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GALILEO TOUR - Rome, Florence and Pisa

Rome, the "Eternal city", Florence, the land of Giotto and Michelangelo, gorgeous Tuscan landscapes, excellent wine, the best cuisine..... can you dream of something better?

SUMMARY

  • 5 Full Days + 5 Nights
  • Type of Tour: circular
  • Start and End in: Rome
  • Minimum number of participants: 4

 

PRICE PER PERSON

Double Occupancy in 3 Star Hotel - Country House

  • Spring Summer 2017: 1,625 € (Groups of 4 to 5 pax) - 1,500 € (Groups of 6 to 7 pax)
  • Autumn Winter 2016 - 2017: 1,515 € (Groups of 4 to 5 pax) - 1,390 € (Groups of 6 to 7 pax)
  • Supplement per person for accomodation in single room: 150 €

Double Occupancy in 4 Star Hotel

  • Spring Summer 2017: 1,750 € (Groups of 4 to 5 pax) - 1,665 € (Groups of 6 to 7 pax)
  • Autumn Winter 2016 - 2017: 1,590 € (Groups of 4 to 5 pax) - 1,465 € (Groups of 6 to 7 pax)
  • Supplement per person for accomodation in single room: 200 €

Quotation on request for accomodation in 5 Star Hotel - Historical Palace - Groups up to 18 pax

Please note that the climbing of Torre di Pisa is not included in the price and will be booked upon request.


WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • 5 nights with European Breakfast
  • 5 3-course dinners (wine not included)
  • Private transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned van
  • English speaking full-time Tour Leader
  • Visit to a wine cellar in Montalcino with tasting
  • Admission to Galleria degli Uffizi OR Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence
  • Admission to Coliseum and Imperial Forums in Rome
  • All taxes and tips

Day 1 – ORVIETO

Welcome to Italy! In Florence, your Tour Leader will meet you at the hotel. There you’ll meet also your travel mates; who will join you in this unforgettable tour around Italy. Let’s have a coffee together, just to know each other!
Heading north, on the way to Florence we will stop in Orvieto, one of the most interesting hill towns in Italy, perched up on volcanic rock, its history dating back to the Etruscans. Although just one hour from Rome, the architecture is different, with many of the buildings constructed out of "tufo", a volcanic rock. Orvieto's main attraction is its 14th century Cathedral - a mastrepiece of Gothic architecture with a glistening façade of stained glass, mosaics and sculptures.

Day 2 – FLORENCE

Today is the day for trekking! From Rio Maggiore starts “Via dell'Amore” (Lovers' Lane),  a well-paved coastal path linking Riomaggiore with Manarola. Studded with picnic areas and stone beaches embedded in the cliffside, it affords stunning  sea views. By train or on foot we will also reach the other fishing villages: Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. The vineyards, typical of this area, contribute to create a unique landscape with dry-laid stone walls, winding paths, enchanting beaches between cliffs and clear waters! You will remember these idyllic places forever!
Do you like anchovies? They are a local specialty of Monterosso! Ever tried “Linguine al Pesto”, a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese? And what about Ligurian wines? Sciachetrà will seduce you!! Tonight, after a long but satisfying day, we will appreciate a typical Ligurian dinner!

Day 3 – PISA and SAN GIMIGNANO

Today we will discover Pisa, a beautiful Tuscan town famous all over the world for its Torre di Pisa (Leaning Tower). Its construction started in 1173 but was finished at the end of the 14th century; the cylindrical tower, 54 meters tall, has eight floors, six of them with open galleries, and inside the spiral staircase has 294 steps leading to the top of the tower. Then we will visit the large square “Campo dei Miracoli” (Field of Miracles), with its Romanesque buildings, the Duomo and the Baptistery, to end with the Camposanto, the cemetery for noble citizens of Pisa in the past. Upon request we will be able to climb to the top of the tower (please note that advance booking is required).
We will have lunch here before leaving for Volterra, one of Tuscany's most evocative hill towns, a little south of San Gimignano. It is Tuscany’s oldest continuously-inhabited town, with settlements documented since 1,500 B.C. It’s, therefore, a good way to know not only about Volterra’s history but also about Tuscany as a whole. We will visit Piazza dei Priori, the main square, center of civic power since the 8th century, Porta all'Arco, the 4th century B.C. Etruscan gate to the city walls, its 12th century Cathedral and the ruins of the Roman Theater (40 B.C.) and Roman Baths (3rd century AD). Volterra is famous for its Alabaster. In the city, you can find shops selling artifacts and handmade unique pieces carved into this semi-transparent stone.
What’s for dinner tonight? We suggest you a Bruschetta for appetizer, a pasta with truffle sauce (Volterra is the heart of Italy's truffle country), “salsiccia di cinghiale” (wild boar sausage) and “pane di pescatore” (fisherman’s bread) as dessert! All served with a good Chianti wine or, if you prefer, a dry white wine, Vernaccia!

Day 4 – MONTALCINO

Today we will continue our Tuscany tour and visit San Gimignano, also known as the "Medieval Manhattan", thanks to its very old and impressive  14 towers that dominate the town skyline. Originally the towers were 72,  built by patrician families probably to demonstrate their wealth and power. Seven of San Gimignano's  towers are around Piazza del Duomo. The tallest tower is Torre Grossa, 54 meters high, dating back to 1298.  We can climb to the top of the tower and enjoy a fantastic view of the city and the picturesque countryside! We will  also visit San Gimignano 1300, a Museum which  brings to life the City as it existed 700 years ago! It is not just a museum but an experience, where everything you see was done entirely by hand!
In the afternoon we will arrive in Florence. A guided sightseeing tour introduces us to the city’s splendor. We’ll visit the Duomo, Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery , one of the oldest buildings in the city, in the Florentine Romanesque style.
Tonight dinner in Oltrarno, the Florence of the Florentines!

Day 5 - ROME

Today will be a very busy day! Let’s start with  a visit at the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous museums in the world for its extraordinary collections of paintings. Then we will see the imposing Palazzo Vecchio with the crenellated tower of Arnolfo, one of the symbols of the city, and we will have lunch with Panino con Lampredotto in a typical Florentine market.
In the afternoon we will reach Galleria dell’Accademia which hosts Michelangelo's David, the most famous sculpture in the world! After that we’ll visit the Convent of Santa Croce where Michelangelo, Galileo and other Italian glories are buried. We will also spare some time to relax, visiting a typical market for shopping,  strolling  through the pedestrian streets of the city and crossing the oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio, rich of jewellery shops.
Tonight will be our last night in Italy! We will have  our farewell dinner in a typical restaurant in Fiesole with a breath-taking panorama over Florence.