Experience the Beauty of the Chianti Region behind the wheel of a Luxury, sports or classic car. This tour takes you to visit one of the most renowned and beautiful areas in the Chianti. Situated between Florence and Siena, it is known all over the world for its fine wines, magical countryside, medieval castles and ancient villages. Taking the Chiantigiana wine road, you will wind your way through cypress lined hills and olive groves to the medieval towns of Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. Winding your way through the countryside you can stop to taste some excellent local wines at one of the innumerable vineyards, many of which also produce their own olive oil. Lunch can be taken either at a winery or in a typical Tuscan country restaurant, perhaps on an outdoor terrace overlooking the breath-taking countryside.
Siena and San Gimignano Tour
This full day tour gives you the possibility to enjoy some wine tasting at one of the many vineyards in the area and lunch at a traditional Tuscan Trattoria. Siena will immediately charm you with its characteristic medieval streets and the famous Piazza del Campo, where the renowned Palio is run every year. A visit to the Cathedral and the historical “Libreria Piccolomi” are also a must. Founded by the Romans, Siena has a turbulent past, mainly due to the many wars with their neighbours – Florence! San Gimignano is one of the best known towns in Tuscany because of the unique number of medieval towers still standing. As with all fortified towns, San Gimignano is situated high on a hill dominating the Chianti countryside.
The Mall: Luxury Shopping Experience
The Outlet Gallery of the most Exclusive Designers in the World. Located just 40 minutes away from Florence, The Mall is the preferred destination for shoppers of top-quality luxury brands at the best possible prices. The Mall has something for everyone, offering men’s and women’s wear, children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, fragrances as well as gift and home accessories.
Brands available at The Mall: Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Armani Jeans, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Brioni, Burberry Chopard Coach, Emilio Pucci, Ermanno Scervino, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, Fay, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hogan, Lanvin, Loro Piana, McQ, Moschino, Philipp Plein Pomellato Richard Ginori, Roberto Cavalli, Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, Stella McCartney, TAG Heuer, Tod’s, Tom Ford, Valentino.
Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano: historical beauty in Brunello Country
Montepulciano sits on a high limestone ridge and has a beautiful town hall in the main square, “Piazza Grande” which is a small copy of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. One of the best red wines from Tuscany are produced here, the famous “Vino Nobile di Montepulciano”. In the 16th century, the famous architect Rossellino was commissioned by Pope Pius II to build the new “Perfect” town. The Duomo (Cathedral), which dominates the center of the piazza, has a façade that is one of the earliest designed in the Renaissance manner. Montalcino, Home to the famous “Brunello” red wine, has a beautiful castle which dominates the Orcia valley. One of the highlights of the town is its unique wine cellars that start from the top of the hill and go all the way through it.
White Truffle Hunting
Italy is the country of food and wine, and between October and December a unique culinary delight can be found: The White Truffle.
San Miniato, a beautiful medieval town situated roughly a one hour drive from Florence is home of the “Mostra Mercato del Tartufo”. It is an open air market, where you can try different kind of products, from the “corona” to the famous and prestige white truffles.
If you would like to experience truffle hunting first-hand, a day trip with a professional “hunter” can be organized. You will first learn about truffles and the method of finding them then, together with the “tartufai” and his trusted sniffer dog, you will then head off into the woods for the search. After the hunt it will be time for lunch and local truffle dishes can be enjoyed together with the “tartufai”.