Tuscany 8-day villa stay with excursions

  • 7days
  • 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 Tuscan Villa
  • 5 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 including one/two glasses of wine
  • 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.
  • Day 1


    After your transfer, a time for settling in and familiarisation.

  • Day 2


    Easily explored on foot, the atmosphere and beauty of this city make it one of the pearls of Tuscany. Stroll along the narrow, medieval streets to the main piazza which offers stunning views over the Val di Chiana and Lago Trasimeno. Visit the world famous Museo dell Accademia Etrusca di Cortona and explore ancient vicoli lined with wonderful boutiques, clothing, ceramics, leatherware and jewellery.

  • Day 3


    Known for its bareback horse race, and enjoy an Italian coffee or lunch at the spectacular Piazza del Campo. Visit The Mangia Tower, spectacular Duomo and more. Then step back in time to visit the medieval town of San Gimignano, famous for its towers and excellent white wine. Experience the breathtaking view of the Elsa Valley.

  • Day 4

    Montepulciano. Located in the Val d’Orcia this township is a true gem, great shopping, wonderful Trattoria’s, Cantina’s and Sulumeria’s for wine and cheese tastings. Location of dinner to be decided on the day.

  • Day 5

    Beautiful historic Florence

    The old centre of Florence is in a small area, easy to visit on foot and within half an hour's walk to the best known landmark of Florence, Il Duomo. Visit the extraordinary Ponte Vecchio, the famous San Lorenzo market in the historical centre of the city with its abundance of clothing and leatherware, along with its vibrant food markets.

  • Day 6


    Travel here to experience the stunning countryside of this famous wine-growing area. Visit wonderful castles, sample the famous local produce over lunch, and sip on superb wines. Late afternoon we will visit Monteriggioni where we will have dinner at a trattoria in the main square.

  • 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 breakfast, transfer to the local train station for your departure.

Thank you Slow Tours for the tour experiences we had in France and Italy in September. The Italian Lakes Tour was spectacular; beautiful scenery combined with so much history and art. Having the opportunity to stay in Lenno on Lake Como and travel the lake to other villages by ferry ensured a memorable, cultural experience enhanced with wonderful cuisine and wines. The same applies to our time on Lake Maggiori, staying in Verbania; we particularly enjoyed our nights dining in the Plaza watching families and friends come together to dine, meet and listen to the music and/or musicians performing for the evening. The various palaces, stunning villas and their respective histories, their beautiful art and gardens were unbelievably beautiful. Our favourites were: Villa Carlotta, Villa Del Balbianello and Villa Taranto. Our trip to Provence and our stay in the medieval village of Le Castellet was equally memorable and enjoyable. The Slow Tours approach to travelling to the various cities, towns and villages was again appreciated. We had the time to wander, climb up sides of mountains and stairs to amazing cathedrals and churches and wonder at the scenic vistas below; take in the local village cultures, their individual specialisations and wonder at the history and art they each have. We were so pleased to have Carol as our Tour Guide; her intimate knowledge of France and ability to speak the French language fluently made it so easy for us to “sit back and enjoy the ride”; be that paddling boats down a river; a boat trip along the Coast; or visiting the Paul Ricard Racing Track. We loved the restaurants in Le Castellet and the beautiful scenery that surrounds it. 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.

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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.

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