Spirit of Italy Tours Presents “Harvest Italia 2010” 7-Night/8Day Tuscany Olive Picking Tour in Tuscany

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Affordable olive picking tour rates provide travelers a unique, ‘Slice of Life’ experience to enjoy the Tuscany countryside during the fall harvest; November 1 – 8, 2010

The centerpiece of the Harvest Italia tour will be picking olives at the Casa Falcioni olive groves in central Tuscany, Italy during the olive harvest

“Picking olives is a fun and relaxing way to spend quality time with family and friends in a natural, outdoors setting," says Vicky Gray-Clark, Founder, Spirit of Italy Tours."

Every Fall in Italy the annual olive harvest – la raccolta – takes place. An olive picking vacation in autumn is the ideal season for those interested in a leisurely paced way to explore the spectacular beauty of the Italian countryside when the temperatures are moderate, seasonal produce such as truffles and wild mushrooms and local wines are abundant, festivals abound and the crowds of tourists have thinned.

Harvest Italia 2010 olive picking tours is a seven night/eight day tour to Tuscany, Italy, November 1 – 8, 2010 presented by Spirit of Italy Tours and is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience designed to coincide with the olive harvest. Family-friendly, and ideal for family reunions, special celebrations, or for individual travelers, the affordably priced tour is centered in the picturesque small towns and villages of the Valdarno (Valley of the Arno River) region of Tuscany, an area steeped in history and bordered to the west by the Chianti Mountains and to Pratomagno Mountains to the east; about 30 minutes southeast of Florence.

Take Home Hand Picked Olives That Are Pressed into Your Own Bottle of Olive Oil

The cornerstone of Harvest Italia 2010 olive picking tours will be picking olives by hand at Casa Falcioni, a 10-acre property in the charming and central Tuscan town of Cavriglia that boasts an olive grove with nearly 600 olive trees belonging to the frantoio, leccino and moraiolo varieties. Situated atop a rolling hillside, Casa Falcioni is surrounded by cypress and chestnut trees and affords spectacular views of the Valdarno. Tour guests will learn how to pick olives and the traditional olive oil making process, as well as enjoy a guided tour by the Casa Falcioni proprietors to a local olive pressing facility to see self-picked olives turned into olive oil.

“Picking olives is a fun and relaxing way to spend quality time with family and friends in a natural, outdoors setting, and the Fall season is a great time for sightseeing and to visit local festivals and other harvest-related activities. Each Harvest Italia guest will be able to take home a bottle of olive oil made from their hand-picked olives which makes the experience even more rewarding.”

The Tuscan countryside tour affords guests the security and time-saving options of a planned schedule of events to savor seasonal culinary delights, explore the sights, language, culture and indescribable beauty of the region during harvest season, yet allow people time for leisure exploration.

The Harvest Italia 2010 tour package includes 7-nights lodging at the lovely Agriturismo Valleverde; all ground transport in Italy, including airport pick-up and drop-off at the Florence airport; breakfast; Chianti winery tour; cooking demo; olive picking; sightseeing in Florence, Siena, Cortona, and much more. Tour size is limited to no more than 12 adults (plus children) to allow travel to off-the-beaten path locations.

Affordably Priced

Harvest Italia 2010 pricing, itinerary and registration information is available at http://www.spiritofitalytours.com/registration.htm, or by contacting Vicky Gray-Clark at 408-318-1980, vicky@spiritofitalytours.com. Come visit Spirit of Italy Tours on Facebook http://tinyurl.com/yj69z9b and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HjqJ7amPCU.

About Spirit of Italy Tours

Sprit of Italy Tours is a boutique travel company located in San Jose, Calif., offering small groups of travelers intimate journeys to Tuscany. The company’s Harvest Italia 2010 tour is scheduled for November 1 – 8, 2010. For additional information on Spirit of Italy Tours, please visit, http://www.spiritofitalytours.com.

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