Tuscany is known for many things but three of its most iconic products are without doubt its wine, pasta and olive oil. Today you will sample all three!
On this idyllic day of our private Tuscany tour you will meet two families at the heart of Tuscan life and both great friends of Alma Italia. The Davaz family, at their award winning family run Chianti Classico vineyard and the first, the Calamai family will be at one of the most historic and prestigious olive groves in all of Tuscany. Run by the same family for 200 years from their Renaissance villa high on a hill overlooking Florence, reportedly the birthplace of the mother of the Mona Lisa, it is a unique place.
Your trip host will pick you up from your hotel at 11.30am to escort you into the beautiful olive groves hidden in the hills surrounding Florence to the estate of the Calamai family have produced olives here on the first hills outside Florence for more than 200 years.
Your hosts will recount to you some of the fascinating history of the family and the villa while you try some of the freshly pressed oil. After a look around the farm and villa, and perhaps even an encounter with 'Baffo' the goat, Eleonora, ‘la Mamma’ and expert Tuscan cook, will prepare a simple Tuscan lunch for you including freshly made pasta.
Lunch will be in the garden of the villa or in the 'cantina' depending on the weather. What could be a more satisfying way to spend a lazy afternoon than feasting on the fruit of your labours enjoyed with a sprinkling of 0 km’s fresh oil and a bottle of local wine that we picked from the neighbouring vineyard.
The afternoon doesn't end here however. After lunch we will move further south, deeper in to the heart of Chianti, the most famous Tuscany wine making region.
Here we will meet the Davaz family, the passionate owners of an organic Chianti classico vineyard. Now run by the second and third generation, the family originally hailing from neighbouring Switzerland, runs the vineyard with Swiss precision and Italian soul. You will be able to sample at least four of their beautifully crafted wines and take a tour of their cleverly designed cellar, hidden in the hill of the vineyard.
This is the Tuscan countryside at its most glorious. If you are lucky you might even see some deer or wild boar roaming through the vines.
After the tasting we will make the 45 minute drive to our traditional Tuscan inn hotel for the evening 10 minutes walking distance outside of San Gimignano where we will make restaurant reservations for you in the evening