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 eight 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 & 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 aristocratic villas.
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 & 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 with a final night in Chiusi, one of the main centers of Etruscan Tuscany. 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;
- Lunch or dinner daily with wine;
- Farmhouse cooking class and lunch;
- Thermal pool;
- Museum entry;
- Afternoon tea;
- Wine tasting.
THE TUSCAN HEARTLAND – Tuscany - Discover the Heartland - a rich and relaxing tour for those who prefer not to hike but want to get to know the land, its people, their food and wine and the best sights, guided by Ugo or Barbara Mariotti. Stay in beautiful Pienza, location for films such as "The English Patient", "Romeo and Juliet". Spend two nights in the countryside and then enjoy a final night in hill-top Cortona, the setting for the best-seller "Under the Tuscan Sun".
You will learn the art of 'pici' during a farmhouse cooking lesson and lunch, swim in thermal waters, explore the medieval towns of Siena and San Gimignano with their rich array of artisan shops plus the best of other hilltop towns (including Montepulciano and its rich market-day), jewels of Etruscan, Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. 8 days.
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