Tuscany Dream: a taste of life 7 days tour

for couples or small group of friends

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Tuscany Dream: a taste of life 7 days tour

for couples or small group of friends…

Smart package designed for the independent traveler based on a private basis and partecipatipon to some group sightseeing to discover the land with quaint medieval villages, undulating fields of neatly planted vineyards and olive groves, traditional cuisine, and not to mention large, elegant, and antiquated art cities. Tuscany is the perfect place to visit for those looking for a taste of la dolce vita. Culture vultures will adore perusing the streets of Renaissance Florence, which has architectural masterpieces at every turn, and as much world-class art as you can imagine tucked away in the city’s treasure trove of museums. After all the buzz of the city, the tour will allow you to experience quieter areas of the region, from sandy-coloured Siena to picture perfect Pienza (a UNESCO world heritage site which is heralded as an excellent example of Renaissance architecture), and the therapeutic thermal springs of Montepulciano. You’ll even have the chance to plunge deep into the calm countryside for an atmospheric dinner and cooking class, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Tuscan landscape. Also to make it even further a great value for money we only included breakfast and some taste, as we think that is important to leave the rest of the meals to the personal discovery and taste, of course with the suggestions of our ground staff if required…

Itinerary

Day 1 – Florence
Independent arrival in Florence. In the afternoon, meet your tour guide at your hotel for a welcome briefing. Start your discovery of Florence with an orientation tour in the heart of town, passing along Pontevecchio and Piazza della Signoria. Overnight in Florence.

Day 2 – Florence
Start your exploration of Florence from the unknown and most picturesque sides of the city: visit the market of San Lorenzo where it’s possible to see the food arriving from the Tuscan countryside. It’s a chance to taste lots of varieties of local cheeses, fruits, vegetable, and breads. If you”re still hungry, there’s 
free time for lunch. In the afternoon, meet your guide in the hotel and get ready to explore the heart of the town. Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli who he commissioned to produce various works of art and architecture. We’ll visit Piazza della Signoria, walk by the Palazzo Vecchio, , the Duomo with Giotto’s bell tower ( from outside), Ponte Vecchio. 
Our walk through Florence will end with a, visit to the Accademia and experience the masterpiece of Michelangelo: the statue of David.
 Overnight in Florence. (B)

Day 3 – Siena and San Gimignano dinner
Today visit two of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany: Siena and San Gimignano. Starting from Florence, you will arrive in Siena passing along the beautiful hills of Chianti.  In the ancient times, there was only one city in Tuscany that competed against Florence for power, wealth and artistic beauties: Siena. Once in town, you will enjoy a guided walking tour to discover Piazza del Campo, stage of the famous Palio horse race, as well as exploring quieter backstreets. You will learn everything about the 17 medieval city districts that compete against each other in the Palio, called Contrade. Your journey continues to San Gimignano, celebrated for its medieval skyscrapers, high walls and narrow streets. According the legend the town was founded in 63 BC when two brothers Muzio and Silvio, young patricians fled from Rome because accomplices of Catiline, took refuge in Valdelsa but became rich and powerful only when it became an important stop along the Francigena Road, connecting Canterbury to the Holy Land, around year 1000 AC.. After some free time in San Gimignano, gaze in awe at a marvellous sunset on the Tuscan hills and then enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner in the cellar of a fascinating noble Villa in the Chianti countryside. During your dinner you will also enjoy a wine tasting, pairing different wines with the various courses of your Tuscan meal. A Tuscan dessert is then served with local sweet wine. Coming back to Florence, you will stop at Piazzale Michelangelo belvedere, for a breathtaking view of Florence, admiring all the lights of the city.  Overnight in Florence. (B,D)

Day 4 – La Villeggiatura” a relaxing day in the countryside with cooking glass
In the Middle Age, Medici family invented the word ‘villeggiatura’ to celebrate the idea that one should take a rest from the crazy life of the city to respite in the rolling pastures and fortress-topped towns of Tuscany. The aristocats and the rich merchants starts to build their “villas” as well as agricultural farmhouses in the countryside around Florence and Siena for the pursuit of villeggiatura. Today, discover this ancient tradition and enjoy the fantastic experience of learning our Chef’s secrets on Italian cooking in an intimate and friendly atmosphere immersed in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside. In the morning, take a little walk in the city center and visit Florence Farmers’ Market and discover all its beautiful colors and authenticity, getting to know the butchers, bakers and farmers which Florentines buy their ingredients from.
Later, reach a fascinating villa in the Chianti countryside where you will have the opportunity to learn about Tuscan food and prepare your dishes under the attentive guidance of an expert Chef.  The experience include Lunch + Wine tasting of 3 wines and a visit of a boutique winery in Chianti. Return to Florence late afternoon and overnight. (B,L)

Day 5 – Montepulciano and Pienza
Departure from Florence. Upon arrival in Pienza free time to have a walk in the city center.  This charming village is widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”, the creation of the great humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II. Piccolomini had the money and influence to transform his birthplace village, the humble Corsignano, into what he considered the Utopian city should be, exemplifying the principles and philosophy of classical times and of the great Italian Renaissance. Thus, Pienza became the realization of a dream! Departure for Montepulciano and guided visit of the city. Montepulciano, just eleven kilometers away from Pienza is nestled between the Val D’Orcia and Val di Chiana, is a quintessential Tuscan medieval village, boasting a green landscape of rolling hills, castle walls and ramparts, thermal springs and fine wine… just perfect! The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it. The town is also famous worldwide for its Vino Nobile, an Italian product par excellence. Besides the wine and other excellence of this town related to food, such as pici pasta, pork, lentils and so on, there are many things worth visiting here. You will have the chance to taste all these excellent things during your lunch that will be served in a local trattoria, paired with a wine tasting.. At the end, continue to Cortona area where you will arrive late afternoon.  Overnight in Montepulciano. (B,L)

Day 6 – Relaxing day in the countryside with farmer dinner
After a long week in Tuscany, your Estate is the perfect spot to relax and recover energy. You can read your favorite book in the gorgeous garden, walking along the shady roads around your villa, enjoy a horse riding or visit the town of Cortona, just 10 min away. Among the many activities available, we suggest to have a cooking class with the resident chef. The cuisine of Tuscany stands out for its simplicity and sobriety which combines well with the refinement and attention for high quality local products. You can enjoy a class in a beautiful kitchen located in a evocative setting, where thanks to an experienced chef you will learn all the secrets of the traditional recipes. Tonight, enjoy a full dinner paired with Tuscan wines to say goodbye to Tuscany. Overnight in Montepulciano. (B,D)

Day 7 – Departure
After breakfast , check out and transfer from Cortona to Rome (city or airport ) or Florence (city or airport) for you r ongoing journey. (B)

The itinerary can be modified to your requirements if you wish and re-costed as necessary

Hightlights and Technical Information
Highlights
  • Experience all that one of Italy’s most popular regions has to offer, from its sumptuous wine to its decadent art cities, thermal springs to traditional Tuscan cuisine.
  • Excellent hotels 4* located in the heart of the city or beautiful villas in the magnificent Italian countryside
  • Tours in every city
  • A combination of Signature Private Excursions or Small Group Tours
  • 24/7 Concierge by Phone
  • High level of customization
  • Plenty of free time
Technical information:

Tours in English designed for 2 people or a samll group of friends

Payment : deposit of 30% per person within 7 days of confirmation and balance 60 days before departing from Australia

Dates, Inclusions, Cost , Supplements

Price per person in AUD$ (min 2 people twin or double share):

Monthdaydouble or twin room
March20; 27A$2630
April03; 10; 17; 24A$2680
May01; 08; 15; 22; 29A$2810
June05; 12; 19; 26A$2810
July03; 10; 17; 24; 31A$2810
August07; 14; 21; 28A$2630
September04; 11; 18; 25A$2810
October02; 09; 16; 23; 30A$2630
What is included:
  • 4 nights in Florence
  • 2 nights in Val d’Orcia (Montepulciano)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing
  • Siena & San Gimignano Guided visit with Dinner in Chianti
  • Guided Visit of the heart of Florence, including Accademia & Michelangelo’s David with skip the line reservation
  • Cooking class in Tuscany with Winery visit and Farmers’ market tour
  • Full day driver guide tour of Montepulciano and Pienza with wine tasting in Montepulciano, with drop off at your estate
  • Farewell dinner at your estate
  • Departure Transfer
Not included:
  • Flights
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Hotel tourist taxes (where required)
  • Insurance and everything not listed as “Included”
Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation : The accommodations are selected to ensure you have a unique opportunity to enjoy an authentic local experience

  • Hotels in Florence: Palazzo Castri**** or similar
  • Hotels in Montepulciano: Tenuta Svetoni**** or similar

Price from: A$2630

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