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  • Tuscany Wildlife - The Hare

    There is more to see in Tuscany than the beautiful towns and historic buildings. The countryside is spectacularly beautiful and contains a wealth of wildlife, some of which tourists may only have seen before in zoos or television programmes.

    One animal you may well spot when visiting Tuscany is the hare. These are much larger than rabbits, their more numerous cousins, and one easy way to tell them apart is their bigger, black-tipped ears. The hare's fur is generally a shade between sand and brown, with white belly-fur, though this can vary; hares to the far north of the country, for instance, turn white in winter in order to blend in with the snow.

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

    Also unlike rabbits, hares do not live beneath ground but in scrapes, small areas of hollowed out ground where they can lie still and camouflaged. Spotting scrapes around a countryside villa in Tuscany is a good sign hares are close by, and the best time to look for them is during the evening and as night falls.

    Hares are most active during the hours of darkness, when they feed on plant material and mate. Baby hares are called leverets and can be born throughout the year. When they are born, they are already quite self-sufficient, having eyes and ears already open, unlike many mammals. They are fully grown and independent by the time they reach one year old.

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Small-Group Pasta Class from Scratch with Seasonal Ingredients

Pasta in Italy has infinite shapes and styles. Some are long and thin, like spaghetti. Others brim with fillings of cheese, braised meat, amazing vegetables or fish, organic, seasonal and locally-sourced. During this 3-hour class, limited to 8 participants, you are guaranteed one-on-one interaction with your cooking instructor. Learn how to form and fill traditional of stuffed pasta, how to prepare the main kind of dough for filled pastas and best ways to pair with its own delectable sauce.

from 75,99 US Dollar

TUK TUK: crazy for Ape

Having linked its image to that of the Italian Dolce Vita, the Ape has became the most loved vehicle for famous celebrities among the alleys of Capri, Ischia, Portofino, Cannes and the Greek islands.

- Private tour for couples and small groups, max 3 people for vehicle
- Departure from agreed meeting point on request
- Third-party insurance for civil liability included
- Visit of 2 typical villages 
- Typical tuscan lunch with 3 wine tastings
- About 6 hours tour
- Languages: Italian, English and Spanish on request

from 283,53 US Dollar

Siena Palio Balcony Access

Experience the world's oldest horse race in an exclusive location: a balcony in the San Martino bend!

The experience includes the access the this exclusive balcony with standing places (max 36) and appetizer buffet, from there you will enjoy the medieval historical parade and horse race.

from 521,7 US Dollar

Volterra and San Gimignano Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

Volterra and San Gimignano private shore excursion from Livorno port with english speaking driver. You will travel through the Tuscany's countryside and will see the Volterra and San Gimignano's  higlights; the driver will give you an overview of these places. It is possible to make a stop to one of the oldest estate in this area to sample wines and olive oil. This is about a 6 hours' tour.

from 623,77 US Dollar
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