Holiday Season in Tuscany 2018

   November 27 - December 4 

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When the scent of wood burning fires and roasted chestnuts fill the air, and the tourists are long gone, Tuscany shines even brighter. 

 

Outdoor Christmas markets pop up in each village and their ancient streets are aglow with twinkling lights and nativity scenes.  Cozy up in your own apartment at Tenuta Il Palazzo agriturismo, nested in the vineyards just 10 minutes outside of Arezzo. 

What's on your Christmas list? Stuff the stockings this year with truffles, cheeses, deep red wines, salami, hand crafted leather, gold, and more.

Trip Highlights:

  • Wine tasting in Montepulciano & Greve in Chianti

  • Bread baking and hands on pasta & holiday sweets class

  • Shopping at Tuscan Christmas markets 

  • Visit Siena, Cortona, & Pienza

  • Experience the winter cuisine of Trentino, Italy at a dinner in the chalet at the Mercatini di Natale Tirolese in Arezzo.

 

  • Cheese tasting at an organic farm

 

  • Wood fired dinner created for you by chef Joe Cicala   

 

DAY 1  Welcome to Italy!

 

We will pick you up in Rome and make our way to the hill town of Arricia, birthplace of porchetta, to start the trip off with a true taste of the region's specialty.  After lunch we will continue on to Tenuta il Palazzo to check in. Casual dinner tonight at a local trattoria.   

DAY 2  Chianti and Arezzo's Christmas Market

Enjoy a wine tasting and light lunch in the Chianti region.  Free time for shopping in Greve in Chianti and a visit to the oldest butcher shop in Tuscany.  Tonight we head into the city of Arezzo to the charming Mercatini di Natale Tirolese, a holiday market offering locally handcrafted items and gifts from Northern Italy.   Dinner in the chalet in Piazza Grande where you can taste the traditional cuisine of the South Tyrol region of Austria and of Trentino, Italy. A great place to pick up foodie gifts and stocking stuffers!   

DAY 3  Siena & Bread Baking in Val d'Orcia 

Hands on bread baking class and lunch at an organic farm in the countryside of the magical Val d'Orcia.  Visit to Siena.  Dinner on your own tonight and we suggest trying the local specialty, Cinghiale papardelle, (pasta with wild boar ragu), and the holiday sweet, panforte

Pick up a little La Befana puppet, the Christmas witch of Tuscany, for good luck.

DAY 4  Artists of Cortona & Wood fired Dinner with Chef Cicala

 

Painters, paper makers, potters, jewelry shops, sculptors and Fra Angelo's "Annunciation" is housed on this tiny village.  Sample Tuscan beer at Birrificio Cortonese and visit butchers and bakers to pick up ingredients for tonight's wood fired dinner with Chef Joe Cicala.   

DAY 5  Wine & Cheese.  Montepulciano and Pienza 

Vineyard hop in Montepulciano Visit Podere Il Casale organic farm and enjoy a cheese tasting.  Shopping in Pienza afterward for more amazing cheese and wines.  Dinner in Arezzo tonight on your own.  

DAY 6   The Magic of Florence

 

Spend a full day in Florence and visit "Weihnachtsmarkt", Piazza Santa Croce's famous Christmas market that Florentines wait for all year long! Wander in and out of the jewel box stores on Ponte Vecchio, and join us on our shops and sweets crawl.  Museums are free today so take in some art and history!  Dinner together tonight at Casalinga for traditional comfort food of Florence.

DAY 7   Hands on Pasta & Italian Christmas Cookie Class with Chefs Joe & Angela Cicala.

A delicious afternoon of making local pastas and holiday sweets together in the stone house at the agriturismo.  We will enjoy lunch together of your creations on our last day in Tuscany.  Tonight, farewell dinner at a local trattoria.

DAY 8   Arrividerci!

After breakfast we will transport everyone to Rome airport or Roma Termini station as needed.  Until next time, arrividerci!

Holiday Season in Tuscany 7 night tour rate:

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$2,200 per person, double occupancy

Included in price:

  • 7 Nights Accommodations at Tenuta il Palazzo agriturismo. 

      Standard room, Queen size bed 

      Ensuite private bath, TV, Wi-fi,

      Complimetary bottle of wine in room 

  •   Breakfast daily

  •   4 Lunches & 5 Dinners  

  •   Wine included with all meals               

  •   Private transportation throughout the tour

  •   All entrance fees and tours

  •   All taxes and gratuities

  •   Airport transfers to and from Rome

            

  Not Included:    

 

  •   International Airfare 

  •   Travel insurance

Reserve your spot for

Holiday Season in Tuscany 2018!

For more details or questions, or to

reserve your space, please email Angela at anticotaly@gmail.com

or call (443) 440-0473

between 10am-5pm EST.