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carrara marble quarries tour with lardo di colonnata

Michelangelo’s marble quarries at Carrara and “lardo di Colonnata”

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Come with us to discover other two treasures or our incredible region: Carrara marble quarries and lardo di colonnata. Visit the place where Michelangelo took inspiration for many of his masterpieces…

This is one of the tours that will leave you speechless. a visit inside the carrara marble quarries with 4×4 jeep with authorized guide, to climb up to enter the heart of the mountain. You will learn how marble is extracted and you will have the opportunity to take unique photos and videos.

Before or after the visit to the quarries, we will stop in a typical local “trattoria” to taste the famous lardo di colonnata and other local specialties:

cave di marmo viste da colonnata

The wonder inside the quarries (and also a bit of disquiet …) is hardly describable, so much so that we will not show you any pictures. You have to live it in person. Even the tales and working conditions of the quarrymen will fascinate you …

Imagining Michelangelo and other great artists “seeing” their works take shape from these immense marble cubes is truly fascinating, but getting to know the whole process that leads to the work of art from the mountains allows you to focus on the immense work that this involves.

But the visit to the quarries involves effort, waste of energy, and as you know the DeGusters never fail to grasp everywhere in the enogastronomic aspect of the situation. So once off of the quarries we move to in Colonnata, where between lard, ham, cod, cuddles and various other amenities of course accompanied by a fresh glass of white Vermentino we will celebrate the beauty of this tour!

Preparazione del lardo di colonnata Marinatura del lardo di colonnata

 

Off-road route along the routes of upheaval in the Colonnata valley.
Stop in a quarry for detailed explanations of the marble excavation systems from the origins to the present day.
Transfer for highly panoramic photos and further explanations on quarry regulations.
Return to the starting point with a stop for a taste of the famous “Lardo di Colonnata IGP”.

 

– departure from Florence at 10:00; (09.00 am with stop in Torre di Pisa – 50 euros per extra pax)
– Arrival at the cave at 12:30 for lunch typical local trattoria with tasting of local products;
– 14.00 departure for the tour inside the quarries (2 types of tours: 1.25 hours costs 130 euros to us – 2.25 hours costs us 240 euros – prices not on line);
– about 16 hours end of tour and departure for Florence;
– about 18 hours return to Florence.

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.

bike tour chianti de gustibus
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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Siena e Monteriggioni Wine Tour (Il Palio e il vino)

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Tour Enogastronomico alla scoperta di Siena, Monteriggioni e piccoli grandi produttori locali con De Gustibus Tours!

Oggi vi accompagneremo in una delle più importanti città medievali della Toscana, Siena, per godere di una delle piazze più famose al mondo, Piazza del Campo, teatro della spettacolare corsa di cavalli che prende il nome di “Palio di Siena”, ammirare la magnifica Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta e percorrere le vie del centro storico, Patrimonio Unesco. Il tutto ovviamente accompagnato dalle visite ai nostri amici produttori associati, piccole splendide realtà che ci faranno assaggiare i loro prodotti e racconteranno le loro storie.

palio di siena

Raggiungeremo, in circa 40 minuti la piccola, la meravigliosa città-fortezza di Monteriggioni, costruita dalla Repubblica di Siena a scopo difensivo e sorveglianza della Via Francigena. Al suo interno potremo salire sulle mura per ammirare il panorama delle valli circostanti e per i più piccoli (o per i più grandi meno cresciuti) travestirsi con costumi medievali all’interno del museo. Dopo una pausa caffè raggiungeremo una delle nostre fattorie associate dove vino, olio e formaggi, in base ai vostri gusti, la faranno da protagonisti. Il tutto sarà accompagnato da un pranzo tipico toscano. Per chi fosse interessato si possono organizzare laboratori di formaggi o piccole passeggiate a piedi o in bici nei poderi delle fattorie (da quotare a parte). Di pomeriggio raggiungeremo la città di Siena dove potremo smaltire il pranzo con una deliziosa camminata per le storiche vie del centro. Al rientro, per chi non ne ha ancora abbastanza, possiamo prevedere una seconda tappa da un produttore associato per degustare qualche altro vino e conoscere la sua azienda.
Con noi non vivrete un tour ordinario: come detto prima abbiamo intenzione di condividere con voi una esperienza umana e di “esplorare” lo stile di vita della nostra terra ascoltando chi la vive. Potrete stabilire un rapporto personale con gli agricoltori e non solo degustare tecnicamente i loro prodotti… Le visite alle fattorie non saranno solo una breve sosta per un bicchiere di vino, ma una vera e propria “esperienza interculturale“.

Periodo: tutto l’anno su richiesta.
Come: da 2 a 8 persone in minivan 8 posti.
Meeting point e partenza tour: Piazza Torquato Tasso 13r (davanti al Culinaria Bistro).
Frequenza: Su richiesta, ogni giorno alle 09:30.
Prezzo full day (adulti): 2 pax 170 € a testa; 3 pax 130 € a testa; 4 pax 115 € a testa; 5 pax 100 € a testa; 6 pax 90 € a testa; 7 pax 85 € a testa; 8 pax 80 € a testa. (Pranzo incluso)

Nota bene: ragazzi dai 5 ai 10 anni sconto del 50% / Bambini 0-4 GRATIS.

Che cosa è incluso: tessera De Gustibus Network valida per tutto l’anno in corso, andata e ritorno da Firenze in auto confortevole o Minivan DeGusti-Bus + autista/guida + degustazioni + pranzo in azienda.
IMPORTANTE: Si prega di notare che la legge in Italia non consente la vendita di bevande alcoliche ai ragazzi minori di 16 anni così i bambini sotto questa età saranno servite bevande non alcoliche. Fateci sapere in anticipo qualsiasi esigenza speciale o per persone con mobilità ridotta e faremo del nostro meglio per accontentarvi.
Per ogni richiesta potete contattare: Tommaso:tommaso@de-gustibus.it (tour planner) + 340 5796207, Gilberto:gilberto@de-gustibus.it (Accompagnatore) + 393 2355445.

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