Florence’s Renaissance beauty and Tuscany’s rural splendour – it’s a pairing as perfect as chianti and fresh tomato pasta. And, on this curated itinerary, you’ll see it all in style, with stays in the region’s two finest properties: a thousand-year-old castle and a 15th-century monastery that once housed Napoleon himself. Expect indulgent spa treatments, historically elegant rooms and fine dining served up to sunset views over Florence and vineyards alike. You’ll also explore with included transfers and private tours throughout, showcasing Florence’s artistry alongside the Gothic grandeur of Siena and the medieval severity of San Gimignano.
After enjoying your complimentary chauffeur transfer to the airport, you’ll be treated to VIP lounge access before your flight to Florence. Here, you’ll be met and brought to your luxurious 15th-century accommodation to be greeted by a façade designed by Michelangelo himself. What’s more, its majestic hillside views over Florence are taken in by everything from yoga classes and a fine-dining restaurant and opulent rooms housed in the historic monks’ cloisters. There’s even a library once used by Napoleon, and the hillside where da Vinci tested his famous flying machine.
Don’t worry, although you’ll be delightfully secluded away from the city bustle, a complimentary shuttle is always on hand to bring you into town. However, so that you can get your bearings, we’ve also included a private walking tour, including entrance to the Uffizi Gallery’s collection of Renaissance masterpieces. Your expert guide will also bring you among the city’s medieval maze to showcase everything from the Duomo’s iconic brickwork to the Ponte Vecchio – a multi-storey bridge of immense charm. You’ll also have plenty of time to explore at your leisure, enjoying the fashionable boutiques and sampling the Florentine steaks, best paired with a local red.
Today, you’ll be brought out into the Tuscan countryside, your driver bringing you through rolling hills and honey-stone villages to arrive at your next accommodation – a 10th-century castle. It’s an impressive sight, wrapped in vineyards and olive groves. Rooms are all wooden beams and intricate stonework, carpaccio is served up to sunset views and the spa treatments are superb. You’ll also want to spend some time unwinding on the gorgeous pool terrace.
Belmond Castello di Casole, Tuscany
Again, to get your bearings, we’ve included an exclusive excursion, your private driver bringing you out to two Tuscan icons – Siena and San Gimignano. You’ll have plenty of time to explore each at your own pace, taking in the former’s great Gothic architecture and extraordinary art collections before admiring the famous towers of the latter. It’s a 13th-century walled town that retains all of its medieval charm and hilltop severity. You’ll also have plenty of leisure time, perhaps to relax with a vineyard tasting or watercolour class back at the castle. Otherwise, let the resident gamekeeper take you out on a truffle hunt and wildlife walk, or choose to explore one of the region’s many charming villages.
Belmond Castello di Casole, Tuscany
After a final indulgent breakfast, a private driver will see you back to Florence for your flight. On arrival back in the UK, a chauffeur will once again be waiting to see you home.
"Tuscany demands style. And, I've put this twin-centre itinerary together to do the region justice, including private transfers, exclusive tours and stays in two of Italy's greatest hotels. Take it from me, there's nothing more evocative than a night in a luxurious Tuscan castle or a private tour of the Uffizi Gallery."
Low Season from: £2,340 pp
High Season from: £3,630 pp