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Tuscany by Avanti Destinations

Once home to Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, and Michelangelo, the breathtaking region of Tuscany extends from the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea to the snow-capped Apennine Mountains. Nestled between these natural boundaries lie many Italian jewels waiting to be enjoyed.  Ranking high on “to do” lists among art and nature lovers alike, the province is an earthy paradise boasting beautiful vineyards and rolling hills, as well as prime examples of historic architecture dating back to the Italian Renaissance period.

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Tuscany

One of the most amazing areas of Tuscany is the coastal city of Viareggio, which hugs the crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian. Founded during the 12th century, this little piece of Tuscany is credited with the production of some of the world’s most beautiful yachts. The city’s love of boats and access to the water keep its seaports overwhelmed by boats of all shapes and sizes, making this a seafarer’s paradise. The area is also home to one of the highlights of any trip to Italy – Carnivale. This tradition, which occurs during February and March, is a European favorite.  The entire town embraces it, offering themed menus at restaurants while the larger-than-life papier-mâché floats dominate the streets to the delight of spectators.
  • The busiest tourist season is typically during late spring (around April to May) to the beginning of fall (around September). Famous for its Renaissance-era buildings and farm homes, which dot the vineyard-lined hillsides, it is apparent why Tuscany is such a popular destination in Italy.
  • Italy is one of the more affordable countries to visit in Europe.
  • Tuscany is most famous for its museums, some of which are home to great works such as Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera, and Lippi’s Madonna and Child with Two Angels.
  • Public transportation is quite common within the province, providing travelers the opportunity to meet locals and allowing them to taste more of the atmosphere.  With many authentic, local restaurants and villas to choose from, Tuscany’s visitors can easily find something to enjoy. It is possible to get from one end of the region to the other within a few hours via bus, train, car, or bike, so exploring is not a challenge.
  • In the shadows of the Duomo, Florence is well known for its commerce.  Within this beautiful and cultural center of the city, shoppers can find everything from designer boutiques to local artisans creating handmade trinkets, making it easy to find a perfect gift to complement a beautiful trip.
  • In the medieval microcosm of Siena, those with the desire to experience the wine side of Tuscany can enroll in the Tuscan Wine School, a two-hour crash course that teaches wine basics like tasting, reading labels, recognizing native grapes while sampling the most famous wine of the area – Chianti.
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Tuscan Charm

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Savor a bit of respite from the world at a 16th-century monastery built by the town of San Gimignano for the monks who helped the village through difficult times. In the Tuscan countryside, days seem eternal and night brings even more idyllic tranquility, where you can sip wine and revel in a Tuscan summer evening.

Rome & Italian Countryside by Vespa

7 days/6 nights

Ever since Audrey Hepburn made it famous in the fifties, the Vespa has been synonymous with Italy. Experience the latest way to explore the countryside in a uniquely Italian fashion: via Vespa. Riding a Vespa is fun and opens you up to opportunities to discover off-the-beaten-path locations and experience the freedom of leisurely meandering through winding, Italian country roads.

Rome & Florence RVP

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Avanti brings Italy into a whole new light. The history, beauty and epicurean delights of this great European destination compares to none. Combine two of Italy’s greatest cities! Discover some of the most significant art and architecture in the world. Enjoy fine dining and a wine tasting as part of this Avanti independent travel package.

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