Tuscany in Spring
Tour 1: May 9 – 15, 2023
Tour 2: May 17 – 23, 2023
7 days, 6 nights / Breakfast, lunch, two group dinners included
$4,850 per person, double occupancy
- Florence, Italy
- Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
- Siena, Italy
- Montepulciano, Italy
- Cortona, Italy
Small Group Sizes
Full-Time Van Support
eBikes for All
We begin our 2023 Grand Tour in Tuscany because springtime in Tuscany is pure magic. In fact, we love it so much we’ll do it twice; same trip, two back-to-back weeks.
Our trip starts in Florence, home of the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo’s David and Brunelleschi’s Duomo and a million other museums and galleries and enticing places that could take a lifetime to explore. We’ll stay a bit, but soon move southward, climbing quickly into the hills and wending our way towards Siena.
Florence’s medieval archrival, Siena, is another place worthy of immersion. A special place frozen in time by isolation, it retains the same character that made it a center of Renaissance culture. Its neighborhood Contradas are the foundation of civic pride that bursts forth twice each summer in the running of the Palio, a free-for-all horse race around the Piazza del Campo that has infinitely more to do with rivalry and intrigue than horses and riders. Siena, in all its past and present glory, stands as the beating heart of Tuscany, a crown amongst a field of gems.
We’ll linger in Siena for a couple of days, then traverse the Crete Senesi, a hilltop ridge that divides the northern Chianti wine region from the southern Tuscan hills. Montepulciano, a hilltop village straight out of the 12th century, will be our home for the next two days, as we loop out and around the region, hopping from one hilltop village to another. The one thing we quickly learn about Tuscany is that there are hundreds of beautifully preserved villages and towns, all of which sit at the top of a hill. The reason that towns were located on high was for fortification and defense, but now they welcome all willing to tackle a climb to the top.
We wind up our week by rolling into the hill town of Cortona, on the eastern edge of Tuscany. You may leave Tuscany after this Nomads adventure, but we can assure you that Tuscany will stay within you forever.
Gather in Florence
Nomads staff will gather in Florence on the afternoon of May 8 (Tour 1) or May 16 (Tour 2) at the Horto Convento Hotel located just across the Arno River from the historic heart of Florence. Though this evening is not an official part of the trip, guests are welcome to connect with us at the hotel; we’ve made arrangements just in case and, space permitting, a room may be available for you. Take in a museum, visit the Duomo, or just relax and prepare to explore Tuscany, the first stage of our amazing journey.