Tuscany is an amazing place for photography as well as offering incredible scenery, fabulous food and wine, history, art architecture and warm and friendly people. We started in Florence staying at a wonderful hotel and Spa in the heart of the city. The next morning we were treated to a private walking tour to discover the historic center of Florence. The tour ended with a visit at the bustling San Lorenzo Food market where we had a chance to shop and enjoy some of the restaurants on the top level of the market.
From there we drove south to the world famous, medieval town of San Gimignano which is known as the “Town of Fine Towers” where we had free time to explore shop and savor the award-winning gelato from Gelateria di Piazza. Lines are out the door, but worth the wait!
After enjoying our gelato we headed to the heart of Tuscany where we drove up to the most beautiful luxury Castle – Casello delle Serre. The castle had been recently restored to its antique splendor and the property being a part of a medieval hamlet, perched on a hill outside of Siena, in the magical setting of the Crete Senesi with breathtaking views. We stayed here for the next six nights and had a memorable time eating wonderful food and taking incredible photos at every corner.
The tour included city tours to Pienza, Montepulciano, and then onto the amazing restaurant in Monticchiello – Osteria La Porta, where we had one of the most memorable dinners on the outdoor patio, overlooking the Tuscan hills. Monticchiello is a tiny medieval hilltop village set in the heart of the Val d’Orcia, the quintessential landscape of Tuscany that has enticed great artists and photographers for many years.
Our tour also included a hands on Tuscan cooking class at a family-run, organic wine estate and farm in stunning Castellina in Chianti. We had fun mixing dough to make homemade pasta. We learned to make different types of focaccia, roasted vegetables and of course, Tiramisu all while drinking wonderful Super Tuscan wine made right on the property.
A trip to Tuscany is not complete without a Brunello wine tour to Montalcino, which was a wonderful afternoon at an award-winning Brunello winery for a private cellar tour and tasting. The tour continued the next day to extraordinary city of Siena and a visit to the Catherdral where we had the chance to see the beautiful ornamented mosaic floor, which is uncovered only during this time of year.
Our tour ended with an unforgettable guided tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia to see the David, a must when visiting Florence.
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