Discover the joys of the Tuscan table as you learn the secrets of Italian cooking from our charming local friends. Celebrate fresh seasonal ingredients prepared with passion, yet minimal manipulation. Slow down and let food be the focal point of the day. And savor this journey that nurtures both body and spirit.
1 Meander through vineyards, woodland and Renaissance hill towns, welcomed by our local amici along the way Get a taste of the region's undulating terrain as you stroll from Castellina to Vèscine Homer once called olive oil "liquid gold"—you'll call it delicious during our exclusive degustazione (tasting) Sip Chianti and prepare a home-style Italian meal alongside locals in the cucina of their cooking school.
2-3 Explore picture-perfect Panzano, home to Tuscany's best-known butcher and numerous fine Chianti wineries From the tiny church of San Giusto in Salcio, amble from one unbelievable vista to the next, stopping for lunch at a local home for a one-of-a-kind alfresco feast among the grapevines Tonight's culinary theme—pizza! Join Backroads' friends Ciro and Umberto to learn how to let the dough fly High ridges and peaceful forests lead the way to our lunch spot in the home of a local friend—a one-of-a-kind experience! In Radda, enjoy a private wine talk and pour—and balsamic vinegar tasting—with our friend Fabrizio.
4-6 Follow the strade bianche (white roads) of southern Tuscany's Val d'Orcia Head south to the crete senesi (chalk hills) to hunt for truffles Wander in Renaissance-style Pienza, Pope Pius II's utopian village Vibrant green in springtime, rich gold in autumn, the surrounding hills are a joy to explore in any season Lunch takes place at an agriturismo (working farm) and dinner is a hands-on affair as we prepare piatti tipici Toscani, typical Tuscan dishes Say arrivederci to Tuscany with a leisurely walk to the village of San Quirico d'Orcia.