Meet its people who have retained their Tuscan character, their humor, hospitality, traditional skills... and a love of good food and wine. Tours are fully guided by Ugo or Barbara Mariotti who live and work on their picturesque farm growing grapes and olives in beautiful Southern Tuscany.
Because we've made our life here in Southern Tuscany on an old farm producing wine and olive oil, we know the area and its people. We've also lived and worked in other areas of Italy which we've come to know and love equally well. Over the years, responding to the wishes of visiting friends and clients, we’ve developed a range of winning Tours based on this knowledge.
Small group tours - we prefer to cater for a maximum of ten guests whom we guide ourselves.
At a pace to suit - traveling time is kept short so you have more time on the ground. Guests can choose to explore on their own, go shopping or just sit and watch the passing parade...
Magnificent food and wine - we're well able to recommend the best regional dishes and local wines including the D.O.C. & D.O.C.G., plus those special places to eat. Che buono!! Most tours include a cooking lesson and meal in farmhouse kitchens or private home.
Tours tailor-made - we've been particularly successful in designing customized tours for individuals, families and private groups. Let us know what you’d like to do. Or we can arrange one of the advertised tours at a time to suit you.
Walks and Tastes of Tuscany - A fine food and wine walking tour of Tuscany with guides Ugo & Barbara Mariotti. Wander the byways and experience the simple beauty of the land its people, their lifestyle and culture. Wander ever-changing backroads and forest trails through the Tuscan hills, vineyards and olive groves visiting charming hilltop towns and shopping at local open-air markets. . Eight scenic days exploring some of the best of Medieval, Renaissance and Etruscan Tuscany.
Stay in Siena and dine on the famous The Campo, spend 4 nights in the picturesque town of Pienza famous for its cheeses and porcini mushrooms. Swim in a thermal pool and discover the art of 'pici' making at a farmhouse cooking lesson. The final night will be in Cortona, of Under the Tuscan Sun fame. There will be ample opportunity to taste the local specialties and local wines including the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello in farmhouses and regional restaurants. Our walks are between 3 to 5 hours each day.
- Fully guided;
- Charming hotels and pensions;
- Meals as indicated - dinners with wine;
- Farmhouse cooking class and lunch;
- Thermal pool;
- Museum entry;
- Afternoon tea;
- Wine tasting.
The Cinque Terre and it's Neighbours - Make the fabled Cinque Terre your home for a week and experience a cooking lesson, sunset cruise, breathtaking coastal scenery and exquisite Portofino, playground of the rich and famous. Meet the locals and with them experience the tastes and traditions of their piece of Italy. One of our visitors said: "…the food and wines were all perfect. You really understood our need to experience local fine produce." 7 days departing 13 September 2015. If you wish, you may link this tour to our Walks & Tastes of Tuscany tour departing 06 September 2015.
- Charming hotels
- Meals as indicated - dinners with wine
- Cooking class and dinner
- Sunset cruise.
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