Welcome to Chianti

Though now part of the province of Siena, the southern section of Chianti (Chianti Senese) was once the stronghold of the Lega del Chianti, a military and administrative alliance within the city-state of Florence that comprised Castellina, Gaiole and Radda. Chianti’s northern part sits in the province of Florence (Chianti Fiorentino) and is a popular day trip from that city. The major wine and administrative centres are Greve in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti and Radda in Chianti.

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$171.26 Day Trips & Excursions

Tuscany Cheese and Wine-Tasting Tour with Lunch from Florence

Leave central Florence, and travel out of the city by air-conditioned 4x4 bus. Soon, the views of Florence’s travertine buildings and bustling roads are replaced with the lush green hills of Chianti, the famous wine region nestled in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Your first stop of the day is at a beautiful winery belonging to one of the most prestigious Italian aristocratic families. Here you taste three wines paired with cheese and two olive oils, but first there’s a fascinating guided tour of the historic wine cellars and to the olive mill through underground tunnels that pass under the villa, and to the enchanting garden of the villa. Hop back inside your 4x4 minibus and buckle up for an off-road experience, through stretches of Tuscany’s ancient woodland and rolling hills, to your next stop: a traditional Tuscan restaurant. Take a seat and treat your taste buds to some of the finest food that Tuscany has to offer; your lunch is sure to be a highlight of the tour! See the Sample Menu below for examples of the dishes. Feeling refreshed, continue with a visit to Greve-in-Chianti, a quintessential Tuscan town with pretty streets and quaint shops. Make the most of some free time to explore, enjoy a coffee (own expense) or simply soak up the unique Italian culture that abounds. Here you will also buy a selection of typical Salumi (cured meats) from one of Italy’s most famous butchers which you will enjoy later at the second winery. The rest of your afternoon is spent deep in the Chianti hills at a vineyard that produces Chianti Classico wine. In contrast to the well-established winery visited in the morning, this second winery is smaller and less-known, but it has produced two award-winning varietals. Sample these varietals, and learn how innovation and ancient traditions have combined to make them. Finish with a sweet treat, and then relax on the journey back to Florence where your tour ends.

$55.94 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Chianti afternoon Wine Tour from Florence

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productFollow a wonderful hilly route in your bus along the "Via Chiantigiana." you will reach a family-run winery where you'll visit the cellars and the barrique room and taste four excellent limited-production Chianti wines, as well as local products.  Duration: 1 hourLocation: Chianti Road, TuscanyVisit the medieval village of Greve, where to admire the famous main square flanked by arcades where you can stroll by the shops selling articles and typical products of Chianti area.Duration: 40 minutesLocation: Chianti Road, TuscanyReach a family-run winery and visit the cellars and the barrique room where you can taste four excellent limited-production Chianti wines.Duration: 1 hourLocation: Rocca di Castellina, Castellina In Chianti, TuscanyContinue on to Castellina in Chianti, an ancient hamlet set high on a hillside between rolling vineyards and olive groves. Take in beautiful views out over the rolling vineyards below and enjoy free time to wander at your leisure.Duration: 40 minutesLocation: Rocca di Castellina, Castellina In Chianti, Tuscany

$90.20 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Small-Group Italian Cooking Class with Market Tour in Florence

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productmeeting pointPass By: FlorenceTown, Florence, Tuscanyvisit of the central market with our Chef for shopping and picking up ingredients for the meal, and learning how to distinguish highest quality productsDuration: 30 minutesLocation: Underground parking San Lorenzo / Central Marketcooking class with local products and wine tastings, and hand in lesson guided by professional chefsDuration: 4 hours 30 minutesLocation: Food & Wine Academy Srl

$79.92 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Tuscany Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class from Florence

After meeting your professional chef at the centrally-located office 15 minutes prior to your selected 2:30pm or 5pm start time, you'll be transported directly to a beautiful private estate in the hills just above Florence where you will start to live the full Italian experience.On arrival, you'll be able to appreciate the stunning views over gorgeous countryside as you taste the traditional 'bruschetta' and enjoy a glass of Chianti wine while listening to the culture behind Italy's most famous foods - pizza and gelato.By this time you will be eager to get hands on. The professional chef will teach you the art of dough making and kneading and will give you all the inside tips in order to easily produce the same result back home where you'll be able to impress your friends and family.Next, it will be time to get creative as you use the ingredients picked from the onsite vegetable garden and choose from the many traditional toppings the Italians love. The pizza will be cooked in a wood oven to give it the traditional flavour that will make you feel proud as you sit down and enjoy your pizza with wine or beer.The fun continues as you then learn the special techniques to make your very own gelato. You will make creamy gelato with unique toppings and sauces, and though you may always want to reproduce these same toppings, the chef will make sure you have an adequate understanding in order to be able to experiment at home.You will leave feeling satisfied, excited and with wonderful memories that you will be able to take home with you. Upon departure, you'll return to the original departure point around five hours after departure.

$125.02 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Tuscany By Vespa

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: FlorenceTown, Florence, Tuscanymeeting pointPass By: Piazza Mentana, Florence, Tuscanybrief walking part through the city center to the minibusStop At: Chianti Road, Tuscanyafter a brief orientation, the guests will ride their vespas and will go visit 2 different wineries, learning about wine and olive oil making processes (no drink and drive)Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Chianti Road, Tuscanythe guest will savour a delicious 3-course lunch with paired wines, tasting those product they learned about during the vespa tourDuration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$90.20 Day Trips & Excursions

Florence to Tuscan Countryside Small-Group Wine Tasting Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable experience in the Chianti Classico wine country. Depart from Santa Maria Novella Train Station in Florence, and during the 45 minutes trip your driver/guide will give you an introduction about the Tuscan territory and wine culture. Leaving the highway you’ll immerse yourself in the picturesque Tuscan landscape, with views of one of the most famous areas of the Chianti wine region. At the first estate, a wine expert will be waiting for you and the experience will start with an overview of the farm, followed by detailed explanations about the production process. Along the way, you'll taste three different wines and fresh olive oil.Since each farm has its own unique technique in producing wine, the second stop will give you the chance to compare them. After the guided visit of the old wine cellars, conclude your experience with tastings of different wines and olive oil, paired with local Tuscan specialties such as cheese, salami, cold cuts, and bruschetta. Your tour will end with drop-off back at your original departure point.