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11 Day The Ultimate Fall Harvest Festival Culinary Tour in Tuscany, Province of Arezzo

Agriturismo La Colmata, Localita' Casenuove, 27/28, 52048 Montagnano, Arezzo, Italy

Savor the Flavors of Fall Culinary Vacation in Tuscany

Fall in Tuscany is a glorious time - the colors, the smells, and most importantly, the food. Throughout the countryside, the colors are brilliant, the air is cooler, and there are less crowds. But also, most importantly, fall means harvest time and Tuscany is no exception. Through this vacation, you are invited to come and indulge in the ultimate Tuscan gastronomic experience. The autumn harvest includes truffles, porcini mushrooms, chestnuts, olives, and grapes. Join Vitalia Tours this October as you make your way through the Tuscan countryside and sample and savor the flavors of fall!


  • Go on several winery tours and tastings
  • Experience truffle hunting, and cheese and olive oil tasting events
  • A hands-on cooking class to learn to create authentic Tuscan specialties
  • Attend a local "sagre" or food festival, and enjoy a day full of hidden gems in Florence
  • 7 lunches, all dinners, buffet-style breakfasts, and regional wines with most meals
  • Airport transfers, and private full-time escort, interpreter, and driver
  • Trips to local markets and experience the vibrancy
  • 10 nights accommodations


11 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi

During this holiday, you will be staying at an agriturismo villa, Agriturismo La Colmata for the entire 10 nights. Relax in the countryside farmhouse overlooking the rolling hills and mountains. You will have the option to stay at a single, double, or twin room - all rooms are with private bathroom.

The villa offers spacious rooms with all amenities such as hair dryer, toiletries, TV, free Wi-Fi, and mini fridge. Bottled water is available at no additional fee. The villa also boasts beautiful grounds with an in-ground swimming pool with sun loungers, wood-fired pizza oven, outdoor dining terrace, and gardens. Guests are welcome to walk the grounds.


Discover the hilltop towns, the regional cuisine, and boutique wineries, take cooking classes, get to know local artisans, and experience the Tuscany region. This special experience will not only deliver amazing meals in unforgettable settings, but also a chance to see and learn firsthand how Italy’s farmers, wine makers, and artisanal food purveyors make the most of this region’s fertile land.​​

This “Fall Harvest in Tuscany” tour is a fully-escorted tour with all of your accommodations, excursions and tours, transportation, and most of your meals completely arranged and included. It has been designed especially to immerse you in the local culture.

Every day, you will explore a part of the vast Tuscany region and discover its incredible beauty: architecture, sacred sites, characteristic historic towns, food and wine, and locals. Yet, you will have plenty of free time to relax and explore on your own and enjoy the unique native lifestyle.

The fall season in Italy is also about celebration, marking the end of the agricultural season. In almost every town throughout Italy you can find a sagra (Sagre plural), a festival celebrating the harvest of that town’s local food and specialty. These food festivals are a wonderful chance to experience and to try the local culture, traditions and foods. You will attend a Medieval Autumn Festival as well as a Chestnut Festival to immerse you in the local traditions and customs of the region of Tuscany

One of this tour’s highlights is the half day that you will spend with a local truffle hunter and his dogs. Afterward, you will head back to the kitchen for a cooking lesson where you learn how to incorporate this prized tuber into several delicious dishes.

This tour entails a full immersion into the Tuscan lifestyle, methods of farming and wine making, as well as the production of olive oil, cured meats, cheese, honey and other types of food products typical to these areas of Tuscany. In this itinerary, Vitalia Tours has included the very best of Tuscany, through places where you can truly get the real feel of the region, staying in lovely places, and exploring with expert local guides.

This will be a journey of exploration, of the warm locals, art and tradition, food and wine, and the genuine atmosphere.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day - Benvenuto!

Welcome to Italy! You will be met at the Rome airport by your private driver who will whisk you off to the Tuscan countryside. You will stop along the way for lunch - if there is time, the stop will be in Orvieto.

Your accommodation for the next 10 nights is in an agriturismo villa (authentic Tuscan farmhouse) situated in the center of Tuscany, very near the town of Cortona, made famous by Frances Mayes in her book, “Under the Tuscan Sun” and movie by the same name.

Enjoy a welcome cocktail upon arrival at your accommodation and meet the villa owner for an orientation meeting and check in. Settle in to unpack, relax, or stroll around the property. The rest of the afternoon / evening is yours to explore or relax. You will conclude the day with a group welcome dinner including local wines, served in the comfort of our villa.

  • Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Cortona: ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ with a wine-pairing lunch

Go for a morning departure for Cortona after breakfast at the villa. Cortona, which has its roots in Etruscan history, is a quiet and romantic town nestled in the beautiful hills of the Val di Chiana in the province of Arezzo.

It was made famous by Frances Mayes’ book and movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”. Afterward, you will visit a beautiful and completely organic winery for a guided tour of their vineyards and cellar.

Your tour will be followed by a fabulous lunch situated in beautiful surroundings with views of the vineyards, valley, and hills. You will enjoy your dinner tonight at the villa.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Val d'Orcia and Pecorino cheese

Today after your breakfast, you will depart for a tour of two of Tuscany’s most famous towns: Montepulciano and Pienza, set in the Val d’Orcia - what many view as the “quintessential” Tuscany. Along the way, you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking scenery that will be surrounding you - rolling hills dotted with cyprus, miles of vineyards, and olive groves. Your first stop is Pienza, famous for its Pecorino cheese, where you will have a tasting.

After lunch, it is time to move to the steeply sloped town of Montepulciano where you can wander the streets, stop at shops, churches, and town squares. You can also visit an enoteca and have a wine tasting. Head back to the villa and relax before dinner.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Florence - markets and mysteries of the Medici

After breakfast at the agriturismo, head off for a full day in the renaissance capitol, Florence. Your first stop will be the colorful markets where you can find anything: from a tripe sandwich to a silk scarf! You will then meet up with your English-speaking local guide and enjoy a walking tour of Florence.

During the tour, your guide will point out famous sites such as the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signori, Piazza della Repubblica, and more. You will learn all about the dark secrets of Florence's famous noble families and artists with this behind the scenes and highlights tour. Enjoy time on your own for lunch.

The afternoon is free for you to shop, explore art galleries or museums, or just soak in the vibrant life of one of the many piazze while having a caffè or spritz. You will enjoy your dinner tonight at the villa.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Chianti - farm lunch and wine

After breakfast, you will depart to the Chianti region - an area of Tuscany made famous by the red wine of the same name. This is a beautiful region of terracotta-roofed towns and winding roads, leading through groves of olive trees, with cypress and endless vineyards stitching sun-dappled rolling hillsides - this is wine country.

You will visit some quaint villages, have lunch on a local farm, and experience some wine tastings. What else would you do in Chianti? Enjoy your dinner tonight at the villa, served with local wines.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Arezzo - where life is beautiful

This morning after breakfast, you will head out to the Arezzo countryside. You will stop at a stunning villa, learn its history, and have a delicious wine tasting. You will next stop in the town of Arezzo (made famous by the movie "Life is Beautiful" by Roberto Benigni) to explore.

Even though, the medieval center was destroyed during World War II, Arezzo still has a beautiful piazza and many historical buildings and churches as well as a Roman amphitheater and the remains of a fortress. Here, you will be able to grab lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants or cafes. You will conclude the day with dinner including local wines, served in the comfort of your villa.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7: Olive oil and lunch with the locals

Today, you are going to an area of Tuscany that is off-the-beaten path. You will head to an ancient olive oil mill and enjoy a tour, tasting, and lunch. After your visit, you will stop at a nearby small medieval village, where you can shop, visit local artisans, or stop and smell the caffè in neighborhood bar. Dinner tonight will be served at the villa.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Truffle hunting and cooking lesson

This morning, you will begin the day with an exciting truffle hunting demonstration with a local truffle hunter and his dog in the woods. Let's see how many you can find! Next, you will have a cooking demonstration and lesson, followed by a delicious lunch with all the dishes you have prepared. Afterward, you will visit one of the many small medieval villages in the area and learn of its interesting history.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9: Market day in a local village

Enjoy your breakfast at the agriturismo. Today, you will start out at a local market in a nearby ancient walled town where all the locals come to buy their fruits, vegetables, and daily wares. You will enjoy some free time to explore the market and town.

Then you are off to a local villa to learn all about its history and wine-making. A tasting will follow, along with their olive oil and other products. Return to the agriturismo for dinner.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Chestnuts, barbecue, and a feste

Today, you will visit a local ‘Sagra’ or feste that celebrates a specialty food of the area. You will enjoy a hearty typical Tuscan barbecue for lunch and soak up the festive fall atmosphere.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11: Departure day

Early morning, enjoy your breakfast at the villa as you say your goodbyes. You will board the vans and depart for the Rome airport (FCO).

Bid arrivederci to Italy!

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Included excursions

  • Attend a local sagra or festival
  • Spend an afternoon with a truffle hunter and his dogs
  • Tour an ancient working olive oil mill with olive oil tasting and lunch
  • Visit a sheep farm that makes fragrant pecorino cheese for a tour and tasting
  • Meet and observe local artisans as they craft
  • Discover the hidden gems of Florence
  • Experience the vibrancy of local market days
  • Enjoy a hands-on cooking class learning to create authentic Tuscan specialties
  • Indulge in several winery tours and tastings
  • Explore the small hilltop Tuscan villages and intimate locations not often visited
  • Learn about the regional Tuscan cuisine and local specialty dishes


Tuscany - it is like a dazzling diamond in the rough. Its diverse landscapes are filled with vineyards, olive groves, quaint hilltop towns, and medieval castles. But, it is also the central point for the birth of the Renaissance. Few parts of the world can claim such an abundance of art, history, architecture, culture, food, and wine, or so intense a range of natural splendor.

Like all of Italy, Tuscany is filled with numerous ancient traditions. Each city or village plays host to various colorful religious rituals, historical pageants, medieval-style tournaments, unique traditional spectacles, food festivals, and much more. But in addition, routine tasks are tied to tradition - the daily ritual of making bread or coffee, farmers producing prosciutto, wine or olive oil, or artisans working or honing their craft. And like everything in Italy, these traditions seek to bring people together with good food and good wine at the table.

Such is the rich culture and heritage Tuscany. Its small towns and villages move to a slower rhythm of life, connected to tradition, daily ritual, and the seasons. Its character and essence is deeply tied to its past. In some places, time seems to have stopped.



  • Cooking classes
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (indoor)


  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • Free bottled water
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During this holiday, you will still have some flexibility for free time to relax in a piazza, meander the small villages you will be visiting, or do some shopping. ​

What's included

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Transfer to and from Rome airport (FCO)
  • All breakfasts, buffet style
  • 7 lunches and all dinners
  • Regional wines with most meals
  • Land transportation for the duration of the tour
  • Private full-time escort, interpreter, and driver
  • Private bus / van for your daily excursions
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • Winery tours and tastings
  • Trips to local markets
  • A day in Florence
  • A visit to a local "sagre" or food festival
  • Cheese and olive oil tasting events
  • Pre-trip information packet
  • Local VAT taxes and government fees, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, and parking fees

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel documents and fees, i.e. passport and visas (if required)
  • Some lunches
  • Any telephone, cell, data, and internet usage
  • Items of a personal nature​
  • Travel-related expenses outside of the tour itinerary
  • Any food or beverage ordered by traveler that is not included or presented during meals, including wine and other alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and gelato
  • Any taxes on personal items purchased
  • Optional tips to guides, staff or drivers - these are not required and are given at your discretion

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Rome-Fiumicino International Airport "Leonardo da Vinci" (FCO). Transfer from and to the airport on arrival and departure days is included. Vitalia Tours will pick you up from the airport.

If you require a transfer outside of those provided, please contact Vitalia Tours to make arrangements. Please do not book your airfare until you consult with them first to make sure that your flight arrival / departure is within the transfer time period offered.

Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Friday October 16, 2020
Departure: Monday October 26, 2020

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