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STORY's Hand-Crafted adventure in a authentic Tuscan villa in "Undiscovered Italy"
2020: 11-Day Florence + Tuscan Villa Adventure

Your Tuscany Story Starts Here.

Is this trip for me?

Designed especially with STORY Alumni & Friends in mind, this adventure through Tuscany features our top-line hotel in Florence and an amazing Tuscan Farmhouse Villa (which founder Mark Story stayed in this past summer). If you're looking for an authentic Tuscan farmhouse villa stay, this is it.
 

Travel Style: Deluxe
Heart of city hotel in Florence, rustic Tuscan Farmhouse Villa located in the stunning Val D'Orcia with Chef-prepared dining, signature Story Exclusives and Sightseeing.

Service Level: Deluxe
Posh hotel in Florence, private Tuscan agriturismo villa, private transport via Story microcoach and luxe vans, Story Tour Captain throughout.

Activity Level: Balanced
Moderate walking in the hill towns of Tuscany suitable for most fitness levels —  some towns may feature substantial hills —  ample balance of leisure time.

Trip Membership: 21+
Only guests over 21 years of age may participate in this adventure.

 

Complete Trip Details:

Authentic Tuscan Farmhouse Villa

"This was what we wanted: a private villa, with sightseeing tours to amazing Tuscan hill-towns, in villa Chef prepared dinners, private pool in the middle of a beautiful Tuscan valley. Grazie STORY!"

The perfect balance of inclusions and free time in some of Italy's most countryside in the Tuscan Region begins in Florence.

This is my special itinerary that will have a wonderful element of cuisine and wine perfectly intertwined through our discovery of Tuscany. Check out this amazing itinerary.
—  Mark Story


Our Daily Itinerary

I enjoy a wonderful 'job' in travel designing dream itineraries to destinations all around the globe for our esteemed Story Guests. One place in particular that appeals to me is Italy. I am thankful for my job and for being able to travel to Italy at least once a year with such wonderful adventurers!

It's true, I love seeing the look of satisfaction and pleasant surprise on the faces of our Story Guests — I see it when they have tasted that unique varietal of wine in Tuscany, or that incredible sunset over Florence, or seeing their delight as the Amalfi Coast unfolds around them — so, I decided it was time for more experiences in Italy's Tuscan Region, but in a little different way, with our primary stay at a cozy, authentic farmhouse in Tuscany.

—  Mark Story

Welcome to Florence

DAY 1: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

International Flight Departs North America.  

Treviso, Italy
Florence, Italy


Florence

DAY 2: Welcome to Florence

After crossing the Atlantic overnight, after claiming your bags may we recommend you opt for our Arrival Transfer? You are met by our STORY representative who will transfer you to your hotel in the heart of Florence, your home for the next two days and nights.

Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at one of our favorite locations in Florence hosted by our STORY Local Host.  

Accommodation, 2 Nights
Deluxe: Hotel L'Orologio or Similar
Classic Budget: Our Classic Collection in Florence

Vittorio Emanuele II Monument
The magic of Florence
 

 

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Florence

DAY 3: Florence at Leisure

Today, we've included a complete day in Florence at your leisure. Just soak up all that is Florence and explore further her secrets at your own pace.

Or inquire about special sightseeing and experiences available to you.

Treviso, Italy
Florence Skyline & Sunset

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Tuscany and the Val d'Orcia

DAY 4: The Tuscan Countryside Awaits

Vittorio Emanuele II Monument
Tuscany, Italy

Today our Driver picks you up from your hotel and transfers you deep into the Tuscany countryside to one of our special wineries for a STORY Exclusive that involves an orientation to the vines and a tasting paired with delicious morsels. After your experience, we will transfer to our villa, your home for the next week! Transportation is included for all organized sightseeing and excursions.

Upon arrival, your bags will be moved to your rooms while you enjoy a brief orientation of the estate. Then it's time to enjoy an Aperitivo before your Chef-prepared dinner — welcome to Tuscany!

Included Chef-Prepared Dining Tonight to welcome you!!

Accommodation: VILLA, 7 Nights

"Where you are is who you are. The further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it. Never casual, the choice of place is the choice of something you crave."
― Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

Treviso, Italy
At the Villa in Tuscany


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Exploring Our "Home"

DAY 5: DISCOVERING THE HEART OF TUSCANY

food icon   Included Dining: Chef-Prepared Dining: A Taste of Tuscany
star icon   STORY Exclusive
: Special Wine Tasting

Included Excursion
Today, we will venture into the nearby village to explore the piazza and get to know our surroundings a bit. Then we're off to enjoy a STORY Exclusive today as we arrive at our winery for a tour and special tasting paired with dishes. We return to the villa late this afternoon. Included Chef-Prepared Dining: A Taste of Tuscany (later dinner tonight)

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Villa View

View from the Villa

Villa View

Located nearby, an 'undiscovered' Tuscan hill town —  amazing.

 

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Verona, Italy
Arezzo, Italy
Journey to Arezzo

DAY 6: AREZZO & THE VILLA

Included Excursion
Today, we will venture to amazing Arezzo and be entertained and guided by our Expert, Dr. Susanna Burrichi — she's STORY's lead guide in Florence — and enjoy some free time in this amazing city. We will return to the villa late this afternoon.

Story Exclusive
Included Chef-Prepared Dining Tonight

Arezzo, Italy

Arezzo, Italy


Arezzo, Italy

Arezzo, Italy


Arezzo, Italy

Arezzo, Italy


 
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Journey to Pienza

DAY 7: PIENZA

Included Excursion
Today, venture to amazing Pienza for a walking tour with our guide, and then free time for lunch.

Verona, Italy

Pienza, Italy


Verona, Italy

Pienza, Italy


Mark's recommendation for lunch: A tiny hole-in-the-wall that boats excellent local fare and interesting vino (don't forget to try the olive oil).

Nearby Pienza is also known as one of the filming locations for Gladiator, with the owner of this restaurant's Nonna owning the field of wheat where actor Russell Crowe walked through as Maximus.

We return to our villa late afternoon.

Included Chef-Prepared Dining Tonight

 
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Journey to Siena

DAY 8: SIENA

Included Excursion
Today, venture to Siena for a walking tour and a visit to the Duomo (admission included) before free time to explore (and shop if you like) at leisure. We return to the villa to freshen up before dinner out tonight in the nearby village.

Siena, Italy

Siena, Italy


 

Special Dining in Town Tonight with the Tour Captain

 
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New Experience: Heart of Chianti Classico

DAY 9: CHIANTI CLASSICO

Included Excursion
Today, enjoy something completely different as we venture to the very heart of the Chianti Classico region for an unusual tour of the vines, along with a special wine tasting paired with delectables. It's a 'new experience' guaranteed!

Siena, Italy

Chianti Classico, Italy


 

Return to the villa for a light dinner tonight.

 
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Tuscany
Day at Leisure

DAY 10: AT THE VILLA

Today, enjoy your last day at the villa at leisure. OR opt for a sightseeing tour to a nearby Tuscan hill town. Inquire.

 

 
Emma Villa
At the Villa
 

Our Farewell Event
Tonight, a very special STORY Exclusive experience on the grounds of our Villa in Tuscany!

We celebrate our adventures together over the last many days and look forward to the next Chapter!


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Departure Day

DAY 11: Arrivederci!

Departure transfer to Florence airport is not included. Inquire about other airports.

Join us on another adventure soon.


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Our Villa in Tuscany

The advantages of our completely private villa in the heart of Tuscany are many including more than enough bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The estate boasts a Pool among other amazing characteristics with multiple seating areas and areas to just 'soak in the beauty.'

Our Villa in Tuscany includes a completely private estate set in the heart of Tuscany complete with private pool, dish-washer, washing machine, air conditioned bedrooms using Penguins (they keep the rooms very cool in the hottest of summers).

The estate is excellently maintained, totally illuminated by the sun, and equipped with gazebo and multiple seating places; the estate is perfect for an open air life approach and eating "al fresco."

Amenities and Features

Cable TV Satellite TV

Cable TV Air Conditioning via Penguin Systems as Described

Cable TV Private Pool

Cable TV WiFi Internet

 

Photos of Our Villa in Tuscay

What's Included in Your Villa Adventure?

Deliciously Slow Travel through Tuscany Italy

What's Included in this small group experience?

We've tried to include everything on our Guaranteed Departures ~
However, make note of the following:

  • Breakfast is included daily
  • Culinary & Wine Estate Experiences Throughout
  • Lunch is not included in Florence but is while at the Villa and not out on excursions.
  • Select Story Way dinners and exclusives are included, on other nights our Tour Captain will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night.
  • We Stay in the Very Heart of Cities & Towns, except when we're at unique properties such as castles and villas.
  • Gratuities Included: Story Land & Sea® includes gratuities for Local Tour Guides, Drivers, Hotel and Restaurant Staff included.
  • Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.

Ready to book your own Tuscan Villa? This villa and many others are available as an independent vacation. Contact us at 1 + 877 865 6711 or online by completing this form.

Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your Italian land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 83I

 

That's it! Everything else excluding airfare and personal item purchases is included.

Included sightseeing and excursions

Story Land & Sea®'s Unique Walking Tour Experience
We do walk a lot on our small group tours of Italy. It's unhurried and there are ample opportunities to sit and relax. You must be physically capable of walking and experiencing the many stairs of Italy. Please inquire with Story Land & Sea® Reservations for more details.

Hotels in Italy

 Our Villa in Tuscany

11 day round-trip travel including STORY's unique approach to Italy with Slow Travel themes through Florence, Arezzo, Perugia, and the Tuscan Region with plenty of leisure time at our luxurious Villa—  an amazing adventure.
2020
11 Day Tuscan Villa Adventure
2 STYLES OF HOTEL IN FLORENCE Choose from STORY's Deluxe or Classic Budget Hotels -- Both feature Heart of City locations.
Italy small group Tour Dates and Rates
classic italy tours small group Dates and Rates
September 2020 Departures
Weather in Italy in September
Summer-like days usher warmer temps earlier in the month (Average High 76, Low 61), cooler than August, and nice temps in the evenings.

Sep 9-19

Deluxe
$6,779
$5,979

Classic
$5,979
$4,979

Solo* Supplement : $1,559

*Solo supplement provides a double occupancy room for solo use.

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing.

Or do these dates not work for your schedule?

Call us: 1 877 865 6711

Take over a departure for your own private group.

Inquire for details.

Prefer to travel with just the two of you? Inquire for our Private Journey option.


 

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