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LONG and SHORT TOURS in TUSCANY

- WEEKENDS, DAYTRIPS: Choose among the 10 zones below.
- TUSCAN GETAWAYS: Combine two zones for a
3-4 days tour.
- WEEK TOURSCombine 3 zones for a 7 to 10 days tour, for example
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- SANGIOVESE, THE CLASSICS: Chianti, Vino Nobile, Brunello di Montalcino.
- CITIES OF ART: Arezzo, Siena, Florence, Lucca...Cortona, Sansepolcro, Volterra.
-  ETRUSCAN COAST: Pisa, Bolgheri, Volterra, Valdicornia, Maremma.
- ETRUSCAN, MEDIEVAL and RENAISSANCE TIMES:
Maremma, Crete, Valdorcia, Chianti. From 
Rome too, 9 days. Details in Special Tours.

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1) FLORENCE CHIANTI. Greve, Panzano, Florence, S.Gimignano

The Chianti Hills around Greve, where the Antinori vineyards are,  Panzano, and the golden bowl, San Donato, are usually your first approach with the Chianti Classico DOC zone, the largest in Italy (only Bordeaux is bigger). Carefully cultivated for 1000 years, it boasts a moving beauty made of castles, Renaissance villas, parish churches, thousands of stone houses: "the" picture-perfect Italian scenery. Taste Chianti Classico young and riserva, the Vin Santo, the IGTs (supertuscans). Explore the most beautiful views, and towns, taste at fancy and at traditional family estates.
Take a detour to taste the Vernaccia white wine of San Gimignano by the tall medievale 
towers.
More wine zones nearby: 
Carmignano, Chianti Rufina, Lucca Hills.

 

2) SIENA CHIANTI. Castellina, Radda, Gaiole, Volpaia, Siena.

This Castellina, Radda, Gaiole, Castelnuovo area, is the Chianti storico where Chianti was originally made, near Siena. More secluded, with cool, forested valleys, and great hikes, feels older, and is more quiet, definitely, and exclusive than the other part.  Some vineyards are hidden by woods, surrounding grey, massive castles, untouched from good old feudal times. The finest estates make big Classico and Supertuscans: elegant, austere, with great ageing potential. Drive by Ama, Brolio, Meleto, Montegrossi, Fonterutoli, Felsina, Cacchiano, or Coltibuono, Montevertine, Volpaia, taste at least ten of their wines.   Take 1-2 days, from Florence, Siena, Colle, or Arezzo.    More wines nearby: Montalcino, San Gimignano, Arezzo.


 

3) VALDORCIA, CRETE, MONTALCINO and MONTEPULCIANO Brunello and Vino Nobile.

Valdorcia is a mythical, exclusive, and a bit snob secluded part of Tuscany: two hilltop towns making great wines: Montalcino and Montepulciano, between, the Crete make the best pecorino di Pienza cheese, ideal to taste with the two rich, dark, intense wines.
Vino Nobile, is the older long-ageing wine since 1500. Brunello the top, glamorous, a bit overpriced, is new, from late 1800
only.  We taste, we visit towns, hot springs, and abbeys if you wish to: Romanesque St. Antimo and the 1400  Monte Oliveto, with its beautiful frescoes.    Have fun discovering your favourite ones:the traditional made by the few original local vintners, or the famous, more marketed international labels? The severe Brunellos from the high, cooler terroirs, or those from the warmer southern onesChoosing between 208  wineries may take a while! Take two days, don't rush the visit. Some favourite wineries: La Fiorita, Solaria,  Biondi-Santi, Agostina Pieri, Nello Baricci, Caparzo, Casanuova di Neri, Siro Pacenti, Case Basse, Costanti, La Rasina, Caprili, Campogiovanni, Banfi, Lambardi, Livio Sassetti, Villa a Sesta, Piandellevigne, Lisini.  

 

4) BOLGHERI, SASSICAIA, VALDICORNIA, MONTEREGIO. The Etruscan Coast: Pisa, Volterra, Suvereto, Massa Marittima.

Pisa, land here, look at the city, hold the Leaning Tower you too, then drive south to discover the "Pisa Hills" wines, around Terricciola, in Ghizzano and nearby. Immerse in "windy" Volterra: a perfect small medieval town. High, with widest views, with Etruscan and Roman ruins. See the unique alabaster, and Etruscan style jewellery artworks. The wines: Bolgheri and Montescudaio, will likely be your best finds in this trip: Sangiovese,blends with Cab and Merlot, and the mellow,  white Vermentino. Last but not least Sassicaia if we are lucky. A new style of Tuscan wines, quite exclusive at times, with an eye to the southern French wines, not too far from this coast afterall. Wineries: Bocelli, La Regola, Caiarossa, Guado al Melo, Tua Rita, Ghizzano, Sassicaia, Gaja, Petra !.

 

5) MAREMMA, ARGENTARIO, TUFI. Ansonaca, Morellino, Pitigliano wines.

This is the Maremma, the Mediterranean Tuscany for connaisseurs, and repeat travellers. Away from the big crowds, it turned into a haven for the most demanding European wine and food lovers. Its  more outstanding restaurants are at times the more hidden ones! It's an ideal leg in a trip from Rome to Tuscany.
Warm, smooth  Sangioveses, and Syrahs, both rustic and exclusive cuisine, shifting from seafood to game. Cool white wines in the Orvieto, Pitigliano undergroud tufa cellars. Smooth Morellino di Scansano.
See the atmospheric tombs of Sovana, rest on the Argentario coast, discover the rare Ansonica wine, fresh and salty white wine, and the Alicante, brought here by the by the Greeks and the Spanish, "just" a few centuries ago.

 

6) COLLINE LUCCHESI and PISANE, MONTECARLO. LUCCA and PISA, the Marble Mountains.


 

7) UMBRIA Assisi, Todi, Spoleto, Deruta. MONTEFALCO, ORVIETO TORGIANO wines.


 

8) CINQUETERRE Portovenere, Sestri, Portofino. PIGATO, VERMENTINO, ROSSESE, LUNI wines.

Liguria is a well hidden secret in Italy, offering much more than Portofino and Cinqueterre. Its character blends southern and northern style, with a remaining touch of the Celtic tradition. Its gentle wines, Rossese, Cinqueterre, Vermentino, Pigato, Colli di Luni,  seem ideal to combine with seafood, or to fight thirst, in the long summers that here may continue until october. The vineyards are everywhere, from the "Riviera dei fiori", with Imperia and Sanremo, close to France, to the center, close to the Langhe, to the Eastern Riviera, with Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, and Riomaggiore close to Tuscany. Take a week in Liguria, or combine Cinqueterre with the Pisa and Lucca wine zones. Or with the Langhe, land of Barolo and Nebbiolo, right nearby in Piedmont.

 

9) ROMA, FRASCATI, COLLI ROMANI, EST EST EST wines.


   
 

10) PARMA, MODENA, BOLOGNA hills and wines: LAMBRUSCO, BARBERA, SANGIOVESE wines.

Discover the land of the richest Italian cuisine: Parma ham, Ravioli, Parmigiano Reggiano, Balsamic vinegar, Tortellini, Tagliatelle, Lasagne...  Taste them at the source, with the many young wines perfect to drink with: Gutturnio, Ortrugo, Bonarda, Pignoletto.

 
 

 


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