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Discover Tuscan Villas

Europe
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9266

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

8 days

EU 2023

PRICE FROM ? £1069 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy, boasting stunning, vineyard-clad countryside, a rippling coastline, a fascinating history and impressive architecture in abundance. On this tour we discover some of the most charming villas in the area, complete with impressive gardens and detailed frescoes, a few of which are still occupied by the families that own them. We also visit some of the most iconic Tuscan cities such as Lucca and Florence.

Air Itinerary

Day 1

We fly to Pisa and transfer to the Grand Hotel Panoramic in Montecatini Terme.

Day 2 – Villa Reale di Marlia, Villa Grabau & Colleverde Vineyard

This morning takes us to Villa Reale di Marlia situated at the foot of the Pizzorne hills. Once home to Napoleon’s sister, the villa’s 16-hectare estate has a timeless elegance. We continue on to Villa Grabau, a beautiful private house furnished with period pieces and paintings. The villa is surrounded by nine hectares of botanical park, where beautiful ancient lemon trees can be found.

In the afternoon we head to the Colleverde Vineyard where we discover the art of wine and olive oil making. Our tour here also includes a guided tasting of the ‘organic’ olive oil and some classic Tuscan varieties of vino.

 

Day 3 – Villa La Petraia & Florence

The day begins at Villa La Petraia, one of the most attractive Medici villas. Purchased by the Medici family in the 16th century, the villa’s courtyard is decorated with some fabulous frescoes.

This afternoon takes us to Florence, one of Italy’s most charming cities. Just some of the highlights include the Palazzo Vecchio, Giotti’s Bell Tower and the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s lovely ‘Old Bridge’, which is still occupied by gold and silversmiths today. Following a guided walking tour, we enjoy some free time to explore the city at leisure.

 

Day 4 – Villa Torrigiani, Villa Mansi, Garzoni Gardens, Pinocchio Park & Casa delle Farfalle Gardens

Villa Torrigiani is a beautiful building located in a romantic, Baroque garden and this is our first visit of the day. Inside the villa we find 17th-century frescoes and original 18th-century furniture.

Our next stop is Villa Mansi. Highlights here include the frescoes of the central hall by Stefano Tofanelli, a Neoclassical painter admired by Elisa Baciocchi, Princess of Lucca and sister of Napoleon Bonaparte, and the gardens which are ideal for a relaxing walk.

We then visit the Garzoni Gardens; some of the most stunning gardens in Italy. Set against the striking backdrop of Villa Garzoni, the grounds beautifully unite Renaissance geometrics with the Baroque style. We have the chance to admire the lovely terraces and fountains here.

Afterwards we pay a visit to Pinocchio Park, where the author Carlo Collodi penned his famous tale, The Adventures of Pinocchio in 1883. Then, to end our day, we head to the nearby Casa delle Farfalle Gardens, packed with tinkling waterfalls, a colourful butterfly house and wonderful views of Tuscany.


 

Day 5 – Lucca, Palazzo Pfanner & Lucca Cathedral

We spend the day in the city of Lucca, brimming with history and famous for its intact Renaissance walls enclosing a cobbled centre in classic Roman grid-iron fashion. During our time here we can soak up the welcoming atmosphere that this Italian city has to offer.

We visit Palazzo Pfanner, a beautiful 17th-century palace still owned by the Pfanner family. Explore the impressive grounds and admire the frescoed main reception room, once home to Felix Pfanner. Originally from Austria, Felix became the first beer manufacturer in Lucca, brewing it in the mansion's cellars from 1846 until 1929.

Afterwards, we visit Lucca Cathedral. Located in a secluded part of the old city centre, the cathedral was consecrated by Pope Alexander II in 1070. The exterior of the building, with its striking bell tower, was later added to give it the elaborate look that we can see today. There is also time to visit the impressive San Martino bell tower.

 

Day 6 – Palazzo Mediceo di Seravezza& Viareggio

Today begins with a guided tour at the Palazzo Mediceo di Seravezza. Built in the 16th century on the request of Cosimo I of Medici, the palace now houses a public library and the Museum of Versilian Work and Popular Culture.

Afterwards we have some free time in Viareggio, a seaside city known for its sandy beaches. The long road running parallel to the beach is perfect for a stroll and also provides plenty of shopping opportunities and eateries too.

 

Day 7 – Day at leisure

 

Day 8

We check out of our hotel and transfer to Pisa airport for our return flight home.

 

Please note: itinerary order is subject to change.

Air Bullets

  • Return flights to Pisa
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport transfers in Italy
  • 7 nights at the 4-star Grand Hotel Panoramic, Montecatini Terme with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After-dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Excursions to Villa Reale di Marlia, Villa Grabau, Colleverde Vineyard, Villa La Petraia, Florence, Villa Torrigiani, Villa Mansi, Garzoni Gardens, Pinocchio Park, Casa delle Farfalle Gardens, Lucca, Palazzo Pfanner, Lucca Cathedral, Palazzo Mediceo di Seravezza & Viareggio
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting at Colleverde Vineyard
  • Guided walking tour of Florence
  • Guided tour of the Palazzo Mediceo di Seravezza
Services of a local guide on excursions 

Search Bullets

  • 7 nights at the 4-star Grand Hotel Panoramic, Montecatini Terme with dinner & breakfast
  • Excursions to Villa Reale di Marlia, Villa Grabau, Colleverde Vineyard, Villa La Petraia, Florence, Villa Torrigiani, Villa Mansi, Garzoni Gardens, Pinocchio Park, Casa delle Farfalle Gardens, Lucca, Palazzo Pfanner, Lucca Cathedral, Palazzo Mediceo di Seravezza & Viareggio
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting at Colleverde Vineyard
  • Guided walking tour of Florence
  • Guided tour of the Palazzo Mediceo di Seravezza

Flight Information

*Air package holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. The final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. Financial protection is in place via the ATOL scheme and terms & conditions apply. Please visit our website for more details. Errors and omissions excepted. Operated by Just Go! Holidays, ATOL No.10889. Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double/twin room.

One piece of checked-in hold luggage PER PERSON is included (hand luggage only on any break of 4 days or less) however; the weight allowance does vary between airlines. Please ask for details.

Hotel/boat transfers may be in shared vehicles. You may also have to await passengers arriving on other flights; for your convenience we will do our utmost to keep the waiting time to a minimum.

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Booking Flights

Please note the following information when booking flights.

  • We will need passenger names (First and Last name only) and dates of birth as per passport. These names MUST match with your passport (please add in the “notes” section of the booking process)
  • Please note the flights will be booked in the names given to us during the booking and that changes to names will incur a charge from the airline which will be passed on to you, along with a £25.00 Just Go! amendment fee. (If you do not enter a full name during the booking process one of our reservations staff will contact you following your booking)

  • Are you travelling on a British passport? (If not please let us know)

  • Do you or any of you party require assistance at the airport

  • Luggage will be booked as per the flight terms above. Where hold luggage is included this will be the airline minimum usually 15 or 20kg per person.

  • Flight times will be given with final documents approximately two weeks prior to departure.  (Flights booked outside the hours of 0600-18:00 customers will be contacted.)

  • Flight arrivals/departures are grouped for transfers and passengers may have to wait up to an hour on arrival for incoming/delayed flights.

  • Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable once they are booked by our air department.

  • All passengers are responsible to do their own on-line check-in
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Accommodation

Grand Hotel Panoramic

The 4-star Grand Hotel Panoramic is situated on the north side of the spa town of Montecatini Terme, about a ten-minute walk from the centre. Surrounded by lovely gardens, the hotel features a bar, restaurant, outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace plus a spa and wellness centre. All the en-suite rooms offer a minibar, TV, hairdryer, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

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