Featured holiday Food and wine holiday in Tuscany’s Chianti Italy

5 nights/6 days
This is a five-night food and wine holiday based at the Borgo San Felice, a 5-star hotel occupying an ancient hamlet surrounded by Chianti Classico vineyards, and with a Michelin-starred restaurant. Included is a dinner with wine, a tour of the cellar with wine-tasting and a half-day cookery lesson. There is time to explore the region on your own with a hire-car too.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Pisa return, economy
  • Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
  • Dinner with wine, wine-tasting and cellar tour and one three-hour cookery lesson
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Luxury food and wine holiday in Tuscany's Chianti region

Highlights

• Dinner at the San Felice restaurant. Includes a three-course menu of: traditional antipasti platter, comprised of ‘Cinta’ cured meats, cheeses and bruschetta; home-made ‘Pici’ pasta, pecorino cheese and pepper; and, wild boar with pine nuts, raisins, and creamed potato. One San Felice wine is served with each course • Tour of the San Felice wine cellar and tasting of three different estate wines • One three-hour cookery lesson, where you prepare three plates, followed by a light lunch

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,990

Holiday Code FHIT08

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury food and wine holiday in Tuscany's Chianti region

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,990

Holiday Code FHIT08

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Pisa return, economy
● Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
● 5 nights' bed and breakfast in a Classic double room at Borgo San Felice, near Castelnuovo Berardenga
● Dinner at the La Terrazza di San Felice restaurant. Includes a three course menu of: traditional antipasti platter, comprised of ‘Cinta’ cured meats, cheeses and bruschetta; home-made ‘Pici’ pasta, pecorino cheese and pepper; and, wild boar with pine nuts, raisins, and creamed potato. One San Felice wine is served with each course.
● Tour of the San Felice wine cellar and tasting of three different estate wines
● One three hour cookery lesson, where you prepare three plates, followed by a light lunch
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,990

Holiday Code FHIT08

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Pisa return, economy
• Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
• 5 nights' bed and breakfast in a Classic double room at Borgo San Felice, near Castelnuovo Berardenga
• Dinner at the La Terrazza di San Felice restaurant. Includes a three course menu of: traditional antipasti platter, comprised of ‘Cinta’ cured meats, cheeses and bruschetta; home-made ‘Pici’ pasta, pecorino cheese and pepper; and, wild boar with pine nuts, raisins, and creamed potato. One San Felice wine is served with each course.
• Tour of the San Felice wine cellar and tasting of three different estate wines
• One three hour cookery lesson, where you prepare three plates, followed by a light lunch
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are British Airways flights to Pisa from London Heathrow every day, with more than one flight a day. From Pisa, you collect a hire-car and the driving time to San Felice is about 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Luxury food and wine holiday in Tuscany's Chianti region

Expressions Holidays includes this hotel in this holiday.
Hotels included in this tour
San Felice
Borgo San Felice

The Borgo San Felice is a boutique 5-star hotel in Chianti country, ideal for exploring Italian vineyards and authentic Tuscan cuisine. Excellent spa facilities and fine dining restaurants afford guests a truly indulgent experience.

Classic double room

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,990

Holiday Code FHIT08

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Pisa return, economy
• Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
• 5 nights' bed and breakfast in a Classic double room at Borgo San Felice, near Castelnuovo Berardenga
• Dinner at the La Terrazza di San Felice restaurant. Includes a three course menu of: traditional antipasti platter, comprised of ‘Cinta’ cured meats, cheeses and bruschetta; home-made ‘Pici’ pasta, pecorino cheese and pepper; and, wild boar with pine nuts, raisins, and creamed potato. One San Felice wine is served with each course.
• Tour of the San Felice wine cellar and tasting of three different estate wines
• One three hour cookery lesson, where you prepare three plates, followed by a light lunch
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are British Airways flights to Pisa from London Heathrow every day, with more than one flight a day. From Pisa, you collect a hire-car and the driving time to San Felice is about 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Luxury food and wine holiday in Tuscany's Chianti region

Highlights of Tuscany

Famous vineyards producing wines of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Alabaster is produced in Volterra. Gold and silver are worked in Florence and the Ponte Vecchio is lined with jewellery shops. Marbled paper and stationery is a speciality of Florence. Ceramics and hand-painted majolica from raw terracotta from Impruneta to the glazed pottery of Siena are to be found throughout Tuscany. Lucca has traditionally produced silk and hand-woven fabrics. Leather goods including shoes, handbags and belts are to be found from market stalls to designer shops such as Gucci and Ferragamo. Interesting markets include the Mercato dell' Antiquariato which sells furniture from antiques to bric-a-brac in Arezzo on the first weekend of every month, in Pisa on the second weekend and in Lucca on the third weekend. The 'wild' Maremma is known for its long-horned white cattle and cowboys (butteri) and natural springs including Saturnia.

Cultural highlights of Tuscany

As birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany contains a wealth of treasures: Giotto`s Campanile and Brunelleschi`s Dome in Florence, the Tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo in Florence`s Santa Croce, Botticelli`s `Birth of Venus` and `Primavera` and the portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca in the Uffizi, Michelangelo`s `David` in the Accademia, the architecture of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, `The Tuscan Maremma` painting by Giovanni Fattori in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Piazza del Campo in Siena, `The Legend of the Cross` frescoes by Piero della Francesco in Arezzo, `The Creation` fresco by Bartolo di Fredi in the Collegiata in San Gimignano, Romanesque church of the Collegiata in San Quirico d`Orcia, 14th Century Fortezza of Montalcino, Renaissance masterpiece of the church of Madonna di San Biagio at Montepulciano, the abbey-church of Sant`Antimo, mediaeval Lucignano and the towers of San Gimignano, the Etruscan Museum in Cortona.  

Festivals in Tuscany

Many of Tuscany`s festivals resound with the flamboyance of the Renaissance and keep Tuscans and visitors alike in touch with the region`s rich history. Others are linked to Tuscany`s hearty traditions of eating and drinking. The most famous is Siena`s Palio which takes place on 2 July and 16 August each year. Others include the Sagra del Tordo (Festival of the Thrush) in Montalcino on the last Sunday in October when there is an archery contest and charcoal-grilled thrush are a delicacy. In Florence, Calcio in Costume (a football match played in mediaeval costume) takes place in June. Pisa has the Giocco del Ponte (Game of the Bridge), a mock battle in Renaissance dress also held in June. Viareggio celebrates Carnival on Shrove Tuesday with a huge display of flamboyant floats. In May and August Massa Marittima holds the Falcon Contest.  

Gastronomy in Tuscany

Simple country food is at the heart of Tuscan cooking. Regional dishes include Bruschetta (bread or ciabatta toasted and rubbed with garlic, olive oil and salt), Ribollita (bean, cabbage and bread soup), Pasta with hare or wild boar sauce, Porcini mushroom and truffle dishes, Bistecca all Fiorentina (thick cut of sirloin and fillet beef), Cantucci (almond and honey biscuits) served dipped in Vin Santo, Panforte (chocolate, nut and spice cake). Pecorino cheese made from sheep's milk. Local wines include the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano and the Bianco di Pitigliano. Famous reds include Chanti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Vin Santo made from semi-crushed grapes left for several months is an excellent dessert wine.

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