8-Day Tuscany Vacation with Airfare
Tuscany welcomes culinary indulgence—from its fine wines to its homemade pastas and locally-harvested truffles. This vacation delves into some of Tuscany’s other riches, with five nights in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany’s most decorated spa town. You’ll have a rental car for the trip’s duration, so feel free to make your own itinerary and embark on trips to some of Italy’s most iconic landmarks, including the cliffside towns of Cinque Terre, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Florence’s art museums—each within a 90-minute drive from Montecatini Terme. You’ll spend your final night in Italy seeing trendy Milan or relaxing in a villa near Lake Como.
This vacation includes:
- Round-trip airfare from NYC
- 5 nights of standard accommodations in Montecatini Terme
- 1 night of standard accommodations in Milan or Como (subject to availability)
- 7-day economy manual-car rental; 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, local taxes (VAT)
- Breakfast daily
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Travelers have trekked to Montecatini’s lush green hillsides for hundreds of years, finding solace in the healing waters of its terme, or spas. Here, Puccini penned bits of La Boheme and Fellini filmed his piece de resistance, 8 1/2. Legend has it that if you drink the waters at the opulent Terme Tettuccio it can heal the effects of over-indulging on Tuscany’s rich 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.
- Head to Monsummano Terme: This small commune—just a few miles from Montecatini Terme—is known for its network of underground caverns and grottoes, where warm vapors hang in the air and drip from stalactites.
- Take a day trip to Pinocchio’s Park in Collodi, hometown of The Adventures of Pinocchio writer Carlo Collodi. Here you can frolic amid whimsical bronze sculptures, a puppet theater, and a gigantic fountain shaped like a fish’s mouth. There’s also a seasonal butterfly garden and greenhouse nearby.
- See Florence: The home of the Italian Renaissance hosts several famous museums and artworks, including Michelangelo’s David
Stylish Milan is Italy’s capital of fashion, with its chic boutiques graced with the season’s new designs from Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. In addition to shopping, visitors can get a feel for the city’s long-standing culture by exploring its historical arts and architecture.
- Duomo di Milano: Topped with more than 100 marble spires, this ornate Gothic cathedral is adorned with more than 3,000 statues, including protective gargoyles and the Virgin Mary covered in gold.
- See da Vinci’s The Last Supper: The iconic painting is at the 15th-century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
- Tour a Castle: DaVinci 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.
The Alps create a breathtaking backdrop against Lake Como, which is both the centerpiece and the namesake of this walled village. Manicured flower gardens and orange groves add to the town’s storybook charm.
- Basilica di Sant’Abbondio: With its grey stone facade, this Romanesque cathedral seems unassuming on the outside. But its elaborate frescoes inside are beautiful.
- Follow in Bond’s footsteps in nearby Villa del Balbianello, where Casino Royale was filmed. The village also served as a setting for parts of Star Wars Episode II.
- Take a funicular to the village of Brunate, located at an elevation of more than 2,000 ft. From here, you can see sweeping views of the village’s countryside, Lake Como, and the Alps, especially if you hike deeper into the hills.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal? The supplemental fee is subject to departure date and availability at the time of booking. For information regarding a specific departure date, please call (800) 682-3333 to speak with a Gate 1 Travel Reservation Specialist.
Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal? Yes, you may extend your stay.
How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available? The dates available are listed on each option.
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Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room?Children 12 and over will need a Groupon for travel. Children under 12 may be eligible for a discount. Contact Gate 1 Travel directly for child fares 1 (800)-682-3333.