- Pecorino cheese tasting and dairy visit on a panoramic organic farm in Tuscany -
- OLIVE OIL TOURS -CHEESE, SALAMI & OLIVE OIL TOUR

Private day tasting tour to a very authentic and organic
cheese farm and to an olive mill in the wonderful area of Volterra



Ageing pecorino cheese

 

If you are staying in Tuscany for your holiday,
a very original idea is spending a day
visiting a local farm specialized in the production of fully organic cheese, from fresh ricotta to seasoned pecorino, as well as traditional oil mill, where olives are processed to make excellent extra virgin olive oil.
Both the farm and the oil mill are located near the Etruscan town Volterra, a jewel on the top of a hill, surrounded by a unique landscape.





MORE ABOUT THIS TOUR

Our guide meets you at an agreed meeting point by Volterra and takes you to the farm. The visit to the farm starts in the workroom during the production of cheese. The production may vary according to the season, from milk coagulating, to cheese salting or cheese-mould rinsing. You will also visit the barn where the sheep and the pigs have lodging. The visit to the farm is completed only when you meet the fabulous Orazio, a very nice donkey who acts like a pet. The encounter with all these animals make this tour ideal for groups and families with children.

In the end you will enjoy a genuine buffet lunch by tasting different kinds of pecorino cheese, caciottas together with local hams, different kinds of salami (all of them deriving from the pigs of the farm), home-made honey, ricotta and wine.

After the lunch break, you will drive just 25 minutes to visit a traditional olive mill. A very important part of the overall Tuscan agricultural production is olive oil. While visiting the mill, the guide helps you discover all the phases of the olive pressing process and the secrets of a good extra virgin olive oil. Eventually you will have the chance to taste and compare different types of olive oil of local production. The olive oil tasting is accompanied by some local olive-oil-based delicatessen and good wines.

Our day cheese and olive oil tasting tour takes about 6 hours.
Transportation to the locations is not included.

If you drive your own car, you meet our guide at an agreed meeting point and you go all together to the two places.
If you need collection with our chauffeured car, van or minibus, please specify this in the booking form.

From late October to ealy December it is possible to see the squeezing process at the mill.




A visit to the sheep shed


An authentic Tuscan oil mill

 



Orazio is the mascotte on the farm

 



Close encounters of the sheep type



Happy piglets



Panorama over Volterra from the farm in June

Tasting pecorino cheese of Volterra

Tasty cheese based dish



Meeting the cheese farm owner



Early stage of pecorino cheese



Breaking the cagliata, namely the curd



Crowded farm



A visit to the oil mill assisting to the olive pressure



Waiting for fresh ricotta to be ready



Massimo describing the dishes for lunch



The charming setting on the farm in May



Over 800 sheep live in the shed



The olives


The process starts



Freshly squeezed olive oil from the mill



Rotating granite wheels at the oil mill







Rates and enquiries

 

 

PRIVATE DAY CHEESE, SALAMI AND
OLIVE OIL TASTING TOUR IN TUSCANY

with lunch

- Rates 2015 -

Number of people
in your party
Total rate
1 person
€ 240
2 persons
€ 250
3 persons
€ 285
4 persons
€ 320
5 persons
€ 355
6 persons
€ 390
7 persons
€ 425
8 persons
€ 460
9 persons
€ 495
10 persons
€ 530
extra person
€ 35
child 4-12 y.o.
€ 25
DURATION OF THIS TOUR: 6 HOURS


RATES INCLUDE:


+ an English speaking tour leader for the whole tour
+ a visit to the dairy and the farm
+ a visit to the oil mill
+ a cheese and salami based light lunch
+ olive oil tasting with snacks
+ tax

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION
For more info on transportation, please see the box below.


The tour leader is available also in German, Spanish, French, Russian or Italian
with no surcharge.


You can choose to combine a half-day cheese and olive oil tasting tour with either one of our tasting tours or one of our cultural tours and book a full-day excursion.



Transportation

Rates do not include transportation.

MORE ABOUT TRANSPORTATION FOR THIS TOUR
This tour takes place in the area of Volterra and Terricciola, a rural region between Pisa and San Gimignano where little public transport service is offered.
Here are the transportation options for you to reach the destinations of the tour.
1.
- CAR RENTAL
We can help you find the best car rental solution from your hotel, agriturismo or private villa. We will book your car and give you detailled road instructions to meet us for the tour. If you rented your car on your own we will give you just any necessary road instruction.
2.
- VESPA SCOOTER RENTAL
You can add some action to this tour! Rent a Vespa scooter from our garage in Pontedera and ride it throughout the tour. Our guide will meet you in Pontedera and you will follow him/her to the several destinations.
3.
- CHAUFFEURED CAR RENTAL
Enjoy all the comfort of a private driver collecting you at your location on a luxury van! We will arrange a chauffeured car service from any location in Tuscany for the whole day of the tour.

 

 





Testimonials from our guests

COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS

This is an email we received from Barbara, who took our half-day tour including a visit to an organic cheese farm and an oil mill.

Hi Arianna,

Jay and I just wanted to thank you so much for arranging our tour with Massimo. We had a great time and thought that Massimo was a fantastic and very informative guide!. The Olive Mill and Cheese tour was wonderful. We really enjoyed it.

All the best -

Barbara

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COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS


This is an email we received from Ilene & Gary, from the Arizona. They spent a day with us in the area of Volterra for an olive oil and cheese tasting tour:

Greetings from back in Phoenix, Arizona. Karen, we just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the most wonderful day of our entire vacation. You were so kind and generous with your information, we will never forget what a great time we had. I hope Massimo has recovered but thank you for filling in for him. I will get on trip adviser this week and give you guys rave reviews.

Also, the organic farm outside of Volterra. Was that part of "town" considered part of Volterra or another name?

Again, we could not have asked for anything better (except for weather perhaps) but I will send you a picture of that quilt once I get it done. I have a few other projects ahead of it but will make sure I send you a picture. Hope everything went well at your son's school and things worked out. If you don't mind, we might be back in touch for some real estate advice!! You never know... our dreams might come true.

Hope all is well and again, thank you. Keep in touch!
Best Regards,
Ilene & Gary

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COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS


This is an email we received from Karin, spending one day with us at the organic cheese farm:

Hi Arianna,

Hope the sun is shining in Tuscany, and that you are fine!

We all have had a nice program at the farm.
Again I would like to thank you for your kind welcome.
And the lunch with the beautiful table presenting all the delicious
cheese, I liked very much. (long tables, nice people and nice food!!!!)
Whatmore do we need?
So, I hope you are able to send me the recipy of the "spelt" salade.

I hope you like the foto which I have attached.

Here in Holland, the weather is nice and we are enjoying spring-
time. Although I always want to go to Italy.
Next time, when we are in the neighbourhood, I let will you know.

with kind regards,

Karin



Karin and her family visiting our farm in Spring 2009

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COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS

This is an email we received from Jacob, staying in Tuscany with his girl and visiting the cheese farm with us:

Arianna,

I wanted to pass on a thanks for everything that was put together. We had an excellent time. I've already passed along the info about you to some others who were considering visiting Italy within the next year or so. In addition, I've included some of the pics that I took while I was down there. You're welcome to use them however you like. Once again, thanks.

Jacob (USA)

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COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS


This is an email we received from Lisa:

Arianna and Massimo,

I just wanted to write and let you know how much we enjoyed
our tour with your company. It was wonderful. We really enjoyed Massimo's company and his information about the area. We loved our time in Tuscany and hope to return again soon. We'll be sure to recommend your services to others who are traveling your way.

Thank you again and keep up the good work!

All my best,

Lisa (USA)





Lisa and her family visiting the cheese
farm near to Volterra

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