Known for red wines and the grapes which they come from, the Chianti hills are one of the most beautiful parts of Italy. Recorded as a region for winemaking as early as 1716, Chianti serves as a beautiful region rich in culture waiting to be discovered by you.
Visiting the regions of the Chianti Hills will provide for an interesting day filled with refreshing culture and local flavor. The broadness of the Chianti region can make for an amazing tourist experience. Come and see the heart of this iconic wine center of Tuscany: Chianti!
The typical tour will start from Florence at around 9:30 am. On the way to the heart of Chianti, your driving guide will stop at the American War Cemetery and Memorial, where you will learn about America's role in the region during the Second World War.
The rest of the morning will be spent visiting the medieval "Castello di Montefioralle" and the charming town of Greve in Chianti. In Greve, your driving guide will show you the "Macelleria Falorni" - an incredible butcher shop in business since the 1700's - where you can try some of their famous salami and cheeses, an excellent staple for enjoying the wines of Chianti!
After this stop, you'll have some time to leisurely explore the main square--don’t forget to take picture of the statue of Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered the New York Bay!-- you will meet again with your driving guide to visit the Cantine di Greve. Here, you will be given an overview of the Italian wine classification system, receive an explanation for what “Chianti” exactly is, and tantalize your taste buds with an extra virgin olive oil tasting! A wine tasting can be arranged here as well, for a true taste of Tuscany.
After lunch in a charming local restaurant, you will be taken to a winery such as Fonterutoli, Fontodi, Felsina or Casa Emma. Specific wineries may be arranged upon request and availability. Private tours of the facilities you visit are on the agenda, as well as a wine tasting. This will be a unique opportunity to closely see and understand how wine is made. Don't forget to interact with your guide and ask any questions that you might have about this fascinating process!
This tour can be customized to appeal to any kind of traveler, and there's plenty to see and do; start your reservation today.
This tour takes up to approximately four hours of the day, allowing you to select from an varied group of locations for your trip out into Chianti. Enjoy places such as Montefioralle, Macelleria Falorni, or other wineries to enjoy the taste of this Tuscan historic staple. You could also combine in a stop at Siena, San Gimignano, or "The Mall" shopping outlets. Great for a tourist on the go.
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After landing, you will have the opportunity to celebrate this unique experience with a typical local breakfast and a glass of champagne, before meeting with your driver again to do a mini tour of Chianti. This tour will include a charming village and a private visit of a winery. After lunch you will return to Florence.
This day-long tour is an opportunity to be fully immersed in great wines and fantastic Tuscan food. You will meet your driving guide in Florence and head south, towards the heart of Chianti. First, you will visit a winery for an extensive explanation of the wine making process and a wine tasting.
Then you will be taken to Greve in Chianti where you will visit Falorni, a butcher shop famous for being in business since 1729. Here, you will sample their salami and cheeses. Next is a stop at the Cantine di Greve, which offers one of the largest wine and olive oil tastings in the world! Here your driving guide will give you a full explanation of the most important wines produced in Tuscany, leading you through a tasting that will include different Chiantis as well as Brunello di Montalcino and a Super Tuscan. With more than 100 wines available by the glass, there's plenty for your taste buds to enjoy!
After a light lunch in a local trattoria, you will be taken to a charming small village or a cozy farmhouse to meet the chef. With her help you will be spending the rest of the day coking your own Tuscan dinner; learning how to make pasta or a traditional bean soup. After an evening of soaking up the culture and local flavors of Tuscany, your driver will take you back to Florence, providing you one last view of the hills of Chianti.