Taste of Tuscany

Taste of Tuscany

7 Days

For no less than 7 nights, you’ll get to experience a Tuscan farmhouse villa complete with your own single, double, or triple bedroom apartment and a luxurious pool that can be enjoyed throughout your trip. Our Taste of Tuscany tour is by far one of our most popular, with our guests frequently commenting on just how far the experience surpassed their expectations.

With a first-hand look at some of the most vibrant and traditional locations in Tuscany, from Cortona to Siena, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in the finest wines, partake of the local cuisine and even stimulate your culinary skills with a 4 course cooking lesson.

For fans of bareback horseracing, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can see where the famous Il Palio race takes place in the iconic Piazza del Campo. We’ll also be exploring the fabled town of San Gimignano which produces the exemplary white wine known as Vernaccia. Your tour will also take you into the heart of Chianti’s countryside, where you’ll get up-close and personal with vineyards and olive groves.

This tour is guaranteed to satisfy your senses in many ways; with exhilaratingly authentic tastes from the region, right through to the stunning sights found throughout.

You’ll get to ingratiate yourself with the local artisans and craftsmen and women, visit a host of vineyards, taste fine food and wine, explore captivating locations and villages that date back to the medieval period – and perhaps most importantly of all; feel like a local and not a visitor.

All of this and more can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own villa, with a leisurely pace to your tours and options to book between the 28th of March through to the 24th of October. As new tours commence every Saturday, you can ensure that you get a full week of enjoyment – suitable for adults of all ages.

Departure Days
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14th May 2022
4 Places Left
21st May 2022
4 Places Left
4th June 2022
2 Places Left
2nd July 2022
4 Places Left
9th July 2022
3 Places Left
27th August 2022
4 Places Left
3rd September 2022
5 Places Left
24th September 2022
2 Places Left
1st October 2022
4 Places Left
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Tour Itinerary

7 Days - Taste of Tuscany

“You’ll be personally picked up and transported to your accommodation. Once back at the villa, you’ll be given the opportunity to unwind and settle in. For dinner, we’ll take you into Cortona where you can enjoy your first traditional Tuscany dining experience”

“To get the first full day of your tour off to an exciting start, we’ll head into the nearby town of Cortona; where we have plenty of things for you to see and do! Our enthusiastic tour guide will take you on an enjoyable walk of the town, with coffee included. To integrate you with the Tuscan lifestyle, you’ll experience lunch at a local trattoria. With your stomach full, you’ll have the opportunity to sit and relax to your heart’s content or explore the town in greater detail.
Mid-afternoon If you feel ready to return to your apartment, we’ll give you the option to be collected and transported at this time. If you chose to stay in Cortona or travel back home to the villa – we’ll meet back up and take you into town in preparation for your evening meal. What better way to savour the flavours of Cortona than with a traditional aperitivo in the Piazza, followed by dinner!”

“San Gimignano is a town so iconic that you have to see it to truly believe it – and this is where we’ll be headed at 9am. Upon arrival we’ll have a brief coffee break and you will be given an overview of the town and its rich history. Shortly after your introduction, you’ll have free time to explore, ingratiate yourself with the locals and partake in activities at your own leisure. We’ll then travel to Siena, where you’ll meet your tour guide who will fill you with knowledge, expose you to the traditional lifestyle and allow you to get to grips with the town first-hand.
To allow you to take in as much as possible, you’ll have a little more free time before your evening meal.
For dinner, you’ll be taken to one of the local restaurants in Siena, where you’ll get to taste the mesmerising flavours of the region.”

For fans of cooking, this part of your tour will introduce you to the art of making Italian cuisine. You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your culinary skills with a Traditional Tuscan Cooking Class where you’ll prepare 4 courses and then get to enjoy eating with the chef.

“Featuring 15th Century architecture, Pienza is the next town on your tour and it’s as stunning as it is traditional. We’ll take a quick break for coffee, before allowing you the opportunity to explore the town in greater detail. At 12:30pm, we’ll transport you to Montepulciano where we will enjoy lunch and wine tasting – which takes place in a traditional underground cellar. You’ll then have some free time to enjoy.
You can spend it viewing the stunning scenery, taking photos, or talking to the locals to name just a few options. At 5pm, we’ll take you back to your accomodation where you can unwind for a couple of hours before dinner.Your visit to Tuscany wouldn’t be complete without an authentic pizza, so we’ll head back to Cortona to enjoy this traditional Italian meal in style!”

This morning we have an exciting tour of Chianti on the cards. We’ll be stopping in Castellina for a coffee and the exhilirating opportunity to explore the town and all it has to offer. We then have an extended lunch and tasting session planed at an exquisite organic winery, where there will be the opportunity to meet the winemakers.

As your trip slowly comes to an end, we allocate this time for you to choose the types of activities that you’d like to partake in – from exploring the nearby area, to relaxing by the pool. Whatever you choose to do, we’ll ensure that you’re back in time for a traditional Italian Aperitivo, followed by a farewell dinner to mark your visit.

In the morning, we’ll take you back to the local station where you can commence your return journey with plenty of Tuscan memories to savour for a lifetime.

What is Included

7 Days - Taste of Tuscany

INCLUSIONS

  • You’ll get to enjoy 7 nights in our fully renovated, traditional farmhouse complete with amenities
  • Our bilingual hosts & tour leaders will be on hand throughout the tour to assist you
  • We’ve taken care of the itinerary, so that you can sit back and ingratiate yourself with the Tuscan lifestyle
  • Your apartment will be stocked with all necessary provisions and breakfasts are on us
  • 3 unique lunches are provided throughout the duration of your trip
  • You’ll get to enjoy 6 dinners at local Trattorias; and your wine is included
  • Take part in our exciting guided walks across the stunning towns of Cortona and Siena
  • Take part in an exciting, first-hand cooking session with fresh, locally sourced ingredients
  • You’ll get to enjoy a complementary bottle of wine and beer during your stay
  • For fans of wine tasting, we have a selection of events to take in at local vineyards and establishments
  • Your trip will include all necessary travel to and from your accomodation
  • On days where no tours are scheduled, we’ll transport you to the local station so that you can explore at your own pace
  • You’ll also have the option to be taken to Cortona during a tour-free day
  • We’ll also ensure that you are collected from the station on arrival, and taken back safely ready for your return home

EXCLUSIONS

  • This tour doesn’t include your airfares, so to schedule your flight, please contact a local booking agent or airline
  • You’ll be responsible for your own travel insurance and we’d advise taking out cover ahead of time
  • Should you wish to visit any museums, galleries, or public premises; you may be expected to pay an entry fee
  • Any meals outside of those listed within the itinerary won’t be covered by us
  • You may also want to bring cash or a card to cover the cost of your personal expenditures, gifts and so on

Il Mandorlo, Fratticciola

Il Mandorlo is a rural house dating back to the 17th Century which has been restored in keeping with its original shape and materials. It is located in the valley ‘Val di Chiana’ nearby the historical centre of Cortona.

The house is divided into five apartments with all modern facilities including air conditioning and WI-FI. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the infinity swimming pool provides a panoramic view of the historical centre of Cortona and surrounding valley.

Set in a quiet location but close enough to the main roads which connect to all the well-known historical cities and villages.

It is an image of rolling hills, vineyards, age-old trees, golden wheat in Spring, Sunflowers in Summer and the constantly changing shades of the earth.

Accommodation is subject to availability at time of booking.

Getting there

7 Days - Taste of Tuscany

The tour begins near the historical centre of Cortona. Upon arrival 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.

Cortona is located 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).

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.

Arrival from Rome Airport:

  1. Take the Leonardo Express Train from Rome Airport to Roma Termini Train Station (This is a 30min journey and will cost approximately 15 Euro)
  2. From there take a regional train to Camucia-Cortona (This is a 2.5hr journey and will cost approximately 15 Euro)

Arrival from Florence Airport:

  1. Take the bus that goes to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Train Station (This takes approximately 30mins and will cost approximately 15 Euro)
  2. From there take a regional train to Camucia-Cortona (This is a 1.5hr journey and will cost approximately 13 Euro)

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