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The Hare

  • The Hare

    One animal you are very likely to spot in Tuscany is the hare. It is much larger than the rabbit, its more numerous cousin, and one easy way to tell them apart is the hare’s bigger, black-tipped ears. The hare's fur is generally a shade between sand and brown, and white on their bellies, though this can vary; for example, hares in the far north of Italy turn white in winter to blend in with the snow.

    This ability to camouflage itself is important for the hare because it spends a large part of each day lying still in the ground cover, hidden from predators. Its preferred territory is cultivated countryside or level ground within forests, where its incredible ability to turn in different directions at speed is put to good use when fleeing danger. The hare has longer legs than rabbits and more powerful forelegs. This enables it to make sudden changes of direction when running to throw off predators. This trait, known as telemarking, also helps identify hares from rabbits.

    Also unlike rabbits, hares do not live beneath ground but in scrapes, small areas of hollowed-out earth where they can lie still. If you spot scrapes around your villa in Tuscany, it is a sure sign that hares are close by.

    The best time to look for hares is during the evening and as night falls because they are most active during the hours of darkness, when they feed on plants and mate. Baby hares are called leverets and are born throughout the year. At birth, they are already quite self-sufficient; their eyes and ears are already open, unlike many mammals. By the time they reach the age of one, they are fully grown and independent.

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Fiat 500 Tour of the Chianti Roads from San Gimignano

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Tuscan countryside by vintage Fiat 500 on an 8-hour scenic driving tour. Stop for a light lunch at a Chianti winery. Marvel at medieval villages in the rolling hills of the famous wine region, and more.You can choose to drive or be a passenger on this tour, and a limited number of children are able to ride at no charge with some tour options.

from 89,57 US Dollar

Private Tour: Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Day Trip from Florence

Explore the art, culture and medieval history of Italy on this private 8-hour Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti countryside tour from Florence. Book the experience for your private group (up to eight people max), and visit the UNESCO–listed city of Siena with your very own guide. Discover top attractions such as the Piazza del Campo and the 13th-century Siena Cathedral. Stroll along the bustling Via di Città then head into the Chianti countryside, where fertile hillsides line the route. Visit the fortress of Monteriggioni, explore San Gimignano and enjoy personal attention from your private guide.

from 555,32 US Dollar

Vintage Fiat 500 Featured Tour

Our drive will wind us through beautiful canopied streets, through wooded areas with streams and cypress tree lined stretches of road. You will marvel at the olive trees and grape vines and feel like you are driving in a postcard.
After a 45 minute scenic drive, we arrive at our destination, Villa Le Corti, which is a family residence of one of the oldest and most prestigious Italian aristocratic families.
We will tour the Villa Le Corti Winery, learn about the various types of grapes in the Chianti region, their characteristics, the fermentation process and more. You will learn about the unique way the cellar was built….underground!
Upon completion of the Winery Tour, we will proceed to the Villa’s Cantina where you will experience tasting of 3 types of Villa Le Corti wines. We will feast upon a typical 3 course Tuscan meal.

from 190 US Dollar

Tuscany wine tasting in a breath-taking estate

Discover the art of making wine in Tuscany seaside. Follow your guide from the vineyard to the cellar, in this exclusive location, and taste fine good wine with delicious small snack of local products.

from 85,99 US Dollar
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