Wine, Food & Traditions of Tuscany

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Wine, Food & Traditions of Tuscany

Wine, Food & Traditions of Tuscany

EXPLORE: Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza, Montepulciano, Greve in Chianti, Arezzo, Cortona, and more!

Live in the moment, find your passion, do what you love. This is what Tuscany is about.

Stay in a secluded, breath-taking luxury villa and just...be. Sip on a glass of velvety red Tuscan wine as you are caressed by the gentle breeze of the hills on the luxurious terrace of a historical Villa, gazing at the warm colors of the sunset over the cypress trees and vineyards.
Nada's Italy has designed a special trip for travelers searching for more than the usual vacation to Italy, but rather, a cultural experience that will allow you to thoroughly explore the Tuscan region, savoring delicious regional cuisine, local wines, getting to know its people, and indulging in sumptuous relaxation.

Experience the best places in Tuscany like a local.

Enjoy plenty of time to explore the charming hill-top villages of Tuscany, getting lost in the meandering cobble stone alleyways, discovering new textures, sounds, and colors of the countryside. Take cooking classes from local chefs, private tours to boutique wineries, learn how artisan products as cheese and olive oil are made.
It's your time to rediscover the simple pleasures of life, while enjoying a stress-free vacation.

Make yourself at home in a sumptuous Tuscan villa for a whole week and take daytrips to the surrounding areas, including Siena & San Gimignano, the Chianti district, Montepulciano, Pienza, Arezzo, Cortona, and much more.

An extraordinary journey totaling 11 Days/10 Nights (7-night stay in a Classic Tuscan Villa + 3 nights in a luxury 4-star Hotel in the historic district of Florence).


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS



(Itinerary is subject to change with or without notice. The sequence of day trips may vary. A final itinerary will be given to travelers prior to the start of the trip.)

Friday | Day 1 | Benvenuto: Welcome!

Welcome to Italia! Tonight you will rest in a beautifully restored palazzo (now a luxury Boutique Hotel) in the historical heart of Florence and relax after a long trip overseas. You can regain your energies tonight and start the trip of a lifetime in one of the world's most beautiful cities!
No meals

Saturday | Day 2 | Benvenuto in Toscana : Welcome to Tuscany

Enjoy a morning leisure walk through the historical streets of Florence, guided by an expert local guide who will show you the main sites, churches, buildings, and shopping areas that Florence is known for. Private drivers will pick you up in the Florence Hotel lobby at 4:00 pm, from where you’ll be taken to the villa. After a drive through the hills of the beautiful countryside, arrive at the Villa to check in and relax. We'll have a group toast on the Villa's panoramic terrace to get you acquainted with the breath-taking surroundings! Enjoy views of the Tuscan hills covered by cypresses, vines, and olive trees. Then savor a delicious welcome dinner with traditional Tuscan specialties prepared by the Villa’s private Chef, paired with the vineyard’s own superior Chianti wine, of course!
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Sunday | Day 3 | Sulle Tracce degli Etruschi: Tracing the Etruscans' Footsteps

The first town you’ll see in Tuscany is.. not part of Tuscany!! As a matter of fact, you’ll take your first peak into the Italian lifestyle in a small sleepy village in Umbria: Castiglione del Lago by Lake Trasimeno. Visit the various delis and specialty gourmet shops, enjoy a typical Sunday morning seeing families come out to greet their neighbors and stretch out with their morning “passeggiata” (stroll). Group lunch in a historical trattoria. Then to Cortona, the charming Etruscan hilltop village where “Under the Tuscan Sun” was filmed. Its massive 3,000-year-old walls are still standing! Enjoy some free time and have a gelato as you mingle with the locals, explore the intricate alley ways, picturesque views of the countryside, or sit back at a coffee shop. Feel the romance at our next stop, the town where “Life is beautiful” was filmed, also very famous for its Antique Market and gold jewelry: Arezzo, also a center for Renaissance architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore before we meet up for a group dinner in one of Arezzo's most historical and best restaurants.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Monday | Day 4 | Cucina & Sapori Regionali : The Flavors of Regional Cuisine

Today is a super-fun day where you'll have the chance to take part in a special hands-on cooking class by a local Chef, as he shows you how to make some simple Tuscan recipes that we'll enjoy for lunch. Relaxing afternoon on your own by the Villa's pool or a quiet walk in nature (the property offers several panoramic hiking trails). Then, weather permitting, get ready to enjoy a delicious dinner on the Villa's terrace and enjoy dinner under the stars!
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Tuesday | Day 5 | Un Giorno nel Medioevo : A Day in the Middle Ages

San Gimignano, our first stop, is an absolutely astonishing example of walled Medieval hilltop town, also known for its dry white wine, Vernaccia and its colorful local crafts: hand-painted pottery, alabaster, olive wood items, and much more. Enjoy plenty of free time and lunch on your own. Quick drive to the village of Monteriggioni to take photos of its extraordinary walls, and the rest of the evening in amazing Siena, where a local guide will meet us and give us a true "insider's tour" of the city: she'll tell us about the Sienese peculiar lifestyle, taking us through hidden parts of the city and pointing out things most tourists don't know about! You will also have free time to explore the town and visit its amazing Cathedral. Group dinner in the surroundings of Siena in a "surprise location". Delizioso!
Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Wednesday | Day 6 | Dolce Vita Toscana : Sweet Tuscan Life

Today we visit a privately owned Medieval Castle, its ancient underground cellar, and get to know its curious history. During the Renaissance, the ruthless Pazzi family (the original owners of the castle) plotted to murder Lorenzo and Giuliano of the Medici family, in an attempt to overthrow the Medici’s political and economic dominance. Take a fun group cooking class learning how to make fresh pasta from local Mamma's, followed by a group lunch with homegrown products, and take photos around the property afterward. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the villa to spend at your leisure. A walk, massage (subject to availability, reservation required), or relax by the pool and gardens. Dinner in a nearby historical estate for a fine dining experience in the heart of the Tuscan hills!
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Thursday | Day 7 | L’Arte del Vivere : The Art of Living

Our first stop is one of Tuscany’s most charming villages, Pienza, the drive alone offers some of the most stunning views of the countryside. Pienza was built as the ideal Renaissance city by Pope Pius II who “remodeled” it according to his taste. Lunch in a small family-owned trattoria and then enjoy some free time in this fairytale-like community. On our way to the next destination Montepulciano, we'll visit a Pecorino cheese family farm, followed by the tasting of the traditional cheese that has been produced here for over 2,000 years. Our next stop is the region’s highest hilltop town: Montepulciano, land of the Vino Nobile (“the noblemen’s wine”). Enjoy a group walk through town, stopping for a visit at a coppersmith shop that’s been a family tradition for almost two centuries. Cesare is one of the last 7 remaining coppersmiths in Italy. We'll also visit one of Italy's oldest and most awe-inspiring wine cellars. Then, explore the town's artisan shops and viewpoints on your own. Enjoy a delicious homemade dinner made with farm-fresh ingredients and wines included. Buon Appetito!
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Friday | Day 8 | Olio d’oliva, Vino e Amicizia : Olive oil, Wine & Friendship

Leisure morning drive through the soft-shaped, serene hills of Chianti, for quite an extraordinary experience at one of Tuscany's traditional wineries, where we'll take a journey into the finest of Chianti Classico paired with a tasty Tuscan luncheon. A quick stop for a little shopping and a gelato in the little town of Greve in Chianti is a must before we head to a relaxing afternoon at the villa. Save some time to pack before your last dinner and the Gran Finale evening at the villa!
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Saturday | Day 9 | Culla del Rinascimento : The Cradle of the Renaissance

Transfer to Florence. On the way back to the hotel in Florence, where you will spend the last 2 nights of the tour, the group stops at the Piazzale Michelangelo, a terrace offering the absolute best view of Florence, where you’ll have the opportunity to take some truly memorable pictures and perhaps purchase some wonderful art from local artists. You'll return to the hotel around 12:00 pm, so you have enough time to check in and grab some lunch. Then a local guide will meet you in the lobby at 3:30 pm for a private tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David up close and personal! (Entrance fees and reservation included).
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Sunday | Day 10 | Firenze e’ per Sempre nel Cuore : Florence is Forever in your Heart

You can shop around Florence or.. take a day trip to Rome or Venice! Enjoy a day of total freedom in one of the world's most beautiful cities or easily take day trips to other areas by train, as Florence is centrally located. Ask us for recommendations on activities in Florence or other day-trips you can take from here. Tonight will be your last night of the tour.
Meals included: breakfast

Monday | Day 11 | Arrivederci! ’Til we meet... and eat, again!

Hopefully, you can stay longer in this gorgeous country and explore other regions. Nada's Italy wishes to have you back and experience more parts of this colorful culture! Until next time, beautiful ITALIA says Ciao!
Meals included: breakfast











































What's included in the Food, Wine, and Traditions of Tuscany Tour:

  • 7 Nights lodging in a Classic Tuscan Villa in Chianti Hills area + 3 Nights in luxury Boutique Hotel in Florence for a trip totaling 11 Days/10 Nights (Depart from the US on Thursday and return on Monday for a total of 12 days, including travel time).
  • Pick-up & drop-off from a luxury boutique Hotel in the historical district of Florence.
  • Small group travel: Maximum of only 12 travelers per group!
  • Privately escorted day-trips with full-time English-speaking Nada's Italy Italian Tour Leader throughout the trip. 
  • Towns visited include: Florence (Walking Tour of the Historical Highlights of Florence and tour of the Galleria dell'Accademia *David* by a licensed bilingual guide) Siena (walking tour with local guide), San Gimignano, Arezzo, Cortona, Pienza, Montepulciano, Monteriggioni, Greve in Chianti (itinerary & destinations may vary depending on time of year).
  • Meals: All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners (Included meals are shown at bottom of the description for each day).
  • Beverages: bottled/filtered water and 2 glasses of wine per person (choice of red or white) with lunch and dinner.
  • Materials for your trip: Italian Travel Phrasebook, luggage tags, Maps for places visited during the tour, and much more!
  • Unique Experiences: Visits to a local Artisan Coppersmith in Montepulciano, Pecorino Cheese Tasting in Pienza, 3 Wine Tastings, 2 Cooking Classes by local chefs (souvenir apron included).
  • Private transportation for day trips throughout your stay in comfortable air-conditioned vans with a professional driver (does not include: transfer from and to airport, airfare, or any other personal travel expenses).
  • PLUS: surprise gifts throughout the trip!
  • Customer loyalty Reward: receive a $300 credit towards any future trips you take with Nada's Italy!
  • No bag limit! (Most tours have a 1-bag limit per person).
  • Local VAT taxes and government fees, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, parking fees, staff tips (voluntary tips to restaurant staff, your driver and Tour Leader are at your own discretion). The City Tax is not included and must be paid by guests at time of check-out at the hotel’s front desk.
  • Tips to staff and restaurants. (Additional gratuities can be given at the sole discretion of each individual traveler and are not required for participation on the tour.)

For more information, please call our office Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm at 704.877.2003. Price listed is subject to change with or without notice.


What's Not Included in Tour Package
Trip price does not include airfare and anything that is not specified to be included. Price does not include any personal related expenses or travel-related expenses outside of the scheduled itineraries. The food & wine that is included is what is presented during meals, all other items ordered by traveler including wine and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are not included in tour price. Trip price does not include optional tips to restaurants nor to tour personnel such as drivers, maids, etc. These gratuities are given at the sole discretion of each individual traveler and are not required for participation on the tour.






Before you sign up you should note the following:

  • The first day of tour is Friday, starting in Florence (departure from U.S. on Thursday for an overnight flight). Last day of tour is Monday, ending in Florence. Arrival in the U.S. is the same day of departure. It is your responsibility to get to the city where the tour begins.
  • Airfare is not included.
  • There are no activities scheduled on your arrival day, Friday. Your first scheduled activity is on Saturday at 10:00am: walking tour of Florence with an expert local guide who will meet you in the hotel lobby. Please wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be standing and walking for about 3 hours. Pick up at the hotel in Florence is at 4pm on Saturday to take you to the Tuscan Villa.
  • After you register, you will receive a "Benvenuto Box" by mail within approximately 10-15 business days. It will include reminders and important materials for your trip. The content may vary based on availability and by tour date/itinerary.
  • Reminders, hotel information, and arrival instructions will be sent by email roughly 60 days before the start of the trip (please make sure we have your current email address).
  • Transfers to and from the airport are not included in the tour rate. Please contact us if you'd like to add transfers to your tour package.
  • Add extra nights in Florence before or after the tour and extend your stay in this amazing country. Contact us for a quote on additional nights (subject to availability).
  • You must be in good physical condition to sign-up for this trip. This is not considered a physically challenging trip, nonetheless there will be a lot of walking uphill, downhill, walking over uneven pavement, and standing for extended periods of time.
  • Tuscany is full of windy roads, so bring motion sickness pills if necessary.
  • Even though basic tips to staff and restaurants are included, it is highly recommended that you put aside approximately $100 (US) in combined gratuities for your driver & Tour Director for your entire stay (and any voluntary additional restaurant gratuities are at your discretion). 
  • The earliest activity on this tour starts at: 9:00am. Latest activity starts at: 11:00am.
  • Nada's Italy highly recommends that you purchase Travel Insurance for your trip. For suggestions on policies, please contact us.
  • Transportation for this tour is with two luxury vans that are licensed to access small hilltop towns, which larger vehicles cannot access.
  • You should know that air conditioning in Italy, as well as wifi connections are not as reliable as they are in the United States.
  • The hotel staff assigns rooms to guests, some rooms may include stairs. A view is not guaranteed. Rooms differ in size and layout, in general, Italian rooms are smaller compared to US standards. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom with shower and/or tub, hair-dryer, and toiletries.
  • It is your responsibility to obtain the required documents to travel to Italy. Your passport should be valid for 6 months after your return date. Verify with your own country's travel laws and government agencies.
  • In the unlikely event your tour does not reach the minimum participation requirement, we will work with you to choose another available tour or tour date. We will do our best to make the transition as smooth as possible.













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Wine, Food & Traditions of Tuscany

EXPLORE: Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza, Montepulciano, Greve in Chianti, Arezzo, Cortona, and more!

Live in the moment, find your passion, do what you love. This is what Tuscany is about.

Stay in a secluded, breath-taking luxury villa and just...be. Sip on a glass of velvety red Tuscan wine as you are caressed by the gentle breeze of the hills on the luxurious terrace of a historical Villa, gazing at the warm colors of the sunset over the cypress trees and vineyards.
Nada's Italy has designed a special trip for travelers searching for more than the usual vacation to Italy, but rather, a cultural experience that will allow you to thoroughly explore the Tuscan region, savoring delicious regional cuisine, local wines, getting to know its people, and indulging in sumptuous relaxation.

Experience the best places in Tuscany like a local.

Enjoy plenty of time to explore the charming hill-top villages of Tuscany, getting lost in the meandering cobble stone alleyways, discovering new textures, sounds, and colors of the countryside. Take cooking classes from local chefs, private tours to boutique wineries, learn how artisan products as cheese and olive oil are made.
It's your time to rediscover the simple pleasures of life, while enjoying a stress-free vacation.

Make yourself at home in a sumptuous Tuscan villa for a whole week and take daytrips to the surrounding areas, including Siena & San Gimignano, the Chianti district, Montepulciano, Pienza, Arezzo, Cortona, and much more.

An extraordinary journey totaling 11 Days/10 Nights (7-night stay in a Classic Tuscan Villa + 3 nights in a luxury 4-star Hotel in the historic district of Florence).


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • EXPLORE: Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza, Montepulciano, Greve in Chianti, Arezzo, Cortona.
  • Enjoy the local Italian life style with a small group of 6-12 travelers.
  • Savor delicious meals with traditional Tuscan specialties.
  • Stay in a luxury historic Villa overlooking the romantic hills of Tuscany.
  • Walk through the Renaissance sites of Florence with an expert local guide.
  • Explore romantic hilltop Tuscan villages such as Pienza, Montefioralle, and Montepulciano.
  • Wander the cobblestone streets of Arezzo and Cortona, with amazing views and craft shops.
  • Take fun cooking classes with local chefs and learn to make traditional Tuscan dishes.
  • Travel back in time: explore Medieval San Gimignano and Siena, absolutely astonishing walled hilltop towns.
  • Taste Pecorino at a family farm, the traditional cheese that has been produced in the region for over 2,000 years.
  • Visit a Medieval Castle, its ancient underground cellar, and get to know its unique family history.


(Itinerary is subject to change with or without notice. The sequence of day trips may vary. A final itinerary will be given to travelers prior to the start of the trip.)

Friday | Day 1 | Benvenuto: Welcome!

Welcome to Italia! Tonight you will rest in a beautifully restored palazzo (now a luxury Boutique Hotel) in the historical heart of Florence and relax after a long trip overseas. You can regain your energies tonight and start the trip of a lifetime in one of the world's most beautiful cities!
No meals

Saturday | Day 2 | Benvenuto in Toscana : Welcome to Tuscany

Enjoy a morning leisure walk through the historical streets of Florence, guided by an expert local guide who will show you the main sites, churches, buildings, and shopping areas that Florence is known for. Private drivers will pick you up in the Florence Hotel lobby at 4:00 pm, from where you’ll be taken to the villa. After a drive through the hills of the beautiful countryside, arrive at the Villa to check in and relax. We'll have a group toast on the Villa's panoramic terrace to get you acquainted with the breath-taking surroundings! Enjoy views of the Tuscan hills covered by cypresses, vines, and olive trees. Then savor a delicious welcome dinner with traditional Tuscan specialties prepared by the Villa’s private Chef, paired with the vineyard’s own superior Chianti wine, of course!
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Sunday | Day 3 | Sulle Tracce degli Etruschi: Tracing the Etruscans' Footsteps

The first town you’ll see in Tuscany is.. not part of Tuscany!! As a matter of fact, you’ll take your first peak into the Italian lifestyle in a small sleepy village in Umbria: Castiglione del Lago by Lake Trasimeno. Visit the various delis and specialty gourmet shops, enjoy a typical Sunday morning seeing families come out to greet their neighbors and stretch out with their morning “passeggiata” (stroll). Group lunch in a historical trattoria. Then to Cortona, the charming Etruscan hilltop village where “Under the Tuscan Sun” was filmed. Its massive 3,000-year-old walls are still standing! Enjoy some free time and have a gelato as you mingle with the locals, explore the intricate alley ways, picturesque views of the countryside, or sit back at a coffee shop. Feel the romance at our next stop, the town where “Life is beautiful” was filmed, also very famous for its Antique Market and gold jewelry: Arezzo, also a center for Renaissance architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore before we meet up for a group dinner in one of Arezzo's most historical and best restaurants.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Monday | Day 4 | Cucina & Sapori Regionali : The Flavors of Regional Cuisine

Today is a super-fun day where you'll have the chance to take part in a special hands-on cooking class by a local Chef, as he shows you how to make some simple Tuscan recipes that we'll enjoy for lunch. Relaxing afternoon on your own by the Villa's pool or a quiet walk in nature (the property offers several panoramic hiking trails). Then, weather permitting, get ready to enjoy a delicious dinner on the Villa's terrace and enjoy dinner under the stars!
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Tuesday | Day 5 | Un Giorno nel Medioevo : A Day in the Middle Ages

San Gimignano, our first stop, is an absolutely astonishing example of walled Medieval hilltop town, also known for its dry white wine, Vernaccia and its colorful local crafts: hand-painted pottery, alabaster, olive wood items, and much more. Enjoy plenty of free time and lunch on your own. Quick drive to the village of Monteriggioni to take photos of its extraordinary walls, and the rest of the evening in amazing Siena, where a local guide will meet us and give us a true "insider's tour" of the city: she'll tell us about the Sienese peculiar lifestyle, taking us through hidden parts of the city and pointing out things most tourists don't know about! You will also have free time to explore the town and visit its amazing Cathedral. Group dinner in the surroundings of Siena in a "surprise location". Delizioso!
Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Wednesday | Day 6 | Dolce Vita Toscana : Sweet Tuscan Life

Today we visit a privately owned Medieval Castle, its ancient underground cellar, and get to know its curious history. During the Renaissance, the ruthless Pazzi family (the original owners of the castle) plotted to murder Lorenzo and Giuliano of the Medici family, in an attempt to overthrow the Medici’s political and economic dominance. Take a fun group cooking class learning how to make fresh pasta from local Mamma's, followed by a group lunch with homegrown products, and take photos around the property afterward. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the villa to spend at your leisure. A walk, massage (subject to availability, reservation required), or relax by the pool and gardens. Dinner in a nearby historical estate for a fine dining experience in the heart of the Tuscan hills!
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Thursday | Day 7 | L’Arte del Vivere : The Art of Living

Our first stop is one of Tuscany’s most charming villages, Pienza, the drive alone offers some of the most stunning views of the countryside. Pienza was built as the ideal Renaissance city by Pope Pius II who “remodeled” it according to his taste. Lunch in a small family-owned trattoria and then enjoy some free time in this fairytale-like community. On our way to the next destination Montepulciano, we'll visit a Pecorino cheese family farm, followed by the tasting of the traditional cheese that has been produced here for over 2,000 years. Our next stop is the region’s highest hilltop town: Montepulciano, land of the Vino Nobile (“the noblemen’s wine”). Enjoy a group walk through town, stopping for a visit at a coppersmith shop that’s been a family tradition for almost two centuries. Cesare is one of the last 7 remaining coppersmiths in Italy. We'll also visit one of Italy's oldest and most awe-inspiring wine cellars. Then, explore the town's artisan shops and viewpoints on your own. Enjoy a delicious homemade dinner made with farm-fresh ingredients and wines included. Buon Appetito!
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Friday | Day 8 | Olio d’oliva, Vino e Amicizia : Olive oil, Wine & Friendship

Leisure morning drive through the soft-shaped, serene hills of Chianti, for quite an extraordinary experience at one of Tuscany's traditional wineries, where we'll take a journey into the finest of Chianti Classico paired with a tasty Tuscan luncheon. A quick stop for a little shopping and a gelato in the little town of Greve in Chianti is a must before we head to a relaxing afternoon at the villa. Save some time to pack before your last dinner and the Gran Finale evening at the villa!
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Saturday | Day 9 | Culla del Rinascimento : The Cradle of the Renaissance

Transfer to Florence. On the way back to the hotel in Florence, where you will spend the last 2 nights of the tour, the group stops at the Piazzale Michelangelo, a terrace offering the absolute best view of Florence, where you’ll have the opportunity to take some truly memorable pictures and perhaps purchase some wonderful art from local artists. You'll return to the hotel around 12:00 pm, so you have enough time to check in and grab some lunch. Then a local guide will meet you in the lobby at 3:30 pm for a private tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David up close and personal! (Entrance fees and reservation included).
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Sunday | Day 10 | Firenze e’ per Sempre nel Cuore : Florence is Forever in your Heart

You can shop around Florence or.. take a day trip to Rome or Venice! Enjoy a day of total freedom in one of the world's most beautiful cities or easily take day trips to other areas by train, as Florence is centrally located. Ask us for recommendations on activities in Florence or other day-trips you can take from here. Tonight will be your last night of the tour.
Meals included: breakfast

Monday | Day 11 | Arrivederci! ’Til we meet... and eat, again!

Hopefully, you can stay longer in this gorgeous country and explore other regions. Nada's Italy wishes to have you back and experience more parts of this colorful culture! Until next time, beautiful ITALIA says Ciao!
Meals included: breakfast











































What's included in the Food, Wine, and Traditions of Tuscany Tour:

  • 7 Nights lodging in a Classic Tuscan Villa in Chianti Hills area + 3 Nights in luxury Boutique Hotel in Florence for a trip totaling 11 Days/10 Nights (Depart from the US on Thursday and return on Monday for a total of 12 days, including travel time).
  • Pick-up & drop-off from a luxury boutique Hotel in the historical district of Florence.
  • Small group travel: Maximum of only 12 travelers per group!
  • Privately escorted day-trips with full-time English-speaking Nada's Italy Italian Tour Leader throughout the trip. 
  • Towns visited include: Florence (Walking Tour of the Historical Highlights of Florence and tour of the Galleria dell'Accademia *David* by a licensed bilingual guide) Siena (walking tour with local guide), San Gimignano, Arezzo, Cortona, Pienza, Montepulciano, Monteriggioni, Greve in Chianti (itinerary & destinations may vary depending on time of year).
  • Meals: All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners (Included meals are shown at bottom of the description for each day).
  • Beverages: bottled/filtered water and 2 glasses of wine per person (choice of red or white) with lunch and dinner.
  • Materials for your trip: Italian Travel Phrasebook, luggage tags, Maps for places visited during the tour, and much more!
  • Unique Experiences: Visits to a local Artisan Coppersmith in Montepulciano, Pecorino Cheese Tasting in Pienza, 3 Wine Tastings, 2 Cooking Classes by local chefs (souvenir apron included).
  • Private transportation for day trips throughout your stay in comfortable air-conditioned vans with a professional driver (does not include: transfer from and to airport, airfare, or any other personal travel expenses).
  • PLUS: surprise gifts throughout the trip!
  • Customer loyalty Reward: receive a $300 credit towards any future trips you take with Nada's Italy!
  • No bag limit! (Most tours have a 1-bag limit per person).
  • Local VAT taxes and government fees, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, parking fees, staff tips (voluntary tips to restaurant staff, your driver and Tour Leader are at your own discretion). The City Tax is not included and must be paid by guests at time of check-out at the hotel’s front desk.
  • Tips to staff and restaurants. (Additional gratuities can be given at the sole discretion of each individual traveler and are not required for participation on the tour.)

For more information, please call our office Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm at 704.877.2003. Price listed is subject to change with or without notice.


What's Not Included in Tour Package
Trip price does not include airfare and anything that is not specified to be included. Price does not include any personal related expenses or travel-related expenses outside of the scheduled itineraries. The food & wine that is included is what is presented during meals, all other items ordered by traveler including wine and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are not included in tour price. Trip price does not include optional tips to restaurants nor to tour personnel such as drivers, maids, etc. These gratuities are given at the sole discretion of each individual traveler and are not required for participation on the tour.






Before you sign up you should note the following:

  • The first day of tour is Friday, starting in Florence (departure from U.S. on Thursday for an overnight flight). Last day of tour is Monday, ending in Florence. Arrival in the U.S. is the same day of departure. It is your responsibility to get to the city where the tour begins.
  • Airfare is not included.
  • There are no activities scheduled on your arrival day, Friday. Your first scheduled activity is on Saturday at 10:00am: walking tour of Florence with an expert local guide who will meet you in the hotel lobby. Please wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be standing and walking for about 3 hours. Pick up at the hotel in Florence is at 4pm on Saturday to take you to the Tuscan Villa.
  • After you register, you will receive a "Benvenuto Box" by mail within approximately 10-15 business days. It will include reminders and important materials for your trip. The content may vary based on availability and by tour date/itinerary.
  • Reminders, hotel information, and arrival instructions will be sent by email roughly 60 days before the start of the trip (please make sure we have your current email address).
  • Transfers to and from the airport are not included in the tour rate. Please contact us if you'd like to add transfers to your tour package.
  • Add extra nights in Florence before or after the tour and extend your stay in this amazing country. Contact us for a quote on additional nights (subject to availability).
  • You must be in good physical condition to sign-up for this trip. This is not considered a physically challenging trip, nonetheless there will be a lot of walking uphill, downhill, walking over uneven pavement, and standing for extended periods of time.
  • Tuscany is full of windy roads, so bring motion sickness pills if necessary.
  • Even though basic tips to staff and restaurants are included, it is highly recommended that you put aside approximately $100 (US) in combined gratuities for your driver & Tour Director for your entire stay (and any voluntary additional restaurant gratuities are at your discretion). 
  • The earliest activity on this tour starts at: 9:00am. Latest activity starts at: 11:00am.
  • Nada's Italy highly recommends that you purchase Travel Insurance for your trip. For suggestions on policies, please contact us.
  • Transportation for this tour is with two luxury vans that are licensed to access small hilltop towns, which larger vehicles cannot access.
  • You should know that air conditioning in Italy, as well as wifi connections are not as reliable as they are in the United States.
  • The hotel staff assigns rooms to guests, some rooms may include stairs. A view is not guaranteed. Rooms differ in size and layout, in general, Italian rooms are smaller compared to US standards. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom with shower and/or tub, hair-dryer, and toiletries.
  • It is your responsibility to obtain the required documents to travel to Italy. Your passport should be valid for 6 months after your return date. Verify with your own country's travel laws and government agencies.
  • In the unlikely event your tour does not reach the minimum participation requirement, we will work with you to choose another available tour or tour date. We will do our best to make the transition as smooth as possible.













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11 reviews (4.9)


5 / 5

By 11/17/2016

Traveled On: 09/16/2016

Amazing Tour!

The staff was amazing from my first inquiry to the flurry of questions just before I was leaving. Since this was my first international trip traveling alone, I was a bit anxious. Everyone was encouraging and supportive. Treat yourself to this amazing tour "Traditions of Tuscany". Visit medieval hilltop towns and browse shops of local artisans, eat world-class gelato in San Gimignano and people watch at Piazza del Campo in Siena after touring the 13th century Plazza del Duomo. I can't forget the wine of the Chianti Classico and the visit to Greve. Or the time spent in Florence! These are just a few of the incredible memories of Nada's Italy tour. I will definitely go with Nada's again!


5 / 5

By 08/17/2016

Traveled On: 06/03/2016

Beyond Our Expectations!

Having never traveled outside of the country before, I asked many questions. Nada's staff continued to be quick to respond and kind in all interactions through email and phone conversations. Our Nada's Tuscany trip was beyond our expectations! Each day was better than the last. The tours that were selected provided highlights of important historical sites. The accommodations were in the most picturesque areas! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun! We will be using Nada's again!


4 / 5

By 03/15/2016

Traveled On: 05/15/2015

Small Towns were Fantastic!

We loved the small towns. especially Pienza and Sienna. The drivers were amazing. Enrico was particularly engaging. They both did a super job.


5 / 5

By 02/22/2016

Traveled On: 05/15/2015

Wonderful, organized, tour down to the last detail.

Nada and our tour leader, Alice, delivered a superb experience; planned and executed flawlessly, and with such enthusiasm; a real history lesson along with great food, great sites, and great fellow travelers.


5 / 5

By 02/22/2016

Traveled On: 05/15/2015

Balance was excellent!

This trip greatly exceeded our expectations, and we enjoyed every moment.


5 / 5

By 02/22/2016

Traveled On: 05/15/2015

Maybe a hundred more days would do!!!!!

The tour was better than described on your website, the size of the group is really a very good thing, small enough to manage yet large enough for interaction. We have already recommended it several friends, family and even my eye doctor.


5 / 5

By 02/22/2016

Traveled On: 09/11/2015

Overall Balance of the Tour was Excellent

The Traditions of Tuscany tour was truly the perfect vacation experience. We had a perfect balance of time with our guide and time for personal exploration, the cooking lessons were both fun and informative, and the food and wine was absolutely fabulous. Our guide Clarissa genuinely cared that we each had a wonderful experience and did everything in her power to make that happen. I would absolutely travel with Nada's Italy again!


5 / 5

By 02/22/2016

Traveled On: 09/11/2015

This tour set the bar for tours!

I loved the small size of the group. It provided opportunities to visit smaller towns and go to local restaurants. Shared the experience with multiple people who took notes


5 / 5

By 02/22/2016

Traveled On: 09/11/2015

Ready for Next Tour!!!

You will see things and go places that would not be possible without Nada's help. It saved us so many headaches and hard decisions pertaining to destination choices, having to drive, etc.


5 / 5

By 02/22/2016

Traveled On: 09/11/2015

Best Small Group Experience!

Our Nada's Italy wine and a Food Traditions of Tuscany trip was. A vacation of a lifetime !the small group experience 4 star commodities, our drivers Lucca and Lucca, areas covered Cooking and wine and food focused activities in beautiful towns and cities were incredible Our guide Clarissa was the best ,not only was she incredibly personable and knowledgeable she became a member of our "group family" and we of her family.. We can't wait to go on another vacation with Nada.


5 / 5

By 02/22/2016

Traveled On: 09/11/2015

Wonderful Trip!

We just experienced the Food, Wine and Traditions of Tuscany tour, and it was world-class! What a wonderful blend of enjoying the regional lifestyle while experiencing traditional foods, learning amazing history and enjoying beautiful scenery. Highly recommend this tour that packs your day with just the right amount of knowledge and travel complimented by fantastic food and great conversation at meals. Excellent accommodations and drivers and a fantastic guide made this a perfect vacation.


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