Dining Tour of Provincial Lucca & The Chianti
10 days in May 2019
This is a hybrid tour that explores two unique foodscapes of the Tuscany region. It blends two of Traveling Native’s Tasting tours: Tasting The Serchio and Tasting The Chianti into one 10-day experience.
Part 1 - Tasting The Serchio
Based in Barga, Tuscany: Experiences in Garfagnana, La Valle del Serchio, Lucca, Versilia
Fellow food enthusiasts! Join us for a dining tour and satiate your craving for fresh culinary territory in Tuscany’s greenest valley. Make yourself at home for a week in the artist’s haven of Barga. We’ll take in some of the valleys most breathtaking views of the Apuan Alps and enjoy the best restaurants and tasting spots of Lucca, Versilia and the The Serchio Valley. Sharpen your palate across a diverse setting from Tuscany’s mountains, to its coastline, and one of its most flattering walled cities. Take a cooking class in Lucca with Aurelio Barattini and meet local artisans and growers. We’ll learn about local culinary crafts like cheese, bread and wine making, salumi production, beer brewing and more.
Part 2 - Tasting The Chianti
Based in Siena, Tuscany: Experiences in Chianti, Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano, Firenze
Join Andee and friends in The Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy and experience food and travel made with love.
Food and wine adventurers! At the heart and soul of The Chianti are the farmers, food artisans, winemakers, restaurateurs, and families who are passionate about their craft. They are devoted to honoring the land and sustaining the high quality of their local traditions. This tour is dedicated to connecting you with that poetic lifestyle and the people who bring this illustrious part of Tuscany to life. Taste plenty of local delicacies and wines from small and large producers and learn about their production and place in everyday life. Enjoy walking through vineyards and olive groves that speak stories resounding from centuries ago. Eat at the most natively revered osterias and trattorias in the company of local cultural experts. We’ll enjoy hands-on cooking alongside local chefs and food artisans. As it is custom in these parts, our days will be infused with the ancient a wisdom of Tuscan poets and the lyrics of modern life.
May 13 - 22, 2019
Prices Per Person (double Occupancy)
credit card - $5,725
check or bank transfer* - $5,550
single supplement - $500
*does not include bank fees
Sharpen your palate across a diverse setting from Tuscany’s mountains, to its coastline, and one of its most flattering walled cities.
We’ll learn about local culinary crafts like cheese, bread and wine making, salumi production, beer brewing and more.
Meet local artisans, chefs, and growers. Cook with them and get to know their stories. Become part of the scenery and enjoyment alongside locals.
10 days exploring Tuscany
5 nights in Barga, 4 nights in Chianti
Memorable dining in the region's best eateries
Wine tastings, vineyards visits, and cellar tours
Cheese tasting and caseificio visits
Salumificio visit and tasting
Beer tasting and birrificio visit
Baking class with Paolo Lucchesi
Cooking class with Aurelio Barattini
Visits to picturesque villages and markets
Time for exploration and shopping
Accommodations for 10 days and 9 nights at our favorite luxury boutique hotels
Andee's full time accompaniment and expertise: she is with you throughout the trip, handling behind-the-scenes logistics and is there to help with anything from figuring out how to dial home, conversing with locals, to plugging in your curling iron
Official certified regional and city guides as detailed in itinerary
Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
All private ground transportation during the trip
All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners + 3 meals as cooking instruction
*2 lunches + 1 dinner are left open for guests to explore. Arrangements can be made prior to departure or last minute for an extra fee.
Prices are subject to change without notice.
Airfare is not included.
We enthusiastically welcome travelers of diverse dietary lifestyles. With your help in advance we can cater the program to meet your needs.