The tour starts from Arezzo and lasts about 8 hours.
These tours are dedicated to the food lovers: genuine food and fantastic wine! We selected high quality producers to let you know the traditional Tuscan products. You will have the chance of discovering their production processes and their secrets… and finally enjoy them! Each area is known for one or more typical products: you have only to choose your favourite! Here are our proposals:
Valdarno: cheese, wine and gelato!
We will follow the path Leonardo da Vinci took during the Renaissance, a trip to study the River Arno. He was so deeply fascinated by the incredible shapes of this landscape, the rocky area named Balze that he reproduced in his works. Driving along Setteponti Road (ancient Roman route Cassia Vetus), we cross Ponte Buriano, a XIII century roman bridge represented in the famous Leonardo masterpiece “La Monnalisa”; then we we stop for a coffee break in the lovely hamlet of Il Borro, owned by the fashion designer Ferragamo. Proceeding along the Setteponti Road we reach an organic farm where they produce a delicious sheep cheese, extra vergin olive oil and great wines. You are explained the production process and then you are offered a tasting. After lunch (it can be either at a farm or at a local “trattoria”), we visit Loro Ciuffena, a place set back in time whose picturesque centre is perched upon a river which flow past the most ancient mill in Tuscany. Nearbyyou have the chance to get one of the top 5 best gelato of the whole country (and there are more than 37.000 gelaterie in Italy!).
In the afternoon we may include the visit of Arezzo where a professional tour guide helps you to discover the highlights of this amazing medieval town (for details see Arezzo Tour).
Valtiberina: pork meat and cheese
A tour through the woody valley crossed by the Tiber River, one of the unexplored area of the most authentic Tuscany. We stop in the delightful town of Anghiari, and then we visit one of the most appreciated pork-meat producer of our region. The small family-run business produces extremely tasty “salumi” (cold meat), especially the local Prosciutto. We are guests of the family that offers us a typical Tuscan BBQ with their best selection of meat: simply delicious! After lunch we visit Sansepolcro, known as the home town of the great Renaissance master Piero della Francesca who left here some of his best works of art. Our last stop is a small diary farm where you are explained the production process and then you are offered a tasting of their amazing cheeses!
Valdorcia: cheese, extra-vergin olive oil and wine
Our first stop is Pienza which is considered the “queen” of this beautiful valley because of its artistic and architectural beauties. The area is also renowned for the production of an excellent Pecorino Cheese. We visit a small diary farm where they reveal all the secrets of the traditional production process. Then we have lunch at the farm, tasting genuine dishes facing the amazing rolling hills of Valdorcia. In the afternoon you may choose whether to visit an extra-vergin olive oil mill and then drive along the scenic road of the Siennese Crete, or to visit the town of Montepulciano and taste the famous Nobile Wine at a historic winery built underground over an ancient Etruscan tomb.