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Florence and Chianti: A journey among taste and History

(4 nights) Price per person: € 500,00

This route starts from one of the most beautiful location of Chianti: Villa Vignamaggio. Villa Vignamaggio, a prosperous farm surrounded by an elegant Italian garden, is settled into the most typical Chianti’s landscape among olive trees and vineyard. At lunch you can have home cooked fresh food and then taste Vignamaggio’s products (Chianti wine and Vinsanto) as well as a brief cooking course.

The day after you can explore some of the most beautiful castles and medieval villages of Chianti region and enjoy some pleasant tasting breaks here, too.

The first stopover is Radda, the old main city of Lega del Chianti with its very evocative alleys where you can take a walk along the city wall to enjoy the wonderful sight of the surrounding countryside. Lunch will be served at the farm house fattoria del castello di Volpaia, a precious walled village that dates back to the XI century.

Our second stopover is at Wine Bar BarUcci for a gorgeous tasting of typical Tuscan products (as lardo (lard), sausages, Siena’s pecorino cheese as well as panzanella (stale bread salad with onions, cucumbers basil and tomatoes and precious local). In the afternoon we will follow the route of castles. Chianti and Valdarno are divided by this with a lot of castles for a defensive reason. As a matter of fact this was the region of “Lega del Chianti” that during Middle age was the last bastion of Florence bordering on the Siena's republic.

Here you can admire one of the most preserved villages of Tuscany. The small walled village of Vertine and its undamaged tower that dates back to the Lega del Chianti’s age.

Then we stop at Badia a Coltibuono, an abbey settled up by a community of monks from Vallombrosa in 1051; now it is a farm renewed since antiquity under the name of “Abbazia del Buon raccolto” This route ends at Castello di Brolio, a wonderful mansion of Ricasoli’s family among vineyard. Inside the wall there is a Romanesque church and a neo-Gothic palace in red bricks made by Bettino Ricasoli a famous politician of the XIX century.

The trip will end with a day dedicated to Florence city splendour, following its history with an expert guide and the possibility to visit museums (tickets not included).

The package includes

  • 4 nights in hotel with breakfast included, 2 dinners - one with meat dishes and one with fish dishes in our hotel Restaurant "Diversus" with food and wine combinations.
  • Visit, lunch, tasting and course at Villa Vignamaggio or similars (leaving at 10.30 AM on the second day and coming back at 3 PM, transfer from hotel to Vignamaggio and return included).
  • Tour of Chianti (Radda, Vertine, Volpaia, Badia a Coltibuono, Brolio) by private car with English speaking driver (leaving at 10.30 AM on the third day and coming back at 6 PM).
  • Lunch at Castello di Volpaia.
  • Florence city tour with an expert guide who will explain its history, with a particular accent on noble families secrets and power aspirations, such as: Pazzi and Medici families anecdotes. Possibility to choose to visit florentine museums ( Uffizi Museum, Galleria dell'Accademia etc...)

For further information, or to book your Chianti Holiday Package, pleas contact us via E-mail at the address: info@albergodelchianti.it

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