Tuscany 8-day villa stay with excursions

  • 8days
  • Italy

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A Taste of Tuscany tour spans seven days traversing Tuscany’s most renowned locations allowing you to experience some of the many historic, cultural and scenic treasures the region has to offer.

Taste of Tuscany takes you to Cortona, home of the 'TuscanSun’ with stunning view of the Val di Chana; Florence, famous for its art and culture; Siena the home of the famous ‘Palio’ ; San Gimignana well-known for its many towers and the spectacular wine growing region of Chianti.


  • 7 night’s accommodation in a fully self-contained apartment in a Tuscan Villa
  • 4 day tours to itinerary location
  • Continental breakfasts
  • Welcome pack of local delicacies and seasonal fruit
  • Complimentary bottle of wine and Italian beer
  • 4 light lunches (eg pizza/panini/salad)
  • 7 dinners (open menu) at a local trattoria or restaurant wine included
  • train tickets for independent travel to Florence
  • at each location either remain as a group with tour leaders or, alternatively, choose to explore independently and re-group at agreed time and location
  • wine tasting at selected vineyards/establishments
  • maps for all itinerary locations
  • transfers to local train station or Cortona on tour free day
  • transfers to and from the local train station on arrival and departure days
  • Free access to WiFi at the villa
  • Day 1


    Transfer to your accommodation with time to settle in and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings which will be ‘home’ for the next 7 days. Dinner in Cortona.

  • Day 2


    Spend the day in the local Medieval township of Cortona, the setting for the movie and book “Under the Tuscan Sun”. Il Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca in the town centre is a very popular location. Visit the many boutiques, art galleries, stroll to the “high point” and visit Chiesa di Santa Margherita, where the Saint’s remains are encased high on the altar. Return to the villa mid to late afternoon for a little relaxation by the pool. Dinner in Cortona

  • Day 3

    Siena and San Gimignano

    We travel to Siena, a visit to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, where the famous bareback horse-race is held. Visit Il Duomo and The Mangia Tower or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the ambience and the various delights Siena offers, from the little food stores with many tempting treats to the beautiful stores offering hand painted ceramics and leatherware.

    We visit San Gimignano for the afternoon. This is a beautiful medieval township, a step back in time. This township houses many stores which offer a very broad range of painted ceramics as well as leatherware and alabaster. Two wonderful piazzas where you can simply stroll, visit a museum or climb a tower for a breathtaking view of the Val d’Elsa or enjoy a delicious gelato. Dinner in Cortona

  • Day 4


    Travel to Montepulciano located in the Val d’Orcia. This township is a true gem with great shopping, wonderful trattorias, cantinas and sulumerie. Ample opportunity to visit independently prior to enjoying lunch and visiting a cantina dating back to the 13th century for a wine tasting. Dinner in Cortona

  • Day 5


    Independent train travel to Florence - train ticket, maps, and transfer to and from our local train station on the day is included in the tour cost. Should you wish to visit the Uffizi/L’Accademia or other galleries/monuments, pre-purchase of tickets should be arranged prior to your tour commencement to avoid long waiting periods upon your arrival. Visit www.tickitaly.com to familiarise yourself with the various monuments in Florence. Dinner at the villa by the pool or in Cortona.

  • Day 6

    Chianti and Castellina

    A leisurely day of taking in the most amazing views, whilst driving through this most famous wine growing area of Tuscany. During the morning, we will visit the village of Castellina prior to visiting a vineyard, interact with the winemakers and enjoy lunch and a wine tasting whilst taking in the spectacular views of the vineyards and olive groves. Return to villa late afternoon. Dinner in Cortona.

  • Day 7

    Tour Free Day

    You may choose to ‘stay in’ enjoy the pool and relax. Alternatively, you may choose to visit a local township where you can spend the day ‘exploring’. We will arrange transportation to and from our local train station. Dinner in Cortona

  • Day 8


    After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer you to the local train station for your departure.

Thank you Slow Tours for the tour experiences we had in France and Italy in September. Our last tour, also organised through Slow Tours, was an Arts, Food and Wine Tour of Tuscany. Based in Cortona every day was filled with visits to medieval cities including Sienna, Chianti and more. Along with other guests on the tour, we were often left breathless at the beauty of their towns, their history, art, and food and wine experiences. We were so lucky to have an opera singer as a guest on this tour. She entertained not only us, but also the staff and diners in two restaurants with her beautiful voice that simply had everyone in awe followed by applause. An unexpected and delightful experience. Thank you Slow Tours; the tours we experienced were memorable, fun, interactive with community and personal.

Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Sep 01 2018 Sep 08 2018 - Single rooms 2,633€
Double rooms 2,438€
Sep 08 2018 Sep 15 2018 - Single rooms 2,633€
Double rooms 2,438€
Sep 15 2018 Sep 22 2018 - Single rooms 2,633€
Double rooms 2,438€
Sep 22 2018 Sep 29 2018 - Single rooms 2,633€
Double rooms 2,438€
Sep 29 2018 Oct 06 2018 - Single rooms 2,633€
Double rooms 2,438€

Car rental in Italy

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email info@slowtours.com for a competitive quote

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