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New Company, New Superyacht: Emerald Yacht Cruises First Build is Luxury

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A new 110m superyacht is under construction for Mediterranean cruises and small village access and will launch in July 2021.
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra sailing past the Amalfi Coast Italy
Superyacht Emerald Azzurra envisioned sailing past the Amalfi Coast. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Australian company, Emerald Cruises, has two jewels in its portfolio and just accumulated a third. The first is Emerald Waterways which is the river cruise division. Her ocean adventuring sister is called Emerald Cruises. Emerald Cruises is expanding with a new niche line called Emerald Yacht Cruises and is not wasting any time with her first ocean going superyacht, Emerald Azzurra in build already.

The inaugural steel cutting ceremony was held on 7th Dec 2019, with the 110 metre yacht’s hull and machinery now being constructed at the Ha Long Shipbuilding Company in Ha Long City, Vietnam, with the interior fit-out to be directly managed by the Emerald Cruises project team.

Why a Yacht Division?

Scenic Group is the overarching company that retains all the Emerald brands and Company Chairman and Owner Glen Moroney explained the story behind the new brand. The decision to introduce a superyacht to the Evergreen/Emerald Cruises brand followed a successful period of chartering vessels in Croatia. The Adriatic Coast had been a hit with passengers and the charters had sold well. There was an issue though, and it lay with the charter vessel being used for the season.

“The problem was that the experience doesn’t live up to what we’d like to deliver, either for Emerald or for Scenic. And the reason for that is certainly not the destination, it’s just the ship,” Moroney said. He cited the charter vessel’s small capacity of 36, an inefficient 1:4 crew to guest ratio, a lack of modern facilities, and above all, space. A lack of stabilisers also meant the previous charter vessel, MV Adriatic Princess, was unable to access some ports.

Customers were not complaining, regardless, the company looked at what could be done. “The experience promises a lot, and the destination is fantastic and people are enjoying themselves. And then once again, stupid us, we think we can do a little bit better,” the Scenic Group boss quipped.

Launching in July 2021, and 110m in length, Emerald Azzurra will be able to access smaller, more off-the-beaten-track ports that other cruise ships are too large for allowing guests to enjoy a more authentic experience in small towns and villages.

Some of Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Itinerary
Emerald Azzurra will spend a lot of time in the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas.

The superyacht will still visit all the major ports such as Rome (Civitavecchia) and Barcelona, but will dock in the centre of smaller ports, such as Bonifacio, Corsica; Port Vendres, France; Fiskardo, Greece; Port Ercole, Italy and Piran, Slovenia. In these ports, guests will be free to explore the town at their leisure with no set itinerary, and fresh produce will be sourced from local markets and served on-board the yacht. Emerald Azzurra will also feature a marine platform for paddle boarding and snorkeling, three tenders and two zodiacs for shore excursions.

Moroney says further “It’s a modern interpretation of ships in that class at the moment that are 20 to 25, and even 30 years old, or smaller ships that are not able to access the ports or have the modern amenities or the size of the cabins. I’m certain you’ll find it extremely popular.”

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Owner Suites
Emerald Azzurra’s luxurious Owner Suites located on the pool deck. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Owner Suite Layout Plan
The Owner Suite Layout. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Onboard Emerald Azzurra

Contemporary in design and decor, Emerald’s first ocean vessel will feature 50 spacious balcony staterooms and suites. A significant proportion (88%) of the staterooms on Emerald Azzura will offer balconies with views. Cabins will range from the 18-square-metre lead-in Oceanview Stateroom (without balcony), to the 28-square-metre Balcony Suites, 60-square-metre Terrace and Yacht suites and the top-of-the-line 111-square-metre Owner’s Suite.

But it’s not just about luxurious cabins and large space. Emerald Azzurre’s appeal is also about the other amenities on the ship.

From the top of Emerald Azzurra we have Deck 7 (Sky Deck) Featuring a spa pool and the Sky Bar.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Sky Deck
Emerald Azzurra’s Sky Deck. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 6 (Pool Deck) this will be the attention-grabber with an infinity-edge pool and café. This level also has the coveted two Owners Suites aft and two Deluxe Balcony Staterooms port and starboard.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Pool
Emerald Azzurra’s superyacht pool. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Pool Deck Area
Emerald Azzurra’s Pool Deck Area in sunlight. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 5 (Panorama Deck) Location of the yachts Navigation Bridge up front and the two generous Terrace Suites located aft.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Terrace Suite
Inside Emerald Azzurra’s Terrace Suite. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Terrace Suite Layout
The Terrace Suite Layout. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 4 With the Observation Lounge at the bow of the ship, observation room, open viewing area and guest laundry.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Observation Lounge
Emerald Azzurra’s Observation Lounge. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 3 (Emerald Deck) Horizon Bar & Lounge, The Terrace, Gift shop and Reflections Restaurant which offer 130 seats indoor and a further 48 seats in a terrace manner on the surrounding deck.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Horizon Bar
Emerald Azzurra’s Horizon Bar. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Reflections Restaurant Outside Dining
The Reflections Restaurant 48 seat outside dining. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 2 (Wellness Deck) Guests will enjoy a well-equipped gym, state-of-the-art sauna, indulgent spa, hairdressers and is also the location of the marina platform.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Gym
Emerald Azzurra’s will have a gym, sauna, spa and hairdressers. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Fares for Emerald Yacht Cruises sailings will include waiter-served dining at dinner; breakfast and lunch buffets stocked with locally sourced ingredients; complimentary sommelier-paired wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, all on-board gratuities, transfers to and from the airport, port charges, and all taxes.

Bookings for Emerald Azzurre is now available for 2021-2022 voyages. For additional information about Emerald Yacht Cruises, visit Emerald Yacht Cruises online.

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MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Create Eight “Jules Verne Inspired” Legacy Machines

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MB&F has partnered with artisan engraver Eddy Jaquet to create eight limited-edition Legacy Machine watches inspired by the classic tales of 19th-century sci-fi author Jules Verne.
MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Limited Edition "Jules Verne" inspired Legacy Machine. Credit: MB&F
MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Limited Edition “Jules Verne” inspired Legacy Machine. Credit: MB&F

Independent Swiss watchmaker MB&F is no stranger to collaborations (especially with a name that is short for “Max Busser & Friends), and this latest limited edition set of 18K red-gold Legacy Machines Split Escapements created in partnership with master engraver Eddy Jaquet, only serves to reinforce the legacy of “art created by friends.”

Born in 1965, in a small village on the outskirts of Neuchâtel, Eddy Jaquet first learned his trade at the École d’Arts Appliqués in La Chaux-de-Fonds and has worked as an engraver from 1987 to this day. In 2011, he first became a Friend of MB&F, enlisted to hand-engrave the names of Kari Voutilainen and Jean-François Mojon on the movement bridge of the very first Legacy Machine watches.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Portrait
Master engraver Eddy Jacquet has reimagined the Legacy Machine. Credit: MB&F

As MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser explains it, “We’ve worked with Eddy for years, but getting Eddy Jaquet to engrave names on movements is like playing Für Elise on a Stradivarius violin — you couldn’t imagine a more modest use of such an amazing gift.”

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Voyage To The Centre Of The Earth Legacy Machine
Limited edition “Journery To The Center Of The Earth” Legacy Machine Split Escapement. Credit: MB&F

It seemed only natural that the next step was to give Eddy Jaquet creative license to unleash the full extent of his imagination and engraving skill upon eight new Legacy Machine Split Escapement watches.

After a brainstorming session with Max Büsser (an avid science fiction fan), the team ultimately decided that the theme for the new watches would be based on the writings of 19th-century sci-fi author Jules Verne, a prolific writer of some of the world’s most captivating science fiction adventures known to readers.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne Legacy Machine
MB&F x Eddy Jaquet “Michael Strogoff” edition. Credit: MB&F

Tasked with creating the individual designs to be engraved on each watch face, Eddy Jaquet threw himself into the world of Jules Verne as part of the research and design process, reading up to 60 novels and short stories by Verne, including the 54-volume series of bestselling adventure novels known as the “Voyages Extraordinaires.”

Eight final stories were then selected, including the more well-known “Around The World In 80 Days” and some of Verne’s lesser-known works like Michael Strogoff and The Adventures of Captain Hatteras.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Michael Strogoff Legacy Machine

During the process, Jaquet also researched significant secondary creative works such as original published illustrations and set to work to create his own initial sketches and engraved detailed key moments and characters from each story as a tapestry upon the individual watch faces.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet “Jules Verne Inspired” Limited Edition Legacy Machines
  1. Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (top left)
  2. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (top right)
  3. Around The World In Eighty Days (second row left)
  4. The Adventures Of Captain Hatteras (second row right)
  5. Robur The Conqueror (third row left)
  6. Michael Strogoff (third row right)
  7. From The Earth To The Moon (bottom row left)
  8. Five Weeks In A Balloon (bottom row right)
MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Jules Vern Inspired Legacy Machine Watches

It’s important to note that although the Legacy Machine has some of the largest dial “real estate” of the MB&F designs, in order to truly bring the engravings to life, the Legacy Machine Split Escapement was redesigned, including a slimmer bezel and wider dial plate, to ensure maximum space to tell the stories as imagined by Eddy Jaquet.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet From The Earth To The Moon Movement
Dial-plate engravings inspired by “From The Earth To The Moon”. Credit: MB&F

Designs like that of the “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea” allowed Jaquet to utilize the dial plate fully and depict the submarine Nautilus, drifting in the depths of the ocean and a pair of ruined pillars just above the power-reserve, reminiscent of the scene in which Captain Nemo and his crew explore the lost city of Atlantis.

Meanwhile, in the piece used to depict “Five Weeks In A Balloon,” Jaquet used the dial plate to imagine a trio of zebras visible at the date dial, quietly refreshing themselves at a watering hole on the African savannah. While not part of his initial concept sketch, the zebra’s were added late in the engraving process for a key point of aesthetic balance. This, however, required Jaquet to adjust the placement of two nearby hippopotami, highlighting the agility and adaptive skills essential to the delicate project.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet From The Earth To The Moon Legacy Machine Front
18K red-gold watch with alligator strap. Credit: MB&F

Apart from the large amount of space afforded on the dial plate, the Legacy Machine Split Escapement also makes sense as the choice of watch for the special 19th-century Jules Verne inspired editions with MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser having initially created the Legacy Machine based on the musing “What watch would he have created if he had been born in 1867 instead of 1967?”

It would appear the answer to that is about as close to this watch as it comes.

Limited to eight pieces in total (one of each design), the MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Legacy Machines are reportedly sold-out.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Legacy Machine Split Escapement Details

Engine
  • LM SE movement developed for MB&F by Stephan McDonnell
  • Split escapement with the balance wheel suspended above the dial and the anchor and escapement wheel under the movement
  • Manual winding with double mainspring barrels
  • Power reserve: 72 hours
  • Balance frequency: 2.5Hz / 18,000bph
  • Number of components: 296
  • Number of jewels: 35
Functions / Indications
  • Hours, minutes, date and power-reserve indicators
  • Push-button next to the date dial for quick adjustment of the dial
Case
  • Material: 5N+ 18k red gold
  • Sapphire crystals on top and display back treated with anti-reflective coating on both faces
  • Dimensions: 44.5 mm x 18.2 mm
  • Number of components: 17
  • Water resistance: 30 m / 100ft / 3 ATM
Strap & Buckle
  • Dark brown hand-stitched alligator strap with 5N+ red gold folding buckle matching the case
Price
  • MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Legacy Machine Split Escapement Price: USD $162,000 (already sold out)

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URWERK Reveals UR-220 “Falcon Project”

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Independent watchmaker URWERK has now welcomed the UR-220 “Falcon Project” as the latest addition to the UR-Satellite collection.
Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Front Face
The URWERK UR-220 “Falcon Project” wandering hours watch. Credit: URWERK

After the recent release of the UR-210 “final edition,” independent Swiss watchmaker URWERK has now welcomed the UR-220 “Falcon Project” as the latest addition to the UR-Satellite collection.

Following on as part of the futuristic UR-2xxx series that saw the wandering hours complication in the UR-202, the addition of URWERK’s iconic “oil change” indicator and Horological Odometer (to track the number of years in use) in the UR-203 and the continuation of the movement in the UR-210, the UR-220 shares the same wandering hours design and has picked up the oil change indicator as well.

Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Side View
Use of a new rubber watch for the first time. Credit: URWERK

As a refresher, URWERK’s unique wandering hours design consists of three individually rotating cubes that also rotate clockwise. As an individual hour cube enters the lower “minute” half of the watch from the left-hand side of the watch face, the minute pointer jumps back in a fraction of a second to the start of the 60-minute scale, to begin the next hour.

Inspired by contemporary video science-fiction games, the only other indication on the black and radioactive green dial is that of the power reserve, displayed on two up/down gauges, each of 24 hours. When the movement is wound, the right-hand gauge reacts first. As soon as it shows 24 hours of power reserve, the left-hand gauge takes over.

Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Swiss Made
New font designed by Martin Frei with fluorescent green lettering. Credit: URWERK

While looking visually similar to the UR-210, the UR-220 is slimmer (14.8mm vs. 17.8mm ).

For the first time ever, URWERK has used a lightweight carbon for the case created by 81 layers of ultra-thin high resistance CTP (carbon thin ply) carbon compressed into a hard resin. Once compressed, the carbon block is machined to reveal patterns that emphasize the curves of the case.

Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Swiss Made Breakdown
All the compenents needed to make the URWERK UR-220. Credit: URWERK

“I wanted to have the finest possible pattern traced along the length of the UR-220’s case,” explains Martin Frei, URWERK’s co-founder. “We therefore needed a special kind of carbon in layers that are not only parallel but as thin as possible. The concentric pattern you can see on the surface of the UR-220 is the result of this choice. The carbon layers underscore the curves of the sapphire-crystal glass of this watch. In terms of style and technique this UR-220 is just the way I wanted it.”

Another element that has returned to the new model is the oil change indicator, which takes the shape of a numerical counter and indicates to the owner when the watch is due for its next “service.” To start the indicator’s running time, the owner must remove a security pin and press the push button to start the counter. Once it reaches 39 months, it’s time to return the watch to URWERK for an “oil change” where the watchmakers will also reset the counter to zero and replace the pin.

Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Case Back Oil Change
Oil Change feature to indicate when its time to service the watch. Credit: URWERK

“It’s more than a numerical counter making a cold tally of the months,” says Felix Baumgartner, URWERK’s co-founder. “The Oil Change indicator tells you how long your watch has actually been working on your wrist, and reflects the energy you have fuelled it with every day. It connects you with your watch.”

In another first for URWERK, the UR-220 features a rubber strap made from cured, molded, and Vulcarboné textured rubber, giving it a soft velvet-like texture.

Urwerk UR-220220 Falcon Project Watch
Powered by the URWERK caliber UR-7.20. Credit: URWERK

Powered by the URWERK caliber UR-7.20, the manual wound watch provides a power reserve of 48 hours.

The URWERK UR-220 is priced at CHF 145,000 (approx. USD$160,000) and available from URWERK.

Technical Specifications

Model: URWERK UR-220 “Falcon Project” Carbon Edition
Number: Limited Edition 25 pieces
Price: CHF 145,000
Made: Switzerland
Dimensions: 43.8 mm width; 53.6 mm length; 14.8 mm thickness
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Time Caliber: UR-7.20 manually wound
Materials: Carbon CTP (Carbon Thin Ply) – 81 layers
Strap: Vulcarbone cured rubber with black DLC buckle
Water Resistant: 30 meters (3 ATM/3 Bar)

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Experience La Dolce Vita With Four Seasons Luxury Roadtrip

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Four Seasons “Enroute La Dolce Vita” roadtrip lets you experience the French Riviera and Tuscan countryside at a leisurely pace in a classic car with an expertly designed itinerary.
Four Seasons La Dolce Vita Roadtrip Mercedes
Experience the French Riviera with good company and a classic car. Credit: Four Seasons

By all accounts Four Seasons “Enroute La Dolce Vita” road trip experience is exactly what any good 1900’s doctor would have ordered after a year like 2020 (namely a seaside visit to breathe in the fresh salt air and a country getaway to calm the nerves).

Four Seasons Grand Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat
A seaside stay at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat. Credit: Four Seasons

Circumventing the need for lengthy airport check-ins procedures, the enroute la dolce vita experience is designed to be a leisurely road trip between some of Four Seasons’s finest hotels along the French Riviera and the rolling hills of Tuscany, and is planned in collaboration with a dedicated Four Seasons Concierge.

Four Seasons La Dolce Vita Roadtrip
Choose your own adventure “Enroute la dolce vita”. Credit: Four Seasons

A selection of open-top roadster classic cars are available to choose from like the 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, a 1958 Mercedes 190 SL Cabrio, or a 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster, but there are also coupe options like a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso or Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing if you don’t need to feel the wind through your air or contend with manually putting the top up and down (although for an extra charge you can have a road assistance car follow behind throughout your journey to help with that kind of stuff)!

Departing from the Four Seasons Milano, guests can choose to drive to Four Seasons Firenze, stopping along the way in Parma and Modena, or head in the opposite direction and follow the coastline past Monaco to the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat.

Four Seasons Milan Secret Garden
Enjoy the gardens of Four Seasons Milano. Credit: Four Seasons
Four Seasons Milan Fashion Suite
Stay in the Four Seasons Milano Fashion Suite. Credit: Four Seasons

For guests departing from Four Seasons Firenze and driving to Cap-Ferrat, a stop along the way at Pisa is always an option as is a lazy day spent at the picturesque seaside harbor village of Portofino.

Four Seasons Firenze Duomo View Executive Suite
The Duomo View Executive Suite at the Four Seasons Firenze. Credit: Four Seasons
Four Seasons Florence Royal Suite Della Gherardesca
The Royal Suite (Della Gherardesca) at Four Seasons Firenze. Credit: Four Seasons
Four Season’s “En route to la dolce vita” Experience includes:
  • Reservation of a classic car at the Four Seasons Hotels Milano, Firenze, or Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat
  • Specially packed picnic baskets prepared by the hotel chef
  • A thorough explanation and technical presentation of the car before you begin your trip
  • A personalized itinerary created by a Four Season’s Concierge highlighting specific points of interest along the way
  • Road Book
  • Road Assistance
  • Valet Parking for every stop and car cleaning
  • Refueling service (fuel cost at guest’s charge)
  • Luggage service
  • Additional system for hands-free phone connection to musical sound system
  • A modern support car to follow behind and provide road assistance and mechanic support if needed (extra charges)
  • Radio connection between the vintage car and the road assistance car driver
  • Ability to switch to the modern vehicle whenever you want if you have chosen to have the support car option

Prices for the “En route la dolce vita” experience start from 2,700 euros+ VAT and depart from either the Four Seasons Hotel Milano to Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, or from Four Seasons Hotel Milano to Grand du Cap-Ferrat, based on availability.

It is important to note the price is for the car ONLY and does not include accommodation, as this will vary substantially depending on the time of year and room/villa selected by each individual. Prices of the vehicle may also vary based on the model chosen and the length of car rental.

Suggested Day Trips & Locations To Discuss With Your Concierge
  • Day Trip to Portofino (2.5 hours’ drive from Milan) – Just over two hours from Milan, guests can immerse themselves in Portofino’s scenic village and explore its surroundings, including the historical abbey of San Fruttuoso.
Four Seasons La Dolce Vita Roadtrip Cap Ferrat
Take your time to explore Portofino. Credit: Four Seasons
  • Opera at Arena di Verona (2-hours drive from Milan) – For opera lovers, the stunning Arena di Verona provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a magical opera night outdoors. Concierges will create tailor-made itineraries to experience a romantic night in the city of Romeo and Juliet.
  • Franciacorta (just over 1-hour drive from Milan) – Italy’s finest sparkling wines come from Franciacorta, which lies just over an hour east of Milan. Notable vineyards include Bellavista, Ca’ del Bosco, and Contadi Castaldi, where guests can witness the winemaking process during a cellar tour before enjoying a wine tasting.
Four Seasons La Dolce Vita Roadtrip Tuscany
Winemaking and wine tasting. Credit: Four Seasons
  • Lake Como (1-hour drive from Milan) – Guests can visit the stunning Lake Como and visit the surrounding colorful small towns and historical villas.
  • Table to Farm Experience (30-minutes’ drive from Florence) – Guests can discover the new Table to Farm experience, where guests of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze will live the Tuscan country life and spend a day as guest farmhands in the Fattoria San Michele, a medieval barn estate in the Chianti region.
  • Forte dei Marmi (1-hour drive from Florence) – Guests in the mood for a seaside escape can visit the glamorous city of Forte dei Marmi on the Versilia Tuscan coast, offering family activities on the beach and within the city. Before coming back to the hotel, guests shouldn’t miss the chance to enjoy an aperitif amid the sunset by the sea.
  • Appennini Mountains – 1.5-hours’ drive from Florence – Those who prefer the mountains can reach the Appennini in 90 minutes by car to enjoy small lakes and lush lawns, the perfect location for a picturesque afternoon with the family. At the end of the day, guests can taste a polenta dish as well as dessert made with blackberries picked onsite.
  • Day Trip to Siena (1-hour drive from Florence) – Siena is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Italy, famous for the Duomo, with its striped Baroque facade and Piazza del Campo. Guests can get lost in its narrow streets, immersing themselves in the folkloristic traditions. Guest can also taste the delicious pici pasta served with cheese and peppers in the Piazza del Campo, where the historic Palio horse races still takes place each summer on July 2 and August 16.
Four Seasons La Dolce Vita Roadtrip Florence
Explore Firenze (Florence) and surrounding areas. Credit Four Seasons
  • Chianti Tour (1-hour drive from Florence) – The area between Florence and Siena is known worldwide for its fine wines, magical countryside, medieval castles, and ancient villages. Taking the Chiantigiana wine road, guests will wind their way through cypress-lined hills and olive groves to the medieval towns of Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni, stopping to taste excellent local wines at one of the countless vineyards, many of which also produce their own olive oil.

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