The red hue of a perfect bottle of wine shines like a ruby. The scent of freshly made pasta emanates from a restaurant located in a historic cellar. Chestnut trees and olive groves fill the open Tuscan valleys, leading you to far-reaching vineyards and medieval hilltop towns. Your custom tailored food and wine tour of Tuscany takes you on a unique blend of wine and culinary experiences set in the world-renowned countryside of Tuscany. Tuscany is where the cuisine is as artful as the region’s Renaissance...
A Tuscan Introduction
Florence is the capital of Tuscany, brimming with artistry from the architecture to the cuisine. The fame of Michelangelo, Galileo, and Dante Alighieri precede the glory of the city. The aroma of creamy gelato drifts out of the award-winning gelateria, “Perche No!” The scent of freshly made pasta wafts upwards from the succulent sauces showcased on a street-side café table.
One of our Italy tour operators will arrange for a transfer to greet you at Florence International Airport. As you are driving to your hotel, you feel like the imagined flavors of the city have already captivated you. You have thought about sitting alongside the Arno River savoring espresso with the sound of the current lapping against the riverbanks.
In the evenings, the low hum of Gregorian chants fills the have of San Miniato al Monte, overlooking the skyline of Florence. The small and historic artisan shops on the Otrarno, the opposite side of the river, fill with handmade jewelry and leather goods. The city is exactly how you imagined it: contemporary energy inside a Renaissance shell.
For dinner, you venture into a typical 14th-century building to find a delectable restaurant highlighting the succulent cuisine of Tuscany, including sliced tender beef with regional Pecorino cheese. To accentuate each dish, you have a paired wine chosen directly from the antique family cellar.
Touch of the Enthusiast
Towers and Cellars
Between History and Essence
A Different View of Tuscany
Sunlight to Sunflowers
Nobles of the Tuscany
Always More than Average
- Discover one of the most pristine wine regions in Tuscany
- Explore the historic wine traditions of a small Tuscan town outside of Florence
- Visit the charming Island of Elba, home to stunning beaches, fresh seafood, and incredible local wines
- Indulge in the succulent flavors of a cellar restaurant with a seasonal menu inside Florence’s historic city center
- Sample two of the most notable wines produced in Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
- Delight in a half-day cooking course inside a historic castle where you can learn the true flavors of the province utilizing the local garden and farm
The true splendor of Tuscan cuisine is that there are endless ways to experience it. On your 9-day food and wine tour of Tuscany, your culinary excursion will take you through the treasured towns and scenic landscape. You will have a unique experience, sampling wines, indulging in local flavors, and basking in the artistry of simple tastes that lead to complex wonders.
Your Tuscany tour begins with your arrival at Florence International Airport. Your private transfer leads you into the stunning city where you have the remainder of the day at your leisure. Sample the beatitudes of the streets and in the evening, savor a Tuscan tasting menu at an award-winning restaurant where you can dine on a seasonal menu with a specialized wine pairing.
The following day, you travel to a small town near Prato, known as Carmignano. Embark on the town’s winemaking traditions, as it is one of the oldest wine producers in Tuscany. You venture to Chianti, a region south of Florence and celebrated for its rolling hills, emerald hues, and fabulous wines.
Visit the main town of Greve and tour a nearby villa, home to a farm and vineyard. After sampling the wine, you will have a remarkable cooking course that will immerse you in more of the regional flavors and characteristics of the surrounding soil. The following day, you visit the stunning medieval streets and towers of San Gimignano, tasting the popular Vernazza wine. Then, stroll around the Etruscan town of Volterra where you can dine in a cave-like wine bar. In the town of Bolgheri, you will discover the exquisite flavors of Sassicaia wine in a historic city center overlooked by many visitors to Tuscany.
The following day, you venture by ferry to the Island of Elba, touring the historic port town of Portoferraio. When you return to mainland Tuscany, your private transfer escorts you to the charming city of Siena, located atop the hills and maintaining traditional cuisine close to the hearts of locals. On your way back to Florence, you visit the enchanting medieval towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano. Each town is world-renowned for their famous wines produced around their own hills and enjoyed inside their historic city walls. The following day, your private transfer meets you in the hotel lobby and escorts you to the airport where you will board your flight home.
$2,470 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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