To make your trip planning a little bit easier, we have put together some itineraries that include all the best bits, but also allow time to rest, relax and unwind….after all the most memorable holidays include a little bit of everything! We recommend 7 days to see the best of the region however shorter trips can still give you a wonderful introduction to the beauty of Tuscany. A car will be essential to make the most of your time here.
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Savour the highlights of Tuscany on this 7 day itinerary which encapsulates all the best bits the region has to offer – stunning scenery, history towns and wonderful wines and cheese. With some down time included, you will return home rested and with wonderful memories to last a lifetime!
Arrive at Cignella and start your Tuscan discovery with a visit to Pienza, just 15kms away. Set atop a hill, this tiny village offers extraordinary views over the Val d’Orcia valley. Narrow streets and squares boast wonderful Renaissance architecture – don’t miss the Cattedrale dell ‘Assunta with its octagonal bell tower and the Palazzo Piccolomini, considered one of the finest Renaissance buildings in Pienza.
In the afternoon enjoy some relaxation time at Cignella, by the pool or on your terrace. Alternatively, a visit to the vineyard of Donatella Cinella Colombini called Fattori del Colle, will give you your first taste of exquisite Tuscan red wine – each bottle made lovingly from the grapes surrounding the estate.
No trip to Tuscany is complete without a visit to Florence. Known as the birthplace of Rennaisance and Italian Art, it is 122km from Cignella. The entire historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site so there is something to see and do around every corner. Visit the Uffizi Gallery which houses some of the greatest art treasures in the world and admire the open-air sculpture gallery at the Loggia dei Lanzi. Climb the dome of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore for breathtaking views of the city and walk along the Arno River and across the Ponte Vecchio, one of the most photographed bridges in Italy. Crowded in summer, an early start is recommended to get the best from your day!
Just over an hour from Cignella is Siena, known as one of the finest medieval cities in Italy. Sitting on three hills, its’ heart is the central piazza known as Il Campo which is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower Torre del Mangia. The Duomo is a great Gothic building which will take your breath away. Its’ stunning exterior is matched by a fascinating interior with magnificent black/white striped marble columns, a pavement decorated with incredible story-telling mosaics and it is home to treasures by Pisanto, Donatello and Michelangelo.
A 20 minute drive from Siena is SanGimignano,a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Encircled by a 13th century wall, you can step back in time and immerse yourself in medieval architecture and towers that rise above the other buildings and offer impressive views of the valley.
Time for some relaxation! Sunbathe beside the pool at Cignella, book a massage (contact the Resort Manager to arrange) or simply put your feet up in your villa. If you need groceries, Sinagula just 12 km away has a several supermarkets.
Being a region bearing natural hot springs you may like to visit a thermal bath or “terme” for some extra pampering. We recommend Rapolano Terme which is only 20km from Cignella. Here you can enjoy the restorative waters at the San Giovanni Hotel or experience one of the rejuvenating treatments on offer.
Time to find out if Tuscany really does produce some of the best wines in the world! With the villages of Montepulciano and Montalcino on your doorstep, you are perfectly placed to find out. In Montepulciano, only 34 km from Cignella, visit the wine cellars of Contucci and Poliziano close to Piazza Grande. Close by is Cantine del Redi whose impressive wine cellar is often considered the most beautiful in the world.
Inside the magnificent fortress of Montalcino is Enoteca La Fortezza which offers exemplary wine tastings from a huge selection of quality Brunello di Montalcino and other Tuscan wines.
If you have time to spare, close to Montalcino is the 13th century Medieval abbey, Abbrazia di Sant ‘Antimo. This charming former monastery, possibly dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries, is worth a visit. You may even be lucky enough to hear the Gregorian chants which are performed every 2 hours.