Tuscan pecorino cheese on display in Tuscany, Italy

A Foodie's Slow Tour of Tuscany

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Rome, Montepulciano, Pienza, Castellina in Chianti...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

Cuisine runs deep in Italy, connecting families and reflecting the soul of the chef, whether cooking rustic pasta at home or preparing gourmet dishes in a restaurant. The scent of celebrated confections emanates from display windows along the main avenues. Luscious cheeses maintain complex flavors, offering insight into the care taken during their production. Ruby-tinted wines glow against the verdant hills and cypress trees. Your 8-day foodie tour of Tuscany takes you deep into local tradition...

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Trip Highlights

  • Savor the texture and complex flavors of the King of Wines with a sampling of Brunello in a traditional enoteca (wine repository) in Montalcino
  • Indulge in the crumbly texture and rich tastes of goat cheese on a family-run Tuscan dairy farm
  • Learn how to make unique and captivating gelato from a celebrated gelateria (Italian ice cream shop) in Florence
  • Enjoy a private tasting of Pecorino cheese after viewing the cheese-making process
  • Witness the ancient techniques of drying and harvesting herbs around the Chianti region
  • Taste the difference of olive oil productions with a sampling at a family-run organic olive oil farmhouse
  • Discover the unforgettable ambiance of Renaissance and medieval towns around the Tuscan region, adding to the indelible atmosphere 

Detailed Description

The pleasures of food bring community and family together. Your custom-tailored tour of Tuscany takes you into the slow food movement, allowing you to bask in the flavors of food and wine, savor the culture and heritage, and delight in the majestic surroundings. Your food discovery begins with your arrival in Rome. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you into the Eternal City. Your first dinner in Rome provides a perfect introduction to Italian cuisine and the slow food ideals, where you don’t just have dinner but experience it.

The following day, your guide takes you into Tuscany, where the celebrated hills of the province roll along the horizon. In the city of Montepulciano, you embrace the medieval town and sample the wines of the region at a historic enoteca located inside a former historic city jail. Following lunch, you delight in a tour of a farm famous for its Pecorino cheese near the Renaissance city of Pienza. Along the hills of Chianti, you stop at Castellina in Chianti for insight into the herbs of the area and the ancient techniques employed to harvest and dry.

Continue to the historic town center of Greve in Chianti and a nearby goat farm that produces fresh and zesty goat cheeses. In the remarkable city of Florence, your guide leads you on a tour along the cobbled streets, from the church of Santa Croce to the marble Duomo. In a flavorful gelateria, your guide leads you through the process of making gelato, tasting the unique and fabulous flavors along the way. The next day, you continue your exploration of Florence, taking the time to explore the museums and elegance of the city, with dinner at a restaurant providing a combination of decadence and tradition.

Outside of Florence, your tour guides you through the medieval towns of Siena and San Gimignano. Discover the history of Siena’s famous horse races and the sensational towers of San Gimignano, sampling exquisite olive oils at a family-owned farm along the way. Once in Montalcino, the vines, which produce the King of Wines, Brunello, decorate the countryside outside of town. Visit a local enoteca inside the historic fortress and tour cellars lining the medieval streets. On your final morning in Italy, your private transfer escorts you to the train station in Rome where you continue onward to Fiumicino Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$2,195 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.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

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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