Cities of Tuscany tour
The best cities of Tuscany in 5 days by train



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The Tuscan Express

Five days exploring the loveliest cities of Tuscany

Travel between cities getting the real feel of the genuine Italian life.




Day one: regional train Roma Termini to Arezzo

Rome-Arezzo (2h14′)

    

Your tour begins at 8 AM at Rome’s central station, where you take the train for Arezzo. Your local tour guide will show you around this fabulous city, famed as the location for the movie “Life is Beautiful”, for four hours. You will then be at leisure to explore for yourself, before settling into a traditional cozy local bed-and-breakfast.

Arezzo’s historic traditions as a goldsmithing city have made it one of the wealthiest in Tuscany. Situated in the southeast of the region, it sits on a hill that overlooks no fewer than four different valleys, Tiberina, Casention, Valdamo and Valdichiana. Evidence of human habitation has been found in this area dating right back to Paeolithic times. The Etruscan city of Aritim prospered here from around the ninth century BC, with its position on the Roman Via Cassia ensuring it flourished throughout the centuries. Sadly, the mediaeval centre of the city did not survive the Second World War, but there is still a wealth of historic churches, museums and monuments to enjoy. The most famous church in Arezzo is probably the Church of San Francesco, which contains Piero della Francesca’s astonishing fresco cycle of the Legend of the True Cross. Other attractions include the Piazza Grande, the Medici fortress, the Cathedral of San Donato, the Roman amphitheater and the Church of San Domenico which holds Cimabue’s notable wooden Crucifix.

Please note: On your arrival at the city, one of our local, professional tour guide might guide you for 4 hours through the major sites of the city. You will have a chance to learn more about the history, art and mysteries of the city. Please ask your tour manager

Day two: regional train Arezzo to Florence

Arezzo-Florence (1h, 10′)

No visit to Tuscany would be complete without a tour of Florence, its capital. In the morning you will take a short train ride from Arezzo, check into your centrally located bed-and-breakfast and then throw yourself into the delights of one of the world’s capitals of art, culture and history. The centre is surprisingly compact, really allowing the visitor to make the most of their stay.

If you have a particular interest in the movie Inferno, a special three-hour tour of the locations used in the film can be arranged.

Renaissance means rebirth, and Florence was unquestionably at the heart of that rebirth. Astonishing riches of art and architecture appear at every turn, with the great masters, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli and others well represented in the Uffizi gallery and elsewhere, along with a host of less well-known but exquisite delights in small museums, galleries and churches.

Florence does not simply rest on its reputation; it is also a living, breathing city, with excellent restaurants and a thriving nightlife. Modern culture is well represented, and as a location for classical and opera concerts, it is hard to imagine anywhere better. With unrivalled cultural, dining and shopping opportunities, Florence truly is one of the most delightful cities in the world.

Please note: On your arrival at the city, one of our local, professional tour guide might guide you for 4 hours through the major sites of the city. You will have a chance to learn more about the history, art and mysteries of the city. Please ask your tour manager.

Day three: regional train Florence to Pisa

Florence-Pisa (1h, 20′), regional train Pisa – Siena (1h, 24′)

From Florence, a short train ride takes you to Pisa for a two-hour visit. The Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) is one of the greatest heritage sites in the world. At the centre is the astonishing leaning Tower, and the opportunity to undertake its dizzying climb and enjoy the staggering views from the top should not be missed. However, there is much more to Pisa than just the tower; the cemetery, the baptistery, the cathedral, the Cathedral Museum and Museum of the Synopses all fully repay visiting. Beautiful walks along the Arno River are also available, taking you to the Piazza dei Cavalieri, once the centre of the city’s government, which was later occupied by the Knights of St Stephen.

After the delights of Pisa, you then take the train to an equally mesmerising city, Siena. One of the world’s finest Gothic cities, Siena boasts a cornucopia of both secular and sacred mediaeval architecture unrivalled in Europe. Many of the mediaeval buildings are still fully inhabited, but several have been converted to showcase extraordinary art collections, and the churches are equally rich in both painting and sculpture. A visit to the central square will allow you to get a sense of the course for the Palio, Siena’s astonishing annual horserace, in which all the Contrade (districts) of the city compete against each other. Each one of these districts has its own unique character, with traditional craft shops, pasticcerie and sumptuous restaurants tempting the visitor on every side.

Please note: On your arrival at the city, one of our local, professional tour guide might guide you for 4 hours through the major sites of the city. You will have a chance to learn more about the history, art and mysteries of the city. Please ask your tour manager

Day four: regional train Siena to Grosseto

Siena-Grosseto (1h, 40′)

From Siena, you take the train to the capital of the Maremma region, Grosseto. Perhaps less well known than other cities in Tuscany, it dominated the southern part of the region for centuries, particularly under the rule of the Medici family who transformed it into a fortified city; the astonishing defences can still be seen to this day. Walking through Grosseto is literally a walk through history, and there are many beautiful villages on the sumptuous green plains that surround it which are also well worth a visit. If you wish, the Tyrrhenian Sea is just a short bus ride away. All in all, a superb location in which to end your tour of this incredible region.

Please note: On your arrival at the city, one of our local, professional tour guide might guide you for 4 hours through the major sites of the city. You will have a chance to learn more about the history, art and mysteries of the city. Please ask your tour manager

Day five: regional train Grosseto to Rome

Grosseto-Rome (2h, 18′)

The choice is yours on your final day: You can take the train back to Rome in the morning, perhaps sampling the delights of Italy’s capital before travelling on, or you can continue to explore Grosseto and its surroundings, returning to Rome in the late afternoon.

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