Our English-speaking chauffeur/guide will welcome you at your hotel or any other place of your convenience at 8:00am (suggested time) to spend a relaxing day in the rolling hills of Tuscany, among olive groves and vineyards, in one of the most evocative region in Italy.
We will drive via the A1 highway straight to the rolling hills of Tuscany, among olive groves and vineyards, in one of the most evocative region in Italy. You will see places rich in art, history and charm, old towns where you can taste typical Italian food, extra fine wine and visit the traditional handicraft workshops.
Our first stop will be Montalcino, a tenacious city made of history and will for good living. Successful through the centuries at resisting powers like Siena and Florence or economic crises and bad taste, Montalcino has become the world capital of wine, without losing the taste for everyday good things.
Montalcino is world famous as the birthplace of one of the finest wines of Italy, the “Brunello Di Montalcino”, a red, Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino, located about 120 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region.
Brunello, a diminutive of Bruno, a male-given name meaning brown, is the name that was given locally to what was believed to be an individual grape variety grown in Montalcino. In 1879, the Province of Siena’s Ampelographic Commission determined, after a few years of controlled experiments, that Sangiovese and Brunello were the same grape variety, and that the former should be its designated name. In Montalcino, the name Brunello evolved into the designation of the wine produced with 100% Sangiovese. In 1980, Brunello Di Montalcino was awarded the first Denominazione Di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) Montalcinodesignation, and today is one of Italy’s best-known and most expensive wines.
A short visit is also deserved by Montalcino town, particularly the medieval fortress and the town center. Then we will take you to visit the Barbi farm and vineyards, one of the famous Brunello Di Montalcino producers. Next to the Barbi cellar, there is the Taverna Dei Barbi, open since 1972, where, with its easy going atmosphere, you can taste the typical dishes of the Tuscan tradition.
After lunch, our next destination is Pienza, another beautiful Renaissance city in Tuscany, Pienza is a hilltop village famous not only for its architectures, but also for the excellent sheep’s milk cheese (also known as ewes’ milk cheese,) pecorino, produced in the area.
There, you can stroll around this beautiful town of the Val D’Orcia where there are many charming, little, local grocery stores specializing in Pecorino cheese and other local treats.
The pecorino cheese of Pienza is one of the best in Italy, especially the version “sotto cenere” or “under ashes.” The cheese has ancient origins and has probably been produced in the zone since man first settled here. Sometimes known as “Pecorino Della Val D’Orcia” or “Cacio Di Pienza,” it is produced between October and July, and seasoned for up to 2 months to give it its distinctive flavor.
A short drive away gets you to Montepulciano, movie set of Stephenie Meyer Twilight saga and one of the highest of Tuscany’s hilltop town. The town is encircled by walls and inside the streets are cranned with renaissance style “Palazzi” and churches but the town is also very well known for its local wine “Vino nobile di Montepulciano”
This town deserve a short visit where you can stroll around and see some of the main sights as the Duomo, Palazzo Piccolomini, and Palazzo Comunale.
Upon request before leaving Montepulciano we can organize a visit of one of the most famous local wineries, “Poliziano.” Here, the first Noble of Montepulciano, “Vigna Asinone Riserva,” was released in 1983.
Upon your arrival, you will be warmly greeted by your hosts, and you’ll begin the tour in the vineyards with an overview of the region and the wines of Montepulciano.
A detailed and interesting tour of the beautiful cellars will ending your tour and, of course, you will be able to enjoy a tasting! You’ll try the Rosso di Montepulciano, as well as the top Vino nobile Di Montepulciano, along with the estate’s excellent Grappa and olive oil.
At the end of the visit, we’ll make our way back to Rome with good memories of an unforgettable day spent in this beautiful part of Tuscany.
A special offer for you from DiscoveryGuidedTours. A bottle of “Vino nobile di Montepulciano” to bring home or enjoy during your stay in Italy.
• Luxury vehicles air-conditioned and fully equipped
• English-speaking chauffeur/guide
• Fuel, tolls, parking fees included
• Personal and courteous service
• Fresh bottled water on board
• All vehicles are fully licesed and insured according to Italian law
• Meals & entrance fees (unless specified on your confirmation voucher)
• Gratuities (entirely at the client’s discretion)