Sunday, June 1, 2014

Tour in Tuscany

Tour in Tuscany through
Emotions and Culture
(10 days/9 nights)

In this program Clients will find some purposal to have special experiences during their holiday in Tuscany visiting famous and less famous places but each of these unique and represent the best of Tuscany. Travelling through vineyards and fields of luxuriant olive trees, visiting old villages that one time were castles, walking down streets full of monuments, tasting good wine in exclusive cellars and genuine Tuscan food in typical restaurants, having high level accommodation...that’s all we are glad to offer to Clients. That is Italian ospitality

Nr. Of persons: FIT (from 2 to 4) Small Group (from 5 to 12)
Target: Luxury
Period: all the year
Kind of tour: Guided tours with food, wine and oil tastings, cooking lessons. Culture.


In Florence:
4 stars Grand hotel founded in the beginning of 1900 located in the heart of Florence that well combine 

modern facilities with the hand-crafted wooden furnishings all add to the intimate and tranquil atmosphere. The restaurant has splendid views over the city of Florence.

In the rest of the holiday: Villa with Bed and Breakfast treatment. Description of the villa: Started first as a plantation in 1500, this pleasant and relaxing house is very close to the main towns like Florence, Pisa and Montecatini Terme but at the same time from there is possible to admire the typical Tuscan landscape with many medieval places and villages all around the property. In each room, Guests will find terracotta and terrazzo floors, yellow Siena marble inside the bathrooms and extraordinary comfort with the mattress for beds. Bathrobe and slippers, one kettle with some filters of tea are available in each room free of charge. Children not admitted in the villa under 12 years old

Day 1: A travel inside the sense of smell
Arrival to the airport of Florence and pick up by our personal coach with our assistant. If the arrival will be in the morning, it will be possible to organize a lunch in one of the restaurant in Florence. In the afternoon, with an English speaking guide short walk through the beautiful historic centre of Florence, arrival to the world’s first interactive Atelier, dedicated to Essences and Perfumes located inside an ancient family Palace of 15th century. Here, Clients will have a awakening of sense of smell: visiting this unique museum they will have the possibility to smell fragrances and perfumes here created and buy their tailor-made fragrances (only with fixed appointment during booking the package). During the visit, will be served a little buffet and before leaving the Atelier, a 200 ml bottle of perfume or a bottle of bath lotion will be donated from the owner of the Atelier (only for groups not individuals). Important personalities have stopped here: politicians, Arab princesses, actors, film directors and authors. Possibility to buy perfumes for the person, bath or for the house. After this engaging Experience, by private coach, Clients will visit Fiesole to assist to a romantic sunset above the sky of Florence and will have dinner in a typical Tuscan restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2: Florence: Discover one of the UNESCO’s town and symbol of Italy
After breakfast, with an English speaking guide, you will admire the cathedral and imposing dome by Brunelleschi. After that walking down the medieval streets of the oldest city district you will reach the church of Santa Croce, known as “the Pantheon of the Italian glories”, houses the tombs of great Italians of the past such as Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo Galilei and Gioacchino Rossini. It will be visited Piazza Signoria and the most famouse bridge, Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge of the city lined up with medieval little shops sparkling with goldm gems and silver. Free lunch or booked in a restaurant under request. In the afternoon, visit to the Uffizi Museum. Free time for shopping. In the second part of the afternoon, departure for Montecatini Terme to have dinner with Tuscan dishes. Check in in Villa and overnight.

Day 3: Special Wine Tastings in exclusive cellars
After a well furnished breakfast, departure to visit Montalcino and Montepulciano to have an unforgettable experience: Visit of the hamlet of the hamlet of Montepulciano, visit of Pienza and light lunch. Visit of Fattoria Poggio Antico in Montalcino (very exclusive cellar) where guests will have the wine tasting. Visit of the hamlet of Montalcino.
MONTALCINO is the birthplace of one of the most famous of Tuscan wine: Brunello. Visiting the town of Montalcino will introduce you to this wine of great character that is cultivated exclusively in this area. Clients will visit one of the most famous wine cellars, owned by Poggio Antico, where Clients will have the opportunity to speak to the owner who will explain how such a great wine is born.
MONTEPULCIANO: Noble Wine (Il Nobile), produced in Montepulciano, has sangiovese grapes as its base. We will be able to admire the incredible panorama that surrounds this area and visit the wine cellar Poliziano Winery – one of the most renowned – and taste the wide range of wines available, from the Montepulciano Red (Rosso di Montepulciano), with a great bouquet and younger than the Nobile, which is a strong-bodies and well balanced wine. 

The lands surrounding these hamlets are those you see in the typical picture postcards of Tuscany. The well-known cypress trees and white roads snaking across the luxuriant country side are exactly what you will see when visit these places. On this tour you can appreciate the medieval atmosphere made of castles and towers, which will take you through lands where time seems to have stopped. Between Montalcino and Montepulciano you will visit Pienza - the ideal city - beautiful and refined, mostly known for its typical wine and food products.

Come back to the villa and have free time to relax. Dinner in restaurant and overnight in villa.

Day4: Unforgettable Experience: Cooking lesson
After breakfast, meeting with our personal chef to have a funny cooking lesson and lunch with dishes made by clients. With our cooking classes the Guest can find what he wants to learn how to cook the tastiest dishes of Tuscan cuisine. The Tuscan cuisine offers a variety of dishes that vary from province to province, and that really highlight the richness and quality of local products that Tuscany produces. Good Tuscan wines will be abbined to dishes tasted.
In the afternoon visit of Lucca and in the last part of the afternoon where it will be a visit to a atelier in a historical building. Dinner in Montecarlo that is a small town of Medieval origin where it is produced extra virgin olive oil DOC and famous and appreciated white and red wines. This territory is one of the 18 streets of Tuscan wine. During dinner, will be tasted typical food and local wines. From the terrace of Montecarlo, it is possible to admire a stunning overview of the valley. Overnight in villa 

Day 5: Pistoia, the Tuscan Cinderella
In the morning, after a well funished breakfast, departure to visit Pistoia a Medieval town that has been under the power of Medici Family. During this period, was built the third biggest Dome after Vatican and Florence one. A English speaking guide will show to Clients the most important monuments of the historical center. Lunch in the historic center for tasting typical Pistoia dishes. In the afternoon guided visit the the a villa of Medician period where are installed many contemporary works of art. The last of these is by Daniel BurĂ©n. Visit the a museum where are collected old tackles used by farmers in the past, old toys and laundry used in 1900’s years. Tasting of Choccolate, Italian coffee or tea during the afternoon. Dinner in a charming restaurant. Overnight in villa.

Day 6: Travelling on the Tuscan seacoast, unique wine tasting Experience
Visit to the Sassicaia cellar, one of the most exclusive wines of Italy and where is possible to have a very exclusive Wine tasting considerino that usually people have to want a long time before to be accepted inside. Visit to Caia Rossa winery in Riparbella. Wine tasting and explanation of the techniques of viticulture.Visit of the hamlet of Riparbella.Visit of Bolgheri hamlet and light lunch
Visit of the second winery Tenuta Argentiera with tour of the vineyards with wonderful landscape of the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Baratti. Wine tasting. Dinner in restaurant tasting sea fish dishes. Overnight  in villa.

Day 7: Pisa, one of the Tuscan symbols.
In the morning, after a well furnished breakfast, with an English speaking guide visit throughout the history of the great Maritime Republic of Pisa discovering the events and historical characters that were at the origin of this magnificent monumental complex. Clients will see Giovanni Pisano’s pulpit, Cimabue’s mosaic, Emperor Henry VII’s monumental tomb, paintings by Del Sarto, Sogliani, Sodoma and much more. Galileo Galilei’s ‘pendulum’ still hangs over the main altar and the Field of Miracles where the Leaning Tower stands. We finally suggest to visit with the guide the ‘Camposanto’ (monumental Medieval cemetery), a mandatory stop for the many European travellers who came to Pisa on the legendary Gran Tour.
Free time for lunch (or reserved if requested). Departure for Volterra traveling through the beautiful Tuscan landscape. During the travel, it will be possible to visit Lajatico, the birthplace of the famous singer Andrea Bocelli. Volterra was a Neolithic settlement and an important Etruscan center. Volterra is a city of stone. Its narrow streets, looming tower, majestic palaces and fortifications are made of stone. Alabaster is also a stone and so is the craft. There are many shops where are sold object made by alabaster. Time for shopping and departure to come back to the villa. Dinner during the travel. Overnight in villa.

Day 8: Wellness and Relax
Monsummano Terme is one of the most important Thermal Center of Italy and it is very appreciated all over the world. Entire day dedicated to thermal treatments, beauty treatments, beauty treatments and swimming in the thermal pool. Light lunch in the pool zone served by high qualified staff.
An option could be a visit to Vinci, where Leonardo da Vinci was born and visit the museum where are collected the most important Leonardo’s inventions. Dinner in charming restaurant or agriturism. Overnight in villa
Day 9: The beautiful UNESCO’s town, Siena
After well furnished breakfast, departure for Siena to have a guided tour of the main monuments. Siena is a UNESCO world heritage site and this itinerary takes the visitor through its most important sites to gain a general impression of the city. From the Basilica of Saint dominic, where Saint Catherine relics hav been revered for centuries, Clients will go along the old Francigena road, the backbone of medieval Siena. Clients will see the headquarters of Monte dei Paschi, the oldest bank in Europe, Tolomei square and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption which is a superb example of gothic architecture with rich art patrimony left by artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Bernini, Nicola and Giovanni Pisano

Day 10: Bye Bye Italy
Check off Villa and departure by personal coach for the airport to come back home.

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