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TASTE OF TUSCANY

Lifestyle experience for couples | June 2021

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THE EXPERIENCE AT A GLANCE

5 days | 4 nights
group of 12 pax
Tuscany is a unique region which combines incredible natural diversity, rich culture and history dating back to ancient times. Delectable cuisine, excellent wine, warm and lively Tuscan people… The Taste of Tuscany event will let you enjoy the rich tastes of this beautiful locale. The exciting program will be a pleasure for both men and women.
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EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

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  • For those who want to take part in a vivid, historical driving tour through the picturesque Tuscan region, Gran Turismo sports cars will be prepared for your driving pleasure. You will be guided by a professional tour guide and driving instructor on the road and will spend two days driving on a 500-kilometer long route.
  • An alternative program will be prepared for “non-drivers”, including, among other things, “wellness & beauty” treatments, a traditional Tuscan cooking school and a hot-air balloon experience.
  • The evening program brings everyone together and includes gastronomy and wine-tasting experiences.
  • The highlight of the stay is observing a unique Siena horse race called the Palio from a private apartment on the fourth floor of Siena's famous Piazza del Campo.

DRIVE THE LATEST GRAN TURISMO SPORTS CARS

To combine driving fun and travel comfort, we have chosen for you representatives of the Gran Turismo Sports category. You will enjoy driving the Ferrari Portofino, Aston Martin DB11 Volante and Porsche 911 2S Cabriolet. On a two-day 500 km route you will recognize the character and performance of each car model.

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FLY WITH A HOT-AIR BALLOON

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This experience starts very early in the morning when the meteorological conditions are most suitable and you can enjoy the sunrise. Fly over the Chianti region and get a bird's-eye view of the peaceful towns of Poggibonsi, San Gimignano and the vast array of vineyards and cypress-lined roads. After landing you can enjoy an open-air breakfast of fresh local delights.

LEARN TO COOK TUSCAN SPECIALTIES

A team of experienced grannies will teach you how to prepare typical Italian dishes on a Tuscan farm. You start by preparing “antipasto,” such as fresh homemade hand-rolled pasta (tagliatelle, tagliolini, pappardelle) and gnocchi served with fresh vegetable sauce and herbs. This is followed by a lesson in the main course - chicken with Vin Santo and homemade saffron, fresh eggplant, pepper or zucchini.

The finale will be a traditional Tuscan dessert. At the end of the cooking class you will enjoy your dishes accompanied by some Chianti Colli Senesi wine. Italian cooking is not only about tradition and the freshest local ingredients, but also about how to enjoy great food with friends and family.

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EXPERIENCE THE UNIQUE PALIO HORSE RACE

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We all know the renowned Venetian Carnival. But there are many other important festivals in Italy that evoke history and are free from everyday worries. One of the most famous, sought-after and most popular events is the unique horse race, the Palio di Siena. It is the most important event of the year for every Tuscan. Every inhabitant of the famous city of Siena longs to attend.

The Siena races gained so much prestige that they were worthy of being the subject of renowned British filmmakers who made a feature film about them in 2015. Footage of the race also opens the film Quantum of Solace.

The history of the event dates back to the 16th century. Palio is primarily a rivalry of 17 Siena neighborhoods, so-called contraptions. People in ancient costumes, multicolored flags on all houses, barriers and several tons of sand in the Piazza del Campo, saddle-horse jockeys and a fierce duel that everyone takes deadly seriously. This is the Palio di Siena.

You now have the opportunity to watch this extraordinary event from a prestigious location, a private apartment with two terraces right above the venue, the Piazza del Campo. In addition, along with the guide, you will take to the streets after the race and experience the thrilling lively victory ceremony.

AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATION

You will be accommodated in an ancient stone village dating back to the Middle Ages. In 1992, the village was rebuilt with flair into a five-star resort, now part of the Relais & Châteaux chain. The complex offers two restaurants, a spa & wellness center and an outdoor pool. "Borgo" is located in the Chianti area and will be your home for four nights.

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DAILY PROGRAM

Individual airport transfer from Florence airport, check-in, shared dinner at the hotel.

DRIVING PACKAGE PRICE

6 600 € per person

EXPERIENCE PACKAGE PRICE

5 600 € per person

DRIVING PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Rental of 3 Sport Grand Turismo cars such as Ferrari Portofino, Aston Martin DB11 Volante and Porsche 911 2S Cabriolet for 2 days with 500 km drive, delivery and collection at the hotel, fuel for the tour, Tour Guide and professional instructor including the lead car.
  • Accommodation in 5-star hotel for 4 nights, Premium Deluxe double rooms with buffet breakfast, two people in the room.
  • Four gourmet dinners including paired wines, soft drinks and coffee, two traditional two-course lunches including soft drinks and coffee, 3x aperitif and canapés during your stay, tasting Chianti wines at the medieval castle.
  • Access to a private apartment overlooking Piazza del Campo to watch the Palio race, the Siena guide service and attend the "sanctification" ceremony in the Siena church.
  • Accompanying Ricard & Bonette team during your stay, airport transfers (Florence airport -> Chianti -> Florence airport) and on-site transfers.

EXPERIENCE PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • 2-hour hot-air balloon flight over Chianti including transfer to the location and picnic breakfast (the experience is feasible depending on the weather), Tuscan cooking class including 3-course self-made lunch and transportation to the location, wellness & beauty package (worth 600 euros).
  • Accommodation in 5-star hotel for 4 nights, Premium Deluxe double rooms with buffet breakfast, two people in the room.
  • Four gourmet dinners including paired wines, soft drinks and coffee, one traditional two-course lunch including soft drinks and coffee, 3x aperitif and canapés during your stay, tasting Chianti wines at the medieval castle.
  • Access to a private apartment overlooking Piazza del Campo to watch the Palio race, the Siena guide service and attend the "sanctification" ceremony in the Siena church.
  • Accompanying Ricard & Bonette service during your stay, airport transfers (Florence airport -> Chianti -> Florence airport) and on-site transfers.

Packages cannot be combined.

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