With its spectacularly scenic cities, an obsession with amazing food and wine, postcard-perfect countryside and artistic masterpieces, it’s no wonder Tuscany is one of Italy’s most cherished, and most popular vacation destinations. You’ll spend an incredible eight days in this region, soaking up the culture and stepping back into medieval Tuscany with a tour of the lovely province of Siena and the medieval hill town of San Gimignano (the Manhattan of Tuscany), which, as legend has it, dates back to 63 BC! Sensational flavors abound with a wine tour that visits three famed wineries, your choice of an artisanal cheese-making or olive-picking food experience, and a tantalizing dinner prepared by a master chef in your villa!
Travelers flock to Tuscany for a myriad of reasons, from its historic cities, inspiring art, great wine and succulent food, medieval hill towns, beaches, and beautiful countryside just to name a few! But it’s also geographically attractive with an ideal location just a one hour drive from arguably the most beautiful city in the world, Florence, and less than a two hour drive from historic Rome. Tuscany hosts innumerable astounding localities, many of which are also named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces. A trip to this region means the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Etruscans, the Romans, the Christians, the British, and Napoleon!
Holiday in the comfort of your own five-bedroom villa in a meticulously restored 16th-century Italian manor! Located in the foothills of historic Cortona, this magnificent villa is the perfect compliment to exquisite Tuscany. The five ensuite bedrooms and a private hydrotherapy spa make this the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate yourself – and if that wasn’t enough, the villa also boasts stunning views of the rolling hills!
Your full day wine tour will take you to two famous wineries in Montepulciano and one in Montalcino, and includes a delicious lunch. Your food experience continues with either an artisanal cheese-making lesson in a farmhouse, or a morning of olive-picking before producing olive oil in a field. And on one spectacular evening, an Italian master chef and waiter will come to your villa to prepare a special, memorable feast, which will be served with paired regional wines.