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Extra Activities

The rustic farmhouses, the converted caretaker's cottage or perhaps the updated lemon house will be your home for the week, all located here on the Villa Pandolfini estate. All guests have the use of the estate's pool and you can spend hours enjoy the nature on the estate either by wandering casually through the woods or by taking adventure of the 2.7 km fitness trail.

Dine in the original kitchen of the villa or in one of the characteristic local restaurants - or perhaps you'd like to learn to cook yourself in a Tuscan Cooking Course as part of our additional optionals activities.

Wander through the on-site olive grove and vineyard, take a peak into the frescoed ballroom or the 12th century wine cellar, explore the private forest or relax by the pool when you are not out exploring the magical landscape of Tuscany.

Additional Activities Throughout the Week

Tuscany is not just about the scenery. As such, your week with us also includes the below list of activities. Of course, if there are any additional activities that we can organise for you, just let us know.

The following is a list of activities we have already included in your Tuscan Biking Tour or Tuscany Walking Tour program:

  • Welcome Dinner with the group to meet your 'comrades', guides and hosts in the Villa Pandolfini kitchen
  • Dinner in one of Florence's top restaurants
  • Pizza at one of the most characteristic local pizzerias
  • Wine Tasting
  • Olive Oil tasting
  • Walking Tour of Florence's historical city centre
  • Exploration of Florence's central food market
  • Farewell dinner with live music
  • Accommodation on the 13th C Villa Pandolfini estate

Additional Activity Options we can arrange:

Pretty much anything you want!

Tuscan Hands-on Cooking Classes with our English-speaking Tuscan born chefs held in one of two kitchens: in the 13th century galley kitchen of the villa, or in the new professional kitchen located in an historical tower on the estate.

Wine Appreciation Courses with our wine expert. These can be tailored to your specific interest level and we can cover Tuscan wines, Super Tuscans or Italian wines in general. To be held on the grounds of the Villa Pandolfini Estate

Private restaurant dinners - there are some wonderful local restaurants within easy access of the Villa Panfolini or we are happy to make reservations for you in some of our favourites in Florence.

Art Classes - depending on availability of the teacher and the size of the classes.

Florence Guided Tours - we work with wonderful guides that for a 3 hour minimum can give you an additional insight into Florence through the ages and life as the modern day Florentines live it. A twilight tour is nice finishing with an 'aperitivo' in one of the trendy bars before dinner. You won't have much free time in your program but I think at least one evening dinner plans ( if you are hungry!!) are up to you.

Guided Tours - Other Cities - We can also arrange guides for you in other cities such as Rome, Siena, Lucca, Pisa and Venice.

Hot Air Balloon rides - these require an early start so make sure that you are an early riser! You may also be able to do this in conjunction with a wine tasting. If you dont have your own transportation then a driver would need to be arranged which we are more than happy to do.

Additional self guided walking or cycling tours

Truffle hunting in the appropriate season which is normally from September until Christmas

Horse riding - there are a couple of places local to the Villa Pandolfini Estate.

Classical Music Concerts - we can advise you on what is happening in Florence during the time that you are here.

Extra Excursions that can be organized for your private group or maybe there are others staying on the estate that would like to join in in their free time - Cheese factory visits, olive oil mill tours, and other gastronomical activities - go to Parma to taste Parmesan cheese and prosciutto ham, Moderna for Balsamic Vinegar, Tuscany for olive oil and peccorino cheese...

Further nights stay at the Villa Pandolfini or in nearby B&B accommodation . We can also advise you on places to stay in Rome, Venice and the Amalfi Coast.

Driver Transfers - from anywhere to anywhere, just let us know the details and we can provide you with a quote.

If any of the above are of interest to you, just let us know what you would like and we will provide you with a quote.

Please note: these activities may be changed according to the season. If you're here during Truffle Hunting season, for instance, then we may be able to substitute this activity instead. During times of festivals and holidays, such as in August, when most Italians head to the beach for their annual holiday, some inclusions may not be possible but we will do our best to find alternative activities for you.