prestigious Tuscan saffron
Saffron harvest in October
panoramic tasting room
of organic products from the farm
In good weather your tasting room
is the olive grove
EXCLUSIVE TOUR IN A HEAVENLY COUNTRYSIDE
between the two fascinating medieval
towns of San Gimignano and Volterra
is a spectacular farm producing organic
saffron and extra virgin olive oil.
When you visit Tuscany, a guided tour
to this farm is a great way to experience
the agricultural roots of our area.
Arianna & Friends shows you the
productions of the farm and invites
you to taste a series of delicious
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guide meets you at an agreed meeting
point by San Gimignano or Volterra
and accompanies you to the farm.
The visit to the farm starts
with the meeting with the owner
Elena, who gives you an introduction
to the history of her small family-run
farm just before showing you her treasure:
the saffron field.
The saffron production in Tuscany
is very restricted and from a whole
field the yearly crop consists of
a few grams of pistils. Elena will
explain all procedures of the harvest
and all uses of saffron in the
The visit continues with a beautiful
guided walk in the spectacular
and panoramic estate with several
stops at the various fields. You
will see a large garden of herbs,
where you can smell the fresh flavors
of rosemary, sage, thyme, bayleaves,
myrtles and where onions, shallots
and garlics are farmed. There will
be a stop at the vegetable plot,
with any seasonal produce like zucchini,
eggplants, beans, peppers and fruits.
Finally, we will walk through a magnificent
olive grove, where you will experience
the methods of farming and harvesting
of olives in the area.
The visit ends at a charming pergola,
or in the garden with good weather,
where Elena arranges for you an unforgettable
light lunch with all the specialties
produced by the organic farm. The
lunch includes: several bruschettas
with herbs and extra virgin
olive oil, a spelt salad, sampling
of mixed pickled vegetables, several
kinds of jam paired with pecorino
cheese, saffron cookies, spelt-based
beer or Vernaccia di San Gimignano
white wine. Another plate is based
on farro (literally "spelt"
in English), a very ancient grain
that was farmed already back in the
Etruscan times in Tuscany.
half-day saffron and olive oil tasting
tour takes about 3 hours.
Transportation to the locations is