Gastronomic Tour : A Taste of Tuscany

22nd - 28th January 2018

Image : Magi Chapel, Florence

Our January tour to the incomparable city of Florence is now a fixture. This year we are delighted to say that we have paid heed to clients’ suggestions and are offering a Florence tour with a difference.

We shall spend six nights in our home in Florence -the lovely Hotel Torre Guelfa – perfectly located in a Renaissance mansion within walking distance of all the major sites and museums.

Our programme gives us two full days exploring the best (and lesser) known attractions of Florence. But this year we shall also travel out of Florence and spend a day in each of Pisa, Siena, and Lucca – thereby savouring the best that Tuscany has to offer, away from the tumultuous tourism of the spring and summer months.

DAY 1 & 2 : We fly from the UK to Florence and transfer the short distance to our hotel for 6 nights, the noble Torre Guelfa. Perfectly located only 200 yards from the Piazza de la Signoria, it is within walking distance of all the major sites and a handful of excellent Florentine restaurants. During our stay we shall savour many of the classic dishes of Tuscan fare.

On Day 2 we join one of our local friends for a guided tour of the highlights of the Uffizi, continuing our day in the wonderful Bargello Museum of Sculpture and finishing in Santa Croce. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Benvenuto Cellini, Botticelli, Rafael -Donatello, Mantegna all in one day … Phew!

DAYS 3, 4 & 5 : Siena, Pisa and Lucca are all about one hour from Florence. On our three day-trips we focus on the essence of each of these wonderful cities. Siena, one of the loveliest cities in Italy, full of medieval architecture; the Duomo, full of frescoes, paintings and sculptures; the Piazza del Campo and the Piazza Publico, the Church of San Domenico.

In Pisa, wonderful museums and fabulous walks beside the river and along medieval streets such as the atmospheric Borgo Stretto. And, of course, the Piazza dei Miracoli – a unique and miraculous complex of medieval buildings including the marvellous Romanesque cathedral with its famous tower.

Finally, to Lucca, the ‘town of 101 churches’ and the only city in Tuscany to have preserved its medieval walls – now brilliantly re-born as a spectacular landscaped walk. We will visit the world-class art collection in the National Museum at the stunning Villa Guinigi and explore twelve centuries of history beneath the church of San Giovanni.

DAY 6 : We spend our final full day back in Florence; in the morning exploring the city’s secret corners with our friend, the great Niklaus – and in the afternoon completing our adventure with a visit to the Duomo and its museums.

Tour details

Tour dates : 22nd – 28th January 2018

Number of days : 7

Price : £2150 (per person based on 2 sharing a twin or double room)

Single supplement : £215

Fully inclusive : Flights, transfers, accommodation and meals are all included.

Number in party : 14 – 18

Tour leader : Chris Pollard and Moses Laachiri

Hotel

Hotel : The delightful Torre Guelfa

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