Cultural Tours


Explore the Hilltop Towns and Culture of Tuscany

Casa Quintino is based in the centre of Tuscany and offers easy access to a wealth of cultural experiences.

10 days of Italian Culture


So much culture, so little time! Where to begin when you come to Tuscany? We are in the very centre of the 'Cultural Triangle' of the Rennaisance between Pisa, Florence and Siena, surrounded by little hill top towns each with their own particular festival. We tailor the tour to your interest, whether it is music, art, food or wine. Depending on the time you come, wecan arrange a programme of delights - Opera in the Piazza in San Gimignano, Jazz in Volterra, and well-known pop icons who perform at the Lucca Music Festical. All summer each hill top town celbrates a 'Sagra' when a particular product or food is made the object of a festival when the whole town turns out, and shares the celebration. The ultimate spectaculo has to be the annual Andrea Boccelli Concert on his stunning amphitheatre on his estate only 15 minutes from Casa Quintino at the end of July. Our favourite is the stunning medieval festival in the last two weeks of August when the Volterranni roll back time to 1398, the year the town survived the plague - a fascinating insight into medival life and what people ate, their music and dance, the jousting and flag throwing and all the skills needs to survive. The highlight of the summer in Tuscany is of course the famous Palio, held in Siena twice a year, once in July and once in August. The whole town competes in a horse race between the neighbourhoods in a two minute horse race around the the shell shaped piazza in the centre of this lovely town - an event you will never forget.At the end of June the Pisani compete in an historic battle to conquer a bridge, whilst the Florentines hold their anarcistic football match where there are no rules. Book ten days with us and we will fill the days with a culture experience you will never forget. .

GUIDED TOURS: Euro 50 extra per person

- Art: sketching and painting in medieval hill top towns
- Culture: an introduction to Rennaissance Florence
- History: exploring Volterra, the capital of Etruscans
- Cooking: a day of pizza and pasta making at the home of a local chef
- Exploration: a hermit's cave with carvings in rock
- Horse riding: along the Via Francigena

OTHER ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT

- San Vivaldo: replicas of the churches of the Holy Land made by crusaders
- Populonia: a 2 hour trip to the beach and lunch at a fortified Etruscan town
- Gambassi Terme: beauty treatments at the Thermal Spa and Wine tasting
- Castel Falfi: glamourous liesure centre with swimming pool and golf course
- Lajatico: A visit to the arty home town of Andrea Boccelli
- Pomaio: meditation at one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist Centres in Europe
- Vinci: A visit to Leonardo's hometown with working demonstrations of his inventions

EXPLORE & SKETCH

  • Day 1: San Gimignano
  • Day 2: Volterra
  • Day 3: Siena
  • Day 4: Florence
  • Day 5: Lajatico
  • Day 6: Monteriggioni
  • Day7: Pancole & Cellole
  • Day 8:Pisa
BOCELLI IN LAJATICO

Andrea Bocelli Concert at the Theatre de Silencio

  • Where? Teatro del Silenzio
  • When? late July
  • Who? Andrea Boccelli
  • How? www.viagogo.com
  • How much? 90-300 Euro
  • How far? 15 minutes away
MEDIEVAL VOLTERRA

  • Where? Volterra
  • When? late August
  • Who? the whole town
  • How? at the door
  • Cost? under Euro 20
  • How far? 25 minutes
PALLIO IN SIENA

  • Where? Siena
  • When? late July and August
  • Who? the whole town
  • How much? free
  • How far? 1 hour