This special holiday begins among the hills and valleys of Tuscany. For 8 nights, your home will be the lovely four star hotel in the beautiful fortress town of Lucca, Italy, birthplace of the renowned composer Giacomo Puccini. Not only will you experience the delights inside the walls, but venture into the beautiful countryside visiting the exceptional privately owned Villa Torrigiani begin in 1593; charming Collodi where the story of Pinocchio began; and the ancient village of Montecarlo, stopping for a wine and olive oil tasting at a local farmhouse.
The adventure continues with a day spent following the path of Puccini visiting his birthplace in Lucca, Celle dei Puccini, the ancestral family home in Pescaglia, and Casa Puccini at Torre del Lago, his final home and resting place. Interested in Leonardo da Vinci? We visit the small, picturesque village of Vinci including his birthplace and a couple of the museums displaying his mechanical innovations and paintings.
Another day finds us first visiting the charming town of Volterra, founded by the Etruscans and containing a bounty of relics. Today, it is best known for its alabaster. Then a stop in the town of Lajatico, home to Andrea Bocelli and a visit to a great Tuscan inerì nearby. There is also free time to visit other special places in Tuscany on your own. ENJOY!
This package includes:
- 8 nights accommodation in double standard room in 4 star Hotel in Lucca
- 8 buffet breakfast in the Hotel
- English speaking tour escort during the tours
- Super Tuscan wine tasting, extra-virgin olive oil tasting and light lunch in a beautiful farmhouse and tour to Montecarlo Medieval Village
- Tickets for Puccini’s concert in Lucca on day 4 and 6
- Tickets for the Historical Villa Torrigiani of Lucca
- Farewell dinner
PROGRAMME of HIDDEN GEMS OF INNER TUSCANY
Day 1 – Arrival in Lucca and transfer to hotel. In the evening Welcome Reception
Day 2 – Morning sightseeing of Lucca, finishing at Puccini’s Birth House to explore on your own
Day 3 – Visits to Celle di Puccini, lunch in Celle, visit to Torre de Lago
Day 4 – Free day. PM – Tickets for Puccini’s Concert
Day 5 – Visit to Villa Torrigiani, Collodi, Montecarlo medieval village with olive oil and wine tasting
Day 6 – Vinci (half-day) PM – Tickets for Puccini’s Concert
Day 7 – Tour to Volterra & Lajatico (with wine tasting)
Day 8 – Free day. PM – Farewell dinner
Day 9 – Departure