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Cortona

Cortona’s appeal lies in its lofty setting, splendid views and medieval mood. Set close to the Umbrian border, 30 km south of Arezzo, Cortona is one of the most delightful hill towns in Tuscany. It was founded by the Etruscans, colonised by the Romans, and, after its sale to the Florentines in 1409, thrived under the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Cortona is perched majestically on a ridge of Monte Sant’Egidio, dominating the Val di Chiana. The approach road winds through terraced olive groves and vineyards, past villas, farms and monasteries.

Cortona is a tourism hotspot so its over-popularity is a given. The city’s slow burn was accelerated after the town found fame in Under the Tuscan Sun, a book which led to a film and a summer festival. Even so, once beyond the main squares, the crowds thin out. Luckily, there are enough quaint inns to restore any grumpy spirits.

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Brunello & Rosso di Montalcino Grand Wine Tour in Vald'Orcia Region (Tuscany)

Brunello di Montalcino is one of the best wines in the world, destined for long ageing, making it better and more complete over time. According to the regulations, Brunello must age for a minimum of 5 years although it is customary to lay it down for 10 years. It can remain in the cellar for 30 years while some of the very exceptional vintages last for 100 years or more, as the Brunello produced by Biondi Santi.

Brunello di Montalcino is made with only Sangiovese grapes cultivated exclusively in Montalcino, a small Tuscan town that is forever linked to its wine, to that certain clone of Sangiovese Grosso that. 

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Local market visit and dining experience at a Cesarina's home in Florence

Visit the vibrant local market and the traditional food shops with the Cesarina and immerse yourself in a private dining experience at the Cesarina's home. Enjoy an exclusive show cooking and  taste authentic Florentine recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian Mammas. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Enjoy a 4 course-menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish, dessert with  drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from Tuscany cellars and coffee). At the end of the experience, take your souvenir back home: the official Cesarine apron and shopping bag.

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Florence Electric Bike Tour with Farm and Wine Bar Visit

Explore Florence and the Tuscan hill town of Fiesole with little effort and lots of fun on this 4-hour electric bike tour, led by a local host. Safe to ride, the bikes have an electric motor that start as soon as you pedal, meaning you’ll see the sights without getting out of breath! After admiring Fiesole’s views, pedal back to Florence, stopping for a wine and food-tasting session on the way. Then, look out for highlights like the Ponte Vecchio, Florence Duomo and more!

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Accademia Gallery Museum Tour with Monolingual Guide

Visit the world famous museum, Accademia Gallery with an expert guide from Florence. Get the opportunity to immerse yourself in Michelangelo’s art and see his many masterpieces, including the statue of David.

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