This fascinating itinerary focuses on Italy’s most celebrated treasures: the “Eternal City” of Rome and the verdant hilly landscape of Tuscany. Your vacation begins with two overnights in Rome and guided sightseeing that introduces you to the city’s highlights. Traveling northward, your base in Tuscany is the spa town of Montecatini, where you’ll spend four nights. It is ideally situated for discovering Florence with its Renaissance masterpieces, Pisa with its Leaning Tower, Siena and San Gimignano with their medieval castles and towers, and olive groves and vineyards from which the country’s celebrated olive oil and Chianti wines are produced. Returning south, stop at St. Francis’ Assisi before spending a final night back in Rome—an unforgettable journey for the eyes and tastebuds!Request a quote
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Headsets throughout the tourSightseeing: Visits to Greve in Chianti, Montecatini, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Assisi
Scenic Highlights: Chianti Valley
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome and Florence. Professional Tour Director while touring
Day 1Arrival in Rome, Italy
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive, exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. Time, too, for your own exploring, shopping, or just relaxing at a sidewalk café. (B)
Today, leave Rome, heading north through the famous Chianti vineyards. Stop in the village of Greve to visit the Vicchiomaggio wine cellars, where a renowned Chianti wine is made. Indulge in an included typical Tuscan lunch, before heading to Pisa to visit the famous Square of Miracles with the Leaning Tower. Continue to Montecatini, an idyllic spa town conveniently located to explore the best of Tuscany. You will be staying at the Grand Hotel Bellavista (F) for the next four nights. (B,L,D)
Day 4Montecatini. Excursion to Siena & San Gimignano
A day of leisure or an opportunity to join an included excursion to visit Siena and San Gimignano. Siena, without a doubt, is Tuscany’s most beloved and inviting city. A walk through its narrow streets lined with medieval palaces into the Piazza del Campo, which is shaped like a fan, is truly a memorable experience. San Gimignano, a hilltop town with more towers than churches, is uniquely situated among vineyards, olive groves, and the delightful Tuscan countryside. (B)
Day 5Montecatini. Excursion to Florence
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the city known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Traffic is banned in part of the historic center, so visitors can wander at leisure and admire Florence’s timeless beauty. The included walking tour with a Local Guide will introduce you to the city’s highlights. (B)
A day to do as you please or to join an optional half-day excursion to two of Tuscany’s best-known cities. First to Lucca, renowned for its narrow streets, quaint shops, and magnificent palaces and churches. Next, to Vinci, the birthplace of that true Renaissance genius, Leonardo. (B,D)
Travel south today for a first stop in the walled city of Assisi, home of the mystical St. Francis. Marvel at the remarkable treasures of the magnificent basilica, then leave this peaceful old town to head across the Apennines to Rome. Celebrate your last evening in Rome by joining the optional farewell dinner. (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Rome if Cosmos issues the tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach
ROME NH Villa Carpegna (F) MONTECATINI Bellavista Palace (F)ROME Residenza Parco Tirreno (F)
Buffet breakfasts; 1 lunch; 2 dinners
With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade…We’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
Years of Experience: 10 years
Sharing some of the most enchanting wonders of my home country with new people is always fulfilling. I love introducing travelers to the charm of the "Eternal City," the art and architecture of Florence, the romantic magnetism of Venice, and the mouthwatering food and wines. I enjoy every second of our time together-it's hard to say goodbye!