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 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 at the hunters house. The menu varies depending on the fresh ingredients. After lunch enjoy a three hour private guided tour of the local village exploring the medieval churches, cathedrals, palazzo's and towers before returning to your hotel or Villa.
Pick up/Drop off locations: Florence, Pisa, Livorno and Siena.
Inclusions: Private driver and vehicle, truffle hunting with expert and dog, cooking class and lunch based on fresh truffles, 3 hours of private guide.
Special Note: A slightly different agenda and location is available if you are departing from Venice-Florence or from FlorenceVenice.
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.
Includes: Private English speaking guide for the full day, private driver in an air-conditioned luxury car, local entrance taxes in Lucca & Pisa, pick-up and drop-off.
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.
Duration: Full day
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.