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Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

1. Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

After meeting your guide and boarding the coach, drive to the Chianti region. On the way to the first winery, your guide will share interesting facts and curiosities about landmarks along the route. Arrive at the first “cantina” of the day, where you will be welcomed by the winemakers. After listening to a brief introduction about the winery’s history and the types of wine made there, join a guided tour of the facilities and nearby vineyards. Learn all about the winemaking process, the materials used to make the barrels, and what it takes to be classified as a “Chianti Classico”. Then, begin your first tasting session of 4 different wines. You will hear an explanation of each of the wines that you sample, as well as some tips on how to savor the wine and understand its qualities. The wines will be accompanied by local snacks produced in the region, such as cheese, bread, olive oil, and salumi. Board the bus and continue to the second winery. On the way, make a stop at a scenic lookout to observe a stunning panorama of the Chianti Hills. At the second winery, learn about their production methods, what is unique about their vines, and how weather can affect the grapes. Explore the facilities during a short guided tour, and walk through the vineyards. Then, sample another round of up to 3 wines, as the local charismatic wine producer tells you about the peculiarities of each. After some free time, head back to Florence.

Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

2. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of this quaint village and take some time to wander around. If you have selected the add-on, sit down at a local restaurant with a beautiful terrace and sea views. Tuck into a lunch of fresh fish for your 'primo' and homemade pesto pasta for your ‘secondo’. Then, choose to either go on an adventurous guided hike from Corniglia to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

3. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

From Carrara: Marble Quarries Jeep Tour with Lardo Tasting

4. From Carrara: Marble Quarries Jeep Tour with Lardo Tasting

On this guided tour, spend the day visiting the famous marble caves of Carrara. Marvel at some of the world's finest marble, from which Michelangelo once chose in order to sculpt his masterpieces. Get a taste of the cavers' traditional diet with a visit to a lard factory. Begin your tour by hopping into a stylish off-road vehicle to reach the marble caves. Your guide will drive you up to quarries up to 1,000 meters above sea level. There, learn about marble extraction techniques and how they have evolved since the Roman era. After seeing the quarry that Michelangelo selected for his marble sculptures and discovering the history of this renowned area, enjoy the unique taste of the cavers' cuisine with a visit to a lard factory. The renowned Lardo di Colonnata will round out your tour.

From Florence: Small Group Wine Tasting Tour to Tuscany

5. From Florence: Small Group Wine Tasting Tour to Tuscany

Depart Florence and journey to the historic Chianti Classico wine region by air-conditioned minivan while your English-speaking driver explains the stunning landscape where the most famous wines from Italy are produced. Visit two wine estates, with wine and food pairings. Sample 3 of the first wine estate's wines, along with some of the fresh olive oil they produce. Learn more about the unique techniques used to produce wine and get a better appreciation of the local viniculture on a tour of the wine cellars. Continue towards the second wine estate to take a tour of the cellars and compare and contrast their techniques with the first winery. Taste different wines and olive oils produced on the farm, paired with local specialties from Tuscany, such as cheese, salami, cold cuts, and bruschetta.

From Florence: Tuscany Wine & Food Tour with Guide

6. From Florence: Tuscany Wine & Food Tour with Guide

Journey through the wine-producing region of Tuscany on a day trip from Florence. Admire the countryside and hear all about it from your driver. Visit 3 wineries and enjoy lunch with a tasting of local wines, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Take a walk in the medieval town of Greve in Chianti. Start your day trip driving to the south of Florence, through the Tuscan countryside. Reach the first winery to learn about the winemaking process. Visit the farm, and satisfy all of your curiosity. Next, move on to another selected hilltop wine estate, where a wine expert is waiting for you to share the facts and anecdotes behind this product. Take a guided tour of the farm and learn all of the secrets to making wine. Sit down for lunch accompanied by the winery's own wines and Vin Santo (dessert wine). Nothing is rushed, so take the time to relax and enjoy. After lunch, head to Greve in Chianti, the most representative village of the Chianti Classico countryside. Take some free time to admire the attractive main square. Continue to the third winery, and taste their products, before you head back to Florence.

From Siena: Dinner in the Chianti Vineyards

7. From Siena: Dinner in the Chianti Vineyards

Discover the history, landscapes, wines, and culinary traditions of Chianti on this day trip from Siena. Travel in a comfortable and climate-controlled vehicle to a quaint farm in the hills. Engage your senses as you try a range of wines and savor a gourmet dinner.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from a centrally-located meeting point in Siena. Admire the Tuscan countryside as you travel to a farm tucked away in between rows of vineyards where grapes ripen in the Italian sun.  Pick up a wine glass to carry with you on your visit to the farm's winery. Sample a variety of delicious wines as you walk along a charming wine route. Visit the estate’s historic chapel before finally heading to your candle-lit dinner under the stars.  Listen to harmonious background music and lookout at the vineyards as you indulge in a farm-fresh gastronomic experience made from traditional recipes. Taste pappa al pomodoro or ribollita ( both are variations of Tuscan bread soup) and barbecued meat served with seasonal vegetables.  Let yourself get carried away by the warmth and fragrances of the barbecue and the perfumes of the grapevines, which enhance the dining experience. After dinner be escorted back to Siena where the tour will finish.

Tuscany: Canyoning Adventure Day Trip

8. Tuscany: Canyoning Adventure Day Trip

Join us in picturesque Tuscany for a day of adrenaline-fueled fun. A canyoning adventure day lets you negotiate steep natural water slides and swim through cool springs whilst admiring the scenic beauty of the natural environment. Learn how to jump, slide and swim through crystal clear spring water and experience picturesque Tuscany like never before. This fully supervised canyoning adventure is a great action-packed day out, ideal for active families and fully supervised by certified professionals. You will have the unique feeling of literally walking on water as the river's momentum will take you off on a natural rollercoaster ride. Fabulous fun for all!

From Florence: Tuscan Countryside Tour on a Vintage Vespa

9. From Florence: Tuscan Countryside Tour on a Vintage Vespa

Meet at the centrally located garage for your introduction to one of the perfectly restored Vintage Vespas. Your tour leader will fit you with a helmet and give some basic instructions and safety information before setting off for this exhilarating ride through the countryside. Leave Florence in a small swarm of Vespas and head for the freedom of the hills, following the tour leader along the riverside and a tree-lined avenue to a famous viewpoint. After posing for photos with your Vespa and the amazing skyline of Florence, enjoy a bit of culture with a quick visit inside one of Florence's oldest churches. Feeling more confident now with your Vespa, it's time for some more challenging roads as you leave the crowds and traffic behind and take to the narrow lanes between castles and villas, through ancient olive groves and vineyards. There are plenty of stops for photos and if two people are sharing a Vespa, there's plenty of chance to take turns. When it's time for a break, enjoy a magnificent view from a private terrace and sample some of Tuscany's best prosciutto and cheese with a glass of Chianti. Then be prepared to turn some heads as you ride expertly back into the city as you and your Vintage Vespa become one of the tourist sights of Florence.

Brunello di Montalcino Full-Day Wine Tour with Tastings

10. Brunello di Montalcino Full-Day Wine Tour with Tastings

Wine lovers will enjoy this full-day tour through the beautiful Tuscan landscape with stops to visit some typical local wineries. Explore the famous wine hills of Montalcino and learn about the process and passion involved in creating Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy's most prestigious wines. Your tour begins with a drive along the ancient Roman road from Siena to the famous wine hills of Montalcino. The first stop will be at a small, typical area winery where you’ll have a chance to walk in the vineyards, explore the cellars, and enjoy an introductory tasting of world-famous Brunello wine. Next, you’ll head to Montalcino, the hill town that gives its name to the region and its wines. Here you’ll have the opportunity to climb the fortress walls, spend some time browsing the shops and tasting the Brunello wines in wine bars, or simply enjoy the incredible views of the valleys and vineyards below. After visiting the town of Montalcino the tour continues on to the stunning ancient mystical Benedictine Abbey of Sant Antimo, a special place in a tranquil setting. You’ll enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch at a family-run winery, accompanied by the delicious wines produced at the facility. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the farm. In the afternoon you’ll visit a third winery where you’ll get a detailed description of the wine-making process, and learn how the vines are cared for and about the long aging process in oak barrels. After visiting the cellars and getting to know the winemakers, you’ll sit down for a final tasting of this nectar of the gods.

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What people are saying about Tuscany

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 9,202 reviews

An absolutely amazing experience! Went on this wine tour with my mom and sister for my Mom’s 60th birthday! Our tour guide Raffael absolutely made the trip outstanding. He was lots of fun and very knowledgeable! He gave us information about Florence, Tuscany, and the wineries and wine. We went to three different beautiful wineries. Lunch at the second winery was perfect and delicious! The wines were so outstanding that we shipped wine back home to the United States! The stop in Greve was nice and we enjoyed checking out the main town of Chianti. Everyone was so friendly. Our bus ride and driver were great! The scenery at the last winery was absolutely gorgeous. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Highly highly recommend!!

Our tour guide Sara was lovely and very knowledgeable about the history of Tuscany. Bravo Sara thank you to our patient driver Gaspare. The tour was jam-packed but we got to visit Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa, ss well as a winery. It was hot and exhausting, but a fun day!! Wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking a lot!!

The whole experience was executed very well. You definitely get your money’s worth and our guide and driver were great too. I wish it were a bit longer so we wouldn’t feel rushed to finish the wine. But overall this is a great value for what you’re getting. Our guide also gave us some history and recommendations about Florence.

My husband and I had so much fun trying the various wines, cheeses, and meats of the Chianti region of Tuscany. The countryside was beautiful, and I learned a lot about Italian wines in general. Stefano was a great guide as well! Full of personality and knowledge of the region. Highly recommend!

Guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. Really enjoyed the free time with recommendations of places to go. The lunch at the vineyard was really good and I felt it was worth the money!