You should plan to arrive in Florence in early afternoon. Upon arrival, a private driver will take you to your villa near the gorgeous hill town of Cetona,. Wine and cheese will be served on the covered patio. After a short orientation with the entire group,we will dine at one of our favorite local restaurants.
Breakfast will be served at the villa. We are going to start you out slow! Sunday is a day to get acclimated to your surroundings and recover from jet lag and relax in our beautiful villa that sits on a picturesque 10-acres. In the afternoon we will visit two of our favorite hilltop towns where you can explore on your own. We will wrap the day up with an authentic Tuscan meal at a local restaurant.
Following breakfast at the villa, your private driver will show you the breathtaking views of The Val d’Orcia. Your day includes a private lunch and a wine tasting with awe-inspiring views on a private estate near Pienza. From there, it's on to enjoy wine tastings of famous Brunello's and tour the town of Montalcino and the nearby Abbey of Sant' Antimo. You will be treated to a remarkable dinner upon your return to the villa.
Breakfast will be served at the villa. An early morning drive takes you to Florence where a professional guide will give you a tour of the renaissance landmarks. After lunch on your own, enjoy a VIP visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo's sculpture David. The rest of the afternoon you are on you own to explore the wonder of Florence. You will meet back up with the group in the evening for a pizza and gelato making class. Wine awaits when you return to the villa for drinks and stories of your adventures.
Following breakfast at the villa, your private driver will escort you outside of Tuscany to visit the historic city of Assisi, home to Saint Francis. You will be on your own to explore the wonders of this walled city that was settled around 1000 B.C. Following lunch on your own; we will drive to the famous hilltop town of Cortona, made popular by the Frances Mayes book, "Under the Tuscan Sun" that was also made into a movie. Here you will enjoy quaint shops with locally made products. Relax in the piazza which features a 13th-century clock tower and is great for people watching. Our group will dine this evening at one of our favorite local restaurants.
Breakfast at the villa as you get ready for another fabulous day where you will be on your own to explore Siena. Here you will enjoy the Piazza del Campo, The Church of San Domenico, the Civic Museum of Siena, and much more. You are on your own for lunch and you will discover Siena has many incredible options. In the evening, you will be driven to a private villa for a gourmet Tuscan cooking class.
Breakfast at the villa and time to relax in the morning. In mid-morning you will make your way to the Chianti region for lunch and wine tasting at a private estate near Castellina. The day includes one more wine tasting on your travels that will take you to Greve and Radda in Chianti. For dinner, you will be in Panzano in Chianti to dine at the world famous restaurant of Dario Cecchini. (be ready to eat lots of meat). After dinner, you will return to the villa for some wine and a little packing.
Breakfast at the villa followed by goodbye's. Your private driver will take you to the airport in Florence to meet your plane or if you prefer to the train station to continue your adventure in another part of Italy.