8 days in Tuscany, Cinque Terre & Manosque Itinerary

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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 1 night
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Manosque, France
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, see the interesting displays at Museo di San Marco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then look for gifts at HUMILIS Made in Assisi (Boutique Firenze Ponte Vecchio), and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Florence travel route planner.

Marseille, France to Florence is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Siena.
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Siena, Italy — 1 night

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia.

To find out how to plan a trip to Siena, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Siena are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Pisa.
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Pisa, Italy — 1 night

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Knights’ Square, take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pisa online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Siena to Pisa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a train to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 1 night

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, take some stellar pictures from Manarola scenic viewpoint, then relax and rejuvenate at Cinque Terre Wellness, and finally look for gifts at Art in Banchi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cinque Terre day trip tool.

Getting from Pisa to Cinque Terre by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manosque.
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Manosque, France — 1 night

Manosque is the largest town and commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre Historique de Manosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre-Dame de Romigier, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Sauveur, and finally make a trip to Tour du Mont d'Or. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at Body Sense Massage Manosque, get some fabulous bargains at Francois Doucet Confiseur, then steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Forcalquier, and finally see the interesting displays at Artemisia Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manosque trip planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Manosque in 6.5 hours. December in Manosque sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive back home.
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Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.
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