If you remember a couple of weeks ago I shared with you my trip of Italy in second parts. And because I can’t stay without traveling I decide to went for another Italy tour but this time we discovered other parts of the country. Enjoy the post!
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This arrangement was especially designed for the “first time visitor to Italy”. By combining the country’s natural made beauties with the masterpieces created by man, it is the ideal introduction to this complex and fascinating country.
Proceeding at as leisurely a pace as it is possible in a relatively short time, it gives the opportunity to reflect on how the beauty of the natural surroundings inspired the inhabitants to create so many works of art.
Day 1 – Florence – Montecatini
Arrive Florence Airport to be welcomed by the tour host who will escort us to the awaiting bus for the short transfer to Montecatini. After checking into the hotel, the afternoon is at leisure to relax and recover from the transatlantic flight. Dinner is provided at the hotel.
Day 2 – Lucca and Pisa
Today we begin to savour some of the delights that surround us. We start with two places that in many other parts of the world would rank as major attractions but, in this amazing region, are considered “minor cities” We first go to Lucca, a delightful small town which has retained to this day the urban structure of a “city-state” of the past.
Medieval houses, towers and churches, along with the splendid palaces of the Renaissance period, are tightly packed within a ring of 16th century walls and images from Katie now preserved as public gardens.
Afterwards we continue to Pisa where in the aptly named, Campo dei Miracoli – Field of Miracles – we admire the splendid complex of the Cathedral, Baptistery and renowned Leaning Tower, glorious examples of Pisan-Romanesque style in pink and white marble. At the end of the day, we return to our hotel in Montecatini for dinner.
Day 3 – The Chianti Hills, San Giminiano and Siena
Another feast for our eyes awaits us, as we set out amongst the rolling hills of the Chianti region famous throughout the world both for their beauty and the delicious wine produced on their slopes.
Driving through a landscape of unending vistas of olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees studded here and there by ancient farmhouses, villas and castles, we reach San Gimignano scenically set on top of a hill and perhaps the best preserved medieval town in Europe.
We will feel positively caught in a time warp as we stroll through the streets where literally little, if anything at all, has changed since the 14th century.
After some free time to allow us to wander at leisure through these extraordinary surroundings, we continue on to Siena, second in size, but equal in importance, to Florence as a centre of the Renaissance movement.
Siena’s medieval streets, which, owing to the urban area being spread over the sides of three different hills, offer ever-changing aspects with great scenic effect.
We enjoy a guided tour of the town which will include the Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of Mary an outstanding example of the unique Mediterranean Gothic style with a magnificent facade and housing, amongst other works of great value, the justly famous marble pulpit carved by Nicola Pisano aided by his son Giovanni and his pupil Arnolfo di Cambio.
We continue to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, scene twice a year of the world famous bareback horse race in medieval costumes known as “Il Palio. The unique concept of the “contrade” is deeply rooted in the personality of the Sienese people and our guide will enlighten us on this fascinating subject.
We finally visit the “Palazzo Pubblico” which contains some of the most famous masterpieces of the Sienese school of painting such as “The Effects of Good Government” by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and the portrait of “Guidoriccio da Fogliano” by Simone Martini.
On our way about town the guide will point out and explain other points of interest.
We return to our hotel in Montecatini in the evening.