Northern Tuscany & Montecatini Holidays

North Tuscany is home to two of Italy’s most famous cities: Florence and Pisa. Here, art galleries, palazzos and Michelin-starred restaurants vie for your attention.

For something a little more laid-back, consider staying in a smaller city. Little Lucca comes ringed by Renaissance walls. Cycle or walk them for long-range views over both the city and Tuscan countryside.

Meanwhile, the thermal waters of Montecatini have been reeling in day trippers since Roman times. Explore the art nouveau Terme Tettuccio before hopping on the oldest funicular in the world. It takes you up to Montecatini Alto – a medieval village with spectacular views of North Tuscany.

  • from£789pp
  • 105 rooms
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The Grand Hotel Francia & Quirinale is one of the most elegant hotels in Montecatini and is well known for its high standards of service and excellent food. The location's ideal and makes getting out and explore easy. Head to the nearby thermal spa or jump on a train to Florence, Lucca or Pisa. 

  • from£479pp
  • 96 rooms
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This is one of Montecatini's oldest hotels and it's perfect if you're looking for somewhere grand to stay in the centre of town. The hotel's style is traditional and you can see lots of original features in the lobby. There's a small pool and nice Tuscan restaurant. There's plenty to explore just a short walk from the hotel including the thermal spas and shops.

  • from£549pp
  • 81 rooms
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The Grand Hotel Vittoria is within walking distance of Montecatini's best sights, and the train station for trips further afield. There's an air of luxury here thanks to the historic building and excellent quality throughout - make sure you stay for dinner for some great local food.

  • 26 rooms
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The Hotel San Luca Palace is an elegant and stylish Renaissance hotel, centrally located in the medieval square of Lucca. The hotel can be found within the city walls, walking distance away from the main sites of Lucca, the shopping district and the train station.

 

  • 130 rooms
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This elegant hotel enjoys a great location close to the heart of Montecatini with all its shops, bars and restaurants and the Tettucio Spa and gardens are also nearby.

Excursions

Pre-book your excursions online or give us a call

Sienna & San Gimignano from £79 per person (full day)

Take a guided tour of the medieval town of Siena, visiting the cathedral and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. In the afternoon, drive through the Chianti hills to explore San Gimignano, a town of towers dating back to the Etruscan period. Here you'll have the chance to try some of the region's best wines, Chianti classico and Vernaccia white wine. 

Departs: Thursdays & Sundays

Florence with the Uffizi Gallery from £79 per person (full day)

Visit the home town of the Medici family, wealthy patrons of the arts. Look out for works by incredible Renaissance artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael as you explore Florence on a walking tour with our local guide. You'll have an introduction to the Uffizi Gallery, where you can discover more great works of art.

Departs: Fridays - skip the line Uffizi entrance fees (approx. €20) are payable locally. 

Cinque Terre from £102 per person (full day)

Discover some of the most picturesque seaside villages in the Mediterranean, the Cinque Terre. See the UNESCO protected coastline from the water on a boat trip. Explore the colourful fishing villages of Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso where you’ll have free time for shopping or even a swim. Don't forget your camera!

Departs: Tuesdays & Saturdays, discounts available for guests aged 65+

Chianti Wine & Vinci from £61 per person (half day)

Visit a family run wine estate for a guided wine tasting with the experts. Try the best Chianti wines accompanied by tasty Tuscan snacks like bruschetta and extra-virgin olive oil. After you’ll have time to explore the medieval village of Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.

Departs: Mondays

Cooking Class in Tuscan Farmhouse from £79 per person

Cook up a storm! Learn how to make home-made Italian style pasta like ravioli or gnocchi and discover the secret to the perfect tiramisu. You’ll then enjoy the food you’ve prepared accompanied by a glass of Tuscan wine.

Departs: Wednesdays & Fridays

Olive Oil Tasting in Montecatini Alto £35 per person (half day)

Take a special guided tour of an olive oil farm to learn how the delicious extra-virgin olive oil is produced. Explore the 200 year old olive groves on the terraces above Montecatini and enjoy fantastic views over the spa town while you ty the finest quality olive oil accompanied by Tuscan chees and other local products.

Departs: Wednesdays & Thursdays

Please note that the pick-up and drop off point for all Montecatini excursions is the Tourist Information Office located in the centre of town. The excursions are not suitable for guests with limited mobility. They’re available to pre book between May and mid-September.

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

Resort Combination

There are endless combinations when it comes to multi-centre holidays in Italy. Here's a few suggestions to pair with your trip to the Northern Tuscany and Montecatini. 

Florence

Combine your trip to Northern Tuscany & Montecatini with a city break in the Renaissance city of Florence, to see the artistic and architectural masterpieces. With easy links by train you can be in Florence in just over an hour. 

Bologna

Pair with your Tuscan holiday with a few nights in Bologna, where you'll have ample opportunity to sample the delicious food, explore the famed portico and marvel over the red roofed city from its medieval towers. Travel by train from Montecatini and you'll be in Bologna in about two hours. 

For more ideas and help creating or booking your perfect multi-centre holiday please call us on 01483 79 11 11. 

 

Good to know

  • A trip on the funicular to Alto Montecatini is a must to view the scenery
  • It’s easy to travel by bus or train to visit to visit the nearby towns of Pistoia, Pisa & Lucca
  • Walk or cycle along Lucca's 16th Century walls and enjoy 4km of panoramic views over the city
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