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Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

1. Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

After meeting your guide and boarding the coach, drive to the Chianti region. On the way to the first winery, your guide will share interesting facts and curiosities about landmarks along the route. Arrive at the first “cantina” of the day, where you will be welcomed by the winemakers. After listening to a brief introduction about the winery’s history and the types of wine made there, join a guided tour of the facilities and nearby vineyards. Learn all about the winemaking process, the materials used to make the barrels, and what it takes to be classified as a “Chianti Classico”. Then, begin your first tasting session of 4 different wines. You will hear an explanation of each of the wines that you sample, as well as some tips on how to savor the wine and understand its qualities. The wines will be accompanied by local snacks produced in the region, such as cheese, bread, olive oil, and salumi. Board the bus and continue to the second winery. On the way, make a stop at a scenic lookout to observe a stunning panorama of the Chianti Hills. At the second winery, learn about their production methods, what is unique about their vines, and how weather can affect the grapes. Explore the facilities during a short guided tour, and walk through the vineyards. Then, sample another round of up to 3 wines, as the local charismatic wine producer tells you about the peculiarities of each. After some free time, head back to Florence.

Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

2. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of this quaint village and take some time to wander around. If you have selected the add-on, sit down at a local restaurant with a beautiful terrace and sea views. Tuck into a lunch of homemade pesto pasta for your 'primo' and fresh fish for your ‘secondo’. Then, choose to either go on an adventurous guided hike from Corniglia to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

Lucca: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

3. Lucca: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

After meeting your guide at the Tourist Information Center in the city center of Lucca, discover the city and its main sights and monuments. With your professional licensed guide, explore the downtown area for 2 hours.   Among other sites, visit the Church of San Michele, an incredibly detailed Roman Catholic basilica that was built as early as 795. Admire its 4 meter-tall statue of the Archangel Michael, the church’s patron saint. Enter the church free of charge and view its simpler, but still imposing interior architecture. You’ll also take a stroll on the city’s 16th century walls, a lovely place to walk among the greenery of the edge of the old town.     The tour ends at Lucca Cathedral, a splendid Roman Catholic church with a beautiful façade. If you’d like to continue on the tour with your guide, simply pay the small entrance fee and your guide will show you the interior and continue to share their knowledge. If not, your tour is finished and you can relax in a café with a drink at your leisure or continue to explore the city.

From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

4. From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

Set off on a food and fun-filled experience from Parma. See for yourself where some of your favorite, classically Italian products are made — a Parmigiano-Reggiano producer in the Highlands, a Prosciutto di Parma perfecter in Parma's hills, and a balsamic vinegar creator in Reggio-Emilia. A guide will lead you around at each stop. Depart from Parma towards the so-called Highlands. Meet the first local host directly on-site and visit an authentic family-run producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano. You’ll be a privileged witness of a magical practice repeated every single day in the same way for at least 1,000 years now. Taste 2-3 different agings of this famous hard cheese. Hop back on board and head on to the panoramic hills of Parma. Explore a small, artisanal, family-run Prosciutto di Parma complex, from the fresh meat trimming area and the drying rooms upstairs to the final aging cellars. Sample Prosciutto di Parma, other typical cured meats, Parmigiano Reggiano, homemade cakes, local wine and water. Head on to the province of Reggio-Emilia. Perhaps the most mysterious product of the region, traditional balsamic vinegar, will be unveiled at a small top-notch family-run farm producing Lambrusco wine and a full range of acetic products. Learn the difference between the authentic "black gold" product and the balsamic condiments that you usually find in supermarkets. End with a delicious tasting of 3 agings of traditional balsamic vinegar before heading back to Parma.

Siena: Guided City Tour with Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry

5. Siena: Guided City Tour with Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry

Explore the beauty of Siena on a small group or private walking tour. See its famous monuments and hidden treasures with an expert guide. Benefit from skip-the-line entry tickets to Siena Cathedral. Meet your guide at the San Domenico Basilica and admire its Gothic architecture. Follow a winding route to take in panoramic views of the city, including the Duomo and Torre del Mangia. Find out about Siena in the Middle Ages, see the imposing palaces said to be the oldest in the area. Have a break to take in the charm of the 14th-century seashell-shaped square, Piazza del Compo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the magnificent Fonte Gaia fountain with its side reliefs of "The Creation of Adam" and "The Flight from the Garden of Eden." Learn about the history of the contrada (districts) that challenge each other twice a year during Siena’s Palio horse race. Walk to one of the most typical contrada and immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere. Follow your guide to see one of the local pastry shops that reflect the glory of Italy in using the centuries-old recipes to make traditional Ricciarelli and Panforte. Finally, explore one of the most fascinating cathedrals in Italy with pre-reserved tickets. Follow your guide to marvel at the magnificent marble mosaic inlay floor, stained glass, and medieval masterpieces by Duccio and Pisano. See the Renaissance highlights: several Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini sculptures and frescoes by Pinturicchio in the Libreria Piccolomini. Armed with a wealth of knowledge about Siena, say goodbye to your guide in the square in front of the cathedral.

Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

6. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

Your tour starts from Piazza del Nettuno. You'll discover the Piazza Maggiore and the Basilica of San Petronio and the Meridian. Next visit the oldest library in the world and Piazza Santo Stefano, where you'll see the wonderful Basilica that overlooks the square. Then visit the Towers of Bologna, the Asinelli and the Garisenda, before you explore the historical market Quadrilatero to admire the historical shops and take in the scents of local food. Finally, visit Palazzo Re Enzo which overlooks the square and is the palace seat of the municipality.

Montepulciano: Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Typical Winery

7. Montepulciano: Wine Tasting & Lunch in a Typical Winery

Enjoy an exclusive 1.5-hour wine tasting experience and typical Tuscan lunch in an elegant, ancient wine cellar in Montepulciano. Together with an expert sommelier, discover the cellar vaults and tunnels dating back to the 14th century Discoer the various steps in wine production. Then, take part in an exclusive wine tasting experience combined with a variety of delicious snacks. Sample four local wines including the world-renowned Rosso di Montepulciano DOCG and Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, as well as some local Tuscan products. Afterward, enjoy a full typical Tuscan lunch comprised of cold cuts, cheeses, and a seasonal pasta dish.

Florence: Drunken History Walking Tour with Bar Stops

8. Florence: Drunken History Walking Tour with Bar Stops

Get ready for a tour like you’ve never experienced before. Our magic formula combines all the best elements of travel on adventure through Florence. Your night in Florence will lead us through the streets once walked by Popes, Kings, the Medici family, Famous Renaissance Painters and many more of history’s beloved and notorious characters. Between drinks, bars and socialising, you will discover tales of Florence’s dark and scandalous history. This tour is 18+, not just because of the drinking… During the experience we will visit at least 2 vibrant bars as well as enjoy drinks at famous sights. Once the experience is over, the night out officially begins. We will continue to enjoy Florence long into the night with our new friends! So what are you waiting for, book your spot on the tipsy tour today. The tipsy team is waiting for you in Florence! Suitable for solo travellers, couples, friends and groups.

Historic Siena: Guided Walking Tour

9. Historic Siena: Guided Walking Tour

See the highlights of Siena on a walking tour as your guide tells you about the development of the city over the centuries and you enjoy the spectacular scenery and monuments. As you visit Siena’s major attractions such as the central Piazza del Campo, the Palazzo Comunale, the Cathedral, and the majestic Basilica of San Domenico you’ll learn about each of these sights in depth from your guide. You’ll also hear about the noble families that were instrumental in the history of the city, including the Piccolomini, Tolomei, and Salimbeni, and see their palazzos. You’ll learn about the great tradition of the palio and hear stories of pilgrimage and saintliness that distinguish Siena. You can decide to finish the tour with a visit to Cathedral where numerous artistic treasures are preserved. Entrance to the Cathedral is available at an additional cost. You’ll see works by artists such as Pisano, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Donatello, Pinturicchio, and Gianlorenzo Bernini. During the summer you can also see the marvelous marble floor, which is a unique work in the history of art.

From Siena: Dinner in the Chianti Vineyards

10. From Siena: Dinner in the Chianti Vineyards

Discover the history, landscapes, wines, and culinary traditions of Chianti on this day trip from Siena. Travel in a comfortable and climate-controlled vehicle to a quaint farm in the hills. Engage your senses as you try a range of wines and savor a gourmet dinner.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from a centrally-located meeting point in Siena. Admire the Tuscan countryside as you travel to a farm tucked away in between rows of vineyards where grapes ripen in the Italian sun.  Pick up a wine glass to carry with you on your visit to the farm's winery. Sample a variety of delicious wines as you walk along a charming wine route. Visit the estate’s historic chapel before finally heading to your candle-lit dinner under the stars.  Listen to harmonious background music and lookout at the vineyards as you indulge in a farm-fresh gastronomic experience made from traditional recipes. Taste pappa al pomodoro or ribollita ( both are variations of Tuscan bread soup) and barbecued meat served with seasonal vegetables.  Let yourself get carried away by the warmth and fragrances of the barbecue and the perfumes of the grapevines, which enhance the dining experience. After dinner be escorted back to Siena where the tour will finish.

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4.7 / 5

based on 606 reviews

While everything was punctual, well organized & ran smoothly (with the exception of 1 TrenItalia service), I think there should be a clearer description/definition of how much walking, particularly up some fairly steep areas is involved in this trip. It was a very nice excursion but to see all 5 villages means it’s a really long, tiring day. You are all part of a group that has meeting times so that we can see everything but that means sometimes, some people are just exhausted due to this fast pace.

The trip was loads of fun. Yenna was a great guide and very personable. The two winery we went to were stunning in their own ways. I felt very accommodated as a vegetarian. I only wish there was vegan options available. Made some lovely friends. Was a great addition to our honeymoon trip.

Antonia was outstanding. She had great knowledge of the history of Bologna, was patient and a joy to be around.

Vitoria was lovely and kind, the tour was amazing and very interesting! Strongly recommended

Visit excellent except for the one hour delay of the train at the end of a long day