Tuscany culture holiday, tailor-made
Description of Tuscany culture holiday, tailor-made
This five-day tailormade tour of Tuscany is a delectable immersion into one of Europe’s most beautiful and culturally rich regions. Based in a hotel close to Siena, you’ll explore the wonderfully scenic Val d’Orcia, so photogenic that it has appeared on film on numerous occasions, from ‘Gladiator’ to ‘The English Patient’.
Sample fresh Pecorino cheese in the hilltop village of Pienza, wine in Montalcino, and enjoy tours of both Siena and Florence, both famed for their astonishing beauty and treasured works of art and architecture. Admire Siena’s Piazza del Campo, the ‘hundred towers’ of San Gimignano, the romantic Piazza Duomo and the Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio of Florence.
This is an accessible holiday, suitable for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, and also travellers that are blind or have limited vision. Everyone ought to be able to drink in the landscapes of Tuscany, the clay-coloured hills of the Crete Senesi area dotted with farmhouses, the vineyards and olive groves, charming little villages with their churches and stone buildings.
Gain a taste of Tuscany with an idyllic tour with an itinerary that can be tailormade to your own passions, and learn first-hand what makes this beguiling region of Italy so enduringly popular.
1 Reviews of Tuscany culture holiday, tailor-made
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019 by Daniel Pickering
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Without much advance notice, Giovanna Consonni worked with the staff at the restaurant (near Rapalano Terme) to prepare an outstanding anniversary evening! The chef and restaurant staff were superb! An event we will cherish forever!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Personal drivers and small-group tours take away the stress of driving in a new country and learning a new language. Using local trains reduces cost and is
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
The benefits were largely due to the efforts of local Italians to provide enjoyable experiences using local resources and practicing responsible use of
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
We are seasoned travelers. We have traveled to Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, France, UK, Switzerland, Turkey and Tahiti. The personal touch of Giovanna and the friendliness of the local people we met made this a truly unique and outstanding vacation!
Read the operator's response here:
thank you for your comments about your holiday in Italy. It was so nice planning this holiday together and I am glad that your travel experience was up to your expectations. When I started to design your itinerary I thought about what I would like to see and do myself and in the end you visited both famous places and lesser known ones really travelling like a local.
Great credit goes to my suppliers, I invest a lot of care into building a relationship with drivers, hotel staff and guides, because they are the ones who make a difference to our guests as you could experience directly.
It was a real pleasure having you here and you will always be welcome to my beautiful Country.
PlanetWe select our partners and suppliers among those paying special attention to protect the environment. After decades of pesticide usage in agriculture, constituting a serious risk to human health and making our planet more and more arid, some farmers have turned to organic and in the Chianti area we partner with a winery that has embarked on an organic road with all of their vineyards and olive groves. The harvest is a ritual, a celebration of the season, and a step towards the long-awaited wine that will come. The grapes are carefully selected and only the best bunches are picked, those that have reached full maturation. The cutting of the vines is done manually. The grape is placed in a little basket, the stalks are separated from the fruit and the best grapes are carefully selected on the sorting table. Everything is done by hand, everything is done with passion. This is how they achieve the best results from every harvest.
In our daily activities, we separate plastic, paper, glass, tins and organic waste in different waste bins that are collected separately becoming part of the recycle system. We want to raise awareness among the visitors of Florence regarding the separate collection of waste. The municipality of Florence has been pursuing a differentiated collection policy for waste recycling and approximately 60% of the waste is collected according to the recycle principles. Unfortunately, the city centre is the area that has the lowest rate of separate collection and that is the area with more tourists and businesses that cater to their needs. Hotels, shops and restaurants in the centre have to make the biggest effort but we raise awareness among our customers to enable them to contribute to and support the waste recycling policy
PeopleWe are a local company and we cooperate with local businesses and local professionals. The guides who will accompany you are professional people passionate about their work and who will share unique details and stories which you cannot find on guidebooks. The visits are made by private minivan provided by a local company, the drivers are friendly and happy to show you around. Hiring local people means that your spend will impact directly on the local community. We establish partnerships with local suppliers because in this way we are directly supporting the local economy and people, helping to preserve the sights for future visitors.
We invest a lot in the relationships with the local providers because it is important for us that our guests feel welcome and are able to enjoy their visits not as tourists but as travellers. For this reason we partner with small businesses that focus on providing a personalized service and not on making big numbers. Our aim is that both the providers and the visitors enjoy a mutual exchange of their experiences and benefit from their knowledge. In order to achieve this we work to establish relationships with our providers that are based on respect and fairness and we highlight the importance of sharing with their visitors their daily life and cultural background.
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