The Chianti Experience package with Private Driver
4 Days/3 Nights
3 Nights Accommodation in a characteristic Countryside Hotel in the Chianti Region;
Visit Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and much more;
Chianti Wine Tasting and Hands on Tuscan Cooking Class;
Transfer and Tours with Private Driver;
Day 01: FLORENCE, TAVERNELLE VAL DI PESA
Private transfer in the afternoon from Florence to your lovely countryside Hotel accommodation in the heart of the Chianti Region. You'll have the afternoon free to relax by the pool or in the gardens before your welcome dinner, paired with local wines. You'll enjoy a restful night here.
Day 02: TAVERNELLE VAL DI PESA, SAN GIMIGNANO, MONTERIGGIONI, SIENA
The day starts with a tasty Italian breakfast, to prepare you for a pleasant day touring the Tuscan countryside and his jewels with a full day private tour with an English speaking driver. Your driver will drive you first to the medieval walled town of San Gimignano, with its 14 towers standing as a proud testament to its heritage of wealth and power thanks also to its position along the Via Franchigena: one of the most medieval important route from North Europe to Rome and the Adriatic Sea for the merchants and their goods. You'll want to visit the Sant'Agostino Church, which houses many important works from some of the most famous Renaissance artists, and see the Communal Palace, home to the Town Gallery, which has works by Filippino Lippi, Pier Franceso Fiorentini, Pinturicchio and others. You will continue to Monteriggioni, another beautiful medieval village with a very important history. This town had been a crucial segment of the Sienese Empire, having control of a portion of the trade routes, and battled against Florence for hundreds of years. They placed an exile, Giovannino Zeti, from Florence in charge of their defenses, not realizing he had reconciled with the Medicis, noble Florentines. In 1554, Zeti handed the keys of the town over to Medicean forces, causing what is known as the "great betrayal" and the transfer of Monteriggioni to the power of Florence. Enjoy lunch in its fortressed walls still intact (optional, not included). After lunch, Siena is next on the agenda. Walk through the medieval alleys, beautiful palaces and paved streets of this fascinating town. This medieval power still radiates glory, in its magnificent Cathedral in black and white marble, which houses bas reliefs by Donatello and other 15the century sculptors and perfectly preserved frescoes by Ghirlandaio. The Piazza del Campo is another triumph of history, home to the famous Palio horse race and the Palazzo Pubblico, where frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Pietro Lorenzetti, and Simone Martini are on display. Later in the afternoon reunite with your driver and return to your hotel in Chianti. Dinner on your own before retiring for the night.
Day 03: TAVERNELLE VAL DI PESA, GREVE IN CHIANTI, TUSCAN COOKING CLASS
You'll enjoy breakfast at the farmhouse before spend another morning with your private driver to touring the Chianti wine region. Your first stop will be the charming fortified village of Montefioralle, still intact from the 14th century. You'll continue to Greve in Chianti, the heart of the Chianti wine region where you will have some time to discover the nice piazza del mercato, the “market square” and perhaps visit the Franciscan Monastery. Enjoy a visit at one famous historical butcher shop where you will taste salamis, cheeses and wild boar sausages. Afterwards you will head to a local winery where you'll have the chance to tour their historic cellars and taste their wines. You'll enjoy lunch on your own, before heading back to your countryside hotel for a wonderful experience: your Tuscan cooking lesson. You will be guided in the practice of Tuscan cooking, and you'll make your own Tuscan dinner paired with local wines. The night will be spent at your Chianti accommodation.
Day 04: TAVERNELLE VAL DI PESA, FLORENCE
After breakfast, check-out from your accommodation and transfer by private car with driver to Florence. The tour, and our services, ends here.