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Florence and Tuscany

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Experience more with so much included

  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund
  • Guided sightseeing tour of the city of Florence, the 'Pearl of the Renaissance'
  • A reserved timed visit to the Uffizi, one of the world’s finest art galleries - entrance fees included
  • Guided tour of Siena, one of the finest medieval cities
  • Visit San Gimignano, one of Italy’s most beautiful hilltop villages
  • Visit Lucca and Pisa, home of the Leaning Tower and its amazing cathedral
  • Experience the beautiful Tuscan countryside
  • Stay in Florence and enchanting Tuscany
  • Seven nights in 4-star and 3-star superior accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, plus breakfast and four dinners

The Signature Tour option includes all of the above as well as:

  • Soak up spectacular views of Siena from a favourite local beauty spot whilst you sip a typical aperitivo
  • Stroll amongst the vibrant blooms and fascinating plants on display in the Boboli Gardens, one of the most historic Italian Gardens and enjoy an insight into the lives of the influential Medici family as you explore the extraordinary Pitti Palace
  • At Verrazzano castle amidst the gently rolling slopes of Chianti’s sun-baked hills, enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch and wine-tasting of some of the region’s finest produce
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At a Glance
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7 nights in 3-star superior to 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Daily breakfast & 4 dinners
One rural lunch
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

 

Offers available on this holiday

 

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Overview

Italy’s artistic contribution surpasses that of any other nation, whilst Tuscany’s bucolic scenery is home to more historical monuments than any other country on earth. For centuries Italy has attracted visitors in search of culture and romance and there are few countries that can rival its renowned Classical origins, its art, music, architecture, scenery, food and wine. As home to the Roman Empire, the Renaissance, the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican, its contribution to the arts surpasses that of any other nation.

Tuscany embodies much that Italy is famous for, possessing more historical monuments than any other country, let alone province, on earth. Its cities, Florence, Siena and Pisa, together with smaller towns and medieval villages like Lucca and San Gimignano, house some of the world’s finest artistic treasures. Combine this with the haunting beauty of the local countryside, an enviable climate, one of the world’s great cuisines, and you have all the ingredients for a superb holiday.

Florence defies description, arguably the finest city of the Renaissance and often described as the most beautiful city in Italy. Browning sighed over its idyllic charms and E.M. Forster described it in “A Room with a View” as the perfect antidote to Anglo- Saxon life. It owes its wealth to the commercial explosion that emerged after the Dark Ages when wool and other textile industries, backed by some of the very first international banks, turned Florence into one of the world’s richest cities.

Political power was in the hands of just a few families, in particular, the Medici, who married into most European royal families, including our own. Florence thus became the cultural and intellectual heart of the continent: architects, artists and sculptors flocked here and once engaged by the nouveau riche, were soon busy filling the churches and palaces to bursting point with some of the world’s most outstanding works. Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian plus countless others, created many of the masterpieces now on display in the Uffizi, one of the world’s greatest galleries. Then there is the city of Pisa, famous for its leaning tower, situated in a complex of ecclesiastical buildings, as remarkable today as they must have seemed to the medieval pilgrims on their way to Rome.

Next we visit San Gimignano one of the best preserved medieval villages you will find anywhere in Europe, famous for its immense stone towers, dramatically rising upwards, creating its unique skyline. Siena is the other great Tuscan city enclosed behind vast defensive walls, dominating the surrounding countryside like the fortress it is. The city is quite outstanding and has arguably the most gracious square, the Campo, in the world.

Tuscany and its classic countryside is the very essence of Italy. Gently undulating, biscuit coloured hillsides often covered with vineyards flow and disappear into the distance. Punctuated by isolated farmhouses, unchanged for centuries and studded by tall cypress trees, these wonderful landscapes yield a rich harvest of superb food and wine. Tuscan cuisine is simple, using the finest ingredients such as grilled succulent meats, fresh vegetables, the unique pecorino cheese, thick wholesome soups, a hint of olive oil and garlic, creating tasty, healthy menus. In Tuscany you have some of the world’s finest wines too, such as Brunello, Montepulciano and of course Chianti. Tuscany embodies the true characteristics of Italy and the Italians themselves. Stylish, always ready to help, justifiably proud of their heritage, vibrant, expressive and just – different!

Your Itinerary

Florence & Tuscany

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes: 

  • Seven nights’ in three-star and four-star accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and four dinners
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Entrance to the Uffizi gallery
  • Airport departure taxes and transfers
  • Flights as mentioned
  • All local accommodation taxes
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Not included in the price is the entrance fee to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Should you wish to do so, the cost is approximately €18 and is payable locally.

Classic Tours Information

Along with your experienced and knowledgeable tour manager and local experts, you’ll discover so much on our award-winning Classic tours, offering the best value for money way for you to explore the world.

Our tour managers have been rated as the best in the business for their knowledge and experience and will go above and beyond to ensure every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly – so all you need to worry about is your packing.

Signature Tours Information

Marvel at the unforgettable views of historic Siena over a refreshing aperitivo. Enjoy priority entrance to the glorious Boboli Gardens, a horticultural paradise drenched in colourful blooms and fascinating plants and explore the extraordinary Pitti Palace, a vast Renaissance legacy of the powerful Medici family. Against a picture-perfect backdrop of the rolling hills of Chianti, savour the flavours and aroma of some of the region’s finest wines alongside a hearty lunch with freshly sourced local specialities.

Siena City and Wine
 

What's extra on this tour?

This Signature Tour includes everything from the Classic Tour as well as the following:

  • Soak up spectacular views of Siena from a favourite local beauty spot whilst you sip a typical aperitivo
  • Stroll amongst the vibrant blooms and fascinating plants on display in the Boboli Gardens, one of the most historic Italian Gardens and enjoy an insight into the lives of the influential Medici family as you explore the extraordinary Pitti Palace
  • At Verrazzano castle amidst the gently rolling slopes of Chianti’s sun-baked hills, enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch and wine-tasting of some of the region’s finest produce. View dates & prices

What makes Signature Tours different?

Signature Tours give you the option to experience more and are available on over 40 of our European and Worldwide itineraries. Enjoy the more exclusive atmosphere of travelling in a small group of 25 or fewer guests, with up to three enhanced experiences included to help make your holiday truly exceptional. Find out more

Small Groups Information

On a range of tours we are delighted to offer the option to travel in a small group of up to 25 people.
You’ll enjoy the same sociable atmosphere of a typical Riviera Travel holiday - but with a smaller number of travellers and a touch more exclusivity.

Available across our range of UK, European and select Worldwide tours; just look out for the icon on holiday pages.

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You're Free to Choose

Everyone’s idea of the perfect holiday is different, which is why we offer thoughtfully crafted itinerary choices, carefully selected to give you a more well-rounded and personalised holiday. And of course, these are included in the price.

'Classic' or 'undiscovered' guided walking tour of Florence

On day 2, enjoy a guided walking tour to discover the 'classic' sights of Florence, or choose our 'undiscovered' tour if you'd prefer to explore its lesser-known gems.

Please contact us to pre-book any of the above experiences.

Useful Information

(Please note Hotel Le Fonti is for 2022 holidays only)

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hr 10 mins to 2 hrs 40 mins
  • Language: Italian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Italy

Visa Information

UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Italy however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Air-Conditioning

The use of air-conditioning in hotels in Italy is at the hotel’s discretion and is normally restricted to the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), depending on the temperature.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport  Transfer time
 Pisa Airport  Florence 1 hr 30 mins Siena Pisa Airport 1 hr 30 mins


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