Tuesday August 8th, Rome - Pitigliano - Lucca
For August 2017 we are offering you 2 possibilities to enjoy Tuscany with us:-
Either: option A
enjoy our full "Taste of Tuscany" tour (see below), the tour which launched us into our touring adventure more than a decade ago and which still feels
Or: option B
stay in our villa in the town of Lucca, but be independent. This option is especially suitable for families. You will enjoy the villa facilities, excellent local cuisine and all that Tuscany has to offer at your own pace.
A Tour dates: August 8th -14th (but stay to relax until August 17th)
B Villa dates: August 8th – 17th
Full Tuscany Tour:
Meeting point: Rome Airport Hilton Hotel:
Shacharit 07.30, kosher breakfast 08.00, depart 09.00
There are flights that arrive early from NY and TLV early morning, but please see note below re arriving the day before
Pitigliano: "little Jerusalem" This striking cliff-top village was until the 1930’s home to a small thriving Jewish community – we'll visit the former ghetto with its synagogue and museum. Then on to……
Lucca: a short concert before dinner sounds good!! A peep at the gorgeous town, then off tour beautiful villa – arriving in time for our Welcome Dinner!!
Wednesday August 9th, Viareggio - Forte Dei Marmi - Hike on the Cinque Terre
Viareggio: One of the busiest seaside resorts, dating from the mid-19th century: we’ll just pass through en route to….
Forte dei Marmi: Tuscany’s most elegant seaside resort and a great weekly country textile market. People-watch, shop with the jet-set in the market or the adjacent haute couture boutiques, and then join us for lunch in a piazza
Hike on the Cinque Terre: For years one of the highlights of this trip – a 2-hour challenging hike overlooking the sea. A bus and a train will bring us to Corniglia where we start, hiking to Vernazza and then taking a train back. Lunch in the villa.
When we return to our villa we’ll have time for a cooking session with the chefs, for those who are interested, before dinner!!
Thursday August 10th, Siena - Kosher Winery - San Gimignano
Siena: We’ll visit the famous Piazza del Campo, home of the Palio horse race, the beautiful synagogue, and, if we are lucky, meet one of the community's leaders; there is time to wander around this icinic bustling ancient city
Agriturismo & Kosher Winery: Visit an Agriturismo – a uniquely Italian concept. This one has Europe’s ONLY fully kosher winery, Terra di Seta. After a wine-tasting aperitif we’ll enjoy our lunch while looking out over the gorgeous view
San Gimignano: the “Manhattan” of Tuscany: Take your choice - to explore the famous city of towers , climb to the top for the incredible views of the rolling Tuscan countryside, visit the stores, enjoy a coffee, take lots of photos……..
Friday August 11th Barga - Villa Torrigiani - Lucca
Barga: In this medieval mountain top village where time has stood still for hundreds of years you’ll climb the winding narrow streets to the duomo at the top of the village to breathe the clean air and enjoy the 360º panorama
Villa Torrigiani: Lucca is famous for its aristocratic villas.
This is one of the most interesting as we'll be able to tour both inside the villa and tour the gardens. We’ll also get a glimpse of the life of the once-wealthy aristocracy!!
Lucca: Follow your guide on a bike around the top of the wide walls and to tour the town, stroll among the shops and piazzas or just people-watch in “our” café where the “tab” is always open for our guests and the ice cream is kosher – be back for Shabbat at 20.02 please!!
Shabbat August 12th, Pisa
Pray, eat & sleep, right? We’ll also stroll in vicinity of villa
Before the end of Shabbat, for those who are up for it, we can walk into Lucca town for Havdala @ 21.10, then….
Pisa: No trip would be complete without seeing the tower – at night the day-trippers and souvenir vendors are gone; Jewish Pisa is also featured – surprise!!!!
Sunday August 13th, Florence all day
Florence: We’ll see the Statue of David, the cathedral (duomo), Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchio and visit the famous synagogue
After lunch in a beautiful hotel nearby, there’s time to follow your personal preferences in Florence. If you wish to visit the Uffizi Gallery you should pre-book. Otherwise you can explore this gorgeous city in greater depth according to your interests, visiting palaces, museums and galleries, the leather market and stores, many of which are open on Sunday.
Back to Lucca and another cooking session with the chefs for whoever would like!
Monday August 14th
In the hills north of Lucca, for those who are willing to take a walk on the wild side, we’ll enjoy an exhilarating experience on an ATV “safari” seeing parts of Tuscany most people never get to visit – amazing!!
Thursday August 17th
After breakfast, we’ll take you to Pisa airport or station for the journey home or to our exciting trip to Spain and Portugal. For those booking the trips back-to-back, we also cover the flight from Pisa to Malaga (via Rome) and the transfer to Granada to meet the group!!!!