Excursions in Chianti wine region

Excursions in Chianti wine region during a Mediterranean cruise

Shore excursion to Chianti wine region from Livorno port

from €440 per unit

We travel to Chianti wine region

After 45 minutes on the highway you will see the Chianti Wine Road among the lush and rolling countryside.

Your driver will take you through classic sweet hills, surrounded by vineyards and silvery green olive groves, between farms and castles, farmhouses and cypress trees. There is a spectacle of nnature that changes his colors in every season, and became every day like a postcards.

Start the beginning short stop in an Medieval borgo considered one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy, at the Castle of Montefioralle, birthplace of Amerigo Vespucci.

Then we will go to winery for a wine tasting in the Chianti valley of gold, named for the value of the vineyards of the valley.

After that we will move to a second farm and visit the winery with explanation of the vineyard and where you can taste the local product. You will taste excellent wines and olive oil right from the source, doing a light lunch.

Now we will go ti visit Greve in Chianti, the "gateway of chianti".  Here we are immediately in front of the square with the monument of Giovanni da Verrazzano, a noble commander navigator, famous discovered of Hudson River and the bay where it would built New York. Into the arcades and the typical structure we can find many shops selling local products like a famous butchers called "Falorni" shop where have the cold cuts and excellent cheeses.

We will leave the country in time to get to the ship.

After all that rest into the van that will take you back to the ship and we will be at your ship at 17:00 / 17:30 pm


Note: The wine tastings, the lunch and the visit cellar are extra. It is payable in cash directly to the driver before the beginning of the visit.


Chianti and Wineries Private Shore Excursion

from €88 per person

Enjoy a private shore excursion directly from your ship in Livorno. Our expert and courteous, English-speaking driver will pick you up in a luxury vehicle and take you to visit the beautiful Chianti countryside and taste some of its famous wines. 

Your private English speaking driver will be waiting for you at the pre-arranged time at the cruise port of Livorno, holding a sign with your name on it, as specified on your confirmation voucher.

A trip to Chianti represents a unique and unforgettable experience for everyone involved. In addition to fabulous vineyards and olive groves, famous internationally for their wine and oil; there are abbeys, villas, castles, wineries, and restaurants to visit and enjoy.

Departing from your ship in Livorno, we proceed towards the beautiful countryside of the Chianti region and, following the "Wine Road" between vineyards and olive trees, we'll reach Greve in Chianti, the small village, named after the nearby river, expanded considerably during the 14th & 15th centuries, where we find a monument to Giovanni da Verrazzano, the explorer who discovered the New York Harbor. We see Piazza Matteotti with its porticoes, the Santa Croce church, the San Francesco convent and a series of typical, tiny, local shops and wine-cellars. One of the most famous is the butcher shop Falorni, which has been located in the piazza for 500 years.

You can have free samples of many of their locally produced products. Many famous people from Hollywood (and you thought they were vegetarians!!!) order beef, salami, and ham from Falorni. To find out names, just pop in and ask. In Greve there is also the enoteca "Le Cantine" where you will be able to taste not only more than 100 different wines, but also olive oil, vin santo and grappa, all produced in the Chianti area - a showcase for the region's wines. If time permitting, we will also stop at the Bonollo grappa distillery and at Montefioralle, a small village above Greve, which still preserves its medieval architectural flavor.

After Greve, we depart for the magnificent Castle of Verrazzano*, situated on top of a hill between Florence and Siena, in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine production area. It was originally an Etruscan settlement, then a Roman one, until becoming the property of the Verrazzano family in the 12th century. Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered the bay of New York and the main part of the East Coast of America (the suspended bridge in New York with the longest span in the world bears his name) was born here in 1485.

At the Castle guided tours can be booked to see the gardens, the centuries-old ageing cellars and, as a curiosity, the wild boars which breed naturally in the surrounding woods. Together with the world famous wines, all the various products of the farm can be tasted, including olive oil, salted meats, wild boar sausage and the area's other typical specialties (light lunch).

Time Permitting, after the castle the tour continues with a drive through the typical Tuscan countryside and small villages like Panzano and Castellina in Chianti. On the way back, you will have the chance to admire the Medieval Fortress of Monteriggioni, with its walls and remaining towers witnessing the distant past, giving an impression that time has come to a stand-still both inside and outside of its walls.

At the end you will drive back to Livorno pier on perfect time to board your ship.

Private shore excursion to Chianti wine region and San Gimignano.

from €440 per unit

Your driver will take you trough to classic gentil hills, sourrended by vineyards and silvery green olive groves, between farms and castle, farmhouse and cypress trees,

Here the breathing scenery offers the spectacle of nature that change every season and became like a postcards.

We will visit ancients village that compose Chianti area. Here you will try the typical product of Chianti, his wine, cheeses and olive oil called "Extra-vergine d'oliva".

Before arriving in San Gimignano we will stop in a winery where you can try the wonderfull experience of flavors wine tasting and light lunch. You will have an expert an exclusive and private a wine expert (enologo) will present the wine and he explain to you how is the flavor them and their origins.

The wine tasting, wich will be accompained of several local specialities like cold cuts, pecorino chesees, olive oil and pasta or Ribollita.

In the afternoon you will have free time to explore the medieval Village.

San Gimignano is a famous medieval village that has descended through time untouched well preserved situated among the sweet hills where there is the production of Vernaccia di San Gimignano made only here.

San Gimignano it served as an important relay point for pilgrims to or from Rome on the via Francigena and the patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses as a symbols of their  wealth and power. Here you can also find the best ice-cream (gelato) in high quality that won the world championships and i suggest to taste it, the driver will tell you where exactly is it.

We will leave the country in time to get to the ship.

Siena & San Gimignano

from €475 per unit

We travel to San Gimignano,

Your driver will take you throught classic sweet hills vineyards and silvery green olive groves, a living picture postcard! Breathtaking scenery, the spectacle of nature that changes colors every season is incomparable.

San Gimignano, famous  quiet medieval village has descended through time untouched well preserved. Situated among the sweet hills of olives grooves and vineyards (here we have the famous white wine Vernaccia di San Gimignano "made only here")

San gimignano is served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-house (some as high as 50 m) as symbols of their wealth and power, San Gimignano has retained it's feudal atmosphere and appearance.

And if you like the icecream (gelato), here you will find one of the best icecream shops in high quality i recommend to taste it  that also won the world championships. Your driver will tell you where exactly it is situated.

Before lunch we live San Gimignano to go to Siena, there i recommend a quick lunch on the city street to optimize the time.

In Siena where you'll notice an ancient atmosphere, the beautifull medieval city well preserved inside, narrow streets and sqares, churches and towers, it's beautifull historic centre that has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You'll feel as if you've stepped back in time. Here you can tasting local products.(pecorino cheese - the typical sliced salami of Cinta Senese - wines chianti - extra virgin olive oil - pasta toscana "Pici and Pappardelle" - Cream and wild boar - the typical sweets Ricciarelli, Panforte.

We will enter the heart of Siena, the gothic cathedral (Duomo is one of the most spectacular in Italy in full gothic style), but where there is the most important event is Piazza del Campo, dominated by Tower del Mangia witness to many events in history, but the most intriguing is the Palio, an horse race, one of the most important things in the life of a Siena native.

In the square on 2 July and 16 August there is a bareback horse race that was first recorded in 1283. On those days mayhem takes over, "Piazza del Campo" with it's strange shape of half orange , is covered with earth covering her typicol red brick (to allow the horse race).

Everything will be done passionately on those days the mayhem takes over this small town we can observe local patriotism at its best and worst.

After all that rest in the van that will take you back the ship.