Our special ‘Taste of Tuscany’ tour aims to tantalise the taste buds and stimulate the creative mind. This tour begins in historic Florence and passes through Italy’s best food and wine region, Tuscany! Along the way we stop at spectacular spots for hands on sketching and photography classes. You will take home great memories of the unique food, wine, art and Tuscan landscape.
‘Taste of Tuscany’ is a walking tour along the Via Francigena taking you through the most picturesque Tuscan vistas. Our guides will not only lead you along the walking trails, they will also provide unique photography and sketching tuition. You taste buds will be tantalised by the foods and wines of Tuscany, especially during our wine tours and cooking classes. Our chauffeur will keep you entertained with his unique knowledge of the Tuscan surroundings.
Our tour begins in Florence. We arrive at our hotel and meet for refreshments and introductions. In the afternoon we take a stroll through Florence visiting the famous fashion streets, Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo. Along the way we stop for a sketch and a photograph. In the evening we meet for a welcome dinner and experience the Florentine cuisine and wines.
In the morning we visit a selection of famous Florentine monuments, Churches and Art Museums. For lunch we sample the local produce at the Mercato Centrale Firenze food markets. In the afternoon we have a sunset photography and sketch walk. This is followed by a sunset dinner and relaxation in the hotel’s ultramodern conservatory.
We begin the day with a scenic bus trip to Siena. We make our way to our hotel and begin our introduction to Siena. Then we take a lunch time casual stroll through Siena admiring the vistas, the famous churches and the ancient streets. We visit the Duomo and nearby Museums. In the evening we enjoy a sunset photography and sketch walk, followed by a sunset dinner.
We enjoy siena, visiting the monuments and museums in the morning. Then we have lunch and an afternoon walk around Siena tasting the local culinary specialties. We enjoy more photography and sketching around the ancient streets. And in the evening another sunset dinner.
Our walking tour begins with a 7 km walk from Siena to Chiesa di San Pietro a Paterno with its panormaic views of Siena where we stop for some sketching and photography. Then we meet our chauffeur and drive to Buonconvento stopping at Cuna, Quincino and Ponte d’Arbia for a pilgrim’s break, sketching and photography. We stop at Buonconvento, tour the medieval town and then walk 8 km to Caparzo vineyards. Here we have a pilgrim’s break with some wine tasting and more sketching and photography. Then we meed our chauffeur again and drive to our Agriturismo in Radicofani. Here we enjoy a 5 course dinner with specialities of the region.
Our chauffeur drives us to San Quirico d’Orcia to begin our walk. After a quick visit of the town we walk 6 km to Vignoni Alto for some sketching and photography. Then we walk 2 km to Bagno Vignoni and stop for a pilgrim’s break and more sketching and photography. Our chauffeur meets us at Bagno Vignoni and takes us for an afternoon’s drive and wine tasting along the Orcia Wine Trail. We finish at Bagnio San Filippo for a swim in the thermal baths. The best is yet to come – we drive to our Agriturismo at Radicofani and enjoy a cooking class preparing a complete menu for our evening’s meal!
We begin the day with a drive to Abbadia San Salvatore where we visit the Abbey and stop for some sketching and photography. Then we drive to Radicofani and visit the hilltop town and stop for some more sketching and photography. Then we enjoy a 10 km walk to Ponte a Rigo with opportunities for more art works. Our walk ends at Ponte a Rigo where our chauffeur meets us and we drive to Proceno Castle. After settling into the Castle we enjoy a sunset walk around Proceno. Then we dine at the Castle in the evening.
Today we have a rest day from walking and focus on food and wine. Our chauffeur drives us to Pitigliano to visit the surreal hilltop town, also known as Little Jerusalem. Then we have a guided tour and lunch at a famous vineyard near Pitigliano. We return to Proceno castle where we work in the Castle’s kitchen preparing its time-honoured recipes. In the evening we enjoy our cooking!
The day begins with breakfast in one of the Castle’s restaurants. Then we have a private tour of the Castle. Our day’s walk is an 8 km walk to Acquapendente. And after lunch and checking into our rooms we have a guided tour of Acquapendente. In the evening we dine on local organic farm produce in a special restaurant with a great chef!