Best of Tuscany incl Wine Tasting & Lunch - From Rome
Take a break from the chaos of Rome with a Tuscan holiday. 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.
Our arrival in the area of Montalcino is perfectly timed to leave us at Sant’Antimo Abbey. 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. Devour three courses of regional dishes that surprise and delight, washed down with local wines. Lunch is followed by a professional guided wine tasting of the wines produced on site.
Back on the bus your guide will prepare you for our next stop – Pienza. 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. 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 satisfied appetites 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.