The Hidden Villages of Tuscany
Tuscany’s culture extends far beyond its crowded cities. Join us as we go off the beaten path to explore timeless examples of architecture, crafts and cuisine in this idyllic region.
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Program No. 20096RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

The borghi (small villages) of Tuscany have their own pace, their own traditional meals, their own culture and, it sometimes seems, their own world apart from modernity and even from the flow of tourists into some parts of the region. Explore the piazzas, churches, fortresses and hilly landscapes of this smaller, timeless Italy. Interact with the people in markets and cafés, see the masterpieces that have long resided here and taste simple, ancient, delicious Tuscan cuisine.
Activity Level
Walking up to one mile and standing for up to one hour at a time; some uneven terrain and stairs without railings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Absorb the culture and day-to-day life of Tuscan villages on this thorough, in-depth journey.
  • Observe artisans creating fine textiles using ancient methods including pre-treatment with olive oil and coloring with onions, sage and carrots.
  • Learn how Tuscany’s chefs work with the fertile northern Italian land to create distinctive dishes.
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Mario Carniani
A native of Fiesole, Italy, Mario Carniani graduated with honors from the University of Florence with a focus on foreign languages and literature. After pursuing studies on Elizabethan drama in England, he moved on to teach Italian at the British Institute of Florence and English in Italian State schools. He has conducted courses on Italian literature and history for numerous international institutes based in Florence, including Georgetown University and Dartmouth University.
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