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

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

 



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 BASED ON PASTA MARTELLI AT AN OLIVE OIL MILL

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 mill. The property is in a scenic place, half-way between Pisa and Volterra. Here you will have a guided visit to the oil mill, with an in-depth explanation of all extraction methods to get the best extra virgin olive oil. The mill is owned by a farmer who is also famous in the area for the farming of Cinta Senese piglets. They give the best meat for producing excellent salami, prosciutto, lardo and finocchiona, namely the most renowned Tuscan cold meats. The tour ends with a delicious lunch made of an appetizer of the locally produced cold meats and bruschetta with olive oils from the mill, and of a main course with the pasta from the Martelli company, which you visited in Lari before.

The duration of this tour is 5 hours.



 



The sampling of extra virgin olive oil at the mill


Cold meats served at the mill



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



Cinta senese piglets at the oil mill farm



Small lanes in Lari



 




Rates and enquiries

 

 


PRIVATE TOUR TO THE PASTA FACTORY
AND THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE IN LARI
WITH LUNCH AT THE OLIVE OIL MILL


- Rates 2015 -

Number of people
in your party
Total rate
1 person
€ 250
2 persons
€ 260
3 persons
€ 295
4 persons
€ 330
5 persons
€ 365
6 persons
€ 400
7 persons
€ 435
8 persons
€ 470
9 persons
€ 505
10 persons
€ 540
extra person
€ 35
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 oil mill for about 1 hour
+ a lunch with cold meats and olive oils and a pasta dish
+ 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 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
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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