Volterra and the Cecina River Valley
The Etruscans were the native civilisation of central north
west Italy before the Roman Empire. Volterra was one of the twelve
capital towns of the Etruscan people and one of the last ones to be
conquered. Then it became an important Roman and Medieval hill top
town, with its severe architectural structure it was used to control the
central areas of Tuscany because of its geographic position
overlooking the hills between the sea and the mainland...At Volterra,
we'll visit the Etruscan,Roman and Medieval town where one can still
feel its magical atmosphere.
Volterra and San Gimignano :
this tour you across the heart of the Tuscan countryside; we arrive to
Volterra in the morning; The Etruscan walls, tombs, acropolis and one of
the most important etruscan museums are here and together with the
Roman amphitheatre makes Volterra very deserving of a visit. We continue
to San Gimignano, a small town almost abandoned at the late Medieval
age,during the wars between Firenze (Florence) and Siena.
towers are visible for miles and miles in the middle of the countryside;
the town inside is all medieval with many treasures to be discovered,
such as the frescoes at the Collegiata; Prince Charles described San
Gimignano as the Manhattan of the Middle ages, you'll see why!!
This tour could be added to the Siena tour as a full day tour.
ToscanaVal d'Orcia-Monticchiello- Pienza-Montalcino tour
Thisitinerary goes from Siena to southeast Tuscany;we'll visit the beautiful crete senesi ( kind of cliffs of clay), the medieval and well preserved village of Pienza, rich and beautiful,considered the perfec trenaissance style town; everything immersed in the typical Tuscan countryside; Monticchiello hamlet stands on the next hill. The roads tothis village are one of the most photographed areas in Tuscany, then wedrive through other villages with great views; we can always changeour original itinerary or stop wherever we'll like.
Surrounded by oak woods, olive trees, and vineyards;on the highest hill is the town of Montalcino, famous worldwide for the Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino wines.
Baratti Archaeologic Park, Populonia castle and view, walk
along the sea front and Bolgheri village for a wine tasting.
With this tour we'll visit the seaside and an archaelogical Etruscan park
surrounded by lovely pine tree forest and blue sea. We'll visit the
Populonia Park in front the Baratti Gulf,in Val di Cornia and walk along the
to visit the Medieval Castle of Populonia, built on top of a hill so
as to defend the coast from the Moors invasions.From the top tower we
can admire a
splendid view of the Bay .The Parks of the Val di Cornia
stretch along the coast opposite the Island of Elba, endowed with the
splendid natural environments of the Macchia Mediterranea
(Mediterranean scrub). Here at the seafront the restaurants deserve a
Afterlunch a visit to Bolgheri the pearl of the Etruscan
coast; the Double line cypresses tree boulevard is 5 km long and the
Medieval village is at its end; This area is very well known and
dedicated to producing prestigious wines; almost all the old Poderi(
farmhouses) produce excellent wines; we can go for an easy walk
crossing the famous vineyards of the area with the Mediterranean sea on
A superb wine tasting in one of the most prestigious world wineries is possible and highly recommended!
Chianti historical wine route, Radda and Volpaia .
historic Chianti route SS 222 will be the road we'll drive along seeing
both the Florence and Siena Chianti areas, quite different for their
structure, the first,Florence with sharp rocky hills and then the
rolling clay hills on the Senese side ( Siena).
We'll see some
villages and estates belonging to different historic families that made
the Chianti an important region for wine, very much loved both by the
British and Americans. We'll reach the old towns of Radda and Volpaia
where the Chianti league of winemakers have had their head office since
A tuscan countryside lunch and an ancient winery visit are highly recommended!
Pisa and Castiglioncello
is one of the best known and mysterious of Tuscan cities. Its most
celebrated attraction has become a symbol for all Italy. Behind the
Leaning Tower there is a great history that one can feel walking through
the old town centre;it was one of the four Mediterranean Sea Republics (
with Amalfi, Genoa and Venice) We’ll stroll around the old town
discovering that Pisa is much more than the “ the field of Miracles” (
the main square with the Leaning tower).
Castiglioncello is on the the coast, about one hour from Pisa.
charming sea resort town,it has been the home for many tuscan artists
since the 1800's . Today there are many private art galleries and
strolling along the seafront one can see the old villas belonged to the
Dolce Vita artists( Federico Fellini) from Rome. The Italian
Impressionism movement started here,known as " Macchiaioli movement" in