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Tour 13 days/ 12 nights
A wine and gastronomy tour through the Italian excellences. A way to associate the flavor of wine with the discovery of the precious treasures that the selected Italian locations offer. The tour will touch Tuscany, Umbria and Piedmont and will combine wine, gastronomy, art, history, cities and villages. A special attention to the wine towns, spaces dedicated to wine culture, where the richness and the diversity of the wine heritage are enhanced.
Arrival at Pisa Airport and transfer to Castagneto Carducci, on northern Maremma and accommodation at our hotel. Dinner in the local restaurant with a selection of organic products produced locally.
Morning visit of the WWT with the Museum which is built on two floors and leads the visitors through different time periods to discover the origins of wine from Etruscan times to the present as well as the local culinary traditions. Lunch is arranged at the Mercato del Borgo Restaurant.
The afternoon is dedicated to visiting the medieval town of Bolgheri, a beautiful hamlet historically belonging to the Della Gherardesca Family and also known for its “Viale dei Cipressi”. The village has kept its original aspect: the historical buildings, the old roads, charming corners and little shops create a fascinating atmosphere enriched by the astonishing view of the hills, the Mediterranean maquis, extensions of olive trees and a superb view of the sea and islands in the distance.
After free time to explore, the tour continues along the wine route of the local Doc, producing such famous wines as Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Guado al Tasso, Le Macchiole. We visit a local estate. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.
This morning we visit nearby Volterra. Etruscan Volterra was one of 12 “lucumonies” (state cities) and has an impressive mediaeval centre as well as roman remains.
One feature of this city is the yellow-gray local stone, the so called “panchino”, rich in fossils that has been used in the Middle Ages for the construction of buildings and palaces that gives the city road a particular color. Guided tour of the town, of the Archaeological Museum Guarnacci that collects splendid collections of Etruscan vases, the Bucchero (the production of local pottery became very famous in the whole world in ancient times) of the Roman amphitheater and of the public park designed by Corot. Lunch in a typical farmhouse in the countryside near Volterra with a selection of local products. Free time in the afternoon. Dinner at the hotel with a very special selection of Km 0 products and pizza tasting.
After breakfast, we transfer to Umbria, one of the gastronomic centres of Italy. En route we stop in Montepulciano, a typical hill top town offering breath taking panoramic views of the countryside and have free time to explore and for lunch in one of the many enoteche and restaurants of the centre. We continue to Perugia where we will spend the next 3 nights, an ideal base to discover the local culinary traditions, famous art and mediaeval hamlets of the region. Tonight our welcome dinner will feature seasonal dishes and include an introduction to local products and traditional Umbrian recipes.
Perugia is the capital city of the region of Umbria, a mighty Etruscan centre and important mediaeval city. During our tour we will visit the intriguing Wine Museum in nearby Torgiano. The museum offers a veritable trip through time, exhibiting archaeological finds, artwork and ethnographic collections illustrating viticulture and vinification, full of magic spells and unexpected interpretations of the endless facets of wine. After our visit we have a tasting of Umbrian wines and products before returning to Perugia. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Today we venture to the eastern end of Perugia and the town of Pietralunga set in the fantastic scenery. One of Italy’s truffle capitals, Pietralunga is a unique place where nature, gastronomy and art merge in a harmonious combination. Our morning is dedicated to truffle hunting with the locals at a local estate and woods surrounding the town. We will enjoy a special lunch made with ourfindings at a local restaurant. We return to Perugia in the afternoon for a guided tour of the town.
In the morning we visit Assisi, the hilltop town of the venerated patron Saint Francis and have free time for lunch. We then head for Tuscany and the charming city of Siena, also famous for the Palio horse race and historic rival of Florence. One of the jewels of Tuscany with its marvellous square (Il Campo), monuments and churches. After a guided tour, we transfer to the hotel, our base for the next 3 nights.
Morning dedicated to the discovery of 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. Visit of the Museum of the WWT in Radda in Chianti which covers two parts: installations to unveil the colors, flavors and scents of the Gallo Nero wines; boards and interactive screens to discover the pivotal stages in the history of one of the most important wine producing regions in the world. A tasting of wines and farm products is included for lunch. You are free to explore the area in the afternoon. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.
A morning dedicated to cooking to learn the local traditional secrets. We visit a farm to walk the orchards and pick fresh ingredients to use in the preparation of some local dishes. We will learn to make pasta, the typical Tuscan soup and the famous Tiramisù dessert. Lunch at the farm will include the dishes we have prepared.
A full day entirely dedicated to discovering Florence, cradle of the Renaissance and stronghold of the Medici family. Our morning guided tour includes the Ponte Vecchio, the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria. Early afternoon free to explore the wonders of Florence like the Uffizi Gallery, the Academy or to enjoy the atmosphere of the San Lorenzo market and luxury shops. Departure at about mid afternoon by highspeed Frecciarossa train to Turin where we arrive for hotel accommodation and dinner.
After breakfast, departure to Alba for a visit with of the Langhe “capital”. The city is characterized by a suggestive historical centre with a medieval structure rich in towers and Romantic-gothic monuments. A typical lunch is organized in a local restaurant with a selection of regional dishes. After lunch, our tour continues to visit the Barolo Castle, which hosts the innovative WiMu – Wine Museum, where wine will be celebrated in history, arts, cookery, cinema, music, literature as well as in the local traditions. A tasting of wines is included during the visit.
We have a guided tour of Turin, a cultural city on the River Po with a stunning backdrop of Alpine peaks. The city is often described as the most french city in Italy. Famed internationally for its car and sports, Turin’s charming centre is bursting with culture and dotted with elegant churches, historic buildings, and unique things to do. After a busy morning exploring we have free time for lunch and time to visit in the afternoon at your own pace or simply relax in one of the many historic cafés of the centre to taste the local chocolate. Our farewell dinner tonight in organized in a restaurant of the centre with a ample selection of traditional dishes and local wines to sample.
Transfer to the airport and departure.