Visit to an organic cheese farm and the Etruscan town Volterra

Availability: Mondays , Tuesdays , Wednesdays , Thursdays , Fridays , Saturdays , Sundays
Duration: 8 hours
Would you like other passengers of your cruise to join you for this tour?
If the number of participants increases the cost per person reduces much!
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THE CHEESE IN HEAVEN
Arianna & Friends organizes a fantastic full-day shore excursion from Livorno to a spectacular rural area of Tuscany around the historical town Volterra with a visit to a unique organic cheese farm in the middle of a paradise of rolling hills.

 

Details of our shore excursion:
– Private transfer by minivan (for up to 8 people) or minibus (for 9 people or more) from the port of Livorno. In case of minivan our driver meets you directly at the ship in the morning and drives you for the whole day. In case of minibus our driver meets you at a bus parking area near the ship that you will reach by a fast free shuttle service organized by the port. On the way back our mininus will drop you off directly by the ship.

– In about 1 hour and 20 minutes driving you reach the fantastic setting of an organic cheese farm in the area of the Pisan hills. It is a genuine and authentic place with the typical atmosphere of a working farm, where you can meet sheep, horses, donkeys, piglets as well as cats and dogs in real. Here you meet our English speaking local guide, who starts touring you with an interesting introduction to the region Tuscany, its habits, facts and history. Upon a little surcharge, our guide can meet you at the harbour. French, German, Russian, Spanish and Italian are also possible with no surcharge.

– The visit to the organic farm takes about 2 hours starting with an inspection into the dairy to see how aged pecorinos and fresh ricottas are made. Different kinds of cheese are produced according to season and the avilability of fresh sheep milk.

– After seeing the cheese production, we walk to the sheep shed and see the lamb nursery and the milking facility. The experience aims at showing you how the integrated cycle of an organic farm works, from the grass in the fields to the aged cheese on the table. Before getting to the restaurant we also pet the donkey Orazio and the other animals on the farm.

– Finally we sit at the restaurant for a lunch based on excellent pecorino cheeses and locally produced hams and salamis!

– After lunch we move to the Etruscan town Volterra, only 10 minutes far. The 3,000-years-old town has got treasures from the Etruscan times as well as from the Roman domination and the medieval era. In Volterra we meet a city guide and walk through the old town stopping at the major monuments and panoramic places: the magnificent Piazza dei Priori, the roman theater, the Medicean fortress , the Etruscan city walls and a lot of other treasures. While visiting Volterra, a stop to taste a great Italian gelato is included in the program.

– Before getting back to Livorno, there is some free time in Volterra for a gelato or for some shopping, especially while visiting the shops of locally produced alabaster goods.

– Driving back to Livorno we take a road passing near to the famous cliffs “Le Balze”, a precipice formed by an erosion phenomenon of a hill through the milleniums. We arrive in Livorno within the early evening, depending on the docking time of your cruiseship.

 

This is a list of specialties that you are likely to sample as part of the program of this tour. Please, note that the specialties of the tasting session and/or lunch may vary according to the season and the availability of the products in the day of the tour.

In our tour we like showing you places off the beaten track and introducing you to Tuscan people with their personal stories, careers and characters. You will have one of our guides with your party during the whole tour. Please, see below all the guides who can be with you. During this experience you can also meet some of the Tuscan friends involved in the events. Please, see below which friends you are likely to encounter.

Moira

guide

Massimo

guide

Arianna

guide

Luca

guide

Orazio the Donkey

friend

Cheese makers

friend

Tuscan drivers

friend
Rates
Rates Table

The total rate for this activity varies according to the number of people in your party.
Check rates in the table below.

SHORE EXCURSION FROM LIVORNO PORT

 Visit to an organic cheese farm and the Etruscan town Volterra

– RATES 2017 –

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY

TOTAL RATE

2 persons € 720
3 persons € 770
4 persons € 820
5 persons € 870
6 persons € 920
7 persons € 970
8 persons € 1020
9 persons € 1070
extra person € 50
teen 12-17 yrs € 40
child 4-11 yrs € 30

Rates include

  • Full-day transfer service by luxury car (for parties of 2 people), minivan (for parties 3 of up to 8 people) or minibus (for parties of 9 people or more);
  • English speaking tour guide at the cheese farm and in Volterra – also German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian are available upon request. The tour guide can meet you at the harbor in the beginning of the day. In this case a surcharge of € 50 in total applies.
  • 2-hour guided visit to the cheese farm;
  • Cheese-based lunch with local cheese, salamis and products from the farm;
  • 1.5-hour guided walking tour of Volterra with local city guide;
  • Gelato in Volterra
  • Tax, transfer insurance and fees for harbour access;

ARIANNA & FRIENDS IS COMMITTED TO EMPLOY OFFICIAL AND LICENSED DRIVERS ON BOARD LEGALLY INSURED VANS AND BUSES ONLY FOR ITS TOURS.

Rates do NOT include

  • Extra for guide meeting you directly at the harbor and dropping you off at the ship in the end of the day: € 100
LOCATION OF ATTRACTIONS:
This tour takes place in Volterra and in the rural area around it, in central Tuscany.

MEET-UP LOCATION:
Unless differently specified, the tour guide meets you at your ship in the harbor of Livorno. If your ship is docking in other harbors of Tuscany like La Spezia or Piombino, different rates and time schedules apply.

DURATION:
This program takes 8 hours. Time for transportation included.

AVAILABILITY:
Available any day of the week, all year through.

LANGUAGE:
This tour is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian or Italian with no surcharge.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
Easy

CHILD FRIENDLY:
Ideal for children

CLOTHING:
No particular clothing required.

FOOD RESTRICTIONS:
The foods served during this tour might contain gluten, lactose, nuts and alcohol. If you have any food restriction, please inform our personnel during the enquiry process.

TRANSPORTATION:
This program and its rates include full-day transportation on board luxury cars (for 2 passengers), minivans (from 3 to 8 passengers) or minibuses (from 9 to 17 passengers). All drivers are fully licensed and allowed to enter the harbor of Livorno. All our cars, vans and buses are fully licensed and insured for transporting visitors.

The destinations reached during this activity are in the Tuscan countryside, in areas off the beaten track that cannot be reached by public transport. As a consequence, a full-day driving service on board luxury cars, minivans or minibuses is included in this program.

ARIANNA & FRIENDS IS COMMITTED TO EMPLOY OFFICIAL AND LICENSED DRIVERS ON BOARD LEGALLY INSURED VANS AND BUSES ONLY FOR ITS TOURS.

Luxury Mercedes Vito with driver