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Flavors of Chianti
Embrace the bewitching enchantment, bucolic ambiance, and charismatic culture of Chianti. Meander through Tuscany’s colorful cities, cypress-studded hilltop towns, classic cucinas, and idyllic vineyards during this small-group journey. Explore the Italian countryside that provides endless inspiration for artists, chefs, and vintners alike.
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Program Highlights:
  • With your small group, enjoy seven nights deluxe accommodations at the luxurious and exclusive Castello La Leccia in Castellina featuring exceptional views of the lush, rolling Tuscan landscape.
  • Admire the Etruscan ruins and Roman center at Volterra before visiting charming San Gimignano—theTown of Fine Towers—which is completely encircled by medieval walls.
  • Stop at the Renaissance town of Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which sits atop a hill overlooking the Tuscan countryside.
  • At Podere Il Casale—an organic farm—learn about the owners' passion for the slow food movement, see a cheese-making demonstration, and enjoy a leisurely lunch.
  • Learn the history of Bagno Vignoni, a small village surrounded by thermal waters.
  • Visit Villa Vignamaggio—the childhood home of Lisa Gherardini, immortalized as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci—and work side-by-side with Italian chefs during a cooking class and wine tasting.
  • Take a guided tour of Cortona with free time to explore afterward.
  • Wander within the walled medieval village of Monteriggioni—a city along the ancient pilgrim road of Via Francigena—before strolling down the road to visit the Abbadia a Isola abbey.
  • Stroll Siena—another UNESCO World Heritage Site—with its well-preserved cityscape, celebrated Duomo, and bustling Piazza del Campo.
  • What's included: 7 nights accommodations; 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 6 dinners served with wine; all lessons and tastings as described in the 9-day itinerary; private motor coach transportation; luggage handling; gratuities to Orbridge Travel Director, local guides, wait staff for included meals, drivers and porters; and group airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.