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Autumn in Tuscany

The scents of Tuscany are vivid in the autumn air. The sweet smell of roasting chestnuts, the acrid smoke of wood fires, the grassy aromas of new olive oil, the mouldy scent of wet leaves, the musky odour of truffles and the heady perfume of new wine in the cellar.

Reawaken your sense of smell as you meet the farmers and producers enthusiastic to introduce you to their traditional food and wine. You stay on an olive oil estate, pick olives and visit olive presses. After your olive oil class with a professional taster, you’ll be on the way to becoming an expert. You’ll hunt for truffles, spend a day in the chestnut forests of the Garfagnana and taste wine at some little-known vineyards in Chianti. It will be a season to remember. (Really small group: 8–10 people)

Learn more here and grab 10% discount if booked before 31 March 2017.

Highlights of Tour

Gastronomic Experiences

  • Olives and olive oil
    • Stay at organic olive oil estate
    • Pick olives on the estate
    • Visit traditional and modern olive presses and learn which is best and why
    • Class with professional olive oil taster — learn to use your nose to assess olive oil
    • Cooking lesson with olive oil
    • Learn to make olive oil gelato with owner of gelateria rated third best in Italy by food and wine magazine Gambero Rosso
  • White truffles
    • Hunt with a truffle hunter and his hound
    • Learn how the hunter trains his dogs
    • Learn to use your eyes, fingers and nose to tell a real white truffle from an impostor
    • Lunch with lots of truffles at truffle hunter’s home
    • White truffle festival
  • Wine
    • Visit vineyards in Lamole, a little known corner of Chianti
    • Dry-stone walling — one vineyard owner’s theory of how to produce the best wine in Lamole
  • Wild edible plants
    • Forage with chef on olive estate
    • Cooking lesson using wild plants and new olive oil in typical dishes of Lucca
  • Chestnuts — tree of bread
    • Visit a chestnut-drying hut with the owner and learn how chestnuts become flour and the staff of life for the mountain people of the Garfagnana
    • Visit a working 18th-century water mill that grinds farro, corn and chestnuts
    • Feast at a chestnut festival in the streets of a mediaeval village
  • Every day you eat in homes and family restaurants

Architecture, art, music & sightseeing

  • Brunelleschi Castle: guided tour of Renaissance castle designed by the architect of the dome of Florence’s cathedral
  • Pieve Santa Maria, Vicopisano: 12th century church with magnificent wooden altarpiece of the Deposition from the Cross
  • Certosa di Calci: guided tour of the former Carthusian monastery in all its over-the-top splendour
  • Free afternoon in the beautiful walled city of Lucca
  • Private concert and cooking lesson with opera singers
  • Optional visit to Parco Nottolini and its neo-classical canals which collect water for the fountains of Lucca

Company Details

Sapori e Saperi Adventures
Telephone: +44 7768 474610