For the lovers of Italian culture and good food
TUSCANY: THE LAND OF THE ETRUSCANS AND ITS GOURMET
AUTHENTIC 4 DAYS TOUR IN TUSCANY for individual travelers
There is a possibility to extend your stay in Tuscany for 7-10-14 days or more
The period recommended for the trip: from March to November
ROUTE AND PROGRAMME OF THE TRIP
Day 1. ROMA / MILANO/ PISA/FLORENCE - SAN MINIATO
Arrival to Rome/ Milano Bergamo/Pisa or Florence airport. Trip to TUSCANY REGION, THE TOWN SAN MINIATO IN THE SURROUNDINGS OF PISA. Check-in at the hotel. Treating oneself on the occasion of the arrival: aperitif with drinks and various snacks (called stuzzichini in Italian). A walk in the town of San Miniato: a time to enjoy the town panorama from above with a glass of good Tuscany wine. Dinner in a traditional Tuscany restaurant. Accommodation at an authentic hotel or countryside tourism homestead in San Miniato.
Day 2. SAN MINIATO - SIENA - SAN MINIATO
Breakfast. After breakfast you are going to have an EXCURSION “TRUFFLE HUNTING.” It is a tour during which you’re going to “hunt” truffles, i.e. when walking in the forest with a truffle gatherer and his/her dog, you will unveil all secrets of these valuable mushrooms, which grow in the very heart of Tuscany. This excursion is not only interesting, but also especially entertaining. Walking and talking to the truffle gatherer, you will find out where and how truffles grow, how they are dug, how the dogs searching for them are trained, and you will also see how they look for these mushrooms. After gathering mushrooms, you will have an exceptional tasting – snacks with truffles. After the gourmet excursion, the rest of the day will be devoted for body and soul pleasures. We’re going to a place near Siena famous for its THERMAL POOLS IN THE OPEN AIR. The soil in Tuscany is rich in various minerals useful for a person’s health and beauty. Ancient Romans knew how to use this and would build thermal bathing places. THERMOS are a place where people not only bathe but also communicate, and warm (37°C) water rich in various sulphates and carbonites relax the body and the soul. After the thermal pools, you’re going to have a traditional Tuscany dinner. Accommodation at an authentic hotel or countryside tourism homestead in San Miniato.
Day 3. SAN MINIATO - SAN GIMIGNANO - VOLTERRA - LAJATICO- FLORENCE
Breakfast. After breakfast, we’re going to SAN GIMIGNANO MEDIEVAL TOWN on the hill. The town is on the UNESCO heritage list. It is also called the Town of Towers or Medieval Manhattan and is famous for exceptional medieval architecture and several unique remaining towers. It is one of the most beautiful medieval towns established on the hill and surrounded by ancient walls. From a distance, it simply takes your breath away. After the visit to San Gimignano, we’re visiting AN ECOLOGICAL CHEESE FARM NEAR THE TOWN VOLTERA. Tasting of ecological cheeses, such as pecorino, sheep milk cheese of various ripening, fried and fresh ricotta, other fresh cheeses and other products of the farm. Light lunch. After lunch, we’re going to the Etruscan town Volterra and visiting ALABASTER WORKSHOPS, where you’re going to be introduced to all stages of alabaster processing. Alabaster is a special material found in oval rocks called arnioni (kidney in Italian) between the layers of clay and chalk. These “kidneys” of alabaster are taken from the rocks, cleaned thoroughly; then it is possible to work alabaster. After visiting Volterra, we’re heading to LAJATICO, THE HOMETOWN OF ANDREA BOCELLI, the most famous Italian tenor all over the world. We’re going to visit the magnificent Theatre of Silence (it. Teatro di Silenzio) in the open air, where the famous tenor gives concerts every year. We’re continuing the programme with wine-tasting and a typical Tuscany dinner in the authentic medieval town Peciolli. Trip to Florence. Accommodation at an elegant hotel in Florence.
Day 4. FLORENCE - ROMA / MILANO/ PISA
Breakfast. Going for a walk – it is the best way to get to know the Renaissance HISTORICAL OLD TOWN OF FLORENCE. After breakfast you’re going to have an EXCURSION TO THE MOST INTERESTING OBJECTS OF THE CITY, including Basilica of the Holy Cross (Basilica di Santa Croce), the Square of the Holly Cross, the Square of Signoria, the old Medici Palace Palazo Vecchio, Dante Alighieri District, the Cathedral, Square of the Republic, the oldest pharmacy in Europe, the old bridge Ponte Vecchio and the yard of Uffizi Gallery. After the excursion – the end of the programme and the trip to Rome/Milano Bergamo/Pisa/Florence airport.
Two nights at an authentic hotel or countryside tourism homestead in San Miniato;
One night at an elegant hotel in Florence;
Breakfast every day;
Aperitif on the night of arrival;
Excursion to San Gimignano;
Excursion to alabaster workshops in Volterra;
Excursion to Andrea Bocelli’s hometown in Lajatico and the Theatre of Silence;
Excursion to the ecological cheeses farm and the tasting of cheeses, such as pecorino, sheep milk cheese of various ripening, fried and fresh ricotta, other fresh cheeses, other products of the farm; light lunch.
Excursion the “hunt” of truffles and tasting;
Excursion to Florence;
Entrance to the thermal baths;
Services of a guide, speaking Italian / English / Spanish / German / French /
Lunch on the arrival, third, and departure day;
Other expenses, not mentioned in “included;”
Tickets to the places of interest: Basilica of the Holly Cross (it. Basilica di Santa Croce).