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Tuscany Wine Tour

Specifically designed for food and wine enthusiasts, the five-night program explores the back roads and hidden gems of Tuscany, one of Italy's most beautiful regions. This tour includes two hands-on cooking lessons, a visit to a wine estate and an olive oil press in Chianti, and a visit to a local gourmet specialty shop. During the tour, you will have the freedom to explore the region of Tuscany and the surroundings of Radda in Chianti, at your own pace. Join this tour and indulge yourself into Italian food and wine!


  • Two hands-on cooking classes
  • Olive oil tasting at a local olive oil press at Radda in Chianti
  • Winery visit, wine tasting with rustic snacks at a local estate in Chianti
  • Dry-cured meat tasting at a famous gourmet food shop in Greve
  • Daily breakfast and one dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 6 days car rental


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
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During your 6-day stay in the city of Rada di Chianti, you will be provided with daily accommodation at the Hotel Palazzo Leopoldo, an elegant 4-star hotel set in 14th century Tuscan buildings, nestled across Chianti's vineyards.


Day 1 - Radda in Chianti

  • Pick up your category EDMR Volkswagen Polo 4 door 5-speed manual shift at any Europcar rental office location.
  • Drive yourself to the city of Radda in Chianti.
  • Check in and room assignment at the hotel.

Day 2 - Radda in Chianti

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enjoy the day exploring Radda in Chianti and its surroundings.
  • In the afternoon, partake in a hands-on cooking class - with English instruction - in the 18th century kitchens of Palazzo Leopoldo, followed by dinner with wine.

Day 3 - Radda in Chianti - Gaiole in Chianti

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart for nearby Gaiole in Chianti for a winery and castle estate visit
  • Wine tasting with rustic snacks at the Castello di Brolio

Day 4: Radda in Chianti

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for a country olive oil mill to have an informal lecture by the estate’s owners.
  • Visit and taste olive oil accompanied with rustic snacks.

Day 5 - Radda in Chianti - Greve in Chiante

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for nearby Greve in Chianti.
  • Visit a historic meat artisan shop to taste local cured meats, such as prosciutto, salame, and finocchione.

Day 6 - Radda in Chianti

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out.
  • Drive yourself to Europcar’s rental office to return your car.
  • Farewell. Arrivederci!

Included excursions

  • Explore a country olive oil mill
  • Visit a historic meat artisan shop for a tasting of local cured meats
  • Winery and castle estate visit in the city of Gaiole


This tour will take place along Radda in Chianti, a commune in the province of Siena, in the Italian region of Tuscany. Radda was already inhabited in the 11th century BC, and remains of stone houses and pottery, which indicates the presence of an Etruscan population from the 6th century BC, until the 2nd century AD. During the 5th century AD, the Roman Empire succumbed to the Barbarian invasions. At that time, the Chianti area supported no more than small villages (Radda, Monte Rinaldi, Volpaia, and Castelvecchia) of only five or six houses. During the 9th and 10th centuries, feudal society established itself and the Chianti Region, in the possession of the Counts of Guidi and the Marquis of Tuscany, began to prosper. Radda grew in size and population. By 1100, Radda (the name "Ratta" appears in an edict of the Emperor Otto III from the year 1003, and later on, in 1041, in the form of "Ramda") was the most densely populated and second only to Ricasoli, the most important of the communities in the area.

From its earliest origins until 1500, Radda found itself in the middle of conflicts between the two most important cities in Tuscany: Florence and Sienna, which were in interminable conflict over their frontiers. In 1250, the Florentine Republic divided the communities into districts, allotting each a certain amount of territory; together forming the Lega, the Chianti League. From 1384, Radda was the seat of the podest , the chief magistrate, and the oldest statute of the Lega del Chianti dates back to that year. The old historical Lega del Chianti ceased to exist in 1774, when the three counties: Radda, Castellina and Gaiole, were constituted. The history of Radda, and of the whole Chianti area, was always linked to Florence and Siena, with their continuous struggles. It was not until 1550 - when Florence finally vanquished Siena -, that the town could begin to breathe the air of peace and tranquility. The 17th century has been defined as the "Chianti Century", because of the reputation the area earned with the wines exported to England since the mid-16th century. It was also during this century that a loose form of agricultural organizations began to build up. The fattorie, or land estates, were born, and the owners built elegant villas to spend their summers in the countryside.



  • Cooking classes
  • Fitness center
  • Gym
  • Health club
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Wine tasting / tour


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Mini bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant


  • Baby sitting
  • Business center
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking lot
  • Pet friendly
  • Room cleaning
  • Shuttle service
  • Wireless internet


During this culinary and wine vacation in Tuscany, Italy, you will have the opportunity to taste, sample and eat some of Tuscany's best wine and foods, rustic snacks and famous gourmet food, including:

  • Diverse wines
  • Finocchione
  • Olive oil
  • Prosciutto
  • Salame

Things to do (optional)

  • Have a private guided walking tour of Siena and visit the Piccolomini Library
  • Taste pecorino cheese, followed by lunch with wine in Pienza

Spa treatments

Hotel Palazzo Leopoldos Spa Vignavecchia is located right at the center of the Chianti region, in the city of Radda in Chianti. La Private Spa Palazzo Leopoldo is a private spa, a refuge of wellness right inside of the Hotel Palazzo Leopoldo. Available for exclusive use are hot tubs, saunas and a space to relax. Allow yourself the luxury of being in total privacy and exclusivity.

General massages

  • Antistress massage
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Californian massage
  • Cellulite massage
  • Draining massage
  • Hawaiian massage
  • Moisturizing massage

Brief and localized massages

  • Lymph draining massage
  • Facial lymph draining massage
  • Reflexology massage
  • Back massage with hot stones
  • Hands massage
  • Feet massage

Face treatments

  • Trattamento viso base con pulizia/Anti-age face treatment: ideal for mature skin, with apple stem cells.
  • Trattamento viso delizia di riso/Face delight of rice treatment: treatment with an antioxidant action for the skin. Ideal for dry and very dry skin.
  • Trattamento viso purificante pelle impura-giovane/Facial cleansing: for impure skin, with fresh cells of pumpkins.
  • Trattamento viso di idratazione profonda thalasso/Facial treatment for deep hydration: based on marine extracts.

What's included

  • 1 2-hour hands-on cooking class
  • 5 nights deluxe accommodation
  • Category ECMR FIAT Panda 2-door five speed manual shift for six days, including the 22% vat tax, unlimited free mileage, collision damage waiver, mandatory fire and theft protection, third party liability up to 2 million dollars, personal accident insurance, zero -0- deductible, 24-hour road assistance
  • Daily buffet breakfast, hotel taxes and service charges
  • Dry-cured meat tasting at a famous gourmet food shop in Greve in Chianti
  • Olive oil tasting at a local olive oil press in Radda in Chianti
  • Winery visit, wine tasting with rustic snacks at a local estate in Chianti

What's not included

  • Air departure taxes, custom fees and supplementary fuel surcharges, security fees in the event that guests purchase air transportation through Donna Franca Tours
  • City occupancy taxes
  • Items of a personal nature, such as wine, liquor beverages, valet service, optional tours, and gratuities to tour director and coach driver
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