TUSCANY FLAVOURS

From ‚ā¨ 2200 / person

Gently rolling hills, olives groves, wheat fields, vineyards, cypresses trees, idyllic estates and incredible treasures of art and culture, as well as the Medici family in Florence are the ingredients for this 8 days tour in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy

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Day-1ARRIVAL DAY

  1. Arrival in Rome Fiumicino International Airport ūüďć

    Welcome to Italy!

    After landing in Rome, your Sweet Travel Italy assistant will be waiting for you at the terminal. Please share a warm ciao!

  2. Transfer to Florence

    Our private coach will be waiting for you outside the terminal. As soon as the group is ready the driver will drive directly to the hotel in Tuscany. Approximately 3 hours of highway

  3. Check in 4* hotel Palazzo San Lorenzo ūüďć

    We only select the best Italian touch hotels for our travellers. As soon as you arrive at the hotel your Sweet Travel Italy assistant will smooth the check in operations for all the participants

Day-2FLORENCE FULL DAY EXCURSION

  1. Breakfast

    Every morning continental breakfast will be served for all our guests. Wide choice of cold cuts, fresh croissants, eggs and fruits will be available

  2. Visit of Florence

    Together with your English speaking guide you will explore in detail one of the most important cities in Italy for richness of culture and artefacts. Middle Age period is when Florence entered the status of free city challenging with the neighbouring city-states like Siena for the control of Tuscany. A great philanthropist like Lorenzo De Medici opened the city to painters, writers and philosophers contributing to what nowadays we call Renaissance (re-birth) of human arts. The city is an open-sky museum and walking it will give you the feeling of a jump into the same epoch when Michelangelo lived

  3. Visit of Basilica Santa Maria Novella

    The greatest for size and importante of all churches in Florence the Basilica is a masterpiece of the Renaissance period in terms of architecture and for the treasures held into it. Projected by Dominican monks, the church holds the secret of Florence as city-state. Not-to-be-missed

  4. Visit of Piazza del Duomo

    Piazza del Duomo, which has always been the religious, historical, and artistic center of the city is the next location you are going to visit. Reachable by foot the square holds the same charme of more than 500 years ago when Florence was the New York of the times

  5. Free time for lunch

    Have you ever heard of Fiorentina stake? The story of the stake is old as the city itself: 1 kg of italian beef grilled on bed of salad and fries. For lesser gourmands the soups with mushrooms or truffles are highly recommended, or the delicacy pappa al pomodoro (crumbled bread mixed with delicious tomato soup and fresh herbs). Please ask your Sweet Travel Italy assistant where to enjoy a delicious meal on this excursion day. Lunch is not included in the tour price

  6. Visit of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

    The cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio is the third largest church in the world, after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London. The church marbles are exquisitely chiselled giving the feeling of purity and peace from outside. The interiors are simple and geometric, typical of those times when it had been erected. A perfect example of mix between architecture and holiness of Renaissance period built by the genius of Filippo Brunelleschi in the 15th century. Beautiful is the inner octagonal ceiling painted with more then 700 figures representing angels and puttos

  7. Transfer to Piazzale Michelangelo

    Together with your Sweet Travel Italy assistant you will drive to the other side of Arno river up to a sightseeing location where to admire Florence from an unexpected perspective. It is a great chance to take memorable pictures of your italian trip

  8. Visit of Piazzale Michelangelo

    It's the moment you were waiting for. Your camera is ready. This is the place to take "the"  perfect shot of Florence

  9. Transfer to the hotel

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  10. Dinner

    Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant for all the participants of the tour

Day-3CHIANTI ROAD WINE EXPERIENCE

  1. Breakfast

    Every morning continental breakfast will be served for all our guests. Wide choice of cold cuts, fresh croissants, eggs and fruits will be available

  2. Transfer to Chianti Road

    Our minivan will drive you through the gentle hills of Tuscany to discover the road of the wine...

  3. Visit of Chianti Road ūüďć

    Several roads dedicated to the Chianti wine exploration that we offer to our guests. The minivan will stop several times to allow our guests to take pictures of the breathtaking landscape

  4. Visit of Greve in Chianti ūüďć

    This small town lays between sweet hills, Greve in Chianti is the door to enter a world of peace and wine. Together with your Sweet Travel Italy assistant you will walk this peaceful town before driving to Castello di Volpaia

  5. Lunch break & wine tasting in Castello di Volpaia ūüďć

    The Florentine family, ‚Äúdella Volpaia‚ÄĚ (from Volpaia), consisted of artists and builders that designed armillary spheres and solar clocks. The most famous amongst them was Lorenzo, friend of Leonardo da Vinci, who built the extraordinary planetary clock for Florence‚Äôs Palazzo Vecchio. Today Castello di Volpaia is owned by the Mascheroni Stianti family, which ensures that every restoration respects its original artistic characteristics. Respecting eleventh century tradition, the castle and surrounding village remains heavily involved in the production of Volpaia‚Äôs wine and olive oil

  6. Transfer to Castello di Meleto

    Drive through the vineyards along the Chianti road to Castello di Meleto. Visit the picturesque castle and taste the well-known wine of the region

  7. Visit of Castello di Meleto ūüďć

    The castle is located in a strategic position between Florence and Siena. During the centuries the castle has undergone different occupations until 19th century when it finally became a wine factory. It's more than 100 years that in this castle exports  some of the greatest wines of Italy. Explore the castle, its stories and have a deep knowledge of the wine processes. Upon request it is possible to organize retreats in this amazing place for you and your family

  8. Transfer to the hotel

    Around this time your Sweet Travel Italy assistant will gather the group to get back to the hotel

  9. Dinner

    Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant for all the participants of the tour

Day-4SIENA FULL DAY EXCURSION

  1. Breakfast

    Every morning continental breakfast will be served for all our guests. Wide choice of cold cuts, fresh croissants, eggs and fruits will be available

  2. Transfer to Siena

    Hop on our private coach for this exclusive full day excursion of Siena. The town is the second most important city in Tuscany region after Florence. As a city-state of glorious past the town has hosted many great painters and sculptors who have decorated and embellished every corner. In the main square of the town takes place the Palio. Every year on July (the 2nd) and August (the 13th) the contradas challenge each other to establish who is the best horse rider in town

  3. Visit of Cathedral di Santa Maria Assunta & The Library ūüďć

    Built more than 800 years ago, this architectural masterpiece of gothic-romantic style is the first monument you will be visiting with our English speaking guide during the excursion in Siena. You will be visiting the interiors and listen to many anecdotes about its erection. The Cathedral was first started in the mid of 13th century

  4. Free time for lunch

    Ask your Sweet Travel Italy assistant for the best truffle restaurant in town. You have left plenty of time to discover the local tavernas where to taste the local gnudi (spinach and cheese balls served with melted pesto) or the typical dessert ricciarelli (small almond cakes covered with sugar and filled with vanilla)

  5. Visit of Siena National Gallery

    The Gallery includes paintings from 13th century to 18th century. It was founded in the Buonsignori and Brigidi Palaces in 1932. The original nucleus of the gallery came from the passion and work of two erudite Sienese, Abbots Giuseppe Ciaccheri and Luigi de Angelis, who collected paintings between 1750 and 1810 by the most significant Sienese artists

  6. Visit of Basilica di San Domenico

    The church is dedicated to Saint Dominicus but inside it holds many relics of Catherine from Siena, saint of the 13th century who came from Siena and canonized by the Vatican in 15th century

  7. Transfer to the hotel

    Have you enjoied Siena? Get comfortable in our private minivan while our driver heads back to the hotel

  8. 19:30

    Dinner is served in the hotel for all the participants of the tour

Day-5SAN GIMIGNANO & SAN GALGANO ABBEY

  1. Breakfast

    Every morning continental breakfast will be served for all our guests. Wide choice of cold cuts, fresh croissants, eggs and fruits will be available

  2. Transfer to San Gimignano

    Many guests love San Gimignano because of its silhouette, which stands out against the picturesque landscape, because of the fantastic location on the top of the hill and because of the charm that it spills. You will also draw in its spell and enjoy the stunning view in the plain. The high art has left visible traces: in the Collegiata Santa Maria Assunta you can admire the magnificent frescoes of the Old and New Testaments. Later on, you reach a Fattoria nearby, to taste homemade specialties and Tuscan wine. In the afternoon, visit the monastery of San Galgano. The building is unique because it is the first time in Tuscany to find stylistic elements from the Gothic period. But there is another special feature, and we hear the legend of King Arthur and the sword in the stone in the Rotonda di Montesiepi

  3. Visit of San Gimignano ūüďć

    Together with your Sweet Travel Italy assistant and the English speaking guide explore the town of "hundred towers". Collegiata Santa Maria Assunta is one of the local churches that you do not want to miss. On its walls entire representations of the Bible in frescoes are simply stunning. The historic Centre of San Gimignano is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The town also is known for saffron, the Golden Ham, pecorino cheese and its white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area 

  4. Lunch in Fattoria Poggio Alloro ūüďć

    Our minivan will take you the a nearby farmhouse to enjoy some local delicacies. Fattoria Poggio Alloro, located 5 minutes from San Gimignano is our choice for today's lunch. Here you will experience organic food, chianti wine in a uncontaminated frame of nature and peace of mind

  5. Transfer to San Galgano Abbey

    Who has heard of King Arthur's myth and the sword in the rock? Well, it really exists and it is located in this remote corner of Tuscany region. After the lunch reach with our minivan San Galgano Abbey. A forgotten, solitary and decadent cathedral in the middle of nowhere. And it's here that the story of King Arthur truly begins...

  6. Visit of San Galgano Abbey ūüďć

    The Abbey was first started in 12th century and for a certain period flourished under the control of Siena city-state. Nevertheless a weakened control started already in the 14th century. By mid 17th century only the abbot was staying there and the place went into ruin by 18th century. Nowadays it has been rediscovered for its mysterious look and the story of a sword. Many have tried, no one has ever taken it

  7. Transfer to the hotel

    After a long day it is time to head back to the hotel. Dinner is included in the tour price for all the participants of the tour

Day-6MONTE OLIVETO ABBEY & MONTALCINO

  1. Breakfast

    Every morning continental breakfast will be served for all our guests. Wide choice of cold cuts, fresh croissants, eggs and fruits will be available

  2. Visit of Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey ūüďć

    In this simple abbey, first built in 10th century by a local merchant who changed to monastic life, some great paintings are shown on the ceilings of the place. Along the walls the life of St. Benedict is represented in the fresco cycle of Sodoma and Luca Signorelli, two local painters of the 15th century

  3. Visit of Pienza ūüďć

    Pienza is located in Val D'Orcia. This area of Tuscany is also dedicated to wine production. Together with your Sweet Travel Italy assistant and the English speaking guide you will explore the Cathedral, Palazzo Piccolomini and Casa dei Canonici which is an ideal example of Renaissance architecture

  4. Free time for lunch

    Your Sweet Travel Italy assistant will assist you for the best options in terms of food choices in town. Please ask for informations and tips on where to have a local dish before the tour continues in the afternoon. Tuscany cuisine is not something you want to be missing. You have approximately two hours

  5. Transfer to Sant'Antimo Abbey

    The abbey church of Sant'Antimo appears in front of us in a small valley surrounded by fields, olive trees and slopes of broom, clear, simple, and romantic - one of the most beautiful sacral rooms in Tuscany. According to ancient legend, the abbey was founded by Carlo Magno, who, returning from Rome with his followers along the Via Francigena, he stopped to rest and escape the plague in the Starcia valley. The Emperor stayed there until the threat of plague was over, and to give thanks, he founded the Abbey of St. Antimo. Perfect example of romanic style, the visit of this abbey will surprise you in may different ways

  6. Visit of Montalcino ūüďć

    Montalcino is located on the Via Francigena: a route that during the Middle Age connected England to Rome. Pilgrims from half Europe used to travel on this road to reach Rome, the capital of Christianity. The town of Montalcino has developed since then and it keeps the same style all over. Climb the city walls or walk around the main square. Together with your Sweet Travel Italy assistant, wonder as a Middle Age pilgrim in the peaceful streets of this town, home to one of the greatest red wines: Brunello Di Montalcino. Several shops offer the possibility to taste the wine 

  7. Transfer to the hotel

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  8. Dinner

    Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant for all the participants of the tour

Day-7BADIA A PASSIGNANO

  1. Breakfast

    Every morning continental breakfast will be served for all our guests. Wide choice of cold cuts, fresh croissants, eggs and fruits will be available

  2. Transfer to Badia a Passignano

    Badia a Passignano is a mighty complex surrounded by cypresses and is somewhat hidden despite its size. The monastery is surrounded by gentle slopes, on which the wonderful red wine of this region is cultivated. After a short hike, you will get to Montefioralle, one of the most beautiful ancient villages in Italy. Return to Badia Passignano and enjoy a unique lunch with wine tasting. Later on, return to the hotel, where the afternoon invites you to a relaxing sunbath or a swim in the pool

  3. Visit of San Michele Arcangelo Abbey ūüďć

    Documents citing the abbey date to the 890s AD. The abbey became one of the major sites of a monastic order and itself a wealthy landowner by the mid-14th century. Refurbished and altered over the centuries, in 1866 the monks were expelled and the site was sold to private owners, one of whom created some of the faux crenellations and towers. In the 20th century, the abbey was restored to a small monastic order

  4. Lunch in Osteria di Passignano

    Greet the last day of excursions with a toast in this special farmhouse. Enjoy freshly made pasta and organic food. Osteria di Passignano is another must-to-do experience for all Tuscany lovers

  5. SPA time at 4* hotel Palazzo San Lorenzo

    The afternoon is free for the participants of the tour. It is a good time to simply relax at the hotel SPA after the long trails of the past week. Make sure to ask your Sweet Travel Italy assistant for a detailed list of the SPA treatments available at the hotel. Our guests benefit from discounted rates on the treatment program

  6. Dinner

    Dinner is served at the hotel restaurant for all the participants of the tour

Day-8DEPARTURE DAY

  1. Breakfast

    After a week in Tuscany the senses are regenerated and the mood is high. It is time to pack to reach Rome Fiumicino International Airport. After the breakfast your Sweet Travel Italy assistant will help you in the process of check out and will organize the transfer with our private minivan

  2. Check out from 4* hotel Palazzo Lorenzo

    Check out from the hotel and embark on the minivan. Direction, Rome!

  3. Transfer to Rome Fiumicino International Airport

    The minivan will drive to the airport according to your flight schedule. Your Sweet Travel Italy assistant will help your check in and luggage drop at the terminal. We hope you have enjoied Tuscany Flavours tour

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