Authentic Tuscany (countryside, villages, artisan cheese & pasta)

Rolling countryside, hilltop villages, local cheese, organic pasta, optional wine. Nothing engineered for tourists; just real, authentic Tuscany!

 

A NOTE ABOUT DRIVING TIMES
Driving times are super-reasonable for Tuscany: an hour to get there, 15 minutes or so between locations, and only 50 minutes on the way back.


SUMMARY
This full-on Tuscan immersion will give you an ample dose of the rolling Tuscan countryside, two pretty hilltop villages, two amazing wineries (optional), and two farms that feature lovingly-crafted products from the Tuscan earth.

DETAILS
Only about an hour’s drive from Livorno you will enter a land of picture-postcard scenes where the earth has been richly blessed by Mother Nature.

When you think about Italy, of course pasta, wine and cheese all come to mind; on this excursion you’ll be able to learn about the traditions and methods as well as taste the amazing products.

The itinerary is planned as follows:

  • 08.00 pickup at the ship
  • 09.00-09.40 visit the Medieval hamlet of Orciatico
  • 10.00-10.40 tour of Azienda Agricola Floriddia (ancient grains, artisan pasta)
  • 11.00-12.15 tour and wine tasting at Le Palaie
  • 12.30-14.00 visit the hilltop village of Peccioli, have lunch if you wish
  • 14.15-15.00 tour of Azienda Agricola L’Avvenire (artisan cheeses)
  • 15.00-16.15 tour and wine tasting at La Spinetta
  • 17.00 back at the ship

The itinerary can be modified to include only one winery, or none.

The Farms

Of the two farms on the agenda, one is a dairy located on a classic noble property where you can sample cheeses to your heart’s content. The other is a producer of ancient grains set in a breathtaking spot where you’ll be able to see how they mill the grain (still using millstones) and create their array of unusual dried pasta. Both farms implement organic/biodynamic techniques and a humane approach to everything they do.

The Wineries

Wine lovers with a taste for lesser-known but high-quality wines will want to include the wineries in the area of Terricciola. We consider the region one of the best kept secrets of Tuscany. Our favourites are:

  • La Spinetta in Casanova
    • La Spinetta is a striking, modern facility that offers an expansive sampling in their light-filled tasting room overlooking the vineyards. You can taste products from this family’s world-class wineries in three regions of Italy, everything from sparkling white wine to hearty reds.
  • Le Palaie in Peccioli
    • On this classic country estate you can enjoy Viognier, rosé and three reds as you sample an assortment of local products.

 
DURATION: 8-9 hours



1-2 persons € 480

3-4 persons € 540

5-6 persons € 600

7-8 persons € 640

These rates apply if you pay in CASH IN EURO. That's 10% off our full rates!

If paying by credit/debit CARD or through PAYPAL the full rates apply; please write to us for those.

DISCOUNTED RATES
For multi-booking, off-season, and family rates, please contact us.

LAST-MINUTE BOOKINGS
If you book with less than 72 hours of lead time a 50€ supplement applies.

OTHER COSTS & NOTES
The following rates for optional items that we book for you are valid if you pay in cash, and reflect 10% off the full rates that apply when paying by card or Paypal.
 

    OPTIONAL WINERY
    Tour and guided tasting accompanied by a variety of local products
  • at La Spinetta, 25 Euro per person
  • at Le Palaie, 35 Euro per person


 
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