8-Day Tuscany Gourmet and Wine Tour

8-Day Tuscany Gourmet and Wine Tour

Rome, Montepulciano, Pienza, Castellina in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Civita di Bagnoregio

Tour type: Group , Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights

Product ID: 39729
Description

Discover Tuscany, a region of sprawling vineyards, rolling hills, charming old cities, masterpieces of art, gourmet foods and wines with this 7-day wine and food 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 cheeses with olive oil, and shop for delicacies in the many food shops.
Itinerary: 
Day 1: Upon arrival at Rome airport, transfer to your hotel in Rome on your own. After settling in, meet the tour escort and enjoy a welcome dinner in a typical “Osteria d’Italia” and an introduction to the tour and to the Slow Food philosophy. 
Day 2: In the morning depart to Pienza, the perfect example of a Renaissance city, famous for its Pecorino cheese.
Visit the Pecorino cheese producer Pianporcino Farm, learn about the cheese-making process and sample the fare.
Next, proceed to Montepulciano, one of the most characteristic and intact medieval cities in Italy which, from a height of 605 meters above...

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Discover Tuscany, a region of sprawling vineyards, rolling hills, charming old cities, masterpieces of art, gourmet foods and wines with this 7-day wine and food 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 cheeses with olive oil, and shop for delicacies in the many food shops.
Itinerary: 
Day 1: Upon arrival at Rome airport, transfer to your hotel in Rome on your own. After settling in, meet the tour escort and enjoy a welcome dinner in a typical “Osteria d’Italia” and an introduction to the tour and to the Slow Food philosophy. 
Day 2: In the morning depart to Pienza, the perfect example of a Renaissance city, famous for its Pecorino cheese.
Visit the Pecorino cheese producer Pianporcino Farm, learn about the cheese-making process and sample the fare.
Next, proceed to Montepulciano, one of the most characteristic and intact medieval cities in Italy which, from a height of 605 meters above sea level, offers amazing views over the surrounding hillsides.
Visit the Gattavecchi winery for a wine tasting, explore the wonderful town center of Montepulciano and transfer to the hotel Villa Il Palagio in Rignano Sull’Arno (Florence).
Day 4: Discover Florence and visit Mercato Centrale Firenze, a large covered marketplace where authenticity, spontaneity and tradition play a leading role. Each shop is an ideal place to do your shopping and find real, honest food at the right price. Enjoy the very best that Tuscany and Italy have to offer sampling some delicacies.
In the afternoon go on a walking tour through the historical centre of this amazing city and admire the religious buildings (the Baptistry, the Duomo and Giotto’s bell tower) and the houses of power in the old city (the Piazza della Signoria).
Day 3: Discover the Chianti hills along the Via Chiantigena, an ancient road connecting Siena with Florence crossing over the hills of Chianti.
Stop at Castellina in Chianti for an explanation on aromatic herbs harvested and dried following the ancient techniques of Duccio Fontani.
Next, visit the wonderful city of Greve and its little historical town center. You will have free time for lunch.
In the afternoon visit Azienda Frantoio Pruneti in San Polo for a food culture lesson and an oil tasting.  
Day 5: In the morning depart for San Gimignano, famous for its medieval architecture and towers. At the height of its glory, San Gimignano's patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance.
On the way to Siena along the ancient Via Francigena, enjoy a nice lunch 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 learn about the techniques used in producing organic olive oil.
Admire the most important and most beautiful architecture in Siena. Sampe some delicious traditional desserts like the Panforte in one of the most famous pastry shops in town, followed by free time for shopping before returning to the hotel. 
Day 6: Visit 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).
Visit the Mastio della Rocca, home to the Enoteca La Fortezza where it will be possible to buy local products such as exceptional honey, a local specialty, and sample some wine. Free time.
Return to Florence area and join a cooking class dedicated to the Tuscany tradition, followed by dinner. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay. 
Day 7: Depart for Rome and stop in Civita di Bagnoregio, a town noted for its striking position atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff overlooking the Tiber river valley, in constant danger of destruction as its edges fall off, leaving the buildings built on the plateau to crumble. The city is also much admired for its architecture spanning several hundred years.
You will have free time for lunch before proceeding to Rome, for check-in at your hotel. Enjoy a farewell dinner in a typical local restaurant. (BB, D)
Day 8: Departure.

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Group size
2 - 25
Languages
English, Italian
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Includes
  • 7-nights accommodation in 4-star charming hotels and/or historical residences
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • Slow Food welcome dinner
  • Light lunch at Il Castagnolino
  • Dinner after the cooking lesson
  • Farewell dinner in typical restaurant
  • 5 guided tastings of Slow Food wines and/or Presidia products from the Tuscany region
  • Visit at Duccio Fontani
  • Cooking lesson
  • Half-day guided visit of Firenze
  • Travel in state-of the-art, luxury motor coaches
  • Baggage handling for the full duration of the tour
  • Professional Tour Directors and licensed local guides 

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Cancellation Policy

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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