Hello, does this resort have private cooking classes on site and also winery tours on site? What is the best way to travel to this resort if I fly into Florence or Rome airports?
Cooking classes yes. Winery tour no. Wine is not their thing but there are many wineries nearby, from 5 minutes by car to 45minutes. Go into Montalcino try some wines you like and then find the winery. Cantina di Ricci in Montepulciano is interesting. I believe you should rent a car if you are going to visit wine country. You can either pick it up in Rome and drive or take a train to Florence and then get a car there. If you are going to stay in Florence for a couple of days I would pick it up there once you are done with Florence. Do not have a car while in Florence. We had a great experience @ Velona and we traveled all over Tuscany with it as our base.
Not sure about winery tours etc but I wouldn’t hold out much hope of this hotel organising anything that specific if you want a great experience. Just visit the vineyards yourself.
In all honesty, stay somewhere else (unless it has improved dramatically since July).
We had a cooking class in our room pkg “deal”. No one told us where to go or what to do the day before. After bfast, we went to the restaurant and waited at the door. 5, 10, 15 mins passed... nobody appeared. I went to the reception desk. The person went across to the bar. Another 10 mins passed, she found the Mgr.. Big discussion... more waiting. The girl came back to tell us to go back and wait at the restaurant door. We were finally let into an empty kitchen. Another 15 mins and “a chef” appeared, sweating, harried. Whatever was communicated , menu wise, he was unaware of. A mess! Like our dirty aprons. Don’t think they’re competent enough to organize anything at this hotel. Don’t even consider staying at this horrible property. Worst decision of our 14 years in travel throughout Italy.
I agree with Valvoni regarding transportation. We've been to Tuscany 3 times in the last 6 years and have never regretted getting a car once we left Florence. I also agree that there are many exceptional options in the (very) nearby area for great wine tours. I highly recommend Ciacci Piccolomini and Montefieralli. Have a wonderful time. It is heavenly
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