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WHY NOT TUSCANY??!!

Tuscany, like a fine wine, has been some time in the making...

There is so much to offer in this beautiful region of Italy, the cities and charming little villages and landscapes, the art and countless museums, the culture and the tuscan people who are a breed all to themselves and the unbeatable food and wine. It's hard to know where to start!

We have tried to bundle all of these things together in our variety of programs to share with you the 'real' Tuscany. Not the jumping on and off tour buses, not following umbrellas of any shape or form and not eating with the masses in a touristy restaurant in the middle of a piazza.  If you feel like missing out on a day and just relaxing with a glass of wine by the pool then thats fine with us, if you feel like doing extra we can always add in another cooking class, or have you do some extra walking or biking. We have been creative with our itineraries and offer great service and attention to detail and put ourselves at your disposal to show you 'our' Tuscany, the Tuscany that most others dont get to see on a standard trip.

Throughout history from the Etruscan times 800 years BC to the Roman empire to the Renaissance and the reknowned Medici family Tuscany and more so Florence has attained potentially the greatest collection of art in the entire world from paintings to sculpture to glorious architectural masterpieces filled with breathtaking afrescoes. You could spend a lifetime exploring all of the museums here and those just dedicated to the original collection of the Medici family are more than a hundred. Join us and one of our expert art teachers in art classes and lectures.. it doesnt matter if you dont have any experience, we invite you all here to just enjoy and soak up the atmosphere and to express yourself through art in any way you choose.

The food and wine in this region of Italy is second to none and each season offers its own treasures. Through our culinary courses and wine and gastronomical tours we are able to share this with you. Whether you visit an olive oil mill or a sheep cheese factory for a tour and tasting or one of the thousands of cellars scattered throughout the countryside, it is impossible not to breathe in some of the charm that has been centuries in the making. Our Tuscan chefs are excellent in conveying the true magic of the cuisine enjoyed here through our cooking classes, why the oil is called 'liquid gold', why a 'fettunta' is so spectacular and the pasta a tradition passed on through generations. Enjoy wandering through the fresh food markets with them and take advantage of their expertise when buying the seasonal products. In autumn join us on a truffle hunt or for the year round 'sagre' where the entire village will get together to celebrate a certain kind of food, the women of the town who cook for days leading up to the festival to provide the visitors with homecooked delicacies. Wine buffs are in heaven and are spoilt for choice. For all levels of wine enthusiasts Tuscany has so much to offer. On the Villa Pandolfini estate we offer the wine appreciation courses with our wine expert who can cater to all levels of experience and technical knowledge. Even those who 'just enjoy a drop' will enjoy the courses as they are taught in an easy to understand format with the focus being on the appreciation of Tuscan wines and learning through tasting. Food and wine pairing is a big part of this.

Another astonishing part of Tuscany is its landscapes and extraordinary countryside. Walkers can enjoy the beautiful mountain paths and trekking through the unique villages while cyclists enjoy the scenery from another viewpoint. All of our programs include obviously the more laid back part of Tuscany, the wine and great lunches, the shopping and the free time. It isnt all physical exertion!

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