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Val di Chiana - a taste of authentic Tuscany

  • Val di Chiana - a taste of authentic Tuscany

    Lucignano, 37 km west of Cortona, offers a taste of the Val di Chiana, famous for its beef, often found in Florentine steaks.  Lucignano is surrounded by hills and picturesque towns that dot the fertile Val di Chiana plains. The town itself enjoys a commanding view of the Val di Chiana - and its snug medieval walls add to its impact. Originally an Etruscan stronghold, Lucignano is a surprising spot: the concentric arrangement of streets around a fortress make it unique among Tuscan hill towns. The egg-shaped medieval town plan surrounds the 14th-century Palazzo Comunale. Inside are frescoes from the Sienese and Aretine schools, as well as finely worked gold ornaments for which the province of Arezzo has long been famous. The best-known artefact is the beautiful 14th-century Tree of Lucignano, richly embellished with jewels. With few exceptions, Lucignano’s buildings are perfectly preserved, as is the grey-and-white-striped Gothic church of San Francesco. To avoid an overload of culture, dine in Il Goccino, enjoying lovely views from the terrace. Expect modern Tuscan cooking, all locally sourced, from the beef tartare and T-Bone steak to the basil sorbet and olive oil.

    If time, take in the fortified villages of Marciano della Chiana, 6 km northeast. Much of the castle remains intact, as do the walls and a gateway with its own clock tower. Three km to the southeast is the octagonal chapel of Santa Vittoria, designed by Ammannati to mark the spot where the Florentines defeated the Sienese in 1554.

    Web: www.ilgoccino.it

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Wine Lesson with Aperitivo

Experience Aperitivo hour like Italian! We will meet at Apicius school location  and have wine lesson for 1 hour. Then we will go to the student run restaurant GANZO for Aperitivo. The whole duration of the experience is 2 hours.

from 139 US Dollar

Chianti Wine Tour in Tuscany

Private Wine and Food Tour in Chianti – Tuscan Life Style
Tour Length: 7/8 hours.
Dates: Every season. Days of Week: Everyday.
Departure Point: From your accomodation. Please note that the rate includes a pick-up and drop-off in Florence. Driver can be arranged to pick you from the place you stay in any region within Tuscany.
Departure Time: 09.30 am – return 5.00/5:30 pm.
Note: During this excursion transport will be made in a de-luxe limousine or minivan which offers the maximum comfort, with air-conditioning, large panoramic windows and comfortable seats. The price includes scenic stop at Piazzale Michelangelo (stunning view on Florence)
Popularity: *****  (best seller wine and food tour in Tuscany)

from 218,48 US Dollar

Van with a view and Accademia Gallery in Florence

Discover Florence from a comfortable chauffeured minivan that will pick you up from you hotel! This tour explores some of the most famous monuments and landmarks. Admire the greatest view of Florence with a photo-stop in Piazzale Michelangelo and the Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, the finest Romanesque structure in Tuscany. You will drive past the famous Ponte Vecchio, a Medieval bridge known for having shops built along it, Palazzo Pitti, the last residence of the Medici Family, Via Maggio famous for its antique shops and art dealers and then proceed to the Duomo complex. Upon arrival you will start a guided walking visit of the Cathedral, very imortant for its dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the Baptistery and Giotto’s Belltower. The walking tour will continue with a guided visit of the Academy Gallery, famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo, expecially his ” David “.The tour will end inside the museum.

from 86,24 US Dollar

Tour for Vegetarians in Tuscany - Chianti Wine and Organic Food From Florence

Private Tour for Vegeterians in Tuscany - Chianti Wine and Farmer Food  – Tuscan Organic Life Style
Tour Length: 7/8 hours.
Dates: Every season. Days of Week: Everyday.
Departure Point: From your accomodation. Please note that the rate includes a pick-up and drop-off in Florence. Driver can be arranged to pick you from the place you stay in any region within Tuscany.
Departure Time: 09.30 am – return 5.00/5:30 pm.
Note: During this excursion transport will be made in a de-luxe limousine or minivan or motorcoach which offers the maximum comfort, with air-conditioning, large panoramic windows and comfortable seats. 
Popularity: *****  (best seller vegeterian tour in Tuscany)

from 126,49 US Dollar
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