Join Joey Stevens and take in the charms of Tuscany with Collette Travel.

Embark on a cultural tour of Florence, discover the medieval city of Lucca, and enjoy regional Tuscan wines included with every dinner.

  • October 12 - 20, 2019
  • 9 days
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Includes round trip air from Pittsburgh International Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, and hotel transfers.

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Please refer to booking #918369.
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Collette Experiences

  • Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David.
  • See the Gothic Line, one of the Germans’ last lines of defense during WWII.
  • Visit the Museum of Liberation and see WWII fortifications and bunkers.

Must-See Inclusions

  • Stay in the famous spa resort town of Montecatini Terme for seven nights!
  • Journey to Florence for a tour of the "Cradle of the Italian Renaissance."
  • Stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century walls.

Culinary Inclusions

  • Sample delectable wines during a wine tasting in the Chianti region.
  • Spend time at a cheese farm to taste flavorful pecorino cheese.
  • Learn about Tuscan cuisine during a cooking class.

Highlights

Montecatini Terme, Florence, Lucca, Gothic Line, Pisa, Cooking Class, Siena, Choice on Tour, Winery Tour, Cheese Farm, San Gimignano

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - Overnight Flight: Rolling landscapes, savory wines, delicious food and stunning architecture...this can only be Tuscany. Unpack once on this journey among Italy's most charming towns.

Day 2: Sunday, October 13, 2019 - Montecatini Terme, Italy - Tour Begins: Your tour opens in the famous spa resort town of Montecatini Terme, nestled in the heart of the rolling hills of Tuscany. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner where regional foods and Italian wines kick off your adventure. (D)

Day 3: Monday, October 14, 2019 - Florence: A cultural tour in the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance” showcases the beautiful city of Florence. Join a local Florentine guide who highlights many of the city’s priceless treasures including a visit to the Academy Gallery* – housing Michelangelo’s monumental statue of David. At the Piazza del Duomo, the center of religious life in medieval Florence, see the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John. Take the remainder of your day to explore this unparalleled city as you choose. En route to the hotel, visit a family-owned leather shop and learn the traditional Italian techniques of leather making. (B)

Day 4: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - Lucca - Borgo a Mozzano - Gothic Line: Set out on a guided visit to Lucca, Tuscany’s best-kept secret. Renaissance walls, Romanesque churches, medieval streets flanked by towers, and delightful squares are just some of Lucca’s charms. Visit the medieval Basilica di San Frediano. Its otherwise simple façade is adorned with a colorful 13th-century mosaic. Enjoy some time to explore at your own pace. Then set off for Borgo a Mozzano to see the remarkable Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge). Continue on to the Gothic Line. Built by the Germans, it was one of their last lines of defense during WWII. We will visit the Museum of Liberation and see the actual fortifications and bunkers. (B)

Day 5: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - Pisa: Explore the many historic sites in the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa including the Piazza dei Miracoli, or “Field of Miracles” (UNESCO). Keep your camera handy during our stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. You probably won’t be able to resist taking a picture that makes it appear as if you are holding this iconic structure up. Visit the Baptistery, the largest in all of Italy. This impressive building of Romanesque and Gothic architecture is known for its perfect acoustics. This evening we travel to the quiet countryside to learn the secrets of traditional Tuscan cuisine. Partake in a cooking class featuring a bounty of local ingredients and culinary techniques that have been passed down for generations. Then sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor during dinner. (B, D)

Day 6: Thursday, October 17, 2019 - Siena: Welcome to Siena. Discover this charming town with a local guide. Embark on a walking tour through its narrow Gothic streets. Take in stunning palaces, mansions and the historic Piazza del Campo along the way. Then, it’s your choice! Explore Siena's beautiful Gothic cathedral at your own pace -OR- join your guide to get to know local life in a contrada (neighborhood). Next we make our way to a Tuscan winery and meet the people behind some of Chianti‘s finest wines. Learn from experts as you savor a selection of the local varieties. You’ll also learn about the art of winemaking and the process of making olive oil. (B)

Day 7: Friday, October 18, 2019 - Montecatini Terme: Spend a glorious day exploring the unique Cinque Terre. You’ll discover a magical land nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean that is nearly inaccessible. Travel by rail and boat*, past terraced vineyards and stunning panoramas on your way to a string of colorful fishing villages that sit along the area’s breathtaking, rugged coastline. Savor the charms of this special place with a local guide who will help you explore some of the delightful towns of the area. Hear tales of the region’s past and present as you come to know why the Cinque Terre National Park has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is the perfect way to spend your day – feeling like you have stepped into a postcard. Your day comes to a close tasting the flavors of the area at a local shop as you sip wine made in the region and try some local treats. (B)

Day 8: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - San Gimignano - Cheese Farm Visit: Begin the day traveling to the hilltop village of San Gimignano, one of the most picturesque places in Tuscany. Explore this enchanting medieval town, from its famous 14 towers to its magnificent vistas overlooking the vineyards of Tuscany. Enjoy free time and perhaps indulge in some gelato. Later, enjoy breathtaking views of the Tuscan hills as we make our way to a cheese farm. Learn how the famous pecorino cheese is made before sampling it for yourself. A delightful experience awaits this evening when you attend a Tuscan feast featuring traditional cuisine and savory wines in the magical Tuscan countryside. (B, D)

Day 9: Sunday, October 20, 2019 - Montecatini Terme - Tour Ends: Your journey comes to a close today. Depart with many fond memories of Tuscany. (B)

Meet Joey Stevens

Joey Stevens, who began his career in radio with WWYN-AM in 1972, has worked tirelessly during his 46-year career to bring to life the radio and television airwaves.

Joey worked at both WWYN-AM and WJET-AM as a Disc Jockey Host and then moved onto WJET-TV as a Weather Reporter. It is has been in the last several years of his career that he has worked for WSEE-WICU TV as a Weather Reporter and sporting a Hawaiian shirt for their sister station OCTV in the Caribbean.

While Erie, Pennsylvania may be a long way from South Bend, Indiana where Joey grew up, he remained in Erie after graduating from Edinboro State College. Prior to attending Edinboro State College, Joey graduated from Clay High School where he was a star on the football team. He earned a football scholarship to Missouri Southern Jr. College and then subsequently to Edinboro State College.

It was shortly after graduating from college that Joey’s real adventures began. He would marry the love of his life, Anna Marie, in 1972 and begin a 4+ decade career in Broadcasting. It is no surprise that during his remarkable career in Erie, Joey has received many well deserved accolades and Civic Awards throughout the community.

In his free time, Joey loves spending time with his two sons, Joe and Jeff, and their wives, as well as travel with Anna Marie. He loves a great game of golf, collecting duck decoys and hanging out with his co-host Bob, the parrot.