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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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Join us for a breathtaking morning drive through the picturesque Chianti hills around Florence!
First we walk you through the paces of mastering the concept of the Double-Clutch driving experience and the beauty of enjoying an iconic Italian car and lifestyle.
Throughout our various stops along the enchanted Tuscan country roadside, your guide regales you with splendid stories of the Italian past and unique local lore.
No tour would be complete without seeing the traditional roads lined with cypresses, wild flowers all around you and the unmistakable classic Italian architecture.

Choose this tour if you want to warm your heart to the classic Italian lifestyle.

Prerequisites: Experience Driving with Manual Transmission, Valid Driver’s License.

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Glide gently along the streets and squares of the historical center with the funniest vehicle existing, to admire the most popular monuments of the city and enjoy the breath-taking view of Florence under the romantic sunset’s light!

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Aperitivo Tour of Florence

Experience ‘aperitivo’ time in Florence on a 2.5-hour tour, led by a friendly local guide! The most sociable of Italian culinary traditions, the pre-dinner happy hour of snacks and drinks – known as aperitivo – is popular in the city’s beautiful wine bars. After a mojito sorbet in a gelato parlor to start the evening, visit two wine bars to enjoy aperitivo time just as the Florentines do – feasting on Tuscan delicacies and wine.

Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.

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