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Taste Of Tuscany
With a Chef & a Fairy

Chianti, San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena, Florence
11 September 2021 - 18 September 2021 | 7 Nights
Starting at $5,287/person
  • Culinary Experience
  • Cooking class
A taste of
1 Home base
4 Destinations
Activity level
Light
Service level
Home
Group size
Max
10
Journey designed by
Chef Kevin Fonzo

Discover, or re-acquaint yourself with Tuscany on this feast of the senses, hosted by award-winning Chef Kevin Fonzo and the incredible Wine Fairy, Katie Barratt. Pampered on our estate, Kevin and Katie invite you to join them on a journey through Florence, Siena, Montepulciano, San Gimignano, Orvieto, Cortona, and Volterra, touching on culture, history, world-renowned food, and wine.

Experience Tuscany, the Art In Voyage way with a week of making new friends, getting to know the locals, and sharing home-made, family-style Italian meals. As always on our villa-centered journeys, do as much, or as little as you would like. The itinerary is well-balanced and offers flexibility throughout, with our courtesy vehicle available to use should you wish to escape on your own adventures.

Your Hosts

Chef Kevin Fonzo
Chef Kevin Fonzo
Katie Barratt
Katie Barratt

Highlights

Authentic Italian Culinary Experiences

One recurring theme on our villa-centered journeys is the authenticity of our dining experiences - whether it's at a local trattoria or at home with our chef and his counterparts. Take part in pasta and tiramisu making, or sit back and enjoy watching our chef work his magic, prosecco in hand.

Culture & History, Without Excess

Understanding the local culture and history of Tuscany enriches your experience and places the food and wine traditions that we explore into perspective. This balanced itinerary invites you to discover Tuscany's traditions, culture, and history through the eyes of our local historian-guides.

Everything Is Taken Care Of

To ensure the maximum enjoyment of your experience, we have designed this journey with an inclusive approach that eliminates the typical travel stresses of planning and budgeting. All of the tours and excursions listed on this itinerary are included, as well as over eighteen meals. Arrive, and let us pamper you.

The Wines, Oh The Wines!

During this journey, we explore Tuscany's incredible wine regions, including Chianti, Montepulciano, and Brunello. Let's admit it, wine has to be one of the main reasons for visiting Tuscany. Maintaining our focus on authenticity, we introduce you to some of the lesser-known, exclusive wine estates that we have established great relations with.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
Welcome to Tuscany

Welcome to Tuscany

Day 1

Today, your Taste of Tuscany journey starts when our hosts fetch you from the airport, train station, or hotel in Florence or Rome. Should you be coming from Rome, we will include a stop at the beautiful town of Orvieto for lunch. A picturesque drive into the Tuscan countryside takes us to our dreamy villa which we call home for the next seven nights. In the evening, Chef Fonzo has prepared an authentic welcome dinner, paired with local wines selected by our Wine Fairy.

Sunday Funday & Cooking Class

Sunday Funday & Cooking Class

Day 2

Sundays are best spent relaxing and exploring the remarkable property and neighborhood. Your first cooking class with Chef Fonzo will take place late morning and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor for lunch. Indulge in a complimentary massage before we depart for a wine tasting in the area. To end off your first day at the villa, another superb dinner is served, paired with wines selected at the featured estate of the day.

San Gimignano & Michelin Star Lunch

San Gimignano & Michelin Star Lunch

Day 3

Today, we embark on a discovery of the medieval hill town of San Gimignano, known as the 'Town of Fine Towers.' Holding a UNESCO World Heritage Site title, the quaint town will certainly dazzle you. A Michelin Star tasting lunch at the renowned Cum Quibus will follow and serve as one of the highlights of the day. Before departing for a wine tasting, guests will have time to discover more of San Gimignano. Dinner will be served at the villa, paired with wines that were sampled throughout the day.

Exclusive Tour of Florence

Exclusive Tour of Florence

Day 4

This morning, we make our way to the exquisite city of Florence where Paolo, our local historian, awaits for a 3-hour walking tour. Enjoy lunch and the early afternoon as you wish, or let us arrange a private artisan tour of the leather and gold craft of Florence. As we make our way back to the villa, we stop at one of our favorite Chianti wineries for a tasting amid undulating hills and impressive vineyards. Dinner will be prepared and served by Chef Fonzo.

Siena: Italy's Medieval Heart

Siena: Italy's Medieval Heart

Day 5

Enter an architectural time warp as we explore the medieval masterpiece that is Siena. Our local guide receives us for a 2-hour tour of this ancient rival of Florence. Lunch will be at leisure, with recommendations made by your attentive hosts. Languorously wander through Siena's piazza and winding alleyways before we regroup for our return to the villa. Delight in a relaxing afternoon cooling off in the pool, doing as much or as little as you wish. Chef Fonzo will serve another delectable dinner.

Tuscan Cooking Class

Tuscan Cooking Class

Day 6

After a morning at leisure, we depart for our final cooking class of the week. An authentic pasta-making session awaits your enjoyment, alongside the creation of other flavorful Tuscan dishes. Lunch will be served as part of the class. We then depart for our last wine tasting of the week, taking on one final DOC in the region. In the evening, as per our curated journey tradition, we hold a farewell dinner at one of our favorite Michelin-starred restaurants in a unique setting.

Day at Leisure

Day at Leisure

Day 7

Today will be yours to experience as you wish, with our guidance available, as always. For guests interested in continuing touring Tuscany, one of our vehicles will head to Cortona, while another one will take guests to Volterra. If you are looking to do something different, allow us to arrange a truffle hunting experience, or a vintage car tour of the hilltop villages and wineries. Dinner at a local eatery can be arranged, or join Chef Fonzo as he teaches us about his “re-purposing“ approach to sustainability. Dinner will be accompanied by wines selected by our lovely Wine Fairy.

Take the Opportunity to Extend

Take the Opportunity to Extend

Day 8

Tuscany may very well have stolen a piece of your heart and inspired you to discover more of Italy. We would be happy to assist in creating your very own customized journey to Venice, Rome, Lake Como, Sicily, or anywhere you may be yearning to explore. Allow one of our travel curators to guide you through the endless options we can create for you.

Accommodations

Villa Panzano Donne

Villa Panzano Donne

Panzano, Tuscany

This superbly re-modeled villa maintains much of the antique charm of its 16th-century origins.
Located in the Greve in Chianti district of Tuscany, it enjoys its own expansive estate with a lovely dining terrace and private infinity swimming pool. The classical architecture features beautiful stone facades and a colombaia (turret) with 360-degree views of the countryside. It is tastefully decorated and features superb artwork with women-centered themes (hence the “Donne” of the villa’s name).

Nestled amid flowering gardens and surrounded by some of the region’s finest vineyards, the estate offers an exceptional venue for special occasions or serene escapes.
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The finer details

Deluxe Room | Panzano
Deluxe Room | Panzano

Deluxe room

$5,287/person
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure
Master Suite | Panzano
Master Suite | Panzano

Master Suite

$5,645/person
Only one room left
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

Nights

7 nights in our beautiful Tuscan estate

Meals

7 traditional breakfasts

3 lunches with wine, including one at a Michelin-Starred restaurant

7 dinners, including one at a Michelin-Starred restaurant

Open bar at the property

Wines (pairing or selection) with all dinners

Activities

Private guided walking tours of Florence & Siena

Wine & Olive oil tastings throughout (4+)

2 Cooking classes

1 massage (60 minutes)

Self-guided visits of several local hilltop towns and villages

Extras

Services of an award-winning chef & a wine expert

Luxury air-conditioned transportation throughout

Private airport transfers (from Rome or Florence)
service to/from other airports available

Add-Ons and Extension

Hot air balloon over Tuscany

$328/person
After an early wake up call, you board an 8-passenger hot air balloon for an incredible bird eyes' view of the sunrise over Tuscany's rolling hills. After landing back, enjoy a traditional Italian picnic breakfast before returning to the property.

Behind the wheel of a vintage car

$796/room
On any given day of our itinerary, follow us in your very own classic car. Chose from a Mercedes 190SL, an Alfa Romeo Spider 1750, an MG TF or an MG A. Price is per day and "from" (final cost depends on the selected car).150 kms included

What other guests have said

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Richard & Barbara Proctor

The team at Art In Voyage planed and executed another wonderful trip, my wife and I had a wonderful time in Italy and look forward to booking our next trip with Mikael.

September 2019
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Gary Wohlust

Wonderful trip with Art In Voyage. Billed as a food and wine tour through Tuscany but it was much more then that. The villa was fantastic and the view was out of a movie scene. Mikael and Kevin could not have more helpful and they and our group soon became like family. Beautiful country and a great trip.

September 2019
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Good to know

The featured property may be subject to change. While outside of our control, should it be the case, similar or higher standards will be upheld

No visa required for US and Canada residents

International flights are not included. Art In Voyage may assist in booking the best route and class of service

All tours and activities on our itinerary are optional in attendance, yet included.

Although rare, our itinerary may be subject to slight modification based on weather events or unexpected logistical challenges.

How about extending?

Arrive earlier, leave a bit later or simply extend beyond Italy to discover some of the best Europe has to offer. Our team of professional curators will be happy to design THE perfect extension for you.

Why travel with us?

Expertise & Flexibility

Friends /Family Spirit /Small Groups

Unpretentious Luxury Vibe

Exclusive Experiences

Smallprint

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All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

In case of a cancelation at more than 60 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

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11 September 2021 - 18 September 2021

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Taste Of Tuscany

11 September 2021 - 18 September 2021

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Find out more about Taste Of Tuscany

  • A day time contact number, should we need to call you.
  • How many guests (including yourself)?

Customize this journey

  • Your email is used as the primary form of contact.
  • Although not required, we would reach out should we be unable to get through by email.
  • City, state or country.
  • If your request is based on one of our curated or existing journey, please let us know which one.
  • If you considering several dates, please list them all. If you have a general idea as to month and year, let us know that too.
  • Tell us about any destinations you have in mind, or a type of journey. Not sure? Not a problem! That is what we are here for. Our team of experts will guide you by better understanding your interests upon speaking with you.