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Chianti – Siena - Pisa - Lucca
Day 1: Arrive in Tuscany- Volterra
Arrival at Pisa or Florence Airport and transfer to the hotel in the Volterra area. Check-in at the hotel, welcome drink and rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel in the Volterra area MEALS D
Day 2: Cooking class and Volterra
Specialties of the day: Home-made 3-course Italian meal
After breakfast we make our way to the town of Volterra which stands mightly over the surrounding hills and villages. Our guided tour will begin by the great Medicea Fortress and take us to Via Panoramica which runs along the city walls. Enjoy the lovely view of the Roman Theater and the surrounding hilly countryside. Discover the secrets of Italian and Tuscan cuisine during a hands-on cooking class in the afternoon. We may choose an appetizer, a first course of pasta, then a main course of fish or meat to prepare. After the class we will get together with the other participants to enjoy our own home-made meal. Buon appetito!
Hotel in the Volterra area MEALS B, L
Day 3: San Gimignano, Siena and the Chianti wine area
Specialties of the day: Wine, Vin Santo and Cantucci cookies
Today’s highlight is San Gimignano, the “Manhattan of Tuscany” which announces itself with a skyline full of medieval towers that rise over 175 feet. We then enjoy a light lunch in the Chianti area tasting local wines and the famous sweet Vin Santo accompanied by Cantucci cookies. After lunch we will continue to Siena where our local guide will show us the major sights such as Piazza del Campo, the shell-shaped square on which the famous horse-race “Il Palio” takes place each year, the Cathedral and the Church of San Domenico.
Hotel in the Volterra area MEALS B, L, D
Day 4: Maremma - San Galgano – Massa Marittima - Pisa
Specialties of the day: Wine, cheese and olive oil
We will drive along the coast to Massa Marittima which offers a fascinating medieval center featuring many of Italy’s most beautiful squares. We will then discover the Gothic Abbey of St. Galgano near Siena or, more precisely, the ruins which remain of this Abbey. The roof with its impressive vaults has caved in and grass has now grown on the floor of this former place of worship. To end the day we will stop in the heart of the Maremma area to taste some wine, olive oil and cheese before heading back to the hotel.
Hotel in Pisa MEALS B, D
Day 5: Pisa and Lucca
Specialties of the day: Olive oil and salami
This morning, we are headed to Lucca, a traditional Tuscan town, whose medieval walls are still well-preserved. Known as the city of 100 churches and being the birthplace of Puccini it offers many interesting sights. On a guided tour we will explore the city that is considered to be Tuscany's open-air museum. We will then enjoy a light lunch at a farmhouse including bruschetta with cold pressed olive oil, olives and cold meats before making our way to Pisa, the former powerful sea-republic. We will visit the impressive Cathedral, the Baptistery and of course the world famous leaning Tower.
Hotel in Pisa MEALS B, L
Day 6: Pisa
After breakfast, transfer to the Pisa or Florence Airport and departure.
Transportation and Hotels
Food and Drinks
Experiences and Services
The tour does not include:
Please note the city taxes are not included and have to be paid by the guest directly to the hotel at the time of check in. The amount of the taxes depends on the category of the hotel and length of stay. Please check our web-site for additional information about the rates and cities where the taxes are applied.
The names of restaurants, wine cellars etc, are subject to change due to their opening days. The program of the “Specialties of the day“ excursions could vary depending on the area and season.
Accomodation in 4* Hotel
Park Hotel le Fonti 4* - Volterra
Grand Hotel Bonanno 4* - Pisa
The prices are per person sharing a double/twin room
Tours are on request and rates are subject to the availability at the time of booking. If travel dates occur during the trade-show season, Bank Holidays, or particular events a supplement will apply.
Prices are subject to change based on the 2018-2019 trade-show calendar.