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Transfers, Private Tours & Cooking Classes

Along with the rental of apartments and villas, we offer a range of tourist services to our guests. We have been working with these operators for many years, and regularly join their activities ourselves to ensure they continue to offer the service and experiences we expect for our guests. These services include:

  • Airport transfers between Florence Airport and your apartment
  • Private transfers to any region throughout Italy by luxury minivan 

All our private tours and private transfers are aboard a comfortable Opel Vivaro van.
Private  tours in Umbria, Cinque Terre, Lucca, Chianti Area

Special Tours in Florence and Surroundings

    Daily tours & sightseeing excursions

    Beppe, our charming and knowlegeable private driver, will be pleased to share Tuscany with you. A range of small-group and private excursions are on offer each day, including:

    1) Chianti Tour, stopping in San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, and Siena, visiting and having lunch in a winery (lunch and visit of the winery not included). 360 euros

     

    Pick up alle 09:00

    Stop at Siena (about  2 hours and  15 min)

    Stop at Monteriggioni (about 40 min.)

    stop alla winery  Torciano (  euro 25,00 per person  per il wine tasting a il light lunch if you are interesting  )

    Than at  San Gimignano (1 ora e 15 min.)

    Back around 17/18.00

     

    2) Another Chianti Tour, stopping in Montalcino, Sant'Antimo, Montepulciano e Pienza, always visiting a winery (lunch and visit of the winery not included).  390 euros.

     

    3) Visit to Prato- Lucca - Pisa  330 euros (lunch is not included)

     

    Pick up at 09:00am

     Stop a Prato. With Beppe you walk up to the Cathedral, the Duomo, while he talks and explain few historical descriptions, particularly talking about how the city of Prato developed

    Legend/History of Marco datini, the Sacra Cintola and the fresco of di Filippo Lippi...having also a nice stop at the cafè just watching the fountain "Bacchino" del Tacca (sec. XVI)

    You will remain in Prato about 1 hour and 15 minutes

     

    Than Lucca.He will give you a map and you will be dropped off in Napoleone square and he will pick you up again Porta S. Maria (he will show you where it is).

    This is nice as you can easily walk around by yourself, impossible to get lost and than you have not to to the same way walking back, but you can walk across the hold part of the small city. the main The path is mainly only pedestrian, he will give you also some advice of where to have lunch, if you want, in Anfitheather square, where the cars can’t drive. About 2 hours and half in Lucca.

     

    Than  Pisa. Piazza dei Miracoli, to admire the leaning tower!! about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    Back home around 17:30/18:00

     

    4) Visit to Perugia-Cortona and Assisi 390 euro (lunch is not included)

     

    5)  CINQUE TERRE:

     

    - Pick up at 07:45am

     - We leave the van at  La Spezia train station

     - We take the train (the train tickets has to be bought there at the little train station in La Spezia, they are NOT INCLUDED )

    - about 5 minutes ride by train we drop off in Rio Maggiore where we stay for about 40 minutes

     - Take the train from  Rio Maggiore (at 11:18) to  Manarola : due to the flood of two years ago the famous path of Love is still closed. You will visit however the nice little village of Manarola

     - We take the boat in Manarola at  12:20 (cost of the tickets NOT INCLUDED we have to buy it there) and reach  Monterosso, where we will have lunch (NOT INCLUDED)

     - Take the train in at Monterosso at 15:22and drop off  Vernazza (where we stay for about 40 minutes)

     - We take the train from Vernazza at 16:22 to La Spezia.

     - Around 19.00 we should be in Florence

     

    Beppe will be always with you

    Euro 450,00 (for the entire group)

     

    6) Visit Pisa Lucca and the famous Marble Cave Fantiscritti: 390 euro

     

    7) Visit to Orvieto  350 euro

     

    8) transfer from Florence airport to the apt 60 euro

     

    9) transfer Venice to Florence 470 euro

     

    10) transfer Pisa airport  to Florence (on request we can stop at the leaning tower) 175 euro

     

    11) Transfer Roma/Milan airport to Florence euro 540

     

    12) Transfer from  Bologna airport  to Florence euro 190

              


      Italian Cooking Class

      Cooking classes are held on request, usually in the morning, and are followed by lunch, where guests can enjoy the dishes they have just prepared. Each class lasts from 3 to 4 hours.

      Cooking classes are hosted by Paola, and whilst they are not 'professional', they offer a true insight into traditional homestyle Tuscan cooking, allowing you to learn how to make typical Italian dishes for you to share with your family and friends when you return home. On request I am pleased to arrange cooking lessons for specific purposes and for larger groups.

      Prices are in accordance with the type of course, group size and content of the class. As a guide, based on 2 people taking part, the price is 65 euros per person for one 4-5 hour class included all the ingredients.

      Location

      Classes are held in the fully equipped kitchen of your apartment.

      Typical dishes

      Here, there are some dishes "students" usually prepare and eat:

      • Appetisers: Tuscan canapé (crostini) (made with chicken liver); Mushroom canapé; Bruschetta (toasted Tuscan bread, topped with with fresh tomato and olive oil)
      • First courses: (pasta) Hand made pasta. Tortelli and ravioli (for example tortelli are pasta pockets stuffed with mashed potatoes, parsley, egg, parmigiano cheese, garlic). Meat gravy. Spaghetti alla Carbonara (egg, bacon, black pepper, seasoned cheese sauce).Bavette al pesto (a sort of spaghetti with a basil, pine seed, olive oil, seasoned cheese sauce), Lasagne; Pasta al Ragout Bolognese, etc...
      • Second courses: Stufato alla sangiovannese, arista.
      • Desserts: Bianco mangiare (a sort of panna cotta, but in its traditional form), Rice pancakes, Tiramisù
        All lunches are accompanied by fine Chianti!
       
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