Fall in Italy is a glorious time, almost magical, especially in Tuscany; the colors, the smells, most importantly, the food. Throughout the countryside, the colors are brilliant – from deep golds to rich reds and purples, the air is cooler and there are less crowds. But also, most importantly, fall means harvest time and Tuscany is no exception. Tuscany’s autumn harvest includes truffles, mushrooms (Porcini!), chestnuts, olives and grapes.
The harvest is a celebration, marking the end of the agricultural season. In almost every town throughout Italy you can find a sagra (Sagre plural), a festival celebrating the harvest of that town’s local food and specialty. These food festivals are a wonderful chance to experience and to try the local culture, traditions and foods. Of course there are sagre in the spring too, and these celebrate the foods and joys that come with that season as well: artichokes, asparagus, strawberries, pecorino cheese, and more.
Imagine literally tasting the four seasons.; from spring’s grassy mild pecorino to fall’s earthy truffles or porcini. It’s seasonal activities such as these events that help create authentic Italian experiences, which become extraordinary memories.
Join us this October as we make our way through the Tuscan countryside and sample and savor the flavors of fall.
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Explore Arezzo, Cortona, the Val D’Orcia area, the Chianti region, Florence, and more. Indulge in the ultimate Tuscan gastronomic experience! Relax in a countryside farmhouse overlooking the rolling hills and mountains. Discover the hilltop towns, the regional cuisine, and boutique wineries, take cooking classes, get to know local artisans, and experience the Tuscany region. Come with us as we savor all the flavors of the harvests of fall: Olive Oil, Porcini, Truffles, Chestnuts, wild boar, cheeses, wine…and more!
Deposits must be made by July 7, 2016
Final payment is due August 7, 2016
Spend an afternoon with a truffle hunter and his well-trained dogs.
Tour a working olive oil mill that has been in existence for hundreds of years, complete with olive oil tasting and lunch.
Visit a sheep and goat farm that makes fragrant pecorino cheese for a tour and tasting
Meet & observe local artisans as they craft
Discover the hidden gems of Florence
Experience the vibrancy of local market days
Enjoy a hands-on cooking class learning to create authentic Tuscan specialties.
Indulge in several winery tours and tastings
Visit two very unique and beautiful medieval walled towns that have their origins in Etruscan history. Both towns were also made famous in movies: Arezzo (Life is Beautiful) & Cortona (Under the Tuscan Sun)
Explore the small hilltop Tuscan villages and intimate locations not often visited.
Learn about the regional Tuscan cuisine and local specialty dishes.
October 7th - 17th, 2016
October 17th - 27th, 2016
Where: Tuscany, Italy
Group size: 12 Maximum
$4175 per person/double occupancy
$250 single supplement
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