SuperTuscan wine and art cities: for your palate and your soul

 

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Arrival at Florence FLR Airport

Welcome to the warm, beautiful and pleasant Tuscany! Upon arrival at Florence Airport please collect your luggage inside the customs area. Then you will meet your English Speaking Driver, who will be holding a sign with your name on, and transfer to your hotel.

Option 1 - Check-in - Hotel Relais Santa Croce (5*)

A 5-star hotel set in an 18th-century building, Relais Santa Croce is one of the most luxurious, stylish and elegant properties in the historic center of Florence. It is located between the Santa Croce Basilica and the Cathedral. The hotel blends modern details and a classic décor. On arrival you can admire frescoed ceilings, and a comfortable and elegant lounge. There is also a music room where aperitifs and entertainment activities take place. High-quality comforts play an essential role in all rooms, which come with antique furniture and fine fabrics. Some rooms offer a plasma-screen TV, walk- in closet, and a bathroom with rain shower, and sauna or Turkish bath.

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Option 2 - Check-in Hotel Torre di Bellosguardo (4*)

Unique property overlooking the magnificent city of Florence, deemed by many to have the "best view" over the jewel of the Renaissance.

Nestling in the green hills of Florence, the historical Torre di Bellosguardo, an elegant example of Tuscan medieval and renaissance architecture, is a splendid 4 star Hotel. Surrounded by a wonderful tree-filled park with a breath-taking view of the city, the Hotel Torre di Bellosguardo enjoys an excellent secluded yet central position, just 10 minutes from the heart of Florence. Furnished with impeccable Tuscan taste, Torre di Bellosguardo offers its guests the privileged feeling of being king or queen of the castle, comfortably settled in a place of rare beauty.

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SuperTuscan wine and art cities: for your palate and your soul

Supertuscan was the name invented by journalists in the English-speaking world to give a precise identity to the fine wines (primarily Sassicaia) produced in this area of Tuscany to pinpoint the absolute excellence of wine production (super) and

the region where these wines are made (Tuscany), where the particular dry and sunny microclimate allows the cultivation of a series of vines of Bordeaux origin (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot).

The history of Sassicaia is magical and compelling. The idea of growing vineyards in a stony ground - sassi is Italian for stones - using not only grapes but also French methodology: drastic pruning for low yield in the vineyard and aging in

barriques in the cellar. The results are extraordinary: international prestige, very high ratings from the critics gurus, bring the old vintages of Sassicaia to dizzying prices, but even a recent year like 2014 could easily reach 1000 euros.

The tour begins with a visit to Bolgheri, an ancient village born around a medieval castle which can be accessed after having walked a long tree-lined avenue, releases a persistent charm in memory.

The town, not far from the coast, is immersed in a countryside full of vines and olive trees, while the center shows a remarkable architectural harmony, with paved alleys and ancient stone buildings, often softened by geraniums blooms. The life of the village is animated by several artisan shops, wine bars, taverns and restaurants and by their proposal of typical products linked to the not indifferent food and wine tradition of this area. Here you will enjoy the typical Tuscan cuisine, toasting with a glass of Bolgheri Red or Sassicaia.

After lunch we offer you two options: Volterra or San Gimignano.

Volterra is a beautiful town particularly known for its Etruscan origins and for the numerous archaeological finds belonging to this era. It was one of the 12 most important cities of the Etruscan confederation, and its impressive city wall – originally 7300 meters long, built on the 4th century BC – can still be admired for a large part, together with two of the access gates

to the city, Porta Diana and Porta dell'Arco, as well as the old Acropolis which houses several buildings and the foundations of two ancient temples. There are also many traces of the Roman domain that can still be visited, such as the fascinating

Roman theater, from 1st century BC. Beside, Volterra is famous for the alabaster, warm and luminous stone that enchants and inspires the artisan genius that fills the streets of this charming Tuscan jewel.

San Gimignano, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990, is one of the small pearls of the Chianti area. San Gimignano is a small fortified city halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its architecture and for its beautiful medieval towers that make the city profile truly unique. In the most prosperous period, the wealthy families of San Gimignano came to build 72 towers as a symbol of their well-being and power. Of these, 14 remain today which contribute to making the town atmosphere even more fascinating and to deserve the nickname of “The Manhattan of the Middle Ages”.