The “Other” Tuscany
8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
Colli di Pisa, Etruscan Coast, the Maremma & More!
There two sides to Tuscany – the one you might have seen and the one we’ll show you on The Other Tuscany. Of course on this trip you won’t see the familiar places (Florence, Chianti, Brunello). Instead, you’ll spend a week discovering the other part of this vast region and the specialties it has to offer. There are many tours of Northern Italy, but none quite like this!
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Colli di Pisa, Etruscan Coast, the Maremma & More!
DAY 1: BAGNI DI PISA
Arrival in Pisa, (private transfers can be arranged from either the train station or the airport). Settle into your 4-star deluxe accommodations (and spa!).
That evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner in the hotel’s restaurant before starting our big adventure! (D)
DAY 2: BAGNI DI PISA
Today we’ll make a quick stop to see the famous Leaning Tower (and climb it if you like!). Then we head to our first appointment of the day at a wonderful “frantoio” (olive oil factory) also famous for its kiwis. Here we’ll enjoy a tour of the grounds and then a delicious lunch either in the garden or in their charming dining room. We’re saving dessert for last with a very special visit to one of Italy’s top chocolate producers. We’ll tour and taste before heading back to our hotel in late afternoon.
The evening will be free to enjoy on your own either in hotel’s spa, restaurants or a local trattoria within walking distance (B, L).
DAY 3: BAGNI DI PISA
We know everyone loves to eat pasta while in bell’Italia, but why not see how it is actually produced by one of the country’s leading pasta companies, that is also family owned and run? One of the most delightful pasta dishes one can have is with fresh truffles. Of course fresh truffles aren’t easy to find, so we will also visit a local truffle hunter (who also makes wine) and taste his products in abundance! After a little down-time at the hotel, we will head to nearby Lucca for an early evening “passagiata” through its labyrinth streets and surrounding walls before delving into a delicious dinner in typical Lucchese style.
DAY 4: ETRUSCAN COAST
Today we move a bit farther south to the Etruscan Coast in the Upper Maremma, the land of the “Super Tuscan” wines such as Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Here we start the day with a tour of the Ornellaia winery followed by a formal lunch featuring some of Italy’s top wine. Afterward, we’ll have a little time to visit the charming village of Bolgheri.
In late afternoon, we’ll make our way to our luxurious accommodations in the coastal town of San Vincenzo. That night we’ll have a light lunch at the hotel’s fabulous restaurant. (B, L, D)
DAY 5: THE ETRUSCAN COAST
Today we visit the village of Suvereto where you will enjoy a tour and simple lunch and tasting in a converted 13th century “frantoio.” After this, we head to the fabulous (and architecturally interesting) Petra winery to try their specialities such as Ebo, Quercegobbe, and Petra.
We return to the hotel in late afternoon. Dinner will be served in the hotel’s restaurant (B, L, D)
DAY 6: THE MAREMMA
Today we’re moving even farther south into the heart of the Maremma and visiting the Maremma National Park for a walk in some of Italy’s most beautiful nature reserves – located on the sea. Afterward we will enjoy the tastes of the Maremma at Fattoria Le Pupille, which features small local dishes and one of our favorite wines, Morellino di Scansano. Late afternoon we arrive at our last destination and our 4-star accommodations in Porto Santo Stefano on the Monte Argentario.
The evening will be free to enjoy on your own with plenty of nice restaurants right in the village. (B,L)
DAY 7: THE MAREMMA
On our last day we will visit Pitigliano, a medieval village built into high tufa cliffs. The village has been chiseled, over the years, into thousands of caves and tower-houses. Then it’s on to Sovana, considerd one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy. Lunch will be served in a small farmhouse in the countryside.
That night we will celebrate our wonderful week together with a final “farewell” dinner at a 2-star Michelin restaurant.
DAY 8: THE MAREMMA to ???
Today we bid you “arrivederci” and hope you leave our corner of the world with wonderful memories and treats from your stay. Transfers to the Grosseto train station will be arranged and/or we can assist you in staying a few extra days in Italy. BUON VIAGGIO!
Includes: 7 nights accommodations in 4-star accommodations; meals as indicated above with B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, private transfers from Pisa train station and to the Grosseto train station, transportation during tour; private guided tours, all wine and olive oil tastings as mentioned, your BVI travel host, gratuities.
Not included: Airfare to/from Italy, transfers beyond those mentioned above, travel insurance, meals and beverages other than those mentioned above, laundry, personal spending money, room upgrades and extras (such a mini-bar, internet access if applicable, phone calls, etc.), gratuities to your BVI Travel Host.
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