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Reader Holidays - Portofino, Florence and Tuscany from Somerset County Gazette
Departing May - October 2013
*Price shown: 08 Jun 2013 - DNO
An Italian adventure
Enjoy a wonderful break in one of Tuscany's most celebrated spa resorts. Discover Santa Margherita, exclusive Portofino and exquisite Florence - breathtaking Cradle of the Renaissance - on our included excursions, and take the opportunity to visit fabled Pisa and Liguria's stunning Cinque Terre coastline.
What The Price Includes
- Return flights from your local airport to Italy
- Return airport-to-hotel transfers
- Seven nights' half-board accommodation at your chosen hotel
- A visit to Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino
- A visit to Florence
- The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
- Government taxes and service charges
Single rooms are available for a supplement
A delightful Tuscan spa resort, Montecatini Terme is close to many of the province's greatest cities. As well as the spa baths, it boasts beautiful parks, countless eateries, and bars and clubs. Above the main town, and reached by a historic funicular railway, medieval Montecatini Alto's piazza and winding streets are lined with ancient churches and elegant palazzos.
Fly to Italy, meet your tour manager and board the coach for the transfer through the Tuscan countryside to Montecatini.
Today you're free to get to know the hotel and the many treasures of this historic spa resort, perhaps paying a first visit to Montecatini Alto for its stunning views.
Discover the beautiful Ligurian coast, where some of Italy's most famous resorts are dotted along the shoreline. Explore elegant Santa Margherita Ligure, which overlooks a stunning bay, before enjoying a boat trip along the coast to its ultra-chic neighbour, Portofino, for a taste of "la dolce vita".
Relax in the resort, or join today's optional excursion to Pisa and Lucca. Discover the Pisa's medieval delights - the famous 'leaning tower', circular Baptister and mightly Duomo - on a guided tour before we continue to the elegant walled city of Lucca. Here the medieval clock tower, the Torre della Ore, and the exquisite Piazza Anfiteatro are just some of the must-see sights.
Enjoy another day of gentle exploration in Montecatini, as you soak up the charming atmosphere of the spa-town.
The magnificent Florentine skyline, dominated by the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore greets you on today's included excursion. Explore the splendour of Santa Croce and the medieval Ponte Vecchio, discover Italy's artistic past in the Accademia or the Uffizi (payable locally), and watch the world go by in one of the trattorie.
We'll return to the Ligurian coast on our final optional excursion, heading to the Cinque Terre (Five Lands). This entrancing quintet of ancient villages is squeezed into a series of tiny coves surrounded by celebrated vineyards. Overlooked by working fishing harbours, the breathtaking villages produce some of Ligura's most celebrated wines.
Journey back to the airport and check in for your flight home.
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)
Grand Hotel Regina
This elegant hotel has extensive terraces which overlook the parkland surrounding Montecatini's thermal baths.Further Hotel Information »
This elegant hotel has extensive terraces which overlook the parkland surrounding Montecatini's thermal baths.Hide Hotel Information »
The Belvedere boasts an excellent location opposite the famous Tettuccio Spa.Further Hotel Information »
The Belvedere boasts an excellent location opposite the famous Tettuccio Spa.Hide Hotel Information »
Save money by choosing an 'Allocated on Arrival' hotel. Click 'Hotel Details' above for further information.Hide Hotel Information »