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Gourmet experience Florence and Crete Senesi
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:09
Written by stefy
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:45

What could be better than a gourmet tour visiting food markets, tasting local food and dining at fabulous restaurants? Not much except a tour to Tuscany: exploring, eating, experiencing the cuisine of this incredibly beautiful part of Italy!

Our gourmet  tour of  Tuscany will provide you full immersion in the local food culture. We’ll stay at a  four-star hotel in the Tuscan countryside, and from there we’ll take day trips aboard our private coach to Florence and to the most enchanting Tuscan places.

Highlights of our  tour:

One day touring across the Chianti area villages: discovering the world of home-made pasta in a local family-conducted laboratory and shop; visiting Dario Cecchini, the  butcher of Panzano in Chianti famous for his Bistecca alla Fiorentina (T-Bone beef steak), which is indeed one of the most renowned Tuscan products!  Dario’s shop turned  to a restaurant where you will be servered a gourmet meal and you will have the possibility to taste the bistecca prepared on charcoal fire according to its own rules and seasoned only with a pinch of salt. Strolling in Greve in Chianti, the Florentine “capital” of Chianti. With its splendid square surrounded by a loggia, it has been the principal market square of the area since the Middle Ages. The shops sell antique furniture, copper pots and pans, food and of course the local wine. Last but not least stop at a craftsman  distillery to learn how  the rich fresh grape skins of Chianti Classico are distilled and become grappa!

One day delicious stroll in Florence:  mingling  through the market of Sant’Ambrogio,  a small jewel in the area of Santa Croce – lively, happily colourful, lavishly rich of specialities, it’s the market of the local  Florentines; among its external stalls there are even farmers who, like in the old days, come to town to sell their products  while inside the market you will be “charmed” by the aroma of all the salami and various cheeses. Gourmet pit stops in traditional eateries,  cafès, chocolate shops and laboratories, wine-shops.  Another not-to-be missed experience is a taste of  special Florentine pastries with Vinsanto (the traditional Tuscan dessert wine) and of  the inevitable heavinly Gelato!!  Just like the Florentines  do, you will enjoy an aperitivo in an old delicatessen founded in 1885, offering  a panino tartufato, a delicate, truffle pâté sandwich made with truffles accompanied by a good glass of prosecco.

One day across the Crete Senesi (Siena clay hills) admist gold-coloured  landscapes, hilltop villages and great food experiences! Visit  Pienza: a tiny town in the middle of the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany, its  centre was almost completely re-designed in the fifteenth century by Pope Pius II who wanted  its  ideal Renaissance town. Pienza is also renowned  for its pecorino di Pienza – sheep’s cheese: you will visit a local cheese-maker to learn about  its production and to enjoy  a rich tasting of the vast range of pecorinos; visit the medioeval town of San Giovanni d’Asso with its Museo del Tartufo (Truffle museum) and have a delicious snack to taste these special little mushrooms with the heady aroma; on the way back  you will stop at a traditional coffee roaster to discover the world of coffee and to drink a cup of espresso!

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