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Tuscany Italy Active Culinary
Walking & Hiking Tour

May 29, 2024

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6 Days/5 Nights
Availability : June, July, September, October 2018
Tour Details

Discover the joys of the Tuscan table as you learn the secrets of Italian cooking from our charming local friends. Celebrate fresh seasonal ingredients prepared with passion, yet minimal manipulation. Slow down and let food be the focal point of the day. And savor this journey that nurtures both body and spirit.

Price Includes

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions
  • Baggage transfers and porterage
  • Use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel

Day 1 Arezzo

Meander through vineyards, woodland and Renaissance hill towns | Get a taste of the region’s undulating terrain as you walk from Castellina to Vèscine | Homer once called olive oil “liquid gold”—you’ll call it “delicious” during our exclusive degustazione (tasting) | Sip Chianti and prepare a home-style Italian meal alongside locals in the cucina of their cooking school.

Day 2-3Panzano

Explore Panzano, home to numerous fine Chianti wineries | High ridges and peaceful forests lead the way to our lunch spot in the home of a local friend—a one-of-a-kind experience! | From the tiny church of San Giusto in Salcio, hike from one unbelievable vista to the next, stopping for lunch at a local home for an alfresco feast among the grapevines | Join Backroads’ friends Ciro and Umberto to learn how to let the pizza dough fly | In Radda, enjoy a private wine talk and pour—and balsamic vinegar tasting—with our friend Fabrizio.

Day 4-6Val d'Orcia

Follow the strade bianche (white roads) of southern Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia | Head south to the crete senesi (chalk hills) to hunt for truffles | Wander in Renaissance-style Pienza, Pope Pius II’s utopian village | Lunch takes place at an agriturismo (working farm) and dinner is a hands-on affair as we prepare piatti tipici Toscani, typical Tuscan dishes | Say arrivederci to Tuscany with a leisurely hike to the village of San Quirico d’Orcia.

Il Borgo di Vèscine

Radda in Chianti (2 nights)
A 13th-century hamlet handsomely restored as a welcoming hotel with unsurpassed views of the Tuscan countryside. (pool)

Palazzo Leopoldo

Radda in Chianti (1 night)
Located in the heart of the Chianti region, this elegant 14th-century manor house features spacious guest rooms with original frescoes. (pool, spa)

Albergo le Terme

Bagno Vignoni (2 nights)

This charming family-owned hotel overlooks the town’s central piazza, whose ancient pool is fed by underground thermal springs. (pool, spa)