7-Day Tuscany Self-Drive Wine and Food Tour

7-Day Tuscany Self-Drive Wine and Food Tour

Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Panzano in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino

Tour type: Private , Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Product ID: 38276
Description

Explore Tuscany, a region of sprawling vineyards, rolling hills, charming old cities, masterpieces of art and gourmandise with this 7-day self-drive wine tour.
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.
Itinerary:
Day 1: Upon arrival to the hotel Villa Il Palagio, near Florence, settle in and get ready for a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel. 
Day 2: In the morning depart for Florence for a sightseeing tour. 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).
Enjoy a nice lunch at Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino.
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Explore Tuscany, a region of sprawling vineyards, rolling hills, charming old cities, masterpieces of art and gourmandise with this 7-day self-drive wine tour.
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.
Itinerary:
Day 1: Upon arrival to the hotel Villa Il Palagio, near Florence, settle in and get ready for a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel. 
Day 2: In the morning depart for Florence for a sightseeing tour. 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).
Enjoy a nice lunch at Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino.
The afternoon is free to stroll along Florence's elegant streets. You can take 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). 
Day 3: In the morning you can 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).
Sample some delicious traditional desserts like the Panforte in one of the most famous pastry shops in town, followed by some free time for shopping. 
On the way to San Gimignano along the ancient Via Francigena, stop for lunch consisting of 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 the farmhouse and have a talk on the techniques used in producing organic olive oil.
In the afternoon you can 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.
Day 4: This entire day is dedicated to discovering the Chianti hills along the Via Chiantigena, an ancient road connecting Siena with Florence crossing over the Chianti hills.
 Visit the Tenuta Fontodi in Panzano in Chianti where you will meet the wine producers of the Biodistretto (Bio district), visit the cellars and enjoy a wine tasting.
Proceed to Greve in Chianti where you can visit the little historical town centre. Stop at the historical butchers "Faloni" where since the 1729 they produce the specialties of the local norcineria, the Prosciutto Saporito (Cured Ham) di Greve and all the cured products also in the various versions of pork from the Surrounding Senese hills, as well as the wild boar, from the well known Finocchiona to the Noble Salamis in Chianti, prepared with the noble parts of the pork, to the Salami to the Classical Chianti. You can enjoy a little tasting of salami.
If you prefer, you can serve lunch at Trattoria Mangiando Mangiando.
In the afternoon visit Azienda Frantoio Pruneti in San Polo for a food culture lesson and an oil tasting. 
Day 5: Travel to 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, you can choose 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, head for Pienza, the perfect example of a renaissance city, famous for its Pecorino cheese. Visit a Pecorino cheese producer Pianporcino Farm and learn something about the cheese-making process and sample the fare.
Day 6: In the morning depart for Montalcino, famous for its Brunello, one of the best red wines in the world. Montalcino is a beautiful art city which dominates 3,000 hectares of vineyards (1,500 for Brunello alone).
Enjoy 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 specialty, and sample some wine.
Enjoy some free time before returning to Florence area for a cooking class dedicated to the Tuscany tradition, followed by dinner.
Day 7: Departure.

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Group size
2 - 6
Languages
English, Italian
The meeting point
Rignano sull'Arno

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Includes
  • 6-nights accommodation in 4-star charming hotels and/or historical residences
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Slow Food welcome dinner at the hotel
  • Lunch at “Osterie d’Italia” 
  • Light lunch at Azienda il Castagnolino
  • Dinner after the cooking lesson
  • 3 guided tastings of foods and/or wines from the Tuscany region
  • Cooking lesson
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Firenze 

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Cancellations must be made in writing and the following conditions will be applied:                         

  • More than 8 working days prior to client’s arrival: full refund
  • 7 – 4 working days prior to client’s arrival:50%
  • 72 hours (3 working days) prior to client’s arrival and for No-show: 100%

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Alessandra

Based in Rome, specialised in bespoke tours for individual and group travelers, offering both classical and special interest theme tours for Culture, Pilgrimages, food and wine tours, Cooking as well as walking tours to list only a few.


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