Activities

The discovery of our territory’s natural treasures, visits of Tuscany’s art towns, tastings of typical products and renowned wines in local cellars, boat trips to the Gulf of Poets’ islands, excursions to the marble quarries, trekking on the Apuan Alps, luxury shopping and many activities for the little ones. These are only some of the activities we have chosen for you! Contact our staff for more information, prices and reservations. All excursions and trips count on guides who speak English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Russian.

Activities with children

What could you do with your children on gloomy days, as an alternative option to the sea and the beach? Why don’t you go to the Aquarium of Genoa, the biggest in our country and with the largest variety of marine species in Europe? Or you could plan an excursion to Fosdinovo Adventure Park, the first one in Tuscany to offer acrobatic trails on the trees, bungee trampoline, archery and forest trails for mountain bikes. Moreover, in July and August, children can also take part in the many activities of the Fabbrica dei Pinoli, in the Versiliana park, the villa in Marina di Pietrasanta made famous by Gabriele D'Annunzio who wrote there his famous poem “La pioggia nel pineto”(The rain in the pinewood).

Food Experience

A journey to discover the taste and flavors of Italian biodiversity. Bologna FICO Eataly World, the largest agri-food park in the world, offers its visitors a real sensorial full immersion. At Fabbrica Italiana Contadina, you can taste the most important Italian recipes, do your shopping by bike or buy laboratory made products while listening to the story of their producer. Moreover, a series of didactic and experiential itineraries give your children the opportunity to know the main food chains and the traditions of our farming world.

Shopping, shopping… and more shopping!

For a 360 ° shopping experience, we have thought of three different itineraries, perfect to satisfy any preference. Our driver will be at your disposal for a Hands free shopping service: you will have the opportunity to do your shopping, always with your hands-free.
Serravalle Designer Outlet I A whole day dedicated to fashion, in one of the largest Outlet Villages in Europe. In the afternoon, while coming back home, you can stop in Portofino for an exclusive aperitif.
The Mall Luxury Outlet | Not far from Florence, the largest "luxury brands" outlet in Tuscany offers you an exclusive shopping experience. And on the way back home, you will have the opportunity to visit Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance.
Shopinn Brugnato 5 Terre Outlet Village | Very close to the fabulous Cinque Terre, this shopping village is the ideal place to spend a morning or an afternoon searching for advantageous offers.

Excursions to marble quarries and visits to marble workshops

Try to discover the secrets of Carrara’s white marble, the stone Michelangelo used to sculpt his famous David. Following the road that once was the marble railway, among bridges on the Vara river and very narrow tunnels dug directly into the rock, you will explore some of the most beautiful quarries in the area, including Fantiscritti Cave Museum, a unique testimony of the hard work that allowed over the centuries the extraction of the most famous marble in the world. You can also visit a modern sculpture workshop to discover how a marble statue is made nowadays.

Boat trip to Portovenere, Lerici and the Poets’ Gulf

Whether you are a couple longing for romance, or a family searching for fun, this day boat trip will allow you to discover the Ligurian Riviera di Levante (East coast) with the Poets’ Gulf, Portovenere, Lerici and the poetic Cinque Terre. On a private boat, you will avoid the annoying crowd of tourists and the consequent long queues you always have when boarding on public ferries.

Discovering Lunigiana and its castles

Pontremoli and Ponticello, Gragnola and Castel dell'Aquila, Fivizzano and Equi Terme, Fosdinovo and the Malaspina Castle: a one-day trip, together with our guide, to discover Lunigiana’s rich cultural, natural and environmental patrimony. A territory that is not much touristic, but really fascinating and mysterious, where you can find thousand-year old testimonies, such as the statues of Luni, apotropaic figures of the Neolithic period. During your excursion, you can stop and taste some typical dishes such as torte d’erbi e funghi (chard and mushrooms pies), panigacci and testaroli that you can eat with local meat and cheese, drinking excellent regional wines.

The beauty of our cities of art

Thanks to its privileged position, less than an hour's drive from everything, Villa Gilda is the ideal starting point to visit some of the most prestigious art towns in Tuscany: Pietrasanta, Lucca, Florence, Pisa but also Sarzana in Liguria, are easy to reach from our Villa. Our van will drive you, and an expert guide will show you their architectural and artistic treasures, and will let you taste some exclusive recipes that belongs to that food tradition that the whole world envies us.

Tasting in a cellar

Here are two excursions we have organized for all those who love good wine. The first one lets you discover the village of Bolgheri in Maremma and its cellars that are renowned all over the world as the producers of Super Tuscan wines. There, you will have the chance to taste wines such as Vermentino di Bolgheri, Ornallaia and even the very famous Sassicaia. The second excursion will bring you closer, in Liguria, to Ca' Lunae winery, an estate just outside Sarzana that produces excellent white wines and also hosts a characteristic museum dedicated to wine material culture. After the visit to the winery, an aperitif will be served with tasting of some of the most important wine labels. From September on, you will also have the chance to visit the Guiccardini Strozzi Cellar in San Gemignano. This 530 hectares estate dates back to the year 994 and is one of the oldest abodes in Italy. In addition to wine tastings, according to the season, they also organize truffle hunting.

Cave tour

Two excursions will let you discover the underground world hidden inside the Apuan Alps; together with an expert guide, you can admire two speleological complexes: Grotta del Vento, the first ever explored in high Versilia, and of the Antro del Corchia, the deepest cavern in Europe. Both excursions are ideal also for children, as in both caves you find comfortable cemented paths, lightened by spotlights.