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The Complete Tuscan Adventure is an exciting holiday package for those who want to live like locals. Exploring the very best of Tuscany, you’ll be immersed in the region’s culture, art, history, gastronomy and lifestyle. What’s more, you’ll visit fascinating religious sites and have tonnes of fun at the local village festival.
Florence train station. Platform number 16, front Mc Donalds at 3:00 pm
Pick up at 3:00 pm on Saturday
Drop off at 10:00 am on saturday
Your Tuscan Adventure starts on Saturday, when our experienced local driver will collect you from the beautiful Central Station in Florence. You’ll be immediately whisked away to your new Tuscan home, your own private apartment in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse.
As you make yourself at home, you’ll find yourself in total peace and quiet, enveloped in lush greenery. You’ll also enjoy the modern conveniences of free wi-fi and an on-site restaurant, laundry room and swimming pool. For more information on your accommodation, see the apartment named ‘Pratomagno’ on our website.
Our week will kick off in the stunning San Gimignano. Here, you’ll spend almost two hours exploring the wonders of the amazing medieval town. You’ll find charming shops selling food, wine and local crafts, as well as an incredible collection of contemporary and Renaissance artwork. Famous the world over, you’re sure to be impressed by San Gimignano’s untouched medieval architecture. In the Medieval and Renaissance periods, the town’s aristocracy built a number of impressive towering houses. The remaining 14 bring a sense of magic to the town, as well as offering unrivalled views over San Gimignano and the valley beneath.
For lunch, your tour manager will deliver you to a local farmhouse. Here, we’ll sample some delightful Tuscan cuisine. Should you wish, you can also enjoy a delicious glass or two of the region’s famous white wine, Vernaccia. As one of the most popular wines in the region, Vernaccia di San Gimignano has an impressive pedigree. During the Renaissance, the local wine became Italy’s most wanted. In fact, civic records dating back as far as 1276 make reference to the nectar, with Dante’s Divine Comedy even considering it worth a mention.
Once lunch is over, we’ll move on to the stunning Siena. At its centre, you’ll find one of the most one delicately-preserved Renaissance towns in Italy. In your own time until 5pm, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to visit the Piazza del Campo, the city’s central square. World-famous, the Piazza del Campo hosts the Palio horse race every summer. If you find yourself with some spare energy, you could visit the Torre del Mangia. Here, a brisk climb up 400 steps will provide you with a stunning view of Siena, including the exquisite black and white striped marble of the Duomo. If it’s relaxation you’re after, Siena’s streets are packed with delightful restaurants, cafes, bars and artisan shops, all just waiting to be explored.
As the day comes to a close, we’ll deliver you back to your charming villa apartment, ready for a delicious Tuscan dinner.
On Monday, you’ll get the opportunity to sample some of Tuscany’s most celebrated produce. With an initial trip to Montalcino, we’ll see where they make Brunello di Montalcino, a world-leading red wine. We’ll meet the local winemakers and sample their produce at one of the best wineries in the region. You will have a chance to stop for lunch at the village of Montalcino. You’ll then be whisked off to Montepulciano. Here, you’ll find an incredible medieval village, bursting with Tuscan history. At the city walls, you’ll see local artisans in their workshops and watch as they use traditional techniques to create copper products. Before the trip is over, you’ll also have the chance to visit some of the local wine shops or ‘Enoteche’, as they’re known.
We’ll wrap Monday up with a hearty meal back at the farmhouse.
Tuesday is all about relaxation. You’ll have the opportunity to sit back, unwind and enjoy life on the farm. In the evening, you’re welcome to join a cookery masterclass, hosted by a talented local chef. During this masterclass, the chef will guide you as you prepare a scrumptious supper.
If you’re a wine lover, you’ll love what we’ve got planned for Wednesday. Spending your day sampling some of Tuscany’s most delectable wines, you’ll be immersed in the precious history of Chianti production. We’ll visit some enchanting castles, wineries and wine cellars. As well as sampling the delights of the local wine, you’ll also discover and taste the region’s fine extra virgin olive oil.
After sampling all the flavours of Chianti, we’ll journey on to Greve, where we’ll visit the most popular butcher and deli shop in Tuscany. This is a great place to try even more of Tuscany’s wonderful produce!
As we journey back to the final, we’ll savour yet more tastes of Tuscany, stopping for dinner at a local family-owned trattoria at the farmhouse
Thursday takes us to two of the most wonderful towns in Tuscany, Arezzo and Anghiari. On our first South-eastern stop, we’ll pay a visit to Arezzo. Famous for its gold-smithery, Arezzo is a very flush city. Although its Medieval centre was destroyed in WWII, many noteworthy monuments, churches and museums remain to be seen. Hidden around the town, these historical sites offer a small window into Arezzo’s past. Home to Piero Della Francesca’s captivating sequence of frescoes, the Legend of the True Cross, the Church of San Francesco is one of Arezzo’s most famous sights.
Having seen the wonder of San Francesco, we’ll venture uphill to the Piazza Grande. We’ll then visit a cathedral that was built in honour of San Donato— the Medicean Fortress. Finally, we’ll journey back downhill to take in the Roman Amphitheatre and Cimabue’s wooden Crucifix in the Church of San Domenico.
With so much to offer, it’s amazing that more local tours don’t stop in Arezzo. We’re lucky though; because of this, we’ll get the chance to explore the town’s wonders without battling through large groups of sightseers.
When lunch is over, we’ll journey onto Anghiari, another medieval must-see. Nestled in the Tuscan Valtiberina valley, Anghiari is just 30km from Arezzo and close to the Umbrian border. A unique town, Anghiari sits on top of a prominent hill, sculpted over time by the Tiber River below. Encased in 13th-century walls, the town’s rich medieval history is carefully guarded. With tiny windows and pretty wooden shutters, the charming streets are complemented by each of the unique houses that line them. With flowers lining their doorways and balconies, the streets are bejewelled with bursts of wonderful colour. Generally viewed as one of Italy’s most picturesque villages, Anghiari has been recognised by the Italian Touring Club. Giving it an Orange Flag award, the club describes the town as a medieval treasure, bordered by the Arno and Tiber rivers.
When we’ve ticked off all the sights in Anghiari, we’ll travel back to the farmhouse. We will, however, make one extra short stop en-route if you like and drop into a traditional local winery as extra activity. It will be here, in Chianti Aretino, that you’ll taste some of Tuscany’s celebrated wine.
Nicely rested, Friday morning will see us venture out to the breathtaking Pratomagno mountains. It was in this mountain range that the Australian WWI hero and explorer Herbert John Louis Hinkler crashed his plane as he attempted to fly all the way from England to Australia. Our first stop will be the quaint little village of Loro Ciuffenna, where you’ll visit the stunning Roman church, San Pietro a Gropina. Next, we’ll travel through some of the tiny medieval settlements that adorn the mountain range, stopping en route to sample some local delicacies. Our journey might end at the top of the Pratomagno, if the conditions are ok, where we’ll take in the incredible views before tucking into some delicious dinner at the farmhouse.
On Saturday, you’ll have two choices. After Friday’s adventure, you may choose to relax in the beautiful surroundings of the farmhouse. Alternatively, we could take you to Figline Valdarno railway station as extra service for a day trip to Cortona.
Sunday offers an abundance of charm, as you journey into the Cinque Terre by an organized train. With the Italian Riviera famous for its romantic towns and rugged coastline, you’ll soon see why we think the five fishing communities of the Cinque Terre shine the brightest. Whilst they’re no longer the isolated hamlets that they once were, the five villages still retain their authenticity. With untouched architecture, very few roads and a spider’s web of beautiful nature trails, the Cinque Terre has its a timeless beauty that a day trip could never do justice. Whether you’re enjoying a glass of local wine at a waterfront spot in Vernazza, or listening to the birdsong in the shade of an ancient clifftop sanctuary, the Cinque Terre should be always savoured. For this reason, you should pack a bag—we’ll be staying here overnight. When we’re here, you’ll be free to discover the Cinque Terre at your own pace. Your local guide will have all the hints and tips on where you might like to visit and what you might like to do.
At around 6pm on Monday, we’ll weave our way back to the farmhouse.
On Tuesday, we’ll visit the Casentino Valley. If you’d like a little slice of Tuscany to remember forever, this will be it. A true Tuscan gem, we’ll tell you all there is to know as we meander through the ancient Roman villages and castles that line the valley. Off the beaten track, we’ll unearth the spiritual heart of Tuscany, too frequently missed by modern Tuscany tours. As surprising as it is stunning, the Casentino Valley is sure to take your breath away.
For lunch, we’ll stop in Poppi, a beautiful medieval town that, whilst overlooked by most travellers, is bursting with enchanting tales and incredible legends. The ancient monastery of Saint Francis of Assisi marks our last stop of the day.
On Wednesday, you can choose. Either sit back and relax at your Tuscan home-from-home or, alternatively, we can take the train to Cortona to see what the hilltop town has to offer. In the evening, you can enjoy an extra cookery class, led by a skilled local chef. Under their watchful eye, you’ll learn how to create a delicious regional dish.
Thursday will see us dive into rural Tuscany. Taking in some of its incredible scenery, we’ll make our way to one of the best-celebrated wineries in the region. Designed by the world’s most famous architect, Renzo Piano, this modern gem will teach us about the link between the Etruscan population and the history of wine. After a quick visit to the wine cellar and a spot of lunch, we’ll continue our journey to one of the most wonderful beaches in Tuscany. Close to the Castello della Pescaia, this area boats more than just an incredible castle—it’s famous for its stunning vistas, lively nightlife and delightful restaurants. From here, you’ll be able to mingle with the locals at the beach, drink an Italian aperitivo before coming back to the farmhouse.
By now, we’ll have seen the beauty of Tuscany’s landscapes, the quality of its artwork and the depth of its charm. There is, however, one special place in Tuscany where all of these worlds collide. It is, of course, the romantic, magical and unique city of Florence.
Respected the world over for the political and economic power it celebrated during the Medici Dynasty rule, Florence was once a playground for artistic masters like da Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo and Brunelleschi. Prior to this, Florence had risen and fallen many times at the hands of the Lombardic tribe, the Romans, and other groups. With each new rebirth, Florence celebrated new art, new ingenuity and new architecture. The streets of this marvellous city are decorated with reminders of these times—reminders of their museums, monuments, churches and day-to-day lives.
As it’s the final day of your tour, you can experience Florence like a true local. If you’d like to visit the Accademia and Uffizi museum, please speak to your local guide. They’ll ensure you get tickets and a historical guide.
On Saturday, we’ll ensure that you enjoy a full breakfast before delivering you to Florence railway station. It’s here that we’ll say goodbye and your Tuscan adventure will conclude.
My Mom and I just finished a 10 day tour of Italy from Rome to Tuscany to Venice. The tour package was organized by Matteo from beginning to end, including wonderful hotel and transportation accommodations and day trips during our stay in Tuscany. Each piece of the trip was carefully planned making the most of our time in each location. The highlight of the trip was the 4 days in Tuscany with Matteo as he guided us through a number of small villages, wine tastings in different regions, and a quick stop in Florence, Sienna, and Pisa. Each day we learned and experienced Tuscany in a different way; it was great! Matteo surprised us along the way with unexpected stops for cheese tasting, historic sites, pizza in his home town, and by far the best experience….he took us to his parent’s house for dinner! Our tour of Tuscany is an experience that we will treasure forever; I definitely recommend booking your tours through Tuscany Untouched!