Our ‘Taste of Tuscany’ tour spans 7 days and takes you to some of Tuscany’s most renowned locations allowing you to experience some of the many treasures this wonderful region has to offer from the wonderful tour locations, sumptuous regional food and wine whilst connecting you with the locals. Staying at a traditional family run Tuscan Villa you will see how life is not only within the townships but on the land.
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Our Tuscan tours will delight and inspire you; Cortona, the atmosphere and beauty of timeless Cortona make it one of the pearls of Tuscany; visit the world-famous Museo dell Accademia Etrusca. Experience the beautiful city of Siena, famous for ‘Il Palio’ bareback horse race, enjoy lunch in the spectacular Piazza del Campo whilst watching the passing parade of tourists and locals going about their daily lives. San Gimignano, famous for its towers and excellent white wine ‘Vernaccia di San Gimignano’. Florence, it’s imbibing arts and culture, shopping and the famous Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. Chianti, the spectacular countryside in this world famous wine growing area, with vineyards, olive groves, farm houses and castles, will leave you breathless.
We transfer you to your accommodation and allow you to settle in and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings which will be “home” for the next 7 days. Dinner in Cortona.
Today we spend the day in the local Medieval township of Cortona, the setting for the movie and book “Under the Tuscan Sun”. Il Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca in the town centre is a very popular location. Visit the many boutiques, art galleries, stroll to the “high point” and visit Chiesa di Santa Margherita, where the Saint’s remains are encased high on the altar. Return to the villa mid to late afternoon for a little relaxation by the pool. Dinner in Cortona.
We travel to Siena, a visit to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, where the famous bareback horserace is held. Visit to Il Duomo and The Mangia Tower or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the ambience and the various delights Siena has to offer, from the little food stores which offer lots of tempting treats to the beautiful stores offering hand painted ceramics and leatherware. From there we visit San Gimignano for the afternoon. This is a beautiful medieval township which really is a step back in time. This township houses many stores which offer a very broad range of painted ceramics as well as leatherware and alabaster. Two wonderful piazzas where you can simply stroll, visit a museum or climb a tower for a breathtaking view of the Val d’Elsa. Or simply sit and enjoy a delicious gelato. Dinner in Cortona
Located in the Val d’Orcia this township is a true gem, great shopping, wonderful Trattoria’s, Cantina’s and Sulumeria’s for wine and cheese tastings. Location of dinner to be decided on the day
Independent train travel to Florence; train ticket, maps, and transfer to and from our local train station on the day is included in the tour cost. Should you wish to visit the Uffizi/L’Accademia or other galleries/monuments, pre purchase of tickets should be arranged prior to your tour commencement to avoid long waiting periods upon your arrival. Dinner at the villa by the pool or in Cortona.
A leisurely day of taking in the most amazing views, whilst driving through this most famous wine growing area of Tuscany. During the morning, we will visit the village of Castellina prior to visiting a vineyard, interact with the winemakers and enjoy lunch and a wine tasting whilst taking in spectacular views of vineyards and olive groves. Dinner in Cortona
You may choose to “stay in” enjoy the pool and relax. Alternatively you may choose to visit a local township where you can spend the day “exploring”. We will arrange transportation to and from our local train station. Dinner in Cortona.
After a leisurely breakfast we transfer you to the local train station for your departure.
Tour Cost: USD $3,495 per person, twin share.
Single Occupancy: USD $300
Tours commence every Saturday between May and early October.
First tour commences 5th May.
Last tour commences 6th October.
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TOUR BEGINS – CORTONA
We are located near Cortona; 2.5 hours by regional train from the main train station in Rome (Roma Termini) and 1.5 hours by regional train from the main train station in Florence (Santa Maria Novella).
PRIVATE TRANSFERS TO AND FROM THE VILLA:
Please contact us for prices.
TRAIN TRAVEL TO THE VILLA:
If you are already in Italy connection to either Roma Termini or Firenze Santa Maria Novella train stations is easily accessible via other train stations.
Either of these two major cities are a good option for your arrival into Italy and then travel to our location. We will meet you at our local train station Camucia-Cortona and will transfer you, via vehicle to the villa, which is a short drive into the countryside.
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Located in the valley, near the historical centre of Cortona (approx. 10km), the accommodation, a Tuscan villa with old world rustic charm, is your home base for the duration of the tour. Unpack, settle in to your own private apartment and commence your Tuscan experience.
Set on wonderful grounds with a spectacular pool and all modern facilities, including laundry, it overlooks the Val di Chiana and the historical centre of Cortona. On your tour free days take advantage of the country setting, pick fruit from the trees, stroll through the lush Italian countryside or simply enjoy reading a book by the pool under the Tuscan sun.
This has been a truly fantastic holiday experience and a wonderful way to sample the delights of Tuscany in a relaxed way. The accommodation is located in a sensational rural setting with picturesque views of vineyards, olive groves and farmhouses. Lunches and dinners were a gastronomic delight too, with a wide variety of Tuscan dishes to tempt one’s palate. The region offers a superb choice of wines that accommodate all tastes. Ines has been an exceptional hostess; she is professional, knowledgeable, passionate, humourous and helpful in every way. None of our requests were too much trouble for her. She is able to socialise easily with a diverse range of personalities – all of this adding to a brilliant unforgettable holiday.
- Lyn and John - Victoria - Australia
A holiday not to be missed. Excellent hostess who provided a daily surprise with panoramic views, food and wine to die for, secret sites, running commentary and introduced us to the great ambience of areas visited. Thank you Ines.
- Bob and Di - Western Australia - Australia