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Sophisticated Italy offers the following range of tours in Tuscany

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THE CASTLES OF CHIANTI (Full day with car)

Morning departure for the Crete Senesi, unusual clay Tuscan hills south of Siena home to some of the world’s finest wines and enchanting scenery. Visit one of the most famous vineyards in this wine-producing region for a visit and taste. Continue to the town of Radda, a visit and lunch on own before reaching your second vineyard for both wine and olive oil tasting. One last stop in the town of Greve for a walk through the city streets.

SAN GIMIGNANO, MONTERIGGIONI AND SIENA (Full day with car)

Visit three of the oldest, most fascinating medieval cities in Tuscany. First San Gimignano, the Manhattan of the fourteenth century, with its remaining medieval towers and interesting artisan workshops. Then on to Monteriggioni, visiting the Borgo’s historic center and lunch on own at a typical trattoria. The afternoon dedicated to the incredible city of Siena and a complete guided tour of its famous monuments.

PIETRASANTA THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCULPTOR

Pietrasanta is Italy’s foremost art colony, located in the hills above Forte dei Marmi and on the road to Lucca. Its nearness to the marble quarries means that the area has been used by artists from Michelangelo to Botero. We offer our clients a unique view of the art world, as they are accompanied by a local sculptress who will give them a very special view of the various artists’ workshops, marble studios and bronze foundries—giving our clients a truly “creative experience”.

HOT BALLOONING IN TUSCANY

All of us have seen breath-taking photos of the Tuscan countryside. Imagine waking up really early in the morning, riding to meet your hot balloon and then gliding over what many of us think is “heaven on earth”. And finishing this exciting experience, with a full Champagne breakfast!

THE CHARMING VILLAGES OF SOUTHERN TUSCANY (Full day with car)

Today is devoted to a tour of some of the charming, historic villages of the southern part of Tuscany. First stop is Murlo, a small hill town that has one of the most important Etruscan museums in Italy. From there proceed to the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, the motherhouse of the Olivetans, a Benedictine Order founded in 1319. The Great Cloisters are decorated with a series of 35 frescoes depicting the life of Saint Benedict. Lunch on own in the small Osteria located in the Abbey. After lunch depart for Bagno Vignoni, with its ancient thermal baths. In mid afternoon you will visit Pienza, “the ideal” Renaissance city of Pope Pius II. Afternoon snack, tasting the world-renowned Pecorino cheese from Pienza.

SIENA — A NOBLE WELCOME TO THE CITY OF THE PALIO (Full day with car)

This unusual tour combines a visit to one of the aristocratic Palazzos of Siena, a cooking class in the patrician home of one of Siena’s noble countesses, including lunch in her charming dining room, followed by an afternoon tour of the city with an emphasis on the historic role of the Palio.