Tuscany, its medieval villages sitting atop hilltops, rolling hills covered in vineyards and of course, its amazing cuisine. Hosted by Award-winning Chef Kevin Fonzo, come and get pampered at our luxurious estate.
Discover (or re-acquaint yourself with) Tuscany on this feast of the senses, with award-winning Chef Kevin Fonzo. Pampered at our estate, Kevin and his team invite you to embark on a journey touching on culture, history, world-renowned food and wine. Experience the region, the Art In Voyage way - a week making new friends, hanging out with locals and sharing home-made and family style meals. As always on our villa-centric journeys, do as much, or as little as you would like, taking advantage of our well-balanced program, or using our courtesy vehicle to escape on your own. On this journey, we will uncover Florence, Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, San Gimignano, Orvieto and Montalcino.
One recurring theme on our villa-centric journeys is the authenticity of our dinning experiences. Be it at a local trattoria or at home with our chef and his local counterparts. Take part in the making of pasta, tiramisu or just enjoy watching our chef do his magic, prosecco on hand.
As for many of our journeys, we have taken some of the worries related to planning and budgeting out, so you may fully enjoy your experience. To that effect, all our tours and excursions as listed on the itinerary are included, as well as over 18 meals. All you have to do now is just show up and let yourself be pampered without worrying about breaking the bank once there.
Discovering Italy also means understanding the local culture and the country's history. Both are quite essential components of the food and wine traditions as well when you think about it. Yet, we also know that too much of it can be..well, too much of it. So we have created a balanced itinerary, inviting you to discover, without excess, Tuscany's traditions, culture and history through the eyes of our local historian-guides.
Let's admit it, this has to be one of the main reasons for journey-ing to Tuscany and tour incredible wine regions, not the least being Chianti, Montepulciano and Brunello. We will certainly make sure to introduce you to some of these fine producers by picking small and less known estates which we have established great relations with, all offering true Italian hospitality (and incredible wines) along the way
Our hosts pick you up at the airport, train station (or hotel) in Florence or Rome. You are whisked away to a local winery where lunch is served before settling down at your home for the next 7 nights. Tonight, Chef Fonzo has prepared a traditional and authentic family style welcome dinner, paired with local wines.
Sundays are always better enjoyed relaxing and appreciating your surroundings. So today is at leisure, at the villa. Yet, later this morning, you will be able to enjoy your first cooking class with Chef Fonzo before a tasting lunch is served. This afternoon, enjoy a complimentary massage at the property or grab one of our bikes for a stroll on the hills. Dinner is served at the estate, paired with local wines.
You are invited to discover the incredible town of Siena with a 2-hour walking tour before enjoying it on your own. After lunch (own account), we depart for famed Montepulciano. On our way back to the estate, we stop for wine tasting at one of our favorite local producers. Dinner is served at the estate, paired with some of the wines discovered during the day.
This morning, we make our way to beautiful Florence where Paolo, our local historian, awaits for a 3-hour walking tour. Lunch and early afternoon at leisure (a private artisan tour may be organized for our guests interested in learning about leather and gold craft). On the way back, we stop at one of our favorite Chianti wineries for a tasting before heading back to the estate where dinner is served.
Join our Chef to a local food market, or enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure (or you may also use our courtesy vehicle or bikes). Around lunch time, we depart for Orvieto. Not technically in Tuscany, this hilltop town of bordering Umbria, less than one hour away, offers a great insight into the different cultures of the regions, and the historical importance of Italy's powerful church. Tonight is pizza night with Chef Fonzo. Make your own pizza and enjoy it with local wines.
After a morning at leisure, we depart for a beautiful wine farm in the Montalcino area where we hold a cooking class with a local Mama. The region produces one of the best wines in the world (Brunello), so it is only fitting that we introduce you to some of the best ones after our lunch. On the way back, we stop by Pienza, small Tuscan town, where we introduce you to the regional cheeses through a tasting. Tonight, dinner is held at estate paired with lovely Montalcino wines.
Today, on this last day, guests are invited to enjoy the property or take advantage of the courtesy car and bikes. Looking to do something unique? Let us set you up for truffle hunting or a vintage car tour of the hilltop villages and wineries. Our farewell dinner is held at the convent of Saint Francis, La Frateria di Padre Eligio (5 minutes away). Sitting in the old prison, where even the gentle Saint Francis put the friars who did not heed the rules, we enjoy fine dishes inspired by the seasons, the fantasy of the chef, the fragrance of the vegetables and the produce of the convent.
Discover Italy beyond Tuscany. We would be happy to assist in creating your very own customized journey to Venice, Rome, Lake Como, Sicily or anywhere you may find yourself wanting to go to. Ask one of our curators about your options.
All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.
A refundable deposit of $750 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $150 per person administrative fee.
Solo travelers welcome for a small single supplement of $1699.
Your final balance is due 90 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.
NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $150 per person administrative fee.