Leonardo Da Vinci on Tour
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DISCOVERING THE BEAUTY, SECRETS AND MYSTERIES OF TUSCANY THAT INSPIRED LEONARDO DA VINCI TO CREATE LA MONA LISA, THE MOST FAMOUS AND UNTOUCHED PAINTING IN THE WORLD.




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What a gorgeous trip… Our Driver and professional Bilingual tour guide will pick you up at the train station in Arezzo at 9:00 a.m. Then we will start driving through “la sette ponti” (an area rich in art and culture between the three main cities of Tuscany Florence, Arezzo and Siena).  During this trip we will stop a few times to visit the Buriano Bridge which was build in 1277 and it was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in in the lower-right quadrant of his painting Mona Lisa. Then, a visit to “Il Borro” where every alley, every stone speaks of a time that once was, of flavours and scents that recall the memory of a rare and more authentic Tuscany. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, in the shadow of the cypress trees of the ancient Via dei Sette Ponti. We will finish our morning with the visit of another medieval village called Loro Ciuffena and his church of Gropina, This beautiful Romanesque church, dedicated to Saint Peter, is one of the best examples of high Romanesque architecture in Tuscany and was constructed ca. 1000 CE. Once arrived in Castelfranco di Sopra at 12:00 pm we will take two hours break having lunch with 3 courses wine and coffe included, in one of the local authentic Tuscan Trattoria. After the break we will meet another professional natural guide who will take you aver the Balze for a 2.5 hours walk. Between the tracks and the vast Pratomagno mountain range is a heavily eroded terrain of pinnacles and ravines sculpted of bare earth and rock. Here and there a small valley reveals a field for grazing sheep, a vineyard and an abandoned farmhouse. The landscape looks as if it has remained wild and unchanged for centuries. The stratified canyons have a strange, ‘otherworldly’ beauty that captured the powerful intellect of Leonardo da Vinci, more than 500 years ago.Today it is possible to retrace Leonardo’s steps and observe the area still much as it was, experiencing the same sensations. As he had correctly observed, water was the defining force of Le Balze a remarkable and untouched area full of hidden secrets.  Approximately two million years ago, it was a great lake gradually filling with sediments dislodged from the vast mountain range above it. As the lake floor was exposed, ravines were carved into the sediments, creating spires and pinnacles of sand, lime and pebbles. Eons of continual erosion by wind and water of the earth, baked dry in the hard sunlight, have created great peaks that soar above the precious cultivated valleys, stratified cathedrals now tower over streams, oak woods and pathways in a kaleidoscope of oranges, greys and ochres. At 5:00 pm our driver will bring you to Figline Valdarno station. From here you may take a train back to Arezzo, Florence and even Rome.
DISCOVERING THE BEAUTY, SECRETS AND MYSTERIES OF TUSCANY THAT INSPIRED LEONARDO DA VINCI TO CREATE LA MONA LISA, THE MOST FAMOUS AND UNTOUCHED PAINTING IN THE WORLD…

The itinerary includes a visit to some of the most beautiful places in the area starting from Buriano Bridge with its seven arches – this was one of the favourite views for Leonardo da Vinci, so much so that he chose it as the background for his painting of the Mona Lisa. We’ll then move to the Borro, a small village surrounded by nature, and the estate of Salvatore Ferragamo. Next is a visit to the Church of Gropina, famous for its stained-pulpit, and Loro Ciuffenna which is crossed by the river that still feeds an old mill. The tour continues with a visit to Castelfranco di Sopra for lunch, after a pleasant break we will take you over the path of the Balze, the stratified canyons. We will be walking for almost 2 hours throughout this breathtaking landscape where you can even still drink natural sulphur water.

PRICES, DEPOSITS, AND PAYMENTS:

Price for this private tour start from   USD 145,00  per person with a group of minimum 7 participants.

For a groups of 6 participants the price is USD 167.00 per person.

For a group of 4 participants the price is USD 225.00 per person.

For a couple the price is USD 417.00 per person.

Deposits and balance of payments are accepted by bank transfer or credit card via Paypal.

For all the private tours, you can book through email at info@tuscanyuntouchedtours.com or you can contact Matteo  at +61 404572020 or +39 0621118983.
A payment of the tour indicates an acceptance of all the conditions.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:

Pick up outside of Arezzo central station at 9:00 a.m. The tour is a 8 hours tour. It starts at 9 am and it ends at 5:00 pm.

Check the departure time from and to Rome and Florence’s station: www.trenitalia.com

We advice to book the tour at least 2 days in advance.

TOUR GROUPS:

Our tour groups have been designed for a group of no more than 8 people per tour to ensure that client needs and enjoyment is always our top priority.  Minimum of participants: 2 people.

INCLUDED IN TOUR COST:

  1. Professional bi-lingual tour guide for the whole time to assist you for any issue.
  2. Bi-lingual driver
  3. Professional environmental historian guide
  4. Transport by private vehicle
  5. Authentic lunch in a local Osteria. The lunch included 3 courses with wine and coffee

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST

All items not detailed in inclusions

Personal spending

  1. snacks during the days

All transfers other than to the local train station

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

– Children must be accompanied by an adult
– Minimum age is 21 years
– Adult pricing applies to all travelers
– May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
– Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
– A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
– Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
– A maximum of 7 people per booking
– Not recommended for pregnant women
– Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
– A moderate amount of walking is involved
– Not wheelchair accessible
– Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

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TOUR GROUPS:

Our tour groups have been designed for a group of no more than 8 people per week to ensure that client needs and enjoyment is always our top priority.
Tours and tariffs are subject to change.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

The value of the transaction may be subject to taxes, duties, foreign transaction, currency exchange or other fees.

COST/EXCHANGE RATES:

Prices and tariffs quoted for the tours are subject to change without notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as significant currency fluctuations.

INSURANCE:

You are required to purchase your own travel insurance to cover cancellation coverage, airline tickets, trip delay, lost luggage or any potential medical expenses, personal accident and sickness, emergency repatriation and personal liability. It is advisable to take specific cover for ambulance through the respective State ambulance providers or through their own private health insurance.
Please note that travellers on Tuscany Untouched tours must have comprehensive travel insurance. We will require evidence including policy number, insurers name and emergency contact number before we finalise your booking.

STRENUOUS WALKING

Most medieval towns were built as hilltop fortifications, so you will find some challenging climbs. There is a lot of walking on our tours and you will spend a lot of time on your feet while sightseeing. Age is not important as long as you are physically fit and a strong walker. Our tours are not suited for anyone who has problems with knees, back, heart or obesity.

PRICES:

Our recommended tours and dates, as listed on our web site, are guaranteed once a booking is confirmed. Your additional expenses will be for non-included meals, moderate tipping where appropriate, and personal sightseeing or shopping.LIMIT OF LIABILITY:

No responsibility is accepted for any loss, expense, accident, injury, or damage to any person or property due to the actions or omissions of any person, or any cause, including but not limited to acts of God, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, defects in machinery, breakdown of equipment, weather, quarantine, negligence, loss of baggage, or other causes beyond our control, such losses being the responsibility of the guest.

MEMBERSHIP ON TOUR:

Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd reserves the right to accept, reject, or not retain any person as a tour participant whose condition or general deportment impedes the operation of the tour or, in the opinion of the tour manager, affects the rights and enjoyment of other guests. A guest not retained on tour shall have no cause for complaint or refund, and shall bear any and all extra expenses that ensue.

TOUR CHANGES:

All information on this website is, to the best of our knowledge, correct. However, we reserve the right to make changes in accommodations, visits, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable. Delays or itinerary changes caused by strikes, bad weather, traffic, or other unforeseen circumstances are beyond our control and we are not obliged to pay guests compensation.

STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES

Just a reminder that travel on Tuscany Untouched trip requires a degree of flexibility, and you should understand that the trip’s route, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. Should Tuscany Untouched PTY LTD deem it advisable to amend an itinerary for any reason, it may do so by shortening, varying or re-routing any trip. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to you if the reason for any alteration is outside Tuscany Untouched’ control.

While travelling with Tuscany Untouched you agree to accept the authority of the leader at all times. You are aware that travel within a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and physical abilities of group members. You understand that Tuscany Untouched reserves the right to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the group at any time. To the best of Tuscany Untouched’s knowledge, these third parties are qualified to perform the duties they are contracted to perform. However Tuscany Untouched  will not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur due to the behaviour of these third parties. Tuscany Untouched will not accept responsibility or liability for any traveller who contravenes any law or regulation of any country visited. No employee, servant or agent of Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd has authority to vary these conditions.

CONFIRMATION BOOKING FORM

All Tuscany Untouched travellers on group trips must sign a Booking Form. Please note that signing the form is a pre-requisite of travelling with Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd. The wording of this form follows.

“I understand that touring with Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd may involve risks (and rewards) above and beyond those encountered on a more conventional holiday, and that I am undertaking a physical trip with inherent dangers. I understand that I am travelling to geographical areas where, amongst other things, the standard of accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, cleanliness, medical facilities, telecommunications and infrastructure development may not be of the standard I am used to at home or would find on a conventional holiday. I have read and understood the Tuscany Untouched tour notes for the trip I am undertaking and have provided details of any pre-existing medical conditions I have to Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd  representatives. I accept these risks and obligations and I fully assume the risks of travel. I release Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd from any liabilities connected to these risks to the maximum extent permitted by law.”

ANIMALS:

Our tours are not pet friendly

 

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