Wine Tasting and Dinner at a Private Tuscan Villa from Florence
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.
• Villa le Piazzole, Via Suor Maria Celeste, 28 / Via Gherardo Silvani 149a, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Professional guide
- Wine tasting
- Dinner - 4-course dinner
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Customers under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian
- Make a note of any specific dietary requests in the 'Special Requirements' field when booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Although we enjoyed our evening at the private Tuscan villa, it left a little to be desired, especially when compared to the description of the event. We did a brief tour of the villa and learned the basics of wine making. We then were in a small room in the villa for the "four course" dinner. The first course, which was an assortment of meats and cheeses, was by far the best course. The second course was pesto pasta, which was no better than the pesto pasta we had on the plane to Italy. The third and main course was pork, which is not something we would see in restaurants around Italy. It was served with potatoes and a simple salad of iceburg lettuce. Finally, we had the last course, which was just a small biscotti. The guide for the night was not the villa's winemaker, like advertised, but was a sommelier from America. The best part about the evening was getting to get out of the city for a night and we did enjoy that. We ended up sneaking out of the dinner for a few minutes to enjoy the sunset, which was gorgeous. However, given the price of this item, I would not recommend it. You could find better tours of a Tuscan villa and get a better dinner at almost any restaurant in Florence for a fourth of the price.
Tour and hospitality was great but ordered $295 of wine that has not been delivered after over 30 days. Also, very poor communication from the winery.
The short ride to the hills near Chianti from downtown Florence took about 15 minutes. The villa was gorgeous, the guide (Lizzy) was knowledgeable and so nice, and the grounds surrounding the place we serene and tranquil. Even the owner came out and spoke with us for about 15 minutes, divulging some of his family history. Once the hour-long tour was complete, you tasted the wine and had a 4-course meal. Everything was delicious. I've been to Italy a dozen times, and have done many wine tours. This experience was perfect, because you received the best of Italy--a beautiful villa, great wine, and delicious food--without sitting on a bus for hours and driving from town-to-town, like traditional wine tastings.
What a wonderful evening! Great food, wine and company. Alejandro was so knowledgeable and friendly. Beautiful villa!
We really enjoyed our tour and the dinner. Our guide was very knowledgeable and treated us as a guest in the Villa. Was a very enjoyable evening!
This villa on its gorgeous grounds is a small-producing winery. It makes excellent olive oil and wines that are not marketed but only sold on the estate. We toured the grounds, learned the wine-making process, tasted several full-glasses of wines with aperitifs in the cellars, and had a fabulous dinner in the dining room. Very, very fun, and we highly recommend it!