Dear guests, this tour has been designed for those who wish to spend a day in the picturesque Tuscan countryside, visiting some award-winning vineyards and enjoying some yummy wine.
Your driver/escort born and residing in Tuscany, with an in-depth knowledge of the territory and all its traditional features, historical, artistic and gastronomic, is well capable to transfer knowledge and unique emotions and offer the guarantee of punctuality, discretion and efficiency to your gratification.
He will pick you up at 7:45 at the gangaway of your ship with a sign wearing your name on it.
The drive from Livorno towards the Chianti Valley lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes and takes you through rolling countryside. Located, between the provinces of Florence and Siena, a region that has long been considered the heart of old Tuscany and is famous throughout the world for its wines.An eventful history and winemaking tradition dating back to the 13th century have made this area the ideal place for those wishing to embark on fantastic voyages between vinyardes, rolling hills and quaint villages. In every little town you can bump into cellars, castles or simple farms, whose name is located next to the famous trademark of Gallo Nero, symbol of the Chianti of excellence. The Valley offers fascinating landscapes: hills covered by vineyards, beautiful woods of chestnut, oak and holm trees and picturesque medieval villages rich in artistic works as Greve in Chianti, with its triangular square bounded by ancient palazzi, porticoes and loggias. Here we make a stop at the Castello di Verrazzano with several kinds of programs, to take guided tours of the historical but still working class. During the visit, strolling in the late-Renaissance gardens of the Villa, you will discover the great history of the Navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano and have the chance to see the wild boar bred in the surrounding woods. The tours they offer are of generally of three types, light, medium and complete, but a guided tasting of classic wines, extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Vin Santo (Holy Wine) together with the traditional almond biscuits is always included. Many are even surprised that this wonderful Valley reserves, dominated by ancient customs, culinary specialties and a deep love for his excellent product: Chianti wine, experienced and appreciated far beyond national boundary lines.
Another wine tasting stop can be made at the gate of Florence at the historical vineyard and wine store Castello Sonnino.
Castello Sonnino is a historic Tuscan farmhouse and is a part of the Italian Historic Dwelling (ADSI). The 45 hectares of vineyards, producing mainly red wines with high percentage of Sangiovese, represent 30% of the Chianti DOCG Montespertoli, the smallest denomination of the whole Chianti region. The estate produces 5 different red wines, all of high quality, which reflect the typical features and territorial identity; a white wine made from Chardonnay and an extraordinary Vin Santo made from grapes carefully selected and left to dry on mats for 4/5 month after harvest; and two extra virgin olive oils, winning major awards in Italy and abroad. Castello Sonnino (17th c.) still intact, contains inside the archive of the statesman baron Sidney Sonnino with documents and memorabilia regarding the history of the Italian Risorgimento and the first world war. King Umberto I, King Vittorio Emanuele III, Giolitti and Gabriele D’Annunzio have stayed here. It is possible to visit the monumental cellars, the vinsantaia ( vin santo factory), the tower and the courtyard, have professional wine tasting, lunch, dinner and to purchase our products at Enoteca.
Then you will make your way back to the port of Livorno.