Duration: 6 hours
A BIT OF CHEESE & A BIT OF HISTORY
A day-tour to the most representative of the Etruscan towns of Tuscany and to one of the most symbolic farms of its surrounding. In order to give you a great opportunity to experience Tuscany at the best, we offer this one day program that focuses on the three millenniums of history of Volterra and to delicious cheeses that all the world knows: pecorino & ricotta.
The spectacular Volterra
Our guided tour starts in the morning with a guided visit to the most important Etruscan town in central Tuscany. Our skilled and prepared guide will give you an overall historical introduction of Volterra, whose foundation is Etruscan but whose look today is particularly fascinating thanks to its medieval and renaissance art. The guided walk starts from the west side of the town, from where in clear days the Tuscan coast and even Corsica are visible. The walk includes a visit to the cathedral and the majestic Piazza dei Priori. A must in Volterra is a stop in an alabaster workshop, since the carving of this stone is one of the most typical expressions of the local craftsmen. You will also stare at Roman ruins, huge fortification walls and cute little lanes that give the town a lot of fascination.
An authentic organic cheese farm in the countryside
Our tour continues to one of the most panoramic family-run farms in the area surrounding Volterra. Our guide will give you a detailled introduction to the world of organic cheese making, from the fresh milk through the curdling, up to the aged wheels of pecorino cheese, during a very interesting visit to the dairy in the farm. You will then sit in the restaurant for a delicious lunch, an occasion for you to taste a lot of delicious kinds of cheese, from different sorts of pecorino, to ricotta, stracchino and cheese fondue served with a lot of other specialties produced by the farm.
The final part of the tour is dedicated to the shed where the sheep live. You will learn how they get milked and fed and depending on the season you will also meet many cute lambs.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the covid-19 pandemic restrictions, at the moment it is not possible to visit the indoor of the dairy. It is possible to see the dairy and the production from the little shop. The visit to the ageing cellars will be replaced by a little present.
What you taste
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.
Cheese farm tour & guided walk in Volterra
– RATES 2021 –
NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY
|2 persons||€ 360|
|3 persons||€ 395|
|4 persons||€ 430|
|5 persons||€ 465|
|6 persons||€ 500|
|7 persons||€ 535|
|Extra Adult||€ 35|
|Extra Teenager (12-17 yrs)||€ 30|
|Extra Child (4-11 yrs)||€ 25|
- A tour leader for the whole tour
- A guided visit to the dairy and the cheese farm
- A cheese and salami based full lunch, dessert included
- A guided walking tour in Volterra
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 an email we received on 13th March from Ray who visited Volterra and a cheese farm with Moira and Massimo.
Just wanted to say that we thoroughly enjoyed the tour yesterday. Massimo and Moira were great tour guides and I wish we had more time in the region to do more activities. When we get back to the U.S., we will definitely be leaving positive reviews on Trip Advisor and when we come back to the region, would surely like Massimo as a guide again. Once I download the pictures, will send you a picture we took with Massimo and Moira.
This is a message sent to us by Mike after visiting the organic cheese farm of our tour and the stunning town Volterra afterwards:
Massimo – Thanks again for all your help during our stay in Tuscany. The trip was fabulous and we appreciated your guidance throughout the visit. We enjoyed the tour of the cheese farm, the lunch afterwards, and exploring Volterra.
Now, if only we could emulate the crostini with tomatoes, red onion, celery, etc. back here in the U.S!! If not, I guess we’ll have to return to Italy soon.
This tour takes place in Volterra and its rural area.
Unless differently specified, the tour guide meets you at a meeting point near Volterra.
This program takes 6 hours. Time for transportation not included.
Available all year through, from Mondays through Saturdays.
This tour is available in English, French or Italian with no surcharge. For German, Spanish or Russian a surcharge applies.
Ideal for children
No particular clothing required.
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.