Sights, Aromas and Tastes of Tuscany in the Autumn with Storied Adventures

DATES: 10/10/2022 - 10/17/2022
LOCATION: Tuscany
PRICE: $3,575.00
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Every great story starts with an adventure.

Hi, I’m Janine Queenin. I help busy people plan once-in-a-lifetime adventures to celebrate life’s greatest milestone.

Making it possible for you to travel authentically is why I’m here. I’ll make it easy for you to see the world in a new way, and introduce you to sights, sounds, and tastes that will change your life forever.

Are you ready for your next great adventure?  Join me in Italy in October, 2022 for a magical journey to Tuscany.

Five fast facts about Janine:

  • Number of countries visited: 29 + counting!
  • Country visited the most times: Italy
  • Favorite thing to do while traveling: Eat!
  • Favorite traveling companions: My husband and two kids.
  • Favorite splurge while traveling: Art

Every great story starts with an adventure.

Hi, I’m Janine Queenin. I help busy people plan once-in-a-lifetime adventures to celebrate life’s greatest milestone.

Making it possible for you to travel authentically is why I’m here. I’ll make it easy for you to see the world in a new way, and introduce you to sights, sounds, and tastes that will change your life forever.

Are you ready for your next great adventure?  Join me in Italy in October, 2022 for a magical journey to Tuscany.

Five fast facts about Janine:

  • Number of countries visited: 29 + counting!
  • Country visited the most times: Italy
  • Favorite thing to do while traveling: Eat!
  • Favorite traveling companions: My husband and two kids.
  • Favorite splurge while traveling: Art
Are you ready to experience the real Tuscany?
Do you yearn to live “la dolce vita” – the good life?
Storied Adventures and Il Chiosto join together to produce a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the heart of Tuscany. You’ll join a small group of women led by Janine Queenin (limited to 16) who will enjoy a unique, accompanied tour with 7-nights lodging at the 900-year-old Dievole vineyard and wine resort in the village of Vagliagli, Italy.
With centuries-old Renaissance cities, rolling hills, and terraced vineyards, Tuscany offers the ultimate Italian experience. The landscape has inspired centuries of artists, from the olive groves and cypress alleys to the romantic villages perched on rocky outcrops. Tuscany lures visitors back again and again to experience its historical and culinary riches.
Together, we’ll experience the authentic sights, aromas, and tastes of Tuscany with local friends to lead the way. For eight days, we’ll immerse ourselves in life in the Chianti region of Italy and celebrate the sweet life with new friends from near and far.  (Optional 3-day extension in Florence.  See details below.)

Andrea and Janine

Trip highlights include:

  • Get to know the Chianti region with special wine and food experiences throughout the week.
  • Visit local food artisans, including a cheese maker, butcher, a spice farmer, and an olive oil pressing experience.
  • Hands-on cooking class and live entertainment at the home of  Chef Andrea Anichini
  • Possible visit to special cashmere goat farm or herb & spice gardens
  • Excursions to the local hill towns of San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, and Castellina. 
  • Winery tours and tasting.
  • A day trip to medieval Siena.

Program Description:

When people come to Italy they always remark about the food and how flavorful and fresh everything tastes. This program will focus on what makes the Italian food philosophy so thrilling.

We’ll see that Italy has a strict natural and organic tradition for producing food. Our excursions will take us into the shops, factories and homes of those people who keep the tradition of Tuscan cuisine alive.  Our frequent guide will be Andrea Anichini, a native of the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, sandwiched between Florence and Siena.

Our trip is set in autumn which is quite a special time in Tuscany.  It brings the harvest – a time of so many treasures and delicacies.


Your Guides:

Janine Queenin of Storied Adventures will be the primary group leader.

Linda and Michael of Il Chiostro will be your hosts and guides for all of our Tuscan excursions.

Andrea Anichini The Man From Chianti will be our food and wine guide throughout this program.  Andrea was born and raised in the Chianti hills of Tuscany.  He comes from a long tradition of traditional local cooking.  His aunt next door owns a small production Chianti Classico fattoria producing wine and olive oil, his sister-in-law owns a shop in Siena where she makes fresh pasta, and his mother hasa been cooking in the village of Vagliagli since he was a child.

Andrea’s passion is food and wine, but specifically local, Tuscan products and recipes.  He worked for many years at the Dievole Chianti Classico Winery as its chief sommelier.  After that Andrea opened his own Tuscan products store in the center of Siena called Vini Vizi where he sold the highest quality local specialty products like vin santo, pro secco, chocolate, pasta, olive oil, etc.

From there Andrea and his partner opened the very successful trattoria the Vinsantaio in Castelnuovo Berardenga where, again, he specialized in the traditional recipes of the area using seasonal and locally grown, organic ingredients.

Today Andrea uses his myriad area contacts to procure the best meats, olive oil, wines and produce. You’ll see that his passions for food and wine are evident in his excursions and cooking classes.

Andrea in kitchen

Andrea laughing-Melabee Miller
Andrea making magic in the kitchen (photo by Melabee Miller)


Meet Up in Florence option

To shake off jet lag and have some extra time absorb some of the most famous sites and artwork in the world, Janine will suggest and book for you a charming, small hotel where anyone who wants to arrive early can meet.  Florence shouldn’t be missed, and it’s always fun to have a companion to see a museum or have dinner in a local trattoria.

The coach that will transfer us to Dievole in the Chianti hills will pick everyone up at our hotel, so it will be convenient to spend a night or 2 there.

Florence at Dusk, photo by Gabrielle Pascoe


Price: $3,575 p/p in a shared double room

  • Single supplement – $625 (limited number available)

Includes:

  • Room with full bathroom at the Dievole wine resort
  • 2 meals per day (dinner with wine and full Tuscan breakfast) except where noted
  • hands-on pizza making lunch with our personal pizzataio
  • hands-on traditional Tuscan cooking class
  • lunch at a palazzo in San Gimignano
  • Winery tour and tasting, featuring Dievole’s Chianti Classico
  • Folk music evening with local musicians
  • Dinner in the authentic cantina
  • Full day excursion to Siena
  • Visit to local hill towns
  • All program fees
  • Local transportation with driver and guide for all excursions
  • Transfers from Florence to Dievole on first day. (NOTE: transfers at the end of the week are not included because participants have a variety of departure points and times.  We will assist everyone in getting to their appropriate point of departure at a convenient time.)

Price does not include:

  • Airfare
  • some lunches
  • 3-day excursion to Florence before the program
  • Museum admissions
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Contact Janine for more information: janine@storiedadventures.com or call her at 617-838-9200

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Dievole Chianti Classico Winery, Tuscany

Participants in the Autumn Arts Festival will stay in Dievole’s 16th century inn and guest houses floating in the magnificent Tuscan hills. We take over the whole winery so it will begin to feel like home after a few days.  The entire facility recently underwent a major facelift transforming all rooms into spacious, luxury lodgings.  Rooms are doubles or suites with modern bathrooms and heating.

A limited number of single rooms and suites are available for a supplement.

Dievole will seem more like a family inn rather than an impersonal chain hotel.  Dievole is located in the town of Vagliagli, about 12km northeast of Siena and 40km south of Florence. If you wish to explore the area independently during your stay we recommend renting a car. The link below will give you a glimpse of the winery:

Click here to visit Dievole’s web site…

Visit them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dievole

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Die vole vineyards, photo by Jim Palmer

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Dievole wine bottles, photo by Gilbert Rios

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Gianni pouring for a tasting, photo by Andy Holtzman

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Dinner in the old wine cellar, photo by J Michael Sullivan

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Dino ready to carve at the harvest pig roast

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Early morning at Dievole, photo by Gabriella Pascoe

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Orientation in the vintners’ room, photo by J Michael Sullivan

We will pick up the group in Florence on the first day of the program. The recommended arrival airports are Florence or Rome from where you can take a bus or train to Florence.  The bus/train from Rome to Florence is about 1 1/2 hours.

If you have time, you might consider lingering in Italy for a few days extra on either end of the program. Allow the Italian rhythms to seduce you. A few days in Rome or Florence upon arrival is a wonderful way to get over jet-lag. For other travel suggestions check our Travel to Italy web page.

  • To make your travel arrangements, contact Janine Queenin, janine@storiedadventures.com, 617-838-9200
  • For this trip and whenever you travel, we strongly recommend personal travel insurance. It protects you against penalties should you need to cancel your trip at the last minute. Janine can also help you secure the right travel insurance for this trip.

Tuscany in autumn is a sensual feast. Russet and golden hills. Crisp air. Trees weighted with olives. Woods rich with mushrooms and chestnuts. The scent of grapes hangs over the valleys like mist. The harvest is the soul of the Tuscans. In autumn the hilltowns revert to the locals. Their art is to prepare the bounty: prosciutto, nuts, olive oil and especially Chianti. Traditional festivals celebrate every phase from the vendemmia (harvesting of grapes for wine) to the wild boar. Music, folklore, dancing in the piazza.And there, in the heart of Tuscany, is Siena. The legendary medieval town packed with history and art. In autumn, her museums and churches relax, uncrowded. The streets echo her architecture, art and heroes.

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Surrounding Vineyards, photo by Linda Mironti