We will pick you up at your location (hotel or apartment) and take you on a drive through the hills of Tuscany. During our drive, you will be given an overview of the Italian wine classification system and the history of the Chianti area.
We can first visit the town of Greve, the largest town of the Chianti area, with it’s nice main square where you can see the statue of Giovanni da Verrazzano, first European to sail to the NY Bay; spend some time at Falorni (best butchery in Tuscany) – founded in the early 1800s, it is one of the oldest butcher shops in the country – where you can sample their production of prosciutto, salami and cheese and then have some time to visit the square with its nice arcade and shops. Next stop will be the small village of Montefioralle, where no more than 100 people live and which still preserves its medieval architectural flavour.
We will then visite one or more wineries where you can also have lunch. Lunch can be also organized in one or the local restaurants. Then we drive back Florence ending the tour by 5 o’clock.
We advise you to book in advance the tickets for the tower to avoid possible lines. Driving along a scenic road we’ll get to Lucca in about 30 minutes. This Tuscan city is considered the one with the highest living standard in the region and is famous for its massive intact city walls where tourists and locals ride bicycles for a view from above them. Bicycles can be rented on site.
Siena and San Gimignano
Our English speaking driver will pick you up in the morning around 9 am, and take you to beautiful San Gimignano, often described as the Medieval Manhattan for its unique skyline.
You will be given plenty of information about this unique town before leaving you time for a walk on your own in its charming streets. We will meet again and we will head to Siena, which is about 25 minutes away. We can stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants on the way. Siena is one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany with its massive medieval walls and a gleaming red brick center.
It is possible to have a certified guide who will guide you on a walk tour that can last from 2 to 4 hours (this has to be booked in advance) or our driver can give you indications and you can have a tour on your own. After the tour we will head back to Florence, we will arrive around 5.00 PM.
There are many different ways of visiting the stunning part of the coast by the border of the two regions, Tuscany and Liguria, called Cinque Terre, which in Italian means five lands. Our English speaking driver will pick you up at your hotel at 8.00 AM, driving along the highway as far as the town of La Spezia. On a clear day you will be able to admire the Carrara marble quarry famous all over the world for the high quality of the mable.
Once reach Riomaggiore the choice is between going north with the little train or with the small ferry. If the weather is nice, we always advise to do it by ferry, from the water is definitely the best way to look at the picturesque little towns built on the cliffs.
Considering that is a mountainous area, if you do it by train you’ll go through many tunnels.
Your driver will pick you up at the end of the line, and take you back to Florence in about two hrs.
it is a mountainous area, if you do it by train, you’ll go through many tunnels …