DISCOVERING THE BEAUTY, SECRETS AND MYSTERIES OF TUSCANY THAT INSPIRED LEONARDO DA VINCI TO CREATE LA MONA LISA, THE MOST FAMOUS AND UNTOUCHED PAINTING IN THE WORLD.
What a gorgeous trip... Our Driver and professional Bilingual tour guide will pick you up at the train station in Arezzo at 9:00 a.m. Then we will start driving through "la sette ponti" (an area rich in art and culture between the three main cities of Tuscany Florence, Arezzo and Siena). During this trip we will stop a few times to visit the Buriano Bridge which was build in 1277 and it was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in in the lower-right quadrant of his painting Mona Lisa. Then, a visit to "Il Borro" where every alley, every stone speaks of a time that once was, of flavours and scents that recall the memory of a rare and more authentic Tuscany. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, in the shadow of the cypress trees of the ancient Via dei Sette Ponti. We will finish our morning with the visit of another medieval village called Loro Ciuffena and his church of Gropina, This beautiful Romanesque church, dedicated to Saint Peter, is one of the best examples of high Romanesque architecture in Tuscany and was constructed ca. 1000 CE. Once arrived in Castelfranco di Sopra at 12:00 pm we will take two hours break having lunch with 3 courses wine and coffe included, in one of the local authentic Tuscan Trattoria. After the break we will meet another professional natural guide who will take you aver the Balze for a 2.5 hours walk. Between the tracks and the vast Pratomagno mountain range is a heavily eroded terrain of pinnacles and ravines sculpted of bare earth and rock. Here and there a small valley reveals a field for grazing sheep, a vineyard and an abandoned farmhouse. The landscape looks as if it has remained wild and unchanged for centuries. The stratified canyons have a strange, ‘otherworldly’ beauty that captured the powerful intellect of Leonardo da Vinci, more than 500 years ago.Today it is possible to retrace Leonardo’s steps and observe the area still much as it was, experiencing the same sensations. As he had correctly observed, water was the defining force of Le Balze a remarkable and untouched area full of hidden secrets. Approximately two million years ago, it was a great lake gradually filling with sediments dislodged from the vast mountain range above it. As the lake floor was exposed, ravines were carved into the sediments, creating spires and pinnacles of sand, lime and pebbles. Eons of continual erosion by wind and water of the earth, baked dry in the hard sunlight, have created great peaks that soar above the precious cultivated valleys, stratified cathedrals now tower over streams, oak woods and pathways in a kaleidoscope of oranges, greys and ochres. At 5:00 pm our driver will bring you to Figline Valdarno station. From here you may take a train back to Arezzo, Florence and even Rome.
DISCOVERING THE BEAUTY, SECRETS AND MYSTERIES OF TUSCANY THAT INSPIRED LEONARDO DA VINCI TO CREATE LA MONA LISA, THE MOST FAMOUS AND UNTOUCHED PAINTING IN THE WORLD... The itinerary includes a visit to some of the most beautiful places in the area starting from Buriano Bridge with its seven arches – this was one of the favourite views for Leonardo da Vinci, so much so that he chose it as the background for his painting of the Mona Lisa. We’ll then move to the Borro, a small village surrounded by nature, and the estate of Salvatore Ferragamo. Next is a visit to the Church of Gropina, famous for its stained-pulpit, and Loro Ciuffenna which is crossed by the river that still feeds an old mill. The tour continues with a visit to Castelfranco di Sopra for lunch, after a pleasant break we will take you over the path of the Balze, the stratified canyons. We will be walking for almost 2 hours throughout this breathtaking landscape where you can even still drink natural sulphur water.
PRICES, DEPOSITS, AND PAYMENTS:Price for this private tour start from AUD 200,00 per person with a group of minimum 7 participants. For a groups of 6 participants the price is AUD 230,00 per person. For a group of 4 participants the price is AUD 310,00 per person. For a couple the price is AUD 575,00 per person. Deposits and balance of payments are accepted by bank transfer or credit card via Paypal. For all the private tours, you can book through email at email@example.com or you can contact Matteo at +61 404572020 or +39 0621118983. A payment of the tour indicates an acceptance of all the conditions.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:Pick up outside of Arezzo central station at 9:00 a.m. The tour is a 8 hours tour. It starts at 9 am and it ends at 5:00 pm. Check the departure time from and to Rome and Florence’s station: www.trenitalia.com We advice to book the tour at least 2 days in advance.
TOUR GROUPS:Our tour groups have been designed for a group of no more than 8 people per tour to ensure that client needs and enjoyment is always our top priority. Minimum of participants: 2 people.
INCLUDED IN TOUR COST:
- Professional bi-lingual tour guide for the whole time to assist you for any issue.
- Bi-lingual driver
- Professional environmental historian guide
- Transport by private vehicle
- Authentic lunch in a local Osteria. The lunch included 3 courses with wine and coffee
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COSTAll items not detailed in inclusions Personal spending
- snacks during the days