|PICKUP/RETURN||Hotel or any place of your convenience in Rome|
|DROP OFF TIME||5:30pm (approximately)|
A visit to Cortona and Montepulciano is a special encounter with history, great food, and high quality wine. How would you like to spend a day wandering in the Town featured in “Under the Tuscan Sun,”?
Cortona is a neat quaint hilltop town, dominating the south side of the Chiana Valley.
From the fortress, you can enjoy magnificent views of Lake Trasimeno and the surrounding forests, along with vineyards and olive groves that produce some of the best wine
and olive oil in all of Italy. It has mythological origins by being the home of Ulysses after his return from Ithaca. Historically, a noteworthy event includes the battle of Lake Trasimeno, where Hannibal ambushed the Roman army during the Second Punic War.
You will then continue to Montepulciano, home of the famous “Vino Nobile di Montepulciano,” a wine that originated in the 1300s.
Montepulciano’s traditions is to be one of the few places in the World where there are ancient underground cellars, in the heart of the town, that date back to Etruscan times. You will visit one of these ancient cellars, below a city palace where the wine rests in oak barrels, maturing into what will be the future Vino Nobile.
Take your time and discover that it is not only famous wine that makes Montepulciano special, but also the medieval atmosphere and friendly people.
Finally, we will leave Montepulciano, saying goodbye to its beauty, and start the drive back to Rome.
Your private tour driver will pick you up at your Rome Hotel to take you for a wonderful trip to explore Tuscany’s finest villages: Cortona and Montepulciano. Take your time to enjoy the Tuscan atmosphere. Your driver will escort you back to your hotel in Rome, later that evening.