Navigation Menu+

$599 Italian Countryside Vacation with Airfare and Rental Car

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 by in DEALS, ROAD TRIPS, SPOTLIGHT | 0 comments

Italian Countryside Vacation with Airfare from Gate 1 Travel

Somma Lombardo, Cardano al Campo, and Milan

8-Day Tuscany Vacation

Tuscany is yours to explore at leisure during this 8-day vacation, which starts off in the spa town of Montecatini. You’ll have a rental car and ample time to cruise and admire Renaissance architecture in Lucca, or sip red wine in Florence’s Chianti region. There’s no hard-and-fast itinerary, so we’ve added some suggestions below. Your trip includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from New York
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 5 nights of standard accommodations at Hotel Plaza Locanda Maggiore, Hotel San Marco, or Tuscany Inn in Montecatini
  • 1 night of standard accommodations at Hilton Garden Inn Milan Malpensa Hotel, Crowne Plaza Milan – Malpensa Airport, Holiday Inn Express Milan – Malpensa Airport in Somma Lombardo, or Hotel ibis Milano Malpensa Aeroporto in Cardano al Campo
  • 7-day car rental: economy manual (Fiat Panda or similar); upgrade to other categories available
  • Car rental includes unlimited mileage, Third Party Liability Insurance (RCA), Collision Damage Waiver Reduction (C.D.R.), Theft Protection Reduction (T.P.R.), airport charges, and local taxes (VAT)
  • Daily breakfast
  • To view all hotels available per departure date, please click here

Days 1–3: Montecatini, Lucca, and Pisa

An overnight flight takes you to Milan, where you’ll pick up your rental car and cruise to your first destination, the spa town of Montecatini. Travelers have trekked to Montecatini’s lush green hillsides for hundreds of years, finding solace in its healing waters. Here, Puccini penned bits of La Bohemeand Fellini filmed his masterpiece 8 1/2. You can take it easy in Montecatini, or cruise the hilly roads to nearby Lucca and Pisa.

  • Legend has it that if you drink the waters at Terme Tettuccio it can heal the effects of over-indulging on Tuscan red wine.
  • Montecatini Alto: An old-fashioned red cable car chugs up the hillside to this rustic village, where you can see a medieval castle or sit at a sidewalk cafe and nibble cialde, a waffle-like baked treat.
  • Walk the walls of Lucca: Centuries-old walls surround the Renaissance-era city, and you can walk atop the landscaped walls for views of the city’s piazzas and 100+ churches.
  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa: It’s worth stopping to at least get a snapshot of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which dates back to the 14th century. Pisa has plenty of other landmarks, too, including the ornate marble facade of the domed Pisa cathedral, which was built in 1093.

Days 4–5: Florence, Chianti, and Greve

Florence is about an hour east of Montecatini by car or train, so you can take a relaxing day trip to visit the city where Renaissance art was born. After marveling at Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, make your way to the vineyards of Chianti and Greve to sample some of the area’s famous red wine.

  • The Duomo di Firenze stands out amid Florence’s architecture. The church is topped with a striking red dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.
  • Sip chianti in the region that gave the wine its name.
  • Gourmet food in Greve: This town is famous for its artisanal foods. Try pici al sugo d’anatra—thick noodles tossed in duck sauce.

Days 6–8: Siena and San Gimignano, Milan

For the last few days of your Tuscany vacation, you can stroll amid olive groves in Siena and see medieval churches in San Gimignano. Siena is just a little more than an hour south of Montecatini, so it’s easy to split your time between relaxing in Montecatini’s spas, and checking out Siena’s piazzas. On day 7, start heading towards Milan to check out one of the world’s most fashionable cities before you head home. The city has been an inspiration to artists for centuries, from Leonardo Da Vinci to Dolce and Gabbana.

  • Piazza del Campo is one of Italy’s most picturesque squares for its 14th-century fountain and Torre del Mangia. If you can climb the Torre’s 500-some steps, you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the setting.
  • Parma is on the way to Milan from Montecatini. Stop here to try authentic parmesan cheese.
  • Tour a castle: Da Vinci had a hand in designing the Castello Sforzesco, which resembles a fortress with its red-brick walls and imposing ramparts. Inside the castle, museums house both Egyptian artifacts and Michelangelo’s final sculpture.
Book Now @ Groupon.com

Submit a Comment