Liguria and Florence

This stunning ten night escape takes you from the glitz and glamour of the Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre to the Renaissance grandeur of Tuscany’s capital – Florence.
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At a glance

  • Explore the glamorous seafront of Sanremo
  • Fill your camera with colourful photos of the Cinque Terre
  • Visit art galleries not to be missed including Uffizi and Accademia
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Suggested Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : UK - Liguria

romantic view at blue hour of Silence bay to Sestri levante

Arrive at Pisa International Airport and make the scenic journey to the Italian Riviera (approx., 1 - 2 hours), where you can check in to your pick of our great hotels. The Liguria coastline is perhaps Italy’s most spectacular, sheltering photogenic gems like Portofino and Sestri Levante, and boasting some of the best beaches in the country in between.

Points of interest:
Where you could stay
Liguria, Santa Margherita
Best Western Hotel Regina Elena
  • 15 minutes drive from the exclusive resort of Portofino
  • Rooftop swimming pool with views over the Ligurian coast
Recommended
Liguria, Rapallo
Excelsior Palace Portofino Coast - Rapallo
  • Splendid coastal location just five minutes from Rapallo
  • Beautifully decorated with old-style elegance blended with modern-day comforts
Liguria, Porto Venere
Grand Hotel Portovenere
  • Located in Portovenere, a prime location for exploring the Cinque Terre
  • A charming hotel that overlooks the sea and harbour
Days 2-7 : Liguria

Beautiful bay with colorful houses in Portofino,  Liguria, Italy

Explore Liguria at will, enjoying the spectacular mountain scenery, ocean colours and pretty towns nestled along the coast. From Portofino's glamorous seafront to Sanremo’s grand Beaux Arts casino, there are lots of ways to fill your time in the region, although you can just as easily find a beach and while away the hours should you prefer.

The eclectic city of Genoa is widely recognised by historians as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, and its maritime legacy is evident in what is Italy's largest port and medieval town. Wander the narrow alleyways and admire the 16th and 17th-century palaces newly rejuvenated as museums and galleries, or visit the famed Aquarium of Genoa. Be sure to spend a day exploring the glorious towns of the Cinque Terre – just a boat ride away. This string of stunning towns literally translates to ‘five lands’, and each town has its own appeal, from the spectacular beachfront of Monterosso al Mare, to the colourful jumble of coastal Vernazza. 

Where you could stay
Liguria, Santa Margherita
Best Western Hotel Regina Elena
  • 15 minutes drive from the exclusive resort of Portofino
  • Rooftop swimming pool with views over the Ligurian coast
Recommended
Liguria, Rapallo
Excelsior Palace Portofino Coast - Rapallo
  • Splendid coastal location just five minutes from Rapallo
  • Beautifully decorated with old-style elegance blended with modern-day comforts
Liguria, Porto Venere
Grand Hotel Portovenere
  • Located in Portovenere, a prime location for exploring the Cinque Terre
  • A charming hotel that overlooks the sea and harbour
Day 8 : Liguria - Florence

FLORENCE in Italy with the great dome of the Cathedral called Duomo di Firenze

Make the spectacular journey across Italy to timeless Florence (approx. 2-4 hours, depending on which resort you’re staying in) and check in to your well-located hotel. For your first afternoon and evening, stay close to the Piazza della Signoria and the Piazza del Duomo, where plenty of restaurants and shops can be found. The astonishing duomo is well worth a visit should you have time, offering spectacular views from its remarkable dome – a mighty accomplishment by Italy’s Brunelleschi, and still the largest masonry dome in the world more than 500 years after being built.

Where you could stay
Recommended
Italian Cities, Florence
Grand Hotel Baglioni
  • A historic hotel with elegant details
  • Located in the historic heart of Florence
Italian Cities, Florence
Hotel Balestri
  • Central riverside location
  • Boutique hotel with charm and atmosphere
Italian Cities, Florence
Hotel Porta Faenza
  • Situated only 700 metres from the train station in the centre of ancient Florence
  • Great value for money
Day 9 : Florence

Uffizi Gallery, primary art museum of Florence  Tuscany, Italy

Spend the morning perusing one of Florence's colourful markets, which sell everything from food to antiques and leather goods; the most famous is in the area around Piazza San Lorenzo and gets very lively during the summer and weekends.

After a light lunch, embark on the pre-bookable Vasari Corridor excursion, which takes you from the Uffizi Gallery and its wonderful collection of paintings and ancient statues to the Vasari Corridor – the secret passageway that runs from the Palazzo Vecchio and above the Ponte Vecchio Bridge to the Pitti Palace. Built by order of Cosimo I de Medici to let dukes cross without mingling with the public, it is now filled with precious works of art and is one of Florence’s most interesting attractions. Finish the day with a meal in one of the many authentic trattorie located in the centre, before taking a stroll along the atmospheric streets.

Points of interest:
Where you could stay
Recommended
Italian Cities, Florence
Grand Hotel Baglioni
  • A historic hotel with elegant details
  • Located in the historic heart of Florence
Italian Cities, Florence
Hotel Balestri
  • Central riverside location
  • Boutique hotel with charm and atmosphere
Italian Cities, Florence
Hotel Porta Faenza
  • Situated only 700 metres from the train station in the centre of ancient Florence
  • Great value for money
Day 10 : Florence

The octagonal Baptistery of Saint John (1059 - 1128), located in Piazza del Duomo, is one of Florence's oldest buildings and predates the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral. Florence, Italy.

Take a break from the crowds and buy a ticket for the short bus journey to the ancient hilltop town of Fiesole, which pre-dates Florence by several centuries. Its central square is a long, gently sloping arena lined with shaded pavement cafes perfect for enjoying an alfresco cappuccino and admiring the stunning views. Finish your day with another meal in beautiful Florence, before taking advantage of the late night summer openings in the Uffizi Gallery, The Academia, and the Bargello – all of which are open until 11pm on selected nights.

Points of interest:
Where you could stay
Recommended
Italian Cities, Florence
Grand Hotel Baglioni
  • A historic hotel with elegant details
  • Located in the historic heart of Florence
Italian Cities, Florence
Hotel Balestri
  • Central riverside location
  • Boutique hotel with charm and atmosphere
Italian Cities, Florence
Hotel Porta Faenza
  • Situated only 700 metres from the train station in the centre of ancient Florence
  • Great value for money
Day 11 : Florence - UK

View of the Palazzo Pitti and italian style Boboli gardens in Florence, Italy

Bid farewell to Florence, as you embark on your last journey in Italy, heading to beautiful Pisa (approx. 1 hour) before transferring to Pisa International Airport and boarding your flight home.

11 days from £1,559 per person

Price shown includes return flights from London, accommodation in each destination for the duration specified and transfers, trains and/or car hire as required. The price shown represents a from price per person based on two people sharing on low season travel unless otherwise stated. Price is subject to availability and flight seats change continually, affecting the final price. The lead-in price shown is for guidance only. To obtain a tailored quote specific for your requirements, please contact one of our Italy Experts.

Practical Information

Flight Information

Most flights to Liguria arrive into Pisa Airport (PSA) although visitors to the west of the Riviera can also fly into Nice .Flights take approximately 2 hours. Most flights to Florence arrive into Pisa airport (PSA), which is approximately 60 minutes from the centre of Florence, although there are a few flights to Florence Airport (FLR) . 

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up.
 
On guided tours/excursions it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
 
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation the driver and guide at the end of the tour.

Details

The price is based on 2 adults sharing, travelling in October 2024. Our Italy Experts can personalise all of our Twin and Multi-Centre holidays for a date and destination that suits you. For a bespoke quote, give one of our Personal Travel Planners a call on 01293 765055.

Quote reference number: 53270252

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