PRIVATE FULL DAY TOUR TO THE CHIANTI & MEDIEVAL TOWN OF SIENA
A day trip that is an exploration to the heart of the Chianti Classico, the defined area that begins just South of Florence and reaches all the way to the North of Siena. Whilst visiting the wonders of the area and tasting the famous Chianti wines, you will come to understand the concept of terroir, and you will learn how Chianti Classico is made, how to distinguish the characteristics of the native grape varietals, and much more.
Your driver will meet you directly at your hotel in Florence, you will enjoy a short drive as you head into the beautiful wine region. From your air-conditioned car you will be able to admire the fantastic countryside, its grape and olive fields, ancient farmhouses and villages.
Heading straight for the vineyards & wine cellars for a private tour of a winery to understand how the wines are obtained, learning everything from viticulture to the winemaking and you will have time to taste some of the best wines found in Tuscany made at these vineyards. You will also have time to relax and enjoy the experience. At the end of the tasting you have the possibility to purchase wines directly from the winery if you would like and to ship the wines home.
Afterwards you will enjoy tasting a range of Chianti Classico current vintage combined with a typical Tuscan lunch.
You will then continue to the famous medieval town of Siena, where a licensed local expert guide will lead you through it’s steep medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces until you reach the Cathedral, Palazzo Comunale and Piazza del Campo where the historical Palio race takes place every year.
We can journey to San Gimignano or other towns of your preference, you will be taken back to Florence or your accommodation in Tuscany at the end of the day.
Includes a private English speaking driver in an air-conditioned Mercedes from/to your hotel or Villa.
Duration: Full day custom designed just for you. We will recommend many different types of wineries and the best restaurants for dining. Reservations will be made for you.
PRIVATE CHIANTI WINE TOUR
Black Rooster's precious vineyards and great wines! The enticing blend of history, culture and gastronomy starts right away, rolling along the hilltops of the Black Rooster road, the ancient Chiantigiana road, in other words the wine road. Learn more about the legend of the Florentine black rooster versus the Sienese white one... And in no time, you’ll find yourself at Badia a Passignano. A perfect example of why Tuscany endures as a favorite destination for food and wine connoisseurs. This Antinori-owned winery, a rolling estate tucked into the heart of Chianti Classico, is as well loved for its fascinating historical setting as it is for its fine Chianti Classico Riserva di Badia a Passignano wine. The 215 hectare estate encircles a beautiful ancient abbey still owned by the Vallombrosian monks.
Since its founding some historians claim the year 395, even then the monks were known for their winemaking expertise; a fascinating link to the area’s long winemaking history came actually with the 1983 discovery of a thousand-year- old vine near the estate. Next, you will enjoy the CLASSICI ANTINORI tasting menu. To start in the historic cellars of the very same Abbey. Afterwards, an extra virgin olive oil tasting is followed by lunch at the Osteria with dishes paired with the wines as Cervaro della Sala, Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano, Brunello di Montalcino, Tignanello.
After this delicious lunch, we continue our adventure in our private car, where we find ourselves deep in the heart of this region. A large estate amongst the olive trees and vineyards. We arrive just in time for a tasting of the families superb Chianti Classico. After our tasting, enjoy a relaxing and scenic drive back to your hotel.
Includes: Mercedes Car and English speaking driver for a total of 8 hours at disposal. Classici Antinori tasting Lunch at Badia a Passignano. Stop to a medieval village on the way. Scenic drive through Chianti Hills. Visit of another winery of the Chianti Classico, wine tasting. Upgrade to the Supertuscan red wines is strongly recommended. Details of the program may vary from the published itinerary.
PRIVATE BESPOKE SUPERCAR TOURS IN TUSCANY
Offering unique experiences in exclusive locations in Italy, we will take care of every detail and will design each private tour to individual requirements providing only the highest quality tailor-made experience. Get behind the wheel of the exclusive Ferrari , Lamborghini or your preferred supercar and drive through the places you've always dreamt of along the breathtaking curves of Tuscany's countryside.
Pick up from your hotel in Florence or Tuscany, our team will guide you in a host car whilst you stay in constant contact through walkie-talkies, and cruise through the gentle Chianti hills framed by cypress trees and enriched by vineyards and olive groves. Several stops for photo opportunities, visit a historic winery for a guided tour of its ancient cellars and enjoy lunch overlooking the vineyards. Vintage cars are also available.
Custom designed experiences, please enquire on email. We also offer exclusive rentals from 1 day or for the total duration of your Italian vacation.
SIENA & SAN GIMIGNANO PRIVATE DAY TRIP
Enjoy a full day of history and art in two enchanting towns. For this full-day private experience in Tuscany you will have the opportunity to design your own itinerary. Enjoy the very best of what Siena has to offer, both on and off the beaten track and feel the city come alive through the stories by our experienced local guide. See the top sites, including the Palazzo Pubblico in the Piazza del Campo, where the famous “Palio” horserace is held twice a year. Discover the Torre del Mangia for an eerie glimpse of life as a medieval bell ringer; and the beautiful mosaics and library of the Cathedral of Siena. Climb up and experience a panoramic walk with breathtaking scenes of Tuscany, followed by lunch in a delicious Trattoria, accompanied with wine and the best regional flavours. Or if you prefer, lunch can be arranged within the walls of the a medieval castle. After your visit to Siena, during the afternoon you will take the scenic road to San Gimignano and enjoy relaxing leisure time in the "town of the 100 towers" featuring cobble stone streets, delicious Vernaccia white wine, Italian ceramics and exquisite home linens.
- Mercedes Car or Minivan and English-speaking driver at your disposal for the duration of the tour.
- English-speaking licensed Guide in Siena at your disposal for 2 hours.
- Duomo of Siena entrance tickets
- Leisure time in San Gimignano
- Traditional Tuscan lunch accompanied with regional wines can be arranged inclusive or a la carte paid on the spot.
The tour can be customised to your preferences.
Private Truffle Hunting Experience, Cooking Class and Lunch in Tuscany
One of most special elements of the golden gourmet universe is the 'white truffle' that is only available for a very short time. There are of course many other truffle typologies that can be sourced throughout the year. Tuscany one of the blessed lands in the world for truffle hunting and is one of the most important regions for truffles in Italy.
A unique full day private experience to a truffle farm, be guided through the woods with the truffle hunter and his dog. Learn about traditions and the history of the hunt, its uses in the kitchen and you will learn how to recognize and distinguish a good truffle from other “fake” truffles of inferior quality and artificial products.
After the hunt a private truffle cooking-class and lunch based on fresh truffle. The menu varies depending on the fresh ingredients.
We can pick you up from Florence or anywhere in Tuscany and surrounding areas.
- Private driver and Mercedes vehicle
- Truffle hunting experience with expert and his dog
- we can arrange a private cooking class and lunch based on fresh truffles
- Private guide
Special Note: The agenda can be tailored to individual requests.
PRIVATE BALLOONING IN TUSCANY
Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the legendary Chianti landscape.
Serene, thrilling and a feeling of freedom that will last with you forever. We offer you an amazing experience with breathtaking views. The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. This airborne adventure allows you to travel with the wind in harmony. Marvel at the beautiful Tuscan landscape hundreds or even thousands of feet below. Flights take place near dawn and dusk when the wind is at its calmest.
Arrive at the launch site to be welcomed by your pilot. Our pilots are experienced professionals with Commercial Balloon Pilot Licenses and many hundreds of hours of experience, so you’re in safe hands. The pilot will introduce you to hot air ballooning and give you a full safety briefing.
Climb into the balloon basket for take-off, rising smoothly towards the clouds. An experience perfect for memorable photographs, amazing views of the patchwork landscape and possible wildlife sightings.
After an unforgettable hour in the sky, the pilot will land and you will enjoy a Tuscan breakfast with local products and a glass of wine or soft drink. The whole experience will last about 5 hours and can be added to customized itineraries.
You will experience a pleasant drive through the Chianti, after this experience, you can relax, reflect and regale while tasting some lavish Chianti wines at a nearby winery before getting back to your hotel.
- Transfer IN and OUT in minivan from Florence to launching area
- Safety Briefing session
- 1 hour balloon flight with a licensed pilot
- Tuscan breakfast
- Full insurance included
COOKING IN A TUSCAN VILLA
A unique Experience in a Historic TUSCAN Villa.
Imagine a unique experience in a historic villa... on a beautiful CHIANTI CLASSICO estate. Deep, red Italian wines; smoky; enticing bruschetta; gourmet, organic, cold pressed olive oils; unspoiled vineyards and centuries-old olive groves. The pure, delicious flavours of Tuscan peasant cooking, vegetables hand-picked from the Tuscan soil every morning, pasta hand-made by your chef. (and you!) During this rustic cooking lesson, you will go through a brief history of Tuscan and Italian cuisine, and experience traditional Tuscan cuisine first-hand in a few hours.
The lessons are all “hands-on”. You can expect to work, play and taste - but the main thrill is that you are cooking alongside the chefs, handling ladles, pans, lids and ovens. This lesson teaches us to celebrate the changing seasons focused on the finest local produce. Join us in discovering the region’s most distinctive flavours as they arrive fresh from the fields. Nature has given each season a basketful of produce. It is only during the natural growing period that the bounty of the land is at its most tasty and healthy; gifts at their best! Wine tast- ings in the ancient Villa cellars; the aroma of Italian bread baking in traditional fire-burning stone ovens; meals enjoyed like a true Italian in authentic Tuscan trattorias.
These are just some of the exclusive cultural and culinary details you will enjoy being part of this unique experience. An outstanding cooking class in an old world kitchen, with all the authentic instruments to cook, including a beautiful Old Stove. The Experience starts with a full visit of the Villa, its cellars, its beautiful garden and the production of the Olive oil. We start the cooking class with the professional chef who will teach you all the secrets to making a real Tuscan meal. After the class, seat yourself to a table to enjoy the lunch you’ve made. Special warm welcome by a member of the noble family who is still living there.
Includes: Mercedes Car and English speaking driver to transport guests from Florence or local surrounds to the villa. Visit of the wine estate, the olive oil production, the Villa and the gardens. Cooking class held in the historic kitchens of the Villa. Wine tasting and full lunch. Transfer back to Accommodation.
FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR EXPLORING TUSCAN TOWNS - PISA & LUCCA
On this picturesque tour you will be embraced by the history and traditions of these two ancient Tuscan cities that are close in proximity, yet very different in personality. A charming Tuscan landscape will be the frame to your day spent relaxing in the company of our authorised guide.
The ancient walled town of Lucca is a distinctive city of art and Renaissance style surrounded by walls interrupted by beautiful gates and ramparts. Your visit will offer a pleasant walk along a section of the town walls where you will enjoy a beautiful view over the rooftops, alleys, house-towers, churches and marvellous noble palazzos. You will then move to the old town centre to see Piazza Anfiteatro, Guinigi tower, St. Martin’s Cathedral and a typical street full of magical antique shops.
The tour continues to the famous Tuscan town of Pisa. Our guide will show you the most important squares and monuments in Pisa including the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Cemetery and the Cathedral.
- Private English speaking guide for the full day
- Private driver in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle
- local entrance taxes in Lucca & Pisa
Not included: Entrance tickets to Lucca Cathedral & Entrance tickets for monuments in Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa. To be further discussed at time of enquiry.
PRIVATE HORSEBACK DISCOVERY OF TUSCANY
A private discovery of the Chianti Classico on horseback.
A unique and delightful way to explore the Tuscan countryside is on horseback.
An extremely fun and adventurous experience, one of our most popular! Conveniently located close to Florence, discover one of the best trail rides in Tuscany. You will be transported from your accommodation in Florence or Tuscany to the Chianti region. Fall in love with our beautiful horses, matched to you based on your riding experience. Ride through lush vineyards, native forests, olive groves and rolling hills for a collection of breathtaking and unforgettable views. Upon your return, we will visit a medieval property and Chianti Classico wine estate, tempting the taste buds with a delicious Tuscan meal. After lunch, enjoy some free time with a relaxing walk around the farm.
Horse riding in Tuscany is also available from other locations in Chianti and the area of Siena. Please enquire.
PRIVATE CINQUE TERRE DISCOVERY, LOCAL WINES PLUS SEAFOOD LUNCH
Along with our expert local private guide, discover the authentic shing villages of the Cinque Terre. This 5-mile stretch of beautiful rocky coast takes its name from the five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Inaccessible by land for centuries, a manmade landscape between sky and sea. Discover how the inhabitants transformed a rugged natural environment by creating a close-knit network of terraces, vineyards, olive and lemon groves. Our knowledgeable private driver will take you from Florence or anywhere in Tuscany to visit this incredible region, where you will have the opportunity to visit 3 or 4 villages in one day.
Thanks to its isolation, today the unspoiled charm of this land is a protected World Heritage Site and National Park of UNESCO. Experience the magic of this uncontaminated jewel on the Italian Riviera with a combination of easy walks, village visits, train rides and short boat rides.
Completely customisable the experience includes:
- Private Mercedes Car or Minivan and English-speaking driver
- Guided tour of the Cinque Terre with an English-speaking escort
- Train & Ferry Tickets enabling you to visit these villages
- Traditional Ligurian lunch can be arranged or you can dine a la carte to be paid locally.
- we can also organise wine tastings and winery visits on request.
FLORENCE & TASTE OF TUSCANY - HALF DAY BIKE TOUR
Ride through Florence and out into the Tuscan Hills with a private tour guide visiting a Renaissance Villa for a wine tasting and light Tuscan snack.
The meeting point is located at the doorway to the Chianti countryside thus avoiding a ride through the throngs of tourists in the centre of Florence, taking you on an enjoyable ride with little traffic and wonderful views.
The journey starts out with a 2 km uphill ride, there are frequent stops that will be made so that you can enjoy the views on the way up to the top of the hill. Once you arrive at the top, you will be riding the bikes through the neighbourhood of the local Florentine nobility and their Villas making your way to a famous Renaissance villa tucked away in the hills behind Florence.
You will stop and tour the villa before heading into the ancient wine cellar to do a wine and olive oil tasting accompanied by a light Tuscan snack of local products. All products are produced on premises, and being such a small family production, they are only sold locally. Your return leg back to Florence will take you by the spectacular Piazzale Michelangelo that presents one of the best views over Florence and you will stop to have the opportunity to take photos. Continuing downhill from there and back into Florence you will arrive into the San Niccolo' area, where you can head straight to a favourite gelateria to top off the perfect half day outing!
Time: Full Day morning and afternoon tours available.