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Crete Senesi – Tuscany – Italy

The Crete Senesi refers to an area of the Italian region of Tuscany to the south of Siena. It consists of a range of hills and woods among villages and includes the comuni of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d’Arbia, Rapolano Terme and San Giovanni d’Asso, all within the province of Siena. Crete senesi are literally Siennese clays and the distinctive grey colouration of the soil gives the landscape an appearance often described as lunar. This characteristic clay, known as mattaione, represents the sediments of the Pliocene sea which covered the area between 2.5 and 4.5 million years ago. In the nearby is also the semi-arid area known as Accona Desert. Perhaps the most notable edifice of this area is the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. The region is known for its production of white truffles and hosts a festival and a museum dedicated to the rare tuber.
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Trailer: Under the tuscan sun

After Frances’s seemingly happy San Francisco marriage ends abruptly, she goes into a funk. Urged by her friends to move on, she joins a bus tour of Tuscany where, on the spur of the moment, she buys a crumbling villa. She assembles a crew of oddballs and immigrants to repair the house; over the next year, as they work, she welcomes one of her New York friends who’s pregnant and at loose ends, and she seeks love, first (tenuously) with her married real estate agent, then with a charming stranger. Although life gets in the way of love, Frances’s wishes come true in unexpected ways, and there’s always the Tuscan sun.

A fantastic holiday in the beautiful region of Tuscany.
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Go Ahead Tours Announces Two New Food & Wine Tours to Italy



A Taste of Northern Italy & the Italian Riviera


Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) February 16, 2010

Go Ahead Tours, an international leader in discovery through guided tours and European vacation packages, has designed two new tours to feed travelers’ wanderlust and celebrate travel to popular culinary destinations within Italy, such as Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Montalcino, Rome, Bologna, Turin and Verona.

In response to the increasing popularity of theme-based itineraries, Go Ahead Tours offers travelers an entirely new way to discover the world—through the flavors and tastes of Italy. These new tour packages offer a more in-depth cultural experience, since travelers will interact more with locals and sample locally produced products, like balsamic vinegar cheese and wine.

“Our travelers have expressed the desire for exciting and distinctive experiences,” said Christy Waller, Vice President of Marketing. “And this year, during our 20th anniversary celebration, we’re happy to offer special departures and new itineraries that give them the vacation they want. These new tours also appeal to those who may not have considered a tour group before. Our Food & Wine tours are designed for adult travelers looking to reward themselves with an international experience that will treat all of their senses.”

Full itineraries on all Go Ahead’s tours can be found at www.goaheadtours.com; here are included tour highlights from the two new Food & Wine tours to Italy:

For 2010: A Taste of Tuscany & Umbria: Perugia Jazz Festival

(10 Days from $ 3,399 USD; departs July 7, 2010)

    Welcome Dinner in Florence
    Private Tuscan cooking class
    Wine tasting in San Gimignano
    Local dinner in Siena
    Brunello wine tasting in Montalcino
    Traditional Umbrian lunch by Lake Trasimeno
    Special Jazz dinner event
    Wine tasting and light lunch in Orvieto
    Farewell Dinner in Rome

For 2011: A Taste of Northern Italy & the Italian Riviera

(11 Days from $ 2,699 USD )

    Welcome Dinner in Turin
    Wine tasting and light lunch in Barolo
    Cheese tasting at a local Parmigiano Reggiano producer
    Local balsamic vinegar factory visit and tasting
    Wine tasting in the Parma region
    Private cooking class in Bolgona
    Wine tasting in the Veneto region
    Farewell Dinner in Verona
Established in 1990, Go Ahead Tours (www.goaheadtours.com) offers over 75 high-quality escorted tours around the world to travelers—both seasoned and new—who are looking to learn more about the world and themselves. Committed to breaking down barriers of culture and geography, Go Ahead provides customers with superior quality, exceptional value and an unsurpassed Best Price Guarantee; that is, if you find the same tour for less, Go Ahead will match the price. Go Ahead’s parent company, EF Education, was founded in 1965 and is the world’s largest private educational travel company.

All prices are based on exchange rates, airfares, fuel prices/surcharges and land costs at the time of pricing (November 4, 2009) and are therefore subject to increase. Please note: Between $ 90 USD and $ 325 USD in government taxes and fees with respect to air travel, including the September 11th Security Fee, and port taxes are not part of the tour price.

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Holidaying In Tuscany- A Dream Come True

It is quite natural when you think of holidaying in Europe and your mind without thinking for a second starts dreaming of Italy. Why not? Italy is a place of dreams, a city known for its ethnic beauty. While planning a trip to Italy, you must see the beautiful region Tuscany which is specially known for its landscapes and artistic legacies. Surrounded by hills, mountain chains and a few plains, Tuscany is a relief to visitors traveling from all parts of the world.

While you are holidaying in Tuscany, don’t forget to look in for wide selection of accommodation choices ranging from farmhouse and villas to apartments, vacation homes and luxurious hotels. Tuscany is a small city filled with the air of purity and love. Tuscany’s capital city Florence is another attraction as it is called the most romantic city in the world filled with artistic, architectural and cultural beauty.

It is always suggested to stay in a self catering accommodation so that you can find ample time to visit the beautiful city of Tuscany and Florence. Some of the best museums can be seen in Florence namely the Galleria Delgi Uffizi, The National Museu of Bargello and the Accademia Gallery. These museums have the finest collection of arts in the world. You can see the Mannerist and Renaissance sculptures in the Bargello, while the Accademia Gallery highlights some of the unfinished carvings by Michelangelo.

Tuscany is one of the popular cities of Italy with varied attractions for its visitors. It is known for its beauty and grandeur. The renowned leaning tower of Pisa is perhaps the most famous and attractive place for the visitors. This great masterpiece is located at the square of the miracles and will render you absolutely speechless with its splendor and magnificence.

Self catering accommodation is the best option to recharge your body and provide you complete relaxing experience. The overlooking olive groves, vineyard, and sunflower plantation are the perfect picture when you wake in the morning and peep outside your rented self catering accommodation.

Farmhouses are also available on rent that provides you with all modern amenities to make your stay a memorable one. Families traveling to Tuscany find it very soothing to stay in such rented accommodation as they can cook according to what they feel like as and when required. It’s a complete home feeling for large groups and families. To add more to its charm, these have all the latest entertainment facilities in each house-for-rent.

There is no need to worry for travelers who are budget conscious as Tuscany provides ample opportunities to stay in cheap rental apartments and houses.

All you need is to explore the city of Tuscany to its maximum. Tourism being the back bone of economy of Tuscany, offers great attractions to its varied visitors. Be it art, music, landscapes, national parks, castles, museums, you find endless views with world class wines and food fiestas.

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