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Tastes of Tuscany – An Italian Indulgence

Tuscany is the buzz word for Italian food and wine. We immerse ourselves in the lives of local Italians in the compact medieval town of Lucca. Quaint cobbled streets and a wall that remains intact from the region’s turbulent history give you a sense of timeless Italian life.  Saluté!

Far from the tourist hordes we may truly become Italian for a brief moment in time. We are living as locals as we stay in private apartments with kitchens and facilities. Our local bar on the corner is a perfect meeting place for our morning café. Nearby is our regular Enoteka, a great place to congregate over an aperitivo and snacks before dinner or our evening’s entertainment. We will enjoy visits to local wineries, a Tuscan cooking class and dine in the famed “Il Centro” restaurant in Piemonte’s undiscovered gem, Priocca. This is the home of the fabled ‘tartufo’ (truffles) and the restaurant is known as a favourite of Pavarotti and his pal Bono. We have some wonderful friends who will also host us at an organic winery. Lunch on the hill sampling Barbera and Nebbiolo flavours is unforgettable. Cap it off with visits to Florence, Pisa, the Cinque Terra and Rome and you will leave with an experience to savour.  Saluté!

What People Are Saying

"This trip wins on all aspects! For me it was the distinct variation in cuisine from place to place that brought delight. Visiting markets, selecting foods from the deli, eating at a pizzeria or trattoria truly identified each part of Italy. Tasting a Florentine Steak for the first time or sampling the wines and oils from each terrain created a new sensation for the palate. A highlight was the cooking class learning the art of simple yet tasty cuisine from a local renowned chef. Enjoy!"
Jennie Russell, Australia

12 Day Itinerary
Departures:28th September 2020(Monday to Friday)
4th October 2021(Monday to Friday)
Price:AUD$2690          

***THIS TOUR CAN BE EASILY COMBINED WITH OUR TAPAS Y VINO – A SPANISH INDULGENCE AND/OR OUR CAMINO DE SANTIAGO TOURS***

Day 1 - Arrive Rome
Train to Lucca - Arrival day (no activities planned). We enjoy dinner in the ancient centre of Lucca
Day 2 - Lucca
We hire bikes and take a gentle pedal around the walls then enjoy the quiet ambiance of the back streets. This evening we enjoy a wine tasting and antipasti before a stunning recital of Lucca’s favourite son, Giacomo Puccini
Day 3 - Lucca (Colle Verde Lunch)
Heading for the hills above Lucca we visit the gorgeous winery of Colle Verde. We sample wines and experience a demonstration on the process of making olive oil. Lunch is taken on the deck. Maybe there is a chance for a cooling swim or just perhaps a wander through the vineyard
Day 4 - Lucca to Priocca/Alba (via Pisa)
Today we travel in the morning to Pisa. We have time to climb the Leaning Tower and enjoy the many sights in the “Place of Miracles”. Early afternoon we continue on to Piemonte, Italy’s best kept secret. This region is home to possibly the best soil in Italy. Grapes such as Barbera and Nebbiolo grow perfectly in these conditions and we are the beneficiaries. Our table awaits in the famed “Il Centro” restaurant in Priocca. Don’t be late; they have a history of turning away Pavarotti when he didn’t book
Day 5 - Priocca/Alba
A tiny village in central Piemonte, Priocca is home to some of Italy’s best wine. We are exclusive guests at our good friends at the Hilberg-Pasquero winery on the hills above town. We will sample their wines and enjoy lunch under the trees overlooking the vineyard. This winery is completely organic and is winning awards all across Europe for it authentic flavours. Annette and Michele are marvellous hosts
Day 6 - Priocca/Alba to Lucca (via Cinque Terra)
One of our rare early starts we catch transport to the seaside villages on the “Cinque Terra”. We have time to walk between some of the villages. Lunch will probably be taken in the harbour of Manorola or Vernazza. Meeting up in Monterosso we complete the day with antipasti and perhaps an early prosecco in one of the seaside cafes. We return to Lucca early evening
Day 7 - Lucca
We have scheduled a free day to charge the batteries and enjoy our home town of Lucca. There will be options available from active pursuits to an easy day of exploration or relaxation
Day 8 - Florence (Day Trip)
A morning train takes us into the heart of one of Europe’s most amazing cities. Florence oozes history and culture. We have a scheduled booking at the astonishing Uffizi Gallery to view the grandest collection of Italian masters. Also we will call in on Michelangelo’s masterpiece, “The David”. A walking tour will give you bearings for an afternoon of exploration. We meet for dinner and sample the regional favourite ‘Bistecca Fiorentina’. An evening train takes us back to Lucca
Day 9 - Lucca (San Martino in Vignale winery)
A leisurely day we head towards the mountain village of Monte Carlo (not the famous one). Here we visit a small winery in the hills and are hosted to a lovely Italian lunch on the villa lawns. There are more wines to sample and beautiful tastes to savour
Day 10 - Lucca (Tuscan cooking class)
Today we are to enjoy a wonderful Italian cooking class hosted by our local chefs. We will prepare simple Italian favourites as well as some unique Tuscan specialties. Roll up your sleeves as this is a very interactive experience. Make sure you have the most important ingredient in hand. A glass of ‘Chianti Classico’
Day 11 - Lucca to Rome
A sad farewell to Lucca we board our train to Rome. Arriving in time for a half day walking tour. We will visit the major sights such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish steps, the Pantheon and of course the Roman Forum. A farewell dinner gives a chance to reminisce about wonderful Italian experience
Day 12 - Rome - Departure day

Trip Options

Single Travellers:InquireDetails
Extra Accommodation: Single EUR€95Details
Double EUR€125

***THIS TOUR CAN BE EASILY COMBINED WITH OUR TAPAS Y VINO – A SPANISH INDULGENCE AND/OR OUR CAMINO DE SANTIAGO TOURS***

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