Tuscany Highlights: wine, olive oil and traditional food tasting

Thinking of Italy and of its unique beauty, one of the first regions coming to minds is for sure the enchanting Tuscany. A land full of green hills, tasty and delicious typical food, good wine, cultural history and the most enchanting villages. In Tuscany you can find lot of wine cellars and producers with some of the most renowned wines such as Chianti, Montepulciano and Montalcino, as well as typical oil mills and dairy products.

A complete tour to this beautiful region will lead you into the history of the ancient Florence along with a wine taste in Chianti area, passing through a visit of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, up to an amazing dinner tasting the Fiorentina meat.

Florence

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The tour starts in Florence, one of the most attractive and full of history cities in the whole Italy.

After the arrival by private luxury car to your hotel in the city center, we recommend to have first a panoramic tour of the amazing Florence that will enchant you with its beauty and its religious buildings, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with the famous Brunelleschi’s dome and Giotto’s Campanile near the Baptistery. In the sightseeing tour you cannot miss the splendid Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio, the Loggia dei Lanzi, the copy of the statue of Michelangelo’s David and the Fountain of Neptune.

It is absolutely worth a walk through the main Florence streets, and a short break to taste some delicious Italian homemade ice-cream, definitely a must!

If you are an art-lover do not miss a guided tour of the Uffizi Museum where you can admire the Venere of Botticelli, or the Gallerie dell’Accademia where you can find the original Donatello’s David sculpture.

A dinner in a traditional Tuscan restaurant is a must, tasting a delicious Fiorentina steak accompanied by a red Chianti wine; this is the best way to start a wine and food tour in this beautiful region.

Pisa

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During your stay in Florence, you can not leave without a trip of at least half a day in Pisa: the city is famous worldwide for its Leaning Tower; you must climb up to the top to get a 360° panoramic view of Square of Miracles, the Baptistery and the Cathedral, wonderful examples of Pisan-Romanesque architecture. For a culinary experience in Pisa, we recommend you to eat cecina, a kind of very thin bread made with chickpea flour, water, oil, salt and pepper. Try the cecina in a schiacciatina, a flat bread, accompanied by a good glass of Trebbiano.

Siena

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Together with Florence the enchanting city of Siena definitely deserves a short stay: you cannot miss a walk through its central roads which will lead you to the amazing Piazza del Campo with the Dome and the Palazzo Pubblico with its Torre del Mangia.

During your stay in Siena you have to try the tasty Sienese cured meat such as the Prosciutto, Salame and particularly the Finocchiona, which is flavored with fennel; all accompanied by delicious cheese and a superb Chianti wine.

Other typical products in Siena are the pastries such as the panforte, the cavallucci and the most renowned cantucci, delicious biscuits with almond, perfect to be accompanied by a glass of Vin Santo wine.

Saint Gimignano and Volterra

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During your stay in Siena you cannot miss a daily excursion in two of the most amazing and characteristic villages in Tuscany: Saint Gimignano and Volterra. Your daily trip on board of luxury minivan will lead you to Saint Gimignano, known all over the world for its 14 medieval Towers that make the village suggestive. During a walk in the city center through the Via Francigena, the centuries-old Roman pilgrimage route, you can find a lot of handcraft shops and small taverns in which you can taste the Vernaccia, the typical wine made in Saint Gimignano.

The visit will continue to Volterra, a village full of history and Roman, Etruscan and Medieval influences. Here is a must to see the Etruscan Museum Guarnacci and the Roman Theatre which will leave you speechless. It is also possible to visit part of the ancient city walls and the two main Doors of the city: Porta dell’Arco and Porta Diana, besides the old Acropolis. One of the main crafts products in Volterra is for sure the Alabastro, an amazing white stone, considered the finest type in Europe.

Chianti

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Halfway from Siena and Florence you can reach the most beautiful territory in the whole region: the Chianti area. Here you can find the largest variety of wines and cellars. Chianti offers a unique landscape, full of green hills covered by vineyards and olive groves, typical stone farmhouses and small villages.

It is worth a stop in the suggestive Greve in Chianti village, here you can visit the Cantina di Greve in Chianti: one of the oldest ones in the whole Italy, a wine cellar which a wine lover must see. It is indeed possible to taste over 200 varieties of wine having a tour in the “Museo del Vino” located inside the Cantina.

Montepulciano

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A truly unmissable stop for a wine and food tour to Tuscany is Montepulciano. Here  you can taste the sweet notes of the homonymous wine, the oldest one in the country. The heart of Montepulciano is the Piazza Grande, setting of the most important events in the city such as the Bravio delle Botti which takes place every year in August. During the visit of Montepulciano you can enjoy the stunning view of the countryside and admire the numerous vineyards which produce the renowned Nobile di Montepulciano wine.

The Nobile is the most historical wine of the whole region and there you can find the oldest cellars which are worth to be visited for their central location in the heart of the city, but also for their uniqueness: pretty small but suggestive and full of tradition.

From Montepulciano you can reach the near Pienza, known for the pecorino cheese, super tasty and perfect to be eaten with a glass of red wine.

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