Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence and get a taste for the Tuscan countryside on this 3.5-hour wine tasting and dining experience at a 17th-century villa. Nestled within the Florentine hills, between endless vineyards and olive groves, this charming villa is the perfect setting for a rustic, romantic Tuscan evening. Discover the secret of winemaking on a tour of the grounds and sample four limited-edition types of wine in the cellar, before rounding off the evening with a 4-course feast of tantalizing local cuisine in the picturesque gardens.
Meet your driver near Santa Maria Novella Station in central Florence to begin your tour. Board your air-conditioned minivan and enjoy a short journey to an enchanting 17th-century villa. Situated among narrow hilly roads, olive groves and vineyards, the villa is a tranquil haven just minutes from Florence’s bustling city center.On arrival, meet the villa’s winemaker for a tour of the grounds. Look out for wild rabbits and pheasants that may be roaming nearby, and listen to your host as they share sought-after winemaking secrets and stories about the vineyard’s achievements.As you stroll, learn how the villa produces wine from merlot, sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and pinot bianco grapes. After discovering the incredible process of winemaking, indulge in a tasting of some of the villa’s limited-edition wine including two reds, one white and a dessert wine. Savor the distinct flavors as they roll over your tongue.Next, settle in the villa’s garden, if weather permits, or held inside the villa for a 4-course Tuscan feast. Dine on local culinary delights such as crostini (small slices of grilled or toasted bread with toppings), prosciutto ham, parmesan and Pienza pecorino cheese, pasta, and a traditional meat and potato dish. Vegetarian options are also available. Revel in the mouthwatering combination of regional ingredients as you soak up the incredible panoramic views. Then, enjoy a traditional Italian dessert as you watch the sun slip behind the horizon.With a full stomach and your thirst quenched, head back to your air-conditioned minivan and relax on your short journey back to the start point.