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Chianti Safari: Tuscan Villas, Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence

Firenze, Italy

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  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get a true taste of Italy's famous Chianti region on this full-day wine and food tour departing from Florence. Led by a guide, travel through the Tuscan hills by a 4x4 off-road vehicle, stopping to visit a wine estate and historic villa, and a cellar specializing in bottles of Chianti Classico. Sample the finest specialties at each stop, and save room for a 3-course meal in the Chianti countryside before making the return trip to Florence.
  • Full-day Chianti food and wine tour from Florence with 4x4 minibus transport
  • Enjoy an off-road adventure through the Tuscan countryside
  • Traditional Tuscan Lunch at a winery restaurant with stunning views
  • Tour a historic wine estate and enjoy a wine, extra-virgin olive oil, and cheese tasting
  • Finish with a visit to a second winery and sample the renowned Chianti Classico wine

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour follows an off-road route in a 4x4 vehicle to showcase parts of Chianti many visitors miss.

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • 9 samples of wine
  • 2 samples of olive oil
  • Food tastings
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazza dei Cavalleggeri
    Piazza dei Cavalleggeri, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

    Meeting point is in front of Biblioteca Nazionale (National Library) in Piazza dei Cavalleggeri. Look for your guide holding a Walkabout sign.

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your guide in central Florence and hop aboard an air-conditioned, 4x4 minibus. Watch the city streets transform into the rolling hillside of Chianti, lined with vineyards and olive groves.

Your first stop of the day is at a winery belonging to one of the most prominent Italian families. Taste wines paired with cured meats and olive oils, and enjoy a guided tour of the historic wine cellars. Travel to the olive mill through the villa's underground tunnels, as well as to the garden.

Afterward, head to a Tuscan winery restaurant and settle in for a 3-course meal, including regional specialties such as different types of fresh pasta and glasses of fine Chianti wine. (See the Itinerary for a sample menu).

The adventure continues as we continue our drive through the incredible countryside on our way to our final stop of the day.

Here you will take a tour of the impressive villa and walk around the stunning grounds, soaking in the unique beauty and views, whilst learning more about wine before you sit for the final tasting of three wines paired with cheese. The perfect end to a truly unforgettable day.

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale

Check-in and departure point

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Villa le Corti

Our first stop of the day is at a beautiful winery belonging to one of the most prestigious Italian aristocratic families. Here we taste three wines paired with cured meats and two olive oils but first, there’s a fascinating guided tour of the historic wine cellars and to the olive mill through underground tunnels that pass under the villa.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option are not available and other alternative dietary requirements cannot be catered for
  • Minimum age is 18 years old
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

about cancellations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Chianti Safari: Tuscan Villas, Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chianti Safari: Tuscan Villas, Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips


A tip is to always wear shoes appropriate for walking outside of vineyards and prepare in case you have rain on the trip.
This is a long day at 10 hrs but is worth every penny and every minute.
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Amazing!
Collin_O, May 2022
Highly recommend you take this when visiting Florence to see the most beautiful areas of the Chianti Region you otherwise could not. Lavi was the best tour guide we had on our whole trip to Italy and made the day so much fun! She is very knowledgeable about wine and we learned a lot. Romelu did a great job driving those streets as well!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Worth the $$$! Beautiful Day
Danny_L, May 2022
10/10 recommend this tour! Gloria and Romolo (I hope I spelled that right) were great guides for the day. Gloria is so knowledgeable about all things wine, olive oil, and Florence and Tuscany in general. All three of the wineries we visited were beautiful and the staff was very helpful. The lunch was delicious and my wife and I really enjoyed eating family style with all the other people on the tour. This wasn’t just a wine tasting. We got to see some really beautiful villas, vineyards, and gardens. The whole experience felt perfectly curated. Something I really appreciated was that we were never on the bus for too long. 30-40 minutes at most. Overall really great tour and a rather inexpensive way to experience the Tuscan countryside compared to staying in Tuscany, and getting around on your own.
1 traveler found this review helpful
What an amazing experience! I would highly recommend this tour to any beginner to any veteran of appreciating wine.
Michael_M, Dec 2022
What an amazing experience! I would highly recommend this tour to any beginner to any veteran of appreciating wine. Gloria was our tour guide (awarded sommelier) and she was VERY informative, had a great sense of humor, and was very personable — request for her if you can. It was exciting to see the reason it’s called a chianti “safari” because when we got to the country-side, the tour vehicle (the “beast” as Gloria calls it) goes a bit off the beaten path where typical street bus tours just aren’t capable of going, but in a very safe way. The drive was very smooth as well, thanks to the driver Romanolo.
Not just for Wine drinkers - all around experience!
Krissy_P, Nov 2022
This was a great tour. What sold me was the “off roading “ vehicle. It was fun to me to be able to see these sights in a more special/different way than what is probably normally offered. I also liked that this tour took you to places where the “locals” go including the restaurant. The environment was fun and it was nice to bond with a more intimate group. (You can see we took some pictures with some friends we met on the tour) My boyfriend and I are not wine drinkers - we actually don’t drink much at all. So if you are avoiding this tour for that reason - think again! It was fun to taste the wine and learn about it (it did get a little dry (no pun intended) at times with the info - we learned a lot )) it was interesting for me when we learned about the area, the Medici, the related history. The highlights for me were the bus ride( the views were great and the ride was fun), the meal( such a cool place), and the mansion ( so beautiful) We went in November - there was a lot outside so make sure to bring shoes you don’t care about getting dirty and a jacket. Alessandro was great and very inclusive. He made sure to answer all questions and taught us how to pick a good Chianti Classico wine. Enjoy!
Great way to experience many aspects of Tuscany, specifically Chianti Classico
Brock_R, Nov 2022
Booked this excursion based on the high reviews and it did not dissapoint. Our guide and somalia Lavi was fantastic. Having traveled to a few different wine regions in the past, we were a bit nervous that this tour would be very repetitive and touristy. I do feel that even if you knew absolutely nothing about wine or the wine making process, this tour would be great for you. And even with a bit more experience as ourselves, there was still much insightful information particular to the region and from Lavi's somalia perspective and expertise. All that being said, she made the entire day fun for all at every level, what a true talent for what she is doing. And a special shout out to our driver Roberto for safely navigating us around in the monstrous vehicle in a timely fashion. As for the experience itself, we felt it was a terrific way to experience 3 completley unique and different wineries in Tuscany. One being a private villa was was gorgeous and so unique to see first hand. It was also fantastic to be able to endulge in many fantastic local dishes to accompany the excellent local wines. It really checked a lot of boxes of the local wine and food experiences, especially if you have limited time in the area. If this excursion is of any interest to you, do not hesitate and I we are certain you will thoroughly enjoy as we did.
Glorious day and beautiful sunset
Hamish_C, Nov 2022
Legend of a driver in Roberto who kept it safe and fun. Hell of a fun guide and leader in Levinia (name means mother of the Roman people 🥳) who’s from the region. You will have a spectacular day and eat and drink like gods. This is not an overwhelming tour of information, it’s a tour focused on true experience of what the region produces in food and wine… simple. Enjoy it and thank me later for getting you to book it. Huge shoutout to the guys we met on the way! Phenomenal day out and I hope to see everyone again some day. Cheers, Hamish Cameron-Gilvear 🍻
Amazing tour!!
Annabel_B, Oct 2022
I don't usually partake in tours, although this tour was a great way to see the Tuscan countryside. loved the tour guide and the food and wine were truly exceptional. would highly recommend it!
Enchanting Day in Chianti!
Emily_S, Sep 2022
WOW!!! This experience was incredible. Our tour guide Alex was so knowledgeable (and had the best tour guide voice), entertaining, and a great host. The 3 wineries we visited had excellent wines. The meat and cheese we had were delicious. But one of the highlights was lunch! The ravioli and pappardelle were out of this world. I cannot recommend this tour enough!! If you are visiting Florence, this is a must!!
Amazing Wine Tour!
Julia_M, Sep 2022
Alex is passionate about his knowledge of wine and his love for his home area of Tuscany, and he shares that with every person in the tour group in an entertaining way. He has picked out special places to visit with rich history, distinctive wine tastings and an amazing scenic ride through the beautiful countryside. Alex creates a memorable experience on this journey that we will remember for a lifetime. It is the best tour we have ever had and was well worth it!
Wine Lovers Dream Day!
Thomas_A, Sep 2022
Gloria was our amazing guide and Romolo was our very skilled driver. Gloria was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. The 4x4 pictured is no joke as it was needed to access the wineries we toured! The wine, olive oil and food were delicious. I’m writing this review at the end of our ten day vacation of Italy and this was by far the best day. If you pick just one tour in all of Tuscany, this is the one; especially if you’re a wine lover!
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I'd give more than 5 stars if I could
Theresa_P, Sep 2022
We had the absolute best time on this wine tour! Our guide Gloria was incredibly knowledgeable, her English was wonderful, and had such a great sense of humor throughout the long day. The wines were delicious and we especially enjoyed the olive oil tasting at stop #2.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very fun!
Erin_R, Sep 2022
Chianti wine tour and safari was great! Our guide Lavi was an amazing guide who is also a somaleia. She was very knowledgeable but kept it light and fun for the group. She was well versed and shared about the history, wine making process, proper tasting etiquette and was able to answer some of my technical questions but made a fun experience for those that were more interested in just drinking. We were also blessed to be there in September during the harvesting season to see the grapes and to try them by themselves. What a cool experience!! Lunch was great and the food was very good with amazing views and and the sangovese wine was a nice lighter red wine (compared to Cab in the US) with a little acidity and mild tannins. You will learn the basics of wine tasting, ride in a very cool armored type bus off-road and try some great Chianti Classico wine with phenomenal views. I would recommend to anyone wanting to see Tuscan countryside will sipping on some of the best Chianti wine in the region. Lavi and our driver Romello were both very kind and fun to spend the day with!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Such a fun day
Jeff_D, Sep 2022
A truly awesome experience! Our guide Lavi was so personable and so knowledgeable without be pretentious about the wine. The 3 vineyards are gorgeous and the wine/food top notch. The bus was surprisingly smooth and comfortable. We can’t recommend this tour enough, must do if in Florence!
1 traveler found this review helpful
History wine and countryside
Laura_H, Sep 2022
We had the best time with Alessandro! He's very knowledgeable and makes the tour very fun. We thought we were going to be put off by a larger group tour but it was the perfect size and we made so many new friends after sharing meals and drinks together. Each winery was very different and felt like we got to experience so much in just a day. He keeps you entertained with history while on the drive between locations and then at wineries teaches you so much about the process for both wine and olive oil! This was one of our favorite things we did while in Florence and I highly recommend for anyone that enjoys beautiful views, delicious wine, history, and meeting new people
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Warning for People w/ Motion Sickness
Melissa_H, Sep 2022
This tour was fantastic. The guide is very thorough and you get to see every aspect of the vineyards, including where they make and store the wine. Very informative and fun! My only warning is that that the pictures are somewhat misleading. We were picked up with a huge tour bus and the tour included 30 people total. So we got some motion sickness on the bus. However the quality of the wine, lunch, and tours/information more than made up for it. It was fun to get to know everyone else on the tour and we left feeling like we got our moneys worth. Definitely one of the better tours I’ve been on! Alex was fun and super kind and made everyone feel included. He was so knowledgeable about the vineyards and the wine making process. I’d definitely say this is a must do for anyone wanting to do more than simply taste wine in Tuscany.
Awesome Day!
Samantha_M, Aug 2022
This day was a highlight of our trip! Lavi and Romulo were awesome and we learned so much, the sights were unbelievable, and the food and wine were amazing! Would absolutely recommend including this excursion on your Florence trip. 10/10!
Well worth the money
yasamine_H, Aug 2022
Best part of my trip to florence! Such a great tour guide Dimitri he went out of his way to make everyone have a good time and was very knowledgeable!! The places we went to were stunning and the wine and food was great
Best day of our time in Italy
Taylor_R, Aug 2022
This was the best day of our 3 week Italy trip. Pavi was an excellent guide and treated us as friends. The wine and food was delicious, the landscapes were gorgeous, and the villas Lavi brought us to were jaw droppingly beautiful. Roberto drove the 4x4 bus so smoothly we barely noticed we were off roading. This was such a beautiful day we highly recommend it to anyone visiting Florence or Tuscany.
A must do!!
Nicola_H, Aug 2022
Excellent tour and well worth the money! Each winery offered a slightly different experience, yet each was equally impressive. Lunch was delicious, with a great variety. Our host Alex was incredibly knowledgeable of Florence and area. He is passionate about his job and his knowledge of wines truly impressive. Highly recommend this tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very nice tour
Livia_B, Aug 2022
Very nice tour. Very complete. 3 wine tasting, many explanations and beautiful sites to see in Chianti. I highly recommend!
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