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During this tour of Tuscany, you will have the freedom to explore the back roads of Italys most beautiful region in your own time. Drive around in your rented car and discover Tuscanys architecture, food and wine. You will be staying at the four-star Hotel Borgo Casabianca, which is perfect for food and wine enthusiasts. This tour includes a hands-on cooking lesson and a visit to a wine estate in San Gimignano, among other activities, but you can decide to follow the proposed itinerary, or make your own, as long as you relax and have fun!
Hotel Borgo Casabianca is a 4-star Tuscan hotel inside a lovely 18th century manor house, in the small commune of Asciano, Siena. Attention to detail makes this little village quite unique, from the rooms to the suites and from the pool area to the restaurant, which serves local Tuscan specialties and has an excellent wine list. Renovations carried out on the village have brought Casabianca back to its former splendor, which involved not just the buildings, streets and gardens, but also the farmlands and the olive groves. Elegant rooms and suites (three rooms and six suites), with Tuscan poor art furniture and stunning views over the Tuscan Hills, have been transformed into guestrooms and suites, some of which have original 18th-century frescoes, and all of which are comfortable and charming. It is a magical place with courteous and reliable staffs, which welcome and pamper guests, making sure their every need is satisfied. Also, from the hotel, there are splendid views of the charming Tuscan countryside; towards the Montalcino hills, Mount Amiata, Crete and Siena. Thanks to its position (close to the Crete Senesi), the hotel is in one of those places made for romantic stays, and the ideal starting point for visiting Tuscany and its main attractions.
Arrive in Italy and collect your rental car. You may collect your car either in Rome or Florence, with Rome being 2.5 hours and Florence being 1.5 hours from Hotel Borgo Casabianca. Check in, relax and enjoy your 4-star Tuscan hotel.
Venture out and enjoy your day exploring Tuscany. The Tuscan region has many vineyards within easy reach (a short 30 minutes from your hotel). Suggested is a visit to Monte Chiaro in Siena, to enjoy a tour and tasting. Florence can be easily reached as well, if you care to enjoy the afternoon in Florence. Overnight at your hotel.
Make your way to San Gimignano to visit a winery. Enjoy a fabulous tasting of Tuscan products, accompanied by a platter with an assortment of cured meats, such as salami, Tuscan finocchiona, soprassata, buristo, sausages of wild boar, croutons and bruschetta with oil. Return to your hotel, relax and enjoy its amenities.
After a day out exploring the Tuscany region, return to your hotel for a one-hour hands on cooking class at 17:00, followed by dinner and wine, served in the magnificent 18th century hotels kitchen.
Check-out of your hotel and bid farewell to Tuscany. Return your car where arranged. Perhaps, add on a Rome city stay to your package for a complete vacation.
This tour will take place in and around the region of Tuscany, Italy.
During your stay in the Tuscany region, you will have the opportunity to savor some of the best dishes around the area, including:
Less than 15 kilometers away from the Hotel Borgo Casabianca, you will find Terme dellAntica Querciolaia di Rapolano spa. The Bagni di Rapolano thermal baths have been known since Medieval days and the modern thermal complex is the ideal choice for indulging in wellness and relaxing treatments. Terme dellAntica Querciolaia spa offers a wide range of thermal treatments and therapies that answer different client needs, from therapeutic thermal baths to specialized medicine.
The therapeutic properties of the mud, matured in thermal sulphurous-bicarbonate-calcium waters, are due to their temperature, mineral substances, chemical-physical conditions, radioactivity, and the presence of plant and animal microorganisms. They perform an anti-inflammatory, analgesic healing action, which stimulates the process of repair.
By mixing thermal waters with steam or air, micro-particles of various diameters are obtained. In inhalation, these particles attain a size of around 100 microns and, through a jet, they reach the patients initial respiratory tract. In aerosol, the dimensions of 1-2 microns and through mask or nasal fork, they reach the deeper respiratory tracts up to the alveoli. Inhalations are indicated for chronic rhynopharyngolaryngitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, aerosol for tracheitis, tracheobronchitis and chronic bronchitis.
A modern and well-equipped center with a gym and connected thermal rehabilitation pool, where expert instructors place their professionalism at your disposal, for a quick and complete recovery under medical supervision.
Zeolite is a volcanic mineral. Thanks to the important trace elements it contains, it helps you rid your skin of toxins and free radicals, giving it renewed silky smoothness.
New natural skin regenerating treatment for extraordinarily smooth and compact skin, newfound softness and elasticity. In this treatment, the properties of thermal water are combined with those of integral sea salts and white clay, enriched with selected essential citrus oils, for an exfoliating action that stimulates cell renewal deeply nourishing the skin.
Please arrive at Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport (FCO) or Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR).