Taste, Explore, and Savor the best of Tuscany
Day 1 Highlights:
- Guide, Driver and State-of-the-Art Minivan throughout the day
- Pizza Making Class and Gelato Demonstration in a Farmhouse
- Pizza and Gelato Dinner at the Farmhouse
Day 2 Highlights:
- English-speaking escort, Driver and State-of-the-Art Minivan throughout the day
- Vespa or Bike Tour in the Chianti hill, with lunch at the farmhouse
- Wine-Making Experience led by an expert sommelier
- Wine-pairing dinner at Relais Villa Olmo
DAY 3 – At leisure.Arrivederci!
- Enjoy your delicious Hotel breakfast at leisure before checking out, and feel free to enjoy the grounds and swimming pool as you wish prior to traveling back to Florence
EVERYDAY at 6:00 PM
From APRIL to OCTOBER
Rolling hills covered with verdant vineyards and breathtaking views. Friendly locals, centuries-old tradition. amazing wines and mouth-watering local fare. Tuscany has it all!
Taste, explore, savor the best and, above all, make merry. Cheerful and engaging our 3-day “Too Fun for Words” is expressly designed to allow you to relish and experience Tuscany’s authentic colors and flavors while having a lot of fun! A lot!
Explore the Tuscan soul with the privilege of traveling in a small group. Sample wine, and luscious local specialties, roam the Chianti hills’ cypress-lined roads by bike or on a state-of-the-art Vespa, and master the art of baking scrumptious pizza hands-on.
DAY 1 – A tasty welcome to Tuscany: pizza and gelato!
Meet your dedicated guide, driver and fellow travelers in Florence (our staff will take care of your luggage, delivering it directly to your Hotel), and set off to discover three of Italy’s best traits: pizza, gelato and the gorgeous Tuscan countryside!
Learn to make fragrant pizza and creamy gelato with a unique cooking class held in an authentic Tuscan farmhouse. A pleasant 25 min. drive aboard our comfortable minivan will take you to the peace and quiet of the rolling countryside, and the charming farmhouse where you will have your cooking class. Meet your friendly dedicated chef, follow him to see our organic vegetable garden, pick the best of the fresh veggies and fragrant Tuscan herbs. And onto the charming country kitchen, where shiny marble tabletops are ready with equipment and ingredients.
Follow your chef to learn the secrets which lie behind picture-perfect scrumptious Pizza. He'll show you how to make pliable paper-thin yeast dough, and give you tips on how to prepare a zesty yet light tomato sauce to top it with. Aprons on, get your hands floury, measure and mix, and knead your dough to perfection! While it rests enjoy the chance to learn about Italian gelato, its history and heritage, and get an insider's view on how home-made gelato is made. And then time for delightful fun: roll out your pizza, season and flavor it to taste. Once ready raise it with the flat pizza-shovel and slide it into the oven, let it bake savoring the fragrant scents and finally relish the unique taste of the best Pizza you've ever had: the one you made yourself!
Dinner will include excellent Chianti wine and delicious gelato, and at the end of the experience you will receive an Attendance Certificate and a Recipe Booklet, to share the recipes you learned with your friends and family once back home.
Sweet dreams at Relais Villa Olmo
NOTES on the activity: Entertaining, instructive and easygoing our Pizza and Gelato Class is perfect for families seeking an activity where their children can learn about local culture in a fun and relaxed way. Vegetarians and/or those suffering from intolerance and/or allergies are more than welcome: vegetarian recipes, and/or other alternatives are available and included; thank you for kindly informing us in due advance.
DAY 2 –Vineyards and silent country roads: the Chianti hillside by bike or on a Vespa!
After a delicious breakfast at the Hotel, meet your dedicated guide and fellow travelers for a scenic 25-minute drive to a splendid spot in the countryside. Spend an engaging day exploring the Chianti hills either by bike or aboard a rumbling state-of-the-art Vespa!
Option 1 – Biking
Board your bikes, all off! Follow your guide along a route studded with golden-hued farmhouses and vineyards. Stop for photos, perhaps at the edge of a charming meadow or a silvery olive grove. Lose yourself in enchanted landscapes pedaling leisurely, discover glimpses of eternity, ancient castles and quaint parish churches.
Take a welcome break half-way through your journey to relax and indulge your taste buds with a scrumptious snack in an exquisite spot. Relax in the cool shade of centuries-old oak trees and cypresses and enjoy a staple of traditional Tuscan country fare: freshly baked local bread with premium olive oil. Uncover the secrets of the amazing realm of world-class wine production stopping at two different internationally renowned and acclaimed wineries along the way. Welcomed by the estate staff you will be able to explore the cellars lined with precious blends, learning about wine production in general and about the two wineries' different approaches and techniques. Tuscany is a pleasure-filled heaven that feeds all your senses: enjoy getting to know all about bottling, aging and storing wine and "Tuscan gold": fragrant olive oil.
At the end of the tour savor a typical Tuscan wine-pairing lunch at our farmhouse, specialty local dishes served paired with the extraordinary wines of the estates visited. At the end of the experience you receive two souvenirs to remember your Chianti Biking Day by: an enlightening booklet on wine and the Chianti region and the official bike tour T-shirt!
Notes: your itinerary includes flat, downhill and uphill sections, to offer an all-round experience and diverse viewpoints. Our van will always be nearby, following the group, thus you may plan the biking part of this experience as you wish. If you feel up to hearty exercise you can have an intermediate level bike ride, with some interesting uphill sections. If you prefer a more leisurely excursion you can still enjoy most of the biking itinerary (just the flat and downhill sections) and take advantage of the van for the (few) uphill portions.
Option 2 – Vespa Tour
Yes, we’re proud of it: it’s the only Original Vespa Tour in Tuscany, the very first and most beloved shared Vespa Tour in Italy, and we have 25,000 elated clients who enthusiastically vouch for us. This is the most carefully planned and entertaining experience you can get!
Helmets on, all off for an exciting day on the road! Led by a local guide drive your own Vespa along the quiet, cypress-lined country roads of the Chianti area, capturing the best of the scenery, the countryside aromas and soft breezes. Depart downtown Florence aboard our minivan in the morning, for a pleasant drive to the nearby hillside. A line of state-of-the-art Vespas will be there waiting for you. After a briefing with your English-speaking escort, a Vespa pro, you will take a practice drive in the safety of our dedicated space. Once you feel at ease and confident … whizz off, following your local guide! Enjoy the feel of the fresh country air as you admire the gentle fields dotted with silvery olive groves, tiny ancient parish churches and golden-hued farmhouses.
Take in the beauty of luxuriant vineyards and stop along the way for photos, and for a lovely visit to a famous local winery. Explore their cellars and learn all about wine production techniques from the expert winery staff. Drive on along flower-filled meadows and then enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch at our farmhouse, based on seasonal local specialties and the estate wine and olive oil. At the end of the experience receive an enlightening booklet on wine and the Chianti region; a special souvenir to cherish and remember your Chianti Vespa Day!
After lunch get back to your Hotel for a couple of hours at leisure. Enjoy the sunshine and breeze basking by the pool before getting ready for an exciting and entertaining hands-on wine-experience you will never forget.
On the evening, enter the marvelous realm of wine, its history and production with a charismatic expert sommelier. Explore the ancient cellar of the Relais Villa Olmo, lined with precious bottles, and learn all about the approaches and techniques which lie behind the production of a world-class blend. You will understand how blending different kinds of pure wines results in a variety of combinations acidity and aromas, and then enjoy the uniquely thrilling experience a real hands-on experience: create your very own personal wine! Get a real insider's view of wine and learn the tricks of the trade from a pro.
For a perfect crescendo end to your day, relish the genuine local fare by tasting different kinds of premium Chianti olive oil served with fragrant unsalted Tuscan bread followed by an exquisite gourmet wine-pairing dinner served on the Relais Villa Olmo. Enjoy mouth-watering typical delicacies splendidly paired with 4 excellent wines, including Chianti and Supertuscan.
NOTES: the gourmet menu will vary depending on the best seasonal products available; for example, it could include local cured meats (i.e. prosciutto – Tuscan ham – etc..) and a typical cheese selection, accompanied by home-made preserves and balsamic vinegar, a pasta dish, a traditional meat main course, and a delicious Tuscan dessert with local dessert wine
Sweet dreams at Relais Villa Olmo
DAY 3 – At leisure. Arrivederci!
Enjoy your delicious Hotel breakfast at leisure before checking out, and feel free to enjoy the grounds and swimming pool as you wish prior to traveling back to Florence
- Accommodation for 2 nights included
- All transportations are included
- 1 lunch and 2 dinners with local products and wines
- Licensed guide is provided
- 3 different wine tastings
- Insurances included
- 1 cooking class
- 1 visit to a winery and their cellar
- 1 winemaking experience
- Vespa tour or bike tour in chianti option
FLORENCETOWN TOURS & NEWS STAND - Piazza della Repubblica (next to the APPLE STORE under the loggias, corner with Via Pellicceria) - Florence - SEE ON MAP
We regret to inform that this tour is not suitable for guests with wheelchairs.
Please advise Florencetown after booking if you have any allergies or special dietary requirements
For Vespa tour:
A valid driving license is required and need to be presented on the day of the tour (although you do not need a motorcycle license) and you must be at least 18 years of age to drive, at least 13 years to be a passenger.
Previous experience is not required but advantageous and highly advised. We reserve the right of final judgement in client participation of actual scooter driving or in client being a passenger, or to discontinue scooter use at any point of the tour. Any participant unable to drive scooters safely may ride double with a partner, or on the guide’s scooter if available or continue the tour on board one of our support vehicles (the Tuscany Tuk Tuk or the minivan, depending which is available) if unable to be a safe passenger as well. NO REFUNDS will be granted in this case. OUR FIRST AND FOREMOST CONCERN IS EVERYONE’S SAFETY.
This tour option entitles client to ride the original PIAGGIO VESPAs, but PIAGGIO ZIP scooters (which are lighter and easier to ride) are available.
A THIRD-PARTY insurance for civil liability is INCLUDED in the price of the tour. Please note that clients will be given the option to subscribe an additional insurance against vehicle damages.
Please let us know in advance any special need or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accomodate them.
This tour runs rain or shine, but in case of rain or difficult wheather condition, the vespa/bike tour will be substituted by a minivan tour with the same specifics