FOR THE LOVE OF ITALIA

We at Ciao Darcy believe that the best way to fall in love with Italy is to experience it through the expert craftsmanship of the people who know it best. We are those people. We’ll take care of every detail so
you can truly live
la dolce
vita.

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Tuscany Fall Tour

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TUSCANY FALL TOUR    Our Tuscany week starts in the city of Florence where we enjoy a wonderful city tour including a stop to see Michelangelo’s David and discover the city’s food culture. Then we have the privilege of teaming up with Alessio & Arianna from Km Zero Tours. They will show us Tuscany from a local perspective, discovering its ancient traditions and meeting the passionate local producers. From organic wine tastings to learning about cheese making and walks amongst the vineyards, you get to dig in deeper to see the real Chianti. We enjoy wonderful dinners together in our villa, sharing stories and experiences. Alessio & Arianna live in Chianti and welcome us into their lives, showing us around the beautiful region. This is a special tour that I am so excited to bring to you! To read more about Km Zero Tours, please go to www.kmzerotours.com

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TOUR DATES:
On Request


DAY 1  |  FLORENCE 2 NIGHTS  •  Arrive this afternoon at our hotel in Florence where we begin our Tuscan adventure! We start off with a guided city tour of Florence, where we learn and experience all about Michelangelo and his daily life. We visit the Accademia to see the “David” up close and personal, then its off to our first wine tasting while having a welcome dinner together at my favorite restaurant.
Dinner


DAY 2  |  FLORENCE   •  After breakfast in our hotel we meet our guide for a wonderful food and wine tour of Florence! We visit markets, artisan bakers, gelato and chocolate makers – all in shops chosen for their historic & culinary importance. We will taste breads, cheeses, salumi, crostini, sweets, balsamic vinegars, olive oils, wine, and seasonal specialties. You have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to shop or explore more sites Florence has to offer.
Breakfast and Lunch


DAY 3  |  CHIANTI 5 NIGHTS   •  This morning we head deeper into Tuscany – the Chianti Region. We start by visiting a fascinating wood-turning workshop. Here, you will meet a “modern day Geppetto”, a local artisan who makes unique creations using local olive wood as his medium. Afterwards, we visit one of the most historic wineries in Chianti for a tour and tasting, along with a fabulous lunch on the property. The afternoon is a time for rest and to enjoy “La Dolce Vita” in your villa! Then its time for a bread and pizza making workshop, followed by a welcome dinner at home!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 4  |  CHIANTI •  This morning we visit a unique Cashmere goat farm in Chianti, where will enjoy a guided tour of this farm followed by a perfect “Under The Tuscany Sun” lunch experience, sampling delicious recipes with ingredients straight from the garden. We stop for walk in one of the beautiful, picturesque villages before heading back to our villa for a cooking course on pasta with Alessio. We learn how to make tagliatelle, ravioli and pasta alla chitarra! We will then sit down and enjoy our labor of love!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 5  |  CHIANTI  •  Today we begin our day with a relaxing walk in the  village of San Gimignano. The magical location is famously known for its array of medieval towers that can be seen from miles away! We visit the wonderful ceramic shops, wine shops and an interesting silver workshop, where we learn how Matteo, a young and talented silversmith, will show you how he an transform shapeless silver into marvelous objects. Afterwards, we visit a boutique organic winery for a guided tour and lunch in a Tuscan peasant museum of art and traditions. The afternoon is spent in the medieval hill town of Siena, enjoying a coffee in the stunning Piazza del Campo and tasting the “Senesi” delicious traditional sweets as ricciarelli, panforte and cavallucci…deliziosi! A Tuscan dinner this evening is together in our villa.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 6  |  CHIANTI •  Today we visit Siena! We’ll meet our tour guide for an in-depth tour of this medieval town and see all the sights and enjoy a drink along Il Campo, one of the loveliest Piazze in all of Italy.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 7  |  CHIANTI  •  This day begins with a beautiful walk in the charming village of Montefioralle. Considered one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy. We then visit an artisanal Oil Mill, where you discover all the secrets about high quality extra virgin olive oil. A tasting will follow a personalized tour of the oil mill. After lunch, we stop at a goat farm and cheese producer. We meet the owner and learn about organic cheese production and enjoy a tasting of his wonderful cheese. You can even buy some to bring home. Afternoon time to relax and take it all in….perhaps a leisure walk around our villa or sit by the pool with a good book… Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant featuring organic and strictly “Cucina Chiantigiana”!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 8  |  FLORENCE  •   This morning, we have a group transfer back to Florence, where you can catch trains to any destination in Italy.
Breakfast


TOUR DETAILS:

Tour Begins: 3:00pm in our hotel in Florence. You can fly into Milan or Rome from where there are many connections to Florence.
Tour Concludes: In the morning after breakfast of day 8 with a group transfer back to Florence.


TOUR PRICE:

$4,200 Per person/Double occupancy


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Required Trip Insurance
Please note that trip insurance is required to join us on a Ciao Darcy trip. Trip cancellation insurance will protect all deposits and payments for land and air costs if you are required to cancel your tour. We recommend www.travelguard.com 


Minimum Travelers
Minimum Travelers: We only run trips with 4 or more guests. If a trip has fewer attendees at 45 days before the trip dates, we will cancel the trip. However, if this were to happen, we can give you the option of a private tour with a surcharge applied.


Accommodations
We have partnered with boutique hotels that meet the Ciao Darcy standards of service.


Room Options

Double Occupancy: Double occupancy pricing is the price for (1) person to stay in a shared (i.e. double) room. In other words, each person staying in that room will pay the posted double occupancy rate. If you’re a couple or friends traveling together, please know that you’ll each pay the double occupancy rate.

Single Occupancy: Need some alone time? We hear you. That’s why we offer single occupancy rooms. The single occupancy rate is what you will pay to have the room all to yourself.


Roommates
If you do not have a travel partner, you can purchase single occupancy room and have it all to yourself! We do not pair up trip attendees because we find there is not enough privacy in the rooms to allow strangers to room together.

Please note: Many cities in Italy and France have recently implemented tourism taxes on hotel stays in order to “to ensure the quality of tourist, cultural and environmental services in addition to the efficiency of public transports.” We are unable to include these taxes in the tour price as the majority of hotels require the tax to be paid in cash upon check- out. The tax is usually 1 euro per hotel star per person per night. (A four star hotel will usually be four euro per person per night).