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Local Living Italy - Southern Tuscany

  • 7 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAEIST

Experience life the local way and you'll experience a Tuscany that most tourists miss. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty in the kitchen as you'll learn to prepare and enjoy this picturesque region's culinary and viticultural delights. Peruse the local markets and delis in search of the finest organic fare, sample wines in the very vineyards that produced them, and work off all that deliciousness with walks through some of the world's most beautiful scenery. Just start forwarding your mail here now.

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Day 1 Rome

Arrive at any time.

Welcome. Arrive at any time and get settled into the hotel. Meet the group for an evening welcome meeting.

Day 2-6 Chianciano Terme (5B,5D)

Orientation walk around Rome, then transfer by train to your home for the week outside of Chianciano Terme. Our accommodation is a rural Tuscan agriturismo in a country setting with beautiful valley views. The property has a small pool and many outdoor ar

Proceed by train to Chiusi and then by private transfer to our agriturismo just outside the charming hill town of Chianciano Terme. On arrival after settling in, our host Stefano, will welcome us with the first of our many wonderful meals comprised of local and often organic produce.

Day 7 Rome (1B)

Morning transfer to Rome. Depart any time after 1pm from the Rome train station.

Wake up from a wonderful nights sleep to a local Italian breakfast with freshly made coffee before heading out for today's introductory hike. This morning we enjoy a gentle walk into Chianciano Terme. Your CEO will point out some great places in the town where you may choose to enjoy a local lunch. This afternoon relax around home, making use of the small pool or grassy field with outdoor seating or terrace area. In the early evening, our host Stefano will take us through a cooking demonstration of some local specialties, which may include gnocchi with ricotta cheese or savory faro - the local regional grain) which you will then enjoy for your evening dinner. On Day 4, make a half day visit to the medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano, famous for producing delectable local pork, cheese, "Pici" pasta and honey and a major wine producing area. Take in the stunning vistas, wander the cobbled lanes or opt to sample the local delicacies in small, family run establishments. Free time to explore the region or just relax. Options include visiting the cities of Siena or Florence, renting a bicycle for a local ride or enjoy a relaxing traditional spa treatment in one of the spa resort hotels in Chianciano Terme.

Included activities and day trips

• Hands-on cooking demonstration of local specialities with our host Stefano, which you will then enjoy for your evening dinner • Tour the agriturismo's orchards, fields and cellar and learn about local produce from the ground up along with traditional

Today we are in for a treat as our host Stefano takes us through his orchards, fields and cellar showing us local produce from the ground up. In the morning, Stefano will explain why he only uses traditional organic methods of cultivation on his property. Depending on the season you may see olive oil and wine in production, the vegetable patch,meat curing, and various fruit trees in the orchard. This afternoon, we head into Chianciano Terme for a very local wine tasting. This takes place literally in one of the village family's cellars. Their produce is very well regarded in the local region and a great chance to get to learn about the local grape varieties. It is a 10-15 minute stumble back home after the tasting. This evening, enjoy another of Stefano's delicious dinners.

Optional activities

While most days are full of inclusions, any day trips can be skipped in favour of relaxation and independent exploration. Choose to visit nearby Siena, Orvieto or Florence, enjoy a traditional treatment in one of the local spas or relax at the beautiful a

Today we take a trip to the quintessential Tuscan hill town of Montalcino. En route, we will stop at the Abbey of Sant'Antimo. Here we listen to the local monks chanting the offices of the church chanting the traditional Gregorian chant as they have been doing for centuries- this is a rare privilege, as this is a dying rite in Italy.

Making your stay seamless

One of our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will be on hand to make your trip the best it can be, occasionally tagging along to show you the best spots and keeping you company on optional daytime pursuits. Well-versed in the inner workings of the region a

Transfer back to Rome by train, arriving at approximately 1pm to the Rome train station. Please be sure to allow for enough time to travel to the airport if you are flying out on this day. There are frequent trains to the Termini airport that take approximately 30 minutes to arrive to the train stop at the airport.

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Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

What's included?

Cooking class using local organic produce. Wine tasting with local meats and cheeses. Visit to Montalcino and Abbey Sant’Antimo. Half-day Montepulciano excursion. Five home-cooked dinners at the agriturismo. Tour of agriturismo’s orchards, fields and cellar. Transport between destinations and included activities.

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