SAT / ARRIVAL
We transfer you from our local train station to your accommodation and allow you to settle in and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings which will be ‘home’ for the next 7 days. Dinner in Cortona.
This morning we drive past ‘Bramasole’ from ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ and visit Chiesa di Santa Margherita. We then make our way to the historical centre for a Caffè and brioche after which you have free time to enjoy the many boutiques, art galleries and all Cortona offers. We will regroup and enjoy lunch at a typical trattoria. Later in the afternoon there will be the option to return to the villa for some relaxation prior to stepping out for dinner. Dinner in Cortona.
MON /SIENA & COOKING EXPERIENCE
We spend the morning in Siena; a visit to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, where the famous bareback horse race is held. Visit Il Duomo and The Mangia Tower or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the ambiance and the various delights Siena offers, from the little food stores which offer lots of tempting treats to the beautiful stores offering hand painted ceramics and leatherware. After a light lunch, we return to the villa for a short rest prior to travelling to a nearby property dating back to the 1500’s for a hands-on cooking experience with a local chef, Donatella, who has over 20 years’ experience researching and rediscovering ancient recipes and Tuscan cooking traditions. Savour the dishes you have prepared with the chef including local wine.
TUE / A DAY IN THE VAL D’ORCIA - COOKING EXPERIENCE & MONTEPULCIANO
This morning we travel to a special property in the Val d’Orcia where you will enjoy a cooking experience on an organic farm. You will savour the meal you have prepared with local wine in lovely surroundings. Early afternoon we visit nearby Montepulciano, also located in the Val d’Orcia. This township is a true gem, great shopping, wonderful trattorias, cantinas and sulumerie for wine and cheese tastings. Return to villa late afternoon. Dinner in Cortona.
WED /COOKING EXPERIENCE
Spend the morning with Chef Donatella for a hands-on cooking experience with new and exciting recipes. Savour the meals you have prepared with the Chef, including local wine. Return to villa mid-afternoon. Dinner in Cortona.
A leisurely day of taking in the most amazing views, whilst driving through this most famous wine growing area of Tuscany. During the morning, we will visit the village of Castellina; we will enjoy a Caffè together after which you will enjoy free time to explore this village which offers a wonderful selection of varied stores. We will then visit a vineyard a short distance away, interact with the winemakers and savour lunch and a wine tasting whilst enjoying spectacular views of the vineyards and olive groves. Return to villa late afternoon. Dinner in Cortona.
FRI /TOUR FREE DAY
You may choose to ‘stay in’ to enjoy the pool and relax, visit Cortona or another local township, alternatively, you may choose from one of our additional activities that we have on offer, these vary from and are not limited to; Vespa tours, cycling tours, cooking classes, gelato making classes, painting classes, hot air ballooning. Dinner in Cortona.
After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer you to the local train station for your departure
Seven nights in a Tuscan villa
Bilingual hosts for the duration of the tour
Day tours to itinerary locations
Seven dinners (a-la-carte) at a local trattoria or restaurant with wines
Complimentary bottle of wine and beer
Wine tasting at selected vineyards/establishments
All travel to and from tour locations as detailed on itinerary
Train tickets and maps for independent travel to Florence
Transfers to local train station or Cortona on tour-free days
Transfers to and from the local train station on your arrival and departure days
Our various accommodations are nearby the historical centre of Cortona and set on wonderful grounds which include a swimming pool. The apartments within the villa comprise one, two or three bedrooms, living area, kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities, comprising air-conditioning and WI-FI. Our accommodation options provide everything the traveller requires for a truly memorable Tuscan escape. Located in the valley approximately 10km from the historical centre of Cortona, the accommodations, which are restored Tuscan farmhouses with old world rustic charm, become home base for the duration of your stay, allowing the traveller to settle into their own private apartment and become immersed in their Tuscan experience.