A tour to explore a region of sprawling vineyards, rolling hills, charming old cities, masterpieces of art and gourmandise: 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.
Note – We suggest to add a car rental to this itinerary

INCLUSIONS

  • 6 night accommodation at a 4* hotel
  • 10 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 3 guided tastings of foods and/or wines from the Tuscany region
  • 1 cooking lesson
  • 1 half-day private guided tour of Florence

Not included · Flights · Car rental · cities tax · beverages · gratuities · monuments and museum entrances · travel insurance

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DAY 1 FLORENCE AREA


Arrival to the hotel near Florence. Time to settle in, welcome dinner and overnight. (D)
Accommodation: Rignano sull’ Arno for 6 nights
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DAY 2 FLORENCE


Morning departure for Florence for a private guided tour. Walk through the historical centre of this amazing city and visit the Santa Croce church (outside), 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 Baptistery, the Duomo and Giotto’s bell tower – outside) and the houses of power in the old city (the Piazza della Signoria). Lunch at a typical restaurant. Free afternoon to stroll along Florence’s elegant streets. We suggest a 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). Return to the hotel for the overnight stay. (B/L)
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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 some of 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 in a little family-run farmhouse. 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. Return to the hotel for your overnight stay. (B/L)

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