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October 14-25, 2017
Tuscany & Florence
$5,300 pp/double occupancy
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Itinerary Overview
One of the gems of this travel experience is that everyone is free to do as much or as little as you like and at your own pace in the towns visited. Each season the schedule is adapted to include special events of the season, serendipitous moments or to accommodate inclement weather. We usually depart between 9:00 and 10:00 each day after breakfast. Prior to the trip, participants will be given a list with some of our favorite places to shop and dine in the cities we visit.
 

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  1. Oct. 14, 2017
    Saturday, Arrival day - Greve
    INCLUDED IN THE COST: Welcome Gift Wine Tasting with Lunch Welcome Reception Dinner Buffet
    Plan to arrive in Florence at the airport no later than 1:00 pm where you will be met by Anne or Dennis. From there we will pick up our rental cars. From there we will have lunch and a wine tasting in Greve in Chianti. While in Greve under the porticoes are plenty of shops selling local specialties. After 3:00 we can settle into our rooms at the villa. That evening we will have welcome reception and dinner buffet at the villa.
  2. Oct. 16, 2017
    Monday - San Gimignano and Certaldo
    INCLUDED IN THE COST: Breakfast
    We will visit San Gimignano that dates back to the 10th century and it's centered around two piazzas. Once there were over 70 towers of which 13 remain today. Medieval architecture is abundantly represented and one of its main attractions. Then, we will visit the unspoiled town of Certaldo Alto. This gem of a town has not be ruined by tourists, war or changed over time. Built almost entirely of brick, it is well preserved and offers great photo opportunities.
  3. Oct. 17, 2017
    Tuesday - Castellina, Siena and Monteriggioni
    INCLUDED IN THE COST: Breakfast
    After breakfast we will stop by the Etruscan town of Castellina. The buildings are from the 15th century including the ancient fortress that dominates its skyline, the Rocca Comunale. Castellina offers amazing views, nice shopes and my favorite gelato in all of Tuscany. Next, we will visit the Gothic town of Siena, whose ochre-colored buildings and ancient ramparts evoke the city's medieval past. On the way back to the villa we will stop in Monterrigioni.
  4. Oct. 15, 2017
    Sunday - Panzano and Montefioralle
    INCLUDED IN THE COST: Breakfast Dinner and Wine
    This morning we will visit the small town of Panzano. Sunday morning is market day in Panzano with vendors selling crafts and foods such as honey, olive oil and pecorino cheese. Everyone is on their own for lunch in this charming medieval village. After Panzano, we will visit the town of Montefioralle or enjoy the villa. Tonight we will have wood fired pizza party on the terrace with local Chianti wines.
  5. Oct. 18, 2017
    Wednesday - Montepulciano and Pienza
    INCLUDED IN THE COST: Breakfast Wine Tasting and Lunch
    After entering the town gates of Montepulciano on Corso Street, you'll pass Renaissance palaces before arriving at the Piazza Grande. The views from the top are simply spectacular. This lovely town is rich in church architecture. One of the best reasons to visit is to trythe wines. Next is the beautiful town of Pienza, famous for pecorino cheese. Pope Pius II transformed his birthplace town into the "Ideal City of Renaissance" and it is worth the drive.
  6. Oct. 19, 2017
    Thursday - Impruneta and San Casciano
    INCLUDED IN THE COST: Breakfast Cooking Class with Dinner OR Gourmet Dinner in Town
    Impruneta is famous throughout the world for terracotta pots. We will visit a small kiln known for making large pots and statues formed by hand from the ground up. The techniques used today are the same as those used during Roman times. Later, we will stop by a family farm that is famous for percorino cheeses and olive oils. We will have lunch overlooking the vineyards (weather permitting). Our cooking class begins in the late afternoon followed by dinner.
  7. Oct. 20, 2017
    Friday - Volpaia and Radda
    INCLUDED IN THE COST: Breakfast Wine Tasting Lunch Dinner at the Villa
    Today we take another beautiful drive up in the hills to another picture perfect village. The main village of Volpaia is owned by the Stinti family and they turned the entire town into their winery where we will have a wine tasting and a tour of the cellars. After lunch, we will visit the town of Radda. Today is a day of gorgeous countryside, rolling hills and picture perfect towns. This evening we will have our farewell dinner at the villa.
  8. Oct. 21, 2017
    Saturday - Transfer from the Villa to Florence
    INCLUDED IN THE COST: Breakfast Transportation to Florence Tour of Florence
    We leave the countryside this morning after breakfast for Florence. We return our rental cars and go by private transfer to our luxury boutique hotel. Everyone is on their own for lunch and then in the afternoon we will have a private 3 hour walking tour of Florence. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.
  9. Oct. 22, 2017
    Sunday - Florence
    INCLUDED IN THE COST: Breakfast
    Enjoy a day of total freedom in one of the world's most beautiful cities. We are happy to assist you in making reservations to see museums if needed. For those who have not visited the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo's David, it highly recommended and so is the Ufizzi Gallery. You are at your leisure to shop the many stores, visit the churches, or simply sit in one of the many piazzas and watch the people.
  10. Oct. 23, 2017
    Monday - Florence
    INCLUDED IN THE COST: Breakfast
    Many of the popular museums are closed on Mondays, but there is still plenty to do. The Medici Chapels, the Duomo and the Basilica of Santa Croce are both open on Monday's. Inside the Basilica there is the historic leather school where you can watch firsthand the work of its fine craftspeople and purchase one-of-a-kind leather products. You might also consider Dante's House, in the city center or visit the incredible Mercato Centrale.
  11. Oct. 24, 2017
    Tuesday - Florence
    INCLUDED IN THE COST: Breakfast
    A visit to the Oltrarno section of Florence is a nice option for today. The Oltrarno district is known for its artisans who carry on the traditions passed down through the centuries. Wandering its narrow streets you'll find many talented craftsmen just as they have done for centuries in this area. This area has many great restaurants, beautiful churches and is much calmer than the other side of the Arno.
  12. Oct. 25, 2017
    Wednesday - Arrivederci Tuscany!
    INCLUDED IN THE COST: Breakfast Farewell Dinner Transportation to Airport
    Today is the end of our eleven days in Tuscany. Arrangements will be made for those needing transportation back to the Florence airport. Most flights returning to the United States leave early in the morning. For those staying longer in this beautiful country, enjoy the remainder of your stay in Italy. Until next time, Ciao!
What's Included in the Trip Price of $5,300
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  • Pre-party in Dallas to meet other guests on the trip
  • 7 Nights in a privately owned villa in the Chianti region of Tuscany
  • 4 Nights in a boutique hotel in Florence
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Light lunch and wine tasting on the day of arrival
  • Welcome reception at the villa on the evening of arrival
  • Casual dinner on the terrace  at the villa one evening (in the dining room if inclement weather)
  • Dinner with wine at the villa prepared by a private chef
  • Two wine tastings and light lunches
  • Gratuities for all included meals and villa staff
  • A choice of: Hands-on cooking class including wine and a meal with the foods prepared in class OR a gourmet Tuscan dinner at one of the local restaurants
  • Shared car rental for 7 days while we are at the villa complete with preloaded GPS, fuel and insurance (A valid U.S. driver's license and major credit card required for all drivers). Fuel is provided for areas included in the itinerary. (If you are not confident with a shared vehicle, let us know and a private driver will be provided at an additional charge).
  • Private 3 hour walking tour of Florence with our group
  • Tourism fee of 4 euros per day per person
  • Transportation from the villa to Florence
  • Return transportation to Florence airport for those returning home today
  
What's Not Included in the Trip Price
  
  • Airfare and airport taxes
  • All transportation not expressed as included is not included
  • Cab fare(s)
  • Excess baggage, baggage loss and/or forwarding of baggage
  • Travel insurance  
  • Traffic tickets for moving and parking violations
  • Gratuities other than what is specifically mentioned as being included
  • Entry fees to museums/galleries and other places wherever entry fees apply
  • Beverages and meals other than what is not specifically mentioned as included in the price
  • Medical expenses
  • All personal expenditures
  • Extra charges at the villa or hotel such as  wine that is not included, bottled water, laundry, or other incidental charges
  • Additional linen or towel changes other than what is provided in the weekly rental fee
  • Additional beverages or groceries not provided by Villas &Vines
  • Expenses related to unforeseen travel conditions, weather conditions, flight delays, train delays, airport blockages, terrorism and strikes.
  • Any travel expense not specified to be included is not included
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