Flavors of Chianti

September 12-20, 2019

Meander through Tuscany’s breathtaking cultural capitals and intimate, cypress-studded hill towns during this small-group journey. Explore this Italian countryside that provides overwhelming inspiration for artists, chefs, and vintners alike. With your small group, enjoy seven nights deluxe accommodations in the luxurious hilltop Castello La Leccia in Castellina featuring exceptional views of the lush, rolling Tuscan landscape. Visit the childhood home of Lisa Gherardini—immortalized as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci—at villa Vignamaggio. And work side-by-side with Italian chefs during a cooking class and wine tasting in Greve. Enjoy a stroll through spectacular Siena—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—with its well-preserved cityscape, celebrated Duomo, and bustling Piazza del Campo. Admire the Etruscan ruins and Roman center at Volterra before visiting charming San Gimignano—theTown of Fine Towers—which is completely encircled by medieval walls. At Podere Il Casale—an organic farm—learn about the owners' passion for the slow food movement and see a cheese-making demonstration. And learn the history of Bagno Vignoni, a small village surrounded by thermal waters.

Don't miss the optional Florence post-tour.

Questions? Contact Donna Coggins via email at travel@wm.edu or call 757-221-1165.

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