Experience Real-world Fantasy Through Tuscan Family Adventure

Starts: Siena, Italy
Finishes: Perugia, Italy

Visit: Asciano, Civitella in Val di Chiana, Figline Valdarno, Siena, Piancastagnaio, Rapolano Terme, Terontola

Accommodation: Moderate

Overview

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Enjoy an authentic living experience with a Tuscan family in their energy-independent agriturismo, centrally located to offer a variety of active and cultural experiences in the heart of Siena Province. You will spend all 6 nights at Agriturismo Il Molinello, a family-run “farm stay”. Staying in an agriturismo is the best way to experience rustic and authentic Tuscan life. Il Molinello is a working farm with luxury accommodations, perfect for families of varying ages. You will get immersed in Tuscan lifestyle by participating in olive oil tastings and playing with local kids, learn how to make pizza by sourcing your own ingredients, and enjoy a variety of activities – by bike – in the soft rolling hills surrounding the agriturismo.Trip Highlights:Accommodation in a XIVth century millLearn the art of simple and sustainable livingAll meals made with locally sourced ingredientsA scavenger hunt in Siena with other Italian kids and visit a Contrada MuseumPizza making lesson with Nonno MauroCreate a small vegetable garden with Guido, Sandro’s son, and Nonno MauroItalian lessons with Emma, Sandro’s daughterVisit the terracotta museum in PetroioVisit Adventure Park Saltalbero and SPA, and the natural springs in Raolano TermeSoccer match with localsTrip Information:Total Mileage: 84 milesDaily Average: 21 milesTerrain: Flat and rollingStart/End Locations: Asciano/AscianoChildren between 0-16 years of age do not pay full price.Accommodation: This trip uses hand-picked accommodation. Please refer to the itinerary section of this trip for details about the individual accommodation selected for this trip.Included activities: There are many wonderful activities included with this trip. Please refer to the 'Inclusions' and 'Itinerary' tabs to see what activities are included in this itinerary.

Highlights

    • Accommodation in a XIVth century mill
    • Learn the art of simple and sustainable living
    • All meals made with locally sourced ingredients
    • A scavenger hunt in Siena with other Italian kids and visit a Contrada Museum
    • Pizza making lesson with Nonno Mauro
    • Create a small vegetable garden with Guido, Sandro’s son, and Nonno Mauro
    • Italian lessons with Emma, Sandro’s daughter
    • Visit the terracotta museum in Petroio
    • Visit Adventure Park Saltalbero and SPA, and the natural springs in Raolano Terme
    • Soccer match with locals

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 125673
Accommodation: Moderate
Guide Language: english

Starts: Siena, Italy
Finishes: Perugia, Italy
Duration: 7 days
Departures: Guaranteed
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • Adult-sized bike rental
  • Kids bike rental
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
  • Shuttles at beginning, during and end of tour
  • Walking tour of Siena with a local guide
  • Entrance to museums and Adventure Park Saltalbero
  • Cooking lesson
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Wine tasting
  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 dinners
  • 5 lunches

Excludes

  • Optional tours
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Passport and visa if needed

Price

Price person (sharing double) $3495 ($499/day)

Deposit:

$600 per person for bookings made 90 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 90 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price may include accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

Tour packages spare you the hassles of trip planning, a la carte booking, organizing and managing the logistics at a foreign location.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Shuttle ride to Agriturismo Il Molinello

Meet at Terontola Train Station for a shuttle to Agriturismo Il Molinello. We will get together at 12:30 pm in the Molinello Enoteca for lunch and a brief introduction talk. In the afternoon after a bike fitting we will ride around Asciano (with an optional extra loop available). The warm up ride will take you to the gelato shop in Rapolano Terme. After gelato, ride back to Il Molinello and visit the village of Serre di Rapolano.

Day 2: Ride along the Val di Chiana

Today we ride along the Val di Chiana (with an optional extra loop) reaching Fattoria Santa Vittoria for a truly rustic, historical and organic feeling. From the moment you enter Fattoria Santa Vittoria you’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time. Fattoria Santa Vittoria uses modern day equipment, but it’s set among old rooms and impressive old historical equipment. Here you will visit the cellar, have lunch and a wine tasting. Late afternoon at il Molinello you’ll have an olive oil tasting course with Alessandro, official ONAOO taster.

Day 3: Walk around at Figline

On today’s ride we head down to Figline, where we will walk around the market and buy some food before departing on our bikes a few kilometers ahead to Gaville. Here we'll enjoy a beautiful picnic in front of the ancient abbey of Gaville. After lunch, visit the Museo della Civiltà Contadina. Opt for an extra loop and continue on to Greve in Chianti and loop around to the Fattoria by way of San Polo in Chianti. Others can go back to the Fattoria from the picnic spot for an afternoon by the pool.

Day 4: Appreciate the historic city of Siena

The historic city of Siena is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Piazza del Campo is the heart of the town and is the home to the famous summer horse-race, known as Il Palio. In the morning there’s an exciting scavenger hunt looking for some of the 17 contradas’ fountains with Emma and Guido (Sandro’s children) and some of their Italian friends. After a light lunch on your own in a typical Sienese osteria, there’s a guided town visit (including the visit to a Contrada Museum). Dinner is also on your own in Siena.

Day 5: Family day on the farm

Today we will work with Nonno Mauro (Sandro’s Father) and Guido (Sandro’s son) to create your own vegetable garden (when you return home you’ll be able to follow your garden on Facebook!), harvesting the vegetable for our meal and picking the eggs from the hen house. During the activities Emma (Sandro’s daughter) will teach some Italian. Enjoy the pool, the playground and a soccer match in the garden, or a ride with Guido (Sandro’s son) in the Val d’Orcia. Tonight, we will have pizza!

Day 6: Rapolano Terme and Adventure Park Saltalbero

Today there’s a short ride to Rapolano Terme to spend the day at the Adventure Park Saltalbero. Enjoy 7 acrobatic courses among the trees. A fun challenge for measuring balance, coolness, agility, and dexterity in complete safety. Together we’ll prepare and have a barbecue in the park with an optional visit to the handcrafted fashion workshop in Chiantishire. Ride back to the farmhouse to get ready for our farewell dinner at Castello di Modanella.

Day 7: Departure day

After breakfast around 9 am we offer one group shuttle (approx. 30 minutes) back to Terontola Train Station to make your connecting flight back home

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Italy Asciano, Civitella in Val di Chiana, Figline Valdarno, Siena, Piancastagnaio, Rapolano Terme, Terontola

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