Our second stopover is at Wine Bar BarUcci for a gorgeous tasting of typical Tuscan products (as lardo (lard), sausages, Siena's pecorino cheese as well as panzanella (stale bread salad with onions, cucumbers basil and tomatoes and precious local). In the afternoon we will follow the route of castles. Chianti and Valdarno are divided by this with a lot of castles for a defensive reason. As a matter of fact this was the region of "Lega del Chianti" that during Middle age was the last bastion of Florence bordering on the Siena's republic.
Here you can admire one of the most preserved villages of Tuscany. The small walled village of Vertine and its undamaged tower that dates back to the Lega del Chianti's age. Then we stop at Badia a Coltibuono, an abbey settled up by a community of monks from Vallombrosa in 1051; now it is a farm renewed since antiquity under the name of "Abbazia del Buon raccolto". This route ends at Castello di Brolio, a wonderful mansion of Ricasoli's family among vineyard. Inside the wall there is a Romanesque church and a neo-Gothic palace in red bricks made by Bettino Ricasoli a famous politician of the XIX century.
On the third day we have the tour of Siena, one of the most preserved medieval towns of the world and UNESCO World Heritage. You will be captured by the narrow alleys, the precious Romanesque and Gothic Italian Dome and the wonderful Piazza del Campo, one of the most important square of Italy, renewed as shell-shaped.
This tour, by private car with English speaking driver, continues visiting two pearl of Tuscany: San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. San Gimignano, known as "la cittadina delle belle torri" (the town with beautiful towers) is surrounded by Siena' smooth hillside and offers its visitors great palaces, ancient towers and medieval mansions as well as the wonderful Ghirlandaio's painted frescos inside the Romanesque collegiate church. This day tour ends at Monteriggioni, a tiny village, closed to traffic and surrounded by a huge XII century wall. It is a jump back to Middle age.
The package includes
- 3 nights in hotel, breakfast included, two dinners: one meat-based and one fish-based with food and wine combination in our hotel restaurant "Diversus".
- Tour of Chianti (Radda, Vertine, Volpaia, Badia a Coltibuono, Brolio) by private car with English speaking driver (leaving at 10.30 AM on the second day and coming back at 6 PM).
- Lunch at Castello di Volpaia or similar.
- Tour of Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni by private car with English speaking driver (leaving at 10.30 AM on the third day and coming back at 5-6 PM).
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