Visit to a stunning winery, a medieval castle and a small pasta factory

Availability: Mondays , Tuesdays , Thursdays , Fridays , Saturdays
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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http://www.ariannandfriends.com/shore-excursions/winery-pasta-factory-shore-excursion

ALL THE BEST OF TUSCANY IN JUST ONE DAY
Arianna & Friends organizes a very fascinating and relaxing full-day tour to one of the most picturesque and typical small villages near Livorno and an exclusive wine cellar making unique wines in the area of the Pisan 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.

– Within just 30 minutes drive you reach the entrance of an enchanting medieval town where you meet our local and knowledgeable English speaking tour guide. French, German, Russian, Spanish and Italian are also possible with no surcharge. Upon a little surcharge, our guide can meet you at the harbour. We will walk through the narrow lanes leading to the Castle of the Vicars, on a hilltop, and you will get a very interesting introduction to the region Tuscany, the local habits, facts and history. We will admire the lovely views while on the breathtaking panoramic castle walls before getting into the old rooms and down to the underground dungeons, once called “inferno”.

– Opposite the castle is a world famous family-run pasta factory and its odd premises right in the old town. We will visit the pasta workshop and see how the small machinery makes Spaghetti, Penne or Maccheroni. No production is visible on Wednesdays and Sundays. Before leaving the town we will also taste a locally produced cherry liquor.

– At around noon, we will move on to a very fascinating wine cellar of the area of the Pisan hills. The company makes world renowned wines of very high quality. We will meet an experienced and very informative winemaker who will lead us through the panoramic terrace just in front of the vineyards and then down into the underground cellar, explaining in detail the process of wine making. After touring the whole premises we will sit in the tasting room and have a guided wine tasting with local specialities like prosciutto, salami, cheese, farro and focaccia as a whole lunch.

– Return within the early evening, depending on the docking time of the 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.

Whom you meet

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.

Luca

guide

Massimo

guide

Moira

guide

Arianna

guide

Mirko and Riccardo

friend

Simone

friend

Luca Martelli

friend

Tuscan drivers

friend
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 a stunning winery, a medieval castle and a small pasta factory

– RATES 2017 –

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY

TOTAL RATE

2 persons € 680
3 persons € 730
4 persons € 780
5 persons € 830
6 persons € 880
7 persons € 930
8 persons € 980
9 persons € 1030
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 of 3 up to 8 people) or minibus (for parties of 9 people or more);
  • English speaking tour leader at all destinations of the tour. Also German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian are available upon request.
    The tour leader can meet you at the harbor in the beginning of the day. In this case a surcharge of € 50 in total applies.
  • Guided visit to the castle and the pasta factory;
  • Guided visit to the winery;
  • Stop at a local butcher’s shop and sampling of salamis;
  • Full lunch with local specialities and wine tasting at the winery;
  • 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

Here is the message of Fred, who experienced a shore excursion in Tuscany visiting an oil mill and a winery with Massimo before meeting Moira and having a guided tour of Pisa:

Hello Massimo,

We just got home and wanted to thank you and Arianna and Maura for an incredible day in Pisa and Tuscany.

It was our best day trip on our cruise and we are very thankful that we found you.

We will recommend you to all of our friends!!

Again, thank you, you have made friends for life!! Grazie!!

One day we plan to return to Tuscany and will contact again.

Fred

This is a message we got from Randy and Holly who took a shore excursion to the rural Tuscany on the day their cruiseship was docking in Livorno. They visited a pasta factory, an oil mill and a winery.

Massimo,

Thanks so much for a great day on Sunday, June 23rd!  We really enjoyed it.  We are enjoying telling our friends about it and sharing our photos.

Our luggage had some “adventures”, so we just received it, but we’re now looking forward to enjoying a wonderful Martelli pasta dinner!

I’ve attached the photo that was taken of the 4 of us!

Thank you again!

Holly & Randy

And after our reply:

Hello again!

Thanks so much for the pasta instructions, in writing!  I’ve just finished making the sauce and was about to start cooking the pasta when I came across your message–perfect timing!

You are welcome to publish the picture, as well as any of our words, including those I’ve posted to cruise critic (I’ve copied and pasted the text of that from the cruise review I posted–see below).  Thanks for the link to tripadvisor . . . I will be happy to post a review there too!

We will continue to share your information with others, until we meet again!

Holly & Randy

Part of the posting to cruisecritic.com: 

One of the highlights was our private tour in Livorno with the company, Arianandfriends.com. Arianna worked with us before the cruise to set up an itinerary that both of us would enjoy and it was wonderful! Our guide Massimo and driver were wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the castle, Martelli pasta factory , olive farm, Tuscan countryside and winery (we’re looking forward to cooking our own Martelli pasta). What a day! We had already been to Livorno before and done the typical tourist attractions the first time, so this was a wonderful way to spend our day!

A private shore excursion from Livorno port

Massimo with the driver Andrea with a lovely couple from US docking in Livorno with the Carnival Sunshine

Info & Details
LOCATION OF ATTRACTIONS:
This tour takes place in the rural area of Terricciola and in the village of Lari, between Pisa and Volterra.

MEET-UP LOCATION:
Unless differently specified, our driver 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 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Saturdays the visit to Lari is anticipated to the morning and the visit to the winery is postponed to the afternoon.

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