Dario Castagno was born in the Wimbledon district of London in 1967 and moved to Italy in 1977 when his parents decided to return to their homeland, purchasing a house secluded in the Chianti hills of Tuscany close to Siena. Dario was very much attracted by this environment that had inspired so many of its native artists and geniuses. At the age of 15, Dario dropped out of school and found employment at a winery. Several years later, he was the first to offer private off-the-beaten-path tours through the Chianti region. His memoirs of this experience, Too Much Tuscan Sun - The Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide, were translated into several languages and chosen as a 2005 New York Times notable book. A sequel, called A Day in Tuscany - More Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide, was followed by a third volume called Too Much Tuscan Wine. His fourth book and first novel, An Osteria in Chianti, was published in 2010; Seven Seasons in Siena will appear in March 2011. Protagonist of the movie My Chianti - A Day in the Life of a Tuscan Author, Dario is a proud member of the Noble Bruco Contrada in Siena and lives an isolated existence in the small village of Vagliagli.
Here are two wonderful ways to meet the NY Times best-selling Tuscan author and enjoy a full immersion into the lifestyle and traditions of Tuscany's Chianti region:
THE WONDERS OF CHIANTI WITH LUNCH
Meet a professional guide member of Dario's team at 9 am at any hotel in Siena or Florence, or any private villa in the Florentine Chianti. Transfer by private air-conditioned mini-van to the Chianti, where you will explore the paved and unpaved roads in order to experience a little of everything this area has to offer. At 11 am, Dario Castagno will greet you at a truly authentic Tuscan farm. He will accompany you on a tour of the estate, which includes a panoramic vineyard, an ancient family chapel, a spectacular wine cellar, graciously landscaped grounds and a beautifully restored farmhouse. Along the way he will entertain you with local history, anecdotes, legends and lore. You will enjoy a tasting in the cellars, followed by lunch with the world-acclaimed author of six books, all based in Tuscany, Chianti and Siena. The tour continues after lunch for a full immersion in the Chianti, with stops in medieval hamlets and castles, villages and villas.
Return to your hotel by 6 pm. The prices below include transportation and guide. The farmhouse tour and lunch including wine cost 60 Euro/person paid in cash in Italy.
2016 Prices 1-4 people 463.00 Euro/group 5-6 people 514.00 Euro/group 7-8 people 565.00 Euro/group