MEDIEDVAL TUSCANY

Florence - Siena - Lucca
8 nights - 7 days

Although the term ‘Medieval’ always seems to have negative connotations, in Tuscany this was a period when many forms of art were elaborated (from painting to sculpture) and many innovative ideas were developed in the field of architecture and urban planning. The fall of the Roman empire and the ruinous invasions of the Barbari led to a cultural, spiritual and economic depression. Nonetheless, it was from this devastating scene that the first hopeful shoots began to grow and what we know as Gothic and Romanesque art began to develop.

 

Day 1: Florence

Private transfer from Florence Airport to Hotel in Florence

Free time to explore Florence on your own.

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 2: Florence

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

Discovering Medieval Florence

Meet your local guide to start discovering Medieval Florence. The morning you will admire the beauties of the Duomo, Giotto’s Campanile, the Baptistery and then you will visit the Accademia to see the original David of Michelangelo and an unforgettable stop at Palazzo Medici.

 

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 3: Florence

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

Guided Tour of The Uffizi

You will have a guided visit of the eternal Uffizi Gallery, incredible museum, with over 60 halls full of impressive and stunning works of art from the 12th century up to the 16th century. You will see paintings by Cimabue, Giotto, Duccio, Gentile da Fabriano, Masaccio, Paolo Uccello, Piero della Francesca, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and the Tribuna with the Medici portraits.

 

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 4: Florence - Siena

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from Hotel in Florence to a “Dimora” in the surroundings of Siena

 

Discovering Medieval Siena

Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city. Its inhabitants pursued their rivalry with Florence right into the area of urban planning. Throughout the centuries, they preserved their city's Gothic appearance, acquired between the 12th and 15th centuries. The whole city of Siena, built around the Piazza del Campo, was devised as a work of art that blends into the surrounding landscape

You will have an escorted tour of the city through Piazza del Campo, Santa Maria Assunta, the Tolomei palace, and the Chigi Saracini Music Academy.

 

Overnight in the hotel 

 

Day 5: Siena

Breakfast in the Hotel in the surroundings of Siena

 

San Gimignano Excursion

You will leave for a day tour in San Gimignano, a tiny walled town located on a hill-top, intact through the centuries and famous for its numerous tall towers, frescoes and other valuable works of art.  A local guide will introduce you to the history and traditions of this wonderful town which has conserved intact its Medieval atmosphere. You will visit the Duomo, the People’s Palace and the Church of St. Agostino.

 

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 6: Siena

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

Excursion to Monteriggioni

Sitting on a small natural hillock, Monteriggioni is a completely walled medieval town in the Siena Province, built in the 13th century by the overlords of Siena.

It's the fortified town to which Dante refers to in the Inferno mentioning its surrounding walls and its 14 towers.

Monteriggioni is a medieval town which conforms almost perfectly to the archetypal mental image that most of us have of a medieval village. The town walls and towers are almost intact, and the view from downhill is quiet astonishing.

 

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 7: Siena - Lucca

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from a “Dimora” in the surroundings of Siena to Hotel in Lucca

 

Lucca City Tour

You can walk along the famous sixteen century walls, and then you will enter into the enchanting historical centre where a local guide will lead to admire the San Frediano Church, the amazing Piazza Anfiteatro, the Torre Giunigi, the Duomo di San Martino and Piazza San Michele.

 

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 8: Lucca

Breakfast in the Hotel in Lucca

Private transfer from Hotel in Lucca to Florence Airport

 

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