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TRIPS

GROUP TRIPS

We specialize in all types of programs and can offer accommodation to up to 40 people on the Villa Pandolfini Estate and then for many more in the surrounding countryside. If you have larger groups and some of them want to cook, others want to bike, some want to do the walking program and some want to participate in the art and culture then we can certainly cater to this, allowing you all to have common meals together, the welcome and final dinners, occassionally thw wine tasting excursion and then of course the accommodations. We have designed the programs to work together , so you can all choose what best suits you whilst still enjoying your vacation 'together'.

CUSTOMIZED TOURS

Anything we do here can be completely customized. We love to design a package just for you,. Taking into account your special requirements and desires about what to see and enjoy in Tuscany. Our programs and tours can all be shortened or lengthened, we can add on a few days in the Cinque Terre, or Rome, or Venice, we can organize guides for you in any of Italy's major cities. If you join our Art & Culture program for example but wanted to add on 3 days cooking at the end then that is absolutely fine. Judging by the season, there are lots of special events and activities that we can share with you, for example, Between September and Christmas time we can take you truffle hunting in small groups to follow the 'tartufaio' ( truffle hunter) and his trusty dog as we trudge through the muddy forests looking for the valuable truffle. In November there is the olive harvest and we can take you along to see the olives being processed. In October there is of course the wine harvest, or the 'vendemmia' as it is known here and this is also something to see.

For art lovers we can sometimes ( if lucky!) organize a private tour through the Vasari Corridor and specila visits to the some of the many artisans that still hand make paper, or leather goods, or the wood carvers. In summertime there is an endless choice of concerts and classical music performances to enjoy.

SCHOOL TRIPS

We have had many schools and universities come and participate in our courses, tours, programs and they have both stayed with us on the Villa Pandolfini estate or off-site and visited us during the day. We have different alternatives for group meals, rooms for lectures and classes and can create educational programs to share with the students and teachers the cultural beauty of Tuscany. Including but not limited to the Tuscan way of life, the Medieval and Renaissance periods, the Medici family, the Mediterranean diet and how today this benefits the Italians. Various tastings and tours shares with you the history and charm behind Tuscany's 'liquid gold' which is the extra virgin olive oil and we can create programs focused on cheese and olive oil tasting, including a visit to the cheese making factory or the olive 'frantoio' . Tuscany abounds with learning opportunities and we have experts that can lead art classes, give lectures and take the groups of visits to the countless museums Florence and the region in general has to offer. The region was heavily populated by the Etruscan civilization and we can also arrange trips to visit the various tombs in the area.

We can organize transfers for you and private drivers to take the groups out into the countryside or to visit the art cities. Group dinners can also be organized either on-site or off-site and we have agreements with some of the nicest but most traditional restaurants and trattorias in the region.

FAMILY TRIPS

Tuscany is wonderful for a family vacation and the Villa Pandolfini Estate is a great location to relax, enjoy the pool, lovely walks through our private forest and the village life that you miss while staying in Florence. We can organize baby sitting services for you and also chefs to come and cook meals for you if you like. Most of our programs can be customised to allow for the involvement of children though for some of the activities we do have a minimum age or require a waiver signed by the parents to accept full responsibility. There are a couple of horseriding places within 5 minutes of the estate and some of the accommodations have private gardens. You have all of the comforts of home while staying here with us, the accommodations are all self catering with washing machines, full kitchens, televisions and comfortable living areas. The estate offer 150 hectares of woods to explore and is full of animal life, squirrels, pheasants, many types of birds, deer, and the occassional wild boar. The village itself offers a number of great traditional restaurants, fresh fruit & vegetable markets every Wednesday morning and a bank, pharmacy, a couple of general stores and a cafe for cappucino and fresh pastries every morning. The train is an easy 10 minute walk and will get you into the centre of Florence in just 20 minutes, we are also located on the same line that will go to Siena, Pisa and Livorno making the logistics of getting around much easier if you prefer not to rent a car. We can also organize a private driver for you.

We work with some wonderful guides who, knowing that there are children in the group, will design their tours to make them more light hearted and fun for the younger participants. Additional activities such as hot air ballooning or boat tours in the Cinque Terre can also be organized on request. Visits to 'Vinci' the home of Leonardo and to the various Etruscan tombs in the area are also interesting yet very educational for the children.

SINGLE AND SOLO TOURS

We have many, many singles come along to join our tours. Everything is taken care of for you, you just need to organize your flights to Italy and let us know when you are arriving! We are always around to take care of whatever you need and the groups we always find bond very well as they all have the common interest of food, wine, culture and a general love for Italy in common. The programs are a nice mix of classes whether it be painting, cooking, walking or biking, then cultural activities such as wine tasting, olive oil mill visits, cheese tastings and then the social part or the week spent with us. We share lots of dinners, traditional italian music and free time to relax by the pool, sleep or do some extra touring and /or shopping.

We offer the single room suppliment if you prefer to not share a room with someone, if you dont mind sharing then we will always pair you up with the same sex.

CORPORATE TRIPS

Whether it be a sales incentive, upper management meetings or a prize or gift for staff, we can design packages from 3 days to 3 months! All of the airport transfers, group meals, group events & activities can be arranged and rooms for lectures and meetings are easily organized. If you are a group that are bringing partners that will need a complimentary schedule of tours and activities then this can also be arranged for you. There are many golf courses in the region and we can book chauffeur driven cars and private guides to take you shopping or to visit the galleries and museums. A program full of cooking classes, wonderful dinners, wine appreciation courses and dinners in Tuscany's best restaurants is what we do best! We have WI-Fi throughout the estate to allow for easy communication during your stay here.

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