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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 in Lucca 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 a restaurant in Piemonte’s undiscovered gem, Priocca. This is the home of the fabled ‘tartufo’ (truffles).  We have some wonderful friends who will also host us at an organic winery. Lunch in the countryside 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
Departure:19th October 2024(Saturday to Wednesday)
Price:AUD$2890          

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

Day 1 - Arrive Torino
Arrival day (no activities planned). We enjoy dinner in one of our favourites in the city centre
Day 2 - Torino (Priocca day trip)
Today we head in to the heart of 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 one of the many countryside eateries for a delightful lunch. We find ourselves in the gorgeous village of Priocca and are exclusive guests of our good friends at the Hilberg-Pasquero winery on the hills overlooking the town. We will sample their wines and enjoy an easy afternoon with the rolling hills as a backdrop. This winery is completely organic and is winning awards all across Europe for it authentic flavours. Annette and Michele are marvellous hosts
Day 3 - Torino to Lucca
Today we head south by train through northern Italy and plan to arrive early afternoon in our base for our immersive Tuscan experience. Lucca is the only mediaeval town remaining in Italy with the walls completely intact. Our accommodation inside the old historic centre provides us with access to lovely walks and the many wonderful food and wine experiences that are on offer. We settle in for our first meal together inside the walls
Day 4 - Lucca
We hire bikes and take a gentle pedal around the walls then enjoy the quiet ambiance of the back streets. A picnic on the walls is a great way to spend the early afternoon. This evening we enjoy a wine tasting and antipasti before a stunning recital of Lucca’s favourite son, Giacomo Puccini
Day 5 - 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 can be taken on the deck weather permitting. Maybe there is time for a short wander through the vineyard as well
Day 6 - Lucca (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 to view Michelangelo’s masterpiece, “The David”. There is time for an optional visit to the astonishing Uffizi Gallery to view the grandest collection of Italian masters. A walking tour will set you up with your bearings for an afternoon of exploration. We meet for a classic meal indulging in the regional favourite, ‘Bistecca Fiorentina’. An evening train takes us back to Lucca
Day 7 - Lucca (Pisa half day trip)
Today we travel in the morning to Pisa. We have time to take in the vista of the Leaning Tower and enjoy the many sights in the “Place of Miracles”. We return for a free afternoon in lovely Lucca
Day 8 - 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 9 - Lucca (Cinque Terra day trip)
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 possibly be enjoyed in the harbour of Manorola or Vernazza. Meeting up in Monterosso we can complete the day with antipasti and perhaps an early prosecco in one of the seaside cafes. We return to Lucca early evening
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
You are free to depart today at your leisure or alternatively Global Drift can arrange extra accommodation in amazing Rome, the City of Seven Hills

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***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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