Day 1 - UK/Pisa
Fly to Pisa today. You'll meet your travelling companions over a drink and dinner this evening. D
Day 2 - Pisa
Pisa is home to one of Italy's most recognisable sights, the famous Leaning Tower. Residing in the Field of Miracles, this 180ft campanile took 176 years to build and began to lean shortly after construction. Thankfully the structure has recently been secured yet it still retains its famous lean. We include a visit to the Field of Miracles this morning.
Discover more of Pisa this afternoon in the company of your fellow travellers - your Tour Manager will always be on hand to suggest interesting places to visit. B
Day 3 - Siena
We'll visit Siena today, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe. Its enchanting narrow streets lined with palaces and mansions lead to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, which is the setting each year for the colourful and intense Palio horse race. B
Day 4 - Tuscan Farmhouse Lunch
Today we include a visit to the beautiful Fattoria Il Poggio farmhouse, where wine and olive oil is produced. We'll take a tour of the vineyards, sample four different wines, and head to the mill to learn about their wonderful extra virgin olive oil. Afterwads we'll sit down to enjoy a delicious lunch of Tuscan specialities prepared using fresh local ingredients. Meals included: B,L
Day 5 - Montecatini Terme - at leisure
Enjoy another day at leisure in Montecatini Terme. Or, if you want to explore further, why not join our optional excursion to San Gimignano and Volterra.
We'll head to the wallled medieval town of Volterra. We will visit the Estruscan Museum, which houses a large collection of historic artefacts, and see a craftsman at work hand carving Alabaster.
We'll then move onto San Gimignano, one of the prettiest hilltop towns in Tuscany, with beautiful palaces and churches, ornate frescoes and a fine baptistery within its ancient walls. It's also known as the 'town of beautiful towers' because of the impressive towers built here as status symbols by feuding families in medieval times.
This evening there will be an opportunity to attend the Montecatini Opera Festival. B,D
Day 6 - Florence
Florence is known as Italy's 'Art City'. It is home to works by great masters including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
Built beside the River Arno, explore the city's compact historic centre on your included excursion. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, climb the steps of the magnificent Duomo and admire glorious architecture among the Renaissance streets and piazzas. Il Porcellino, the statue of a boar located in Mercato Nuovo, is surrounded by superstition – if you throw a coin into the grating at its feet and rub its shiny nose, legend has it that you will return to the city. B
Day 7 - Monytecatini Terme - at leisure
Lucca is a traditional historic town surrounded by impressive walls. Explore the town on an optional excursion today. Take a walk along the ancient ramparts and admire the beautiful botanical gardens, the Basilica of San Frediano and fascinating architecture including a tree-topped tower.
Alternatively, take time to explore your resort, enjoy the bustling town and the local café culture. B,D
Day 8 - Pisa/UK
Today we'll return to the UK. B