10 Days
From £2,799
In association with Prestige Holidays
Enjoy the Renaissance charms of fabulous Florence with the popular TV presenter, explore Tuscany’s beautiful countryside and stay in five-star luxury on our exclusive new 10-day trip to Italy

If you adore Italy and want a unique insight into one of its most beautiful and beguiling regions, then this is your chance to join fellow readers and our special guest - the popular TV presenter Alex Polizzi - an exclusive new 10-day trip to Tuscany. Alex, star of The Hotel Inspector, will be your guide to some of Florence's unforgettable sights, including the Piazza del Duomo, with Brunelleschi's remarkable cupola, the superb Franciscan Basilica of San Croce and the nearby Piazza della Signoria, one of the city's most photogenic civic spaces. After an extended break in this inspirational city, you will spend three nights exploring the irresistible Tuscan countryside, with visits to Siena and Pienza (June trip), whose cathedral famously featured in Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, or to Lucca (September trip), encircled by 4km of perfectly preserved defensive walls dating from the 16th century. Nowadays, the walls form an
attractive walkway which draws locals and visitors alike for a stroll, jog or bike ride, where
all can savour panoramic views of the city.

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Alex Polizzi
Italy and its cuisine

Alex comes from a long line of hoteliers and is the grand-daughter of Lord Forte. Following a degree in English at Oxford University, Alex trained at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, worked for Marco Pierre White at the Criterion, and has worked at Rocco Forte Hotels around the world.

In 2008, Alex started presenting the highly acclaimed Channel 5 show, The Hotel Inspector, which was followed by two series for Channel 5 in which she explored her Italian heritage: Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy and Alex Polizzi's Italian Islands.

Price includes

  • Direct return flights from London Heathrow to Pisa
  • Daily breakfast, two lunches and six evening meals
  • An exclusive tour in Florence, drinks reception, talk and Q&A by special guest Alex Polizzi
  • Nine nights' luxury accommodation in boutique hotels including six nights in the five-star Hotel Montebello Splendid in Florence and either three nights in the four-star Relais Il Chiostro di Pienza, Pienza (or similar) or in the Hotel San Martino, Lucca (or similar)
  • All activities, excursions, transport and entrance fees
  • English-speaking guides and the services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

Availability

From
Tue, Tuesday, Jun 4
To
Thu, Thursday, Jun 13
Duration
10 Days
Price per person
£2,799*
* Based on 2 sharing twin/double room. Single rooms available on request at supplement of £600, subject to availability. Flights based on London departure, regional flights may be available at supplement. Itinerary/hotels subject to change. ATOL protected.
From
Thu, Thursday, Sep 26
To
Sat, Saturday, Oct 5
Duration
10 Days
Price per person
£2,799*
* Based on 2 sharing twin/double room. Single rooms available on request at supplement of £600, subject to availability. Flights based on London departure, regional flights may be available at supplement. Itinerary/hotels subject to change. ATOL protected.
Call now to book 01425383617
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Fly to pisa
    Pisa, Italy

    Tuesday 4 June, 2019 or Thursday 26 September, 2019

    You'll fly with British Airways direct to Pisa from London Heathrow and be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Florence, enjoying a light lunch en route. Before check-in you'll make a short stop to admire the panorama from Piazzale Michelangelo, a famous viewpoint above Florence. Tonight enjoy dinner at an authentic local trattoria.

    Accommodation - Montbello Splendid (or similar)
    Meals - Lunch, Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Your day with the Hotel Inspector
    Florence, Italy

    Wednesday 5 June, 2019 or Friday 27 September, 2019

    Accompanied by Alex Polizzi, you'll enjoy a morning guided walking tour of Florence, including the Piazza del Duomo, the spiritual heart of the city, and the nearby Piazza della Signoria. The morning's sightseeing concludes at the impressive Franciscan church, Santa Croce. There will be free time for lunch before visiting the Accademia to admire Michelangelo's David.

    This evening after a drinks reception, Alex will give an exclusive talk and Q&A and join you for dinner.

    Accommodation - Montbello Splendid (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Exploring Florence
    Florence, Italy

    Thursday 6 June, 2019 or Saturday 28 September, 2019

    Visit the Santa Maria Novella, founded by Dominican monks in the 13th century and housing a wealth of artistic gems. Continue to Medici Chapels, the mausoleum of one of Florence's most notorious families, as well as some of the city's lesser-known sites.

    After a late lunch, enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure for self-exploration.

    Accommodation - Montbello Splendid (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Day
    4
    San Gimignano
    San Gimignano, Italy

    Friday 7 June, 2019 or Sunday 29 September, 2019

    Today you'll visit this beautiful Tuscan town known as the 'medieval Manhattan' of Tuscany thanks to its many fortified towers. There will be free time to explore the walled city and sample its famous artisanal ice cream. After an independent lunch, continue to a nearby farm to learn about the city's tradition of saffron production - including tasting of saffron and organic olive oil.

    Accommodation - Montbello Splendid (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Day at leisure
    Florence, Italy

    Saturday 8 June, 2019 or Monday 30 September, 2019

    Enjoy today at your own pace, providing you with an opportunity to explore more of Florence's historic gems and outdoor markets. Alternatively, you may want to catch a train or bus and do a day trip to Pisa.

    Accommodation - Montbello Splendid (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast
  6. Day
    6
    Enjoy Chianti in Chianti
    Chianti, Italy

    Sunday 9 June, 2019 or Tuesday 1 October, 2019

    Transfer to a beautiful winery in the heart of Chianti country for a fascinating visit to its gorgeous grounds and historic cellars. Savour its wines over a hearty lunch of local produce. Return to Florence in the late afternoon.

    Accommodation - Montbello Splendid (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  7. Day
    7
    Siena and the Tuscan countryside
    Siena, Italy

    Bid farewell to Florence and transfer to Siena, home of the Palio, a bi-annual horse race held
    in its main piazza. A guided walking tour will reveal some of the traditions associated with the Palio, and a visit to Siena's magnificent Duomo is included.

    Monday 10 June, 2019

    After an independent lunch, continue to Lucca for dinner and check in to your hotel for the next three nights, the Hotel San Martino.

    Wednesday 2 October, 2019

    After an independent lunch, continue to Pienza for dinner and check in to your hotel for the next three nights, the Relais il Chiostro di Pienza.

    Accommodation - Hotel San Martino (or similar) or Relais Il Chiostro di Pienza (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Pienza and La Foce
    Pienza, Italy

    Tuesday 11 June, 2019

    Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Tuscan town of Lucca, including San Giovanni, a deconsecrated church with traces of a Roman house and baths. Visit Lucca's cathedral, home to a venerated wooden crucifix which has attracted pilgrims to Lucca since the early medieval period.

    Thursday 3 September 2019

    Enjoy a morning orientation walk around Pienza, including the Palazzo Piccolomini and the cathedral, featured in Zeferelli's Romeo and Juliet.

    Take a short drive to La Foce for lunch and a private tour of its beautiful gardens. Return to Pienza for an evening at leisure.

    Accommodation - Albergo San Martino (or similar) or Relais Il Chiostro di Pienza (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  9. Day
    9
    Montalcino
    Montalcino, Italy

    Wednesday 12 June, 2019

    Enjoy a morning at leisure in Lucca.
    Reconvene in the late afternoon and transfer to Lake Massaciuccoli for a private boat trip. Disembark at Torre del Lago, which hosts an annual opera festival every summer.

    Enjoy a special farewell dinner with stunning lakeside views.

    Friday 4 September, 2019

    Visit the evocative 12th century Abbey of Sant'Antimo, once a glorious Benedictine monastery then drive along quintessentially Tuscan winding rural roads to Montalcino, a classic fortified Tuscan hill town.

    Return to Pienza this afternoon for a special farewell dinner.

    Accommodation - Hotel San Martino (or similar) or Relais Il Chiostro di Pienza (or similar)
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  10. Day
    10
    Return home
    Pisa, Italy

    Thursday 13 June, 2019 or Saturday 5 October, 2019

    Say goodbye and transfer to Pisa airport for your return flights to the UK.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Montbello Splendid

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Florence, Italy

Rediscover the taste and charm of Florence at Montbello Splendid in a location that provides both maximum tranquillity and privacy.

From the Hotel Montebello Splendid you can reach all of the main monuments and points of interest in Florence in just a 10-15 minute walk. A "boutique hotel" with 5-star service, the staff do everything they can to make you feel special during your stay.

Relais Il Chiostro di Pienza

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Pienza, Italy

Located right in the historic centre of the Renaissance town of Pienza, with its hanging gardens overlooking the Val d'Orcia, the Relais Il Chiostro di Pienza, an ancient 13th-century convent, offers comfortable and unique rooms.

The ancient building that houses the Relais il Chiostro di Pienza has played an important role in the development of the famed Tuscan city of Pienza. This former Franciscan Convent dating back to the 13th Century has a terrace and garden with panoramic views of the picturesque hills that surround Sienna.

Albergo San Martino

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Lucca, Italy

In the very heart of the historical town of Lucca, inside the old walls, lies Albergo San Martino, a warm and cosy hotel with welcoming staff and a tasty breakfast buffet.

A small, family-run hotel in a fantastic location, Albergo San Martino lies just around the corner from some of Lucca's main historic sites. The staff are extremely welcoming and helpful and are happy to give top tips on local places to eat out. An overall charming hotel with lovely rustic decor.

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Availability

From
Tue, Tuesday, Jun 4
To
Thu, Thursday, Jun 13
Duration
10 Days
Price per person
£2,799*
* Based on 2 sharing twin/double room. Single rooms available on request at supplement of £600, subject to availability. Flights based on London departure, regional flights may be available at supplement. Itinerary/hotels subject to change. ATOL protected.
From
Thu, Thursday, Sep 26
To
Sat, Saturday, Oct 5
Duration
10 Days
Price per person
£2,799*
* Based on 2 sharing twin/double room. Single rooms available on request at supplement of £600, subject to availability. Flights based on London departure, regional flights may be available at supplement. Itinerary/hotels subject to change. ATOL protected.
Call now to book 01425383617
Quote ref: HEARST