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Activities and Attractions in Chianti

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• Bike the Chianti Wine Region

Cycling in Chianti is a unique experience and one of the best ways to explore the Tuscan countryside.

• Bicycle rentals are available at: Tuscany Bicycle Rental – www.tuscanybicycle.com

• ANIMA TOSCANA proposes one day bike tours in Tuscany for people who loves travelling slow. With the one day bike tour you can discover part of the most beautiful area in Tuscany from another point of view. The length of the tour will be studied following the level of each cyclist. Each bike tour includes bike rental, guide in English, French or Spanish, pick-up and drop off at Borgo Argenina and tasting of different local products like wine, cheese and truffle – http://www.bike-tour-tuscany.com

Horse Back Riding –BORGO CIGNANO

Horse-back riding in Chianti is a unique experience and an alternative way to explore the Tuscan countryside as people did centuries ago, when horses were the only option for traveling.

Enjoy stunning views, scenic roads hidden in the woods, hilltop towns, and rolling hills adorned with vineyards and olive groves, while feeling a true connection with the horse and the nature around you.

You can book tailor made riding tours just a few kilometers from Borgo Argenina, both from experts and beginners.

Loc. Cignano Vagliagli -Siena
+39 3286053773- + 39 0577 321800
Email here  www.chiantihorseriding.com

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• Hiking from Borgo Argenina

How about hiking from Borgo Argenina to Brolio Castle? This is Elena’s favorite walk with her dogs; she calls it ‘The most beautiful road in the world’. For most of our guests this is a ‘MUST’, and a great way to experience the very special Chianti atmosphere. This leisurely walk on a country road through the vineyards takes you past Lucignano Castle dating back to IIX A.D., Torricella, a gorgeous house where Galileo Galilei lived, Nebbiano Church, with its beautiful porch, and the breathtaking stone farm house where Bertolucci shot ‘Stealing Beauty’.

If you set off after breakfast at about 10:00, you should reach Brolio Castle (Chianti Classico’s birthplace) at around 12:30, just in time to visit Barone Ricasoli’s winery and have lunch at the Castle’s restaurant, ‘Osteria del Castello’. They serve delicious Tuscan delicacies accompanied by their Chianti Classico wines.

• ‘Go with Flo’ Your Tour Guide in Tuscany

City walking guided tours and countryside tours   

Discover the best of Siena and its Province with a city walking tour with Flo: San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino and more! Siena and countryside tours can be tailored to your personal interests, city highlights, history, art, culture, artisan crafts and to the delicious food and makers of this region. Wherever she goes, go with Flo!

Arrangements can be made for a hotel pick-up.

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• Transfer services and private driver

If you prefer not to drive during your Tuscany stay, or just need suggestions for a private transfer we can help you with driving services. Please contact Fiorenza, my daughter, here: Email here

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Tours by Roberto

Joinable Minivan Countryside tours in Tuscany 

Spend a wonderful day touring with Roberto Bechi and his excellent and knowledgeable team. Roberto is Rick Steve’s favorite guide and his company Tours by Roberto creates wonderful off-the beaten path experiences inside the Tuscan hills.

Arrangements can be made for a hotel pick-up in the morning and you’ll be back to Borgo Argenina at about 4pm, ready to enjoy a glass of Chianti Classico wine in the sunset or to cook with Elena.

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• Go Truffle Hunting with Giorgio

During your stay with us at Borgo Argenina, walk 2 km to Monti and go taste Paola & Giorgio’s delicious Tuscan specialties at La Taverna del Tartufaio. Paola & Giorgio are great cooks and gracious hosts. They are beloved by all my guests. I first met them when I moved to Borgo Argenina from Milano, and we became fast friends.

Sometimes for dinner, I reserve a big table for 10 people at their restaurant for all my guests at Borgo Argenina. It is such a fun experience to eat together around their massive wooden table, a feast of several courses including gnocchi, chicken, pork, vegetables, potatoes, dessert, wine and grappa. I have noticed that while enjoying delicious food and Chianti Classico wine, all my guests become fast friends, from newlyweds to retired couples.

Giorgio is also an expert truffle hunter. During truffle season, he often ventures out with his son and his dogs, looking for truffles in his secret places in the Chianti woods. It’s a wonderful experience to accompany them, but I can’t intervene, as I know Giorgio is very jealous of his secret spots. Ask him face-to-face if you want to go, and if you’re lucky…he might take you with him! Another word of warning: he will pick you up at Borgo Argenina at 5:00 in the morning!

Giorgio is hunting truffles. We #love to eat at his restaurant in Monti. Book truffle hunting with him, but be prepared to wake up at h5.00 in the morning!

Posted by Elena Borgo Argenina on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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• Don’t miss a Gelato!

When wandering through the narrow streets of the Tuscan hill towns, be sure to include a stop at a gelateria artigianale to taste the best gelato of your life! The local gelaterie make their gelato on site (you can even watch them do it!), from all-fresh ingredients. Don’t miss their bacio, a super-creamy milk chocolate with nuts, the pistacchio, the frutti di bosco, and the zabaglione with marsala are to die for!

• Tuscan Wine School – Siena

If you want to learn more about Tuscany’s wines, join the Wine School for an interesting wine tasting session. You will learn more about our wines from beautiful Tuscany, steeped in tradition and unique flavours. Don’t miss the walking tour of Siena with stops in some of the best food shops.


Reviews from Tripadvisor:

“Fantastic!” by Joanne M.
We usually do walking/food/culture tours in the cities we visit. This one was terrific. The best patisseries, gelato, coffee, wine, etc. The guide was very knowledgeable. Well worth our time and money. Thanks.

“Enjoyable evening” by Anne B.
Learned a lot about wine. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the class and will try to use what we learned

“Great Learning Expereince” by Gerod B.
It was a tremendous amount of fun starting off our week of wine tours at the school. It was very educational and helped us as we went to the different regions around Tuscany. The wine we got to try was amazing as well!

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• Ballooning in Tuscany

Drift above Siena and Chianti in a Balloon

Welcome to Ballooning in Tuscany! Let us show you the real authentic Tuscany from a wicker basket thousands of feet up in the air, looking down at forests, vineyards and historic towns. Then let us serve you a glass or two of our wine and, to make your day even more memorable, breakfast with pastries freshly made by our local bakery.


• Relax in the Roman Hot Springs

There are a number of natural hot springs located in hill towns in our area: Terme di Rapolano, Terme di Petriolo, Bagno Vignoni, Bagni San Filippo and others.

The thermal baths have been used since Etruscan and Roman times and are known to have been a favorite relaxation spot for Lorenzo de Medici the Magnificent. Stop for a couple of hours and take a dip in the hot springs like a VIP from the past!

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• A fascinating stop at the Chianti Sculpture Park

The Chianti Sculpture Park is immersed in 17 acres of woods, and houses works from all over the world. It was conceived and built by Rosalba and Piero Giadrossi, both passionate about contemporary art. After five years of hard work, the park was opened to the public in May 2004. Take a relaxing walk along the path and admire international modern art set in the beautiful backdrop of the Tuscan landscape.