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New Year in Tuscany
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New Year in Tuscany

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Celebrate a magical New Year in the pretty spa town of Montecatini in beautiful Tuscany. Surrounded by picturesque winter scenery and immersed in Italian culture you will celebrate the festive season with delicious cuisine, freshly prepared from local produce, including lunch on New Year's Day and candlelit dinners. 

In the evenings spend time with fellow guests and enjoy entertainment including music and dancing. Your expert local guide will accompany you on excursions to Florence, Pisa & Lucca and Siena & San Gimignano and guide you around the world famous art and architecture of the region. There will be plenty of free time for you to shop, relax and explore at your leisure. The Tuscans are extremely warm & friendly and will ensure that you experience an unforgettable New Year that remains etched in your memory forever.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport

Flights to Milan Linate, as specified.  Flight duration is approximately 2.5 hours.  Approximate transfer time from Milan Linate to Montecatini 3 hours, Pisa 50 minutes.

Climate

The inland valleys of Tuscany enjoy warm summers and cool winters and tend to assume a continental character the further inland you travel.

Food & Drink
Tuscany is known for earthy, robust dishes, made from the finest of local ingredients. Try ‘Bistecca alla Fiorentina’, a thick T bone steak (served rare), or for a lighter option, panzanella, a salad made of stale bread soaked in cold water and vinegar, mixed with diced tomatoes, onions, and basil, all sprinkled with the exquisite olive oil for which the region is famous. Wine lovers will be spoilt for choice, from the fruity white Vernaccia di San Gimignano to the mouthwatering red, Rosso di Montalcino, and many more besides.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.20
  • Beer: €3.50
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Light Lunch: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.50
  • Bottled Water: €1.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

The Savage Garden by Mark Mills

Innocence by Penelope Fitzgerald

A Room with a View (film, 1985) dir. James Ivory

Holiday highlights

Florence

The cultural and historical impact of Florence is overwhelming. Close up, however, the city is one of Italy's most atmospheric and pleasant, retaining a strong resemblance to the small late-medieval centre that contributed so much to the cultural and political development of Europe. Its striking buildings, formidable galleries and treasure-crammed churches attest to the Florentine love of display.

Siena

A self-contained and still part rural city that sits behind medieval walls. Siena's great attraction is its cityscape, a majestic Gothic ensemble that could be enjoyed without venturing into a single museum.

Pisa

Thanks to its extraordinary Leaning Tower and the impressive Campo dei Miracoli where it is situated, the university town of Pisa is one of Tuscany’s top attractions.  The historic centre has been well-preserved Romanesque architecture and pleasing piazzas, where students and locals enjoy the city’s buzzing café and bar scene.

Lucca

The beautiful Renaissance town of Lucca lies a short distance from Montecatini, and a regular train service links the two. Lucca’s remarkably intact city walls provide an ideal set of viewpoints from which to see the town’s rooftops, bell towers and lush surrounding countryside. If visiting Lucca in your free time, try to include the Cathedral of San Martino, to see Tintoretto’s painting of The Last Supper and a wooden cross carved by Nicodemus.

Spa treatments in Montecatini Terme 

Montecatini is renowned for its healing thermal waters. A vast array of treatments is available at various spas and wellness centres in the town. Terme Tettuccio, normally open daily from May to September, is perhaps the most famous of these establishments. The attractive Liberty style building has a beautiful interior and gardens, where live music is played most days. It is well worth a visit, even if you are not availing of a treatment.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport

Flights to Milan Linate, as specified.  Flight duration is approximately 2.5 hours.  Approximate transfer time from Milan Linate to Montecatini 3 hours, Pisa 50 minutes.

Climate

The inland valleys of Tuscany enjoy warm summers and cool winters and tend to assume a continental character the further inland you travel.

Food & Drink
Tuscany is known for earthy, robust dishes, made from the finest of local ingredients. Try ‘Bistecca alla Fiorentina’, a thick T bone steak (served rare), or for a lighter option, panzanella, a salad made of stale bread soaked in cold water and vinegar, mixed with diced tomatoes, onions, and basil, all sprinkled with the exquisite olive oil for which the region is famous. Wine lovers will be spoilt for choice, from the fruity white Vernaccia di San Gimignano to the mouthwatering red, Rosso di Montalcino, and many more besides.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.20
  • Beer: €3.50
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Light Lunch: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.50
  • Bottled Water: €1.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

The Savage Garden by Mark Mills

Innocence by Penelope Fitzgerald

A Room with a View (film, 1985) dir. James Ivory

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Italy

Morning

Travel to Italy

Depart for Italy. On arrival, you will be met at the airport before transferring by coach to your hotel. Your guide will provide plenty of tips and information to help get your holiday off to a great start!

Day 2 - Florence

Morning & Afternoon

Florence

After breakfast, begin your holiday with a walking tour around Florence accompanied by your expert local guide. You will witness the famous Duomo (cathedral), which was completed structurally in 1436 and has an elaborate green and pink façade in the 19th century gothic-revival style. From there you will move on to the Piazza della Signoria, which was the centre of the Florentine Republic and remains the political hub of the city. You will also see the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) which has shops built along the length of it as was once common for Italian bridges.

Evening

Dinner

In the evening, enjoy your evening meal with music, entertainment and dancing included.

Day 3 - Siena & San Gimignano

Morning

Siena

Begin your day with a guided tour of Siena, a city famous for its art, cuisine, museums and medieval landscape. Here, you will visit the Piazza del Campo, home of the famous Palio horse race held twice a year. 

Afternoon

San Gimignano

In the afternoon you will move on to San Gimignano. The town is known as the “Town of Fine Towers” and it sits on a hilltop. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is encircled in walls and is famous for its medieval architecture and impressive skyline. We recommend you try the local white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, made from grapes grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area. 

Day 4 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Enjoy another day at leisure to discover the variety of Tuscany at your own pace. Shop, sightsee, or relax. Explore the charming local villages or relax in the pretty local parks. Your local guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your interests.

Day 5 - New Year's Eve Dinner

Morning & Afternoon

At Leisure

Explore Tuscany at your own pace. Shop, sightsee, or relax. Visit the charming local villages or relax in the pretty local parks.

Evening

New Year's Dinner

In the evening you will enjoy a New Year’s Eve dinner in your hotel with live music and dancing.

Day 6 - At Leisure & Tuscan Dinner

Morning & Afternoon

At Leisure

Free day to relax and get to know the lovely town of Montecatini, where there are abundant attractions awaiting you. Try a treatment at one of the renowned thermal spa establishments, or visit the picturesque old town of Montecatini Alto. Your guide can offer information and suggestions for local sightseeing. Lunch will be served at your hotel.

Evening

Tuscan Dinner

A delicious Tuscan dinner will be served to celebrate the new year.

Day 7 - Pisa & Lucca

Morning

Pisa

After breakfast you will travel to Pisa where you will visit the Piazza dei Miracoli, home to perhaps the most iconic building in Italy - the Leaning Tower. The famous lean was caused by a poor foundation, which could not support the structure’s weight. The tilt continued to increase before the structure was completed and has since been partially corrected in the 20th and 21st centuries.   On this excursion you will also see the Pisa Cathedral and the many baroque buildings, which make up the Piazza dei Miracoli (the Square of Miracles). 

Afternoon

Lucca

Later, visit Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini, and the only town in Italy entirely surrounded by walls. Considered to be among the wealthiest and most conservative cities in Tuscany, Lucca’s prosperity was gained largely through silk and high-quality olive oil. The city is crammed with beautiful Romanesque churches - an architecture enthusiast’s dream.

Day 8 - Return Home

Morning

Return Home

Time to take leave of glorious Tuscany, and return home with great holiday memories. Depart by coach from your hotel to the airport, with guide assistance, for your return flight.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Grand Hotel Plaza and Locanda Maggiore 4

A long time Travel Department partner, Grand Hotel Plaza & Locanda Maggiore is a favourite family run hotel that offers a welcoming stay right in the centre of Montecatini Terme. This uniquely designed 19th century palace has spacious and distinctive salons and high ceilinged... read more read more read more

A long time Travel Department partner, Grand Hotel Plaza & Locanda Maggiore is a favourite family run hotel that offers a welcoming stay right in the centre of Montecatini Terme. This uniquely designed 19th century palace has spacious and distinctive salons and high ceilinged rooms, whose old-world charm will captivate you. When you have a break from exploring Tuscany, enjoy the special atmosphere at the Grand Hotel Plaza.

Hotel address
Grand Hotel Plaza and Locanda Maggiore
Piazza del Popolo, 7 - 51016
Montecatini Terme (PT) - Italy

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