Day 1 - UK to Pisa
Fly to Pisa. Meet your travelling companions over a drink and dinner. D
Day 2 - Medici Walk and Poggio a Caiano Villa
Walk 8km/5mi - 3hrs
You'll step back in time today and learn about the fascinating history of the Medici family, who rose to political power in Florence during the Renaissance period. Thanks to their success in commerce and banking, the family amassed significant wealth and were passionate supporters of the arts. It was due to their influence and generosity that Renaissance culture flourished in the city of Florence.
On our walk today, we'll learn how the Medicis ruled Florence for around three centuries and then head to the magnificent Medici Villa of Poggio a Caiano. Once used as a summer residence by the Medici family, we'll explore inside and admire the wonderful gardens, before heading to the stunning medieval town of Carmignano, nestled in the Montalbano hills. There will be free time to enjoy lunch here if you wish. B,D
Day 3 - Pistoia - at leisure
Walk 9km/5.6mi - 2.5 hrs
You've a free day to relax at the hotel or explore at your own pace with your travelling companions. Alternatively, join our optional walk from Fornello to Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. In the company of a Local Guide, we'll explore this hilltop town and visit the museum dedicated to the artist's work. Models bring to life the ideas captured in his drawings and provide a fascinating glimpse of his work.. B,D
Day 4 - Mountain walk in the Apennines
Walk 12km/7.5mi - 4hrs
There's a change of scenery today as we drive up into the mountains north of Pistoia. We'll admire breathtaking views as we ride a cable car to Doganaccia, about 1,500 metres above sea level. From here, we'll walk through meadows and mountain pastures to the glistening mountain lake of Scaffaiolo. A lunch of traditional dishes, such as polenta with sausages or mushrooms and cheese, will be served in a mountain hut.
On the way back to the hotel, we'll stop at a suspension bridge that's said to be the second-longest in the world. If you're feeling brave, you can walk across it! B,D
Day 5 - Florence
Walk 10km/6.2mi - 3hrs
We're going to explore Florence on foot, starting at Piazzale Michelangelo, which sits on a hill and offers stunning views of the city. We'll then make our way to the city centre, past hidden treasures including one of the finest Romanesque churches in Tuscany and the Porcellino covered market. There is a bronze fountain of a boar here and legend has it that rubbing the piglet's nose will guarantee your return to the city!
Enjoy some free time for lunch and perhaps a spot of shopping this afternoon. B,L,D
Day 6 - Chianti walk and Verrazzano Castle
Walk 6km/4mi - 2.5hrs
Our walk today takes us to the famous region of Chianti. Beginning at the Badia a Passignano Monastery, we'll stroll along quiet country roads, past vineyards and olive groves, and through a landscape dotted with quaint little villages and farmhouses. The walk ends at the magnificent Verrazzano Castle, a former Etruscan settlement that's now a winery. We'll see its cellars and then enjoy a tasting of Chianti along with a light lunch on a terrace, overlooking the Tuscan countryside. B,L,D
Day 7 - Pistoia at leisure
Enjoy a day at leisure or join an optional excursion to Lucca, a medieval fortified town. Here, we'll walk along the impressive walls and admire fabulous views of the town's surroundings. B,D
Day 8 - Pisa to UK
Today we fly back to the UK. B