The tours offered by Holiday Planners in Tuscany not only recount the region through the wonders of its landscape and works of art, but are a sensory journey in which you can lose yourself in aromas, colours, flavours, and experiences to bring with you back home. Our Tour of Tuscan Flavours represents this philosophy to the full, offering a journey through Tuscan excellencies all in one day.
Our knowledgeable driver will pick you up at your hotel, and then it's on to the Val d'Orcia. Olive trees frame this masterpiece of nature, and we'll take you into the grove and then to the mill where you'll learn how the olive oil is prepared. After getting to know the source, it's time for a tasting of extra-virgin olive oil. The act of tasting oil is also an art, and we'll guide you through the practice to get the most out of this experience.
After our visit among the olive trees, we're on the move again, this time towards the surrounding countryside of Montalcino. A wine cellar and its owner await us, and you'll be accompanied through the vineyards and see where the wine is aged. Don't forget that this is a journey through flavours which are 100% Tuscan, so get ready for an unforgettable lunch: handmade pasta, local salami and, of course, great wine. You'll sip Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino, the perfect pairings with the dishes from this area. But the fun doesn't end here.
When speaking about the great flavours of this land, we can't forget the Tuscan Pecorino di Pienza (DOP)!You will visit one of the city's dairy farms where you can appreciate the methods of production and taste various ages and styles of pecorino cheese.
What is Extra-Virgin Olive Oil?Olive oil comes from the mechanical pressing of olives, and is a fundamental element of the Mediterranean diet. Olive trees are a distinctive element of Tuscan landscapes, and their fruits are rich in healthy mono-unsaturated fats. The extra-virgin olive oil from Tuscany is considered to be among the best in the world.
Not everyone knows that oil, like wine, should be tasted by following some specific steps in order to appreciate its aroma and flavour. This private tour will allow you to learn a lot about Tuscan products and how to fully appreciate them.