What to do in Foiano della Chiana

What to do in Foiano della Chiana – Italian town of about 9500 inhabitants in the province of Arezzo. Foiano della Chiana stands on a low hill of the Val di Chiana at 318 mt a.s.l. and 28 km south from Arezzo.

The municipality of Foiano della Chiana, which goes south to the Val di Chiana Senese is a lively agricultural (cereals, wine and tobacco) and commercial center.

How to get there

Foiano della Chiana is well connected and easily accessible both by car or by train.

By car : take the A1 motorway, exit at Valdichiana/ Bettolle/ Sinalunga and continuing on the SS327 you arrive in Foiano della Chiana

By train : you can reach the Arezzo train station and then continue with the Arezzo-Sinalunga line to the Foiano della Chiana stop

By plane : the nearest airport is Perugia at 60 km. Florence airport is at 90 km and Pisa airport at about 160 km

Foiano is well known for its Carnival, one of the most famous and ancient Italian carnivals (dating back to 1539).

Apart from the Carnival, Foiano della Chiana offers many other interesting and enjoyable activities :

  • Outlet shopping at the Valdichiana outlet, 2 km
  • Various events and festivals in fine weather
  • Tuscan cooking classes
  • Visit Lucignano, about 10 km, famous for its museums and castles
  • Visit Cortona, about 25 km away, well known for its style and archaeological site
  • Visit Castiglion Fiorentino, about 19 km away, know for its museums and castles
  • Guided tours to Arezzo and surroundings
  • Wine and food tasting tours in Montepulciano, about 18 km
  • Visit Pienza, 30 km
  • Visit Montalcino, about 45 km
  • Wellness treatments at Terme di Rapolano, 27 km away
  • Golfing (ca 30 drive’ minutes)
  • Tennis or riding lessons
  • Visit the Regional Park of Lake Trasimeno, 30 km away

A relaxing holiday in the heart of Tuscany, full of fun and discovery of ancients values, colors and flavors.

Wine tasting Lucca

Wine tasting Lucca – Wine and food tasting in Lucca or surroundings including visit to the farm and vineyards, visit to the cellar, end the day with a pleasant tasting of the local products.

In many cases it is possible to book the pick-up and drop-off so that you don’t need to think how to reach the location.

Among the many farms in Lucca and surroundings, we would like to propose in particular : Fattoria di Fubbiano or Colleverde vineyards.

At the 1st farm it is possible to book :

  • The Classic Tour, including : arrival and meeting with the guide, introduction of the farm, tour of the farm and cellar (where the wine-making process is explained), visit to the oak barrels room, tasting of a selection of the best wines made by the farm combined with a delicious snack (fresh bread, extra virgin oil, pecorino cheese, bruschetta and cold cuts).
  • Tasting Lunch, including : arrival and meeting with the guide, introduction of the farm and its history, tour of the farm and cellar, visit to the oak barrels room, four-course lunch combined with a selection of the best wines of the farm
  • Cooking and tasting tour, including : arrival and meeting with the guide, introduction of the farm and meeting with the chef, cooking lesson, tour of the cellar, visit to the oak barrels room, four-course lunch or dinner prepared by the participants

At the 2nd farm, it is possible to book while enjoying the view of their vineyards :

  • Tasting of 3 wines, including : classic Tuscan varieties, Trebbiano and Sangiovese
  • Tasting of 5 wines, including : Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc wines in addition to the Trebbiano and Sangiovese wines of the farm
  • One-day cooking lesson, including : preparation of the dishes to the meal paired with the wines of the farm

Wine and Food tasting, including :

  1. Cheese palette (local artisan cheeses paired with a selection of white and red wines of the farm) or
  2. Wine, Olive oil and Lunch (a winery tours combined with a light luncheon served in the Cellar of the farm or on the covered patio. Guided tasting of 3 wines. For at least 8 people). The standard menu is composed of -> pinzimonio, tuscan cold cuts, cannellini white beans, pecorino cheese, buccellato (a traditional dessert from Lucca). Vegetarian menus are available on demand.

Let us guide you with our best travel tips during your stay in Lucca or other cities of Tuscany…

Tuscany Farmhouse with breakfast

Tuscany Farmhouse with breakfast? If you plan to visit Tuscany and have a rich american or continental breakfast prepared by one of our favorite Chefs, don’t miss this chance.

All the ingredients used are fresh and according to your preferences. The properties where it is possible to ask for it are the following :

Arezzo area

Florence area

In Florence we have more opportunities to offer accommodation + breakast or half board. Choose what it is more important to you

If you still don’t know exactly what you’d prefer, move to our Selection of properties to check what it’s better for you.

For more information, send us your feedback!

Your best Food tasting in Florence

Your best Food tasting in Florence – a beautiful food tasting experience organized by an amazing historical Villa located in Montespertoli, about 30 km away from Florence, where it is possible to book all the bedrooms (suitable to accommodate up to 14 pax) or a single unit for you and your family or partner.

At Villa Albertina you can order your special continental breakfast, cooking lessons or traditional tuscan dinner, proposing traditional florentine recipes with fresh ingredients of the territory and with other organic products from the local market.

Continental Breakfast

  • Breakfast as buffet –> You can have breakfast in the garden or in the main Villa, with coffee, milk, fruit, bread, butter, jam, yogurt and cheese plus eggs and salami.

If you are passionate with cooking, you can book a customized and funny cooking class!

Cooking class

They usually start around 3 pm.  You will learn to cook a 5-course menu composed of :

  • 1 appetizer
  • 1 first course
  • 1 second course of meat
  • 1 side dish
  • 1 dessert

You can choose the florentine menu for your customized cooking lesson, everything will be prepared using extra virgin olive oil and accompanied by a delicious house wine.

A cooking experience where you will stay with the property owners for more than 5 hours. The cooking lessons are suitable for children as well.

A lovely way to learn and feel something of the Tuscany flavours and culture.

From 4 up to 12 people.

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The Best of Tuscany Tour

If you book your next holiday in one of the apartments we promote in Florence or nearby, we can support you by reserving a full-day tour.

This time we talk about the Best of Tuscany Tour, which is a full-day guided coach trip from Florence!

Following is the program proposed for you :

  • Visit Siena

View Siena through the eyes of a local as you join a guided walking tour through the medieval city made up of yellow-ochre buildings, terracotta rooftops and green shutters. Learn about the world’s oldest bank, see and take shots of Piazza del Campo, the site of the 600 year old Palio horserace and admire the interior of the Duomo, a treasure chest of artworks. But also… enjoy Siena at your own pace with free time for shopping or relaxing somewhere.

  • A tuscan lunch at a Chianti vineyard

Next visit an organic family run wine estate. Visit the Farm, enjoy an informal wine tasting lesson and a traditional tuscan Lunch with plenty of wine, in the most gorgeous location overlooking stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Meet fellow travellers while feasting on fresh organic farm food of homemade pasta, cured meats (homemade prosciutto and salami), local cheeses, a real garden salad and Tuscan biscotti (cantucci).

  • San Gimignano

After lunch you visit the enchanting hilltop town of San Gimignano where you have free time to roam the cobble stone streets and small squares, browse the local shops, try a delicious gelato and walk among the town’s famous medieval towers.

  • Scenic country drive and Pisa

A scenic drive through classic Tuscan countryside will take you to your final stop, Pisa. Nice location to take a close inspection of the Leaning Tower, visit the Cathedral or the Baptistery. A brief tour of the historic heart of Pisa will show you another side of the city.

This beautiful Tour includes :

  • A professional guide during all day
  • Entry fees of Siena’s Duomo (or in alternative Santa Maria della Scala museum)
  • Free time to explore the towns by yourself
  • Farmhouse lunch served at an organic winery and farm
  • Wine tasting of four wines including Chianti, Vernaccia and Tuscan dessert wine, Vin Santo
  • Many chats and all the information you may need
  • For those who want to experience climbing the Leaning Tower, it is possible to provide the tickets (NOT included)

Your perfect Wedding Villa in Chianti – Florence

Perfect wedding villa in Florence organized at a fabulous luxury Villa located in Chianti area, 12 km from Florence Italy, suitable to host wedding up to 200 pax.

The perfect wedding in Florence is prepared at Villa Chiara, a beatiful historical residence located in the Chianti area, not far from Florence. Surrounded by enchanting olive trees and vineyards, the Villa is the ideal place to indulge a relaxing stay, enjoying tranquillity and serenity, embraced by the lovely hills of Chianti.

The Villa is a historical residence made up of a large complex, consisting of the villa, the tower, the romantic park the French garden, the outside pool surrounded by olive groves, a sunbathing and barbecue area.

The panoramic terrace is overlooking the rolling hills of Chianti and the Dome of Florence Cathedral.

The Villa offers the opportunity to live your wedding day in the castle, from the beginning to the end :

  • Celebration
  • Reception and welcome drink
  • Accommodation

It is possible to celebrate your civil wedding in the estate of the villa, an intimate and welcoming place. A civil officer from the closest townhall will be available to marry the couple in the estate of the Villa.

The historical villa has large indoor and outdoor areas, well fitted to prepare the reception :

  • the noble hall is perfect for a indoor wedding party
  • the romantic park and garden with huge pool are ideal for an outdoor banquet or a simple aperitif
  • the restored cellar of the castle good for staying indoor

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After the civil ceremony, your perfect wedding day in Florence continues with the aperitif arranged outdoor and composed by :

  • Cold and hot snacks, drinks alcoholic and alcohol free
  • Accompanied by live music on demand

The high qualified Staff of the villa will be glad to satisfy every wish you may desire.

Choose among the many proposals of the menu with meat or fish dishes, vegetables, drinks alcoholic and not, wedding cake and final toast.

What to do in Florence : things to do and restaurant tips

Have you ever been in Florence and, if so, in which Season?

Florence is one of those cities you can visit all year round (except perhaps for months very hot in Summer or cool at the beginning of the year)…

During the year you can participate at many events, Fairs and Festival, concerts, theather, sport and football matches.

Among the many things to do in Florence we suggest in particular :

  • Visit some of the famous museums (Uffizi, Galleria dell’Accademia, Bargello, Palazzo della Signoria, Silver Museum, etc)
  • Walking tours
  • Visit the House of Dante
  • Visit the Dome, Brunelleschi’s Dome and the bell tower
  • Photoshooting in famous spots like Ponte Vecchio, Boboli Garden or Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Biking or Segway tours
  • Guided tours to the Galileo Galilei Museum or Synagogue
  • Guided tour to the Opium of semi-precious stones
  • Guided tour to the Perfume Workshop of Santa Maria Novella
  • Boat trip  : available from end of April up to September to sail on the Arno with “renaioli”
  • Ice-cream tasting
  • Wine tasting tours in Chianti
  • Olive oil tasting tours with chance of shopping and delivery
  • Tuscan Cooking classes
  • Truffle experience : looking for truffles in Tuscany
  • Guided tours of Florentine crafts : discovering ancient craft of the florentine tradition
  • Best of Tuscany (daily trip to the main cities in Tuscany with a superb lunch pause at a Farmhouse)
  • Horse riding

Delicious “Happy hours” wait for you around the historic centre, where you can order a drink and enjoy a great buffet dinner… all of this at reasonable rates!

From Florence you can visit many other cities of Tuscany, both by train or car with no stress : Fiesole, Chianti, Pisa and Lucca, Livorno, Siena and San Gimignano, Arezzo, Cortona, Volterra and much more…

Or you can move forward and organize your daily trip, spending more or less a couple of hours by train or car, to amazing locations like Cinque Terre, Rimini, Milano and… why not? Venice with its isles…

Are you starving? No problem… Following are some of our restaurants and pubs tips :

  • Mercato Centrale (great for a snack or dinner together with friends)
  • Mercato di San Lorenzo
  • Gelateria Vivoli, for the best ice-cream experience
  • Golden View Open Bar, if you want to take some pics to Ponte Vecchio while you’re eating a florentine steak
  • Mosto Dolce, a special Beer house with delicious fast dishes and snacks
  • Il Latini, if you’re ready to taste the best florentine steak
  • Nerone, for a very nice florentine trattoria
  • Vecchio Carlino, good both for a tagliata beef or pizza

We think we should end this list before you die… so, what else?

We Look forward to welcoming you in Florence, remaining in the meantime at disposal for more information

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Let’s make mole : Cooking class in Pian di Sco

The italian and cooking class is most popular everywhere and during your stay at the Farmhouse in Pian di Sco, it is possible to book an original Cooking class with the trusted Chef and his cooking Staff!

Come and taste the flavor with us!  You can customize the cooking menu among the many dish proposals and all together you will go to prepare :

  • 1 appetizer
  • 1 handmade pasta with meat or vegetarian sauce
  • 1 second dish of meat (fish on demand)
  • 1 dessert

The cooking classes are organized in the Charming Farmhouse in Pian di Sco and are for a minimum of 4 people, start usually in the afternoon and finish with the dinner served in the dining room.

They last about 2 hours and include the preparation of the dishes with fresh and seasonal ingredients bought ad hoc according to your preferences.

At the end of this interesting and useful day, your dinner will be served.

The recipes change according to the Season and are prepared only with fresh ingredients made in Tuscany.

All the ingredients are included

Total amount to spend for a cooking class + dinner :

  • Euro 40 per person
  • Euro 15 per child
  • Euro 30 per hour (preparation of the dinner)

If you do not speak Italian, there is no problem… the Cooking staff will be at your disposal for every need and more information in English

Our private chef with his cooking staff will come to the Villa, from 5.30 pm to make ready the dinner at around 8 pm

Combine your special cooking class with a pleasant and relaxing stay at Villa Valentini (minimum stay, 3 nights).

Pian di Sco: your best walking destination

To escape the summer heat, local people and travellers go to the sea or to the hills.

The Pratomagno is one of these places of refuge, worth visiting at least once… If you love walking, from Villa Valentini you need about 4 hours but it’s a great atmosphere and all around you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama and quiet.

The Pratomagno is a group of mountains which rises between Valdarno and Casentino to the north-west of Arezzo

Accessible at any time, quiet and relaxing, for centuries full of trees, rock, water, wild life and forest tracks.

Carachteristic at the peak of Pratomagno is a cross in iron, which was inaugurated in 1928 and in 2013 has been restored.

The hiking trails we suggest are around the Pratomagno hills and include : Menzano, Poggio Regina, Monte Acuto, Gastra, Casa Biondo.

You can stop for a little bit and have a Pic nic or continue walking up to your next destination.

Thanks to @jiva we propose you some beautiful photos taken onsite