EXPERIENCE THE ROMANCE OF TRAVEL ON TWO RAILS
Our train-based itineraries provide nostalgic insights into Italy’s culture, people and landscape. Let the train take the strain with Michelangelo!
Chianti – Siena – 5 Terre – Pisa – Lucca – Florence
Get off the beaten path & experience the best food Tuscany and the Cinque Terre have to offer. Including cooking class
Day 1: Arrive in Tuscany- Volterra
Arrival at Pisa or Florence Airport and transfer to the hotel in the Volterra area. Check-in at the hotel, welcome drink and rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel in the Volterra area MEALS D
Day 2: Volterra and Cooking class
Specialties of the day: Home-made 3-course Italian meal
After breakfast we make our way to the town of Volterra which stands mightly over the surrounding hills and villages. Our guided tour will begin by the great Medicea Fortress and take us to Via Panoramica which runs along the city walls. Enjoy the lovely view of the Roman Theater and the surrounding hilly countryside. Discover the secrets of Italian and Tuscan cuisine during a hands-on cooking class in the afternoon. We may choose an appetizer, a first course of pasta, then a main course of fish or meat to prepare. After the class we will get together with the other participants to enjoy our own home-made meal. Buon appetito!
Hotel in the Volterra area MEALS B, L
Day 3: San Gimignano, Siena and the Chianti wine area
Specialties of the day: Wine, Vin Santo and Cantucci cookies
Today’s highlight is San Gimignano, the “Manhattan of Tuscany” which announces itself with a skyline full of medieval towers that rise over 175 feet. We then enjoy a light lunch in the Chianti area tasting local wines and the famous sweet Vin Santo accompanied by Cantucci cookies. After lunch we will continue to Siena where our local guide will show us the major sights such as Piazza del Campo, the shell-shaped square on which the famous horse-race “Il Palio” takes place each year, the Cathedral and the Church of San Domenico.
Hotel in the Volterra area MEALS B, L, D
Day 4: Vinci and Lari - traditional Italian villages of distinction
Specialties of the day: Pasta & Wine
In the morning we will visit the medieval village of Vinci, the birthplace of its most famous son, Leonardo da Vinci. Here you can visit the Museum of Leonardo (admission extra) and admire the models, which were constructed in accordance with Leonardo da Vinci’s own drawings. He truly was years ahead of his time.
Around midday we will come to the beautiful village of Lari, which enjoys an exquisite location in the hills of Pisa surrounded by cypresses, olive groves and vineyards. We will then visit the village’s own pasta factory, owned and run by the Martelli family since 1926, which has been producing and exporting excellent pasta worldwide. Martelli pasta tasting in a typical restaurant in Lari.
Hotel in Montecatini MEALS B, D
Day 5: 5 Terre
Hotel in Montecatini MEALS B, D
Day 6: Pisa and Lucca
Specialties of the day: Olive oil and salami
This morning, we are headed to Lucca, a traditional Tuscan town, whose medieval walls are still well-preserved. Known as the city of 100 churches and being the birthplace of Puccini it offers many interesting sights. On a guided tour we will explore the city that is considered to be Tuscany's open-air museum. We will then enjoy a light lunch at a farmhouse including bruschetta with cold pressed olive oil, olives and cold meats before making our way to Pisa, the former powerful sea-republic. We will visit the impressive Cathedral, the Baptistery and of course the world famous leaning Tower.
Hotel in Florence MEALS B, L
Day 7: Florence
Florence’s cathedral dominates the skyline and together with the Bell Tower and the Baptistery forms one of the most magnificent art masterpieces in the world. The austerity and beauty of this city, and the pride and determination of the Florentine artists are displayed in a unique way in the Palazzo Vecchio. With a local English-speaking guide we will discover the major sites before we have some free time to admire the jewelry stores on Ponte Vecchio or to enjoy an espresso coffee.
Hotel in Florence
Day 8: Departure from Florence or Pisa
After breakfast, transfer to the Pisa or Florence Airport and departure.
Transportation and Hotels
Food and drinks
Experiences and Services
The tour does not include
The names of restaurants, wine cellars etc, are subject to change due to their opening days. The program of the “Specialties of the day“ excursions could vary depending on the area and season.
4* Hotel centrally located