For those who prefer memory-making rather than something boxed, there’s no shortage of engaging and exciting experiences to treat your loved ones this Christmas. Destination Florence has put together something for everyone with a range of activities to spread some Florentine cheer this festive season.
Wining and dining
A tasty Tuscan meal is the perfect gift for the cuisine-curious. Valid for 12 months, a voucher grants you a culinary experience for two at Fattoria di Maiano’s Lo Spaccio restaurant. The farmhouse pays careful attention to the quality and seasonality of its products, many of which come directly from the estate, with their pici pasta and homemade dessert bound to be a pleasant present for the foodies in your life. Alternatively, offer your loved-one a deep dive into five local wines at Tenuta Bossi, guided through the tasting by experts in either English, French or Italian. Discover the secrets of Chianti Rufina by sampling a white wine, three reds, and finishing off with Vin Santo. Of course, no tasting would be complete without a platter of typical products, adding to the occasion in the charming Renaissance location that has been around since 1592.
Step outside the city to experience true Tuscany with an e-bike ride in Chianti Rufina. From rolling vineyards, olive groves and historic castles to centuries-old villages and typical farmhouses, take in the countryside in all its glory. The tranquility of nature offers busy minds a break, with the powerful bikes making sure there’s nothing strenuous as you discover the Tuscan hills. Expert guides take you to unique places, granting your lucky recipient unforgettable memories.
For the person who has everything, surprise them with an experience they won’t be expecting. A tour in a vintage motorcycle sidecar is a tour like no other. Set off from Florence to reach the land of Chianti Classico to get to know the famous red wine and typical Tuscan food on a family-owned organic winery tour, complete with lunch and a visit to the vineyard and cellars. You’ll even get a chance to explore Impruneta where the well-known high-quality terracotta wine jars are produced.
For more ways to experience Florence and its surroundings, take a look through Destination Florence‘s ever-updated ideas.