6 Days / 5 Nights

Route: FLORENCE-SIENA–TRASIMENO LAKE–CORTONA-AREZZO-SAN GIMIGNANO-PISA-CARRARA-FLORENCE
Tourcode: (RIF. CLA-15600)

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OVERVIEW:
Explore amazing places like FLORENCE, the city where everything is expressed at maximum power.
A large open-air museum, surrounded by beautiful hills, where the architectural and natural joins an innate vocation for cooking and enology.
Villages full of history and culture, international museums and masterpieces of religious architecture.
Rafting between rapids and streams. Ride on horseback is one the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the beautiful natural scenery of the place and discover the area from a different angle. Fly over the Tuscany plain and the villages present in complete silence, on a hot air balloon, offers unforgettable emotions.
Collection of truffles.  A unique experience, you will see live the art of picking truffles with trained dogs. Experts quarrymen will guide you through the woods showing you the different types of truffle. Followed by master chefs will advise you on the best use of what has been collected.
The TUSCANY whole region offers many types of food and wine tours practicable throughout the year, each with specific characteristics and peculiarities.

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Day by Day Itinerary suggested:

DAY 1: FLORENCE
Pick up from your Hotel meet your private guide for discovering Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Politically, economically, and culturally it was the most important city in Europe from 1300 until the early 1500s. Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be seen above all in the 13th-century cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), the Church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, the work of great masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo.

Plan suggesting of the visits (you should need at least 2 full days to make all the interesting visits)
- Cathedral, Battistero
- Santa Croce’s churches with relevant painting
- Palazzo della Signoria and Loggia dei Lanzi (Michelangelo’s Donatello)
- Ponte Vecchio (the oldest bridge in town with local and jewelery shops)
- Palazzo Pitti and Giardini di Boboli
- Fiesole and Abbadia Fiesolana
- Santa Maria Novella (one of the most beautiful Medievel and Renaissance churches in Italy)
Lunch & Dinner by your own, the driver/guide will suggest a typical Restaurant.
Overnight at the Hotel in Florence.

DAY 2: FLORENCE
After Breakfast, pick up from your Hotel meet your private guide and continue to discovery Florence. See tour suggested above.
Lunch & Dinner by your own.
Overnight at the Hotel in Florence.

DAY 3: FLORENCE > SIENA > LAKE TRASIMENO > CORTONA
After Breakfast, pick up from your Hotel with your private driver/guide for discovering SIENA.
Mysterious city situated on the summit of three hills. Its narrow, winding streets are part of its charm. The Cathedral, with it splendid façade in multi-coloured marble; Piazza del Campo, heart of the city, with a unique shell-like shape, the Gaia Fountain, the Public Palace, a masterpiece of gothic civil architecture, with the remarkable Mangia Tower.
Lunch in SIENA to taste the Tuscanian cuisine base on fresh ingredients and taste some typical desserts symbol of Siena (Ricciarelli, Pan Pepato and others).
After lunch direction crossing the LAKE TRASIMENO. Immersed in a lovely environment, surrounded by green rolling hills. The Etruscan people settled around the lake and established their sophisticated culture there.
In 217 b. C. Hannibal, the Carthaginian general, on the northern shore of Tuoro dramatically defeated the Roman army.
During the Middle Ages it became to be known as “the lake of Perugia”: as a matter of fact the larger city submitted the small villages and the islands of the lake, that were turned into lucrative properties since the 12th century, providing fish and wheat.
The charming view of Trasimeno became an ideal element for the backdrops of many Renaissance painters, namely “Il Perugino”.
Reach CORTONA, all surrounded by walls that are an interesting element of the landscape and a monument of outstanding archaeological importance.
Walk in the picturesque streets, sit under a piece of history while enjoying a cocktail or dining in a restaurant with family where you can feel the warmth of the people or visit the beautiful churches, museums, buy handmade jewelry or listen to an outdoor concert while enjoying a local wine, all this is CORTONA, a town that retains a medieval charm.
Overnight at the Hotel in CORTONA.

DAY 4: CORTONA > AREZZO > SAN GIMIGNANO
Breakfast in Hotel, in the morning a couple of hours to visit CORTONA yourself, after pick up from your Hotel with your private driver/guide for discovering AREZZO.
Today Arezzo is considered the world capital of Art and Goldsmiths the capital of Italy Antiques.
A couple of hours visiting and shopping and then continue to San Gimignano, stopping along the way to an outlet in REGGELLO (The Mall Outlet) of the famous fashion brands, stopping for lunch.
Reach in the afternoon SAN GIMIGNANO, a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the surrounding buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley.
At the height of its glory, San Gimignano's patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance.
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, SAN GIMIGNANO offers visitors the chance to step back in time while enjoying its local products including saffron and its white wine, the "Vernaccia di San Gimignano".
Overnight at the Hotel in SAN GIMIGNANO

DAY 5: SAN GIMIGNANO > PISA > CARRARA > FLORENCE
After Breakfast, pick up from your Hotel for discovering PISA, after the visit proceed to CARRARA, Visit to the marble quarries with private guide with off-road vehicles. During the transfer will be given all the information of a social and historical territory.
Climb up to 1,200 meters above sea level to enjoy an indescribable view and a feeling of pure ecstasy. At the end of the hike
continues up to Colonnata where we visit a "larderia" to see how and understand why is produced and matures long (and unhurried) the renowned "Lardo di Colonnata IGP".
Overnight at the Hotel in FLORENCE.

DAY 6: FLORENCE > DEPARTURE
Your journey continues to other destinations, example would continue from Carrara for the 5 lands in Liguria, or extend the days in Tuscany for the activities you prefer...........

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