Tuscany tours, walking and wine tasting in Italy
Optional single supplement £275.
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 mornings 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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6 Reviews of Tuscany tours, walking and wine tasting in Italy
Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by Philip BellVery good! Fantastic scenery, Lovely walks, Wine tasting and Great food. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019 by Ronda FogelTuscany tour not that memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2018 by Tony HadfieldVery good Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2018 by Janice EastmanWell organised and lovely accommodation Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Sep 2017 by Anne MonksThe stunning views of the coastline during the walks. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 May 2016 by Susan SargeantA 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. Read full review
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.
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.
PeopleAccommodation 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.
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.