Get a real feel of the Cinque Terre and Tuscany lifestyle! A luxury holiday where you’ll discover the art and culture of this corner of Italy, where you get to know the real Italian gastronomic traditions, relax in unique local thermals and more! Go on and start living la “dolce vita” as Italian people love to do!
A trip designed for travellers who appreciate the Italian lifestyle and want to know the real Cinque Terre and Tuscany enhanced by local experts who love to share their lifestyle , culture , traditions and of course …the excellent food!
A trip of 8 Days/ 7 Nights
1 Day – Arrival day in Cinque Terre, Liguria!
Check-in at your selected boutique accommodation in Cinque Terre. Relax after your long trip and start feeling the Italian atmosphere.
In the evening you’ll have dinner in one of our favorite Cinque Terre restaurant cuisine (wine included of course!).
2 Day – Cinque Terre tour and wine
After breakfast, you’ll meet your private local tour guide and you will visit the two iconic villages of Cinque Terre: Manarola and Vernazza. You’ll wander among the tiny squares and side alleys of the villages, you’ll walk among the famous terraced vineyards of Manarola, and reach the picturesque Vernazza with a romantic walk till the capuchin cloister.
Lunch on your own with a suggested list of places where to eat.
In the afternoon you’ll reach by yourself a local wine producer who will show you his amazing vineyards protected by Unesco and you’ll hear more about the history of this unique wine, how is produced and you’ll have the possibility to taste it with some typical specialties handmade just for you. Tasting the Cinque Terre wine is something not to be missed. We think the wine in this area speaks about The Cinque Terre, the local people who hardly work this land from centuries with passion and fondness.
After visiting the vineyards you will taste typical Cinque Terre wines, paired with some local traditional recipes (for example salted anchovies, vegetable cake, focaccia, pesto sauce).
Dinner on your own with a suggested list of places where to eat.
3 Day – Live la “Dolce Vita” in Portofino and Beyond
After breakfast, meeting with your local private tour guide in Santa Margherita Ligure railway station.
Meeting with your local private guide in Santa Margherita Ligure railway station or pic-up at the hotel in Santa Margherita
Tour of the picturesque villages in the heart of Portofino Natural Park: Santa Margherita, Portofino and San Fruttuoso . The tour starts in the picturesque village of Santa Margherita Ligure, once called the “salotto” of the entire Gulf with its troump d’oeil painted palaces, will fascinate you. You’ll live “la dolce vita” walking among charming villas surrounded by elegant gardens and parks. From Santa Margherita you’ll reach Portofino with a panoramic trip by public boat (weather and sea conditions permitting; otherwise you’ll take the public bus).
Portofino is a small fishing village which is now the center of élite tourism. You’ll visit the tiny village with its spectacular castle, the church perched on the cliff and the luxury boutiques.
Here you can taste the famous focaccia or have a light lunch in a typical trattoria (not included).
Then you will take again the boat to reach San Fruttuoso, an amazing cove with a medieval abbey built right on the pebble beach, restored and protected by FAI, the Italian National Trust. You’ll fall in love with this unique place!
Dinner on your own with our suggested list of places where to eat.
4 Day – The Gulf of Poets islands by private boat
After breakfast, you’ll meet your local private tour guide for a special day in the Poets Gulf.
You will take a private boat tour of the famous islands of the “Gulf of Poets”, so called to remember how the beauty of these places has been celebrated by poets, writers and artists, who have long been attracted by this coast and the savage sweetness of its landscape and climate. Leaving from Portovenere, you’ll have an exciting trip around the three islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. You will be shown caves suhc as the Blue Cave or the Byron Cave and go inside them with the boat!
Dinner on your own with a suggested list of places where to eat.
5 Day – Transfer to the beautiful Tuscany, land of taste, thermal well-being and unforgettable landscapes
Arrivederci and check-out from your accommodation in Cinque Terre! Your private driver will wait for you to transfer to Tuscany.
Arrival at your selected accommodation in Montepulciano area and check-in.
Taste your first typical Tuscan lunch in the restaurant of your accommodation.
In the afternoon you’ll have a relaxing and an enjoyable time at the thermal pool of Chianciano Terme that uses the beneficial waters. The pools – over 500 meters squared of tubs – are all connected and filled with water from the Sillene spring. Animated by water jets and hydromassage, they are equipped with parasols and sunbeds. Rich in carbon dioxide, calcium carbonate, bicarbonate and sulphates, which give it its
typical opaqueness, the waters offer an antiinflammatory action on the muscular, skeletal system and are nourishing for the skin. The temperature of the water in the pools is between 33 and 36 degrees.
For dinner, you’ll have a special time in a selected restaurant in Monteulciano area.
6 Day – Special trip to the beautiful city of art and history: Siena!
After breakfast, your private shuttle bus will take you to Siena, where you’ll meet the local guide and start a very charming tour. From San Domenico church, where you can see the relics of St. Catherine, you’ll have a walk through the main streets in the heart of the city, passing through Piazza Salimbeni and Piazza Tolomei, two authentic jewels of Medieval architecture. Then you’ll reach Piazza del Duomo, dominated by the imposing structure of Siena’s cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. The building stands over an existing church that in turn was built over a pagan temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva. The Latin cross design of the church includes three naves and is entirely sheathed in strips of alternating black and white marble, a reference to the black and white colours of the coat of arms of the city of Siena. You’ll visit the interior of the Duomo, which reflects the polychrome use of marble decorations present in the exterior and makes clever use of light from the outside to create a mysterious effect of shadows.
Lunch in a selected typical restaurant
The visit to the old town will culminate in one of the most famous squares in the world, Piazza del Campo, renowned for its beauty and architectural integrity. There, you can admire the Torre del Mangia and the Palazzo Pubblico, as well as various palazzi signorili surrounding the shell-shaped piazza.
In the late afternoon you’ll return to your accommodation, where you can have a little time for relaxation, before dinner.
Dinner in a cellar-restaurant of Montepulciano.
7 Day – It’s time for luxury relaxation and to mett the ancient culture of this land: the Etruscans.
After breakfast, you’ll be accompanied to a wonderful Spa of wellbeing amidst the Sienese hills, with rich thermal spring waters full of therapeutic gifts for the body discovered by the ancient Etruscans. Bathe in warm, restored pools, and feel the massage of water jets that generate both tone and energy. You’ll have a time of total relaxation and beauty for your body and your spirit, in the suggestive frame of Val d’Orcia, that will leave you speechless.
Lunch in the spa restaurant.
In the afternoon you’ll have an Etruscan tour in Chiusi, a town rich of archaeological sites and Etruscan finds, accompanied by a professional guide.
For dinner, you’ll taste a special menu in a fine Slow Food restaurant.
8 Day – Arrivederci day!
After breakfast, it will be time for check-out and departure. Today it’s the “arrivederci” day. We will look forward to meeting you again and hope that you enjoyed this little taste of the Tuscany lifestyle.
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