Florence - Wine, Dine, and Shop
Break Bread and Share Wine
Wine Tasting and Dinner at a Private Tuscan Villa from Florence by Viator
Your tour will begin in central Florence near Santa Maria Novella Station, where you’ll hop aboard your minivan with your guide. Travel a short distance outside of the city center to reach the scenic vineyards and olive groves that surround the 17th-century villa.
Take a tour of the picturesque grounds with the villa’s winemaker and listen to some of the secrets of the trade. Hear about the villa’s production process and learn how blends are created from merlot, cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese and pinot bianco grapes.
Then, toast cin cin! Sample the villa’s limited-edition red, white and dessert wine, soaking up the characteristics of each.
Afterward, take a seat in the gardens if the weather is clear, or inside the villa for a 4-course feast. Savor local specialties such as crostini, parmesan and Pienza pecorino cheese, prosciutto ham, a traditional meat dish and pasta, with vegetarian options available. Take in the villa’s panoramic views while you dine on the fresh ingredients of Tuscan classics. Don’t forget to save room for the traditional Italian dessert served after dinner.
Your evening out will conclude with a smooth ride back to your original departure point in Florence.
Shopping / Souvenirs
You have no doubt already acquired your miniature statue of David and your little Leaning Tower of Pisa; these are great for your knickknack shelf to remind you of the great times you had during your week in Tuscany. I know you'd love to take home some of the great Italian wines that you've tasted here, but US customs puts a strict limit on importing alcohol. Check Wine Awesomeness for wines from around the world delivered to your home.
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