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!
Rome - Siena - San Gimignano - Volterra - Pisa - Cinque Terre - Florence
Day 1: Arrive in Rome
Transfer from Rome Airport to the hotel. Check-in, welcome drink and rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel in Rome MEALS :D
Day 2: Rome
We discover the city with a full day (6hrs) English-speaking guided sightseeing tour including an inside visit of the Coliseum and Roman Forum. In the afternoon we will explore Vatican City and the Vatican Museums with their beautiful spiral staircase, the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps. Admire the Sistine Chapel with the Last Judgment by Michelangelo. The tour will end in St. Peter’s Basilica with a stop at the sculpture “La Pieta” by Michelangelo. After an evening stroll by the illuminated Trevi fountain and Spanish steps we will enjoy a traditional dinner in a “Hosteria Romana”.
Hotel in Rome MEALS: B, D
Day 3: Rome - Siena – Chianti Valley
We begin today’s journey in Siena and enjoy a guided tour exploring the city’s center with the marvelous Piazza del Campo, the seashell-shaped square on which the famous horse race “Il Palio” takes place. After having admired Siena’s beautiful Gothic cathedral, we proceed to the Chianti region, a hilly landscape filled with olive-groves, cypresses, vineyards and palaces. We will stop at a winery for a wine-tasting with snacks.
Hotel in the Chianti area MEALS: B, D
Day 4: Chianti Area - San Gimignano –Volterra
We travel to San Gimignano, the town surrounded by towers, whose medieval layout has largely remained intact and this is why it is also known as the "Manhattan of Tuscany". We continue on to the alabaster city of Volterra for a visit of the historical center. On request an alabaster workshop can be visited.
Hotel in Rapallo MEALS: B, D
Day 5:Pisa - Carrara Marble Quarry – Rapallo
In Pisa we join a local expert for a guided tour of the main attractions: the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower (outside visits). In the afternoon we travel to Carrara and explore a marble quarry. Michelangelo used this marble to create his masterpieces. This area is also famous for the lardy bacon of Colonnata. We will then visit a “Larderia”, a factory producing this specialty, and taste this delicacy.
Hotel in Rapallo MEALS :B, D
- Enjoy a one day culinary experience! Take part in a cooking class and discover everything about the aromatic basil leaves
Day 6: Rapallo – Cinque Terre
Today we enjoy a full day excursion to the Cinque Terre. Our journey begins with a train ride from Levanto to Riomaggiore, where we admire the multicolored houses facing the sea and the small square. We then reach Manarola by boat, one of the most romantic villages of the area set on a high rock 70 meters above the sea. By boat we travel on to Monterosso, the largest of the five villages. It features amazing beaches, crystal clear waters and beautiful reefs. Return to Levanto by train.
Hotel in Rapallo MEALS :B, D
Day 7: Rapallo - 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 MEALS :B, D
Day 8: Departure
Transfer from the hotel to Florence Airport and departure.
Transportation and Hotels
Food and Drinks
Experiences and Services
The tour does not include:
Please note the city taxes are not included and have to be paid by the guest directly to the hotel at the time of check in. The amount of the taxes depends on the category of the hotel and length of stay. Please check our web-site for additional information about the rates and cities where the taxes are applied.
Accomodation in 4* Hotel
Hotel Toscana Ambassador 4* – Poggibonsi
Hotel Europa 4* – Rapallo
Hotel Villa Gabriele D’Annunzio 4* – Florence
The prices are per person sharing a double/twin room
Tours are on request and rates are subject to the availability at the time of booking. If travel dates occur during the trade-show season, Bank Holidays, or particular events a supplement will apply.
Prices are subject to change based on the 2018-2019 trade-show calendar.