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Palazzo Incontri-Viti - merchant’s mansion

  • Palazzo Incontri-Viti - merchant’s mansion

    This impressive mansion also feels like a private home - and it began as the home of a discerning alabaster merchant whose heirs still live here. Giuseppe Viti (1816-60) travelled the world to present his wares and, in India, sold his alabaster to the local rajah and bizarrely, was then made Emir of Nepal.  The façade of the mansion is attributed to Ammannati, who worked on the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Each salon is grander than the next, adorned with art, porcelain and alabaster, a reminder that the palace once belonged to one of Volterra’s richest citizens. Renaissance buildings like these blend in surprisingly gracefully with the medieval Volterran houses. After exploring the patrician palaces, retreat to Le Cantine del Palazzo, the Etruscan-Roman cellars below Palazzo Incontri-Viti, for a drink or a meal in a cavern-like setting with a Roman cistern as decoration.

    Address: Via dei Sarti 41, Volterra
    Web: www.palazzoviti.it

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Small-Group Dine Around Florence: An Authentic Evening Food and Wine Experience

There’s no such thing as ‘Italian food’. Italy’s food is entirely regional but for most visitors, that quintessential ‘Italian’ menu is actually Tuscan; and in particular, Florentine. On this authentic experience you’ll eat like a local on a restaurant-and-bar-hopping dine around, devouring a full meal including starters, local soup, first course, second course and dessert! Oh and the wine of course, explore wine cellars and get to taste either a Super Tuscan wine or a 40-50 year old chianti. There will be many other surprises for your taste buds as you learn about the Tuscan cuisine.

Maximum Group Size: 14 people

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You will have a chance of experiencing Florence as so did Robert Langdon, the character played by actor Tom Hanks,  and his partner Sienna Brooks, the character played by actress Felicity Jones, covering those itineraries as seen on the big screen, through historical and mysterious florentine crossroads, searching for hints and secret passages, led by your ‘Virgilio’, your guide and light during the entire tour.

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  • Departure from Castellina in Chianti or from an agreed meeting point
  • Visit of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence
  • Visit of the itinerary suggested by the Inferno movie
  • Return to an agreed meeting point
  • About 3 hours tour
  • Languages: Italian, English + French and Spanish on request

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