Village Life in Tuscany
Join this delightful sojourn to experience the authentic traditions and culture of Tuscany while enjoying charming accommodations in the heart of the old city of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Immerse yourself in an enchanting world where 500-year-old farmhouses and walled, medieval hilltop towns dot a breathtaking landscape of gentle hills, olive groves and vineyards first planted by the Etruscans nearly 3,000 years ago. Walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli through the streets of Florence, the "Cradle of the Renaissance," and discover hidden gems like the ancient hill towns of Montalcino and San Gimignano. A custom-designed program of cultural enrichments also includes the specially arranged Village Forumtm with local residents, a performance of Gregorian chants by monks in the 11th-century Abbey of Sant'Antimo, a sampling of Tuscany's legendary wines in the hills of Chianti and an opportunity to savor the rustic flavors of the region's world-renowned cuisine during an exclusive hands-on cooking class.