I booked this tour because my mother and I wanted to see a typical Tuscan village and visit some of the less touristy towns of Tuscany! The tour company, Tuscan Travellers, asked us well in advance how we would like to spend our day visiting as many cities as possible or including a visit to a winery. The towns that are included in this tour are simply charming. During November, we felt like we were the only tourists there! Our day began in the Estruscan town of Volterra a medieval hill town. We enjoyed strolling around the medieval narrow streets, breathing in centuries of history, with views of a Roman amphitheater and rolling Tuscan hillsides. In the afternoon, we made stops in Suvereto, Populonia and Bolgheri. These cities are all located along the Mediterranean sea and they are as precious as they are small. Perhaps the highlight of our day was our lunch stop at the Bulichella Winery. The vineyards extend all the way to Montepeloso and the sea the tour was very interesting and afterwards a lovely three course tasting and lunch was included. Our driver, Jonathan, was courteous, engaging and very dedicated to ensuring we enjoyed the day.
I booked this tour because I wanted to get out of the hustle and bustle of Florence and see a typical Tuscan village and of course drink some of the finest wines of the world from Bolgheriwhich I did!. We visited the little town of Suvereto and it was simply charming. Very clean and well maintained with restaurants, shopping and friendly Tuscan villagers. From there we visited the Guild del Re vineyard and received the usual wine tour much like what you get in Napa/Sonoma. Then came the tastings with a food presentation that was so delicious. Very good wine to go with the very good foodand Im a wine snob or so Im told. Next we then went to Bolgheri, home of Sassicaia and many other great wines. So while my wife went shopping I plopped down to taste wine at Enoteca Tognoni. Disappointed in some wines like the Sassicaia and Ornellaia but blown away by the Messoriomerlot. Oh my it was delicious. It was a long day but it never felt long because of our tour guide Jonathon. We were in Italy, Croatia, Sicily and Montenegro for 2 and a half weeks and by far, not even close, Jonathon was the best tour guide we had and we had several. His English and knowledge of the region made it easy and interesting. Not once did we ever have that silent awkward moment. We talked and talked and laughed like we were close friends. One note on this day trip. If you want to visit the wine vineyards of Bolgheri you need to make that clear well in advance with Jonathon so he can make the arrangements. Most all require in advance booking and some can take up to 3 hours which eat in to the day. So going to Enoteca Tognoni simplified that. It was a great day made even better because of Jonathon. Ciao
Jonathan was a fantastic tour guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. I highly recommend this tour especially if you can get Jonathan as your guide. The day was slow paced and relaxed. We visited a few towns and especially enjoyed Volterra. The visit to the winery was the highlight of the trip. The wine and food were absolutely fantastic!