Sunset over the vineyards of Bolgheri during a Tuscany wine tour.
Famous cypress trees of Bolgheri during your Tuscany wine tour.
The cantina of the Argentiera winery in Tuscany
A Bolgheri vineyard on a Tuscany wine tour.
Piazza in a Tuscan town during your Tuscany wine tour.
Orzotto dish made during your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Harvesting grapes during your culinary vacation in Tuscany
The beach view of western Tuscany
Cantucci cookies made during your culinary tour of Tuscany
The seaside of your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Scallops prepared during your culinary vacation in Tuscany
The chef Deborah Corsi during your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Dessert of millefoglie during your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Enjoying some antipasti at the olive mill during your culinary vacation in Tuscany
The charming streets of Volterra visited during some of our Tuscany wine tours.
The Petra winery visited during your culinary vacation in Tuscany
The Argentiera winery visited during your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Winery visit during a Tuscany wine tour.
Grapes harvested to make wine during your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Wine tasting during a Tuscany wine tour.
Bathroom at the Villa le Luci, home for your culinary tour of Tuscany
Toasting in a vineyard during a Tuscany wine tour.
The Argentiera vineyards visited during your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Mirror at the Villa le Luci, home for your culinary tour of Tuscany
Another bedroom at the Villa le Luci, home for your culinary tour of Tuscany
Double room of the Villa le Luci, home for your culinary tour of Tuscany
Bedroom of the Villa le Luci, home for your culinary tour of Tuscany
Fireplace of the Villa le Luci, home for your culinary tour of Tuscany
Entrance of the Villa le Luci, home for your culinary tour of Tuscany
Exterior of the Villa le Luci, home for your culinary tour of Tuscany
Detail of the bedroom at the Villa le Luci, home for your culinary tour of Tuscany
Overview

Truly Tuscany: Wine Tasting Tour on Tuscany's Western Coast

Famous cypress trees of Bolgheri during your Tuscany wine tour.This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

Tuscany is a land well known for its rolling hills and vineyards, and the western coast is home to some of our best wine tasting tours in Tuscany. The western part of the province may be lesser known, but it’s no less beautiful between its sprawling wine estates, hilltop towns, and miles of sandy coastline along the crystal-clear Tyrrhenian Sea.

This western coast, known also as the Etruscan Coast, is most famous for its Super Tuscan wines, which you will experience on our Tuscany wine tours during your fabulous Tuscan adventure.

The wine production of western Tuscany began shortly after World War II when an Italian aristocrat decided to experiment with Bordeaux varieties and use French winemaking practices. With the land’s rich soil and the sunny maritime climate, the wines quickly took off, and by the 1970s they were renowned around the world and considered on par with – if not better than – French Bordeaux wines. For Italians and Europeans, this part of Tuscany is a necessary stop on any wine tasting tours in Tuscany.

Nestled among these Bolgheri vineyards and near the Etruscan coast is the hamlet of Castagneto Carducci, just about 60 miles from Florence. Castagneto Carducci was named after the poet Giosué Carducci, and today the town continues to inspire artists and writers with the way the natural landscape seamlessly intertwines with the charming medieval town.

Stay five nights in the stunning region in the lovely Villa Le Luci while exploring the Tuscany foods during with a local chef and Tuscan wines on your Tuscany wine tours.

This is “truly Tuscany,” and one of our favorite itineraries: a slice of authentic Tuscan life!


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Craig & Marcia
Both of our experiences were unique and truly exceptional. Both Andrea and Deborah went out of their way to provide us with hands on cooking lessons, eating experiences and side trips that allowed us to immerse ourselves into the Tuscan region of Italy. Every cooking class was a new experience and both Andrea and Deborah's personalities made it so easy to feel comfortable and at ease while learning new skills. Our excursions and wine tastings were each different and informative... Exceptional lodging arrangements and great locations for two fabulous and unique experiences. Adrian did an exceptional job in fulfilling each and every step for our "Dream" vacation and cooking experience. We were celebrating our 50 Wedding Anniversary and we felt very special as the itinerary included awesome moments to commemorate this special event. Thank you again for a most amazing cooking experience and vacation!! (Note from TIK: These clients also participated in our Living the Real Tuscan Dream cooking vacation.)

Trip Details

Your hands-on cooking class will be with renowned local chef Deborah Corsi of La Perla del Mare restaurant on San Vincenzo beach. Chef Deborah loves infusing her grandmother’s recipes with molecular gastronomy, as well as being inspired by the season. (The class is available mid-April through October.) You class menu might include:

  • tuna carpaccio marinated with citrus fruits
  • chickpea soup
  • seafood tagliolini
  • crispy millefoglie with vanilla ice cream

Itinerary

A picnic of cheese and wine enjoyed during a culinary tour with TIK

Day One

  • Arrive at Pisa airport and transfer to the medieval hamlet of Castagneto Carducci, home for our western Tuscany wine tours. Check in to your accommodations, Villa Le Luci, which is situated among the vineyards just a few kilometers from the beach.
  • After a brief welcome by your host, Giovanni, settle in and perhaps take a stroll in town.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner at il Vecchio Frantoio restaurant, only a couple of steps from the villa. Some dishes you may enjoy include tortelli with ricotta cheese and roasted pig. A perfect start to your food and wine tour of Tuscany!
  • Overnight.

Petra Winery in western Tuscany


Day Two

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, meet your driving guide for the first of your private full-day wine tasting tours in Tuscany. First, stop at Podere Sapaio — a 40 hectare vineyard and olive grove where they produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot wines — for a guided winery visit and Tuscany wine tasting of Volpolo and Sapaio wines.
  • Next, it’s on to the colorful village of Bolgheri. Lunch at the Enoteca Tognoni.
  • In the afternoon, continue to the second of your wine tasting tours in Tuscany and visit Petra winery, a 300-hectare seaside estate designed by architect Mario Botta. After the Tuscan wine tasting, take a walk into the medieval village of Suvereto and its fascinating hamlet.
  • Return to the hotel. Dinner on your own. There are several restaurants within walking distance of the villa.
  • Overnight.

Chef Dina Corsi


Day Three

  • Following breakfast, around 9:15AM, transfer to San Vincenzo for a cooking class with Chef Deborah Corsi at the seafood restaurant La Perla del Mare.  Chef Deborah is one of the most talented chefs on the Tuscan coast! In your private hands-on class, you’ll create a full menu. Lunch to follow based on your efforts, and the meal will be paired with wines. (Please note the cooking course with Chef Deborah is available only April 10-October 31. For other months, we can substitute an alternate activity.)
  • In the afternoon, take some time on your own to stroll down San Vincenzo beach and discover the village. You’ll then return to Villa Le Luci for some leisure time.
  • Dinner on your own in the village.
  • Overnight.

Argentiera Winery in Tuscany


Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, continue with your Tuscany wine tours, departing around 11:00 AM for 2 prestigious wineries of the area. First stop is the Poggio Piano Wine Estate, where you will have a guided tour and tasting and a light lunch.
  • In the afternoon, transfer to the Tenuta Argentiera winery where you will enjoy a guided visit with your host, one of our favorite experiences on our Tuscany wine tours. After a drive among the wine rows, you’ll reach the top of the hill, which overlooks the estate’s vineyards as well as the Tyrrhenian Sea. The tour concludes with a stop in the wine cellars for a wine tasting.
  • Return to Villa Le Luci.
  • Dinner on your own in town.
  • Overnight.

The charming streets of Volterra visited during some of our Tuscany wine tours.Day Five

  • Breakfast, then depart around 9:30 AM for a private excursion to Volterra. Meet your local guide for a 2-hour guided tour of this beautiful town. Volterra, located at 531 m above sea level, was one of the most important city-states of the ancient Etruscan civilization. It is also known for its white alabaster, which is still used today in many artisanal workshops. Volterra is one of the most intact medieval villages of Tuscany, characterized by its tower houses, its splendid palaces, and by the Duomo that houses a surprising number of Medieval and Renaissance art pieces.
  • Your tour will start at the medieval walls, from which you can look down on the pristine rural landscape that extends to the Mediterranean. Cross through the city gate called the “Porta all’Arco,” built 2350 years ago!, and you will feel you have stepped back in time. The small streets and beautiful panoramas will lead you to the Cathedral, which has the famous wooden “Deposition,” and works by Benozzo Gozzoli and Fra’ Bartolomeo, and to its adjacent octagonal Baptistry, the beautiful Piazza dei Priori, and the Roman theater.
  • Lunch on your own in Volterra, with suggestions by your guide.
  • Return to Castagneto Carducci, about an hour’s drive, around 2:30 PM. Time to relax for a bit before dinner.
  • Farewell dinner tonight at the famous “Da Ugo” to taste Ugo’s signature game dishes.
    Overnight.

Toasting during our Tuscany wine tours int he vineyards.

Day Six

  • Check out and private transfer to Pisa airport. We hope you enjoyed your food and wine tour of Tuscany!

Trip Details

Included in the 5-Night Trip

Accommodations

5 nights accommodation at Villa le Luci

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Local wine included with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Your hands-on cooking class will be with renowned local chef Deborah Corsi of La Perla del Mare restaurant on San Vincenzo beach. Chef Deborah loves infusing her grandmother’s recipes with molecular gastronomy, as well as being inspired by the season. (The class is available mid-April through October.) You class menu might include:

  • tuna carpaccio marinated with citrus fruits
  • chickpea soup
  • seafood tagliolini
  • crispy millefoglie with vanilla ice cream

Excursions

  • Tuscany wine tours to Podere Sapaio, Tenuta Argentiera in Bolgheri, Petra winery, Poggio Piano Wine Estate and Suvereto
  • San Vincenzo beach and village
  • Excursion to Volterra

Transfer Details

  • Round-trip transfers from/to Pisa airport or train station. (Transfers from Florence possible for an additional cost of $150 per person.)

Not Included

  • Overnight tourist tax
  • Meals not specified
  • Gratuities

Accommodation Information

After extensive restoration, this ancient family villa in the western Tuscan countryside was turned into a charming boutique hotel of just 6 rooms. All rooms offer king-size beds with modern amenities, including air conditioning, hair dryers, and internet.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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2020-2021 Pricing:

5-night Program
US$3225 per person based on double occupancy

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    *See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

    Please inquire for single occupancy.

    Please note the cooking course with Chef Deborah is available only April 10-October 31. For other months, we can substitute an alternate activity.

    Transfers from Pisa are included. Transfers from Florence possible for an additional cost of $150 per person.


    Tour Dates

    Available year round for a minimum of 2 people. Please note the cooking course with Chef Deborah is available only April 10-October 31. For other months, we can substitute an alternate activity.

    Sample start dates, please inquire for availability.

    2020
    October 18-23
    October 25-30
    November 1-6
    November 8-13
    November 15-20
    November 22-27
    November 29-December 4
    December 6-11
    December 13-18

    2021
    January 3-8
    January 10-13
    January 17-22
    January 24-29
    January 31-February 5
    February 7-12
    February 14-19
    February 21-26
    February 28-March 5
    March 7-12
    March 14-19
    March 21-26
    March 28-April 2
    April 4-9
    April 11-16
    April 18-23
    April 25-30
    May 2-7
    May 9-14
    May 16-21
    May 23-28
    May 30-June 4
    June 6-11
    June 13-18
    June 20-25
    June 27-July 2
    July 4-9
    July 11-16
    July 18-23
    July 25-30
    August 1-6
    August 8-13
    August 15-20
    August 22-27
    August 29-September 3
    September 5-10
    September 12-17
    September 19-24
    September 26-October 1
    October 3-8
    October 10-15
    October 17-22
    October 24-29
    October 31-November 5
    November 7-12
    November 14-19
    November 21-26
    November 28-December 3
    December 5-10
    December 12-17

    Reviews

    We gave this trip 5 stars
    Craig & Marcia
    Both of our experiences were unique and truly exceptional. Both Andrea and Deborah went out of their way to provide us with hands on cooking lessons, eating experiences and side trips that allowed us to immerse ourselves into the Tuscan region of Italy. Every cooking class was a new experience and both Andrea and Deborah's personalities made it so easy to feel comfortable and at ease while learning new skills. Our excursions and wine tastings were each different and informative... Exceptional lodging arrangements and great locations for two fabulous and unique experiences. Adrian did an exceptional job in fulfilling each and every step for our "Dream" vacation and cooking experience. We were celebrating our 50 Wedding Anniversary and we felt very special as the itinerary included awesome moments to commemorate this special event. Thank you again for a most amazing cooking experience and vacation!! (Note from TIK: These clients also participated in our Living the Real Tuscan Dream cooking vacation.)
    No rating given with this review
    We were met at the Pisa airport by our host and driven to our B&B (his family's beautiful villa) in Castagneto Carducci a tiny town built on the side of a hill with magnificent views and sunsets. The next day we had a private tour of several wineries and Bolgheri (and a lunch of truffles and fresh pasta!). Day 3 and 4 we loved our private cooking class with Debrorah Corsi in the kitchen of La Perla del Mare on the beach in San Vincenzo. So much fun and informative with Cristina as our "interpreter" and partner in our cooking adventures. We did everything from removing ink sacks to puff pastry. A lovely tour of the beautiful Tenuta Argentiera winery and dinner "back home" in Castagneto Carducci. A great cooking and cultural experience with my daughter. We made new friends, cooked some delicious food and enjoyed Italian hospitality and wine. What more can you ask for? If you have a chance to take this trip, do it! [Regarding the cooking vacation packet:] Program packet was invaluable. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff] Answered every question we had.

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