Plucked From A Painting
Plucked From A Painting
Gourmets come in search of fine wines and Tuscan cuisine. Art lovers come to admire the paintings, sculptures, frescoes and architectural marvels. The sun-drenched islands, beaches, hills and mountains attract hikers, cyclers and admirers from far and wide. In Tuscany, there is something for everyone.
- Climb Florence's Duomo where you'll have private use of the terrace for sweeping views at sunset
- Glide under the Ponte Vecchio in a Florentine Gondola
- Make your own scent in a perfume laboratory
- Let the top down as you roam the Tuscan countryside in a classic car
- Watch the sun rise over golden fields of wheat from a hot air balloon
- Sample the region's finest wines, oils and cheeses with the makers themselves
- Visit the medieval villages of Monticchiello and Siena
This trip can be customised to your personal preferences.
Tuscan landscapes, topped with rows of cypress trees, are as picture-perfect as you would imagine. But scratch beneath the picturesque surface and you'll find that those scenic roads lead to some treasures of their own.
Visit one of Tuscany's stand-out cities, Florence, renowned for its Renaissance art and architecture. The iconic terracotta dome-topped Cathedral is a natural highlight for first-time visitors. We would suggest a visit at sunset, with private access to the panoramic terrace for breathtaking views over the city. Take a barchetto (Florentine Gondola) down River Arno. From the Apennnines to the Tyrrhenian Sea, the river courses through fertile valleys and the cities of Florence, Empoli and Pisa.
Learn to make a classic Italian pizza, created in honour of Margherita of Savoy. The toppings of tomato, mozzarella and basil – representing the three colours of Italy's flag – are simple yet so loved. Once your taste buds are satisfied, rouse your sense of smell. Italian perfumes have a reputation for flamboyance. Visit the laboratory of a renowned perfumery to meet the “nose” of the boutique and create your own special fragrance.
Explore Tuscany's undulating hills in a classic car or get a more far-reaching view from a hot air balloon. Olive groves and fields of vines stretch as far as the eye can see. Begin to understand the subtle flavours of Tuscan cuisine with a private tasting of the region's finest oils and wines. Then visit a local farm to see how pecorino is produced. Taste your way through the ageing process, from softer young cheeses to crumbly, salty mature Pecorino.
“Poor Theatre” may not sound appealing, but meet the founder of Teatro Povero for an insight into what has become a revered annual tradition in the medieval village of Monticchiello. Another city dating back to the Middle Ages is Siena. Small and romantic, explore the many monuments, palaces and churches that surround the main square, Piazza del Campo.
Centuries of history have left a lasting legacy. Let us help you hand-pick from the wealth of possibilities.