- 4-day Tuscany and Cinque Terre tour from Rome with an expert guide
- Visit the hilltop towns that make up Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia region: Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino
- Sample red Chianti wines like Brunello di Montalcino during wine cellar tours
- Explore Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa, seeing architectural icons like the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Discover the clifftop villages of the Cinque Terre
- 4-star hotel accommodation in Siena and La Spezia included
Recent Photos of This Tour
- picking grapesPhoto by: Jason K
- TuscanyPhoto by: Jason K
- Wine tastingPhoto by: Jason K
- TuscanyPhoto by: Ricardo S
- PisaPhoto by: Ricardo S
- Monterosso Al MarePhoto by: MI YAN Y
- PortovenerePhoto by: MI YAN Y
- wine tastingPhoto by: MI YAN Y
- CliffsidePhoto by: Jennifer G
- PortovenerePhoto by: Jennifer G
- La SpeziaPhoto by: Jennifer G
- PisaPhoto by: Jennifer G
- Such a fun group!Photo by: Jennifer G
- Wine tastingPhoto by: Jennifer G
- Another small townPhoto by: Jennifer G
- TuscanyPhoto by: Jennifer G
- SienaPhoto by: Jennifer G
- TuscanyPhoto by: Jennifer G
What You Can Expect
Your tour includes 4-star hotel accommodation for one night in Siena and two nights in La Spezia. Dinner and breakfast are included; you can enjoy lunch each day on your own. See the Itinerary for details about each day.
Please note: The listed price does not include a city tax, payable at the time of hotel check-in. The tax is required by the hotels and is not within our control. Also note, due to a landslide that occurred along the Cinque Terre in 2012, the typically popular path ‘Via dell’Amore’ has been closed.
Leave your Rome hotel in the morning and travel north to Tuscany by luxury air-conditioned coach. After roughly two hours on the road, arrive in the hilltop town of Montepulciano in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia region. With postcard-perfect views over the rolling Chianti hills and a wealth of Renaissance and medieval architecture, it’s hard to believe that many visitors simply come here for the wines! Tour one of the town’s best wine cellars and sample the world-famous red Montepulciano wine alongside a light lunch of cured hams, cheese and salami.
In the afternoon, continue north to the UNESCO-listed town of Pienza for a walk around, admiring its layout that was designed by Pope Pius II in the 14th century. Then, travel further north to Montalcino, a prestigious Chianti wine town, famous for producing expensive Brunello di Montalcino wine. Visit the Fortress of Montalcino – an incredible 13th-century monument that doubles up as one of the town’s best wine shops – and sit down for another wine tasting session with a selection of light local snacks. After relaxing here, hop back on board your coach and travel to Siena – your final destination of the day.
Check into your hotel in time for dinner, and then spend the rest of your evening at leisure.
Overnight: 4-star Hotel Garden in Siena
Day 2: Siena – San Gimignano – Pisa – La Spezia (B, D)
Enjoy breakfast, and then explore Siena on a walking tour of its old city center – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through its charming tangle of medieval lanes, taking in the center’s Gothic architecture and seeing top sites like Piazza del Campo and Siena Cathedral.
Leave the town and travel to another walled hilltop town called San Gimignano -- handsomely distinguished with majestic medieval towers. Enjoy some free time here to have lunch and sightsee independently, seeing classic landmarks like the bell tower, Palazzo Comunale or Piazza della Cisterna.
In the afternoon, travel by coach to Pisa and explore Piazza dei Miracoli on a walking tour. This incredible square boasts more attractions than many towns have altogether, and you’ll see them all with your guide. Gaze in awe at the unmistakable Leaning Tower of Pisa, and marvel at the Baptistry, Campo Santo and Duomo di Pisa (Pisa Cathedral).
Wave a fond farewell to Tuscany as you travel west from Pisa to La Spezia – a bustling cruise port and town on the Italian Riviera – and then check into your hotel in time for dinner.
Overnight: 4-star Hotel NH in La Spezia
Day 3: La Spezia – Cinque Terre – La Spezia (B, D)
After an early breakfast, leave La Spezia by boat and cruise around the stunning west Liguarian coastline to the villages of the Cinque Terre. With the company of your guide, you will visit this magnificent area. The 5 Terre card (own expense) covers all public transport around the five villages of the Cinque Terre, including the shuttle buses, trains and public lifts.
Admire the picturesque cliff-side fishing villages, each with their own distinct personalities. Touring the coast line by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the seaside. In the event of rough sea, the visit will be done partly by coach and partly by train. During the tour, the boat will reach Portovenere, Vernaza and Monterosso. Your will be able to explore these villages at your leisure.
Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time in Riomaggiore, and then return to La Spezia by train. Enjoy dinner in your hotel and spend the rest of your evening at leisure.
Overnight: 4-star Hotel NH in La Spezia
Day 4: La Spezia – Carrara – Lucca – Rome (B)
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and then travel south to Carrara -- home to the Apuan Alps where some of the world’s leading marble quarries are found. As you soak up the panoramic views, hear how the prized Carrara marble was used by Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo for several of his masterpieces.
Continue back into Tuscany for a walking tour around the walled city of Lucca, and admire the sights around its historical center, including Anfiteatro Square, Guinigi Tower and San Martino Cathedral. In the hills surrounding the town sits the village of Montecarlo di Lucca, a real insider’s treasure surrounded by emerald hills, olive groves and wooded paths. Visit a rustic farm here and sit down for a food and wine tasting, sampling locally produced breads, cheeses, cured meats and wines.
After your last taste of Tuscany, hop back on board your coach for the journey south to Rome. Your tour finishes in the evening at Rome Termini train station.
This tour was phenomenal! The group size was 8, so it had a personalized feel to it. We all got to know each other and had an excellent time. The wine tastings were a blast. The wineries did not skimp on the amount of wine given to us! We were given meats, cheeses and pasta to accompany the tastings. Cinque Terre was so beautiful. It was too windy to take the boat over, so we had to take the train but it didn't put a damper on the visit at all. There was a mix up with one of our hotels and we were forced to spend one night in a subpar hotel, but the company fixed it, covered our wine and city tax for the night and had a great hotel for us the following night. We would highly recommend this tour!
An excellent 4 days. Just the perfect mix of history, geography and wine tasting. Our days were full but we always felt relaxed. Our guide Diego certainly had us appreciating the Italian stress-free lifestyle. His knowledge and passion for all things Italian was unbelievable. The three wine tasting sessions were terrific and our boat ride to the Cinque Terre was definitely amazing, however our visit to a marble quarry in Cararra was unbelievable! A definite if you have 4 days to spare on your visit to Italy.
My partner and I recently went on this trip in Mid- September! and I cannot speak highly enough! It's a must do! first of all the tour guide Maria, was amazing she was fun, enthusiastic and very knowledgable! the bus was comfortable and modern! everything was planned and timed very well! we felt like we got to see so much of Italy on this tour and beautiful towns we wouldn't have known existed! we were taken to so many wineries where we got delicious meats and cheeses and also wine! we saw Cinque Terra and Pisa and a host of other towns, the hotels were nice and comfortable and all meals were included breakfast and dinner each day but on top of that all the free cheese, meat and bread through the day meant we were never hungry! by the end we were wondering how the company makes a profit off these trips when we considered the amount of value we got for the price! please do it you won't be disappointed.
Well arranged knowlegdeable guide and a pace that was right for us. Loved it, enjoyed it and would recommend to any and all.
Lovely, unforgettable, all included
GREAT! I saw some old and new places. It was amazing as Italy is great country! Loved my tour mates.
Great tour...our guide was very helpful, thanks Diego! We had 3 wine tastings on this excursion. Great bang for your buck!
What a brilliant time we had in all the walled cities. Not to mention the wine tastings with local food produce. A brilliant and very worthwhile experience. Thank you so much
Great tour. Maria is fantastic. We had a tight schedule after the end of the tour and she acted immediately to solve the situation and find us a suitable solution. Worked out perfectly.
I'd suggest an alternative to the last day wine tasting. Maybe an afternoon in Florenece ?
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