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11 Days
7 Days - Tuscany
4 Days - Florence

Sept. 21 - Oct. 2, 2019

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Your Day to Day Itinerary
Tuscany is meant to be explored leisurely without a hectic schedule, we reserve the right to modify the itinery due to inclement weather, special events and festivals, and for serendipitous moments.
Arrival day in Tuscany, Greve in Chianti
Accommodations, Lite Lunch with Wine Tasting,
Welcome Gift, Reception and Dinner
Plan to arrive in Florence at the airport (Amerigo Vespucci Airport, also known as Peretola) no later than 1:00 pm where you will be met by Anne or Dennis. From there we will pick up our rental cars. For lunch there will be a wine tasting and light lunch in Greve in Chianti at one of our favorite wine shops. Under the porticoes in Greve, there are plenty of shops selling local specialties. In the afternoon, you can settle into your room at the villa. A welcome reception and dinner is planned at the villa for this evening.
Day 2

Accommodations with Breakfast, Visit the Town of Panzano,
Pizza Party on the Terrace
After a leisurely breakfast, those who can manage to leave our fabulous villa 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. Each year the third weekend of September is the Vino al Vino Festival in Panzano, you will be able to choose from hundreds of wines to sample and meet the wine makers.  After Panzano, we will drive some of the winding and picturesque roads. Tonight we will have a wood-fired pizza party on the terrace (weather permitting) with wines from Cavalli Vineyards since Roberto Cavalli's son owns the winery next door to the villa.
Day 3

San Gimignano and Volterre
Accommodations with Breakfast
Centered around two piazzas is the town of San Gimignano that dates back to the 10th century. At one time there were over 70 towers of which 13 remain today. Medieval architecture is abundantly represented and one of its main attractions. A short distance from San Gimignano is the fortified town of Volterre. On the edge of town in Volterre, a Roman amphitheater and the Rocca (the fortress), gives the impression they meant business when it came to keeping their town safe. This town is known for its alabaster artisans and workshops. The artisans are distant descendants of the Etruscan alabaster craftsmen whose designs, on display, still inspire the local art. 
Day 4

 Siena and Monterrigioni
Accommodations with Breakfast
A trip to Tuscany wouldn't be complete without a visit to Siena, whose ochre-colored buildings and ancient ramparts evoke the city's medieval past. Siena looks much like it did in the 16th century except for the selfie-taking tourists. Siena is surrounded by four and a half miles of medieval walls today. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is beautiful on the inside as it is on the exterior. Inside, the Cathedral contains original artwork by Bernini, Donatello, and Michelangelo. The city's narrow streets and sun-filled squares are full with artistic treasures in the form of paintings and sculptures. Depending on the group, we may stop in the nearby town of Monterrigioni. This circular hilltop village is perched high up on a natural hill above the olive trees, the ideal spot for building its defensive walls. The 13th century towers in the wall have remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. 

Day 5

Montepulciano and Pienza
Accommodations with Breakfast

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 hilltop town is rich in church architecture. One of the best reasons to visit is to try the great Brunello wines. Next, is the lovely town of Pienza and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was transformed by Pope Pius II into the "Ideal City of the Renaissance" with its delightful street names that reflect peace rather than war. Stroll down Via della Fortuna (Fortune), Via dell'Amore (love) and Via del Bacio (Kiss). This town is so picturesque that Romeo and Juliet and The English Patient were filmed here. Pienza is known for its gourmet shops displaying foods of the region especially the pecorino cheese. 
Day 6

Accommodations with Breakfast, Cooking Class with Dinner
This morning we will lounge around the villa and have another leisurely breakfast. We will leave mid-morning for Impruneta, famous throughout the world for terracotta pots. We will visit a small factory with an antique 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.  We will have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in Tuscany, overlooking the vineyards (weather permitting) in one of the nearby villages. This afternoon, Chef Stefania holds cooking classes in her welcoming Tuscan kitchen. She will share her family recipes learned from her mother and grandmother then add her own twist with unexpected flavors and combinations of ingredients. Most of the ingredients used are grown organically from her own garden. Participants will make a complete 4-course meal including made from scratch pasta. Once the meal is complete everyone will enjoy the fruits of their labor and wine.  

For those who are not into cooking classes, you will enjoy a lovely dinner with wine at one of our favorite restaurants near the villa.
Day 7

Volpaia and Castellina
Accommodations with Breakfast, Wine Tasting
Today we take another beautiful drive up in the hills to another picture perfect village. The medieval village of Volpaia is owned by the Stinti family and they turned the entire town into their winery. After lunch, we will visit the Etruscan town of Castellina driving through gorgeous countryside, rolling hills ,and more picture perfect towns. The buildings are from the 15th century including the ancient fortress that dominates its skyline, the Rocca Comunale. Castellina offers amazing views, nice shops and my favorite gelato in all of Italy.   This evening we will have a special farewell dinner at the villa.
Accommodations with Breakfast, Transfer to Florence,
Sunset Walking Tour of Florence (private for our group only)
Day 8

We leave the countryside this morning after breakfast for Florence. We return our rental cars and go by private transfer to our luxury hotel. Everyone is on their own for lunch and then in the late afternoon we will have a private sunset walking tour of Florence. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.  Note: As long as the tradition continues, the last Saturday in September is the "Carro Matto" (literally, "crazy cart" festival. Florence's downtown comes to life with one of the most traditional folkloric events of the season. The event recalls an ancient tradition in which the new wine produced from the Tuscan hills is brought to Florence to be blessed by the church in hopes for a successful grape harvest. This is something to see and a lot of fun to be a part of since we happen to be in Florence.
Day 9

Accommodations with 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 Uffizi 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. Of course, we are here to arrange for tours, dinner reservations or anything else you need. During the evenings anyone that would like to meet up for dinner is welcome to join us.
Day 10

Accommodations with 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. Behind 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.
Accommodations with Breakfast
Day 12

Breakfast, Transfer to Florence Airport
Today is the end of our eleven days in Tuscany. Arrangements will be made for those needing transportation back to the Florence airport.  For those staying longer in this beautiful country, enjoy the remainder of your stay in Italy. Until next time, Ciao!

For those who aren't ready to return home; ask us about our post trips.
Day 1

Day 11

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.
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