Flavours of Tuscany

Flavours of Tuscany

7 Days

The vibrant region of Tuscany is much more than just an iconic part of Italy; it’s the peak of culture, tradition and authenticity.

Our Tantalising Tuscany tour combines the very best of culinary experiences and our incredibly popular Taste of Tuscany tour. If you’re a fan of food, fine dining, traditional cooking techniques and the history of Italian cuisine; this is the trip for you.

During your stay in our farmhouse villa, you’ll get to explore the surrounding scenery, travel into some of the most historic towns including Siena and Cortona, walk the fabled streets and of course partake of the finest quality ingredients and meals in Europe.

Not only will you be taken on a multitude of tours during your trip – you’ll also get to grips with the lifestyle in Tuscany first-hand, as well as have options to shop, dine, drink and much more in between.

We’d hate to blow our own horn, but there’s no denying just how popular this trip is amongst our guests. Many leave us stating that the cooking experience was one of the best in their lives, while others simply can’t get enough of the vineyards, olive oil tasting and guided walks that we offer.

You’ll get to learn family recipes from authentic Italian cooks, connect with the local artisans, indulge your taste buds and take part in daily culinary activities to truly submerse yourself in the Tuscan way of life.

You will also get to visit stunning locations, making this trip ideal for couples looking for a romantic retreat, families wanting to explore Italian cuisine together, and groups of friends after a unique holiday that they’ll remember forever.

Departure Days

Tour Itinerary

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“You’ll be personally picked up and transported to your accommodation. Once back at the villa, you’ll be given the opportunity to unwind and settle in.
For dinner, we’ll take you into Cortona where you can enjoy your first traditional Tuscany dining experience”

“To get the first full day of your tour off to an exciting start, we’ll head into the nearby town of Cortona; where we have plenty of things for you to see and do! Our enthusiastic tour guide will take you on an enjoyable walk of the town, with coffee included. To integrate you with the Tuscan lifestyle, you’ll experience lunch at a local trattoria. With your stomach full, you’ll have the opportunity to sit and relax to your heart’s content or explore the town in greater detail.
Mid-afternoon If you feel ready to return to your apartment, we’ll give you the option to be collected and transported at this time. If you chose to stay in Cortona or travel back home to the villa – we’ll meet back up and take you into town in preparation for your evening meal. What better way to savour the flavours of Cortona than with a traditional aperitivo in the Piazza, followed by dinner!”

Today promises to be incredibly exciting, with plenty of adventures on the agenda. We’ll travel to Podere il Casale to get our activities underway. You’ll then get to take part in an exhilarating truffle hunt, followed by a cooking class where you’ll learn how to prepare dishes with an Italian touch. Once your lesson has finished, you’ll relish the free time in the Pienza, where you can explore to your heart’s content. At 5pm we’ll take you back to your accommodation. You might want to pick up some ingredients for dinner, or a bottle of wine to enjoy in your apartment – or by the pool as you watch the sunset.

To get today off to a flying start, we’ll be visiting the stunning hilltop town of Montepulciano. Once we arrive, you’ll be greeted with a coffee and given an overview of the beautiful region. If the idea of an authentic wine tasting session appeals to you, you’ll be pleased to hear that at 12:30pm, we’ll be heading underground into an authentic wine cellar, where you’ll also have lunch. Montepulciano is famous for its luxurious olive oil, so we’ll make a stop to allow you to savour the subtle tones produced by some of the world’s most popular oil makers. At 5pm, we’ll head back to your accommodation where you can spend an hour or two relaxing by the pool, taking a walk around the local area, or catching up with your family online. For dinner, you’ll feel truly submersed in the Tuscan lifestyle; we intend to visit a traditional pizzeria.

The next town on our tour is Siena. We’ll head there bright and early to allow you to take in the stunning sights as we travel. You’ll then get to enjoy a walking tour of the town, much of which dates back centuries. In your free time, you can shop, engage with the locals, catch a quick bite to eat for lunch, or relax near one of the local landmarks. There are plenty of attractions in the town to enjoy and you’ll have several hours to do so. We plan on heading back to your accommodation at 3:30pm to allow you to unwind and enjoy a little leisure time. Many of our guests take this opportunity to capture memories with their camera in the nearby scenery. At 7pm, we’ll head into Cortona for a stylish dinner, complete with locally produced wine to further immerse you in the Tuscan way of life.

If you’re looking for an ideal gift for a loved one, the traditional and instantly recognisable bottles of Chianti wine may well be the way to go. We’ll be heading to this traditional town early in the morning. We’ll make a stop at Castellina for coffee where you’ll be able to get your bearings and look forward to the day ahead. You will be enjoying lunch at the Antica Macelleria Cecchini in Panzan – a traditional eatery that specialises in a variety of Italian dishes and more.To tingle your taste buds, we’ll then take you to a wine tasting session in Chianti, where you’ll get to savour the unique flavours and talk to the makers about their processes. You’ll be able to purchase your dinner locally, too.

As your trip slowly comes to an end, we allocate this time for you to choose the types of activities that you’d like to partake in – from exploring the nearby area, to relaxing by the pool. Whatever you choose to do, we’ll ensure that you’re back in time for a traditional Italian Aperitivo, followed by a farewell dinner to mark your visit.

In the morning, we’ll take you back to the local station where you can commence your return journey with plenty of Tuscan memories to savour for a lifetime.

What is Included

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  • Enjoy your own apartment in our renovated Tuscan farmhouse villa for 7 nights
  • Our bilingual hosts & tour leaders will be on hand throughout the tour to assist you
  • We’ve scheduled an exciting itinerary to ensure that your trip is fantastic
  • You’ll find provisions in your apartment and we’ll provide breakfasts, too
  • This trip includes no less than 4 tantalising lunches – ideal for fans of food
  • For lovers of wine and Italian cuisine, you’ll be pleased to hear that 5 dinners are a part of this package
  • Enjoy a Truffle Hunt, followed by a cooking experience where you’ll learn to make cheese, pasta and traditional Italian desserts
  • Our guided walking tours in Cortona and Siena are some of our most popular features
  • We’ll stop off for wine and olive oil tasting in the Montepulciano region
  • You’ll also receive a complementary bottle of wine and beer from us
  • Take part in wine tasting activities at local vineyards and establishments
  • We’ll cater for all of your itinerary travel, saving you the need to rent a vehicle
  • On your free days we’d be happy to transport you to the local stations
  • We’ll pick you up to start your trip and drop you back off safely for your departure
  • If you’d like to travel back into Cortona on your tour-free day, we can help with this, too.


  • As a traveller, you’ll need to ensure that your airfares are covered
  • Travel insurance isn’t provided by us and you may choose to take a policy out with a provider
  • Entry fees to museums, galleries and certain landmarks may be applicable
  • Any meals that you choose to eat outside of those provided by us will be your responsibility to pay for
  • Gifts, personal expenses and other related purchases will be your obligation to cover

Il Mandorlo, Fratticciola

Il Mandorlo is a rural house dating back to the 17th Century which has been restored in keeping with its original shape and materials. It is located in the valley ‘Val di Chiana’ nearby the historical centre of Cortona.

The house is divided into five apartments with all modern facilities including air conditioning and WI-FI. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the infinity swimming pool provides a panoramic view of the historical centre of Cortona and surrounding valley.

Set in a quiet location but close enough to the main roads which connect to all the well-known historical cities and villages.

It is an image of rolling hills, vineyards, age-old trees, golden wheat in Spring, Sunflowers in Summer and the constantly changing shades of the earth.

Accommodation is subject to availability at time of booking.

Getting there

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Getting there

The tour begins near the historical centre of Cortona. Upon arrival we will meet you at our local train station Camucia-Cortona and will transfer you, via vehicle to the villa, which is a short drive into the countryside.

Cortona is located 2.5 hours by regional train from the main train station in Rome (Roma Termini) and 1.5 hours by regional train from the main train station in Florence (Santa Maria Novella).

Train Travel to the Villa

If you are already in Italy connection to either Roma Termini or Firenze Santa Maria Novella train stations is easily accessible via other train stations.

Either of these two major cities are a good option for your arrival into Italy and then travel to our location. We will meet you at our local train station Camucia-Cortona and will transfer you, via vehicle to the villa, which is a short drive into the countryside.

Arrival from Rome Airport:

  1. Take the Leonardo Express Train from Rome Airport to Roma Termini Train Station (This is a 30min journey and will cost approximately 15 Euro)
  2. From there take a regional train to Camucia-Cortona (This is a 2.5hr journey and will cost approximately 15 Euro)

Arrival from Florence Airport:

  1. Take the bus that goes to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Train Station (This takes approximately 30mins and will cost approximately 15 Euro)
  2. From there take a regional train to Camucia-Cortona (This is a 1.5hr journey and will cost approximately 13 Euro)


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