DRIVING DAY TOUR wine tasting in Maremma and Bolgheri region- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

This full day tour, with Paolo (see his biography below) lasts about 8 hours and focuses on the Maremma/Bolgheri region.

Paolo will pick up your group at your villa. (The drive to Maremma is about 1hr40minutes from the Lucca area). Maremma is a coastal scenic area of Tuscany where in the last 30 years the most appreciated Italian “Supertuscan” wines are produced. We have gained access to two exclusive wineries in the Bolgheri areas. Lunch is on the premises of a winery or a tiny medieval town, which you can decide with Paolo's advice.



Paolo is very courteous and speaks English. He has worked in tourism in Italy for 23 years, driving his own tour groups for the past 10 years. He and Alessandra (she gives our guests walking tours in Florence) are friends of ours. They live in a beautiful country house that was once property of Michelangelo, and they are both enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and contracts with the culture and people of Tuscany. Paolo loves to help his clients experience the authentic places that would be impossible to discover without his many many personal contacts. He is especially proud of his spotless luxury Mercedez touring van, with leather seats -- this is very comfortable and not the typical touring van. The van seats 7 guests. For larger groups, he'll arrange a second van.

Price: Full day driver and guide are included. Tasting fees and lunch are not included.

150euros/person (minimum 4 guests)




We are a group of 8 adults who enjoy cooking and drinking wine. What a perfect match to Villa Aquilea! The cooking class and pizza night with James were highlights at the villa, and "Butterfly" restaurant was spectacular! We enjoyed other culinary finds on our day trips in the area. The view from the villa is the best in Tuscany!

- Cindy B, Rochester Minnesota, guest 2010

My husband and I visited the Villa last August and I still can't believe the vivid memories of the house, flowers, the pool and the wonderful people in the surrounding town of Lucca. I can actually say to friends that I cooked an Italian meal in Tuscany. We visited Florence and Pisa during the day and then cmae back to this beautiful place in the evening. We watched the movie Under the Tuscan Sun while visiting and then looked around and it was not a movie it was real. We would recommend the experience to anyone.

- Bob and Edna P, Palatine, Illinois, guests 2009