This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Tuscany cultural vacation, Italy
This one-of-a-kind sensorial tour focuses on activities, accommodations and small artisan producers that are unique and representative of this lovely region of Tuscany. Rather than starred, fancy hotels you will stay in authentic places of historic character and charm, including an 18th century farmhouse in the picturesque hamlet of San Michele and a 17th century palace in the heart of Florence. From your stay on a sustainable farm to your visit to local goat cheese makers and wine producers in the rolling hills of Valdorna, you will immerse yourself in this fertile Tuscan landscape and learn how generations of families have cultivated, tended, farmed and protected this amazing part of Italy. To fulfill our commitment to sustainability, we limit the number of travelers on this tour, plan visits close to your accommodations to minimize driving, and, once in the city of Florence, organize walking-only tours, the most eco-friendly way to travel!
What better way to sustain local communities than by supporting its local producers and craftsmen? On this tour you will do just that. From your accommodations at a sustainable farm in San Michele, to a shared meal around the table with Valdorna cheesemakers, from a stroll among vine-covered hills and taste of Chianti at a family-run winery, to a guided tour of the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella where you will smell and learn about ancient perfumes and liquors invented by Dominican Friars; this immersion in Tuscan life will give you a true feel for its people and the regions most time-honoured trades, helping to ensure their livelihoods and preserve the region's long established traditions. Along the way, we will recommend restaurants and trattorias off the tourist route where locals go to eat truly regional cuisine and you can taste wines that represent the terroir of this verdant valley. A truly sensorial experience, this journey will stay with you long after your visit is over.