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Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, with medieval villages sitting atop hilltops, rolling hills covered in vineyards producing some of the best wines in the world and farmhouses and villas at the end of cypress-lined lanes. There are many things to see and do in the region, the hard part is really deciding how to fit everything into the days you have at your disposal!
Visit the magnificent Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, Siena, famous for the Palio horse race, the Chianti area, Montepulciano and Montalcino, known all over the world for their prestigious wines, San Gimignano with its tall towers; visit wineries and cellars, sample excellent wines, rare cold cuts, Pecorino cheese and olive oil, shop for delicacies in the many food shops.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Rome airport, collect your car and transfer to the hotel Villa Il Palagio, near Florence. Time to settle in. To follow, a typical traditional dinner with some excellent produce from the region including Slow Food Presidia products. Overnight.
Day 2: Florence
Morning departure for Florence. Regular visit of Florence. Walk through the historical centre of this amazing city and visit the Santa Croce church, known as the "Pantheon of Italian Glories" where many illustrious Italians such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli are buried. The visit also takes in the other religious buildings (the Baptistry, the Duomo and Giotto’s bell tower) and the houses of power in the old city (the Piazza della Signoria). Break at one of Florence’s oldest ice cream parlours, “Perché no!”, that offers more than 33 different flavours and a precise selection of raw materials (including pistachios from Bronte, a Slow Food Presidium product, saffron and cardamom). Free afternoon to stroll along Florence elegant streets. We suggest to visit the Uffizi Gallery or shop at the leather market, then traditional dinner at Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino. Overnight.
Day 3: Siena, San Gimignano
Morning: we suggest to visit Siena, one of the most important and most beautiful architecture in the city, including the Museum delle Contrade (each horse in the famous ”Palio”, runs for a different Contrada or district). We suggest to sample of some delicious traditional desserts like the Panforte in one of the most famous pastry shops in town. Free time for shopping. On the way to San Gimignano along the ancient Via Francigena, lunch with some of the traditional local produce such as the Certaldo onion (Slow Food Presidium), and the organic extra virgin olive oil from San Gimignano at the little family-run farmhouse Il Castagnolino. Visit and have a talk on the techniques used in producing organic olive oil. We suggest, in the afternoon, to visit the famous towers and the San Gimignano 1300 Museum: storyboards, multi-media exhibits, street scenes and a ceramic recreation of the city as it was back in 1300. Overnight.
Day 4: Gaiole In Chianti, Greve In Chianti
Entire day given over to discovering the Chianti hills along the Via Chiantigena (an ancient road connecting Siena with Florence crossing over the hills of Chianti). Lunch at the Osteria al Ponte in Gaiole in Chianti. We suggest to set off for the wonderful city of Greve, and visit the little historical town centre and then head for the Podere Le Fornaci where there will be some sampling of organic cheeses (including baby goats cheese and fresh ricotta) made from the milk of the goats that graze in the Chianti hills. Return to the hotel and overnight.
Day 5: Montepulciano, Pienza
Morning departure for Montepulciano, one of the most characteristic and intact medieval cities in Italy which from a height of 605 metres above sea level offers amazing views over the surrounding hillsides. Visit the Enoteca Contucci winery for a free tasting, then explore the wonderful town centre of Montepulciano; for lunch, we suggest the old Osteria dell’Acquacheta, with its rustic and familial atmosphere. Here, you may sample some of Tuscany’s best recipes (such as the Pici all’Aglione). In the afternoon, we suggest to head for Pienza, the perfect example of a renaissance city, famous for its Pecorino cheese. Overnight.
Day 6: Montalcino
Morning departure for Montalcino, famous for its Brunello, one of the best red wines in the world. Montalcino, however, is also a beautiful art city which, from upon high dominates 3,000 hectares of vineyards (1,500 for Brunello alone). A visit to the Mastio della Rocca which is home to the Enoteca La Fortezza where it will be possible to buy some local products and the exceptional honey, a local speciality, and sampling some wine. Free time for shopping. A visit to one of leading wine producers in the area for wine tasting and a guided tour of the cellars: Azienda Agricola Casanova dei Neri. Return to the hotel and overnight.
Day 7: Departure
Prices are per Person in Double Room
The Price Includes:
6 nights in charming hotel 4 stars Buffet Breakfast Daily4 meals based on traditional regional dishes, including a selection of regional wines:1 Slow Food welcome dinner at the hotel1 lunch & 1 dinner at “Osterie d’Italia” typical Slow Food restaurants1 light lunch at Azienda il Castagnolino4 guided tastings of foods and wines from the Tuscany region1 regular visit of Firenze (3 h)1 Slow Food Gift1 Slow Food - Terra Madre presentation kitCar hire – 7 days (Class C - Fiat Punto Evo 1200cc or similar) VAT
The price doesn't include:
Meals and Dinners in Hotel (if not included)
Relax & Beauty treatments at the SPAs (where available)
Private Transfers from/to the airport/the train station, between different locations
Car with driver
Car Rental (included in the Fly & drive tours)
Entrance fees and guided tours if not included
Beverages (mineral water, wine, etc.), if not included
Tips and extras
Everything not included in the 'the price includes'
Tuscany is passed through more than 2000 years of history: it was inhabited by the mysterious Etruscans and the great Roman civilization, has given birth to the Renaissance and some of the most famous artists, writers and scientists of the past. Tuscany for this preserves a historical-artistic and unique in the literary world. There are many excellent reasons for choosing to visit the Toscana.Molti decide to spend their holiday in Tuscany in order to appreciate the extraordinary artistic and cultural offer, while others prefer a holiday in the nature of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Lovers of good food and wine enthusiasts come to Tuscany to enjoy the simple and authentic flavors of the dishes and local wines. Walkers instead chooses the paths of the mountains, the hills curvose cyclists, lovers of the sea coasts and islands. The students then choose Tuscany to learn Italian language and culture. There are so many interesting things to see and do in Tuscany that is sometimes hard to know where to start. Certainly, Florence, Siena and Pisa are among the main destinations, but the list of "cities" Tuscany is much longer and includes Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano and Lucca, just to name a few.