Florence Chocolate
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Florence Chocolate • Chocolate Valley Tuscany Tour
from € 450 per person
from € 450 per group
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Florence Chocolate • Chocolate Valley Tuscany Tour

Florence Chocolate: there is a place in Tuscany in which you can find some of the best Italian chocolate masters. It’s called “Chocolate Valley” and it’s located between Pisa, Pistoia and Prato.


Duration 8h : 30m
6 participants maximum


Dates: You can enjoy this exciting experience any time of the year.
Departure Time: 9.00 am – return 5.00/6:00 pm.
Days of Week: It is possible to book the visit from Monday to Friday.

Note: During this excursion transport will be made in a de-luxe limousine or minivan or motorcoach which offers the maximum comfort, with air-conditioning, large panoramic windows and comfortable seats. The price includes also wine tour in Chianti (see the cellars and drink the Chianti wines) and a scenic stop at Piazzale Michelangelo (heartbreathing view on Florence).

The program includes a stop at Amedei Chocolate and subsequently at Savini Truffles – truffle producers for 4 generations – for a total duration of about 3 hours (Chocolate Factory Tour & Taste)

“CHOCOLATE VALLEY”
In Pontedera, there is the historic Amedei chocolate maker, winner of numerous awards including the Golden Bean Award from the Academy of Chocolate in 2013. In Pisa there is Paul de Bondt and Cecilia Iacobelli, among the 15 best chocolate craftsmen in the world. If you stop in Pistoia, you can visit the Slitti chocolate and coffee shop. Worthy of a mention, in Monsummano Terme, there is the ice cream maker Filippo, who produces many chocolate-based flavours, as well as the ice cream shop, Da Gomma, in Montecatini Terme. In Agliana is the handmade chocolate company of Roberto Catinari, a pioneer in the production of chocolate in Tuscany. In Prato, you can stop at Pasticceria Mannori to have handmade pralines, tablets, cakes or chocolate eggs.

An unforgettable trip transporting your senses from the sun-drenched cocoa plantations to the aroma of chocolate that envelops you while you take this exciting and extraordinary journey.

For the first time Amedei has decided to open its doors to groups of visitors. Those that want to share this thrilling journey can immerse themselves in a magical atmosphere; discover the path that chocolate takes from the cocoa bean to the fruition of the Amedei creations, and taste the chocolates and pralines. The tours will allow you to follow the various processes of chocolate making, by means of an explanatory video and chocolate tasting, as you walk through the whole production process (from the beans to the grains of cocoa and from the refinement of the mixture right through to conching or processing of the chocolate). Finally there is an opportunity for you to learn the art of chocolate tasting.

Chocolate and Truffles are united in a marriage of flavours.
Amedei Chocolate and Savini Truffles have created a sensory journey that combines these two products which are a symbol of Tuscan Excellence.

The program includes a stop at Amedei (Chocolate Factory Tour & Taste), Lunch, Wine tasting and Wine tour at organic farm in Chianti.

Amedei Chocolate (Chocolate Factory Tour & Taste)
The tour consists in the illustration of a series of images in which will be explained how Amedei interprets the chocolate. In relation to the different phases, guests can taste the cocoa throughout its transformation process, from bean to bar. Tasting: Crema Toscana (hazelnut spread), Toscano Brown (milk chocolate), Toscano Black 70% (extra dark chocolate 70%) Toscano Red (70% extra dark chocolate with strawberries, cherries and raspberries) for summer / White Milk Chocolate with Pistachios of Bronte for the winter, Jamaica (extra dark chocolate 70% from Jamaica), chocolate “9” (extra dark chocolate 75%, winner of the Golden Bean 2011), praline truffle.

The Amedei factory tours will allow you to follow the various processes of chocolate making. There are two possible tours: the first one lasts for an hour and a half, the second one will include a visit to some of the production areas and should take two and a half hours. Please find below the details about each tour:

1) Emozioni (Summer); Le Origini (Winter) – Length: 1.30 h
– Description of the various processes of chocolate making by means of an explanatory video and chocolate tasting, as you walk through the whole production process (from the beans to the grains of cocoa and from the refinement of the mixture right through to conching or processing of the chocolate).

– Chocolate tasting:

1a) Emozioni (for Summer)
* Crema Toscana – hazelnut spreadable cream;
* Toscano Brown – milk chocolate;
* Toscano Black 70% – dark chocolate 70%;
* Toscano Blond – dark chocolate 63% with peaches and apricots;
* Toscano Red – dark chocolate 70% with strawberries, cherries and raspberries;
* Madagascar – dark chocolate mono-origin 70% from Madagascar;
* Jamaica – dark chocolate mono-origin 70% from Jamaica;
* “9” – dark chocolate 75% winning the Golden Bean in 2011;
* Cold drinking chocolate.

1b) Le Origini (for Winter)
* Crema Toscana – hazelnut spreadable cream;
* Toscano Brown – milk chocolate;
* Toscano Black 70% – dark chocolate 70%;
* White Milk Chocolate with pistachios;
* Milk Chocolate with hazelnuts;
* Madagascar – dark chocolate mono-origin 70% from Madagascar;
* Jamaica – dark chocolate mono-origin 70% from Jamaica;
* “9” – dark chocolate 70% winning the Golden Bean in 2011;
* Hot chocolate.

Kind note: It is free for children under 6 years. For children from 6 to 15 years the price is halved. For groups less than four people, there is a surcharge of € 20 per person. After the visit, only for people like you who want to share with us this experience, it will be possible to purchase our products directly here, in the factory. The tour is available from Monday to Friday (9 am-3 pm, arrival time), on Saturday morning only for large group – 15 people (the production will be closed in this case).

Minimum number of participants: 4 – max 12.
Free for children under 6 years old



What our clients say about this Chocolate Tour
Visiting the Amedei Chocolate Factory in Tuscany
I first heard about Amedei chocolates at the chocolate tasting at Xoxolat in Vancouver about a month ago. Our host showed the class a bar of Amedei chocolate called the “9” and told us that this $20 bar of chocolate is also known as the best chocolate in the world. $20 for just 50 grams! Depending on the year of competition, different Amedei bars won the Gold award. In 2011, it was the “9.” Our host at Xoxolat also said not to buy it since the average chocolate lover would not appreciate the greatness in such a fine bar of chocolate. At that price, I wouldn’t have dared anyway! When she mentioned Amedei was Italian and that its factory was in Tuscany, I was thrilled! I had plans to visit Tuscany soon :) On the day we had plans to visit Pisa, we also visited the Amedei chocolate factory. It was located very close to La Rotta in Pontedera, about 30 minutes east of Pisa. We made it there in a much longer time since we got lost again and we were navigating based on just highway signs and general direction. We had no GPS:( What a nightmare. We even tried activating our very expensive 3G just for directions but it wouldn’t pick up any signal where we were. I think we all deserve medals for making it there the way we did. Amedei is not very well known to the general public and we didn’t see any signs on the street for it until we got down to the narrow countryside road. When we arrived, the gates were all closed and we thought they were not even opened. It was 4PM and I had no appointment. I heard it wasn’t a tourist destination so I didn’t think I needed an appointment. There were cars in the parking lot so I went up to the gate and buzzed the intercom. I asked if we could go inside and visit the factory and the lady that answered told me we normally needed an appointment. Oh dear:( Shortly after, she buzzed the gate open for us. Hooray!


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Departure Point: From your accomodation. Please note that the rate includes a pick-up and drop-off in Florence. Driver can be arranged to pick you from the place you stay in any region within Tuscany.


Tour code: 

KUS2121628


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