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- OLIVE OIL TOURS -PASTA FACTORY, CASTLE AND OLIVE GROVE TOUR

Half-day guided tour with visit to a pasta factory, a medieval castle and a charming olive grove

 



Making penne





A charming olive grove near Lari

 




The castle of the Vicars in the middle of Lari






Medieval entrance to the hamlet of Lari


 

 

THE SMALLEST PASTA FACTORY IN THE WORLD?

Whether the pasta workshop of the family Martelli is the smallest in the world or not is difficult to say. It is definitely the most original! Our exciting tour to Lari, the Hamlet of Wonders, starts with a visit to an artisanal pasta factory where spaghetti and penne are made in the "old way". Our guide introduces you to the history of the family-run company and explains how a small artisanal production is able to reach the markets of all the world. The visit continues with an extremely interesting walk through the working rooms, from the giant bags of flour to the yellow packages, ready for shipping.





THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE OF THE VICARS


Why are castles often on hilltops? Why are they built that way? What were they used for through the centuries? Why are their dungeons so gloomy? If you want to know the answers to these questions and you want them while admiring the enchanting view from a perfectly preserved century-old castle, the castle of the vicars in Lari is the right place to go! You can personally experience how the prisoners could feel when they were locked in the "inferno" dungeon.

 

LUNCH ON THE OLIVE FARM

At the end of the tour in Lari, you will follow the guide across a spectacular typically Tuscan countryside until you reach an olive oil farm. The property is in a very panoramic place, half-way between Pisa and Volterra. Here you will have a guided walk through an enchanting olive grove and you will be educated on the olive oil culture by the farmer himself. You will learn a lot of details about how to farm olive trees and how to get a really good extravirgin olive oil. The tour ends with a delicious buffet lunch made of local produce including cold cuts, bruschetta with olive oil from the farm, wine of the property, pickles and vegetables from the farm and a lot of other delicacies.

The duration of this tour is 5 hours.



 



The farmhouse in the olive oil property


Main entrance to the castle of Lari



Making spaghetti

Pasta Martelli

A pasta brand renowned all over the world



The mould for shaping penne



Fusilli getting dry



View from the castle



The round shape of Lari



Wax puppets depicting a medieval trial



The dungeon of the Castle of Lari



Collecting olives on the farm



Coats of arms in the internal courtyard of the Castle of the Vicars in Lari



Small lanes in Lari



Horses on the farm



 




Rates and enquiries

 

 


PRIVATE TOUR TO THE PASTA FACTORY
AND THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE IN LARI
WITH LUNCH ON THE OLIVE OIL FARM


- Rates 2014 -

Number of people
in your party
Total rate
1 person
€ 240
2 persons
€ 250
3 persons
€ 280
4 persons
€ 310
5 persons
€ 340
6 persons
€ 370
7 persons
€ 400
8 persons
€ 430
9 persons
€ 460
10 persons
€ 490
extra person
€ 30
child 4-12 y.o.
€ 20
DURATION OF THIS TOUR: 5 HOURS


RATES INCLUDE:


+ an English speaking tour leader for the whole tour
+ a guided visit to the Castle for about 1 hour
+ a guided visit to the pasta factory for about 1 hour
+ a visit to an olive grove for about 1 hour
+ a buffet lunch based on produce from the farm
+ tax



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

Surcharge for a dish of pasta: 5 Euros per person;


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


You can choose to combine a half-day pasta factory 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 Lari 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 got from Anthea, who spent a day with Arianna visiting a medieval castle and a small pasta factory in Lari before getting to an olive farm for a lunch based on local specialities.

Come stai, Arianna? It was very nice meeting you - and thanks much for a wonderful day exactly a week ago. It's hard to believe that it was only 7 days ago when we were in your beautiful country. Our hearts are still there....

Per your request, here are the photos from my camera for your keepsake. Good luck with the business and keep that beautiful smile of yours shining. Mostly, keep Tuscany the way it is.... and keep Lucca the hunter in check! :)


Big hugs
Anthea

 





Anthea and her friends visiting the pasta factory in Lari and meeting Gianluigi,
the olive oil maker, at his farm.

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COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS

This is an email we received from Mary from the UK. Mary and her friends joined us in a Pasta Factory tour:

Good Morning Massimo,

I have attached the photograph of the day you took us to the Martelli pasta factory. We are all still talking about our day with you ...... it was very enjoyable!

[...]

Kindest regards, Mary




Mary and all her friends from the UK with Massimo
having a drink outside the pasta factory in Lari.

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