Treasures of Tuscany (Fall)

October 16 - 23, 2021

$5,200.00/person

Tuscany an enchanting masterpiece in itself waiting to dazzle you! This captivating region of Italy overflows with beauty, exquisite wines, farm-to-table cuisine, history, and romance. Join us as we uncover the true essence and enjoy slow travel at its finest.

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Overview

The Tuscany experience is a week of discovering Italy’s culture and the “Vita Bella” through food, wine and local traditions. The cities and towns we will be visiting are Florence, Pienza, Siena, San Miniato, Montepulciano, and some local smaller towns.
We will visit private vineyards for wine & olive oil tastings, dine at wonderful classic family run trattorias. Visit beautiful hillside towns and drive through some of the most scenic routes in the region. Time to explore and visit with local and passionate producers in the region. One of the highlights of the week is a truffle hunting day with lunch in the Chianti Classico region.
The beautiful city of Florence is the heart of art, culture and history. We will spend time with a passionate art historian and have a private tour, visiting Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery.
A wonderful week, with a mix of culture, history, luxury, beauty and of course, delicious food and wine. A private driver and guide is used for all our needs during the week.

Itinerary

Day 1

Benvenuti!

Arrival at Florence Train Station/Florence Airport. After arriving, please proceed to the exit.

Arianna & Alessio – our driver and guides for the week, will be there to welcome you.

Arrival to our hotel and welcome dinner in the evening.

Day 2

Hunting for the Famous White Truffle

9:15 am – Departure

Following breakfast, we will make our way to the town of San Miniato, famous for its truffles. Our day will begin with truffle hunting in the forest with a trained dog and local truffle hunter. The experience will begin in the fields and will end in the kitchen, understanding all the secrets and the best culinary recipes with fresh delicious truffles, from antipasto to dolce!

2:30 pm – We will return to the hotel to have some time to relax.

6:00 – 9:30 pm – Pizza and bread making workshop at the villa with Beppe “Il Panaio”, our trusted baker and bread expert.

A fun night in store for all! Buon Appetito!

Day 3

Artisans, Olive Oil Traditions & Chianti Cashmere

9:15 am – Departure

After breakfast, we will visit a fascinating wood-turning shop. Here you will meet a “modern day Geppetto”, named Giorgio. A local artisan who has set up a beautiful shop in the Chianti region to custom make his unique creations using local olive wood as his medium.

Following, we will visit a unique olive farm. Janet & Stefano, a wonderful couple run the farm and share a true passion for the olive oil culture. We will enjoy an unforgettable lunch, focused on olive oil, a fundamental element in Tuscan and Italian cuisine. They will share their deep knowledge about ancient Tuscan traditions, recipes and legends.

Following, we will visit a sustainable goat farm dedicated to producing the famous “Chianti Cashmere”.

Dinner at a local Tuscan trattoria – Casa Mia

Day 4

Tuscany on a Plate – Our Cooking Day

8:00 am – Departure

We will begin our day with Chef Veronica with a guided tour of Sant’ Ambrogio market in Florence. Our driver will then take us to Villa La Quercia in Impruneta, a small medieval village just outside of Florence. We will be creating delicious classic Tuscan dishes during our hands-on cooking class. After all our hard work, time to enjoy lunch and sip local wine as we take in the beautiful views of the gardens and olive groves.

Light Dinner

Day 5

Scenic Wonders of Crete Senesi & Siena

10:00 am – Departure

Following breakfast, we will begin our day exploring the unique Tuscan area called “Crete Senesi”, the stunning countryside near Siena. A visit to a historical winery dating back to the 10th century where the owners embrace the philosophy of sustainable and organic farming. We will enjoy a guided tour of the vineyards and cellars, followed by lunch and wine tastings. After lunch, we will visit the beautiful medieval town of Siena.

Time to enjoy a relaxing walkand a gelato!

Dinner

Day 6

Pecorino, Pienza and Montepulciano

8:30 am – Departure

Following breakfast we will be driven to Val d’Orcia, a beautiful area of Tuscany that includes some of the most picturesque scenery. Our day will include visits to the charming and beautiful (UNESCO World Heritage Site) hilltop village of Pienza, an organic pecorino cheese farm for a tour.

Enjoy lunch and tastings of traditional cheeses that have been produced in the region for over 2000 years.

Following a visit to the lovely town of Montepulciano.

Dinner

Day 7

Florence & Farewell Dinner

Morning departure for Florence where we will meet up with an Art Historian to discover Michelangelo and his statue of David at the Accademia Gallery.

Farewell Dinner – A perfect way to end the week as we will enjoy a very special and delightful dinner at a most beautiful Chianti Classico Estate, with the owner.

 

Day 8

Ciao Tuscany!

Private transfers to Florence Airport/Train Station after an unforgettable journey together.

Time of departure to be confirmed.

Accommodation

Hotel Mulino di Firenze

Where the River Arno and History meet.  Your luxury accommodation was originally home to a watermill servicing Florence.  It’s unique architecture, history, and location takes you back to a far-off era. Located on the Tuscan countryside, it is only 10 minutes away from the city center of Firenze.

Tuscan Villa - TBA

Details

Included

  • Breakfast daily
  • All lunches and dinner with wine
  • 7 night stay at the hotel or villa
  • All excursions
  • Ground transportation for the week
  • Cooking class
  • Food and Wine tastings
  • Private guides
  • Entrance fees.

Not Included

  • Flights or train travel
  • Trip/health insurance, incidentals at hotel/villa
  • Alcoholic beverages not included in our meals.
  • All that has not been clearly indicated in “Price includes”.
Tipping is covered for all meals included in the trip. For transport and housekeeping service, tipping is at your own discretion.

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