May 12, 2018

Wine, mushrooms and …. fishing in the Chianti Classico

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On Saturday 11th October will take place our next event at the De Gustibus farms. This time we go to the area of the Chianti Classico, where we are hosted by the winery Podere Meriggio alle Falcole, of Loretta and Maurizio. The farm is located in the beautiful Chianti landscape on a hill above the Castel of Montefioralle.

At the small farm, with vinyards oriented towards south (= “meriggio”), Maurizio and Loretta produce excellent olive oil and natural wine. Particularly interesting is one of their wines, which is coming out of an old vinyard containing the grapes of the ancient “recepy” of Chianti Classico: a real cultural heritage!

We make our wine in the vinyard”, is their motto, meaning that they produce a high quality of grape which doesn’t have to be adjusted in the cellar by additives. All the production process follows the traditional, hundreds of years old techniques of wine-making of the Chianti Classico.

On Saturday 11, who wants to spend a pleasant afternoon in the country-side, can arrive already at 3 PM and join us looking for mushrooms in the woods of the farm or go fishing at the lake beside the vinyard. The weather-forecast promises blue sky, sun, warm temperatures and almost full-moon at night.

Here is the program of the day:

3 PM: until sunset (7 PM) it is possible to look for mushrooms in the wood or fish in the lake of the farm.

7:30 PM: apetizers with traditional Tuscany products (ham, cheese, bruschetta) and tasting of the wines of the farm in the cellar and also the just harvested wine of 2014.

Afterwards, at 8:30 PM we drink the wine together with a good traditional meal for Autumn: pasta with mushrooms, deer, salads and patatoes and a homemade cake.

The contribution to the expenses of the dinner is € 30 for associates; (€ 14.00 for children under 12 anni, children under 4 for free). Reservation required. Who is not a De Gustibus member, is asked to inform us at the moment of reservation and applying for membership (contribution for membership 5 Euros/year).

For information and reservations contact Stefan Jocher – +39 349 2895233 – stefan@de-gustibus.it

Classic Tuscany Tour – Full Day

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This professionally guided and van-supported bike ride in the Tuscan countryside will lead you along vineyards, olive groves, hillside villa estates, medieval castles and breathtaking views of Florence, as you ride through the heart of Tuscany into the renowned area of Chianti.

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The stop for lunch will be made at a private Chianti Villa Estate, where you will take a guided tour of the vineyards, the ancient wine cellar and the oil mill below the medieval tower. Your meal will be accompanied by local wine and olive oil tasting.

We will provide shuttle service for the first and last 15 minutes ride (from the city center to the countryside). We will provide 24 speed bicycles, helmets and water bottles. The tour includes a delicious Tuscan lunch with wine and olive oil tasting, a winery and cellar guided tour and the constant assistance of a and bilingual tour leader.

* Service performed by We Like Tuscany, inc, which reserves the right to substitute any part or all of the tour with an activity of equal of greater value.

Time 9.15 a.m. to approx. 4.30 p.m.
Max no of participants 12 – 2 minimum
Mileage 15 miles round-trip (about 28 Kms)
Terrain Mostly paved back roads with very little traffic
Difficulty Moderate
Availability From March 1st to Nov 30th.
Meeting point Via del Campuccio, 88
Price 84 Euro p.p.
STUDENTS 75 Euro p.p.

For any further request, please cantact:
Tommaso: tommaso@de-gustibus.it(tour planner) +39 340 5796207,
Gilberto: gilberto@de-gustibus.it(tour leader) +39 393 2355445.
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Tuscany Tour – Advanced Full Day Tour

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This tour is for all bike enthusiasts, and will allow you to ride part of the 2013 World Cycling Championship route.
The departure is right from our meeting point in the center of Florence, without shuttle vans and any kind of support vehicles: just you, your bike and your bilingual tour leader, who will be there to show you the way, point out the sights, and fix any possible flats or malfunctions.

Bike Tour chianti wine de gustibus

The tour starts with a scenic ride up to the picturesque town of Fiesole, in the northeast of Florence. The ride continues further into the hills where you will have lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in the area (claimed by many of our guests as their best meals of their trip!). We will then stop at a family run local Chianti vineyard where we will see where their wine and olive oil is made and stored. You will have the chance to taste both and to purchase these locally made products.

The return ride to Florence is mostly downhill.

We will provide 24 speed bicycles, helmets and water bottles. The tour includes a delicious Tuscan lunch with wine and olive oil tasting, a winery and cellar guided tour and the constant assistance of a and bilingual tour leader.

* Service performed by We Like Tuscany, inc, which reserves the right to substitute any part or all of the tour with an activity of equal of greater value.

Time 9.15 a.m. to approx. 4.30 p.m.
Max no of participants 12 – 2 minimum
Mileage 22 miles round-trip (about 35 Kms)
Terrain Mostly paved back roads with very little traffic
Difficulty Intermediate
Availability From March 1st to Nov 30th.
Meeting point Via del Campuccio, 88
Price 89 Euro p.p.
STUDENTS 81 Euro p.p.

For any further request, please cantact:
Tommaso: tommaso@de-gustibus.it (tour planner) +39 340 5796207,
Gilberto: gilberto@de-gustibus.it (tour leader) +39 393 2355445.
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Florence & a Taste of Tuscany – Half Day Tour

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This half day tour will make you ride through Florence out into the Tuscan hills with a visit to a Renaissance villa winery for wine and olive oil wine tasting.

Florence Bike Tour De Gustibus

The ride starts out with 2 km uphill ride, during which frequent stops will be made to enjoy the views on the way up. We will stop at a famous Renaissance villa tucked away in the hills, and we will duck into the ancient wine cellar to do a wine and olive oil tasting accompanied by a light Tuscan snack. All products are produced on premises and only sold locally. Our return ride back to Florence will take us by the amazing Piazzale Michelangelo where we will take some pictures at one of the best views of Florence. Then it is all downhill and back into the center of Florence, coming into the San Niccolò area and to our favorite gelateria to top off a perfect half day out!

We will provide 24 speed bicycles, helmets and water bottles. The tour includes a delicious Tuscan snack with wine and olive oil tasting, a winery and cellar guided tour and the constant assistance of a and bilingual tour leader.

* Service performed by We Like Tuscany, inc, which reserves the right to substitute any part or all of the tour with an activity of equal of greater value.

Time a.m.: 9.15 a.m. to approx. 13 a.m. – p.m.: 4.15 p.m. to approx. 8 p.m.
Max no of participants 12 – 2 minimum
Mileage 9 miles round-trip (about 14 Kms)
Terrain Mostly paved back roads with very little traffic
Difficulty Moderate
Availability From March 1st to Nov 30th.
Meeting point Via del Campuccio, 88
Price 74 Euro p.p.
STUDENTS 65 Euro p.p.

For any further request, please cantact:
Tommaso: tommaso@de-gustibus.it(tour planner) +39 340 5796207,
Gilberto: gilberto@de-gustibus.it(tour leader) +39 393 2355445.
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Fiat 500 Grand Driving Tour – Full Day

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This tour will allow you to cruise around in the picturesque Tuscan landscape in a legendary car: the original vintage Fiat 500!

Fiat 500 Tour Chianti Florence - De Gustibus

We’ll exit out through the ancient walls of the city and drive towards the panoramic Piazzale Michelangelo to admire a picturesque view of Florence and the beautiful church of San Miniato. Then we’ll goes straight into the Tuscan hills with a cruise through the most hidden roads of the Tuscan countryside, heading to Impruneta, a lovely Italian town which still shows traces of its Etruscan past and to the area of Pozzolatico, where all the most ancient Chianti villas stand.
On the way back we’ll head into the elegant neighborhoods of Florence for a tasty stop at a Renaissance Villa where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Tuscan meal accompanied by local wines. All food served at the villa is made with fresh ingredients and gives you a taste of the true Italian cuisine. After lunch we will be ready to enjoy a final ride on our Fiat 500 back into the center of Florence.

The tour includes a Tuscan lunch with wine tasting, a fully equipped Fiat 500 and an expert guide to show you the way.

* Service performed by We Like Tuscany, inc, which reserves the right to substitute any part or all of the tour with an activity of equal of greater value.

Route Firenze – Fiesole
Time 11.30 a.m. to approx. 3.30/4 p.m.
Max no of participants 8 – 2 minimum
Terrain Mostly paved back roads with very little traffic
Availability All year
Meeting point Via del Campuccio, 88
Price 130 Euro p.p.

For any further request, please cantact:
Tommaso: tommaso@de-gustibus.it(tour planner) +39 340 5796207,
Gilberto: gilberto@de-gustibus.it(tour leader) +39 393 2355445.
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A Fiat 500 Quick Drive – Quarter Day Tour

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This is a no-frills tour for who wants to experience the fun of driving a vintage Fiat 500 at a reasonable cost. You will spend two hours of real fun with us!

Fiat 500 Wine Tour Chianti De Gustibus

The tour starts with a short drive to get an Italian breakfast of in a traditional pasticceria. After that we will begin our drive into the Chianti hills with a cruise through the most beautiful and hidden roads of the countryside around Florence. The road will lead us along olive groves, vineyards, medieval castles, hillside villa estates and breathtaking panoramas of Florence.

Enjoying a car ride in true Italian style will allow you to make the most of your time in Tuscany and will be an adventure you’ll never forget. The tour leader will guide you from his car, take you to the most beautiful places and give you assistance when needed. The way back is as enchanting as the way out, thereby enjoying every minute of this amazing Tuscan driving adventure!
The tour includes an Italian-style breakfast, a fully equipped Fiat 500 and an expert guide to show you the way.

* Service performed by We Like Tuscany, inc, which reserves the right to substitute any part or all of the tour with an activity of equal of greater value.

Time 8.45 a.m. to approx. 11 a.m.
Max no of participants 8 – 2 minimum
Terrain Mostly paved back roads with very little traffic
Availability All year
Meeting point Via del Campuccio, 88
Price 60 Euro p.p.

For any further request, please cantact:
Tommaso: tommaso@de-gustibus.it(tour planner) +39 340 5796207,
Gilberto: gilberto@de-gustibus.it(tour leader) +39 393 2355445.
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Spring dinner at the shepherds and picking wild asparagus

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De Gustibus Network presents

Saturday 28th March 2015

at the farm of Giovannino Nieddu
Via Malafrasca 234, San Casciano in Val di Pesa

Dear guests,

it has become a tradition by now, that DeGustibus welcomes spring at the farm of a shepherd. For various reasons, the arrival of Spring is of primordial importance for shepherds since the origin of our history: in this season vegetation starts growing again on the pastures, a lot of lambs are born and the best pecorino (sheep-cheese) is produced. In fact, in our culture, which also has pastoral origins, it is for this reason that the lambs (together with eggs and rabbits) have become a symbol for Spring, for the regeneration of nature and even for religious celebrations such as Easter, together with its culinary traditions. According to its philosophy, DeGustibus doesn’t want to encourage a mass consume of these roots, but respectfully remind about their value for our culture in the place where it is still alive: a the farm of a shepherd.
For this reason, on the 28th March there will be a dinner at the farm of Giovannino Nieddu at San Casciano Val di Pesa. Giovannino produces excellent pecorino and on the same time he runs together with his wife on of the last farms which in terms of food are self-sufficient: they breed sheep, pigs and chicken, produce wine, olive-oil and vegetables from the garden. In fact for dinner we will eat food produced at the farm: meat of sheep and pork, pecorino, ricotta, salami, wild asparagus, artichokes, salads and cake, together with olive oil and wine.

Here is the program of the evening:

In the late afternoon (5:30 PM) we will start for a walk in the surroundings of the farm picking wild asparagus until sunset. At 7.30 PM we will eat an aperitif and can also visit the dairy of the farm and learn about how pecorino and ricotta are made. Afterwards we will sit down at the table and eat the products of the farm.

Here’s the menu:

antipasto with salami and pecorino;
pasta ricotta with tomatoes and artichokes with bacon;
Roasted meat of lamb, sheep and pork (for vegetarians upon request there will be offered an alternative);
salad;
Home-made cake and Vin Santo (traditional sweet wine of the Chianti);
water, red-wine and bread.

Contribution for expenses € 30 for adults

(€ 15,- for children under 12 years; children under 4 eat for free).
Reservation required. Who is not yet member of DeGustibus is requested to inform us at the moment of reservation. For info and reservations contact

Gilberto – 393 2355445 – gilberto@de-gustibus.it