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This area is just as famous for its cuisine as for its art. Food lovers will relish the opportunity to taste some genuine Tuscan flavours accompanied by some of the best known Italian wines such as Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.
Tuscany, and its lesser-known neighbour Umbria, are large regions with higher hills to the north, softer landscapes to the south and, as the cradle of the Renaissance, many towns and cities such as Siena and Perugia, housing numerous art treasures.
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PLACES TO SEE IN TUSCANY & UMBRIA
There are many excursions on offer here from walking tours of Siena and San Gimignano to horse-riding in Chianti. Please call us for the full selection of tours on offer. If visiting one of the amazing art cities, having your own private dedicated guide can really enhance your experience. We can pre-book guides for you in Siena, San Gimignano, Perugia and Assisi.
Leave the car at home and enjoy a whole day dedicated to the joys of wine tasting. Start with San Gimignano, where the crisp white wine, Vernaccia, is produced. Then visit Monteriggioni in the middle of Chianti country, before ending the day at Montalcino to taste the wonderful deep red Brunello. Your informative guide will tell you about the vineyards, wine production and history of the area.
A chance to slow down and take in the unique harmony of colours that exists only in the Tuscan hills.
A guided tour of the medieval town of Siena which includes: the cathedral, music academy and the Accedemia Chigiana. In the afternoon, drive through through the Chianti hills to explore San Gimignano, a town of towers dating back to the Etruscan period.
A great opportunity in Siena and occasionally other locations to learn some handy tips.
Food & Drink
Tuscan and Umbran cuisine is full of hearty fare; bread, wine and olive oil, important to all Italians are sacred here! Most dishes are very simple but pasta often has rich sauces. Try panzanella, a tasty summer salad with bread and vegetables or ribollita, a filling bowl of bean soup.
There are many Tuscan puddings and cakes including panforte with fruit and nuts, the recipe for which dates back to 13th century Siena.
The importance of the area for wine production goes without saying and restaurants are happy to advise on which local wines to try. There are many opportunities to join a tasting tour and learn more about wines such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vernaccia and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
The famous Siena Palio takes place on 2nd July and 16th August every year and draws crowds from all over the world. Nothing beats the medieval pageantry of the historical procession followed by the craziest horse race in the world. Bareback riders in medieval costume hurtle around the main square of Siena at full pelt cheered on by spectators.
Palio Privilege tour - The Palio can be viewed from a private balcony in a palazzo on the square and includes a guided tour of Siena and refreshments during the race. Early booking is recommended.
Umbria Jazz Festival - One of the most important jazz festivals in the world has the beautiful backdrop of the town of Perugia every year in July.
Puccini Festival - Every year during the months of July and August, Torre del Lago near Lucca hosts a festival dedicated to the famous Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. We can organise tickets and transfers.