Recharge and unwind at a Tuscan agriturismo! Cook with the Italian hosts, taste vin santo at a vineyard, walk the Renaissance city of the Medici family, and don’t be surprised if you pick up some Italian on the way!Itinerary
|Date||Length of stay||Group size (min-max)|
|30 March - 3 April 2018||5 days/4 nights||6-8 persons|
Andiamo in Toscana! We arrive in Pisa early in the afternoon and head to town to admire the Square of Miracles with is famous buildings. After our first bruschettas, gnocchis and caffe correttos, we take a private transfer to our accommodation with a stopover in Volterra where we admire one of the best preserved mediaeval town centres in Italy. In the afternoon we arrive in Fossa del Lupo, a small village on the foothills of Cortona, where our accommodation is situated. Our Italian hosts will welcome us with wine and a delicious meal made from local produce.
After breakfast we start discovering the gorgeous hillside town of Cortona and its long history dating back to Etruscan times. Cortona, enclosed by ancient walls, was built on a hill about 600 metres above sea level to allow it great views of Lake Trasimeno and the surrounding Tuscan countryside. As part of our interactive tour, we do exciting tasks in small teams while interacting with the locals. Find out where our lunch is served. :) After enjoying a couple of hours free time in this charming town, we continue tasting authentic cuisine at a historic Val di Chiana winery, where we learn about Italian viniculture and sample scrumptious dishes and wine.
In the morning we depart to Florence by train and spend our whole day in the legendary city of Renaissance culture. The whole day is for your personal exploration, you can visit fashion shops, try local dishes, or fulfil a dream and enter the breathtaking Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, along with its bell tower, with majestic views over the city. If you are fond of art and want to see several of the most important masterpieces of our time, join us on a tour to the Uffizi Gallery. At night, our Italian hosts will wait for us with a delicious meal so we can recover from our “Florence syndrome”.
Would you like to see one of Italy’s loveliest mediaeval cities? We take a walk around the UNESCO World Heritage city of Siena, get amazed by its fan-shaped Piazza del Campo and trace its history through the past centuries. We also have the chance to learn about the famous Palio run, a horse race held twice every summer around the main square. Finally, we have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration of the city before returning to our accommodation. Here we attend a cooking class led by our Italian host, Rina who will teach us recipes and techniques so we can prepare a healthy Tuscan meal based entirely on local fresh ingredients. We will enjoy our farewell dinner together at the dining room of Casa Lucia accompanied by wine and “fluent” Italian conversations.
After saying goodbye to our hosts and Il Cipresso farm, we travel to Fiumicino Airport near Rome and fly back to Budapest.
If you intend to extend your holiday individually in Rome, we kindly ask you to get in touch with us via email.
The holiday farmhouse “Il Cipresso” sits on the foothills of Cortona, a world-famous ancient Etruscan town, in the small hamlet of Fossa del Lupo.
Casa Martina and Casa Lucia, named after the owners’ daughters, were renovated in typical, local rustic style and furnished with traditional Tuscan furniture. The entire family work on the estate, producing fantastic olive oil, fruit and vegetables, catering for their guests and organizing cooking courses.