8 Days - Walk and Discover Tours

Tuscany embodies the very essence of Italy – centuries of heritage, exquisite art and architecture, beautiful scenery, an enviable climate, great food and wine – and so much more. Florence, together with lesser-known gems such as Lucca and San Gimignano, offer perfectly preserved architecture and artistic treasures. Arguably the finest city of the Renaissance, Florence owes its great riches to the commercial boom that emerged after the Dark Ages. Political power at the time was in the hands of just a few families, in particular the Medicis, who married into most European royal families, including our own. Architects, artists and sculptors flocked to the city to be engaged by nouveau riche patrons. Gradually grand residences, churches and palaces were filled to bursting point with magnificent works of art. You’ll also experience extraordinary San Gimignano, a superbly preserved enclave famous for its immense stone towers and dramatic skyline. Siena is another wonderful Tuscan city on our tour, guarded behind impressive walls. At its heart is Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s most attractive squares. Then there’s Lucca, one of Italy’s most graceful towns, with a historic quarter nestling inside outstandingly preserved Renaissance walls. To the south of Lucca is Pisa, a city famed around the world for a tower that seems to defy gravity, yet it has so much more to offer. Wander a little way from the Square of Miracles and you discover the city’s maze of tiny streets and intimate piazzas. The Tuscan countryside really is picture-postcard Italy and a rambler’s dream. Gently undulating biscuit-coloured hills often covered with vineyards flow and disappear into the distance, inviting further discovery. Punctuated by isolated farmhouses, unchanged for centuries, and studded by tall cypress trees, this beautiful landscape yields a rich harvest of food and wine. The local cuisine is simple and uses the finest local ingredients. Thick soups, grilled meats, fresh vegetables, pecorino cheese, olive oil, garlic and herbs are all part of the typical Tuscan table. To complement the food, Tuscany also produces some of Italy’s best-known wines, such as Brunello di Montalcino, Vin Santo and, of course, Chianti. Embodying the excitement and romance of Italy, Tuscany is stylish, justifiably proud of its heritage, vibrant, expressive… and absolutely unforgettable.

Highlights

  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund
  • Discover a less-visited ‘other side’ of Florence on an urban trek with a local guide
  • Explore the breathtaking Tuscan countryside on a guided walk through the renowned wine region of Chianti
  • Savour the spectacular scenery around the hilltop village of San Gimignano on a guided walk
  • See Pisa’s incredible Leaning Tower and explore the medieval walled city of Lucca
  • Marvel at the medieval splendour of Siena on a tour led by a local guide
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation, inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast and four dinners
  • A specialist guide to accompany you on all walks

Inclusions

  • The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a room. Single rooms are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes:
  • Seven nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and four dinners
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Return flights
  • All transfers and coach travel as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • An expert local walking guide