This tour takes you across the more classic Tuscan landscapes, and the best vineyards, following first the Aurelia, then the Cassia Roman roads where the historical heritage is richer. The tour crosses three zones: Maremma, Valdorcia and Chianti. They reveal picture perfect views that appear like painted by artists, and in facts they are largely made by man along the centuries. Creativity, manual work, and a special sense of harmony, perhaps the Etruscan heritage, created their celebrated beauty and equilibrium, which is why when you are in Tuscany you feel somehow at home.
We start on the Capitol Hill, where all the Roman roads lead and start, with the blessing of Marcaurelio emperor on his horse, and take the Aurelia road, along the sea, following the traces of the first Etruscans settlers.
In Maremma, not far from the sea, in the more Mediterranean and less crowded part of Tuscany, we discover their beautiful paintings, fascinating archeological sites, and mysterious tombs, and we taste the crisp, white Ansonica wine, and the smooth Morellino di Scansano.
In Valdorcia, between Montalcino and Siena, we are in the land of the big Sangioveses: Vino Nobile and Brunello. We find a Medieval atmosphere of monumental towers and castles, of feudal lords and of cathedrals that look like fortresses too.
Between the Chianti Hills, Volterra, and San Gimignano, in central Tuscany, we find the precious vineyards of the Chianti Classico and of the Vernaccia white wine. The landscape of walled hilltop towns, dotted by elegant castles and beautiful villas, tells the story of the warlike, merchant City States, Florence and Siena above all, that strived to create modern Tuscany, its art, its whealth and finally the Renaissance age.