Vendemmia and Best Loved Places in Tuscany - Tour Overview
We’ll spend eight nights in this beautiful agritourismo where we can relax by the pool and gaze at the Tuscan hills, when we are not off exploring.
What better place to celebrate life than in Tuscany harvesting grapes and soaking in the golden Tuscan light of early autumn? We'll spend some mornings at the winery estate of Poggio Molina with Claudio and Alba and their family during the vendemmia (grape harvest). We'll learn how to make Alba's famous wild boar lasagna and have lunch in the vineyards. We'll toast with champagne made onsite at Poggio Molina! And we'll learn a Tuscan joke or two from Claudio (be prepared to be a bit ribald...). In between our fun at Poggio Molina we'll explore the back roads and most loved places of Tuscany.
COME WITH US AND VISIT OUR BEST LOVED PLACES OF TUSCANY!
Our travelers always want to return to Siena and we have a surprise treat for you this time!
The Val d’Orcia
Most of the photos of sweeping vistas that make us long to visit Tuscany come from the Val d'Orcia. Also, some of the best cheese in Italy comes from the area around Pienza in the Val d’Orcia. We’ll spend a morning at a farm specializing in the making of Pecorino (sheep’s cheese).
The Crete Senesi
The hills of clay outside of Siena form a sweeping landscape with isolated stone farm houses and lunar vistas that take your breath away. We’ll go back-roading (yes, we can do this in a small bus) and stop to take photos of the various shrines we find at crossroads, visit an ancient palace that now serves as a tiny museum, and of course join the Italians at one of their favorite local trattorias.
Cooking with Giuseppina and her family and a visit to San Gimignano
The day spent with Giuseppina and her beautiful family is always a favorite for our travelers. We’ll learn to cook a four-course meal, drink wine and try to avoid getting the wooden spoon love tap by the fun-loving Giuseppina! On the way back to our agritourismo, we’ll stop off in San Gimignano, the hilltop town that possesses fourteen original towers.
Grape Harvest and Learning How to Make Wild Boar Lasgna
Time will stand still as we travel out into the countryside to have lunch with an Italian family at their winery. We'll drive down a back road and pass row after row of grape vines and olive trees. Finally, we'll arrive at a highpoint of rolling, green Chianti hills at one of the most beautiful intersections of woods, vineyards and olive groves that you'll ever see.
We’ll spend two mornings harvesting grapes at Poggio Molina. We’ll picnic on the back porch. Alba will teach us how to make her famous wild boar lasagna and we’ll end the week with a grand gala dinner in the vineyards if it’s warm enough and in the living room if it’s not!