Tuscany Trip between Villages and Taste
A Tuscany trip that will take you among the magnificent and unforgettable Tuscan landscapes, among hills, vineyards and neat rows of vines, among castles, abbeys, picturesque villages and historic towns that will delight your senses with fine wines and tasty local foods. With romantic picnics, dinners in the vineyards and tasty lunches all your 5 senses will be satisfied during your trip to Tuscany!
Private Tour: 2 people – duration 8 days / 7 nights
Price per person: € 1.030
Customise this tour directly with the Local Expert who organises this Tuscany trip among hills, vineyards and neat rows of vines, among castles, abbeys, villages and historic towns.
|When||All the year – start time 3 p.m.|
|Language||Italian, English, French, German and Spanish|
|Tour itinerary includes||Nature, picturesque villages, food & wine|
|Not included||International flights|
Day 1: Poggibonsi
Independent arrival from your place of origin. In the afternoon, we suggest you start your Tuscany trip by visiting Poggibonsi, a romantic medieval village perched on the hills. It is one of the most important towns in the Val d’Elsa. Don’t miss the Medici Fortress of Poggio Imperiale, built in the 16th century at the behest of Lorenzo the Magnificent. It stands on a hill where the Poggio Imperiale Archaeological and Technological Park is also located.
In the historic centre, there are several interesting religious buildings such as the Church of San Lorenzo and the Sanctuary of Romituzzo, which houses a 14th-century “Madonna della Neve” and 5,000 pressed-paper anatomical votive offerings.
The Convent of San Lucchese preserves 14th- and 15th-century frescoes as well as the remains of San Lucchese, the town’s patron saint. Two other amazing places to visit during this tour to explore Tuscany by car are the Castello della Magione, a small medieval monumental complex that belonged to the Knights Templar, and the Fonte delle Fate, a large public fountain from the 13th century, an architectural relic of the lost Poggi Bonizio.
Free dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Included: Accommodation and breakfast at a farmhouse in the area of Greve in Chianti
Day 2: Greve in Chianti
Today your Tuscany trip continues to discover Chianti! You will visit the Castello di Verrazzano where you will have lunch. It stands in the heart of a 220-hectare estate where Chianti Classico, Vin Santo, grappa, honey, olive oil and balsamic vinegar are produced. The castle was the residence of Giovanni Verrazzano, the navigator who explored the Atlantic coast of North America (and after whom the bridge connecting Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York was named).
Here you will be treated to a guided tour of the Castle’s gardens and historic wine cellars, followed by a presentation of the best organic wines paired with Tuscan delicacies.
Wines to be tasted: “Verrazzano Rosso” IGT Toscana or “Verrazzano Ser Chiaro” IGT Toscana, Verrazzano Chianti Classico DOCG, Verrazzano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, IGT Toscana Supertuscan Bottiglia Particolare, Verrazzano Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC. Tasting of Grappa Verrazzano.
The wine tastings are paired with: Tuscan PDO ham, wild boar salami, soprassata with lemon zest, finocchiona, crostino with lard from the Greve Valley. Organic “Castello di Verrazzano” Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting. Tasting of “Balsamico Verrazzano” on pecorino cheese. Pasta with tomato sauce and Chianti herbs. Grilled sausages and roast pork or roast pork loin (arista) with side dishes from their vegetable garden. Fattoria’s cake and Cantuccini, Coffee.
In the afternoon, we suggest a visit to Greve in Chianti, for centuries an important wine centre with a lively atmosphere. Here you will find several wine bars offering the best of Chianti food and wine.
Strolling through the quiet streets of this small, but rather busy town, you would never believe that it was once involved in the age-old feud between Florence and Siena. Greve is a real gem, connected to the beautiful castle of Montefioralle, situated above the town. Free dinner.
Visited: Greve in Chianti
Included: Guided tour, wine tasting and lunch at Castello di Verrazzano, accommodation and breakfast at a farmhouse in the Greve in Chianti area
Day 3: Volterra and San Gimignano
Today our Tuscany trip continues with two unmissable towns. We recommend a visit to the beautiful Volterra, one of the most fascinating towns in Italy. Its historic centre dates back to Etruscan times: the Porta Diana, most of the city walls and the Acropolis remain from that distant era. There are also several buildings from the Middle Ages such as the Palazzo dei Priori, the Medici fortress and the Cathedral. Don’t miss the Etruscan Museum.
Volterra has also become the city of vampires. It is here, in fact, that the writer Stephenie Meyer set part of the “Twilight” saga.
Free lunch. After lunch, you can reach San Gimignano which is located in a beautiful hilly position in the heart of the Val d’Elsa. It is one of the best preserved medieval villages in Italy. Its urban layout has remained substantially unchanged to this day.
The main axis of the village is a stretch of the Via Francigena that runs through the gate of San Matteo to the north and the gate of San Giovanni to the south. In the centre of the town, you will find several squares (Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza delle Erbe) overlooked by many of the towers that have made San Gimignano famous throughout the world.
It is precisely the towers and tower-houses that are the main feature of this wonderful town. At the height of its splendour, there were 72 towers in San Gimignano, but today there are only 14 left. Don’t miss the “Torre Grossa”, 54 m high and the highest in San Gimignano. From up there you can enjoy a breathtaking view, not to be missed on a Tuscany trip!
The historic centre is so beautiful and well-preserved that the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. It is not at all difficult to define this as one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany, one of those places that should be visited at least once in a lifetime.
Have dinner in the vineyard surrounded by a breathtaking view of hillsides planted with vineyards, olive groves and oak forests, an experience not to be missed by Tuscan wine enthusiasts interested in learning more about the territory and picturesque villages in this magnificent region.
You will take a walk through the vineyards and visit the winery, where there will be a brief introduction to the history of the estate, the wine and winemaking techniques. Then we will have dinner, tasting Tuscan wines and local foods. Return to the hotel.
Visited: Volterra and San Gimignano
Included: Visit to the winery and vineyards, dinner in the vineyard with Tuscan menu and wine tasting in San Gimignano, accommodation and breakfast at a farmhouse in the Greve in Chianti area
Day 4: Colle Val d'Elsa and Monteriggioni
Free visit to Colle val d’Elsa, a beautiful medieval village best known for its crystal production. It offers a medieval atmosphere, a splendid view of Tuscany, interesting restaurants and a beautiful cathedral. The town is divided into two nuclei: Colle Bassa and Colle Alta. Colle Alta is the most interesting part, with a wonderful view where you can lose yourself in the medieval atmosphere of the historic centre.
Free lunch. In the afternoon we suggest you continue your Tuscany trip with a visit to Monteriggioni, a city famous for its walls and defensive towers. Here you can admire the town and then continue visiting Tuscany by car on the scenic roads to reach the farm where you will enjoy an exclusive tasting experience with 3 organic wines paired with local organic products (pecorino cheese, honey, truffle, salami).
Free dinner and accommodation.
Visited: Colle Val d’Elsa and Monteriggioni
Included: visit to a farm in Monteriggioni with introduction to the history and wine making, tasting of 5 wines and traditional local foods, accommodation and breakfast at a farmhouse in the Greve in Chianti area
Siena and Montalcino
Departure for a free visit to the beautiful Siena, the city of the famous Palio. We recommend you see Piazza del Campo, with its unusual shell shape, the exterior of the Palazzo Comunale and the Torre del Mangia, symbol of the city’s power and elegance, and the magnificent Duomo.
Free lunch. In the afternoon, you can reach your hotel in the area of Montalcino, an enchanting medieval village overlooking the Val d’Orcia, surrounded by mighty walls and dominated by an ancient castle. At this point on your Tuscany trip, you can choose to enjoy some relaxation in your hotel, or take a walk to discover Montalcino.
The village has remained almost intact since the 16th century. Once you reach the top of Montalcino, a real spectacle opens up before your eyes. You will admire a continuous succession of sinuous hills dotted here and there with yellow and red flowers, ancient oaks, picturesque olive trees, panoramic country roads winding through harmonious vineyards and isolated cypresses.
It is the home of the famous Brunello di Montalcino and the more modest Rosso di Montalcino wines. In the area you will find many wine shops where you can buy and taste wines as a souvenir of your trip to Tuscany.
Visited: Siena and Montalcino
Included: Accommodation and breakfast at a farmhouse near Montalcino
Day 6: Pienza and Montepulciano
Today we suggest you to visit Pienza, a small village in the famous Val d’Orcia, absolutely not to be missed during this Tuscany trip. It is situated among rolling hills and fabulous views.
This enchanting village is known as the “ideal city” of the Renaissance, created by Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who later became Pope Pius II. Piccolomini had the financial means and influence to transform his humble home village, Corsignano, into what he believed should be a utopian city, embodying the principles and philosophy of the classical age and the great Italian Renaissance.
The project was designed by the architect Bernardo Rossellino, under the guidance of the great humanist Leon Battista Alberti. In just three years a complex of beautiful and harmonious buildings was built: the Cathedral (which houses important paintings by artists of the time), the papal residence or Palazzo Piccolomini, the Town Hall and the enchanting central square.
Pienza is also the town of pecorino, a tasty cheese, more or less mature, made from sheep’s milk, very famous and really delicious. The village is full of small and charming shops selling many types of pecorino, which you can taste together with many other traditional local foods, such as fabulous wines, spices, pici, honey, and so on.
Free lunch. In the afternoon we recommend a visit to Montepulciano, famous for its Vino Nobile. It is a small town with steep streets that boasts many historic buildings and hidden corners. It offers beautiful views over the Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia.
The town offers tasty traditional local dishes and many specialities, which you should definitely try in one of the many restaurants in the historic centre. During this Tuscany trip, taste Vino Nobile in one of the many small wine bars – many have a panoramic terrace, where you can admire the amazing panorama as far as the eye can see, while slowly sipping a nice glass of red wine! Free dinner and accommodation.
Visited: Pienza and Montepulciano
Included: Accommodation and breakfast at a farmhouse near Montalcino
Day 7: Sant'Antimo Abbey
In the morning, we recommend a visit to the ancient Abbey of Sant’Antimo, inhabited over the centuries by Benedictine monks and founded, according to legend, by Emperor Charlemagne. The church, built in the 12th century, is considered one of the masterpieces of medieval architecture. You can then continue to visit some of the surrounding towns or relax in your hotel.
Free lunch. In the afternoon, we conclude our trip to Tuscany with a picnic in a vineyard along the Cru path where you can enjoy the view, wine and Tuscan specialities undisturbed, surrounded by peace and nature. You can choose between sparkling, white, rosé or red wine. Free dinner.
Visited: Castelnuovo dell’Abate (Montalcino)
Included: Picnic in the vineyard, with wine and Tuscan specialities, accommodation and breakfast at a farmhouse near Montalcino.
Day 8: Goodbye in Tuscany
We have come to the end of this fabulous Tuscany trip! We say goodbye and bid you farewell as you depart and return independently to your place of origin.
|4 overnight stays with breakfast in a double room at a farmhouse near Greve in Chianti|
|3 overnight stays with breakfast in a double room at a farmhouse in the Montalcino area|
|Verrazzano Castle: visit, food and wine tasting and lunch|
|Dinner in the vineyard in San Gimignano area: visit to the winery and vineyards, Tuscan dinner with wine tasting|
|Tasting at a farm in Monteriggioni: introduction to the history and winemaking process, tasting of 5 wines paired with traditional local foods|
|Picnic in the vineyard with wine and typical Tuscan specialities|
|Telephone assistance during the Tuscany trip|
|What’s not included:|
|All meals not mentioned in the programme|
|Anything not specifically mentioned under “what’s included” in this Tuscany trip|
Price per person: € 1.030
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Payments: 100% at the time of booking
- 30% fee if the cancellation is made at least 30 days prior to departure
- 100% fee if the cancellation is made less than 30 days prior to departure
We recommend to subscribe an insurance policy that covers any penalties in case of cancellation of this Tuscany trip. Read the Terms and Conditions of Italia Delight (art. 11).
- 4 overnight stays with breakfast in a double room at a farmhouse near Greve in Chianti
- 3 overnight stays with breakfast in a double room at a farmhouse in the Montalcino area
- Verrazzano Castle: visit, food and wine tasting and lunch
- Dinner in the vineyard in San Gimignano area: visit to the winery and vineyards, Tuscan dinner with wine tasting
- Tasting at a farm in Monteriggioni: introduction to the history and winemaking process, tasting of 5 wines paired with traditional local foods
- Picnic in the vineyard with wine and typical Tuscan specialities
- Telephone assistance during the Tuscany trip
What’s not included:
- All meals not mentioned in the programme
- Anything not specifically mentioned under “what’s included” in this Tuscany trip
Hello! I’m Giada, owner of a tour operator based in Genoa specialising in the organization of holidays in Liguria, group tours, organised trips, team building and incentives throughout the Ligurian Riviera and in the entire region.
We are a team made of six girls: with professionalism and competence we will help you planning each trip, always tailor-made for you. We love to make you discover Italy between adventure, culture and relaxation with the security of 24h assistance.
You just have to pack your suitcase: we will let you discover the most authentic corners of the region between nature, art, food and wine!
Price per person: € 1030.00 – minimum of 2 people
To send a trip enquiry, contact the local Expert who organises this trip.