This delightful half-day tour gives you a wonderful view of the rolling hills and beautiful valleys of the Tuscan countryside, including a stop in Lucca and a fascinating glimpse of the region's winemaking.
Your tour begins with a picturesque drive northeast of Livorno toward the wonderful medieval town of Lucca. As you journey along, you'll pass several quaint medieval villages that seem to be caught in a time warp. The enchanting view outside your windows as you travel past the golden vines of the vineyards, silvery green olives waiting to be harvested, and elegant dark green cypress trees, makes it easy to see why this region has long been praised by poets and artisans for its charm and beauty.
Your visit in Lucca will be on your own, with ample time provided to explore this charming old-world city. Perhaps you'll want to stroll along the amazingly well-preserved Renaissance-era city walls which have today become a popular pedestrian promenade, or visit some of the ornate basilica-styled churches. Other attractions that can be experienced here are several inviting piazzas, an ancient Roman amphitheater and an impressive Ducal Palace.
Following your time in Lucca, you'll rejoin your coach and continue on to a lovely local wine cellar. Upon your arrival at the wine cellar, you will be given a guided tour that includes an interesting presentation on the process of winemaking and the traditional bottling methods that are still in practice today. The district of Montecarlo is said to produce some of the finest white wines and is equally known for its reds as well. At the completion of your guided tour, you'll be treated to a generous tasting of both white and red wines, accompanied by light refreshments of local salami, olives and bread.
After an enjoyable visit, you'll reboard your coach for the relaxing drive back to Livorno.
Please note: While there is approximately 1 hour of walking/standing at the winery, the walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during free time. There are some cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour may not be suitable for wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.