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The “Chianti Classico” expression defines one of the oldest and genuine wine-region in the heart of Tuscany.This area stretches between Florence and Siena and includes only 14 municipalities: the most important are Greve in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti and Radda in Chianti. Local producers have a long history behind and they definitely know how to do. Moreover, wherever you turn your head here, you see rolling hills with rows of vines, olive trees and oak forests, combined with small medieval villages and farmer’s houses: do you have in your mind a postcard from Tuscany? Probably the photo was taken here. During your tour we will take you to the world wide know Antinori nel Chianti Classico Winery where you will learn all secrets of making wine in modern time. After tasting several wines our professional driver guide and wine expert will take you for lunch at Villa Le Corti owned by Corsini Prince. After your private tour in the 1000 years old celler you will dine in the private Villa where the Prince leaves.
The Chianti Sculpture Park is located about 10 km north of Siena. Spread over a mystical wooded area, it comprises a collection of site-specific sculptures and installations created by artists from all over the world. In the Park’s amphitheater, in a magical atmosphere concerts of classical music, jazz, opera, tango and other musical genres are held in June, July and August. Opposite the entrance to the park an ancient manufactory for terracotta has been transformed into a large art gallery. Among the artists involved are K. Nakamura (Japan), U. Christiansen (Denmark), M. Berrettini (Italy), C. Spath (Germany), Y. Heidar (Egypt), P.A. Méndez (Colombia), R. Cipollone (Italy), N. Bertoux (France), W. Furlong (United Kingdom), N. Barab (USA) and many others.Moreover, in the Chianti region there is also the opportunity to visit Pievasciata (Contemporary Art Village). In this little hamlet and its immediate surroundings, nine artworks have been installed both by families and institutions. These installations are visible no matter which direction you come from, Siena, Gaiole in Chianti, Pianella, Vagliagli or Ponte a Bozzone. The idea was to further enhance this territory already famous for its wine and picturesque villages by making Pievasciata a Contemporary Art Village.
Depart from central Florence via our comfortable vehicle and take the one and only Chiantigiana road that will lead you directly inside the Chianti wine region that gives you an endless range of things to see and do. First you’ll find Greve in Chianti, a medieval town surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Have some free time to walk into its narrow roads, visit the main square where under the arched loggia you’ll find typical shops with artisan paintings, and try home made products and wines. Then enjoy a wine tasting in a local winery, visit the cellars, and discover the Chianti classico making and finishing the visit with a wine tasting. Continue your wine experience and visit Panzano in Chianti, another hidden gem of this area and after that enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch with barbecued meat and vegetables together with a wine tasting in a beautiful and historical winery. In the afternoon you will visit Gaiole in Chianti with a stunning view of the Chianti area which is famous and known all over the world thanks to its red wines and local products but also for its unique scenery over the countryside. Your visit to Tuscany would not be complete if you did not experience a traditional wine tasting and meal in the great Chianti area. After you will enjoy a pleasant ride back to central Florence where the tour will end.
Day 1 Siena Arrival with own means of transport, welcome from the staff.Dinner at medieval Monteriggioni CastleDay 2, Siena and Chianti hills Loop. 70kmOur first contact with this extraordinary region takes place in the Chianti Hills area.This area, famous all over the world, gives its name to the excellent Chianti wine. We'll start our cycling day directly from our Hotel in Siena, heading to Gaiole in Chianti.Once we get to Radda in Chianti we'll stop for a cappuccino and cornetto in the magnificent old square.Getting to the Hotel, we can wind down in the swimming pool and get ready for our delicious dinner in Siena.Day 3 Siena-Montalcino 75kmAfter an excellent breakfast, departure towards Monteroni D'Arbia on quieter secondary roads, through the magnificent Val d'Arbia. We will then continue towards Asciano, with its splendid Monte Oliveto Maggiore abbey. Riding up and down between hills and cypress trees you will arrive at Buonconvento, in the Ombrone valley. The final stretch of the day’s ride takes us to our destination today: Montalcino. This town is well-known for the production of the famous Brunello wine. A dinner delicious tasting a glass of Brunello is waiting for us.Day 4, Montalcino Loop 68 kmToday we'll get discover the unique Val D'Orcia,riding on peaceful back roads.We'll start our day dealing with the descent from Montalcino to Torrenieri.Then, we will visit the splendid San Quirico d'Orcia, where we can have lunch in a typical "trattoria" to recovery energy for the demanding Montalcino ascent. An exclusive dinner in this fairy-tale village will close our fourth day.Day 5 Montalcino –Acquapendente 72kmAnother superb day through villages surrounded by breathtaking nature.Bagno Vignoni natural spa is our first stop. Radicofani, a wonderful village dominated by a castle, is waiting for us along the way. A local acclaimed farm house where we will be justly rewarded for our efforts, is waiting for us.Day 6 Acquapendente-Lake Bolsena 60 kmA change of scenery is the main feature of today’s ride: we head to Sorano and Pitigliano, with its characteristic historical centre called "Little Jerusalem" because of the presence of an ancient Jewish community.After leaving Pitigliano we head for Lake Bolsena,Here, a very different landscape will provide the ideal setting for an evening in good company and a delicious dinner in the extraordinary village of Civita di Bagnoregio.Day 7 Siena
Breakfast and transfer by minibus to Siena