We’ll visit charming villages, famous vineyards and have the opportunity to work with the quintessential Italian chef who will show us the secrets to classic regional dishes. To top it all off, we have a 13c Villa for our home!
I have done this tour before so I can assure you an experience you won’t soon forget!
Venice, Florence, Siena, Montalcino and Pienza,
South Chianti Classico Tour , Montepulciano and Maremma.
Optional Rome extension
- An exquisite 13th century villa for 7 nights
- Private Wine tours and tastings
- 3 hands-on cooking classes (which of course we enjoy eating as well!)
- Private tours in Florence, Siena and Venice and Rome
- 4* Hotels in Venice and Rome
Day 1, Arrive VENICE
Coach to hotel. Relax, acclimate and explore if you’d like. D
Day 2 Splendid tour of Venice Today experience this incredible , unique city from the water and by foot . After a walking tour of the city and a visit to St Marks, the Doge Palace and a Gondola tour, for those interested we will take a short boat ride to Murano to see the glass blowers. Dinner will be in a trattoria. B, D
Day 3 , Leave Venice for Tuscany Parmesan and Balsamic Parma Modena On the way down to Florence area we will stop and visit the “magnificent three”, Parmesan , Prosciutto and Balsamic Vinegar . This is in the area of Parma Modena, where the producers of DOP products proudly offer us visits and tastings .
Later, we arrive at the Villa Pandolfini estate and our welcome dinner. We will arrive in the afternoon and settle into our accommodations, relax and freshen up for the ‘Benvenuto’ Dinner”which will take place in the villa’s historical 14th C kitchen, the heart of this gastronomical adventure! B,L,D
Day 4 Florence
It’s Market Day!
This morning you will meet the guide to witness the incredible ingredients of Tuscan food in the central food markets. This market has served the Florentines a huge variety of fresh food from meats and seafood to fresh pastas, breads, spices, vegetables and fruits galore , vinegars and oils for centuries.
Dinner will be at a local restaurant in the country, either the restaurant at the famous old residence of Enrico Caruso or a beautiful restaurant on the hills above Florence. B,L, D
Day 5 Southern Tuscany tour. Montalcino, Pienza ,Montepulciano This day has been designed to give you an introduction to the magnificent Tuscan countryside , it’s people, history and culture. You may recognize the landscape as it is where ‘The English Patient” and ‘Gladiator were filmed.
Throughout the day we will visit a charming medal winning vineyard estate (where you will have the opportunity to savour their famous wines, of course!), and the characteristic towns of Pienza and Bagno Vignoni, famous for the natural hot springs.
We will have time to relax in the quaint village of Pienza, full of lovely shops selling crafts and local produce. The most famous is the pecorino cheese.
Each small grocer is adorned with the many types of cheeses produced by the local farmers and their ingenious ways of flavouring the cheese from straw to chestnut leaves , cave aging and truffles. Stop in and taste the samples offered!
The most beautiful view of the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE which is absolutely spectacular can be seen from the back of the church.
Dinner will be in a local pizzeria just down the road from our estate. B,L,D
Day 6 Cooking day 10am start , Afternoon Free
Another fun morning in the kitchen cooking up a Tuscan storm, then, of course, we will enjoy the fruits of our labors with a sit down lunch!
The afternoon is free to relax or to return to Florence. B, L
Day 7 Chianti and Siena Depart 9am A full day of rolling Tuscan hills , pretty Chiantishire towns and SienaSiena is a breathtaking, well preserved larger Tuscan town , home to the famous Palio horse race and the incredible Piazza del Campo.Her Duomo is also definitely worth a visit and meandering the shop filled streets is a delight in itself .
After Siena we will continue to the smaller towns of Chianti where a visit to a winery is a must and a relaxing lunch in a trattoria. Return to the villa by 5pm to rest before dinner in locally.B,L
Day 8 Maremma Bolgheri
This is the “cowboy land” of Tuscany which is also the home to “Super Tuscan’s”. We’ll visit a buffalo milk mozzarella and cheese producer for a tour of the farm and cheese tastings … then a Cellar tour for wine tasting of some of those famous Tuscan wines.B,L
Day 9 Cooking and Artimino
Coffee and cappuccino at a local pastry shop.
We will then drive through the countryside to reach a Medici Villa. Here, at Poggio Caiano, the history unfolds of this amazing family that held Florence in it’s hands for hundreds of years and gave the world the treasures of masters such as Di Vinci and Michelangelo. Lunch in a picturesque hamlet nearby, with a breathtaking view, then back for your final cooking class and farewell dinner . B, L,D
Day 10 Departure or Optional Rome extension
AM departure to go to Rome . 4 star hotel accommodation.
Day 11 Guided tour of Rome .
Classical Rome :
Roman Forum, Colosseum, Spanish Steps 6 hour tour. Free evening. B
Day 12 Morning : Vatican , St Peters Highlights: Michelangelo’s Dome, Pinecone Courtyard (Cortile della Pigna), Chiaramonti Collection, Pio Clementino Collection, Stanza Rotonda, Stanza della Croce Greca, Bramante’s Triple Gallery, Raphael’s Rooms, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square.
Free afternoon to catch up on any unfinished shopping or simply stroll around the city , one never gets tired of it !
Breakfast and Farewell to Rome dinner.
Day 13 -checkout transfer to airport
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TUSCANY ONLY: as stated in itinerary : $4973.00 pp, double occupancy, requires a minimum of 4 participants.
- First deposit due with reservation: $2000.00
- Second deposit due June 15, 2018: $2000.00
- Final deposit due October 1, 2018 :$973.00
TUSCANY WITH ROME EXTENSION: as stated in itinerary : $6986.00 pp, double occupancy, requires a minimum of 4 participants.
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- Second deposit due June 15, 2018: $2500.00
- Final deposit due October 1, 2018: $1986.00
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