A glance at any map of Tuscany will reveal a number of towns and areas with the words “Valle or Val-di,” for these names evoke the valleys of the rivers which cross their terrain. In fact, despite the fame of our fortified hilltowns, the valleys of Tuscany were the veins along which flowed commerce and pilgrimages.
From Siena, we’ll begin with a panoramic drive through the Val Di Chiana area, stopping for a visit to thehilltown of Montepulciano and after walking through the city we will visit an ancient wine cellar (wine tasting included in tour price). We will then drive through the Val D’Orcia , a landscape so unique it has been selected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll stop for a panoramic picture from Pienza.
Afterwards we continue on to the Montalcino area for lunch at a family-run farm (extra cost of about €20-25 per person) The father makes sausage and prosciutto; the mother is a wonderful cook and makes homemade pasta; the son is in charge of the wine production – a great trio! We will enjoy a visit to the cellars of this winemaker, specializing in the world-famous Brunello di Montalcino. From here, we head back home.
- recommended by Rick Steves’ guidebooks
- joinable tours with an intimate group – max 8 people
- pick-up and drop off at your hotel (9ish to 4ish)
- full day
- 100,00 euro per person (lunch not included)