Tuscany...

The beautiful lush scenery and tranquility of the Tuscan Hills offers many attractions for families, groups and individual travellers. Explore rustic villages and medieval towns like San Gimignano, Volterra and Greve in the famous Chianti wine region. Enjoy the famous regional food and wine at one of many local restaurants, country trattorie and wine estates. Easy day trips can be made from Florence to  Siena, San Gimignano and Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio and Todi in neighbouring Umbria.

CIT's villas and apartments are in lovingly converted country farmhouses and historical buildings scattered across the region in countryside and town centres. Stay in a villa for a few nights or a week, hire a car and explore the surrounding Tuscan countryside, following wine trails and roaming to your hearts content.  
CIT now has an extended range of unique villa experiences in Tuscany and across Italy.

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The capital of Tuscany is Florence (Firenze) , a city of Renaissance architecture dominated by the magnificent Duomo (cathedral). Admire the view of Florence’s spectacular skyline over terracotta rooftops, walk the narrow streets along the River Arno, crossing the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge, taking in many examples of magnificent Renaissance architecture along the way. Immerse yourself in fine art treasures and famous museums – the Uffizi Gallery and Galleria d’ Accademia, home of Michaelangelo's 'David' - and enjoy street side cafes and restaurants, savouring regional specialities of food and wine.  

Highlights of Tuscany and recognized UNESCO Heritage sites include Siena, with its medieval town centre, known for its central Piazza del Campo, stage for the famous and historic Palio horse races held each year.
Pisa, with its magnificent monuments in Piazza dei Miracoli including the most famous, the Leaning Tower, is an incredibly-and a valuable artistic area. ?Pienza, in southern Tuscany,  the “ideal Renaissance town”, wanted and created by Pope Pius II, and another artistic treasure of Italy. San Gimignano, a medieval gem among the small towns of the region, is characterized by its towers and “tower homes”. ?Of countless other Tuscan treasures, the Orcia Valley, also UNESCO recognized for the beauty of its fields and landscapes, an inspiration to many Renaissance artists and to visitors today.

Don’t miss the fortified and still intact medieval village of Lucca in northern Tuscany, a city of ancient origins and one of the many archeological sites of early Etruscan and Roman civilisations, throughout the Tuscan region. 

Discover lesser known parts of Southern Tuscany, below Siena,  in and around the towns of Cortona, Montepulciano, Montalcino and Pienza. Relax in a villa set amidst olive groves, rolling hills and vineyards and spend your days following one of many wine trails around the region, wining and dining all the way.

For more information on this region, visit www.turismo.intoscana.it

CIT Recommends:

  • Hotels – Florence*, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano  *NOTE: PITTI Fashion Weeks are held in Florence in January & July. Higher accommodation rates apply. 
Highly Recommended: Castello di Casole (near Siena in Tuscany) - voted one of Europe's best hotels. Ask CIT for best rates
  • Villas & Apartments - Tuscany
  • City & Day Tours – Florence & surrounds: 
Welcome to Florence 3 hrs
Visit Piazzale Michelangelo, Duomo – Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery and Cathedral, Galleria dell’Accademia with David by Michelangelo and other great works.

An afternoon in Florence City Sightseeing 3 hrs
Visit Fiesole, Etruscan town in the hills of Florence and the  Arno Valley, Franciscan Church of Santa Croce with tombs of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and Rossini, Gallery deli Uffizi. 

Day Tour to Siena & San Gimignano (full day)
Afternoon tour to Pisa from Florence
Afternoon tour to Chianti Wine region
Gucci-Prada Outlet
Cooking Course with Dinner
Cooking Course, market & Lunch
Handmade Pasta Cooking
Chianti Classico & Dinner
Guided Visit Academy Gallery (visit Michelangelo's 'David')
Best of Cinque Terre (day tour)  
Highlights of Tuscany (day tour)
  •  Escorted & Boutique Tours:
- The Tuscany Tour – 4 days/3 nights – ex Rome
The Walks & Tastes of Tuscany – 8 days/7 nights ex Siena - with Farmhouse Cooking lesson
Walking Tours: Walk, Wine & Food- 7 & 10 day experiences (Chianti, Montalcino, San Gimignano)
Tuscany Self Drive Food & Wine Tour – 7 days/ 6 nights
- Tuscany Self guided Walk 1 - Montalcino to Montepulciano 6 days/5 nights
- Tuscany Self Guided Walk 3 - San Gimignano to Siena 5 days/4 nights
- La Tuscia Self Guided Walk - Tuscany/Umbria to Orvieto 7 days/6 nights

For more information visit CIT Tours page or CIT "Italy with the best of Europe' brochure
or contact CIT Reservations