(2.5 - 3 hours) Wine and Olive Oil Tasting at Private Estate in the Lucca Hills

Wine tasting and olive oil tasting, in the hills surrounding Lucca, led by our friend Paola (see her biography below) and including professional driver and vehicle.


3:30pm to about 6 or 6:30pm. Private transport to/from your villa with Paola, and driver. Tour one of the area’s best wineries, in a gorgeous setting -- you'll feel like you've gone back in time. This winery is generally not open to the public, but the owner is a friend of Paola's, and when she brings groups to his winery, he and Paola take great care to explain his wine-making method called “Biodinamic agricolture” right in the vineyard. Taste his outstanding wines, with typical Tuscan appetizers, and also learn about and sample olive oil, in the villa dating from 1735.


Paola is a friend who was born in Tuscany and lives in Lucca with her husband, a journalist, and their young son. She spent 20 years in the fashion industry, becoming fluent in English, and meeting people from all over the world, who all wanted to visit her in Lucca. She enjoyed showing them her town so much that she went back to school and graduated from the Italian school for tour leaders and operators. She has been leading groups for 5 years, and her philosophy is to show others what she likes to find when she travels: not only the important monuments, but also the 'real' life of the Italy, its local people and culture.

Prices: Prices include private vehicle and driver, personal guide and wine and olive oil tasting. If you have designated drivers, you can follow Paola's car, and we've listed prices for this as well.


Prices: With driver Driver yourself, following Paola
4 guests 130euros/person 85 euros/person
5-6 guests 125euros/person 80euros/person
7 or more guests 110euros/person 75euros/person





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