Looking for a holiday that offers the perfect mixture of relaxation, fabulous food, culture and glorious scenery? Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy and for good reason and whether you’re travelling with friends or family, young or old – there is so much to see and do.
The Cignella Estate is an independently owned resort nestled in the heart of Tuscany and their local team have put together a nifty itinerary to help you enjoy the best of the region.
DAY 1 – Arrive at your accommodation and take in the fantastic landscape with a glass of local Brunello wine accompanied by a platter of cold meats and pecorino cheese.
DAY 2 – Today, visit the tiny village of Pienza, an UNESCO world heritage site. Set atop a hill you can enjoy magnificent views over the Val d’Orcia valley. Narrow streets and squares boast wonderful Renaissance architecture – don’t miss the Cattedrale dell ‘Assunta and the Palazzo Piccolomini.
DAY 3 – An early start to visit Florence, the birthplace of Rennaisance and Italian Art. Enjoy the Uffizi Gallery home to some of the greatest art treasures in the world and admire the open-air sculpture gallery, Loggia dei Lanzi. Climb the dome of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, walk along the Arno River and cross at the famous Ponte Vecchio.
DAY 5 – Visit Siena, one of the finest medieval cities in Italy. Perched on three hills, its’ heart is the piazza Il Campo, dominated by the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia. The Duomo’s gothic structure houses treasures by Pisanto, Donatello and Michelangelo. 20 minutes away from Siena is San Gimignano. Encircled by a 13th century wall, you can step back in time and immerse yourself in medieval architecture and impressive valley views.
DAY 6 – Today unwind at a thermal bath for some well-deserved pampering. Try Rapolano Terme, a “must” for those who wish to experience the restorative waters from the thermal springs of San Giovanni and Antica Querciolaiaonly
DAY 7 – Take a trip to the stunning hill top town of Cortona. This charming town dates back to Etruscan and Roman times where you can enjoy spectacular scenery, view interesting artefacts in the museum, and stroll round the shops selling handmade local items.
DAY 8 Time to find out if Tuscany really does produce some of the best wines in the world! In Montepulciano, visit the wine cellars of Contucci and Poliziano, and don’t miss Cantine del Redi whose wine cellar is often considered the most beautiful in the world.
DAY 9 – At Montalcino the Enoteca La Fortezza offers exemplary wine tastings from a huge selection of quality Brunello di Montalcino and other Tuscan wines.
DAY 10 – Known for its delicious regional produce, visit Podere il Casale, an organic farm close to Pienza. Take a cheese tasting tour or a general farm tour, both must be booked in advance. With a wonderful restaurant, it is definitely worth staying for lunch!
DAY 11 – Today visit Arezzo. Formerly one of the most important cities in Tuscany, the main attractions are the Church of San Francesco, the Medicean Fortress and the Roman Amphitheatre.
DAY 12. Sitting high above the valley floor atop volcanic cliffs, Orvieto is one of the most dramatic settings in Europe. The colourful cathedral is beautiful and the highlight is the Chapel of San Brizio. Guided tours of the underground caves give a fascinating insight into how ancient Italians lived.
The Cignella Estate offers a collection of villas and apartments and is perfectly located to enjoy the Tuscan sights. Make the most of their summer promotion, stay 14 nights and pay for 12. See website for details.
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