower and of course the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo). Proceed to the picturesque Signoria Square, where you may take the opportunity to admire statues by Cellini, Giambologna and Ammannati before viewing the Ponte Vecchio and the Santa Croce Church, containing the tombs of illustrious Florentine citizens such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli, as well as fascinating works by Giotto and Donatello. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this amazing city as you please; choose from Florence's many culinary offerings for lunch and on request visit the inspiring Uffizi Gallery. Return to Figline Valdarno and overnight.
Day 3 / Learn about traditional Italian cooking during a hands-on cookery course
Breakfast. Today enjoy a cookery course in an informal and intimate setting. The course is held in the ancient kitchen of the Countess. During the course, you will gain practical knowledge of the basic principles of traditional Italian cooking, like pasta, stews, bread, pizza, etc. Conclude this fabulous experience with a lunch based on the dishes prepared. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight.
Day 4 / Visit the Abbey of Vallombrosa and enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at Frescobaldi
Breakfast. Morning visit to the Abbey of Vallombrosa. The Benedictine abbey is definitely worth a visit. Not only the abbey is a marvellous piece of architecture but it’s also an oasis of peace surrounded by beautiful nature. Then on to Frescobaldi’s Castello di Nipozzano, for a wine tasting and light lunch. Return to Figline Valdarno. Overnight.
Day 5 / Antinori winery and enchanting Monteriggioni en route to Siena
Breakfast and departure for your next destination, Siena. En route enjoy a visit of the Antinori winery and light lunch. Brief stop in Monteriggioni, charming and delightful 13th century borgo and then on to Siena. Check in at the hotel. Overnight.
Day 6 / Siena, medieval masterpiece
Breakfast. Morning private guided walking tour of Siena. Your guide will take you through narrow cobbled streets to the Piazza del Campo, where the bi-annual Palio horse race takes place. See the superb 14th century Town Hall with its slim Mangia Tower, then climb up to the hilltop cathedral. This building is a veritable treasury of the Renaissance, representing the work of over 40 artists - its walls decorated with stripes of black and white marble. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight.
Day 7 / Pienza & Montalcino wines
Breakfast. Full day excursion to Pienza and Montalcino, including a private guided tour in Pienza. Free time for lunch. Then continue on to Montalcino for a visit to the Banfi winery estate, including a traditional Tuscan dinner, presented with a modern touch. “La Sala dei Grappoli”, located in the shadow of the historical Castello Banfi, welcomes you in an elegant and refined atmosphere. Return to Siena and overnight.
Day 8 / Siena as you please and on to Rome
Breakfast. Morning at leisure. After lunch departure to Rome. Overnight.
Day 9 / Imperial Rome
Breakfast. Morning private guided walking tour of the Eternal City including the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona with its beautiful neoclassical architecture. Free time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight.
Day 10 / Vatican Museum’s & Sistine Chapel
Breakfast. Discover one of the most beautiful sites in the world on the private guided tour of the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Free time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure to pursue your own passions. Farewell dinner and overnight.
Day 11 / Arrivederci