Tuscany: Florence and Siena

Tuscany Wine Tours

Florence Off-the-beaten-paths in vintage Vespas

Tour  in Vespas with a personal driver  for each participant to visit in a very special and unusual way a less known part of Florence and  to admire  breathtaking views over Florence.  Stop for an aperitif at  Piazzale Michelangelo then  on to the church of San Miniato al Monte , continuing beyond the Forte di...
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Alabaster and Geysers

Arrival in the morning in Volterra, the city of alabaster manufactured here since Etruscan times. Guided tour of the town, stopping at an alabaster workshop where traditional techniques are still used, and at  the “balze”, impressive erosive geological formations that have always played a crucial role in the city’s life.  An aperitif will be served...
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Rally in vintage cars or in Ferraris

  Morning departure from htl.  for an escorted  rally in  vintage cars or in Ferraris , following a road book, driving the picturesque Chiantigiana road, across the famous Chianti wine district, homeland of the homonymous wine. Stop en route to visit some of the most interesting villages en route and for a coffee break in a...
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The precious Brunello wine tour

  Morning transfer to Montalcino, homeland of the precious Brunello wine. On arrival guided visit to a winery and its centuries old wine cellars and guided tasting  of  Rosso di Montalcino and of  Brunello wines.  At the end visit  to  San’Antimo’s  Abbey, one of the most fascinating venues in  Tuscany, famous for its alabaster columns and...
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Truffle hunt

Early morning depart for a very unusual experience :  a  real truffle hunt !!! Truffle hunt is ca. 2 h walk with dogs, mid of woods  where truffles grow. Truffles which will be found during the morning are not incl. in the price but can be bought from the  “trufolao” on the spot. At the end...
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Ballooning in the Chianti district

Early morning transfer to a small medieval village between Florence and Siena. Picnic breakfast and preparation of the Montgolfier balloons for free flight. When they are fully inflated,  the balloon trip begins, sailing over one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world,  the legendary and breathtaking Chianti with its hilltop towns and villages, castle,...
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A very healthy day

Arrival in the morning at a spa. Morning devoted to FITNESS: thermal steam-bath in a grotto where the temperature remains constant (34°C) all year round, in almost unbelievable surroundings, complete with stalactites and stalagmites, that recall Dante’s ‘Inferno’;  manual massage with thermal water at  a pressure of  2 atm.; thermal          ...
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“Hands-on” Cookery Course in the Chianti District

Arrival in the morning at a privately-owned castle in the Chianti district, where a mini-course on traditional cookery will be given on a chosen theme (pastas, vegetables, pulses, meats, desserts, buns and savory cakes, etc..). Lunch featuring dishes prepared during the morning. Afternoon spent attending a mini-course on wine-expertise, with tour of the castle’s cellars and...
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A Day in Siena

Morning  guided walking tour with coffee break and tasting of   the typical  Senese sweets,  “Ricciarelli “.  At the end visit to one of the  “Contradas”  participating in the world-famous  “ Palio” to learn about this special competition, it’s history, special rituals involving all the people living in a Contrada, legends, prizes won, ect. ect. Lunch in...
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Siena and Chianti wine district

Morning transfer from Florence to Siena for a guided walking tour with coffee break and tasting of the typical Senese sweets, “ Ricciarelli “.  At the end visit to one of the  “Contradas”  participating in the world-famous  “ Palio” to learn about this special competition, it’s history, special rituals involving all the people living in...
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Chianti, Ballooning and Go-carts

Arrival early in the morning at a small medieval village near Siena (40 minutes drive from Florence), converted into a hotel/apartment complex, where an abundant country-style breakfast will be served alongside the swimming-pool:  a variety of  breads, traditional sliced meats, omelets, sweet and  savory cakes, wine and coffee. During the morning the participants will watch while...
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