Tuscany Wine, chocolate & cooking
The cuisine featured on this tour is, as usual, a highlight. Dine in flawless Michelin Starred locales along with rustic, mom and pop trattorias. The restaurants features on this Italian Gourmet Tour are hand selected to show you the best Tuscany has to offer. On this tour, you’ll taste vintage Brunello di Montalcino, “Super Tuscan” wines such as Petra and classic Chiantis from Radda. Delicious local dishes may include “Pappardelle di Lepre” (pappardelle pasta cooked with hare) and wild boar cured sausage (“Prosciutto di Cinghiale”). The most famous Tuscan dish is the “Bistecca alla Fiorentina”, a huge T-Bone Tuscan steak usually big enough for two. And, to finish off any proper Tuscan meal, perhaps while you are dining al fresco at one of the gorgeous hotels included in this tour, you must try the “Cantucci eVin Santo” (Macaroons and “holy wine”). Divine! The tour begins and ends in Florence, and is a private deluxe tour. You’ll spend your first nights in Florence, home to Michelangelo, the Medici and some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. Dine at Cibreo, Florence’s hottest restaurants for Foodies. From Florence, you’ll travel through the scenic wine country of Chianti Classico, quintessential Tuscany. Cypress lined narrow roads and medieval hill topped wine villages are the classic images of Chianti, very photogenic. You’ll visit top producers such as Badia a Coltibuono (whose winery is one of the most beautiful in Italy).
Next on this fantastic wine tour is a visit to the exquisite Tuscan town of Siena, famed for its medieval Palio, the zebra striped duomo and its “holy wine” (Vin Santo) served with cantucci. From Siena, you will visit Montalcino and Montepulciano (to top Brunello and Vino Nobile producers) and you’ll sleep in a luxurious castle located at the top of a hill with dramatic views of the valley beneath. From Montalcino you will spend two nights in a luxurious villa in the wild Maremma, home to Italy’s famed “Super Tuscan Wines”. Savor amazing wines and enjoy some incredible meals in this lovely, quite undiscovered area of Tuscany. Your tour will conclude back in Florence, and you will leave Italy with many gourmet gifts and memories to last a lifetime.
1° DAY: FLORENCE
Pick up at the airport by our chinese assistant and deluxe car.
Late morning transfer to historic Florence. Visit to the marvellous Uffizi gallery, one of the most famous art museums in the world, boasting Botticellis, Michelangelos and Da Vincis, unforgettable. For lunch, a gourmet lunch will be waiting for you at Pinchiorri in Florence, the crème de la crème venue to begin a Tuscan gastronomic journey (3 Michelin Starred venue)Set in a magnificent Renaissance palace, there are over 150,000 wines in the cellar, stocked with French, Italian and Californian labels. After lunch, your local Florence guide will collect you from the restaurant and lead you on a unique walking tour (about 3 hours), taking in unusual corners, hidden squares and interesting anecdotes. Guide is a young charming historian.
2° DAY: FLORENCE
Today you will enjoy your last “foodie” experience of the tour, a cooking class of Tuscan cuisine. The venue is a private Tuscan home, located in the hills above Florence. You will be greeted like old friends, and enthral in this culinary introduction to “Cucina Povera“, traditional Tuscan “Peasants” cooking. Learn how to prepare dishes such as Pappa al Pomodoro (tomato and bread country soup), Torta di Pere e Cioccolato (Chocolate and Pear cake). Later you will sit down to the delicious lunch that you have helped prepare, with your cooking instructors, enjoying local wines from Chianti.- The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy in Florence to get in some gourmet shopping or sightseeing. Tonight, you will have a reservation made for you at the Cibreo restaurant, one of Italy’s most prestigious restaurants. Unforgettable!
3° DAY: SIENA
Morning visit to a prestigious olive oil and wine producing estate Fattorie di Felsina, a half hour beautiful drive from the hotel. You’ll see how the olive oil making process takes place, which is truly fascinating. An olive oil tasting will be given for you and each guest will receive a gift bottle of this famed olive oil (one of the best in Italy).Transfer from olive groves to the historic center of Siena, one of the noblest cities in Italy. The gorgeous 14th cent. main square, called the “Campo”, is where the historic “Palio” races are held. You’ll receive a walking tour of the old town and have free time for shopping, or gallery hopping. A delicious 3-course lunch will be arranged for you in a fantastic local trattoria and served with lovely Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wine.
Full afternoon in Siena, highlights include the 12th cent. Gothic Cathedral (one of the most exceptional in Italy, with dazzling black and white marble) and the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena’s best art museum, housed in a 15th century palace. Borgo La Bagnaia, just twelve kilometers south west of Siena, where nature and history meet in perfect harmony.Itinerant Wine tasting in the secret rooms of the Borgo. The challenge will be held by the Sommelier who will introduce a contest about the history, practical blind tasting and funny tricks. Gourmand dinner.Overnight at Borgo La Bagnaia.
4° DAY: SIENA
WINE & CHOCOLATE AT ENOTECA ITALIANA-SIENA -SAN GIMIGNANO-MONTERIGGIONI
The Enoteca Italiana, a public institution, unique of its kind in Italy, was founded in 1960 and will open its doors to the Guests for a unique Tasting Lesson of chocolate and wine with the support of a sommelier. Today you will explore the fabulous medieval villages of Tuscany, including Monteriggioni, San Gimignano . You will leave Siena, first heading north to the darling little hamlet of Monteriggioni, a haven for artists and locals. Have a coffee or an aperitif and enjoy a walk around the little walled village. After your little stretch, continue on to the marvellously preserved town of San Gimignano, dubbed the “Medieval Manhattan” for its soaring stone towers. Enjoy lunch on your own at any one of San Gimignano traditional cafes or mama and papa run “trattorie”, before continuing your Tuscan adventure.
Dinner in the medieval Convent San Bartolomeo
A story connected to the Patriarch St. Francesco from Assisi…The Convent is an authentic and historical venue, surrounded by the cozy silence of the woods and faces the beautiful landscapes of the Paglia valley.Overnight at Borgo La Bagnaia.
5° DAY: FLORENCE
Back to FLORENCE. Day at leisure for shopping Jazz dinner for guests in a boat on the Arno river admiring from the water the scenery of palaces and houses. A tourist guide will be with us as guest for an informal description of what we are looking at.