Break away from the bustling Rome and escape to stunning Tuscany. Our tour focuses on the famous Val D’Orcia region, visiting the historic hill towns of Montepulciano, Pienza and the vineyards of Montalcino. Whether you're in Rome for the long haul or not, this tour is an ideal daytime adventure.
You'll travel from Rome on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and by mid-morning, we’re in the ancient Etruscan town of Montepulciano. We’ll tour the town’s most important sights, like the Duomo, the main square and Punch’s Tower, where he strikes his bell from the clock tower every hour. As we walk, your guide will tell you the stories that bring the charming streets of this tiny hill town to life.
We’ll have time to sample the famous red wine at our next stop, a sure highlight – lunch! The bus will take us out of town to a beautiful Tuscan vineyard, where we’ll start lunch with a professionally guided wine tasting of three locally produced, world-famous wines including a Brunello di Montalcino. Wine tastings will be accompanied by bruschetta, and over our three-course lunch we’ll try three more types of wine along with a spread of cold cuts and local specialties, many of which have been grown and prepared just outside.
Next, we'll travel to Sant’Antimo Abbey, a stunning example of early medieval religious architecture in the middle of an idyllic rural valley.
Back on the bus, your guide will prepare you for your final 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 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 explore alone, enjoying ancient architecture and views of the rolling countryside. Be sure to sample Pienza’s most important product, pecorino cheese, in one of the many artisan food stores around the town. Or maybe some delicious gelato, if you have a sweet tooth!
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 satisfying nap, watch the world go by or spend the time planning your next visit to Tuscany – because one trip is never enough!
Yes, upon request. Please inform your guide at the beginning of the tour.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time of the tour.
Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition and holding a sign with the tour name.
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