Explore such renowned towns as Florence, Siena, and Montalcino; form new friendships in the kitchen and around the table, and feast on luscious pastas and soups, meats and cheeses, wonderful produce and mouth-watering desserts. And to top it all off, this exquisite Tuscan cooking experience is accompanied by an abundance of excellent local Tuscan wines.
This nine-day trip will give you the chance to see the best of this arresting area, from the streets of Florence to the magnificent country villas of Lucca, allowing you to sample some of the best food, art and culture on Earth.
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Start by discovering Florence and its hidden spots. Your expert guide will design a tour of the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance based on your personal interests. You might like to discover world-famous museums such as the Uffizi and Accademia, or browse the antique districts and artisan workshops. Or you might prefer to sample Tuscan cuisine at specialty food shops and the MercatoCentrale, or relax in the beautiful Boboli Gardens.
Continue your holiday with a relaxing stay in Tuscany. Drive through olive groves and vineyards, and visit some of the fantastic Tuscan hill towns like Siena, San Gimignano, Bolgheri Chianti and Montalcino.
We will arrange private visits to the most famous of all wineries: Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia, to name but a few. The most famous Chianti Classico, Montalcino and Brunello vineyards and even the coastal wines will give you an assortment of herbaceous and zesty aromas and tastes, as well as rolling green hills and the calm stillness of the Tuscan coast.
Experience Italy’s world-famous cooking first-hand, with a hands-on culinary session at the home of Simonetta and Paola. They will welcome you into their home, Podere Le Rose, in the Tuscan region of Chianti, and share their love for Italian food, wine and lifestyle.
The villages that dot Tuscany are stonewalled and numerous, making every second feel like a fairy tale, with castles, towers, and the almost unreal beauty of villages like Greve in Chianti. As the colourful buildings poke out of the trees, it seems that almost every road leads to yet another vineyard with incredible wine, friendly people, and a table full of food that must be shared. By the final day you may be full from all the delicious food, but you can never have enough of Italy.
This is just a sample itinerary. All our experiences are fully customized. With this luxury, bespoke tour you will have the chance to experience some extraordinary activities that you won't find anywhere else.
Once in Tuscany you will be faced with one serious doubt that all food lovers have to deal with. What are the foods I can’t miss, what will I regret not having eaten..?
Eating street food is a local habit with dishes like ‘lampredotto’ and trippa’ being the stars of the meal! We suggest trying these fantastic panini at least once. The best ones are “Nerbone” , in the lower floor of the market in San Lorenzo. Next up is the famous ‘trippaio del porcellino’ by Orazio, who owns a stand in Piazza del Mercato Nuovo..
When you travel through the Chianti Classico area, there is one mandatory stop for all red meat-lovers. During our visit to the Chianti Classico region, we stopped one morning for lunch at the Antica Macelleria Cecchini, Dario's butcher shop in Panzano in Chianti, where we witnessed him chopping huge Fiorentina steaks off a large piece of beef. He effortlessly and skillfully wielded his cleaver and knife, creating a fine stack of steaks.. We passed through the butcher shop to a secret portal then climbed the stairs to the restaurant, as if ascending to a carnivore and Chianti wine heaven;welcome to “Officina della Bistecca”.
Which is the best wine to go with a delightful tuscan meal ? The Mastrojanni wine estate lies in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, in the southern part of Montalcino, in the Siena area. This is an area with a strong winemaking history and the homeland of Brunello di Montalcino.
Mastrojanni has been writing history with its wines since 1975, collecting international and national awards . Today, thanks to an exceptional terroir and workers who have believed in it for decades, Mastrojanni has become one of the most respected Montalcino wine makers. Their top wine is the Brunello Schiena D’asino and we suggest you to try to vintage 2001 and 2004 ! Would you like to taste it with us? Give us a call now!