Tuscany tours, walking and wine tasting in Italy

“A week long holiday in Tuscany, travelling in a small group with a local guide, at a beautifully relaxed pace. And plenty of beautiful wine too.”

Highlights

Pisa | Florence | Tuscany wine tasting | Tuscany walking trails | Greve | Montefioralle | Fonterutoli | San Gimignano | Visit to Tuscan Wine School | Three wine tastings

Description of Tuscany tours, walking and wine tasting in Italy

Walking and wine tasting, Italy and its inimitable gastronomy, Tuscany with its enticing hills and hiking trails. It makes for a heady mix of beauty really on this week long holiday that takes in urban greats such as Siena and Florence. Mixed with more rural classics too, such as the medieval market town of Greve in Chianti, or the ancient stone village of Montefioralle, with views over Tuscan splendour all around, including cedar and olive groves that have just lined your morning’s walking trail.

Chianti is, of course, a recurring theme on this trip, with a visit to the Tuscan Wine School in Siena, or taking a walk around Fonterutoli where the castle estate is famous for its Chianti vineyards. Another day of walking up to the medieval, hilltop and walled town of San Gimignano is toasted with a wine tasting at nearby Villa Il Palagetto, most famous home to Vernaccia grapes.

The walking on this holiday is gentle and with few inclines. This is a Tuscany walking holiday that is all about savouring not only its picturesque landscapes but also their most famous produce. Staying in a converted stone farmhouse with stunning views, particularly from the swimming pool. Which deserves another toast.

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Tuscany tours, walking and wine tasting in Italy

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour does encourage clients to have a positive effect by engaging with locals, using cafes and restaurants, and investing in traditional gifts and local produce. By visiting a number of places of interest and offering additional optional excursions, we support those who run these trips and the upkeep of historically important sites.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend seven nights at Villa Casalta- a charming renovated farmhouse in the heart of Chianti. The villa is family-run and staff members are local to the region, meaning we have a more positive impact on local economy: local employment opportunities are created and income generated is reinvested in the area. Surrounded by incredible vineyards and woodland, the farmhouse has access to some very fresh, local ingredients, including renowned Chianti wines, olives and olive oil. Many meals are provided and will include a number of regional specialties including locally cured meats on crostini, Tuscan bean soup, fish stew, homemade pasta and Florentine steak. The owners are environmentally conscious and try to minimise negative effects on their natural surroundings by paying attention to recycling and energy conservation.

Local Craft and Culture:
We arrange for three wine tastings over the course of the trip, where we learn about local wines and how they are made. This includes a session in the farmhouse, one in Villa Il Palagetto, where excellent Vernaccia wines are produced, and a short course at the Tuscan Wine School. These are great opportunities to support local suppliers and to encourage the traditional methods of local wine production. We also engage with local culture by visiting many places of interest- for example, Siena, with its many galleries and impressive gothic cathedral, and small mediaeval villages such as Greve in Chianti and nearby Montefioralle, where prized Chianti wines are grown.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

6 Reviews of Tuscany tours, walking and wine tasting in Italy

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Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Lovely walks. Wine tasting. Great food.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Good walking shoes. Early starts so be prepared.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good! Fantastic scenery.

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was not that memorable

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Unfortunately the operator dropped the ball on this particular tour. A combination of a new inexperienced tour leader, dirty poorly maintained accommodation
and inedible food. My expectation of the actual tour itself was different from the reality. No transport to and from town on days off. I would not recommend
until the issues are resolved.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not at all

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Poor

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Ronda for your review, although we are sincerely sorry that you were so disappointed with your experience and that the trip did not meet your expectations. Our operations manager visited the property soon after your stay and she understands that you stayed in the annex of the property which is not usually used for our clients and we have been assured that these rooms will not be used again in future. We acknowledge that the standards of the food served at the accommodation has seemed to slip recently and so the operations manager has spent considerable time reviewing the menu and discussing the main issues with the staff at the villa and we are confident that they have taken this training onboard. In saying this, should we receive similar feedback, we will look at changing the restaurant for all our clients. We feel it’s worth mentioning that this trip usually received good feedback and so we were very sorry that your experience was not inline with this.

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The walk to San Gimignano and the tour of Sienna

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for walks over some rough and/or steep terrain.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes as we were encouraged to use local restaurants and visit local shops and museums

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The beautuful Tuscan countryside.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take walking boots there is some rough ground.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


No. Taking van everyday but one to starting point

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Well organised and lovely accommodation

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The stunning views of the coastline during the walks.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be aware there is significant elevation during the walks. Paths are generally easy, but include many steps up and down.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our tour operator provides support of a locally run hotel.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good.

Reviewed on 01 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Viewing the city of Florence from the Viewpoint of Piazza Michaelangelo

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Come prepared for any kind of weather. We had wind, rain, thick cloud and hot sunshine.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Very much so. We stayed in a very lovely converted farmhouse, ate in local restaurants, shopped in small towns and villages, and tasted the local Chianti Classico in several wineries.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A wonderful mixture of fabulous walks through forests and vineyards, local history, culture in Siena and Florence, a fabulous cookery course in a nearby restaurant, and several most enjoyable and informative wine tastings.

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