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ITALY
Classic Tuscany - Pre-reservation 2023

September 2023 (9 Days / 8 Nights)
This tour starts and ends in Florence

This tour may be combined with:
the Venice and the Italian Lakes tour to Italy (September 2023)

We are currently in the process of planning this tour. Once we have all the activities, dates, hotels and other details confirmed, and the pricing finalized, we will post a complete itinerary, including the price. If you would like to be notified of this tour's availability when the planning process is completed, please complete the pre-reservation form.

ITALY - Classic Tuscany

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If you ever dreamed about an idyllic vacation in Tuscany, staying in a lovingly restored luxury villa, wandering through vibrant towns and quaint villages, seeking out art treasures in tumble-down churches, shopping for antiques or fine wines along streets that have remained unchanged for centuries and sipping Campari in village squares, while watching the old way of life unfold before your eyes, this tour is for you.

Defined by unspoiled, picture-postcard undulating hills of zigzagging cypress trees and the endless search for the perfect olive oil, Tuscany preserves the traditional way of life. Dotted with fabulously beautiful cities: the Renaissance Florence with its magnificent art and architecture, rivaled by Gothic Siena and Etruscan Cortona, Tuscany combines history and art with nature and gourmet and wine experiences.

The Classic Tuscany Tour offers an intimate, in-depth look into Tuscan history, art, cuisine and viticulture. Accompanied by an experienced Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides, we'll marvel at the Renaissance Florence, then explore the Tuscan countryside. In Florence, we'll appreciate the genius of the Renaissance, see the sublimely realistic David by Michelangelo, the treasures of the Ufizzi Gallery, the architectural masterpieces of Brunelleschi and Giotto: Duomo and the Bell Tower. Then, we'll stay at a true Tuscan villa amid the surreal beauty of Chianti Classico, the region which embraces the essence of Tuscan culture, charm and history, from Etruscan bronzes to Lamborghini tractors, and we'll explore vineyards and quaint medieval hilltop towns, castles and fortified villages, forgotten abbeys and incredibly beautiful cathedrals.


HIGHLIGHTS: The Renaissance splendor of Florence ● Michelangelo's sublimely realistic David ● The Uffizi Gallery ● Exploring the Chianti Classico wine region ● Staying in a true Tuscan villa ● Medieval skyscrapers of San Gimignano ● Siena's fan-shaped Piazza del Campo and the stunning Gothic Cathedral ● The cypress trees and the golden hills of the Tuscan countryside ● Tuscan cooking class ● The classic Etruscan town of Cortona ● Montepulciano and Pienza ● Legendary landscapes with vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees, and hill towns ● Superb cuisine of Tuscany, wine and olive oil tours

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Testimonials 

My opinion is that the tour was well thought out. Locations selected were very nice. I LOVED the Belpoggio. Teresa was great. Very friendly and helpful, concerned that women were having their needs met and enjoying themselves.
Tracy from Michigan

I appreciate how every detail is managed, resulting in a well organized tour with still some flexibility. I love that you do not have early morning starts. The tour leader was excellent – very helpful and friendly.
Faye from Michigan

It was a pleasure to tour Florence and the Tuscan countryside with a group of smart, funny and adventurous women. Thank you! You guys do a very nice job.
Susan from Maryland

Excellent trip – totally relaxing – the best restaurants, the best hotels, the best guides + I did NOTHING but enjoy the ride. From a professional event planner: Well Done!
Denise from Georgia

Tuscany is enchanting and the Villa was perfect. Everything and everyone was there to make the trip a wonderful experience.
Arlene from Washington

This Classic Tuscany tour was magnificent: so rich in culture + history, amazing architecture, quaint, lovely towns + warm, friendly people. The excursions were excellent – beautiful sights + incredible amount of information. Food was delicious. Tour director: A+++
Amy from New York

OMG--how can I explain my experience?  This was one of the top 3 trips (in my 69 years).  I did NOT want it to end.  I am re-living/savoring every moment.  The hotel choices were on the mark.  Restaurant and wine-tasting experiences were super!  Traveling with Teresa was a privilege.  Thanks to all who made sure the trip was memorable in the best of ways. Molto bene!  
Lucille from Connecticut

It was a really nice trip! I look forward to doing another Sights and Soul tour again sometime.
Joanne from California

I had a fabulously fun time on my first organized group tour!  It was truly enjoyable and EVERYTHING went superbly well from the flights, transportation, hotels, weather, guides, itinerary, food, food, wine, prosecco, wine, cheese, wine, new friends!  There were definitely a lot of laughs and high spirits..  and Joan was the host with the most! 
Julie from California

I had a great time in Tuscany. I liked the way you planned the trip, and have great memories and pictures to remind me of the beauty of Tuscany. Thank you so much for making my dream come true, I will definitely keep Sights and Soul in mind when planning future vacations. 
Danuta from Nova Scotia