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ELEGANT JOURNEYS

12

nights

The Best Of Tuscany

23 Jul 2018 to 31 Oct 2019

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Journey Highlights

Central Italy's Tuscany region is renowned for its scenic countryside, rolling vineyards and hearty fare; and with such a rich history, engaging culture and delcious cuisine, it's an ideal area to self-drive and stop en-route. Driving affords you the feedom to discover colourful villages and ancient towns, pause to taste flavoursome local delicacies, and to photograph the captivating Tuscan countryside. Begin by driving to the coast and La Spezia, where you can savour the stunning coastal scenery of northwest Italy’s Italian Riviera and Liguria, bordering France, and explore the famous fishing villages of Cinque Terre. With some of the clearest waters of the Mediterranean, Blue Flag beaches and pastel-coloured houses, Liguria is a great holiday destination and ideal starting point for your Italian adventure. After your two-night stay in Portovenere, drive through Italy’s beautifully scenic countryside, stopping in Lucca, before enjoying a three-night stay in stunning Florence. Continue your Tuscany tour by driving via Siena, San Gimgano and Volterra and taste your way through the Chianti vineyards sampling the local delights and hearty fare with each stop. From the vineyards, travel to the coast and relax on the beach for the perfect finale at L'Andana. With stays at characterful hotels, villas and estates, this self-driving tour encapsulates the very best of Tuscan charm. From cliff-edge villages and hillside towns, to impressive city sites and remarkable art collections this Tuscan tour is bound to excite the senses and tempt the palate.

Culture & History Romance and Couples Dining & Gourmet
Perfect for:

Those seeking a scenic culinary adventure in Italy

Guide Price:

Prices from £3,960 per person. Price includes flights, accommodation on a breakfast basis, car hire and UK lounge passes.

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Your journey at a glance

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    2 nights Cinque Terre, Italy
  • 2
    Discover the Renaissance marvel of Lucca
  • 3
    3 nights Florence, Italy
  • 4
    Visit San Gimignano en route to Borgo Pignano
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    2 nights Tuscany, Italy
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    Stop en route to visit Siena
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    2 nights Tuscany, Italy
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    3 nights Tuscany, Italy
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The best time to visit Italy is between April and June, or September and October as the temperatures are most pleasant. August can be particularly hot and busy with local visitors.

Fly from London to Pisa

Collect Your Hire Car And Drive To Cinque Terre

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Staying at

Grand Hotel Portovenere

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Consisting of five, colourful UNESCO protected villages, namely Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, the Cinque Terre National Park is a string of centuries-old seaside villages clingging to a rugged cliffside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. With harbours filled with fishing boats, delicious fresh seafood, and the Liguria’s famous pesto sauce, guests can indulge in the sweeping sea vistas, visit trattorias, taste local wine from the terraced vineyards and hike their way along the Sentiero Azzurro cliffside. The dramatic views are complemented by a laid-back lifestyle, and visitors are rewarded for their visit with picture-postcard photographs to treasure. Enjoy a boat trip to Cinque Terre and explore the quaint seaside town of Portovenere in the south of Liguria. Named after Venus, the Goddess of beauty, and a UNESCO World Heritage status town, visitors can stroll the marina, photograph the colourful houses, relax on the petite sandy beach, or climb the hillside to admire the breathtaking views from the 12th century Castle of Portovenere, an ancient fortress perching on the cliff-edge. An ideal place to spend an evening, Portovenere is a visit to remember.

Highlights

Explore the quaint seaside town of Portovenere in the south of Liguria. Named after Venus, the Goddess of beauty, and a UNESCO World Heritage status town, visitors can stroll the marina, photograph the colourful houses, relax on the petite sandy beach, or climb the hillside to admire the breathtaking views from the 12th century Castle. Portovenere is an ideal place to spend an evening too.

Staying at

Grand Hotel Portovenere

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Housed in a former 13th Century convent in the charming town of Portovenere, Grand Hotel Portovenere is a picture-perfect hideaway in one of Italy’s most charming locations. Overlooking the ‘Bay of Poets’, the views from the windows are enchanting, with the characteristic painted houses and sparkling waters forming a beautiful backdrop. With a simple yet relaxing ambience, the hotel is the perfect base for exploring both Portovenere and the nearby Cinque Terre, which you can reach on a boat which departs from the dock across the road every morning. One of the highlights of the hotel is its fantastic food at the restaurant, which is served on the terrace with mesmerising views, though the town of Portovenere also has plenty of dining spots to enjoy, too.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Waterfront hotel within easy distance of Cinque Terre
  • Feature:Fabulous restaurant with beautiful harbour views
  • Rooms:48 rooms and suites
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Pisa International Airport
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Drive, via Lucca, to Florence

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Discover the Renaissance marvel of Lucca

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En route to Florence, stop at the Renaissance marvel of Lucca and stroll the elevated footpaths within the 16th century walls. With a walled old town, white-marble churches, ancient towers, Gothic Lucca Cathedral and signature Guinigi Tower, dating from 1384, this landmark site boasts an ancient rooftop garden which offers incredible views over the city. While away a few hours strolling alongside historic gems, stop for lunch or a coffee in one of the traditional trattoria serving authentic Italian fare such as ‘garmugia’ (a chicken flavoured broth) and ‘buccellato’ (a sweet bread often eaten with dessert wine).

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Florence, Italy

Staying at

Villa Cora

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Arrive in the striking city of Florence and become captivated by the historic treasures and rich sense of culture. This small, yet stunning, city is filled with ornate architecture, fine art and engaging cultural attractions. Head to The Uffizi Gallery to see the largest collection of Botticelli, and the Galleria dell’Accademia for its Michelangelo collection. As one of Europe’s most impressive centres for world-class art, museums and historic gems, visitors can cross the cobbled streets to see Renaissance masterpieces like Michelangelo’s ‘David’ and the 13th century Palazzo Vecchio. A renowned feature of the city’s River Arno is the famous medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge — lined with dozens of tiny jewellery shops, this is the perfect place to purchase an exquisite souvenir to remember the romantic city of Florence.

Highlights

Florence is a beautiful cultural gem. Admire Brunelleschi’s iconic dome standing proud in the heart of the city, head to The Uffizi Gallery and visit Galleria dell’Accademia to see its impressive Michelangelo collection. After sightseeing, Villa Cora is a special place to relax with fresco-filled interiors, a huge heated outdoor pool and surrounding park land.

Staying at

Villa Cora

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Situated in meticulously kept grounds on a hillside above the Boboli Gardens, close to the Piazzale Michelangelo, Villa Cora was built in the 1870s by Baron Oppenheim for his beloved wife, Princess Eugenia. Guest rooms range from the delightful rose-themed boudoirs, to Moorish-inspired rooms and the grandest rooms of all with parquet mahogany floors and frescoed ceilings. Take a journey through the ground floor’s connecting rooms, which include a card room, ceramics room and cigar room, a gloriously ornate ballroom, The Mirror Room, and the stylish Le Bar Long, decorated in sumptuous shades of purple velvet and silk. During summer guests can dine alfresco by the pool at Le Bistrot restaurant, or, during winter, inside in the Moorish room. The restaurant opens its doors for private dinners, cookery lessons and wine-tastings. A subterranean spa is situated beneath the Villa Eugenia (previously the gatehouse) and can be accessed via an underground tunnel or a shuttle service.


  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:Built by Baron Oppenheim in honour of his wife
  • Feature:The Spa is situated in the delightful Villa Eugenia
  • Rooms:32 rooms & 13 suites
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Florence Airport
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Drive to Chianti region

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Visit San Gimignano en route to Borgo Pignano

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Located southwest of Florence, the hill town of San Gimignano is encircled by 13th century walls and its old town boasts Piazza della Cisterna. This triangular ‘square’ is lined with medieval houses and medieval towers and the famous Torre Grosse made of stone. Highlights include the 12th century Duomo di San Gimignano church with its beautiful frescoes within its Santa Fina Chapel.

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Tuscany, Italy

Staying at

Borgo Pignano

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Between Florence and Siena, the remarkable fortified town of San Gimignano and Volterra regions offer stunning hillside views. San Gimignano — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — set on a high hilltop in the Tuscan countryside is a real treasure. Discover 14 of the original 72 ancient towers, and perhaps even climb the 170 feet, 14th century, Torre Grosse offering spectacular views above the narrow streets. For those wishing to shop, there are artisan workshops within the lanes and the opportunity to buy handmade ceramics and craft ware.Taste the delicious hearty cuisine of meats and cheeses and indulge in Tuscan treats.

Highlights

Just a short drive from Volterra, in the Province of Pisa, Borgo Pignana is a 750-acre rural escape in the heart of Tuscany. Taste the fruits and hearty fare of the Chianti Region, discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of nearby San Gimignano, horse-ride around the estate or visit the local artisan shops.

Staying at

Borgo Pignano

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It is no understatement that Borgo Pignano is a little slice of Tuscan heaven. Set amid seven-hundred-and-fifty-acres of organic farmland in an 18th Century villa and Etruscan hamlet, the estate exudes character. The full working farm is the soul of the property, producing fresh food and herbs that are used to create exquisite farm-to-fork menus and transformed into wonderful organic soaps and spa products. There is plenty to experience across the estate, whether you wish to visit the stables and go horse-riding, create your own herbal infusions with the herbologist or learn about honey-making with the beekeeper. Each room has its own unique sense of charm, while the service is exceptionally warm and friendly. It also boasts a west-facing location, making for stunning sunset displays, made all-the-more magical by cocktails from the resident mixologist – on clear nights, you can even see the island of Corsica in the distance. Something of a secret to many UK visitors, this undiscovered gem is the perfect Tuscan hideaway.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Historic estate and hidden-gem with beautiful views
  • Feature:Genuine working farm producing fresh food for the restuarant
  • Rooms:24 rooms, suites and maisonettes, 2 cottages and a farmhouse
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Pisa International Airport
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Drive via Siena to Castiglion del Bosco

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Stop en route to visit Siena

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Situated just over an hour’s drive from Renaissance gem Florence, it’s home to one of Europe’s great squares — the enormous shell-shaped Piazza del Campo — visitors will be amazed at the centro storica and medieval Gothic style all around. Here you can see the UNESCO zone with Torre del Mangia and striking Siena Cathedral with its dazzling mosaic floor. For keen foodies, the ‘panino con porchetta (porchetta-stuffed panini) is a must-try dish and this can be found at the local Fortress Market held each Wednesday. The local wine, cultivated from the nearby Chianti hills, is a natural accompaniment, whilst the remarkable history, striking architecture and vast array of eateries make Siena a very special place to stop.

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Tuscany, Italy

Staying at

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

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Arrive at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco and embrace everything this striking, well-preserved 800-year-old estate has to offer. With 4,000-acres to explore, two restaurants, a spa, cookery school, fine dining, organic kitchen garden and raft of sports, there is plenty to do for discerning guests. From the organic kitchen garden, cooking classes and wine tasting, to playing golf or tennis, days can be as active, or relaxing, as you wish. When it comes to un-winding, a holistic La Prairie spa treatment, or taking coffee in the lavendar-scented gardens is hard to beat. Be sure to taste a Chiania steak in Brunello sauce, visit the nearby Brunello di Montalcino winery and enjoy drinks in the CdB bar.

Highlights

This rural region about half an hour from Siena, is home to exquisite wine and delicious food. Savour the stunning terrace views, taste local wines at Brunello di Montalcino winery, dine at Ristorante Campo del Drago, enjoy a cookery class, or play a round of golf at the private club.

Staying at

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

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Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is set within the heart of the stunning Tuscan countryside of the UNESCO World Heritage Natural Park, Val d’Orcia, surrounded by rolling hills, swathes of lavender plants and immaculate vineyards. Dating back about eight-hundred years, it is one of Italy’s oldest and best-preserved estates and comprises the ruins of a castle, a medieval church and the original village hub, the 'Borgo’. It’s here, in the original buildings, that you’ll find the guest rooms and suites, each one brimming with Tuscan charm and authentic character, while the villas are converted farmhouses that feature antique furniture, artisanal pieces and modern comforts.

Those who appreciate outstanding natural beauty, incredible cuisine and good wine will find this stunning retreat heavenly. The peaceful estate boasts a spa, heated swimming pool, an historic Brunello winery, cooking school and organic kitchen garden, as well as two delightful restaurants where you can indulge on classic Italian dishes. The SPA at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco offers exclusive treatments with a holistic approach, developed by the renowned specialists, La Prairie, and using Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco's own, naturally derived bodycare line. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness centre and fitness activities available such as hiking, biking and yoga. Golfers will also be enthralled by the estate's private golf club and its Tom Weiskopf-designed, eighteen-hole course, which has to be one of the most picturesque places to play.

 


  • Type:Luxury Hotel With Villas
  • Summary:A centuries-old estate set in a picturesque Tuscan valley
  • Feature:A historic Brunello winery and private golf course
  • Rooms:23 rooms & suites and 11 villas
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Florence Airport
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Drive to L'Andana on the Tuscan coast

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Tuscany, Italy

Staying at

L'Andana

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Having explored the pretty medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano, with its torre di Pulcinella clock tower, San Biagio Montepulciano church (circa 1500's), farmhouse fare and local noble red wine, pass the famous vineyards for a relaxing stay in the Tuscan Hills. Originally, a former hunting lodge, guests can explore the surrounding 500-acre nature park, indulge in fine food, visit the coastal vineyards and relax on a nearby beach. This is an idyllic spot to digest your Tuscan tour.

Highlights

A mere 10-minute drive from Castiglione della Pescaia and the coast, L'Andana is a hideaway in the Tuscan Hills. Ideal for sublime solitude, this former hunting lodge is all about indulging and relaxing amongst beautiful natural scenery. Explore the coastal vineyards, or spend a relaxing day at a nearby beach club. This idyllic spot is the ideal Tuscan finale.

Staying at

L'Andana

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The enchanting Tuscan resort of L’Andana, peacefully nestled in the five-hundred hectare La Badiola Estate, boasts a breathtaking location along the beautiful coastal area of Maremma, where the soul-stirring sight of gently rolling hills and fragrant vineyards run out toward the crashing waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Arriving along the cypress lined driveway, enter this five-star luxury resort for a wonderfully authentic experience. Once a Medici villa, Grand Duke Leopold II made the estate the residence of his court during the summer season in the nineteenth century, taking it upon himself to reclaim these once marshy lands, and transforming them into a natural paradise.

Split between two buildings, the Villa and the Fattoria, the hotel interiors perfectly combine the original rural style of the Medici residence with an opulent French flourish. Both refined and intimate, all of the elegantly furnished guestrooms and suites offer a homely atmosphere reminiscent of an old-country residence, with a glamorous twist, suitable for both families and couples alike. For added luxury, there are thirteen distinctive suites, each with their own unique décor, some of which feature a mosaic bath or shower reminiscent of an indulgent Roman spa.


  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:Rustic rural retreat with stylish interiors
  • Feature:'Gourmand Spa' and picturesque golf course
  • Rooms:33 rooms
  • Location:Italy
  • Nearest airport:Pisa International Airport
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Italy is filled with treasures to discover — from ancient relics and remarkable cities, to delcious food and glorious wine. Tuscany is a region that boasts beautiful countryside with tasty treats.

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