On arrival, our English speaking driver will bring you from Pisa to the beautiful villa where you will be staying. We’ll greet you with a welcoming glass of local wine, tea or coffee, and a light Tuscan snack before leaving you time to rest, freshen up and to settle into your individual apartments. You can then spend some time getting to know the other people sharing this delightful Tuscan retreat with you, or wander off around the villa’s gardens from where you can admire the surrounding views across the sensational rolling hills. If you enjoy walking in the countryside, bring suitable footwear and make the most of this opportunity.
In the evening, our great local chef will cook us all a hearty Tuscan meal to welcome you and your classmates, which will be accompanied by carefully selected local wines.
After your delicious supper, you can decide how to continue your evening…..maybe dipping handmade ‘cantuccini’ biscuits into sweet dessert wine while chatting with your travel companions, or relaxing on one of the comfortable sofas, wine in hand, listening to local singer Andrea Bocelli’s music….or maybe retiring to your room to read a good book. On colder evenings it’s lovely just to sit chatting around the fire.
For those of you wishing to go out in the evenings, **a taxi can be arranged for you and we can tell you all about the possible options in the area. However, we need you wide awake and ready to go in the morning as we have lots of Tuscan treats lined up for you. Read on to find out more…..
This morning we’re off to visit the tiny medieval hamlet of Bolgheri.
Famous for its history, its amazing wines such as Sassicaia which is appreciated all over the world, its impressive cypress tree-lined avenue, and so much more. We’re sure that you’ll enjoy every minute of this trip.
You’ll have some free time to spend wandering through the ancient cobbled streets. Enjoy visiting the quaint and pretty little shops before meeting up for a fine lunch in a small family run restaurant just off the central square.
After lunch it’s time to visit “Campo alla Sughera”, one of the most prestigious local wineries, for a professional wine tasting experience.
Your afternoon will continue in a well known working oil mill. Its owners will explain the extra virgin olive oil production procedure in our region. You will learn
Your tour today will continue exploring the ancient heritage of Tuscany. Meet the Etruscans! Those fascinating and mysterious people, whose language is still unknown, and that once populated this part of the region. They have left us so many precious traces of they way they lived…their customs, their traditions and their handcrafted jewels! Your day will start with your private transfer to the Gulf of Baratti which is just south of San Vincenzo and its beautiful ‘Rimigliano Park’. Your first stop will be at The Baratti Necropolis. After the visit we’ll go up the hill to Populonia, where you can enjoy some free time and a creamy cappuccino, have a quick lunch and a spot of shopping, or climb up to the top of the tower to admire the breathtaking view of the Tuscan Archipelago islands.
In the afternoon we’ll visit of one of the largest wineries in ‘Val di Cornia’ for professional wine tasting.
Time to get back to the villa to relax and to enjoy a 100% organic dinner with our chef.
On this holiday as well as enjoying eating and drinking wonderful Tuscan delicacies, you’ll also relax in the beautiful spa waters of “La Cerreta” thermal baths. There are many spa complexes in Tuscany to choose from, but we have picked this very special one for its amazing woodland surroundings, which we are sure you’ll fall in love with, just as we did.
La Cerreta thermal baths is set in an organic farm that uses biodynamic farming methods. Its vineyards, olive groves, vegetable gardens and breeding reflect this wise and amazing farming culture. Once you’ve finished in the spa waters, we’ll be having a scrumptious organic Tuscan lunch, made with ingredients produced on the spa’s surrounding farmland.
On leaving the spa farm, we’ll drive to your next wine tasting tour at a large and well known nearby winery, which will surprise you with its impressive architecture. Our host will lead us around the cellar whilst showing us the most innovative wine making methods. The tour will end with a professional tasting session.
Dinner in the evening will be cooked for you at the villa by our chef in order to perfectly top off this relaxing day out.
A tasty breakfast, before your 10am airport transfer*, will include some local delicacies that we’ve picked up during your holiday here. Now’s the chance to chat about our time spent together and….maybe plan your next trip to come back and see us to try a different itinerary !
*For those of you with afternoon or evening flights, later transfer to the airport or a visit to Pisa centre can be arranged for you at a supplementary cost.