Italy: Florence: Food Exploration Extension
The region’s cuisine is simple and seasonal, and a look at the Tuscan countryside reveals the key ingredients in local cooking.
Northern Italy’s Tuscany, a region of green hills, sprawling vineyards, olive groves and small stone villages, is especially renowned for its wines and cuisine. The region’s cuisine is simple and seasonal, and a look at the Tuscan countryside reveals the key ingredients used in local cooking—olive oil, mellow cheese, grilled meats, beans and bread.
Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at 9:30AM. Today you will embark on a guided tour of culinary Florence where traditional local fare is interwoven with the modern Slow Food movement.
The first stop is the Certosa del Galluzzo, a working monastery built in 1341 as a center for religion and education. Today the monastery is inhabited by a group of monks who maintain many of their old traditions, which include distilling herb liquors. Your visit will include an hour-long guided tour with one of the brothers through the monastery, palace and galleries that feature works of art from the 14th to the 18th centuries.
Next, you will journey to the village of San Casciano Val di Pesa, situated midway between Florence and Sien. Here you will visit the 140-hectare farm, Fattoria Corzano e Paterno, which is dedicated to producing the finest quality wines, olive oil and sheep cheeses.
Break for a long lunch at Dario Cecchini’s Slow Food restaurant in Panzano, where you’ll be served various meat courses, chosen by the chef, with seasonal vegetables, white beans, bread, olive oil and local wine.
The day will end with a tour of Greve in Chianti’s lovely piazza, surrounded by medieval buildings. Return to Florence on the lovely Chiantigiana route, which runs through the middle of the Chianti Classico wine zone and offers iconic Tuscan landscapes to enjoy.
After breakfast at the inn, the morning is yours to spend at your leisure exploring Florence. You will be met and transferred to the airport for your departure flight, or to the train station to continue on to your next Willing Foot destination.
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