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BullredsRus
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Private tour guide in Tuscany options for wine tours
We will leave Florence and plan to,spend two days/nights in Chianti region. Nothing is booked yet but that is plan for now. I want to spend the days touring wineries and whatever else there is to see and do in area. Mostly wine and food though. Is there any wine tour type operators that cater to private parties. Maybe something I could do on my own but I just don’t know where to start.

If anyone knows of something like this I’d love to hear about it. I don’t want to be on a bus with strangers and a strict time table though. I’ll do it myself before I go that route. TIA


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This is who you want

sergio@scenicwinetoursintuscany.com


This is what it cost
€620 total for the day for the four of you.
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BullredsRus
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Email sent, Thanks!


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www.dariocastagno.com. Dario is a famous Tuscan tour guide and author. We took two tours with him. The first was a Chianti Classico themed tour. The second was a rare, "Behind the Scenes of the Palio" tour in Siena. Dario is a member of the Caterpillar Contrada and takes you on a tour of the historic clubhouse while explaining the history of the Palio horse race. These clubs are private and exclusive and very few people have the opportunity to have this experience. We enjoyed these tours.... On our own we went to the Antinori Winery right outside of Florence as well as wineries in Montepulciano and Montalcino. Banfi is the big one in Montalcino. The wineries in Montepllciano have their cellars and tasting facilities just off the main square on top of the hill. We spent 10 days in this area this past Easter. It is one of my favorite vacations.


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His website

We had a great time


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Old Sarge
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That sounds good too


geauxpurple
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What town in Chianti are you staying in?


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kciDAtaE
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Rome by Limo. Ask for Luca


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AbitaFan08
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Not to say a private tour company is a bad call, but just to give you an alternative suggestion:

We were in Chianti yesterday and I actually just drove. We did a full tour with wine tasting and lunch at Chianti di Albola, which was fantastic. Then we drove into Greve and walked around, which is a very cute town with a famous butcher shop. We then went to a small family owned and operated vineyard, did another tasting, and drove back.

Again, not saying a private tour company is a bad idea. Just giving you an idea of something else that can be done.


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re: Private tour guide in Tuscany options for wine tours
You missed me in Greve by a little over a week. We were there on the 22nd.


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VaBuckeye and AbitaFan,

How is the scenery in Tuscany this time of year? We are tentatively planning a honeymoon in Tuscany/Amalfi Coast during late September next year.

Based on my research, it seems as though the area is more brown as opposed to the lush green you always see because the fields have been harvested/plowed.

Is this true, and would you say it is a detractor? Is Chianti more desirable from a scenery standpoint than Val D'Orcia (or vice-versa)?

TIA - hope y'all had (or are having) an incredible trip, and I look forward to the recap!


BullredsRus
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Thanks again everyone for the info. Very much appreciated it is a little overwhelming trying to plan stuff in a foreign country.

Abita Fan, I am not at all opposed to doing it myself. And we don't have a place to stay yet but was considering Greeve. I am ok with renting a car and doing it myself, but like I said I would like to have a tentative itinerary planned out. From what I understand you have to make reservations at alot of those wineries.

But I can def see the upside of just going at our own pace. Is there a website where you figured out which wineries you'd tour, or did y'all just kind of wing it once on site?


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I'm as big of a fan of driving and doing it yourself as anyone. But the benefit of a driver here is having a driver if everyone is drinking. Driving in italy is no joke too, I like it but its extremely narrow roads and they drive incredibly offensive. Like you don't see anyone at a stop sign or red light and you don't even stop just keep going.

So really you are paying to be driven around privately, able to drink, and obviously have your own schedule. I'd hate doing a bus too fwiw.


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Nice little town. We didn’t stay long, just enough to walk around and see the town along with that salumi shop, which was amazing.


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AbitaFan08
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quote:

Based on my research, it seems as though the area is more brown as opposed to the lush green you always see because the fields have been harvested/plowed. Is this true, and would you say it is a detractor? Is Chianti more desirable from a scenery standpoint than Val D'Orcia (or vice-versa)?


You can start to see a little bit of color change, but I definitely wouldn’t say it detracts from the view. And the weather has been absolutely perfect - cool in the morning and evening, 70s during the day. I’d argue this is the best time of year to visit.

Haven’t been to Val D’Orcia though so cant compare personally.

Here’s what Chianti looked like yesterday:



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AbitaFan08
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Abita Fan, I am not at all opposed to doing it myself. And we don't have a place to stay yet but was considering Greeve. I am ok with renting a car and doing it myself, but like I said I would like to have a tentative itinerary planned out. From what I understand you have to make reservations at alot of those wineries. But I can def see the upside of just going at our own pace. Is there a website where you figured out which wineries you'd tour, or did y'all just kind of wing it once on site?


It was a lot of research and determining which places we wanted to go to. I’m fortunate that my wife loves trip planning so she handled all that. My job was to drive.

It is definitely important that you make reservations.

In terms of driving, the roads can be narrow, but I haven’t had any issues getting around. Again, I’m not saying a private tour is a bad thing, I just wanted to list out another option for you so you can weigh all your options.


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It was very green while we were there. In was still green up north in Piedmonte which isn’t far from the Alps. Weather was perfect.

Italians driving. They are very aggressive drivers but they’re nice about it if that makes sense. No gestures and nothing offensive. I love that they only use the left lane on the freeways for passing. Americans could learn from them in that regard.


geauxpurple
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Greve is home to my favorite wine store in the world - Enoteca Falorni a/k/a La Cantine.


VABuckeye
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It’s a great enoteca. The one in the castle in Montalcino is a great one two. We had an epic wine tasting there on the 20th.


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I would do Franco's wine tour in Montalcino and try some Brunello's. You can board a train in Florence and he will pick you up in Sienna. There you will make three stops at small vineyards in Montelcino followed by a dinner and wine pairing at some little cafe on the big hill (I forget the name of this place but world leaders, celebrities have eaten here including the Obama's) . LINK /, he has great reviews on tripadvisor

Brunello's are the premier wine in Italy if not the world. I was able to purchase and send back a few cases of 100 pt 2013 Brunello's at the stops we made.

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