Day 1: Arrival in Florence Your Italian adventure begins with your arrival at Florence's Amerigo Vespucci Airport. Check in to your luxury chosen hotel in the heart of Florence and spend the evening exploring the beautiful streets and piazzas of Florence, soaking in the city's unique ambiance, and enjoying a delightful Tuscan dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Florence - Art and Culture Immerse yourself in the artistic and cultural treasures of Florence today. Begin your day with a visit to the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery, where you'll marvel at masterpieces of Italian Renaissance art. Explore Florence's historic center, including the awe-inspiring Florence Cathedral (Il Duomo) and the iconic Baptistery. Enjoy lunch at a traditional Tuscan trattoria, savoring the delicious local flavors. In the afternoon, head to the Accademia Gallery to witness the awe-inspiring statue of David, sculpted by Michelangelo. Conclude your day with another delectable Tuscan dinner in Florence.
Day 3: Portofino - Coastal Gem Say goodbye to Florence and embark on a picturesque journey to the coastal town of Portofino, which is approximately a 3-hour drive away. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel in Portofino. Spend the afternoon exploring the charming harbor, taking scenic walks along the coastline, and soaking in the Mediterranean atmosphere. In the evening, indulge in the flavors of fresh seafood at a waterfront restaurant.
Day 4: Siena - Historic Beauty Today, depart for the historic city of Siena, famous for its stunning medieval architecture and the renowned Piazza del Campo. Explore Siena's historic center, visiting architectural wonders like the Siena Cathedral and ascending the Torre del Mangia for panoramic vistas. Enjoy a Tuscan lunch at a traditional trattoria. Later in the day, return to Portofino, where you can unwind and enjoy the seaside atmosphere. Dinner awaits you at a local restaurant in Portofino.
Day 5: Lucca - Walled City Venture to the charming walled city of Lucca, which is about a 2-hour drive from Portofino. Discover Lucca's well-preserved historic center, stroll or bike along the ancient city walls, and explore landmarks like the Cathedral of St. Martin. Lunchtime offers the opportunity to savor Tuscan cuisine in one of Lucca's quaint squares. In the evening, you'll return to Portofino and relish the coastal ambiance. Your dinner will be at a waterfront restaurant, allowing you to savor the serene coastal atmosphere.
Day 6: Santa Margherita Ligure - Coastal Retreat Dedicate your day to exploring Santa Margherita Ligure, a charming coastal town near Portofino. Relax on the sandy beaches, embark on a boat excursion along the enchanting coastline, or visit local attractions such as Villa Durazzo and the Church of St. James. Savor a delightful lunch at a seaside restaurant. In the evening, return to Portofino for your final night by the sea, where you can take in the coastal charm. Enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the local eateries.
Day 7: Genoa - Cultural Discovery Begin your journey to Genoa, the capital of Liguria, which is approximately a 1-hour drive from Portofino. Explore Genoa's historic old town, featuring the splendid Via Garibaldi with its grand palaces, the Genoa Cathedral, and the vibrant Old Port area. Delight in a traditional Genoese trattoria for lunch, savoring local culinary delights. Depending on your departure plans, you can further explore Genoa or make your way to Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport for your onward journey.
Day 8: Genoa - Maritime Exploration Explore more of Genoa's maritime history by visiting the Galata Maritime Museum and the nearby Aquarium of Genoa. Discover the city's rich seafaring heritage and learn about its maritime legends. Lunch at a charming seaside restaurant in Genoa. Afternoon: Free time for shopping, exploring more of the Old Town, or relaxing by the sea. Farewell dinner at a waterfront restaurant to savor the flavors of Ligurian cuisine.
Day 9: Departure Depending on your flight schedule, you can enjoy some last-minute shopping in Genoa or take in the final sights of this historic city. Bid farewell to Italy as you head to Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport for your departure.
This 9-day itinerary offers a balanced mix of culture, history, coastal beauty, and culinary delights in the heart of Italy's Ligurian region.