Duration: 3 hours
AN ORGANIC FARM IN PARADISE
Right between the two fascinating medieval towns of San Gimignano and Volterra is a spectacular farm producing organic saffron and extra virgin olive oil. When you visit Tuscany, a guided tour to this farm is a great way to experience the agricultural roots of our area. Arianna & Friends shows you the productions of the farm and invites you to taste a series of delicious specialties.
An rare saffron production between Volterra and San Gimignano
Our guide meets you at an agreed meeting point by San Gimignano or Volterra and accompanies you to the farm of this tour. The visit to the farm starts with the meeting with the owner Elena, who gives you an introduction to the history of her small family-run farm just before showing you her treasure: the saffron field.
The saffron production in Tuscany is very restricted and from a whole field the yearly crop consists of a few grams of pistils. Elena will explain all procedures of the harvest and all uses of saffron in the Italian cuisine.
A guided walk surrounded by nature
The visit continues with a beautiful guided walk in the spectacular and panoramic estate with several stops at the various fields. You will see a large garden of herbs, where you can smell the fresh flavors of rosemary, sage, thyme, bayleaves, myrtle. You will also see all seasonal vegetables in their plot, so depending on the time of your visit you can see fresh zucchini, eggplants, tomatoes, but also cabbaged, cauliflowers, leeks, onions, shallots or garlics. Finally, we will walk through a magnificent olive grove, where you will experience the methods of farming and harvesting of olives in the area.
What you taste
A unique lunch
The visit ends in a comfortable tasting room (in the Summer also under a pergola or in the garden under some oak trees). Here Elena arranges for you an unforgettable lunch with all the specialties produced by the organic farm. The lunch includes: several bruschettas with herbs and extra virgin olive oil, a spelt salad, sampling of mixed pickled vegetables, several kinds of jam paired with pecorino cheese, saffron cookies, spelt beer or a glass of Vernaccia di San Gimignano white wine.
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.
The total rate for this activity varies according to the number of people in your party.
Check rates in the table below.
PRIVATE HALF-DAY SAFFRON & OLIVE OIL TASTING TOUR IN TUSCANY
NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY
|2 persons||€ 320|
|3 persons||€ 360|
|4 persons||€ 400|
|5 persons||€ 440|
|6 persons||€ 480|
|7 persons||€ 520|
|8 persons||€ 560|
|9 persons||€ 600|
|Extra adult||€ 40|
|Extra teenager (12-17 yrs)||€ 35|
|Extra child (4-11 yrs)||€ 30|
- A tour leader for the whole tour
- A visit to the saffron field
- A walk in a panoramic olive grove
- A light lunch with bruschette & olive oil with herbs, farro salad, saffron jam and other assorted jams with pecorino cheese, pickles, saffron cookies
- Tasting of spelt beer or Vernaccia di San Gimignano white wine
Rates do NOT include
Transportation is not included in the rates above. For more info on transportation, please see the box “Transportation options”.
This is a message from a family who visited the saffron farm in Spring:
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,
This tour takes place in the rural area between Volterra and San Gimignano.
Unless differently specified, the tour guide meets you at a meeting point near Volterra.
This program takes 3 hours. Time for transportation not included.
Available all the year through, from Mondays through Fridays.
This tour is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian or Italian with no surcharge.
Ideal for children
Comfortable shoes and clothes recommended.
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.
This program and its rates do not include transportation and are set on a self-driving base. For further information see the box "transportation options".
The destinations reached during this activity are in the Tuscan countryside, in areas off the beaten track that cannot be reached by public transport. We highly recommend renting a car or a scooter in order to reach them. As an alternative, we can offer a valued service by chauffeured car, van or minibus. Any cost of transportation is to be added to the rates displayed on the rate table of this page.