Begin your adventure into the magic of Tuscany from your meeting point in Florence, where you will meet up with your expert local guide. You will then hop aboard a comfortable private coach to leave Renaissance Florence behind to discover the rural surroundings and Medieval history that paved the way for the opulent wealth and extraordinary artistic achievements it boasts.
After a short hour-long transfer filled with captivating commentary from your guide, you will come to your first stop of the day, Verrazzano Castle. This privately owned medieval gem dominates the areas rolling hills with its tower and is still inhabited today inside a parameter that was laid down as an Etruscan settlement.
During your tour of the castle you will experience what it was like to call such a residence home in centuries past, before visiting the wine cellars with an equally amazing history with roots dating to the year 1150. Indulge in a three flight guided tasting of Chiantis famous wines, including a Chianti Classico DOGC, with local extra-virgin olive oil and pecorino cheese topped with the castles own balsamic dressing, all of which will be available to you for purchase in the castle boutique!
Board your private coach again for the quick 20-minute trip to the picturesque town of Greve in Chianti, where you will enjoy free time for lunch in one of its many authentic Tuscan restaurants with insider recommendations from your guide on where to go to enjoy the best in Chiantis regional cuisine.
After your break in Greve in Chianti, youll board your private coach again for a bus tour of local winding roads and evocative landscapes until you arrive at Brolio Castle. Considered one of the most beautiful on the Italian peninsula, this privately owned jewel has been inhabited by the Ricasoli family since 1141. Learn its spectacular history as part of Florences bulwark against its rival Siena, as well as sieges from the Spanish and the Aragonese in the 15th century.
One of its many illustrious owners, Baron Bettino Ricasoli, was Italys 2nd Prime Minister and created the first known Chianti recipe" in 1872, recommending 70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia Bianca. Your guided visit includes its lush Italian gardens, the family chapel and crypt, as well as a walk along the ramparts to survey the surrounding vineyards. You will then be treated to a tasting of the castles own local wine and be able to browse the wine shop for delicious wines, olive oil, honey and jam to take home.
Once more you will be escorted aboard your private coach for the bus ride back to Florence as you continue to absorb the days beautiful places and unforgettable experiences in the sign of Tuscanys amazing castles and wine.