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Florence Tours: Food and Wine Tours

Lunch and Wine Tasting at Villa Machiavelli


A Taste of Tuscan Elegance

Experience the essence of Tuscany with Your Own Italy’s “Lunch and Wine Tasting at Villa Machiavelli.” Nestled in the rolling hills near Florence, Villa Machiavelli is not just a historic estate; it’s a journey into the heart of Italian culture, combining exquisite wines, authentic Tuscan cuisine, and the rich history of one of Italy’s most influential figures, Niccolò Machiavelli. This exclusive experience offers an intimate exploration of the villa, renowned for its production of fine wines and olive oils, set against the backdrop of breathtaking Tuscan landscapes.

A Taste of Tuscan Elegance

Historic Villa Machiavelli: Your experience begins with a guided tour of Villa Machiavelli, where you’ll learn about the life and times of Niccolò Machiavelli, who lived and wrote some of his most famous works here. Explore the beautifully preserved rooms, gardens, and cellars that make this estate a testament to Tuscany’s enduring charm.

Exclusive Wine Tasting: Discover the villa’s acclaimed wines during a private tasting session led by an expert sommelier. Sample a selection of the estate’s best vintages, learning about the winemaking process, the characteristics of different grape varieties, and the principles of wine pairing.

Authentic Tuscan Lunch: Savor the flavors of Tuscany with a gourmet lunch at the villa’s restaurant. Each course is crafted using the freshest local ingredients and is paired with Villa Machiavelli’s wines, offering a culinary experience that celebrates the region’s gastronomic heritage.

Olive Oil Tasting: In addition to wines, Tuscany is famous for its olive oil. Enjoy a tasting of the estate’s extra virgin olive oil, appreciating its flavors and learning about the production process from olive harvest to pressing.

Your Own Italy: Immersing in the Tuscan Way of Life

Your Own Italy’s “Lunch and Wine Tasting at Villa Machiavelli” offers an unforgettable foray into the world of Tuscan wine, cuisine, and history. This experience is perfect for wine enthusiasts, culinary adventurers, and anyone looking to embrace the beauty and traditions of Italy.

Ready for a Tuscan Culinary and Historical Journey?

Are you prepared to explore the legacy of Machiavelli, indulge in the finest Tuscan wines and cuisine, and bask in the beauty of the Florentine countryside? Contact Your Own Italy to customize your experience at Villa Machiavelli, and get ready for a day of elegance, history, and gastronomic delight.

What's Included

It seems like you’re set for a fascinating journey into the heart of Tuscany, blending history, literature, and gastronomy into one unforgettable experience. Your day will start with a visit to Villa Machiavelli, a site steeped in historical significance as the place where Niccolò Machiavelli, the famed Renaissance political theorist, wrote “The Prince.”

At Villa Machiavelli:

Explore the Gardens: The Italian gardens offer breathtaking views of Florence Cathedral, allowing you to connect with the beauty that has inspired countless artists and writers throughout history.
Tour the 13th Century Cellar: Discover the villa’s ancient cellar, a testament to the deep roots of winemaking in the region, and learn about the traditional processes that produce some of Italy’s most celebrated wines.
Secret Underground Tunnel: A highlight of the visit is the secret tunnel that links the cellar to “Albergaccio since 1450,” recognized as Italy’s oldest restaurant. This passageway holds stories of intrigue and history, offering a unique glimpse into the past.
Lunch at “Albergaccio since 1450”: Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at this historic restaurant, where the menu is likely to feature traditional Tuscan cuisine, perfectly paired with local wines. This meal is included in your experience, allowing you to indulge in the flavors that make this region famous.

Your Journey to Siena:

– After lunch, your private driver will take you to Siena, one of Tuscany’s most well-preserved medieval towns. Siena is famed for its rich history, art, cuisine, and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year in the city’s main square, Piazza del Campo.

This tour is not just a journey through Tuscany’s landscapes but a deep dive into its cultural and historical heart. Enjoy every moment of this richly layered experience, from the historical revelations of Villa Machiavelli to the timeless beauty of Siena.


Tips for Your Tour

Engage with Your Guide: Whether at Villa Machiavelli or in Siena, don’t hesitate to ask your guide questions. Their insights can greatly enhance your understanding and appreciation of the places you’re visiting.
Comfortable Footwear: You’ll be doing quite a bit of walking, especially in Siena, which is known for its hilly streets.
Camera Ready: Both Villa Machiavelli and Siena offer stunning visual opportunities, from the lush Tuscan countryside to the architectural marvels of medieval Italy.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.