Itinerary for October 2016
Monday, Oct 17- Thursday, Oct 27, 2016
Monday, Oct 17
Group will be picked up at Florence airport in our rental van
Arrive at Il Colle, Giovanni will welcome us with local Tuscan food
Unpack, tour grounds, etc.
Meet our neighbors and my good friends, Elettra and Andreas
Tuesday Oct 18
Morning: for early risers! It’s Market day in Figline! We will stock our pantry with local food- meet the cheese man and explore the market (in addition to food, they have clothes, tablecloths, scarves and even live chickens)
Afternoon Fall Fair: in the town of Impruneta
La Fiera di San Luca (Fair of St. Luke) in Impruneta
This is one of the oldest surviving live stock fairs in Europe. It is held in the week in which the feast of St Luke occurs (18 October) The origins go back about thousand years to a time when the shepherds migrated from the Apennines to Maremma and stopped here to trade cattle. Other sources link this fair to the pilgrimage of Florentines to the Sanctuary of Santa Maria when it was necessary to provide food for the pilgrims. Of course, the fair has undergone some changes: the animals that used to work the fields have been replaced by tractors, but there is still a considerable demand for animals for meat and horses for riding. Horse trading in fact provides the principal authentic entertainment at the fair.
Meet my friend Malo, learn about the cosmetics she makes from the Irises she grows on her property, visit her bees and honey production, admire her handmade baskets and taste her Olive oil
Dinner in San Polo
Wednesday, Oct 19
Day trip to Florence
On your own, or tour around with Marcie (itinerary TBD)
*If you want to see the Uffizi, my friend Anna is available, she is a licensed guide!
Lunch at Trattoria Nella, Via delle Terme,
Drinks later at Plaza Hotel Lucchesi on the river Arno, rooftop bar with incredible360-degreee views of the city- beautiful by day and magical at night
Thursday Oct 20
Visit to Podere Le Fornaci http://www.poderelefornaci.it/en/#.V7yqHZMrInU
We will make cheese and have a Farm tour at 9:00 am
Lunch at my favorite local restaurant: Le Panzanelle in Radda
Friday Oct 21:
Day trip to: Amedei chocolate factory for special tasting and tour (90 minutes)
Continue on to Lucca or if it’s a nice day, we can go to the sea side
Pizza tonight at Zia Emile in Poggio Alle Croce
Saturday, Oct 22
Visit Cristina’s farm in Paterno, hike through olive orchard, learn about the products the family makes, lunch with Cristina and Luca and their family
Visit nearby ceramic studio
Sunday, Oct 23
Castello del Trebbio, full day tasting program
Tour and tastings at the winery, olive oil press, and saffron fields
Cooking class at 12:30 (includes lunch)
Monday , Oct 24:
10:30 AM Gelato Experience at Antica Delizia in the town of Castellina
http://www.anticadelizia.it/en/Who we are.htm
Continue on to the walled city of Siena
Tuesday, Oct 25
Another trip into Florence, if we want… Oltre Arno tour of local artisans’ studios
Stopping first in Figline Market for any last minute shopping
Wed Oct 26, OUR LAST DAY TOGETHER
Visit the town of Badia di Passignana, tour of the Abby, conducted by the monks
See “The Last Super “by Ghirlandaio
Lunch at the nearby restaurant, Scuderia
Special dinner party tonight!
Thursday Oct 27
3 thoughts on “Four Californians and two Canadians will eat, drink, and celebrate the bounty of Tuscany”
Marcie, these photos make me wish I could be there too!
Sounds wonderful and very busy! Wow, so much to see and do. I am salivating!
Beautiful sky and flowers marcie. So lovely!