This tour of Tuscany begins and ends in Rome. The Tuscany tour includes 6 nights in the Spa town Montecatini. Rome bookends the Tuscany tour with 1 night in Rome at the beginning of the trip and 1 night in Rome at the end of the vacation. This is a leisurely tour with 2 days free in Montecatini. On the free days there are two optional tours. One is to the Cinque Terre, the beautiful cliffside towns located on the Ligurian coastline. The other is to Lucca, the walled city known for its architecture, many churches, and as the birthplace of the Italian opera composer Puccini. Included excursions from Montecatini include the Tuscan towns Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Vinci, and Florence. In Rome you’ll visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum before setting off for Tuscany. Upon returning to Rome the final evening there is a very special tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, and a final farewell dinner at the Vatican. For more information review the daily itinerary below. For the price of the Tuscany tour with Rome including airfare from your preferred city submit the form or call ItalianTourism.us 800.227.1577.
Tuscany Tour with Rome Highlights
- In Rome visit St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and Rome’s Colosseum
- Visit an authentic ‘borgo’ for a delicious Italian meal, olive oil tasting and leisurely walk through the olive groves and lemon orchards.
- Enjoy a private guided tour and exclusive dinner in the midst of three centuries of art, history and antiquities at the Vatican’s Missionary Ethnological Museum.
- Visit the museum dedicated to the life of Leonard da Vinci in his Tuscan birthplace
- Visit Florence and the Accademia Museum to see Michaelangelo’s David.
- Walking tour of Florence’s historic center
- Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa
- City tour in Rome, Pisa and Florence
Tuscany Tour with Rome Inclusions
- 8 Nights 4-star accommodations: 2 nights in Rome and 6 nights in Montecatini
- Up to 40 guests.
- More Legroom. Deluxe, state-of-the-art motor coaches with EXTRA legroom.
- Airport Transfers. Arrival and departure transfers in Italy if flights match up with transfer times.
- 13 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners, and 1 lunch.
- Wireless Headsets to hear your guide clearly and distinctly in public places.
- Baggage Handling. Never touch your bag! (except at airports)
- Hotel Taxes, Hotel Service Charges and All Tips for hotel and restaurant personnel.
- Professional Tour Directors and licensed local guides.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on motor coaches.
Villafranca – Rome 1 Night
The Villafranca Hotel boasts luxury 4-star accommodations and a central Rome location in Termini area.
Columbia – Montecatini 6 Nights
The Hotel Columbia Wellness Spa is located in the center of Montecatini Terme. Terme means Spa and Montecatini is one of the oldest spa towns in history. The ancient Romans believed good health came from natural water springs (terme) and thus the word spa which is derived from the phrase salute per acqua.
Sheraton Parco De Medici – Rome 1 Night
Located outside Rome’s center the Sheraton Parco de Medici is an oasis of green among the hustle and bustle of busy Rome.
Tuscan Hills: Enjoy a meal in the idyllic setting
Take a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to a delightful regional restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees. Here a feast of gastronomic specialties awaits, accompanied by song and music.
Cinque Terre: Charming seaside villages
We’ll visit the Bay of Poets and the beautiful Porto Venere, where we can admire the UNESCO protected Cinque Terre. Still to this day, the villages retain their charm and reputation for producing some of Italy’s most exclusive wines.
Florence: Excursion to tour Accademia Museum Michelangelo’s David
Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.
Lucca: The Walled City
Join us as we explore the beautiful city of Lucca, birthplace of the composer Giacomo Puccini. You’ll explore with a Local Specialist as the monumental architecture transports you back to thirteenth century Tuscany.
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Tuscany Tour with Rome Daily Itinerary
DAY 1 – DEPART USA
Boarding your overnight flight, you’re off to Italy on the adventure of a lifetime!
DAY 2 – ARRIVE IN ROME
Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. This capital city stands on the Tiber River and enjoys a long and celebrated history. Relax after your journey and later meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception. Then an orientation drive will give you a perfect introduction to the sights which await you.
Meals: Welcome Reception
DAY 3 – ROME SIGHTSEEING – MONTECATINI (6 NIGHTS)
This morning your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s magnificent Pietà. St. Peter’s is a place of pilgrimage and is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. Your tour continues across the Tiber River with views of ancient Roman ruins including the enormous Colosseum. Later enjoy a scenic drive through the Tuscan Hills to the thermal spa resort of Montecatini, the largest and most famous spa town in Italy, your home for the next six nights at the Hotel Columbia Wellness Spa.
DAY 4 – FLORENCE EXCURSION
Your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating account of the history of Renaissance Florence during your walking tour. View the magnificent Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria. Perhaps in your free time visit the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city’s most famous landmarks and lined with goldsmiths and jewelers, a legacy of the 16th-century decree which mandated that only jewelers and goldsmiths be allowed to ply their trade on the bridge. Visitors will however now also find the odd souvenir shop. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a memorable Be My Guest dinner experience with beautiful views over the Tuscan hills.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 5 – MONTECATINI AT LEISURE OR OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE TO THE CINQUE TERRE
Enjoy a relaxing day or you might consider an Optional Experience to the famous Cinque Terre, with its quaint coastal pastel-coloured villages clinging to rugged cliffs.
DAY 6 – PISA AND VINCI EXCURSION
This morning meet your Local Specialist in Pisa and view the famous Leaning Tower, the finely sculpted marble cathedral and the ornate baptistery. Afterward, enjoy a delicious Regional Meal in the Tuscan countryside for lunch. Then travel to the scenic Tuscan town of Vinci where you’ll enjoy a Cultural Insight into the life of Leonardo da Vinci including a visit to the Museo Leonardiano showcasing his machines and models accompanied by specific references to his sketches and handwritten notes, as well as interactive exhibits.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 7 – SIENA AND SAN GIMIGNANO EXCURSION
In the well-preserved medieval city of Siena see the Piazza del Campo, scene of the celebrated biannual Palio horse race and the stunning marble Cathedral which dominates the town. Later explore San Gimignano known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’, famed for its ring of towers which can be seen several miles from town. Shop for locally-produced delicacies and hand-painted Tuscan pottery.
DAY 8 – MONTECATINI AT LEISURE
Montecatini Terme is one of Italy’s most popular thermal spa destinations and you have the entire day to do exactly as you please. Why not take the historic funicular railway from Montecatini Terme to the picturesque town of Montecatini Alto which has a small castle and large square with charming restaurants and outdoor cafes, not to mention magnificent views of the countryside for as far as the eye can see. Your Travel Director will be available for suggestions on how to spend your day.
DAY 9 – MONTECATINI – ROME – VATICAN EXPERIENCE
Travel from Montecatini to Rome and have time at leisure on arrival. Explore the city’s magnificent historic sites, indulge in its café culture or perhaps even indulge in a shopping experience to Via Condotti. This afternoon, gain priority access to the Vatican Museums where you will meet an official representative during your private guided tour of the Missionary Ethnological Museum. Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, this museum has a remarkable collection of artworks and historical relics from missions all over the world. Enjoy an exclusive Farewell Dinner at the museum amidst three centuries of Vatican art, history and antiquities. Join a Local Specialist for a guided evening tour of the Vatican Museums including a visit to Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 10 – RETURN TO USA
This morning you board your flight home arriving in the USA the same day.
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