RCGS: Italy’s Chianti Walking & Wine with Gilles Gagnier
Departing on June 27, 2020.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Immerse yourself in the flavors and history of Italy’s famous Chianti region with this sojourn through renaissance cities, mediaeval villages and cypress-lined avenues snaking through vineyards. Accompanied by the publisher of the award-winning magazine Canadian Geographic, Gilles Gagnier, you’ll have the opportunity to sample several varieties of the world-renowned Chianti and learn about the process that goes into making the wine.Enjoy gentle walks through rolling olive groves and vineyards straight out of a postcard, then learn about Italian wines at the Wine School of Siena. Spend a day exploring the historical sites of Florence, from museums and galleries to churches and archaeological delights. Throw on a chef’s hat and perfect your Italian cooking skills with an optional culinary class and explore the medieval towers and 13th century walls of San Gimignano. Visit the UNESCO-listed Siena which has remained virtually unchanged since the 17th Century. Finish each day at a family-run farmhouse where you can enjoy homemade meals and locally produced wine – the perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing.
* All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 3 wine tastings
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Arrival in Florence.
Arrival in Florence where we will stay for our first night.
Discover the magnificent city of Florence and afternoon transfer to Villa
Casalta for the rest of the stay.
Today we will explore the city of Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance with an enormous wealth of historical sites, museums, galleries, churches and architectural delights. Most of the great artists, thinkers and builders from Renaissance history passed through or lived in Florence when it was under the rule of the Medici family, the most famous patrons of the 16th century. But Florence is not just a Renaissance showpiece: once you have had your fill of the historical trail there are many other things to see and do. The city has not ceased to be a centre of learning, and there is a university, many art and language schools and a large student population to liven up the café-bars, restaurants and nightclubs. There are also some great markets and chic boutiques. From April to July, Florence also holds one of Europe’s major cultural events, a festival of opera and classical music called the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.There are no guided tours organised for the day but there’s an option to join one of the free walking tours in the morning. This will then leave you enough time to visit the Uffizi galleries. If you wish to do so we recommend that you prebook your ticket online to avoid lengthy queues. An ideal slot time would be around 2 pm. it can be earlier if you’re not interested in joining the morning free walking tour. Tickets can be purchased through https://webshop.b-ticket.com/webshop/webticket/eventlist?production=1. In”>https://webshop.b-ticket.com/webshop/webticket/eventlist?production=1″>h… the afternoon you will be transferred to Villa Casalta, our beautiful villa 2km from Castellina in Chianti. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions.
Visit medieval market town of Greve in Chianti and the hilltop village of
Montefioralle; afternoon wine tasting in Castellina.
Today we head to the medieval market town of Greve in Chianti walking through a magnificent setting of olive groves and vineyards. On the way, we will stop in the fortified hilltop village of Montefioralle, considered the most ancient ‘borgo’ in Chianti. After lunch we enjoy a wine tasting in a local winery before heading back to our farmhouse for dinner.
Travel to Siena and explore the stunning historic centre; learn about Tuscan
and Italian wines at the Wine School.
After breakfast we make our way to the centre of Siena for a day exploring this fascinating city. We have time to visit the numerous museums and stunning Duomo and to relax in one of the many outdoor cafés in Piazza del Campo, home of the world famous Palio horse race. Please note that shoulders should be covered for entering the Duomo. You may also like to visit the many boutiques specializing in local products and cutting edge Italian fashion. In the afternoon we also have the opportunity to learn about Tuscan wines on a 1-hour fun interactive course at the Tuscan Wine School.
Free day to visit other Chianti villages or relax by the pool.
Today is free to rest any tired legs at the poolside. Alternatively, your leader can advise on local Chianti wine tasting tours and cooking classes or offer assistance for unguided walks or daytrips.
Walk to Radda in Chianti, the heart of the Chianti area.
This morning we will set out for a local history walk to the heart of the Chianti area, covering the route from Villa Casalta to Radda in Chianti. We will take a walk through local woodlands where we can admire the so famous emerald vineyards valleys. In the afternoon we will have the chance to taste the much acclaimed Chianti Classico wine at a local winery.
Walk to picturesque San Gimignano with free time to explore Palazzo Comunale,
Pinacoteca and Torre Grossa.
After a transfer to the quaint hamlet of San Donato, we walk through the farm grounds following the pathway to Montauto and on up to the picturesque mediaeval town of San Gimignano. The walk is not long and should take approximately 3 hours. The afternoon is spent exploring this beautiful town including visits to the Palazzo Comunale, Pinacoteca and Torre Grossa and there is some free time to wander and soak up the atmosphere.
Today is an additional free day to either relax at the accommodation or take the chance to do some further exploration in the surrounding areas. The leader will be happy to provide suggestions and assistance.
Today you will be transferred back to Florence for your return flight.