Without a doubt, le Chianti is one of the most wonderful régions in Italy. Between Florence and Siena, the rolling hills covered in woods, vineyards dotted with ancient farm houses with stone walls and traditional tiled rooves will put a spell on you.
Day 1 - FLORENCE
Depending on your arrival time you could already head off to discover Florence. Stroll along the "Piazza della Signoria" or have a coffee on "Piazza della Repubblica". Accommodation is booked at the Hotel Fattoria Vecchio Borgo Inalbi (or similar) in Impruneta (13km from Florence).
DAY 2 - IMPRUNETA - FLORENCE - IMPRUNETA
Free day in Florence, one of the world’s capitals for art lovers, cradle of the Renaissance but also city known for its political intrigues as much as for its amorous intrigues. A city with flamboyant charm like its culture (the Baptistery, the Church of Santa Croce, the Church of Santa Croce, the Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, the galleries...).
Typical Tuscan meal in Florence (1/4 litre of wine and 1/2 litre of water included). Accommodation is booked at Hotel Fattoria Vecchio Borgo Inalbi (or similar) in Impruneta (13km from Florence).
DAY 3 - IMPRUNETA - MONTEPULCIANO (114km)
Departure for Montelpuciano. Today, the village of Montepulciano is one of the best known in Tuscany. Its imposing fortifications and sandstone promontory make it a remarkable site, not forgetting the famous wine, Vino Nobile, which is produced there. Montepulciano is in an idyllic location, the ramparts of the city centre enclose the historic heart and the Renaissance style Palaces (Avignonesi, Communal ...) attract the eye along the streets surrounding the charming Piazza Grande. Visit a wine cellar to discover all the secrets of winemaking followed by a tasting of course. Accommodation is booked at Hotel Panoramic (or similar).
DAY 4 - MONTEPULCIANO - PIENZA - MONTALCINO - SAN GIMIGNANO (114 km)
Departure for Pienza. This village saw its destiny change in the 15th century, when its most illustrious representative, Pope Pius II, decided to make it "the ideal city". Around Piazza Pie II, the Piccolomini Palace, the Borgia Palace and the Cathedral showcase this extraordinary vision, which makes its historic centre one of the most beautiful in the world. Next a visit to a cheese factory and tasting followed by a wine tasting. Continue towards Montalcino known for the Brunello wine that is found on some of the best tables in the world. The fortress, the churches, the narrow streets, the sinuous staircases and the municipal palace, take you back in time. Departure for San Gimignano (about 80km). Accommodation is booked at Hotel Le Colline (or similar).
DAY 5 - SAN GIMIGNANO - COLLE VAL D'ELSA - SAN GIMIGNANO (30km)
Morning visit of San Gimignano. Seventy-two towers raise towards the sky. The Manhattan of the 13th century. This is how San Gimignano is presented, one of the best preserved symbols of medieval Italy, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An unmissable stop on an unforgettable itinerary. At the end of the morning continue on to Colle Val d'Elsa (about 15km) to visit a glass factory (hand-blown glass). At the end of the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to attend a cooking class in San Gimignano to discover the secrets of Tuscan specialties that you will share during an evening meal (1/4 litre of wine and 1/2 litre of water included). Return to San Gimignano. Accommodation is booked at Hotel Le Colline (or similar).
DAY 6 - SAN GIMIGNANO - MONTERIGGIONI - SIENA - SAN GIMIGNANO (58km)
Departure for the visit of Monteriggioni. One of many charming perched villages, as there are so many in Tuscany. But this one, surrounded by a wall bristling with towers, and dominating the rolling countryside of the Sienese countryside, is particularly proud. You have to visit it - on foot - to discover, as soon as pass the doorway, a harmonious space with its small Romanesque church. A busy afternoon spent in the sumptuous city of Siena : the streets of Siena wind through the ramparts of surprising proportions before reaching the magical Piazza del Campo, where the heart of the city beats. It is on this square that the Palio Delle Contrade takes place every year, which allows the 17 districts (contrade) of the city to confront each other. The Palazzo Publico, like Piazza di Campo, is built of red bricks. Its construction was undertaken to accommodate the government of the city and it has now become a museum. The "Torre del Mangia" is to the right of the palace. Return to San Gimignano. Accommodation is booked at Hotel Le Colline (or similar).
DAY 07 - SAN GIMIGNANO - LARI - PISA (90km)
A small stop is necessary in the small town of Lari, near Pisa to visit the pasta factory. The smell of freshly-cooked pasta invades its neighbouring streets. It tells us that 20% of their wheat semolina comes from Canada, that it takes more than 50 hours to dry artisanal pasta as opposed to 3 hours in industrial production and that bronze materials are used so that the dough should be rough and not smooth, which allows the preparation of the sauce to soak well in. Continue to Pisa (about 34km). If the "Torre Pendente" immediately attracts your attention, take note of the admirable architectural ensemble of which it is part, rising from the lawn of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Indeed, on this "field of miracles" besides the tower, the Duomo, the Battistero and the Campo Santo, as well as two museums were also built. Construction of the Duomo cathedral begun in 1063 and was completed in the 13th century and this building sums up Pisan Romanesque art, with its superb facade adorned with arcades. End of tour.
While on holiday in Florence, visit some of the unforgettable sites in this famous Italian city:
- The Galleria dell’Accadamia (home to works by Michelangelo)
- The Gallery des Offices
- The Museum National Il Bargello
- The Museum of San Marco
- The Museum of Cathedral
- The Museum of Histoiry of Science
- The Gallery of the Hospital des Innocents
- Bars discotheques, restaurants
- Tuscan cities : Siena, Pisa, San Geminiano
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