"Chianti, madam, is God's next best gift to man"- Peter Lanberg
CHIANTI May 1 - May 8, 2020
8 days / 7 nights fully inclusive stay in a private villa in Chianti
ALL INCLUSIVE: Accommodations, meals, transfers, excursions and activities
Visit to organic goat cheese farm
Farm visits with local producers and artisans
Hands-on cooking classes & demos
Pizza & bread making workshop
Inspiring walks in Chianti's nature, enjoying the breathtaking scenery
Visits to San Gimignano & Florence
Cashmere goat farm visit
Artisanal pasta workshop
Visit to pecorino cheese producer
Visit to silversmith workshop
Guided truffle hunting experience with lunch following
Enjoy small group attention: Limited to 10 participants!
Overview This is an exclusive and all inclusive week in Chianti, limited to just ten participants. We will be staying in a private villa, located in the stunning and breathtaking scenery of Tuscany's country-side. We will experience out-of-the ordinary day trips and excursions that will give you an insider's perspective not typically found any other way. We will visit beautiful hilltop villages, wineries, farmers and local artisans and sample their products. You will be fully immersed in Tuscany's county life. We will participate in a gentle hike among the villages of Chianti, only to be refreshed with a stop at a local winery for a light lunch and sample of their wines. A bread workshop led by a local "panaio" (bread baker) is sure to be a learning and tasty experience! And anyone watching their carb intake is warned - a visit to an artisanal pasta producer with lunch following is also planned for the week! This adventure is aimed specifically at participants who wish to really experience genuine life like a local Tuscan.
Day 1: The Experience Begins! Arrival in Chianti, Bread & Pizza Workshop
Benvenuti in Toscana! Group pick up in Florence for transfer to the beautiful Chianti region, checking in at our beautiful villa, which has been reserved just for us. In the afternoon, we will participate in a delicious and fun bread making culinary workshop with Beppe at the farmhouse, learning the art of making delicious bread, focaccia and pizza. Beppe “Il Panaio,” is a trusted baker and bread expert. Together, we will learn about different kinds of flours and the characteristics of the ancient grains. We will then enjoy a bread-making demonstration, where we will get to see how delicious bread, pizza and focaccia are made.
A welcome culinary feast served at the farmhouse for dinner, if you still have room!
Day 2: Four-course Cooking lesson with a Slow-Food Chef + Discover Montefioralle + Organic family run winery with sunset aperitivo
We will spend a delicious morning, experiencing a hands-on cooking class with Stefania, a Slow Food Movement Tuscan chef based in the Chianti Classico area. Stefania’s cooking lessons are fun, educational and interesting. She uses only the freshest and best ingredients and she is a member of the Slow Food Movement. Her hands-on cooking lesson will guide us through the preparation of an entire meal from antipasto to dolce, and ends up on an elegantly decorated table, enjoying the lovely meal we have just created.
After lunch, we will enjoy a relaxing walk in charming Montefioralle, awarded as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, with time for relaxation and to enjoy the stunning views.
On the way back to the farmhouse, we will stop at a beautiful family-owned organic winery. Enjoy a guided tour through the vineyards and the cellar with tasting of products. Our hosts will be welcoming us into their vineyards, where we will see an organic and passionate approach to wine and farming. In the evening, we will enjoy a visit to the stunning Badia a Passignano abbey, a Middle age monastery still belonging to the monks, enjoy a sunset aperitivo in a lovely wine bar with stunning views over the green rolling hills!
Day 3: Cashmere + “Under the Tuscan Sun” Lunch Experience + Siena
Our day begins with a visit to a unique Cashmere goat farm in Chianti, where we will learn everything we wanted to know about cashmere! Learn about the habits of cashmere goats, their names, how they are raised, how their lovely fiber is harvested and how it is processed into a finished garment. For those who love animals and incredibly soft and pure cashmere, this is going to be an amazing experience. We will have a guided tour of the farm, followed by a perfect lunch experience.
After lunch we will head to the stunning town of Siena, where we’ll enjoy a real espresso in the stunning Piazza del Campo and taste the “Senesi,” a delicious traditional sweet of this town. We will also have the possibility of admiring the majestic beauty of the Duomo and to learn interesting stories about the famous Palio, a tradition from Siena that goes back to the Middle Ages.
A delicious dinner will be enjoyed at the farmhouse.
Day 4: Day Trip to Firenze + Pizza Party at the Farmhouse
In the morning, we will head towards Florence, where a licensed art historian will guide us through the most beautiful piazzes and other spots of Florence. We will also enjoy a visit to the Accademia where the stunning David is housed. After a casual lunch in Florence, we will enjoy the early afternoon at our leisure in the city to shop for souvenirs or just people-watch, and enjoy Italy's "Il Dolce Far Niente," literally, the sweetness of doing nothing!
In the evening, we will experience a gastronomic pizza party back at the farmhouse and enjoy pizzas will all local ingredients such as:
Aperitivo with prosecco and tuscan focaccia
Pizza margherita with tomato sauce, mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil
Pizza with fresh tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella, raw ham
Pizza with ham, mushrooms, sausages and onions
Lemon and vodka sorbet
Sweet pizza with fresh fruits and chocolate
Day 5: Artisanal Pasta Workshop, Visit to Organic Winery in Lamole, Terracotta From Impruneta + Olive Oil Experience
Spaghetti, tagliatelle, penne e pappardelle! Oh my! Did you ever wonder how and where artisanal pasta is made? This is the right occasion to live an authentic experience, having the chance to visit an artisanal pasta workshop in Chianti. We will first visit the workshop, learning the difference between dry and fresh pasta, and in how artisanal pasta is different from the industrial one.
After, we will visit a family owned wine producer in Lamole, just above Greve, who produces an excellent Chianti Classico. They have a lovely family run restaurant with a stunning panoramic view and delicious food. After lunch, we will enjoy a perfect “siesta” at the villa, with time to rest and to enjoy the beautiful pool.
In the afternoon, we will head towards the lovely village of Impruneta, where we will visit a fascinating terracotta workshop, seeing how artisans shape beautiful jars and pots.
We will end our day with an evening visit to a unique olive farm run by Janet, Stefano and Livia, a wonderful family who has always been committed to producing and sharing the culture of excellent extra virgin olive oil. Learn all about the olive oil production. We will then move to the kitchen, experiencing an unforgettable dinner experience focused on the culture of olive oil and the importance of gathering and cooking together. Being at Janet and Stefano’s table is like entering another world, a truly memorable couple that is sure to leave an impression.
Day 6: Pecorino Cheese producer in Pienza + Brunello di Montalcino
We will begin our day with a relaxing walk in the beautiful village of Pienza, a marvelous village protected by the UNESCO world heritage sites. We will then visit an awarded organic pecorino cheese maker near Pienza, enjoying a guided tour of his fascinating farm and learning everything you wanted to know about 100% Tuscan Pecorino!
After lunch, we will visit a beautiful and family owned Brunello di Montalcino winery, enjoying a guided tour of the cellar followed by a Brunello wine tasting under their panoramic pergola.
For dinner tonight, we head back to our villa for a delicious meal of the Tuscan specialty, bistecca alla Fiorentina!
Day 7: Truffle Experience + Discover San Gimignano and its Treasures
Our journey will begin with a unique truffle hunting experience in the forest with trained dogs and with an experienced local truffle hunter, who will tell us interesting legends and curiosities about this precious gift of nature. The experience will start in the fields and will end up in their kitchen, understanding all the secrets and best culinary recipes with fresh truffles.
After lunch, we will enjoy a relaxing walk in the medieval village of San Gimignano. This magical location is famously known for its array of medieval towers that can be seen from miles away. We will enjoy a stroll through the traditional shops and streets, and we will also visit an interesting silversmith workshop there, where Matteo, a young and talented silversmith, will show us how he transforms shapeless silver in marvelous objects. A farewell dinner will be enjoyed at our favorite trattoria in Chianti, enjoying the BEST homemade pasta you've ever had!
Check-Out & Return to Florence
After breakfast at the villa, we say our good-byes and reflect on the beautiful weekwe just experienced. Group airport transportation will be provided.
Where are we staying?
We will be staying in Villa Miranda. Located in the scenic hills of the Chianti Classico region, among age old vines and lush green olive trees, this beautiful property is just a few miles from major towns and villages in Tuscany. In a fully renovated farmhouse dating back to the 1500s, you will find comfortable and spacious bedrooms that are sure to offer all the comforts of home. The breakfast room, which features traditional exposed chestnut wood beams, looks on to the property’s garden, an idyllic relaxing hideaway with a barbecue and beautiful hill views. Nestled among the surrounding nature, the swimming pool offers privacy and fun. Villa Miranda is a tasteful family setting and it is an ideal base for trips and excursions around the surrounding areas and to cities of art such as Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Greve in Chianti, Panzano and more.
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INCLUSIONS This is an all-inclusive week. All meals, private transportation, entrance fees, tours, excursions, cooking classes, winery visits and local wine with every meal are included.
Pizza, focaccia & bread workshop
4 course cooking lesson in Greve with Slow-Food movement chef
Visit to family-run organic winery with tastings of local products
Sunset aperitivo in Badia a Passignano
Visit to cashmere goat farm
Visit to Siena and tasting of local sweets
Daytrip to Florence for the day with visit to Accademia
Pizza party back at the villa
Artisanal pasta workshop
Winery visit in Greve with tasting and lunch
Terracotta workshop visit in Impruneta
Cooking and olive oil lesson with Janet & Stefano
Visit to Pienza for lesson on pecorini cheese-making
Visit to Brunello di Montalcino winery
Truffle-hunting experience with truffle-themed lunch following our hunt
Tour of San Gimignano with visit to silversmith workshop
Farewell dinner in local trattoria with freshly made pasta
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Price & Details 8 Days / 7 Nights $4300 USD Per Person for Double Occupancy / Single Supplement is $500 USD. Pay in full by check and save $100 USD. $1,000 USD Deposit is required to secure your spot. Deposit will be applied towards overall cost of tour.
Francesca Montillo, Native Italian, Owner and Tour Leader Accompanies all Activities Contact Francesca at email@example.com for booking/reservation and further details.
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