An ancient and delicate ritual





About 3 hours


Italian, English, French


2 - 6

The saffron harvest


Maria Elena will be delighted to welcome you to her farm to get to know the ritual of the harvest of the most prized spice in the world: saffron!

Under her careful guidance, you will actively participate in the harvest of the purple crocus flowers and the process of separating the saffron-bearing stigmas from the flower, before proceeding to the drying phase. You will be fascinated by the delicacy of these patient practices and by the passion with which Maria Elena performs this work every day in the period of blooming.

At the end of the process, you will be offered a chance to try the traditional products of the farm and will receive a packet of organic saffron as a souvenir of your farming experience.

Comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking are required

The experience is not suitable for some people with physical disabilities.

The activity is suitable for those over 65 and children of all ages (assuming parents have a stroller/pram if needed).

You are kindly asked to communicate any food allergies or intolerances in advance by writing to

In light rain, the activity will be held as normal with umbrellas or raincoats recommended; in case of heavy rain or storms, the visit must be postponed.


Azienda Agricola La Taverna

Via Camporbiano 43/a
50050 Gambassi Terme (FI)


Saffron harvesting takes place daily at 10:30 a.m. during the flowering period.

Reservation required


  • Guided tour of the farm
  • The saffron harvest
  • Tasting of specialties from the farm
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