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This full day tour, with Paolo (see his biography below) lasts about 8 hours and focuses on the hills of Chianti, south of Florence.

Paolo will pick up your group at your villa. (The drive to Chianti is about 1hr40minutes from the Lucca area). Visit a beautiful private castle and its 15th century wine cellars and orciaia (olive oil cellar with ancient terracotta jars). Their top wine has been recently awarded 95 points by Wine Spectator. A tasting of two wines and olive oil is provided on the premises and a basket with sheep cheese and Tuscan bread is also available.

Lunch will be Tuscan cuisine in a traditional restaurant located in a small medieval hill town.

Another winery with romantic and breathtaking cellars in the Chianti area will be our second vis



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: Private deluxe vehicle and driver included. Entrance fees and lunch are not included in the price. 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