Italy: TUSCANY FOR GOURMETS

Italy: TUSCANY FOR GOURMETS!

ABOUT TOUR:

Author's tour for corporate groups.

Only by trying Tuscan wine, you can truly appreciate all its beauty. Tuscany can be understood not only by admiring the nature, architecture and brilliant creations of the great Tuscan sculptors, artists and architects, but also by enjoying the elegance and simplicity of Tuscan cuisine. And also – by world-famous red wines: Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Amarone, Chianti and many other brands. Close your eyes and imagine: You sit in a cozy restaurant with a glass of local wine, admire the view of the Tuscan hills and valleys and thinking only about one thing - life is good!

Italian Tuscany (Toscana) is an amazing region that you should definitely visit at least once in your life. Grape-covered hills, ancient towns scattered around them, the one is more beautiful than another, wonderful Florence, which is impossible to forget. Not only tourists and art lovers come to Tuscany. Tuscany is also an excellent cuisine.

Tuscan cuisine is famous for its simplicity. Most of the dishes prepared there have no complex ingredients, as many of them were traditional food of the peasants. But such a cuisine with dishes made from farmers’ products is amazing in the nuances of taste and aromas.

Gourmets and life lovers, this tour is just right for you! The tour is suitable for corporate groups or for a friends’ company starting from 12 people. Choose dates and we will organize for you a really tasty trip!

Travel dates: travel is valid starting from 2019, 1st January until 2019, 15th of June and since 2019, 15th of September until 2020, 15th of June.

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Route: San Gimignano – Chianti region – Castellina in Chianti – Pisa – Livorno

Hotel on tour: www.relaisbelvedere.it 

Included in total price: 
* bus during all tour time, including transfers from and to airport of Rome;
* 4 nights in hotel 4* with breakfasts: www.relaisbelvedere.it
* excursions on tour (guides will meet you at the place)
* tickets: Cathedral of San Gimignano, entrance ticket to the Castle of Brolio
* Headphones for excursions
* 4 dinners и 3 lunches with homemade wine (1/2 l / per person)
* guides

In total price are NOT included:
* Flight;
* Health insurance;
* Entrance ticket to Pisa tower, Baptistery and Cathedral – 30 euros per person.

We really hope that you will take with you the taste of this magic “drink” called Tuscany.

With love – yours AFY TRAVEL.

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Day 1:
Meeting at the airport with the guide, transfer to the hotel, dinner at the hotel.

Day 2:
Breakfast at the hotel.
An excursion to San Gimignano (travel time – one hour), the main architectural highlight of San Gimignano are medieval towers built by noble families, who wanted to emphasize their social position. The main Cathedral of San Gimignano presents the works of the great Florentines: the architect da Giuliano di Maiano, the sculptor Benedetto da Maiano, the artist Domenico Ghirlandaio and many others masters. Spare-time for one hour. 
At 2pm departure for lunch with degustation at the winery.
After lunch we will return to the hotel and will take a rest. At 7.30 pm 
В 19.30 departure for dinner at a local tavern, after dinner returning to the hotel.

Day 3: 
After breakfast at the hotel we will waiting for an amazing trip around the famous Chianti region (travel time is 2 hours). 
Journey to the pearl towns, intricately gathered in a charming necklace in the boundless sea of green hills. 
First, look at the family ‘s Ricasolo castle Brolio, the fame of which goes far beyond the borders of Italy. Today, the representative of the 32nd generation of barons Ricasoli, Francesco, runs the castle and the winery. He sacredly honors family traditions, but nevertheless the most famous representative of the oldest Tuscan family was Bettino Ricasoli, named “The Iron Baron”. The Iron Baron had only two weaknesses: collecting minerals and winemaking. And it was he who, after 30 years of experiments, invented the Chianti brand blend. By the way, some are saying, that the baron never left the castle: his ghost still keeps order. Maybe we’ll meet? Here, in Chianti, we will hear the legend of the black rooster – the emblem adorning the neck of bottles of Chianti Classico wine is not just a trade logo... 

45 minutes on the way will fly by, and we will find ourselves in the city of Castellina in Chianti – indeed, there is something to see. The famous fortress of Castellina as well as the Renaissance palaces of Ugolini Scualchupi and Biancardi have retained to this day. We will examine them in the intervals between degustating wine – because without wine, its magic, aroma and taste it is impossible to fully enjoy Tuscany!

A great continuation of the tour will be lunch with degustation of leading Chianti Classico wines, after that way back to hotel will take one hour and 30 minutes.
Little rest at the hotel is possible, and then will be departure for dinner to local tavern with homelike cuisine.
Then – going back to hotel.

Day 4: 
Breakfast at the hotel, excursion to Pisa and Livorno.
The program also includes cheese degustation and a visit to a local craft cheese factory.
Pisa is not only its cathedral square; Pisa is a city of three world-famous Universities. It is a place, where the famous mathematics and physics like Fibunacci, Galileo Galilei, Pacinotti, Bruno Pontecorvo, Enrico Fermi were born, studied or taught.
The whole city is a work of art itself – by its elegant The Knights’ Square, ancient streets leading to the Arno embankment and palaces which are not as luxurious as the palaces on the embankment of the Neva River in St. Petersburg. After all, the era was also different, but the Petersburg’s nobles loved Pisa and many palaces still keep their secrets.
Our next stop – Livorno. The city arose only in the 16th century. Therefore, you should not expect from Livorno the preserved medieval layouts and churches in the Romanesque or Gothic style, such as in neighboring Lucca, Florence or Siena. However, Livorno has a certain charm – you will enjoy the colorful buildings of the 18th century, located along the canals and narrow streets.
At 7:30 pm fish dinner in the tavern, return to the hotel. 

Day 5: 
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport.
You will take with you not only wonderful impressions, but also a collection of flavors, tastes and sensations that, like the beacons of your memory, will make you remember more clearly and clearly what you have seen, eaten and drunk.
And you will remember all this for a long time..