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- 4-day Tuscany and Cinque Terre tour from Rome with an expert guide
- Visit the scenic hilltop towns that comprise 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 Cinque Terre with your 5 Terre Card and enjoy free public transport between villages
- 4-star hotel accommodation in Siena and La Spezia included
What You Can Expect
From Siena, head northwest out of Tuscany to the region of Liguria. Your tour includes two nights of accommodation here in La Spezia, just south of the Cinque Terre, where five tiny villages cling precariously to the coastline’s sun-scorched cliffs. With a reputation that exceeds its size, the area boasts indescribable scenery with hillsides that tumble down through lush groves before plunging over quietly eroding cliffs. See all this and more on your unforgettable 4-day tour!
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.
Due to a landslide which occurred at the end of September 2012, the famous 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. Your guide will give you your Cinque Terre card (known as 5 Terre Card) and then leave you to explore this magnificent area independently. Your card covers all public transport around the five villages of the Cinque Terre, including the shuttle buses, trains and public lifts.
Work your way through the picturesque cliff-side fishing villages – each with their own distinct personalities – by following the scenic walking trails or riding on public transport. Perhaps swim in an isolated cove at the colorful village of Riomaggiore, and then walk along Via dell’Amore (lover’s walks) to Manarola. Marvel at the wind-gnarled vineyards that cling to the cliffs near Corniglia, and then enjoy lunch (own expense) while looking out over the lapping crystalline sea in Monterosso.
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.
WOW! What an impressive tour this is. We LOVED it!! Our guide, Diego was excellent. He conducted our 33 person tour in both English and Spanish. He was very organized. The accommodations and meals included were very nice. I can't even begin to choose a highlight, because every day was filled with one terrific thing after the other. I would take this tour again in a heartbeat. We did not receive the Cinque Terre card as it said on the brochure, but we didn't need this because we were escorted to each of the towns we visited and the tour included our tickets for both the boat and the train. (We went to Cinque Terre on the boat and returned to our hotel on the train). These towns are a must-see for anyone visiting Italy. One of the best things about this tour is that virtually everything is included - you don't have to pay for many extras, except the odd lunch if you wish and a ticket to the buildings at Pisa. The tour picks you up at your hotel the first day, but leaves you at Termini train station at the end of the tour. Do not expect to be dropped off at your hotel! Some people were very upset about this, despite the tour description stating we would be dropped at Termini. Read the instructions carefully and you will have the most amazing tour of Italy! Thank you for providing such a terrific tour!
This tour was wonderful! Our tour guide Diego and the driver Valerio were great. Took great care of us, were charming. Everything went smoothly. Very special, side trips, etc