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Tuscany Holidays

Travel Department has a number of Tuscan holidays available with numerous departure dates. Our most popular trip to Tuscany is our Classic Tuscany holiday, which includes a variety of tours around medieval hill towns, lush vineyards, olive groves and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. We also have a selection of festive escapes to Tuscany.

All our escorted tours to Tuscany include half board hotel accommodation, guided tours and excursions, transfers and return flights. A local guide will accompany you throughout your stay in Tuscany, adding to the experience with their knowledge and assistance.

Tuscany is one of the most beautiful areas of Italy with a fabulous heritage just waiting to be discovered.

Tuscany - Location Information

The town of Montecatini Terme is the location for our holidays in Tuscany. The town is known for its history of baths and spas, which have been a focal point of activity for nearly 500 years. 

From here, you will have guided tours to Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca and San Gimignano, meaning you will get the full Tuscan experience. 

Highlights of Tuscany

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 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.

General Information about Tuscany

To make your holiday as smooth as possible, we’ve outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next getaway to Tuscany.

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.

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

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

Peace of mind with Travel Department

Why us?

  • We’ve done the research for you, creating perfectly planned itineraries
  • Outstanding value for money – Flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions included in nearly all our tours
  • We are experienced and dedicated to your experience
  • No holiday surcharges –
    guaranteed

Our guides

  • Friendly and welcoming everywhere you go
  • Local experts, passionate about their area
  • Take pride in making your holiday memorable
  • Innovative itineraries with amazing excursions

 

Our promise

  • To remember your holiday is a very precious time
  • To go the extra mile for you, our customers
  • To describe our holidays in an honest manner
  • To use your feedback to continually improve our service

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