“This is probably THE BEST tour I've ever taken. From Montepulciano to Montalcino to Pienza - everything was absolutely PERFECT. The highlights of the trip were definitely the wine tasting (Brunello di Montalcino is love) and hearing Gregorian monks chant in Sant'Antimo Abbey, but walking around Montepulciano and exploring Pienza completed the experience. ...Anonymous, – See more reviews
What To Expect
Our tour will focus on the famous Val D'Orcia region, visiting the historic hill towns of Montepulciano, Pienza and the vineyards of Montalcino. We'll explore winding streets, catch beautiful views of rolling hills from city walls, stop at a typical Tuscan farm for lunch and have plenty of time left over for sampling world-famous foods and wine - all locally produced. If you have a taste for Tuscany but just a short time in Italy, this tour is for you!
A comfortable air-conditioned bus collects us in Rome and by mid-morning we're in the ancient Etruscan town of Montepulciano. We'll tour the town's most important sights from the exposed brick Duomo and the main square to Punch's Tower where Punch (without Judy) strikes his bell from the clock tower every hour. We'll see ancient Etruscan wells and venture deep into medieval wine cellars still used today. We'll have a bit of free time for photo ops before we're back on the bus to our next stop, the vineyards of Montalcino!
Our arrival in the area of Montalcino is perfectly timed to leave us at Sant'Antimo Abbey. Lose yourself in ancient rituals after taking some time to enjoy the view over some of Tuscany's most beautiful vineyards. This is where Italy's best wine, Brunello di Montalcino, is produced and we'll have a chance to enjoy an exemplary bottle on the next leg of our journey and a sure highlight - lunch.
The bus will take us out of town to a typical Tuscan farm where we will be wined and dined with the finest local produce. We will start lunch with a winetasting of three locally-produced, world-famous wines including a Brunello di Montalcino produced onsite and a Maremma from Querciarossa. Wines will be accompanied by bruschetta with extra virgin olive oil produced onsite. Lunch will be accompanied by three more glasses of wine - a Rosso di Montalcino produced Poggio il Castellare, a Campo della Paura Morellini from Querciarossa and a Santo il Faggeto. The menu in Tuscany will feature a starter comprising local specialties such as panzanella, salami, capocollo, wild boar sausage, Tuscan pecorino cheese, bruschetta with tomatoes and bruschetta with cannellini beans. Main courses will be pasta with tomatoes, chilli and garlic and a chickpea salad. For dessert will have the house specialty or cantucci biscuits. Lunch is especially sweet when you know so much of it has been grown, processed and prepared in this very place!
Back on the bus your guide will prepare you for our next stop - Pienza. You will hear how this World Heritage site was conceived by Pope Pius II as a "utopian village" and get information on sites you may want to visit, such as the two Renaissance palaces and the beautiful Duomo. Pienza is a small town so we'll split up here and take some time to wander alone, enjoying the serenity that is still true to the Pope's vision today. Marvel at the ancient architecture, take in views of the rolling countryside beyond or get hopelessly, wonderfully lost in the town's winding streets. You'll be given a map so you'll always be able to find yourself again. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to make time to sample Pienza's most important product - pecorino cheese.
With full bellies and bags packed with wine, cheese and pici pasta, we'll meet back at the bus for a comfortable and scenic drive back to Rome. Take a well-deserved nap, watch the country fly past or spend the time planning your next visit to Tuscany - because one visit is never enough!
Piazza Grande and Duomo
Torre di Pulcinella
Etruscan wells/Medieval wine cellars carved out under the city
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo
Typical Tuscan Farm
Round-trip Transport in an air-conditioned coach
Guided tour of Montepulciano
A souvenir map to help you make the most of your free time
Tour assistant providing assistance and expert commentary throughout the day in English
Headsets where necessary
Tips and gratuities
Infants up to 2 years old travel for free and do not require a reservation.
Entrance into churches requires appropriate dress. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Entry may be refused due to improper dress.
Please advise of any food allergies or intolerances when booking.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended. We are unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or impairments requiring special assistance and customers with strollers or baby carriages on this tour.
This tour operates with a maximum of 25 guests.
Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.
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