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Discover the joys of the Tuscan table as you learn the secrets of Italian cooking from our charming local friends. Celebrate fresh seasonal ingredients prepared with passion, yet minimal manipulation. Slow down and let food be the focal point of the day; savor this journey that nurtures both body and spirit.
This charming family-owned hotel overlooks the town's central piazza, whose ancient pool is fed by underground thermal springs. (pool, spa)
A 13th-century hamlet handsomely restored as a welcoming hotel with unsurpassed views of the Tuscan countryside. (pool, tennis)
Located in the heart of the Chianti region, this elegant 14th-century manor house features spacious guest rooms with original frescoes. (pool, spa)
Follow the strade bianche (white roads) of southern Tuscany's Val d'Orcia
Walk through vineyards, woodland and Renaissance hill towns
Your trip starts and ends in Florence, Italy.
Tuscan cuisine appeals to the soul. Its straightforward and honest, a celebration of fresh ingredients prepared with minimal manipulation - rustic ribollita soup, melt-in-your-mouth bruschetta, pecorino toscano drizzled with honey and peperoncino, a glass of Chianti Classico, its habit-forming.
Bolognas airport is located about 4 miles from the Bologna Centrale train station. A shuttle bus is available for this 20-minute transfer.
Trains from Bologna to Florence run regularly. Travel time is 40 minutes on the faster Eurostar Italia trains (Frecciarossa or Frecciargento).
There is a comfortable airport bus offering service between Malpensa airport and the Milano Centrale train station. Buses depart every 20 minutes from 6:20 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Travel time is 50 minutes depending on traffic.
Buses depart from Linate airport to Milano Centrale every 30 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Travel time is 25 minutes.
Trains from Milan to Florence run frequently. Travel time on the Frecciarossa train is about 2 hours.
If you fly into Romes Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) airport, you can take the Leonardo Express commuter train directly from the airport to the Roma Termini train station.
The train runs every half-hour from 6:38 a.m. until 11:38 p.m.; travel time is 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket counter or automated machines. Be sure to validate your ticket in one of the yellow stamping machines on the platform before boarding the train.
Trains from Rome to Florence run about every half hour. Travel time on the faster Eurostar Italia trains (Frecciarossa or Frecciargento) is 1 hours. Expect to spend approximately 3 hours total traveling from the Rome airport to Florences Santa Maria Novella train station.
There is a direct shuttle bus running between Pisas Galileo Galilei airport and Florences Santa Maria Novella train station. The trip takes 70 minutes. There is also a direct train that takes 1 hours.
We suggest flying into Florences Amerigo Vespucci Airport (airport code: FLR), which is located a few miles northwest of the city. From the airport, its a short bus trip or taxi ride into town or to the train station.
You can also fly into Rome (FCO), Milan (MXP), Bologna (BLQ) or Pisa (PSA) and take the train to Florence.
For private car service in the Tuscany area, we recommend Ricci Bus.
Ricci Bus serves the Florence and Rome airports and can provide transportation to and from our pick-up and drop-off locations for competitive rates. Let them know you're a Backroads guest. Keep Ricci Bus in mind for transportation if you plan to extend your stay in Tuscany before or after your Backroads trip.
Please note that we meet at Florences Santa Maria Novella train station, not the Campo Marte station.
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