For a truly memorable holiday, more and more people are choosing a personalized culinary adventure such as those offered by Culture Bites, and one of the most popular options is to bite into the rich texture of Tuscany.
Tailor made tours involve the best in personalized hospitality, from the driver picking you up at the airport in picturesque Florence to the chef showing how to make tasty Tuscan dishes or the historian giving a guided tour through the winding alleys of Siena.
Culinary tours can last a weekend, a week or even longer, allowing participants to revel in the beauty and tastes of the region. The trips include visits to rich cultural sites, art museums and galleries, as well as stunning locations like Chianti, famous for its “fiasco” or straw basket wrapping and, or course, its wine. The grapes from this region have been lauded since they were first crushed and bottled in around 1716. Then there’s Monntepulciano, founded by a Etruscan King known as Lars Porsena and home to the equally famed Vino Nobile wines; and Montalcino, known for the many oak trees of the same name, as well as stunning views of the Arbia, Asso and Ombrone valleys.
As the birthplace of The Renaissance, Tuscany has untold numbers of artistic, culinary and architectural treats to reveal to its visitors, and expert guides on a culture tour explain them thoroughly. You’ll also learn the art of Tuscan cooking from a professional chef, walk through some of the world’s oldest, richest vineyards with a vintner, and appreciate endearing works of art with historians that can explain every detail.
Trips to Arezzo and Cortona, for example, can include wine tastings, personalized cooking lessons on baking luscious cantuccini (hard almond cookies), or expert guided tours through a museum graced with stunning Etruscan art such as the Chimera of Arezzo or Villanovan cinerary urns.
Such tours are meticulously planned to suit individual tastes and wishes. Local experts are engaged to assist with everything visitors need, and participants have as much freedom to explore on their own as they want, guaranteeing the most enjoyable and memorable experience of this fabled part of Italy.