01 – 08 September 2020
September is a delightful season to visit Tuscany. We stay initially in the vibrant city of Florence with its art treasures, churches and markets; from there we visit beautiful secluded gardens on hillsides planted with olive trees. Situated a few minutes from the Duomo, our comfortable, welcoming hotel, Il Guelfo Bianco, is a perfect base. A former palazzo or grand townhouse dating from the 16th century, the hotel has been well restored and retains its frescoed ceilings and architectural features.
We then move to Pienza, south of Siena, to visit the iconic garden La Foce created by Iris Origo and the designer Cecil Pinsent. Our hotel is situated next to a gateway in the medieval walls of the town. Finally, we travel northwest to Lucca, a jewel of a town also enclosed by walls dating back to the Middle Ages, where we discover more gardens.
Our group will not exceed 16. Travel during the tour will be by minibus.
The climate in September will be warm and mellow, occasionally misty in the morning. Lightweight clothing is recommended, with a waterproof jacket in case of a shower and good shoes. Smart casual for the evening.
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Often guests meet for drinks before dinner (optional).
Wifi is available at all hotels.
Good walking ability for the towns; please note that some gardens are terraced, with flights of steps.