A fresh new perspective on life in the five lands and under the Tuscan sun... It's hands-on learning with local experts on many subjects, who share their experience, their knowledge and their passions. And you are suddenly living la dolce vita...



From under the Tuscan sun to the Italian Riviera... discover the stories behind the brilliance of Renaissance painters and sculptors from an art historian in Florence... prepare pasta with a chef and learn the finer points of olive oil tasting...

For the culturally curious, this journey through Italy is a feeling that you've become much more savvy after an art history briefing. It's walking through the medieval alleys of Siena... or bicycling atop the walls of Lucca. It's laughter. It's sharing vino made from grapes in the vineyards you've just walked through and kicking back. It's about becoming a part of day-to-day Italy... and new views on life... Learn to cook Italian-style... enjoy the beauty of nature along the Italian Riviera... explore Cinque Terre villages overlooking the sea, connected by walking trails... and go off-the-beaten-track for an Italian cultural connection unlike any other.



From under the Tuscan sun to the Italian Riviera... discover the stories behind the brilliance of Renaissance painters and sculptors from an art historian in Florence... prepare pasta with a chef and learn the finer points of olive oil tasting...

For the culturally curious, this journey through Italy is a feeling that you've become much more savvy after an art history briefing. It's walking through the medieval alleys of Siena... or bicycling atop the walls of Lucca. It's laughter. It's sharing vino made from grapes in the vineyards you've just walked through and kicking back. It's about becoming a part of day-to-day Italy... and new views on life... Learn to cook Italian-style... enjoy the beauty of nature along the Italian Riviera... explore Cinque Terre villages overlooking the sea, connected by walking trails... and go off-the-beaten-track for an Italian cultural connection unlike any other.



Traveling Well Includes:
  • Small groups from 22 - 26 guests for a more personal travel experience
  • Private, early-opening visit to Florence's Basilica di Santa Croce, final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and more
  • In Florence, explore the fabulous Uffizi Galleries on an after-hours guided visit
  • Learn to cook Italian style when you join local chefs in Lucca for a hands-on lesson in pasta making with a wine and olive oil tasting
  • Spend two nights along the Italian Riviera at an elegant hotel that was once a private villa, a perfect setting to enjoy the magnificent scenery in the region.
  • Explore Cinque Terre National Park's coastal paths amidst breathtaking views
  • If you wish, join us for a bicycling tour atop Lucca's well-preserved walls
  • Enjoy a docent-led visit at La Cervara, a 14th-century abbey renowned for its stunning gardens overlooking the sea.
  • Attend a wine and olive oil tasting in Tuscany

  • Call (281) 438-1139 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18577143

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2024
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1FlorenceWelcome to Florence

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Helvetia & Bristol. A transfer is included from the Peretola Airport to the elegant Helvetia & Bristol. Join us this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner.



    Lodging:Helvetia & Bristol

    Meals: D
    Day 2FlorenceSanta Croce & the Uffizi Galleries

    Michelangelo's shadow looms large in Firenze. Sightseeing begins today with an early-opening, private morning visit of the 15th-century Basilica di Santa Croce. Dubbed the Temple of Italian Glories, Florence's answer to London's Westminster Abbey is filled with the tombs of major Italian legends - including Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini, Machiavelli, and more, along with a statue that inspired the Statue of Liberty. Florence's Renaissance heart makes yours beat a little faster as you ramble through it with your Florentine guide, then discover some of the city's masterpieces on a guided visit to the fabulous Uffizi Galleries - without crowds; the Uffizi is Europe's oldest art gallery, founded by the Medicis to display their countless treasures, today housing some of the world's most beloved art. Today you'll understand how art and history are inextricably intertwined in Florence.



    Lodging:Helvetia & Bristol

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3FlorenceA day in the Tuscan countryside

    Your day begins with exploration of the Sienese countryside south of Florence with a local guide; you'll view some of the prettiest landscapes in Tuscany boasting rolling hills, vineyards, and hilltop towns, and visit the charming Renaissance town of Pienza (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). This evening, join us for a special apericena at your hotel in the Wine Cellar, dating back to the 13th century.



    Lodging:Grand Hotel Continental

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4PortovenereCarrara Marble & on to Cinque Terre National Park

    Awaken in beautiful Siena; accompany your local guide to discover Siena's many architectural treasures on a walking tour - including its black-and-white Duomo, one of Italy's great cathedrals, with scenes inlaid in the marble floors and sculpture by Michelangelo. You'll see the Piazza del Campo - where the famous Palio bareback horse race has been held twice every year for centuries - Palazzo Salimbeni, Palazzo Tolomei, Torre di Mangia, Santa Maria della Scalla and more. Spend the afternoon exploring as you please, or join us at Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo to view the world's first secular fresco, Good and Bad Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, followed by free time.



    Lodging:Grand Hotel Continental

    Meals: B
    Day 5PortovenereCooking, cycling and tastings

    Head to the walled town of Lucca for either a bicycle* tour led by a local guide or a guided walk. This medieval city's surviving Renaissance-era, red-brick walls shut out traffic and the modern world... leaving a peaceful community that still revolves around its original Roman street plan, encircled by a delightful, tree-lined promenade. And because it's topographically flat - unlike most Tuscan towns - Lucca is a cyclist's dream. One of the best ways to explore this historically powerful and culturally rich city is by bicycle... and, led by your local guide, you'll do just that - down its narrow lanes... across its ancient piazzas... even along the top of its massive walls. At a local agriturismo, enjoy a hands-on lesson with local chefs, an olive oil and wine tasting, and a pasta-making class.



    Lodging:Grand Universe Lucca

    Meals: B, L
    Day 6SienaCinque Terre National Park

    Weather permitting, travel by ferry to Monterosso al Mare, one of five remote fishing villages strung like jewels along the coast - Cinque Terre National Park, the five lands. They're now linked to the outside world by rail, but for centuries were accessible only by sea... or on foot, the best way to appreciate life in what is truly a world of its own. Enjoy lunch and some time to explore, and then head north by a local train. Arrive in the small town of Santa Margherita Ligure on the Italian Riviera for a two-night stay.



    Lodging:Imperiale Palace Hotel

    Meals: B, L
    Day 7SienaPortofino and a garden visit

    Ferry this morning to the small fishing village of Portofino, revered by artists and writers for its stunning Mediterranean setting; if you wish, walk up the steep climb to Castello Brown for amazing views overlooking the port. This afternoon, enjoy a docent-led visit at La Cervara, a 14th-century abbey renowned for its stunning gardens overlooking the sea. Join us this evening for a farewell reception at your hotel, followed by dinner.



    Lodging:Imperiale Palace Hotel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 8SienaArrivederci, Italy

    Tour ends: Genoa. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Imperiale Palace Hotel to Genoa Airport, Peretola (an approximate 60 minute drive), or Genoa train station, or you can post-stay in Genoa (ask at booking). Allow three hours for flight check-in at the airport.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
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    09/05/2024$7,590.00* (USD) / LIMITEDQuote
    09/10/2024$7,590.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    09/12/2024$7,590.00* (USD) / LIMITEDQuote
    09/17/2024$7,590.00* (USD) / LIMITEDQuote
    09/19/2024$7,590.00* (USD) / LIMITEDQuote
    09/24/2024$7,590.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    09/26/2024$7,590.00* (USD) / LIMITEDQuote
    10/01/2024$7,590.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    10/08/2024$7,590.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    10/10/2024$7,590.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    10/15/2024$6,590.00* (USD) / LIMITEDQuote
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    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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