Duration: 6 hours
SO MUCH WINE & FOOD IN JUST A DAY!
A fascinating private tour with visit to a medieval village with its unexpected attractions like a unique pasta factory, a traditional butcher’s shop and a medieval castle. The vist to the village is followed by a guided tour to a panoramic winery that produces excellent wines – including a spectacular Chianti – and extra virgin olive oil. The tour ends with a full lunch with omany Tuscan specialties.
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 prisoners could feel when they were locked in the “inferno” dungeon, and you can enjoy lovely views from the walls of the castle.
A butcher in his shop
Small villages like Lari offer the chance to do shopping in small boutique shops. In our tour you visit the butcher of the town and get to learn how his salami and prosciutto are made. You will enter the ageing cellars and the room where prosciutti are hanging or drying under salt. Finally, you will taste some do the cold meats that the butchers produces and sells in his shop.
A spectacular winery
After discovering Lari, you will follow the guide across a spectacular typically Tuscan countryside until you reach a renowned winery in the fascinating wine district of Terricciola, just 20 minutes driving from Lari. Here you will have a guided tour to the winery accompanied by the winemaker in person. You will get an introduction to the philosophy of the company before visiting the production rooms and learning a lot about the art of winemaking: from the maceration casks to the barrique room, from the bottling facility to the panoramic tasting room. The tour ends with a delicious buffet lunch made of local produce including cold cuts, cheese, focaccia and bruschetta with olive oil from the property and a sampling of many excellent wines.
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.
PRIVATE TOUR TO THE PASTA FACTORY AND THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE IN LARI
NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY
|2 persons||€ 340|
|3 persons||€ 395|
|4 persons||€ 450|
|5 persons||€ 505|
|6 persons||€ 560|
|7 persons||€ 615|
|8 persons||€ 670|
|9 persons||€ 725|
|Extra Adult||€ 55|
|Extra Teenager (12-17 yrs)||€ 50|
|Extra Child (4-11 yrs)||€ 35|
- A 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 quick visit to a butcher’s shop in town and little samplings of cold meats
- A visit to a winery for about 1.5 hours
- Guided tasting of at least 4 wines
- A buffet lunch based on local produce
Rates do NOT include
Transportation is not included in the rates above. For more info on transportation, please see the box “Transportation options”.
Here the messages Massimo and Renae exchanged in October 2018 after a tour together to Lari and to a winery:
Buona sera Renae, just a quick message to tell you how much I enjoyed your company yesterday! It was a great day of fun and sharing for all of us. I was really glad to have found someone who has the same interests on wines I have there in California! As I said, sooner or later I will organize a trip to US and especially California, so I will let you know. I will not bother you, but simply ask for advice on planning and definitely I will visit your winery!!
Enjoy the rest of your visit to Italy and say a big HELLO to all the crew!
Saluti a presto
We all enjoyed our time with you very much. Definitely contact me if you are coming to Sonoma. I can bring you to some wineries so you can see what we have to offer as well as see ours.
Everyone sends their regards.
Here the message of Cynthia who booked a tour to Lari and a winery as well as a private cooking class at her villa in Castiglioncello in September 2018:
I wanted to let you know that we were more than happy with the tour and the cooking class. I posted a review on your Facebook page (I think). I have never posted a review before so I hope it took. I really wanted to let you know Massimo was superb. Everyone loved him. Very nice and super smart. Thanks so much I will certainly recommend you to my friends
Here the enthusiasm of Dee and Paul after a full-day experience with Moira visiting the village of Lari and a great local winery:
We had a fantastic day touring Lari with Moira. She was extremely knowledgeable and fun to be with! The wine tasting was a wonderful way to end the day. Thanks for making our visit to Tuscany a memorable one!
Dee and Paul
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
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! 🙂
This is an email we received from Laura, who took a day tour with us in the area of the Pisan hills visiting a pasta factory, a medieval castle, an olive oil farm and a winery
This is an email we received from Laura, who took her friends to a private tour in the Tuscany area visiting a pasta factory and a wine farm:
Sorry I missed this email, but we were already in Italy!
Thank you again so much for the tour. It was absolutely lovely.
Everyone really had a great time.
I completely envy your job!
Let me know if you need anything!
This tour takes place in the rural area between Volterra and Pisa, in the village of Lari and at a winery in the countryside.
Unless differently specified, the tour guide meets you at a meeting point near Lari.
This program takes 6 hours. Time for transportation not included.
Available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (on Saturday only in the morning).
This tour is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian or Italian with no surcharge.
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.