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6 DAYS, 5 NIGHTS
Level 1 to level 4
Culture & History, Active Gourmet, Fine Wine & Cuisine
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Exploring Ancient Footpaths North of Siena As you make your way down a footpath strung along
a wide-open hillside, imagine how this landscape appeared to
those Renaissance artists who were inspired by its dramatic beauty.
Vineyard-cloaked hills. Stately cypress trees ringing ancient
hill towns. Sweeping vistas of a fertile valley bathed in golden
sunlight. Your Backroads journey reveals how the regions
identity is forever linked to its history, architecture, art
and culture. Rambling into the hills and through picturesque
towns that color the landscape is a perfect way to see the countryside
up close. At days end we settle into some of the regions
most charming hotels and savor hearty Tuscan cuisine and wines.
Benvenuti in Toscana!
Days 1-2 Radda in Chianti Meet in Florence Through
a classic Tuscan landscape of gently rolling hills, make your
way on foot to the hilltop village of Radda in Chianti
Explore medieval passageways and learn about this historic townonce
the capital of the Chianti Leagueon a guided walking tour
Follow ancient footpaths through vineyards and along rolling
terrain, perhaps sampling local vintages in an enoteca (wine
bar) along the way Arrive on foot at the charming town
of Volpaia, boasting sweeping views.
Days 3-4 Gaiole in Chianti
A winding route takes
us into and out of Tuscanys many valleys Make a
detour to the family-owned Ceramiche Rampini, known for distinctive
Tuscan ceramics Stroll the strade bianche (unpaved trails)
of Gaiole, past cherry orchards and ancient olive trees to the
town of Lecchi At the 11th-century Castello di Monteluco,
feast on local delicacies at a grand picnic.
Days 5-6 Candeli Our route leads us to Badia a Coltibuono,
a restored medieval abbey thats now a well-known wine and
olive oilproducing estate Learn the nuances of Tuscan
olive oils with a tasting and tour In the countryside
outside of Florence, take in views of this grand city off in