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Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico comes from the region situated between the cities of Florence and Siena, a highly fertile land made unique by the careful use of both manual and manmade agricultural activities, which over the centuries have truly added to the natural beauty of the area. Due to its characteristic climate, soil and altitude, the land of Chianti Classico is particularly tailored for the production of prized wines. The specification "Classico" refers to the most ancient area of production of the Chianti region.

Specific regulations apply to the Chianti Classico appellation to differentiate it from the Chianti. Most notably is the different minimum percentage of Sangiovese grapes allowed for each appellation: 80% for Chianti Classico vs. the 75% minimum used for Chianti. In addition to the very specific rules that dictate the production methods of Chianti Classico, there are regulations that determine what specific color, odor and flavor the wine must meet.

The Chianti Classico is especially perfect as a compliment to meat-based main courses, such as porchetta allo spiedo, tripe, bistecca alla fiorentina, Colonnata lard, cold cuts and finocchiona di cinta senese. Chianti Classico also goes well with semi-mature Pecorino Toscano cheese, crostini alla toscana and fagioli al fiasco. The wine should be served at a temperature of 60-65°F.

Regulations for the correct preservation of Chianti Classico state that the wine must be stored horizontally on wooden shelves, in a dark space, and at a constant temperature of 50-60°F. The humidity level should be at about 70-75% to keep the cork from drying out.

Brunello

In a country like Italy, which has been producing wines for about 3,500 years, a Brunello di Montalcino can be considered a modern invention. It is not, in fact, a wine made in homage to local traditions but the result of the studies of a single winemaker, Ferruccio Biondi-Santi. Around 1870, Ferruccio Biondi-Santi began to set out in his vineyards a clone of the Sangiovese variety known as Brunello. The young viticulturist had noted that a subvariety of Sangiovese, referred to as Grosso to distinguish it from the breed that had originated in the Chianti area and that produced smaller berries, was more resistant to attacks by phylloxera, which was then ravaging the vineyards of the district. In the end, Biondi-Santi completely replanted his vineyards and was soon able to produce an entirely satisfactory wine made from a single variety.

Biondi-Santi did not stop there but went on to break with the traditions of the place. At that time, Tuscans generally preferred young red wines, which were softened and rendered more immediately drinkable through the use of the governo. Tastes even ran to fizzy reds. However, the innovative winemaker subjected the wine, as it still is, to a process of fining involving a stay of at least four years in oak casks, completed by a period in the bottle where in time it developed outstanding qualities. Brunello began to be talked about after 1880. The first great vintage, officially, was the 1888 Brunello, of which five bottles still exist. Their contents are perfectly preserved, a proof of the wine's great powers of longevity. With the passing of the years, it steadily acquires greater fragrance, a more velvety flavor, increased harmony and an odor that is delicate and at the same time quite intense.

Those attributes were mentioned by Baron Luigi Ricasoli, a politician and leading Tuscan producer - he laid down the discipline for Chianti - in 1930, after he tasted a Brunello of the 1888 vintage. "Well, I'll never reach this point,'' he said in comparing his own production with the quality and the longevity of the exceptional Brunello. In 1988, Italian President Francesco Cossiga attended the celebration of the 100th anniversary of this extraordinary wine's creation

Montepulciano

The Nobile from Montepulciano is one of the outstanding traditional Tuscan wines. Sangiovese, here called prugnolo gentile, combines with canaiolo nero, to produce a masterpiece.

Montepulciano stands on a height at the southern extremity of the Chiana Valley in the province of Siena. An ancient legend has it that Montepulciano was founded at the orders of the Etruscan king Porsenna. According to that account, the king quit the town of Chiusi, along with the older community's inhabitants, to settle on the ancient hill of Mons Mercurius, the name of which was later changed to Mons Politicus.

From its earliest origins, Montepulciano was linked with wine, as is indicated by a red-figure kylix (wine cup) that was made in the Chiusi area and found in 1868 along with numerous bronze objects in an Etruscan tomb in the vicinity of the Tuscan town. The cup is decorated with the figure of Flufluns, the Etruscan Bacchus or god of wine, who is shown, in company with a maenad, playing cottabos, a game in which drops of wine were flipped at a special target.

There are numerous testimonials to the high reputation the wine of Montepulciano enjoyed throughout history. In the 17th century, Francesco Redi, who excelled not only as a physician and naturalist but also as a poet, hymned the joys and qualities of wine in his poem, Bacco in Toscana, which was published in 1685. In the poem, Redi has Bacchus and Ariadne extol the finest wines of Tuscany and the work concludes with the affirmation that "Montepulciano of every wine is king.

The poem enjoyed great success and, passing from court to court, reached the hands of William III, King of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. It is possible that Redi and the fame he procured for Tuscan wines with his writings were responsible for the monarch's preference for those products. That predilection accounted for a visit by an English delegation to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany with the purpose of acquiring Moscadello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano for the Court of St. James's.

Montecarlo

Montecarlo is a little-known medieval village off the tourist route where wine makers take a French approach to white wines. The landscape is dotted with red stone noble buildings, the historic walls of Lucca, and hills adorned with olive groves. We offer half- and full-day guided tours to Montecarlo wineries by private car or mini-bus. Montecarlo is situated at the base of an ancient fortress occupying the summit of the ridge separating the Valley of the Nievole from the Plain of Lucca. The community was a redoubt of the Ghibellines in their perpetual struggle with Florence and the other Guelf communities. Although the town was founded for warlike purposes, it is an oasis of tranquility, with vast expanses of vineyards and olive orchards extending outward from the town as far as the eye can see. Those vineyards are the source of Montecarlo wine. The wine originated in the Roman period and its fine quality was cited in documents drawn up in the centuries preceding the year 1000. The viniculture industry was already flourishing before the period of the communes and the wines of Montecarlo were the most expensive of the region. At Florence, the principal consumer of the town's output, Montecarlo cost more than the Trebbianos, the whites of the Chianti area and the wines of the Greve Valley. In the 15th century, the wine was highly appreciated by Pope Paul III Farnese, according to a document written by his cellar master. The wine had already pleased the palate of a preceding pontiff, Gregory XII, who visited the area in 1408. A member of the pope's train, Cardinal Giovanni Dominici di San Sisto of Ragusa, enjoyed the reputation of being a fine connoisseur and devoted consumer of wine. During the visit, the cardinal so much appreciated the wine that was served to him in large quantity that he forgot his episcopal ring, leaving it behind on the banquet table. The wine of Montecarlo remains true to its history since it is generally considered one of the enological treasures of Tuscany.

 

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After a short ride through the city centre of Florence, avoiding the most crowded streets, we finally reach the outskirts of this romantic city and make our way towards the northern part of the famous and charming Chianti wine region.

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Wine Tours in Tuscany

Join us on a wine adventure in Tuscany. Whether you are visiting of Florence for a day or a Tuscan villa for a week, we can arrange a wonderful wine tasting or tour into the hills and vineyards.

We will customize your day in the wine country according to your taste and budget. For the curious type wanting to know a bit of viticulture and the wine making process, or the novice wanting to learn how to taste and appreciate quality wines, we will provide a tour which will be entertaining, informative and fun.

Day trips includes: private air-conditioning minivan, English speaking wine guide, wine tasting and light lunch.

Wineries are only suggested, and may be substituted at anytime based on group size and tasting room availability.

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Chianti Wine Tours

Due to its characteristic climate, soil and altitude, the land of Chianti Classico is particularly tailored for the production of prized wines. The specification "Classico" refers to the most ancient area of production of the Chianti region.

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After a short ride through the city centre of Florence, avoiding the most crowded streets, we finally reach the outskirts of this romantic city and make our way towards the northern part of the famous and charming Chianti wine region.

Chianti Classico

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-1
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 225.00€ p/p based on 2

Ride through the beautiful hills of Chianti area, visits 2 wineries, highly rated by influential wine publications. You will taste the wines of the winery which will typically include at least one Chianti Classico,a Riserva and an IGT Super Tuscan.

Itinerary :

09.00 a.m. Departure from Florence or your villa or hotel in another areas.
10.45 a.m. Arrival at San Casciano and visit and tasting at winery La Sala.
01.00 p.m. Light lunch at a local restaurant.
02.30 p.m. Drive through the hills to discover various vineyards.
03.00 p.m. Second stop at the winery Casa Sola.
04.30 p.m. Return to Florence arriving arround 5:30 pm

 

Chianti Castles

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-2
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 275.00€ p/p based on 2

Today you will drive to the old Chianti Classico, the former border area between Florence and Siena, rich with castles where were converted into well known wineries where you can appreciate fine wines in a splendid medieval setting.

Itinerary :

09.00 a.m. Departure from Florence or your villa or hotel in another areas.
10.05 a.m. Arrival at San Donato and visit to winery Castello della Panereta or Castello di Monsanto and wine tasting
01.00 p.m. Light lunch at a local restaurant.
02.30 p.m. Second stop at the winery Castello di Fonterutoli or Castello dei Rampolla.
03.00 p.m. Second stop at the winery Casa Sola.
04.30 p.m. Return to Florence arriving arround 6:00 pm

 

Chianti & San Gimignano

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-3
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 245.00€ p/p based on 2

Ride through the beautiful vineyards area, cellar visit, light lunch and tastings in 2 best wineries. You have the chance to taste the DOCG as well as "supertuscan" wines.

Itinerary :

10.00 a.m. Departure from Florence or your villa or hotel in another areas.
11.00 a.m. Arrival in the Chianti area and visit a winery and wine tasting.
01.00 p.m. Light lunch at a local restaurant in San Gimignano.
02.30 p.m. Driving along the hills where you can see the different type of vineyard.
03.00 p.m. Second stop at the winery La Sala.
04.30 p.m. Return to Florence arriving arround 5:00 pm

 

Siena & San Gimignano with wine tastings en route

Private Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-11
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 245.00€ p/p based on 2

Driving from Florence to Siena, you see the towers on the hill of San Gimignano and you immediately sense the taste of Vernaccia. Arriving in Siena, walking through the old walled town's portals, you imagine the strong, full-bodied wines produced in the surrounding countryside.

The production zone of Vernaccia di San Gimignano is restricted to the hilly territory of the commune of the same name in Siena province. The history of the community goes back to the Etruscan period and, since the beginning, agriculture has always played an important role in the local economy.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano, made from the grape of the same name, is one of the best-known wines in Italy and the world. Many hypotheses have been advanced to explain the origin of the word Vernaccia. Some experts have argued that the name is derived from the Latin word vernaculus, meaning a place or locale. Others say it is derived from the name of a Ligurian town in the area of the Cinque Terre, Vernazza. In support of the second explanation, numerous experts say that the variety originated in Liguria and was successively introduced into Tuscany at San Gimignano.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano was highly appreciated in the past and among its many admirers was Pope Martin IV (1281-1285). It appears that the pontiff was extremely fond of a dish based on eels and Vernaccia. In 1487, Ludovico il Moro of Milan ordered200 fiaschi of the wine on the occasion of the marriage of Isabella, daughter of King Alfonso II of Naples, to his nephew Gian Galeazzo.

One of the leading experts on wines in the period of the Renaissance, Sante Lancerio, rendered an extremely favorable judgment on the qualities of the wine. Lancerio, historian of Italian wine and cellarmaster to Pope Paul III Farnese, expressed regret that the town of San Gimignano was not cultivating Vernaccia as devotedly as it was the arts and sciences.

The long list of significant tributes was crowned in 1966, when the Vernaccia di San Gimignano was accorded the privilege of being the first Italian wine to receive a Denominazione di Origine Controllata, that was then upgraded to Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita in 1993.

Itinerary :

09.00 Departure from Florence or your location
10.30 Guided visit to the cellars of Fattoria Panizzi and wine tasting
11:30 Guided visit to the town center of San Gimignano
13:00 Lunch with local wines at restaurant La Mandragola
15:00 Short stop in Monteriggioni
16:00 Guided visit in the Siena town center

 

 

Small Group Bike Tour to Chianti

After a short ride through the city centre of Florence, avoiding the most crowded streets, we finally reach the outskirts of this romantic city and make our way towards the northern part of the famous and charming Chianti wine region.

Tour Code: MT-FLOR-Bike1
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 75.00€ p/p

Itinerary :

During our ride we will enjoy some nice and challenging uphills, but it’s all worthwhile at the end,as we guarantee stunning views of Florence, of romantic villas, lovely vineyards, splendid olive groves, quiet small country roads, and lots more.

The pace of the tour is very relaxed, we stop several times, to rest, drink, to admire great views of the lovely Chianti region and to enjoy a great genuine lunch.

Our itinerary will take you off the beaten track, so join our great bike tour for a unique experience riding in Tuscany with Florence by Bike!

 

Details :

Distance: 30 km (19 miles)
Difficulty level: Medium
Departure: 9.30 a.m. from our store in Via San Zanobi (Florence)
Arrival: Between 4.00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.
Bike: 21 speed mountain bikes with or without shocks – hybrid bikes also available on request.

 

Includes:

Included: very well maintained mountain bike, helmet, water bottle (a gift for you at the end of our tour), a full lunch with genuine local dishes (including crystal water, delicious wine, Italian coffee), full time assistance, an expert and supporting English speaking guide, liability insurance.

 

 

Florence and Chianti Wine Region Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 9hrs

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There’s no better way to start a day like a local then visiting one of our characteristic markets: the Mercato Centrale or the Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio (closed on Sundays). These markets will show you the real Florence and Florentines and will give you the possibility to get some Tuscan “gastronomic” souvenirs as well as a good bottle of wine for the evening!

(in case it’s Sunday and the markets are closed) Visit a famous old Pharmacy still in use today! We'll smell and admire the potpourris and soaps made from natural ingredients, as well as seeing some of the old instruments and ceramic jars used by the Dominican monks of Santa Maria Novella.

Afterward we proceed with the highlights of the city: Piazza del Duomo and its Cathedral and the famous Dome by Brunelleschi and the gold Paradise door of the Baptistry. From there we continue to Piazza Signoria, the political heart of Florence since the 1300's when Florence was considered the richest city in Europe. We are beckoned to Ponte Vecchio, the bridge which attracts so much curiosity not only to its unique charming appearance but also to the fabulous jewellery shops lining the bridge.

We will enjoy a light and typical tuscan lunch in one “Mescita”: a Mescita is a traditional place where, in the past, people use to go for a …glass of wine, something like a coffee house today! Nowadays these structures can be compared to small bars where is also possible to get some stuff for lunch, really busy at lunchtime with locals!

After lunch, we will jump on the car to see the hillside of Florence, starting with the hill of the Piazzale Michelangelo, one of the most exclusive residential areas of the city. Once at the top, a stop is a must for taking some pictures on what is considered to be the most beautiful Florence Skyline panorama.

Passing through another beautiful area of the city, Bellosguardo, licterally “Nice panorama” in Italian, we enter into the hilly countryside around Florence, you can easy realize it by starting to see Olive Trees and vineyards. Passing through another very wealthy area of Florence, villages such as Pozzolatico and Monte Oriolo, with great spots for photos, we will finally arrive in the village of Impruneta, the door of entrance in the heart of the Chianti Classico Region, also known for its world famous production of typical Tuscan Terracotta. After a little “passeggiata” in the main square of the city, with an opportunity to taste one of the nicest “gelato” in the area, we will be able to enjoy an olive oil tasting in a “Fattoria” close-by, the olive oil made in the hills around Impruneta is considered one of the best ones!

We will then continue to the capital of the Chianti region: Greve in Chianti, with all its nice little shops under the loggias of the main square, some of them are really something not to be missed.

Passing through Montefioralle, we will reach Badia a Passignano, the heart of the production of the Antinori wines, completely surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. Enjoy a glass of wine in this “magic” place!

Timings:

09.00 Departure
09.15/10.00 Visit of the Market (or Pharmacy)
10.15/12.15 Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio
12.15/13.00 Lunch
13.00/14.00 Drive through the Florentine Hills towards Impruneta
14.00/14.30 Little walk in Impruneta and ice-cream stop
15.00/16.00 Olive oil tasting in a local Fattoria
16.30/18.00 Greve in Chianti, Montefioralle and Badia a Passignano
18.00/18.30 Glass of wine in Passignano
19.00 Estimated arrival at your hotel

 

Scheduled Excursion to Chianti from Florence

Duration: Approx 5 hrs

Cost: $51.00 pp

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Combine wine-tasting and a country drive through magnificent Tuscan landscapes on an afternoon excursion to Chianti. This popular Tuscan region is universally acclaimed for its classic wines and natural beauty. You'll discover a magical world of woods alternating with vines and olive trees, Romanesque churches, medieval farmhouses, Renaissance villas and castles.

A highlight of the tour is your visit to an ancient Tuscan town and one of Chianti's most renowned wine-growing estates. Here, you'll receive insights into the local wine-growing traditions and sample three prestigious wines: Chianti Classico, Chianti Reserve and Vin Santo dessert wine. The wines are accompanied by local traditional snacks.

The wine-tasting tours are carried out in different areas of the Chianti region, and the trip from Florence to Chianti is approximately 40 minutes each way.

 

Chianti Region Wine-Tasting and Dinner Half-Day Trip from Florence

Duration: Approx 8 1/2hrs

Cost: $93.00 pp

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Wine-tasting, scenic drives through magnificent Tuscan landscapes and a traditional dinner in Chianti – is there a better way to spend the afternoon in Tuscany? The Tuscan region of Chianti is universally acclaimed for its classic wines and natural beauty. You'll discover a magical world of woods alternating with vines and olive trees, Romanesque churches, medieval farmhouses, Renaissance villas and castles.

On your afternoon tour you'll visit an ancient Tuscan town and one of Chianti's most renowned castle-farm wine-growing estates. Here, you'll receive insights into the local wine-growing traditions and sample three prestigious wines: Chianti Classico, Chianti Reserve and Vin Santo dessert wine. The wines are accompanied by local traditional snacks.

You'll then visit one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in the area, and end the day with a traditional Tuscan dinner (accompanied by excellent Chianti wine) in the magical atmosphere of an old village among the Tuscan hills. Dinner will be held in the open (weather permitting), so please wear suitable clothing.

The tours are carried out in different areas of the Chianti region, and the trip from Florence to Chianti is approximately 40 minutes each way.

 

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Montalcino Wine Tour

Imagine being in one of the most famous cellars in the middle of Brunello vineyards.

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Brunello di Montalcino

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-4
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 275.00€ p/p based on 2

Brunello di Montalcino has become one of the handful of DOC wines hunted by wine collectors, because its depth of flavor and tongue-curling tannins give it the potential to age for decade. The lighter-styled Rosso di Montalcino, sort of a younger, "declassified Brunello, was created so people could drink a more immediately accessible Montalcino to age; DOCG law requires a minimum of four years before Brunello can go on the market.

Itinerary :

09.30 a.m. Departure from Florence or your villa or hotel in another areas.
11.30 a.m. Arrival at Montalcino and visit to the winery Fattoria de Barbi. Where you can visit the cellar, finally wine tasting. 01.00 p.m. Light lunch at the local restaurant( if is required) or in a winery.
02.45 p.m. Driving along the hills where you can see the different type of vineyard.
03.30 p.m. Visit to the winery Tenute Silvio Nardi where you can meet the wine grower who will show you the techniques of viticulture.
04.30 p.m. Return to Florence arriving arround 6:00 pm

 

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Montepulciano Wine Tour

The Nobile from Montepulciano is one of the outstanding traditional Tuscan wines. Sangiovese, here called prugnolo gentile, combines with canaiolo nero, to produce a masterpiece.

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Montepulciano

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-5
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 275.00€ p/p based on 2

Montepulciano is like a mini Florence, and for that reason alone it's worth a visit. It's an aged red wine of high quality. At the typical vines of Chianti are added in limited quantity the grechetto, bianco and mammola vines. The color is red grained, almost brown, the characteristic smell is sweet violet's, it has 12 degrees of alcoholic content

Itinerary :

09.30 a.m. Departure from Florence or your villa or hotel in another areas.
11.30 a.m. Arrival at Montepulciano and visit the winery Villa Sant' Anna, where you can have a look to the vineyards and the cellar, finally wine tasting.
12.45 p.m. After walking through the medieval street of Montepulciano we'll reach the restaurant Le loggie del Vignola to have a light lunch.
02.30 p.m. We then drive through the vineyards en route to our next tasting.
03.00 p.m. Visit the second winery at Poderi Boscarrelli where you will meet the wine grower who will show you the techniques of viticulture and explain the wine making process
04.30 p.m. Return to Florence arriving arround 6:00 pm

 

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Coastal Wine Tours

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Discover italian wine in the vineyards, in the villas and in the most beautiful towns of Tuscany

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Sassicaia

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-6
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 300.00€ p/p based on 2

Sassicaia is a magical word around the world, synonymous with the highest quality wine. This excursion takes you to the winery where Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta started it all, and where Sassicaia is produced today. You'll enjoy tasting wine and oils from the Montescudaio area.

Itinerary :

10:00 Arrival in Montescudaio and short visit of the village
11:30 Guided visit of the winery Sorbaiano
12:30 Lunch in Enoteca La Cinquantina
14:30 Guided visit to Tenuta San Guido winery (Tuesday only), Grattamacco and Michele Satta wineries (during the week) with guided wine tasting
16:30 Visit the winery Terre del Sillaboand wine tasting

 

Monteregio di Massa Wine Tour

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-7
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 300.00€ p/p based on 2

In Massa Marittima, the 13th century Duomo and central piazza are masterpieces of Italian architecture. Another masterpiece is the Monteregio di Massa Marittima wine from the area

We offer full-day guided tours to Massa Marittima wineries by private car or mini-bus.

In the north of the province of Grosseto (Tuscany), in an area that goes from the city of Grosseto all the way up to the Alta Maremma, there has developed a winemaking tradition that is closely linked to the history of Massa Marittima and the medieval villages that crown the hilltops of this rugged land.

Monteregio di Massa Marittima D.O.C. covers the entire territories of Massa Marittima and Monterotondo Marittimo and parts of Roccastrada, Gavorrano, Castiglione della Pescaia, Scarlino and Follonica.

Nine different varieties of wines are produced under this appellation in this hilly land - an appellation that valorizes a series of vine varieties that have been part of Grosseto's winemaking history since times immemorial.

Special attention is due to Vermentino, a white wine of distinctive character, and to two types of Vin Santo, one white and one red. The red Vin Santo is also known as Occhio di Pernice. It is a full-bodied and intense wine.

Itinerary :

10:00 Arrival in Massa Marittima
11:30 Guided tour of Frantoio Nerelli and oil tasting
12:00 Apero at Bar Le Logge facing the Duomo
13:00 Lunch at Vecchio Borgo located on the ground floor of the Duomo
15:00 Guided visit to the town center of Massa Marittima
16:00 Guided wine tasting of Monteregio di Massa Marittima and guided visit to the cellars of Moris Farms

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Other Inland Areas

Private Tours

Discover italian wine in the vineyards, in the villas and in Lucca, Montecarlo, Casentino and Valdarno

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Casentino

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-8
Tastings : Daily 4:30pm
Duration: 1 hr.
Cost: 29.00€ p/p

Casentino along ancient Roman stone roads crossing high mountains, the pilgrims found peace and wines in old convents and monumental wineries. The castle of Pomino and the Frescobaldi estates are points of interest in this little-known area.

Itinerary :

9:00 Departure from Florence or your location
10:30 Guided visit to the 15th century monastery in Vallombrosa
11:30 Visit to the Pieve and castle in Romena
13:00 Lunch at restaurant L'Antica Cantina in Poppi
15:00 Guided visit of Poppi
16:30 Visit of the Frescobaldi estates and wine tasting

Valdarno

Tour Code: MT-FLOR-WINE-9
Tastings : Daily 4:30pm
Duration: 1 hr.
Cost: 29.00€ p/p

The Valdarno was one of the main transportation ways from Rome to northern Italy. Today, between highways and railways, you can find Renaissance monuments and fantastic wines along this history-filled river.

Itinerary :

10:30 Visit the winery I Selvatici in Montevarchi and wine tasting
11:30 Guided visit to the town center of Montevarchi in Valdarno
13:00 Lunch at restaurant La Torre in Figline
15:00 Guided visit of the Figline town center and the Serristori Palace
16:30 Visit to the winery Fattoria di Gratena and wine tasting

 

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Lucca Wine & Villa Tour

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The stunning architecture of the villa gardens in the Lucca hills, excellent wines produced by aristocratic ladies, and French grapes harvested in the Tuscan hills.

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Lucca, Villas, & Wine

Tour Code: MT-FLOR-WINE-12
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 275.00€ p/p based on 2

The stunning architecture of the villa gardens in the Lucca hills, excellent wines produced by aristocratic ladies, and French grapes harvested in the Tuscan hills. We offer half and full day guided tours to Lucca wineries by private car or mini-bus. The tour includes wine cellar visits, wine tasting, lunch or a Tuscan snack (merenda). Winery excursions may be scheduled for any date with two days advance notice, and can be conducted in English.

Itinerary :

09:00 Departure from Florence or your location
10:30 Guided visit to the Italian garden in Fattoria Villa Maionchi and wine tasting
13:00 Lunch at restaurant Giulio in Pelleria in Lucca
15:00 Guided visit of Lucca
16:30 Guided visit of Villa Torrigiani in Camigliano

 

Lucca & Montecarlo

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-9
Tastings : Daily 4:30pm
Duration: 1 hr.
Cost: 29.00€ p/p

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Itinerary :

9:00 Departure from Florence or your location
10:00 Guided visit to the village of Montecarlo
11:30 Visit the winery Michi and wine tasting
13:00 Lunch at the restaurant Giulio in Pelleria in Lucca
15:00 Guided visit of Lucca
16:30 Visit the winery Terre del Sillaboand wine tasting

 

 

Tuscan History, Wine and Chocolate

Duration: 10hrs

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We will leave Florence and head immediately to Pisa. As soon as we exit from the traffic of Florence, we will immediately start to realize we are in the Tuscan countryside, olive trees and vineyards all over.

Tuesdays and Fridays

Before getting into Pisa a stop will be made in the medieval hill-town of Lari, where we will enjoy a Pasta Demonstration: the Pastificio Martelli, a world famous small pasta factory, with its original production plan still located in the medieval hill-town of Lari where, on Tuesdays and Fridays you will see spaghetti being produced. After the visit and a short walk though the village, enjoy a coffee or cappuccino in a local cafè.

In Pisa we will experience a “chocolate tasting” in the shop of one of the most famous Italian “Cioccolateria”, where the clients will be able to understand the differences in between the various type of chocolate and cacao.

After 1 hour spent in the Miracle Square in Pisa, we immediately head in the direction of Lucca

As soon as we arrive to Lucca, we will taste one or two food specialities of the city and area, such as its big ears soups and its gorgeous extra virgin olive oil produced in the hills around the city.

After lunch, we will begin the visit of this unique city:  the Cathedral, founded in 1060, with incredible works by Jacopo della Quercia; San Michele Church, built in the 12th century, typical example of the architectural style of Pisa and Lucca. A Statue of St. Michael, between two angels, in the act of killing a dragon, dominates the church. The church was named St. Michael in Forum because the square in which it is built was the old Roman Forum. The walls, shaded by trees, are a unique feature of the city and afford a pleasant walk or a bike ride of four kilometers. It is possible to visit a few restored bastions of special interest

We will than drive back to Florence

Before arriving at the Hotel we will enjoy a typical “Italian Style” Aperitif in one of the “In” Bars of the city

09.00 Departure
10.30 Estimated arrival in Lari
10.30/11.30 Pasta Demonstration + coffee break in Lari
11.30/12.00 Drive to Pisa
12.00/12.30 Chocolate Tasting
12.30/13.30 Visit of the Miracle Square
13.30/14.00 Drive to Lucca
14.00/15.00 Lunch in Lucca
15.00/17.30 Visit of Lucca
17.30/19.00 Drive to Florence including the aperitif stop in Florence
19.00 Estimated arrival at your hotel in Florence

 

Monday to Sunday

As soon as we arrive to Pisa we will experience a “chocolate tasting” in the shop of one of the most famous Italian “Cioccolateria”, where the clients will be able to understand the differences in between the various type of chocolate and cacao.

A Coffee / Cappuccino break will follow in a cafè nearby.

After 1 hour spent in the Miracle Square in Pisa, we immediately head in the direction of Lucca.

The surrounding hills of Lucca are famous for olive oil and wine production, specifically “DOC red wine of the Colline Lucchesi & Montecarlo”.

We will experience the visit of a local small winery, their vineyards and cellars and taste their wines together with a light lunch of some typical products of the area.

After lunch we leave for Lucca.

The visit of this unique city will include: the Cathedral, founded in 1060, with incredible works by Jacopo della Quercia; San Michele Church, built in the 12th century, typical example of the architectural style of Pisa and Lucca. A Statue of St. Michael, between two angels, in the act of killing a dragon, dominates the church. The church was named St. Michael in Forum because the square in which it is built was the old Roman Forum. The walls, shaded by trees, are a unique feature of the city and afford a pleasant walk or a bike ride of four kilometers. It is possible to visit a few restored bastions of special interest

We will than drive back to Florence.

Before arriving at the Hotel we will enjoy a typical “Italian Style” Aperitif in one of the “In” Bars of the city.

 

09.00 Departure
10.30 Estimated arrival in Pisa
10.30/11.30 Chocolate tasting followed by coffee break
11.30/12.30 Visit of the Miracle Square
12.30/13.30 Drive to the “Colline Lucchesi”
13.30/15.30 Wine Tasting & Lunch
16.00/18.00 Visit of Lucca
18.00/19.00 Drive to Florence including stop for the aperitif
19.00 Estimated arrival in Florence

 

Morning Options On Request

1. One or two stops on the way to Pisa will be made in: Montelupo Fiorentino, the centre of the ceramic production in Tuscany, with a really interesting pottery museum (curiosity, history, old pieces) and several pottery industry and outlets, if you see a ceramic either in Florence, Pisa or San Gimignano, you can be sure it’s produced in Montelupo! 

2. An alternative to Montelupo could be the medieval village of San Miniato, a very important “arteria” on the Via Francigena, nowadays especially famous for its…truffles! 

3. Visit Pisa immediately with the coffee in the centre and before arriving in the city, a visit to the Italian Style gardens of one of the beautiful villas that surrounds the town of Lucca, combining the visit with an olive oil tasting.

Only for groups of 8 or more

On the way back to Florence a stop will be made in one of the chocolate workshops which can be found around the villages of Monsummano – Agliana or Pistoia. This is another product Tuscany is known all over the world, its chocolate, and the area we visit guests some of the most know “Maestri cioccolatai” in Italy. Here you visit an esteemed factory where you will be tantalised by the aromas and flavours of the process of traditional chocolate making and tasting session

A visit to a workshop will be included so as to be able to taste some of some of their products.

 

Miracle Square

Pisa Wine Tour

The Nobile from Montepulciano is one of the outstanding traditional Tuscan wines. Sangiovese, here called prugnolo gentile, combines with canaiolo nero, to produce a masterpiece.

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Pisa Wine Culture Private Tour

Tour Code: MT-TUSC-WINE-13
Duration: Full Day
Cost: 275.00€ pp based on 2

From Boccaccio's native village, Certaldo, along ancient roads to a modern winery producing high-quality wines from French grapes, through the medieval villages of Lari and Castelfalfi, this excursion ends at the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa.

Itinerary :

09:00 Departure from Florence or your location
10:30 Guided visit to Certaldo
11:30 Visit to the winery Villa Pillo and wine tasting
13:00 Lunch at restaurant Il Camino in Gambassi Termi
15:00 Guided visit of the medieval villages of Lari and Castelfalfi
16:00 Guided visit in Miracel Square
04.30 p.m. Return to Florence arriving arround 5:00 pm

San Gimignano

Siena , Wine & Ice Cream

Plus see the towers of San Gimignano, also known as the Manhattan of the Middle Ages, thanks to its Medieval towers, is simply a must if you are in Tuscany.

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A Medieval Day in Tuscany

Duration: 9hrs

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Walking through its narrow streets, learn about the Guelph-Ghibelline conflict and commercial interests that forced the local rich families to build their towers. Coffee or Cappuccino break in a central square of the village together with one of the best “gelato” you have ever had!

At the end we will leave to Siena, passing through a beautiful country landscape. A stop will be made in one of the little villages we will find along the way to Siena, to have lunch in a local trattoria (where you will be able to taste some local specialities, like the pici pasta…)

Siena is the famous city of the Palio, the site of the “Enoteca Italiana” - the only national wine association- the site of “Monte dei Paschi” -the oldest bank in the world. Beautifully laid out on three hills, Siena owes its popularity as one of the main attractions in Tuscany to its perfectly preserved gothic city center, with the "Piazza del Campo" one of the most beautiful squares in the world, where the famous Palio horse race takes place twice a year and the Cathedral, considered one of the most impressive churches of Italy especially thanks to its impressively richly decorated interiors.

But it’s not just the magnificent monuments of Siena which make of it a must-see attraction, it is the overall atmosphere and architecture that still expresses the grandeur of its heyday that make of the visit of Siena an unforgettable experience.

Walking through the town that is so well preserved you will feel as if you have returned to the end of the XIII century, when Siena represented one of the greatest example of civic, social and political organization in the whole of Europe.

In visiting this city one should realize that he’s not just dealing with a "secondary hill-town in Tuscany" since Siena indeed was one of the most prestigious capitals of Europe in the middle ages.

Before leaving the city, let’s try something typical: Siena is famous for its sweet specialities: the panforte cake & the ricciarelli biscuits. Enjoy a tasting of these products in one of the most known bars of the city centre.

On the way back to Florence we will stop in a famous winery producing the Chianti Classico Red Wine: here, after an introduction to the history of the Chianti region and wine, we will visit the wine cellars and, later on, tasting 3 different kind of wines.

At the end drive to Florence

 

10.00 Departure
11.00 Estimated arrival in San Gimignano
12.00/14.00 Travelling to Siena through the Countryside back roads with a stop in a local trattoria for lunch
14.00/17.00 Siena (including time for the panforte and ricciarelli tasting)
17.30/18.30 Visit of the winery followed by a wine tasting
19.00 Estimated arrival in Florence

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