Day 1: Pisa – Viareggio
Arrival at Pisa airport and transfer by De luxe coach to our hotel in Viareggio, a nice seaside resort town in the northern part of Tuscany. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner tonight is included in a local restaurant by the sea overlooking the small port of the town. A selection of local fish specialties and an introduction to tuscan wines is organized with the help of the restaurant sommelier.
Day 2: Etruscan Volterra, alabaster workshops and organic products
Today is dedicated to discover an authentic jewel of inland Tuscany. Volterra, located in a dominating position over the tuscan hills, amazing Volterra is a centre of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art. Lunch is organized at a local organic farm located in the hills nearby and in extraordinary position over an impressive valley, the perfect location for the production of famous quality cheeses.
Day 3: Maremma & wine routes – Bolgheri & Castagneto Carducci, a heaven for wine lovers
Morning visit of the medieval town of Bolgheri, a beutiful hamlet historically belonging to the Della Gherardesca Family and also known for its “Viale dei Cipressi”, the Avenue with the wonderful historical cypresses praised in the famous Giosué Carducci’s poem “Davanti a San Guido”. After free time to explore, the tour continues along the wine route of the local Doc, one of the most important the world over (producing such famous wines as Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Piastraia, Paleo and many more). Lunch is arranged in a typical restaurant in Castagneto Carducci with a selection of typical dishes to include home made pasta and the famous wildboar sauce. Castagneto is situated at the top of a hill in a dominating position over Maremma, and has a stunning historical centre which is dominated by a castle still inhabited today by the Della Gherardesca family
Day 4: Montalcino – Abbadia Ardenga
A day dedicated to the Val d’Orcia region (recognized World Heritage Site in 2004) one of the most beautiful natural areas of Italy and rich of treasures of art located in the province of Siena. After a visit of the medieval hill top town of Montalcino, well-known for its red Brunello we continue for a local wine Cellar and Museum of the Brunello di Montalcino. The cellar, that used to belong to the Ciacci Piccolomini Family (boasting popes and nobles in the family tree), was a post station dating back to 1200 and located on the Via Francigena pilgrimage route. Here after an introduction from our host, we will have a tasting of the estate wines accompanied by local delicacies.
Day 5: Lucca and San Miniato
Morning departure by De luxe coach for the medieval walled town of Lucca, a powerful financial centre of 1600, to take a guided tour of the old town surrounded by imposing perfectly preserved walls: you will visit Piazza San Michele with its impressive church with a marvellous facade, the Duomo of San Martino, hosting the tomb of Ilaria del Carretto, the famous Roman amphitheatre and the Museo Nazionale of Palazzo Mansi, located in the prestigious house of one of the most illustrious families of the city and hosting a impressive canvas collections. Lunch is organized in a “lucchese” restaurant in the centre with a selection of specialties from the area.
Our afternoon is dedicated to discovering the wines of an historic estate in San Miniato dating back to 1600 and producing wine according the biodynamic farming. After a visit of the estate we have a tasting of the excellent wines in the estate’s winery. We transfer to the outskirts of Florence for our last three nights and accommodate in the tuscan countryside in the Mugello Valley
Day 6: Chianti Region & Castles
Today we explore the senses in one of the most famous wine producing areas in the world. The Chianti region, between Florence and Siena, is a unique area with top quality estates overlooking the classical tuscan scenery of rolling hills and old farmhouses & castles. We visit the ancient village of Greve in Chianti where we visit a local butcher’s show and taste some delicacies. We then transfer to a local castle situated in the Chianti region for lunch in the restaurant situated in the historic rooms. Our menu will be accompanied by wines of the estate followed by the visit of the historic cellars of the castle.
Day 7: Free in Florence : Art & shopping
An opportunity to discover the city at your own pace, to indulge in one of the many restaurants or wineries of the centre as well as to visit the historic sites such as: Santa Maria Del Fiore, the “Duomo”, the dome by Brunelleschi, Giotto’s bell-tower, Saint John Baptistery with its Paradise Door, Piazza della Signoria, a great “open-air sculpture museum” and Ponte Vecchio, the “jewels bridge”. Your day can end with relaxing moments in the hotel spa.
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure.