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From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

1. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

From Florence: Chianti Hills Wineries Tour with Tasting

2. From Florence: Chianti Hills Wineries Tour with Tasting

Immerse yourself in Italy's renowned winemaking culture on this guided tour by van from Florence. Leave the city behind as you head out into the Tuscan countryside, marveling at the landscape around you. Visit two local wineries and enjoy wine tastings in both of them, learning about the wine-making process from locals. Arrive in the charming town of Radda in Chianti and visit one of the town’s traditional wineries. Enjoy a tasting session of 3 regional wines, then have the opportunity to purchase them. Spend some free time exploring the narrow streets of the town. Continue towards a traditional farm and winery. Learn about the winemaking process from grape to glass. Then enjoy another tasting session of 3 Chianti wines as well as local products. Finally, sit back and relax on the return journey to Florence.

From Siena: Vespa & Chianti Tour in the Tuscan Hills

3. From Siena: Vespa & Chianti Tour in the Tuscan Hills

Have fun riding a Vespa along the scenic and peaceful roads on the Tuscan hills. An alternative way to admire the sights of Chianti, wrapped in the sight of the Tuscan countryside and the sound of the working farms. You can join the tour driving an original Vespa Scooter or you can choose to be driven by an expert driver. You will do this experience with an expert tour leader who will be showing you around a small medieval villages situated in the heart of Tuscany. Those who do not feel confident enough about riding on their own can opt to ride with one of the expert escorts. This tour takes one day, during which you will see the most of the Chianti hills. Before come back to Siena, you will stop in a renowned farm for a wine tasting paired with a delicious light lunch.

From Siena: Dinner in the Chianti Vineyards

4. From Siena: Dinner in the Chianti Vineyards

A unique experience designed to give you the best of what the Chianti region has to offer: the history, the landscapes, the wine, culinary traditions, and atmosphere. Other than enjoying a delicious typical dinner of local products and dishes, you will be surrounded by the splendid and charming landscape of vineyard rows, which beautifully characterizes the Chianti region. The dishes that you will taste, all made of fresh local products, are the fruit of the hard work and care for the land that local producers have been exercising for centuries.  Upon your arrival you will be given a glass for you to carry with you on the visit of the farm’s wineries and thus enjoy a number of wine tastings on this small-scaled wine route. You will then visit the estate’s historic chapel before finally heading for dinner, the evening’s main event.  The dinner location is set to offer you maximum quality and cosiness, decorated with candles and torches. The gentle sounds of the earth and the vineyards will accompany your dinner under the stars, and a harmonious musical background, which will perfectly match the succession of dishes. You will taste pappa al pomodoro or ribollita (both typical recipes from the people’s folklore) and a barbecue of meat and fresh seasonal vegetables of the farm. Let yourself get carried away by the warmth and fragrances of the barbecue and the perfumes of the grapevines, which will enhance your dinner experience. The rural yet elegant scenery of the estate will perfectly frame and complete your evening. After the dinner you’ll be escorted back to Siena where the tour will finish.

From Siena: Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour by Minivan

5. From Siena: Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour by Minivan

Brunello, considered the best wine in the world, has its ancestral roots in the passion of the inhabitants of Montalcino and in the ancient winemaking tradition, handed down from one generation to the next. The town of Montalcino, with its Sangiovese grapes the wine is produced from, stands on a charming hill that lets you relish its natural wholesomeness. The town, its ancient fortress, and some of the best wineries in the world are the focus of this specialized tour. The winemaking process which includes a long maturation in casks made from valuable wood, make Brunello the “Italian ambassador in the world of our winemaking reality.” Taste prestigious wines from some of the finest wineries in Montalcino and enjoy the wonderful surrounding area.

From Siena: Val D'Orcia Wine Tour

6. From Siena: Val D'Orcia Wine Tour

Enjoy a day of culture, wine, and food as you visit some of the most impressive towns and villages in Tuscany. Go to the picturesque town of Pienza, and taste world-famous wines produced in Montalcino and Montepulciano. Meet your guide in Siena and join the rest of the group to start your full-day tour. Depart Siena and transfer to a wine cellar in Montalcino. Cross gently rolling hills full of vineyards, and then sample local wines served with a delicious snack of the local produce. Continue to Pienza to discover the “Touchstone of Renaissance Urbanism.” Considered an artistic jewel of the landscape of Val d’Orcia, Pienza is a perfect combination of architectural beauty and harmony. Most of the lanes bearing impressive names overlook the breathtaking landscape of the Val d’Orcia. Unique smells and flavors are entwined with this natural and artistic heritage. Pienza’s most renowned tradition is pecorino cheese. End the tour at Montepulciano, where the stateliness of its Renaissance buildings and the refined beauty of the town's churches mix with the ancient tradition of wine making. Enjoy some free time before your return transfer to Siena by bus.

Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

7. Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

Discover Tuscany on a guided day tour from Florence to the medieval cities of Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni. Enjoy views of rolling hills and vineyards, with a stop at a Chianti winery for a traditional Tuscan lunch and wine tasting. First arrive in San Gimignano, a tiny medieval town that has remained intact through the centuries. Sitting upon a hilltop, it is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes, and other art treasures. Enjoy more free time to discover this fascinating city on your own. Next, visit the charming historical hamlet of Monteriggioni, a medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day. Afterward, you will cross the Chianti rolling hills and then arrive at a small and typical winery. There, taste 4 wines, and sample balsamic vinegar and other locally produced products. Your final stop is in Siena, where you will have free time to walk along the narrow medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces, the Cathedral, Libreria Piccolomini, and the famous shell-shaped Piazza del Campo.

Brunello di Montalcino Full-Day Wine Tour with Tastings

8. Brunello di Montalcino Full-Day Wine Tour with Tastings

Wine lovers will enjoy this full-day tour through the beautiful Tuscan landscape with stops to visit some typical local wineries. Explore the famous wine hills of Montalcino and learn about the process and passion involved in creating Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy's most prestigious wines. Your tour begins with a drive along the ancient Roman road from Siena to the famous wine hills of Montalcino. The first stop will be at a small, typical area winery where you’ll have a chance to walk in the vineyards, explore the cellars, and enjoy an introductory tasting of world-famous Brunello wine. Next, you’ll head to Montalcino, the hill town that gives its name to the region and its wines. Here you’ll have the opportunity to climb the fortress walls, spend some time browsing the shops and tasting the Brunello wines in wine bars, or simply enjoy the incredible views of the valleys and vineyards below. After visiting the town of Montalcino the tour continues on to the stunning ancient mystical Benedictine Abbey of Sant Antimo, a special place in a tranquil setting. You’ll enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch at a family-run winery, accompanied by the delicious wines produced at the facility. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the farm. In the afternoon you’ll visit a third winery where you’ll get a detailed description of the wine-making process, and learn how the vines are cared for and about the long aging process in oak barrels. After visiting the cellars and getting to know the winemakers, you’ll sit down for a final tasting of this nectar of the gods.

Total Immersion Wine Tour in Chianti

9. Total Immersion Wine Tour in Chianti

All the guests will be welcomed at the estate and brought to the roof of the cellar to see the most breathtaking views of the rolling hills at 600 meters above sea level. Here one of the passionate members of the team will provide an introduction to a history of the estate and a small general explanation of what guests will see and what they will be doing in the next one and a half hours of their time. Clients will be able to visit one of the vineyards followed by an explanation of the working process and of organic agriculture with some additional biodynamic techniqes that are often used and practised at the estate. If the weather permits, guests would be offered a glass of sparkling wine or a fresh wine of their choice at the small adjecent terrace built under an oak tree.  The tour will then take everyone to a visit through the gardens of the villa and include a visit of the vegetable garden. The cellar is the next stop, where detailed explanation follows about the harvest and selection of the grapes during the harvest, fermantation, and further aging of the wines. Each step of the viniticulture process is explained in great detail and guests would learn a lot of new and exciting things about how to make wines in the Chianti Classico area. The last stop is a tasting room, where guests will be able to try all 5 products of the estate with the selection of various local cured meats and/or cheeses with bread and olive oil. Guests will also learn particular details about the history of each wine, will learn how to smell and taste it, and what to look for when opening a new bottle of wine. The last exciting detail is the grappa, for those who would like to learn about its production and unique and delicate taste.

Siena: Educational Wine Tour & Tasting

10. Siena: Educational Wine Tour & Tasting

The Educational Wine Tour & Tasting  “Vine, Wine and Life” starts with a visit to organic vineyards where you'll go through all the main steps of the agronomic, phenolic and organic cycle, in order to understand the complexity of the “vineyard” ecosystem and of an agriculture with low environmental impact. In the historical cellar, you'll discover the chemical-physical and microbiological processes that make a quality production. You will taste the wines in a sensorial tasting room to grasp the organoleptic complexity and have a better understanding of them. The visit will end up with a light-lunch to experience the emotions the right combination of food/wine can offer your palate and spirit. All the different chapters will be discussed directly in the vineyards, cellar and tasting room in a very simple way, in order to easily understand even the most apparently complicated concepts. 

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What people are saying about Siena

This tour was the perfect way to see the Tuscan country side in one day! It’s a long day with a lot of walking but you see so many different things in a short time. Our tour guide was very helpful when needed but also let us do our own things. The winery was amazing and would have loved to spend more time there. If you are looking to get really deep into each city and spend a lot of time looking around this tour probably isn’t for you. We had about an hour to and hour and a half in each city and lunch at the winery was about an hour as well. Would recommend this to friends or family visiting!

Enrica was a great tour guide, lots of knowledge and so friendly. Wish we would have had a little less time in Siena and a little more time at the winery perhaps touring around the grounds, but this was the itinerary and no issues with the tour we went on! You still get to see tons in just one day. Overall enjoyable and would recommend.

Great 3 hour morning hike with personable and naturalist oriented guide. Lovely lovely scenery. We would have preferred a bit more background on the Via Francigena. Winery to end with was great - we bought the winery’s artisan cheese to go along with the bread and Chianti. Overall, an excellent experience and great value!

Excellent 1-day tour to get to know the main places in Tuscany. Our guide Cristina was an excellent hostess and everything was very well organized.

Erika was an amazing guide through these beautiful cities. We enjoyed our time and discovered Tuscany. 100% recommendable.