The McMinnville Area Chamber of Chamber of Commerce invites members of the chamber and the community to experience the true Tuscan Culture October 27, 2020

The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that it will be offering a fully escorted tour of the awe inspiring region of Tuscany. Tuscany is the place where movies are filmed and fantasies run wild. Perhaps it’s the cities of Florence, Pisa, or Sienna that invoke feelings of culture, art, or arouse the senses as do the smells and taste of the Chianti region. The fact is that Tuscany is home to some of the most famous tourist attractions in all of Italy. It is here that budding artists come to learn from the masters, and the world of fashion takes it cues. Tuscany is where romantics rekindle the flame and celebrate their love.

 

Emerging as a real business centre, Tuscany is home to thriving businesses in the furniture, leather, fashion, and manufacturing industries. These businesses keep the region in the 21st century while the people and culture keep one foot in the past. If romance, tradition, and culture are your idea of an ideal vacation, then Tuscany is for you. On the other hand, if shopping and the fast pace of a thriving city are your style then you will also find it in the Tuscany region of Italy.

Tuscany/One Hotel Holiday with the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce October 27, 2020 – ONLY $2999 if deposited by March 31, 2020.

SPACE IS LIMITED. SIGN UP EARLY TO SECURE YOUR SEAT! $599 – Optional 2 night Rome Post Tour Extension – Includes deluxe motor coach, 2 breakfasts, Rome city tour, and professional tour director.

Highlights

  • Florence
  • Pisa & Lucca
  • Siena
  • Cinque Terre (optional)
  • San Gimignano
  • Chianti Region
  • Montecatini
  • Optional 2 night Rome extension available

Inclusions

  • Round Trip Airfare
  • Airline Fuel Surcharges, Taxes and Fees
  • 7 Nights First Class Hotel
  • 10 Meals (7B, 3D)
  • Sightseeing Per Itinerary
  • Admissions Per Itinerary
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Baggage Handler
  • Hotel Transfers

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Depart the United States on an overnight flight to Italy.

Day 2 – Montecatini: Upon arrival, you will proceed to baggage claim and after clearing customs, you will be met by your C I Destinations tour manager and transferred to your hotel in Montecatini. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight enjoy a welcome cocktail and briefing with your tour manager, followed by dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 3 – Montecatini/Florence: After breakfast, you will transfer to Florence for a walking tour. Named the “Cradle” of the Renaissance, Florence is still one of the most charming art cities, boasting countless museums and art galleries crammed with masterpieces, but also elegant shops and a tasting cuisine in the many restaurants and Trattorias of the city centre. Built around the River Arno, Florence is a relatively small, compact city with narrow, cobbled streets making up most of the central area. It is ideal to be explored on foot. See the Duomo, a real jewel surmounted by the majestic Brunelleschi’s Cupola, one of the symbols of Florence, Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge). Admire the magnificent Palazzo Vecchio on Signoria Square next to the fountain showing the imposing Nettuno Statue. Enjoy free time for shopping or visiting the most famous art galleries. (B)

Day 4 – Montecatini/Lucca & Pisa:Today, enjoy a tour to Lucca & Pisa.  The medieval centre of Lucca has preserved its  appeareance due to the protection of the solid city walls in red bricks. You will wander through narrow alleys lined by high, austere buildings and high towers like the Clock Tower or the Guinigi Tower, one of the most representative monuments of Lucca. You will visit the San Michele Church on the big square, once the centre of city social life, the Duomo San Martino (from outside), and Piazza Anfiteatro. In the afternoon we continue to Pisa to admire the Leaning Tower, the icon of Pisa and one of the most famous monuments in the world. The tower together with the Duomo, the Baptistery, and the Monumental Cemetery form one of the finest architectural complexes set on a square called Campo dei Miracoli (Fields of Miracles) due to its breathtaking beauty. (Entrance to Duomo and Baptistery is included) Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 5 – Montecatini/Siena: After breakfast, transfer to Siena for your full-day tour. Siena is one of those towns in Italy that looks like it has stepped out of a postcard, with its ancient brick buildings, its stunning Piazza del Campo, and the Gothic Cathedral. This is an absolute must for anyone travelling to Tuscany. Siena is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the whole of Italy. The most important attractions are the shell-shaped main square Piazza del Campo, known simply as II Campo by the locals, and the Cathedral square on the highest side of the city, dominated by a stunning Gothic Duomo. You will enjoy your free time to discover beautiful corners and interesting museums of this Pearl of Gothic style. (B)

Day 6 – OPTIONAL – Montecatini/Cinque Terre: Enjoy a day of leisure or join the optional full day excursion to Cinque Terre. The eastern Italia Riviera offers its most iconic highlight: 5 fishing villages nestled on the steep coastline named 5 Terre (5 Lands). These 5 hamlets, though now the destination of thousands of visitors from all over the world, still preserve an atmosphere of authenticity with few roads and a network of amazing coastal and mountain trails amidst tiny vineyards and gardens. The easiest ways to reach the area are either by train from Levanto or La Spezia or by boat, but only with calm sea and nice weather. Today we will visit 3 hamlets by train: Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso, the biggest of the five. Here you will have free time before getting back to your hotel in Montecatini Terme. (B)

Day 7 – Montecatini/San Gimignano & Chianti Region: Today, enjoy a tour to San Gimignano, a town of Etruscan origins. Set on the ancient Francigena road, on which pilgrims walked to Rome from Northern Europe. San Gimignano started to become rich due to its commerce. Its main features are the remaining 13 towers, which have earned it the nickname of Tuscan Manhattan. San Gimignano is set on a hill covered with vineyards producing a very good local Chianti wine. In the afternoon we will visit a local family-run farm producing wine and extravirgin olive oil. You will visit the property and its winery, and at the end a tasting of its superb wines with local produce enhanced by the wonderful view over the landscape and San Gimignano towers. This day is sure to be a highlight! (B)

Day 8 – Montecatini: Spend the day at leisure to explore Montecatini on your own, enjoy a spa treatment, or just relax. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell Tuscan feast at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 9 – Montecatini/United States: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home, taking with you many wonderful memories of Italy. (B)

(Meals: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)

“This is truly an amazing opportunity to discover all that Tuscany has to offer. Tuscany is what many people around the world envision as a true representation of Italy. We will take it all in as the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce brings the dream of traveling to Tuscany to life,” said Gioia Goodrum, President/CEO. For additional information please contact the Chamber at (503) 472-6196. Swing by the Chamber office at 417 NW Adams Street, McMinnville Oregon for a trip RESERVATION FORM.