April 25-May 1; Sept. 26-Oct. 2,
Explore the tastes, sights, and aromas
of Tuscany, and the incomparable beauty and sensuality
of the region. Focus is on the foods and wines of
the area, via a carefully planned itinerary that combines
culinary exploration with historical, artistic, and
cultural interests as well.
Instant email inquiry:
10% of package price
$2400, including all meals,
wines, restaurants, accommodations and service,
group travel, guided tours, cooking classes,
and entrance fees.
April 25-May 1 or
Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2004
21 years old or accompanied by an adult
Pick up and drop off in
Florence. Suggestions for other possible visits
and assistance with planning transportation
For air, hotels, cars, trains, phones and more:
check our AutoEurope
Special offer when booking at eduVacations: Take $50
off the package price!
What People are Saying
“I never have had an experience
like this in my other trips. Most tours and travel groups
just take you “places.” The Taste of Tuscany
introduced me to the people behind the places and made
me feel like a real insider.” Donna, USA
“This trip was of terrific educational
value to me, and the cost really did include everything.
It was a trip of a lifetime, and I’m going again.
I loved the Villa Marzalla, its beautiful location, and
the staff and the Cecchi family [owners of the Villa]
are exceptional people. I’ll recommend this trip
to all my friends. The staff of the Taste of Tuscany have
really done their homework and come up with a great program.”
“With the Taste of Tuscany we went
places that I never would have known about if I were just
a tourist. We ate at cafes that only the local people
know about and were invited into people’s homes,
including the castle of a Count. The itinerary was terrific,
we were never rushed nor jostled from one place to the
next, and I’m looking forward to going again with
a group of my friends.” Joyce, USA
Cultural & Recreational Activities
Your home base, the Azienda Agricola
Marzalla, is a seventeenth century estate nestled in the
hills above the village of Pescia, approximately 50km
west of Florence and 12km east of Lucca. Agritourism,
as it has become known, offers an opportunity to visit
and stay in working, producing farm estates in Tuscany.
Marzalla (a family-run business) produces the two famous
staples of Tuscan life, wine and olives, which not only
provide a lovely landscape for the guests but an opportunity
as well to wander down farm lanes among the vines and
olive trees, as well.
You’ll stay in the comfortable
suites of the estate’s fully restored buildings.
Each suite consists of a large double bedroom, full bath,
sitting room, and a fully equipped kitchen. A lovely rustic
garden area leads down to an olympic sized swimming pool.
Meals will be served in the villa restaurant. Dominating
the landscape of the estate is the large, noble, villa
which has been the padronal home of the family of the
current owners since the Seventeenth Century. A smaller
Sixteenth Century villa, down the hill, completes the
setting. Maximum Participants: 12
Stay at the Villa Marzalla,
a seventeenth century noble estate in the hills
above the village of Pescia, 50km west of Florence.
The Villa offers a blend of traditional Tuscan beauty
with modern comfort and convenience. Morning and
evening meals will be offered at Villa Marzalla’s
professional restaurant and will emphasize traditional
Tuscan cuisine. Midday meals will be in carefully
chosen restaurants and trattorias that reflect not
only the local delicacies, but also fresh, traditional
food, grown and prepared within the region. These
trattorias cater to the knowledgeable tastes of
local people. The program stresses quiet comfort
and unhurried pleasure.
Alternate days visiting sites with
days for cooking classes, walks, and individual
interests. All group travel will be in a chauffeur
driven minibus with sufficient time allotted for
shopping and exploration. Visits within cities are
usually done on foot, so comfortable walking attire
Smaller cities and towns have been
carefully selected, not just to avoid the typical
tourist crush, but to highlight places often overlooked
by standard tours. Though some major cities of Tuscany
are included, emphasis is placed on a few, well
chosen sights within them.