Six is the Magic Number

by Vicky - Spirit of Italy Tours on December 17th, 2012

Spirit of Italy Tours returned last month from conducting our debut tour, Harvest Italia. Three years in the planning helped to ensure that my six guests enjoyed the most authentic experience living like Italians during the Fall harvest season.
With our incredible van driver and experienced tour guide, Sergio Ceccherini of Scenic Wine Tours in Tuscany at the helm, we were easily able to access and explore many off-the-beaten track towns and villages in Tuscany. Even when visiting larger cities such as Siena and Florence, with his special license, Sergio was able to drive us into the heart of city off limits to cars. Can you imagine being dropped off at the Duomo of Siena or Piazza Della Republica in Florence? It was amazing and convenient!
The centerpiece of the tour was designed to give guests the chance to pick olives by hand at Casa Falcioni, a 10- acre property in the charming and central Tuscan town of Cavriglia that boasts an olive grove with nearly 600 olive trees. We had gorgeous weather and being out in the fresh air with friends collecting olives is an experience that is fun and relaxing. We managed to pick nearly 900 pounds of olives and the very next day were able to see them pressed into olive oil at a pressing facility located in the heart of the Chianti region. The colors of the countryside this year are beautiful beyond description. Tanya Falcioni brought a loaf of bread and just as soon as the oil was available, she poured it into a bowl where we each could dip our bread to sample it. Freshly pressed olive oil has a very earthy flavor, which many of us found just delicious.
Daniela Postfortunato, the proprietress of Agriturismo Valleverde, offered us the most outstanding hospitality! My guests and I each stayed in rustically elegant and very spacious apartments with kitchens, private baths and sitting rooms that overlooked an expansive meadow, hillside and vineyards. She, like Tanya, fed us some of the best homemade meals complete with their locally grown produce, and wine from their vineyards.
Several guests wrote to say that Harvest Italia was one of  the best travel experiences they had ever had.
More details on the 2012 trip and dates for Harvest Italia 2013, to come shortly.

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