Florence by night vintage sidecar tour in Oltrarno district

Florence by night on a vintage sidecar

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Florence highlights riding a vintage Ural sidecar is the most original (and only in Italy!) experience you can try in our city. Not forgetting our wine & food…

From this spring we are to offer you a very special experience: a night tour on a vintage sidecar to discover the beauty of Florence after sunset. The amazing view from Piazzale Michelangelo, but also the narrow dark streets in Oltrarno district… When it’s too hot to ride during the day, this is the perfect choice to get your intro to the city. And taste some of the best food Florence has to offer!

We’ll have 4 sidecars from May, so this tour is suitable for up to 8 people. We’ll give you helmets, glasses and… our way of living Florence!

Contact us for any other question and for bokings at tour@de-gustibus.it or using WhatsApp (+39 340 5796207 – Tommy)

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carrara marble quarries tour with lardo di colonnata

Michelangelo’s marble quarries at Carrara and “lardo di Colonnata”

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Come with us to discover other two treasures or our incredible region: Carrara marble quarries and lardo di colonnata. Visit the place where Michelangelo took inspiration for many of his masterpieces…

This is one of the tours that will leave you speechless. a visit inside the carrara marble quarries with 4×4 jeep with authorized guide, to climb up to enter the heart of the mountain. You will learn how marble is extracted and you will have the opportunity to take unique photos and videos.

Before or after the visit to the quarries, we will stop in a typical local “trattoria” to taste the famous lardo di colonnata and other local specialties:

cave di marmo viste da colonnata

The wonder inside the quarries (and also a bit of disquiet …) is hardly describable, so much so that we will not show you any pictures. You have to live it in person. Even the tales and working conditions of the quarrymen will fascinate you …

Imagining Michelangelo and other great artists “seeing” their works take shape from these immense marble cubes is truly fascinating, but getting to know the whole process that leads to the work of art from the mountains allows you to focus on the immense work that this involves.

But the visit to the quarries involves effort, waste of energy, and as you know the DeGusters never fail to grasp everywhere in the enogastronomic aspect of the situation. So once off of the quarries we move to in Colonnata, where between lard, ham, cod, cuddles and various other amenities of course accompanied by a fresh glass of white Vermentino we will celebrate the beauty of this tour!

Preparazione del lardo di colonnata Marinatura del lardo di colonnata


Off-road route along the routes of upheaval in the Colonnata valley.
Stop in a quarry for detailed explanations of the marble excavation systems from the origins to the present day.
Transfer for highly panoramic photos and further explanations on quarry regulations.
Return to the starting point with a stop for a taste of the famous “Lardo di Colonnata IGP”.


– departure from Florence at 10:00; (09.00 am with stop in Torre di Pisa – 50 euros per extra pax)
– Arrival at the cave at 12:30 for lunch typical local trattoria with tasting of local products;
– 14.00 departure for the tour inside the quarries (2 types of tours: 1.25 hours costs 130 euros to us – 2.25 hours costs us 240 euros – prices not on line);
– about 16 hours end of tour and departure for Florence;
– about 18 hours return to Florence.

Brunello di montalcino celebration day with de gustibus tours

Brunello di Montalcino Wine Day – Join us in celebration!

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As every year since 2008 we celebrate one of our favourite red wine in the World: Brunello di Montalcino (and his young brother Rosso!). Join us on a 3 boutique organic and biodynamic wineries tour…

Dear DeGusters, welcome to the 10th edition of this special day: a long, wine and food tour in Montalcino area to visit and taste at three small family run wineries producing Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino (and other surprises…).

Meeting point: Piazza Torquato Tasso (at the corner with via Campuccio) at 9.15. We have 2 minivan with 8 seats each ready to leave.

Trip notes: at around 11.15/30am will be at the first winery; lunch at second farm at 1.30pm; last but not least third visit and tasting at around 4pm.

No names, but only one clue: this is we’ll let you taste biodynamic wines

Price: 100,00 € per person (minimum 2 pax), all included. It’s an open tour where you’ll have the chance to mix with Florentine people members of De Gustibus Association.

For other details and reservation: tours@de-gustibus.it – +39.340.5796207. See you on Saturday morning!

Palazzo San Niccolò garden - partner of De Gustibus Tours

De Gustibus Tours partner of Palazzo Belfiore and Palazzo San Niccolò

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Palazzo Belfiore, a new friend of De Gustibus Network…

Dear Degusters around the Globe,

De Gustibus Tours just became partner of Palazzo Belfiore and Palazzo San Niccolò in Florence. These wonderful accommodations in Oltrarno district and our friends Federico and Lorenzo, have chosen us as partners to encourage their guests to  experience guided wine & food tours and Motocarrozzetta Sidecar Vintage tours.

Oltrarno is the Florence area that has retained a soul and a rhythm of daily life still linked to the tradition of the Tuscan capital (Lonely Planet said!). The brothers Federico and Francesca will be your companions and prompters to discover the best that the city and its surroundings have to offer.

Under their close supervision, you can discover the neighborhood of artisans, hidden historic inns in the city, the small farmers of Chianti and learn how to cook their products with a personalized cooking class.

In short, these will be your places in Florence …


Palazzo Belfiore Apartments
Via dei Velluti, 8
Palazzo San Niccolò Rooms & Apts
Via San Niccolò, 79
+39 055 268621

Spring dinner at the shepherds and picking wild asparagus

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De Gustibus Network presents

Saturday 28th March 2015

at the farm of Giovannino Nieddu
Via Malafrasca 234, San Casciano in Val di Pesa

Dear guests,

it has become a tradition by now, that DeGustibus welcomes spring at the farm of a shepherd. For various reasons, the arrival of Spring is of primordial importance for shepherds since the origin of our history: in this season vegetation starts growing again on the pastures, a lot of lambs are born and the best pecorino (sheep-cheese) is produced. In fact, in our culture, which also has pastoral origins, it is for this reason that the lambs (together with eggs and rabbits) have become a symbol for Spring, for the regeneration of nature and even for religious celebrations such as Easter, together with its culinary traditions. According to its philosophy, DeGustibus doesn’t want to encourage a mass consume of these roots, but respectfully remind about their value for our culture in the place where it is still alive: a the farm of a shepherd.
For this reason, on the 28th March there will be a dinner at the farm of Giovannino Nieddu at San Casciano Val di Pesa. Giovannino produces excellent pecorino and on the same time he runs together with his wife on of the last farms which in terms of food are self-sufficient: they breed sheep, pigs and chicken, produce wine, olive-oil and vegetables from the garden. In fact for dinner we will eat food produced at the farm: meat of sheep and pork, pecorino, ricotta, salami, wild asparagus, artichokes, salads and cake, together with olive oil and wine.

Here is the program of the evening:

In the late afternoon (5:30 PM) we will start for a walk in the surroundings of the farm picking wild asparagus until sunset. At 7.30 PM we will eat an aperitif and can also visit the dairy of the farm and learn about how pecorino and ricotta are made. Afterwards we will sit down at the table and eat the products of the farm.

Here’s the menu:

antipasto with salami and pecorino;
pasta ricotta with tomatoes and artichokes with bacon;
Roasted meat of lamb, sheep and pork (for vegetarians upon request there will be offered an alternative);
Home-made cake and Vin Santo (traditional sweet wine of the Chianti);
water, red-wine and bread.

Contribution for expenses € 30 for adults

(€ 15,- for children under 12 years; children under 4 eat for free).
Reservation required. Who is not yet member of DeGustibus is requested to inform us at the moment of reservation. For info and reservations contact

Gilberto – 393 2355445 – gilberto@de-gustibus.it


Culinaria Bistro open 7/7 with new season menu

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Dal 10 aprile il Culinaria Bistro non chiude più! 7 su 7 per accontentare le vostre continue richieste. Concedeteci solamente la domenica a pranzo, per stare un pò in famiglia… 😉

Dear DeGusters,

what’s better after (or before!) a wine and food tour than a dinner (or a lunch!) at Culinaria Bistro? Well, from today on Culinaria Bistro will remain open 7/7 and offer you a new season menu. For all details check the new bistro website, or mail Andrea at bike@de-gustibus.it, or better, call him at +39 055 229494.

The bistro has also a dehors with 8/10 seats for your lunch or dinner at open air.

What we can say here is that there are new dishes for veggies, new craft beers and biodynamic wines from Tuscany and outside.

Meet you there wine and food lovers!

Cooking class with De Gustibus

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Learn how to prepare the best Tuscan dishes together with De Gustibus tours and the cooking classes made by Cinzia Masini.

De Gustibus Tours started a new, tasteful collaboration in 2015: with Cinzia Masini of “La Locandiera” we organize cooking classes in holiday houses or at farmers private kitchen. Let her introduce herself:

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Hi! I’m a personal chef, I love cooking since a was very young. I’ve attended the best cooking schools in Florence and worked in a catering service. 5 years ago a started my own business to realize my dream and develope my own ideas about food which means meticlous attention to raw materials, seasonality, combinations of ingredients. When it’s possible I prefer to use fresh and organic food, from km zero samll farmers. Below some samples of my Tuscan menu:

tagliatelle with fresh tomato sauce and basil;
– potatoes tortelli with fresh pesto;
– potatoes gnocchi with mushrooms sauce;
– tomato bread soup (“pappa al pomodoro“);
lasagne with ragù;
– polpette;
– meat rolls with cheese and ham;
– spezzatino or “peposo“;
– meat nests with artichoke;
– hunter chicken with black olives;
– “peperonata” (vegetable stew);
– crostata with season fruits;
– cream with “cat’s tongues” biscuits;
and many others…

Cooking class can be be organized in a nice Villa b&b in Florence or directly to your place in Florence.

– from 2 up to 4 persons 95,00 € per person;
– from 5 up to 8 persons 80,00 € per person;

Cooking classes can be also organized in a wonderful agriturismo (farmhouse) near Greve in Chianti or in other places on request.

– from 2 up to 4 persons 105,00 € per person;
– from 5 up to 8 persons 90,00 € per person;

We can combine also the cooking class experience with one of our wine and food tour.

Contacts us at:
Tommaso, +39 340 5796207, tommaso@de-gustibus.it
Gilberto at +39 393 2355445, gilberto@de-gustibus.it

Find us on Facebook as DeGustibus Network

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Raccontando il vino: i Super Tuscans – Quando, come, perché

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Mercoledì 9 luglio 2015 alle 20:15 presso il bistrot Culinaria De Gustibus, secondo incontro per il ciclo Raccontando il vino, ideato e condotto dal nostro Donato Iozzelli. Questa volta spazio ai Super Tuscans, con tre protagonisti in rosso provenienti da vari luoghi della Toscana: dalla zona di Bolgheri, terra di elezione e di origine di questa particolare categoria di vini, fino ad arrivare ai colli fiorentini passando per la zona del Chianti. Per ogni vino, è previsto un abbinamento di assaggi pensati a metà tra il classico e l’insolito, esattamente nel modo in cui Culinaria si caratterizza. Ogni vino sarà accuratamente descritto, e tra un aneddoto e l’altro, scoprirete quando, perché e per mano di chi questi vini hanno avuto “origine”. Per prenotazioni e maggiori informazioni: 055 229494 – 335 1535965. Vi aspettiamo, ricordandovi che abbiamo un massimo di 24 posti disponibili!

Week end “caprino” al Podere Paugnano

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Si torna al Podere Paugnano, come ogni anno da 7 anni a giugno. I migliori caprini di Toscana da Giovanni e Giovanna Porcu…

Sabato 20 e domenica 21 giugno, per il ciclo “Luoghi DiVini“, torniamo dagli amici Giovanni e Giovanna Porcu, produttori di caprini favolosi (e non solo!) presso il Podere Paugnano a Radicondoli. Una rilassante giornata nella piscina dell’agriturismo prima di godere, intorno alle 19 dell’aperitivo a base dei formaggi dell’azienda: Giovanna vi introdurrà ai segreti della produzione del formaggio bio e a latte crudo con una visita della stalla e del caseificio. Un ora più tardi seguirà la cena vera e propria, a base di prodotti esclusivamente fatti in casa. Menu (salvo cambiamenti dovuti all’estro di Giovanna!): Assaggio di formaggi misti dell’azienda agricola; Ravioli con ricotta fatti in casa con pomodoro e basilico; Grigliata mista con pecora e maiale; Seadas dolci; Caffè e mirto; Vino rosso locale e acqua. Prezzo: La quota per la cena riservata ai soci De Gustibus è di 30,00 euro tutto compreso; i non associati pagano 35,00 euro e riceveranno la tessera De Gustibus valida per il 2015. Disponibilità di massimo 30 posti. Per partecipare, contattateci ai seguenti recapiti entro le ore 18 di giovedì 18 giugno: tommaso@de-gustibus.it – 340 5796207 Possibilità di pernottamento presso l’agriturismo di Giovanni e Giovanna: Per chi volesse approfittare di tutto il week end c’è la possibilità di pernottare nell’agriturismo dell’azienda e dedicare il giorno successivo per andare al mare (l’azienda si trova sulla strade per Follonica che sta a meno di 50 km) o una visita al suggestivo paesaggio naturale e culturale circostante (Volterra, l’Abbazia di San Galgano e l’Eremo di Montesiepi, quello della spada nella roccia; consigliamo anche una visita a Colle Val d’Elsa, Monteriggioni o San Gimignano). Gli appartamenti dell’agriturismo di Giovanni Porcu sono disponibili a 35,00 Euro a persona a notte. Supplemento di 5,00 € a persona per chi desidera la “luculliana” colazione di Giovanna. La ricotta fresca calda è imperdibile! In occasione dell’evento il produttore mette a disposizione il proprio terreno per piantare la vostra tenda o parcheggiare il camper e restare a dormire godendo di una notte estiva sotto le stelle. Info sull’azienda sotto: www.poderepaugnano.it Come raggiungere l’azienda da Firenze: superstrada Firenze-Siena, uscita Colle Val d’Elsa e imboccare la strada statale n. 541. Percorrerla fino al bivio per Radicondoli. In prossimità di Radicondoli non entrare in paese ma proseguire in direzione Belforte (senza raggiungerlo!) e andare avanti fino al cartello dell’azienda PAUGNANO (sulla destra della strada). Per raggiungere San Galgano da Firenze: superstrada Firenze-Siena, uscire a Colle Val d’Elsa e imboccare la strada statale n. 541. Raggiunta la Colonna di Montarrenti proseguire in direzione Massa Marittima e seguire leindicazioni per San Galgano. Per altri chiarimenti, chiamateci!

Alla scoperta del Brunello di Montalcino…

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Una giornata particolare sulle tracce del miglior Brunello di Montalcino, solo da piccole aziende di alta qualità, solo con De Gustibus Tours…

La settimana scorsa i vostri enoeroi hanno provato per voi 3, dico 3, nuovi produttori di Rosso e Brunello di Montalcino. Nell’ordine:

1) Azienda Agricola Le Chiuse (nella foto Fabio Giannetti con il suo 2010);

2) Azienda Poggio Rubino;

3) Azienda Agricola La Fornace.

Nonostante le condizioni meteo avverse i prodi Donato, Tommaso (me medesimo), Gilberto e Coral (l’impavida blogger di Curious Appetite) partendo alle 11.30 da Firenze sono comunque riusciti a segnare questa notevole tripletta brunelliana tra visita delle aziende, delle cantine ed assaggi/degustazioni davvero interessanti.

Lascio all’esimio collega, nonchè sommelier, Donato Iozzelli, l’arduo ma piacevole compito di descrivere nel dettaglio le caratteristiche dei vini assaggiati, ma vi assicuro che tra Rossi, Brunelli e Riserve, la nostra curiosità nei confronti del Sangiovese grosso ed i nostri sensi sono stati ampiamente appagati…

Il tour aveva lo scopo di trovare nuovi, validi fornitori per il Culinaria bistro di piazza Tasso, ma anche quello di entrare in contatto con piccoli produttori in grado di accontentare le richieste di turismo enogastronomico, o “del vino” più specificatamente, che sempre più di frequente ci arrivano.

Sabato 2 maggio, come potrete leggere tra le nostre news, abbiamo in ponte un Brunello Day tour, che oltre a (ri-)portarci dal “mistico” Angelo Sassetti dovrebbe far tappa presso almeno viagra pill 2 dei nuovi produttori.

C’è bisogno che aggiunga che vi aspettiamo?