Cooking class Learn how to prepare an authentic Tuscan meal with our chefs. They will share their culinary secrets with you and explain how to prepare the typical dishes of the traditional Tuscan cuisine. The cooking classes take place in the kitchen of our Bed & Breakfast “Torre Vecchia” or directly in the apartments or in our Villa Castrum. Hot air ballooning Discover the most fascinating sceneries of Tuscany in a wicker basket suspended thousands of feet in the air. The balloons take off in the early morning from the base camp of the Association Aerostatics Tuscany, which is located in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa , 10 minutes driving from La Canonica di Cortine. After the flight, a Champagne breakfast will be offered from the staff. For information and bookings, contact the reception. Wine tours & tasting La Canonica di Cortine is conveniently situated in a prime location, on the hills between Florence and Siena, in the historic heart of Chianti Classico, one of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany and one of the most popular for the production of red wine and extra-virgin olive oil. Many famous wineries are located nearby, offering guided visits, wine tastings and typical meals. On request, we can supply you with more information. Lunches, dinners & personal chef Enjoy the authentic flavors of a traditional Tuscan meal made of crostini and bruschette, local cheese and cold cuts, fresh pasta with typical sauces, meat and home-made cakes, all accompanied by a glass of good local wine. Ask for the service of a personal chef preparing your dinner for your anniversary or any other occasion. Only on request. Ferrari Tuscan Driving Experience Let your dreams come true with an exclusive Full Day Tour with Lunch driving a real Ferrari, accompanied by an assistant and one photographer, with a safety car.. You will drive on the scenic routes of the Tuscan region stopping for photo shooting and videos, until reaching Siena where you will enjoy lunch in the magnificent Piazza del Campo. The tour lasts approximately 8 hours. More information available at the reception. Beauty treatments While staying at La Canonica di Cortine, take your time to relax your mind and your body. Exclusive massages and treatments are available on request. Contact the reception for more information. Bicycle rental service Canonica di Cortine, in collaboration with a local agency, offers a service of bike rentals to explore the Chianti countryside, famous worldwide for its charming landscape of rolling hills, vineyards and medieval small towns. More detailed information available at the reception. Tickets reservation for museums and tours Should you need any assistance to reserve tickets for museums and exhibition, don’t hesitate to contact our reception. On request, we can also help you booking city tours with experienced English-speaking guides for the main tourist destination in Tuscany. Fiat 500 Tour in Chianti Take a step back in time to 1960 and experience the thrill of driving a vintage Fiat 500 in the lush hills of Chianti, passing through picturesque villages and ancient vineyards! The cars are perfect in every detail, completely renovated, with the aim of preserving the original style Italian. Ask the reception for more information. Vespa tours Have fun riding a Vespa along the scenic roads of the Tuscan hills. You will live “la Dolce Vita” joining this tour, available every day, with experienced guides who will make you discover medieval villages through the gentle hills of Chianti. The tour lasts approximately 7 hours and includes a guided tour of a winery and their cellars with wine tasting and a delicious typical Tuscan light lunch. Contact the reception for more information. Safari wine tour A vintage English SUV will drive you on off-roads, through the Chianti hills, to discover the real Tuscan culture, while your English-speaking guide introduces you to the region and its exclusive wine. The tour lasts approximately 7 hours and includes the guided tour of three wineries with several wine tastings during the day. For more information or for booking this tour, ask the reception. Horse riding Explore the Tuscan countryside on horseback through vineyards, olive groves and magical woods. During your stay in La Canonica di Cortine, you can enjoy a horse ride in the area, discovering the Chianti region, in the most authentic way. Please, contact the reception for any additional information. Tennis & Golf If you are a sports lover, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the tennis courts, just a few km away from La Canonica di Cortine or the 18-hole golf course, a short drive from us. Our staff will be at your disposal to book the tennis court or the golf course for you. Light lunch During summer season, a service of light lunch is available every day from 1 to 3 pm. For the orders, ask the reception. Transfer La Canonica di Cortine is located 40 km from Florence airport and 90 km from Pisa airport. Florence train station is 30 km away. Private transfers from / to the airport and train station can be arranged upon request. Transfers to several other destinations also available. Restaurants Some excellent restaurants are situated a short drive from La Canonica di Cortine, serving traditional dishes of the Tuscan culinary tradition. You can choose among elegant restaurants, homely trattoria, simple pizzeria… More information about the restaurants in the area are available at the reception. Bank 2 km away, in the village of San Donato in Poggio Bus Stop The nearest are in San Donato in Poggio and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa Railway Station The nearest is 15 km away, in Poggibonsi Petrol Station 3 km away, in San Donato in Poggio Supermarket A small supermarket is located 2 km away from La Canonica di Cortine, in San Donato in Poggio. A larger one is in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, 10 minutes driving and an even larger is in Poggibonsi, 15 minutes driving from us.