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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!
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.
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.
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:
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.