“Tours through Torre a Cenaia Estate and dinner on board of an authentic XIX Century Omnibus”
LUNCH ONBOARD THE OMNIBUS AND WINE TASTING
WHAT’S THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?
1) Welcome at the estate and historical description of these lands, ancient Cenaia’s settlement and visit the 11th century church represents the first part of the tour. Inside of the church is preserved a valuable painting of an uncertain attribution. In the front of the medieval settlement there is the renaissance Italian garden with female statues and Villa Valery under restoration;
2) Visit at the wine cellar/shop with the description of the wine process production and quality of our wines. We reserve the possibility to visit also our J63 Craft Brewery with brewing process and the description of all our beers;
3) Omnibus lunch: departing from the main square on the horse-drawn Omnibus will ride to the ancient oven through the border olive-oil tree boulevard. When the carriage stops, our driver unhook the horses and the lunch will start with a unique typical Tuscan menu. Throughout the lunch our staff organize the wine tasting with 4 Torre a Cenaia wine (1 Cenaja Vermentino – white wine, 1 Sangiovese – red wine, 1 Torre del Vajo – red wine, 1 Dolce Peccato – passito wine). The last one will be combined with Cantuccini, Tuscan biscuits with almond. All our foods product are local and organic due to our Estate Philosophy;
4) Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil Tasting it will be possible (depending on guest’s time availability);
5) Shopping time: After the lunch, our guests have the possibility to buy all our products and organize shipping for wines, beers and extra-virgin olive oil directly to their home at our shop.
This tour is available only after booking (2 days in advance) and up to 20 people
The Omnibus was born in 1600 in England as a public transport vehicle for people. It was a horse-drawn carriage, which will be developed soon to run on rails: it’s the ancestor of the tram!
From England, in the course of 1700s the Omnibus arrived in our country: Turin, Milan and Naples were the first Italian cities that had a public transport service by rail. At that time, you could come across various types of Omnibus: without canopy; surmounted by an iron frame on which were fixed tents to shelter passengers from the sun; or vehicles in wood completely covered with windows all around such as the one on which you can travel in Torre a Cenaia estate.
Since 1822 Omnibus no longer circulates: in England was born the Omnibus with steam engine and, later, Omnibus with combustion engine. Already in the early 1900s the Omnibus with combustion engine started running through European cities: this important change also caused the disappearance of the name “Omnibus”. The new engine vehicle will be named “bus”.
WHAT DOES “OMNIBUS” MEANS?
The name “Omnibus” is a Latin term meaning “for all”: a Omnibus is in fact a public vehicle, on which all the people can travel. From the ancient name “omnibus” comes the modern “bus”.